2016 Fall workshop at The Crossing at Ghost River

I am pleased to announce the 2016 edition of the Fall workshop at The Crossing at Ghost River. Last year's workshop was a fantastic success. We had a wonderful group who produced some amazing photos. We also enjoyed incredible food and lodging at The Crossing. I am really looking forward to this years workshop. I hope to see you there.


The Crossing at Ghost River

Click the link above to go to The Crossing's website

Some new and exciting stuff

It has been a little while since my last post. Some busy times..... 

We have been working on the studio and getting it ready for an upcoming open house to introduce everyone to the new space. The open house will be held on April 6th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. We want to invite all the photographers we know that would be interested in renting a studio space. It is a fully equipped studio featuring a large infinity wall that can be used for any type of seamless background shot. It also has a very nice natural light area. You can see some samples of the background in use here. There is also a shot of the studio. I will also be running a lighting workshop on May 14th at the studio. This will be a 4-5 hour workshop on lighting and using the tools at our disposal in the studio. Stay tuned for details.....

The infinity wall in use.

The infinity wall in use.


Classes at Mount Royal are moving into full swing again as well. I just finished a Portrait class with a great bunch of students. I have another portrait class coming up as well as a close-up and a sports class. Also a portrait level 2. I am looking forward to all of these classes. 

There are still spots available in the Iceland trip too! Visit the website for more information or to register. It will be a fantastic trip with amazing scenery. 

Also a couple of weeks ago I went and took some photos at a rally race. It was a lot of fun. And also very dusty. Here a few shots.

Photography in February

Well another week into February. There hasn't been a lot going on. But last week I did volunteer with the Skills program to teach sports photography to some grade 7-8 students. We had a good day shooting basketball at Lester B Pearson high school.  

The studio will be getting a nice upgrade this week as well. I will keep you updated.  It is in the works as we speak....

Only one Lightroom class coming up later this month. Then in March things get into full swing teaching for MRU. First up is the Portrait Level 1 class. 

And next week I will be heading out to Abraham Lake with a crew from MEC. We will be doing our second annual ice bubble / ice climbing photo field course. We will be shooting the bubbles on the lake and some talented climbers from the store. Here's hoping for some great sunset light. 

Until next time..... 

Looking forward to 2016

I am going to start off the year by making a commitment to start blogging and posting more regularly. Some big changes have happened to me and my photography in the latter part of last year and the beginning of this year. Some bad, but mostly good. So I am optimistic and excited about what is to come. I want to put down my journey this year and record what will be going on. Especially since there are some exciting things coming and I need to practice and get into the habit of writing what is happening.
So to start, two big things have happened with my photography. Firstly I have begun working with Brad Saville from Picture This Digital. We are developing a studio that will be a great space for all kinds of portrait and commercial photography. We will also be renting it out to other photographers who need a space to shoot.

The other great news is that I will be working with a company called Focus on Photography Tours. This is a tour company that will be running tours around the world with, as the name implies, a focus on photography. The first tour that I will be doing will be in Iceland in August of this year. I am very excited about the tour and what the future will bring for me with this new venture. Click on the link below to check out the site.

Focus on Photography Tours

Both of these directions have reinvigorated my passion for photography and I am really looking forward to what this year will bring.

Stay tuned......

A new workshop!

Tracy Elliott Photography is very pleased to announce a new workshop . Join us for a weekend in Waterton National Park for a wildflower photo workshop. I am also very excited to have Neil Jennings, a wildflower expert to make sure we all know what flowers we will be taking pictures of. Please contact me if you have any questions or if you would like to sign up.  



Weddings - Suzen & Ryan

A beatiful wedding in August with two very fun people. The location was the amazing Lougheed house in downtown Calgary. It was a fantastic if somewhat tricky location to shoot. But it suited the couple very well.  

Here are some shots from the day. 

Had to include a shot with the moose. 

Had to include a shot with the moose. 

Weddings - Kim & Eric

On August 22nd I began my drive up to Jasper. It rained pretty much the entire 5 hours it took me to get there. I was heading to the Edith Cavell hostel for Kim & Eric's wedding. They had asked me to do their photos for the weekend. I was really excited for a few months leading up to this day. But now with the weather looking really dismal my excitement was waning. The forecast for Saturday was looking good, I just found it hard to beleive......

I woke up Saturday morning after a good sleep in the hostel to a grey, dreary sky. It was not looking promising. Then a sliver of sunshine, then blue sky, then full blue sky and sun. All in the first hour after getting up. Amazing. The weather took a complete 180 and ended up being just perfect. The wedding was wonderful. A very intimate affair in a spectacular setting. It was an honour to be a part of such a special event.

Thanks Kim & Eric for the wonderful day. And for somehow making the weather fantastic.  


Waterton Workshop

A few weeks ago, at the beginning of September, myself and three great participants, Bob, Cheryl, and Jaime, headed down to Waterton for a fantastic workshop. The weather was spectacular and the locations were amazing. We all did some great hikes, some of which were, Lineham Falls, Rowe Lake and Lower Bertha Falls. A sunrise trip to Cameron Lake was very nice as well. And Red Rock Canyon was very cool. The feel of the town of Waterton was really nice. A much slower and quieter pace than Banff in the summer. It had been many years since I had been there last. But it won't be long before I head back again. All in all it was such a good trip. Thanks again to three great participants for the great company. Keep checking back for future workshops. 


A small waterfall on the way into Lineham.



Lower Rowe Lake.



Lower Bertha Falls.



Red Rock Canyon.

Waterton photo tour / workshop Sept. 5-7

The next photo tour from Tracy Elliott Photography will be in the beautiful Waterton lake area. We will be shooting and touring the area with ACMG hiking guide Nathan Dahl. Join us for a fun weekend. 



The 2014 Icefields & Jasper Workshop

Announcing the 2014 Icefields and Jasper Spring Photo workshop. Join Tracy Elliott and Nathan Dahl (ACMG hiking guide) on a tour of some stunning locations along the Icefields Parkway and around Jasper. Contact Tracy for more details and see the poster below.


The tephoto Banff Workshop

A few weeks ago I ran my first solo Banff workshop with two fabulous participants; Steph and John. It went really well. We had a great time shooting and checking out some great photo spots around Banff. Friday morning it was an early start to catch the sunrise at Vermillion Lakes. And it turned out to be a fantastic sunrise. Absolutely beautiful.

Sunrise, Vermillion Lakes





It was then off to Johnston Canyon where we spent a few hours exploring and shooting the waterfalls.

Lower Falls, Johnston Canyon


That night we spent a few hours in the bar editing and working on the photos from the day.  Then off to bed for another early morning. Sunrise again on Saturday morning, though not as spectacular as the morning before. After some breakfast it was off to Grotto Canyon and some ice walking to the falls. We managed to get some shots of the canyon and as an added treat, some ice climbers. 

Tree, Grotto Canyon

All in all it was a great couple of days with two great participants. Stay tuned for more workshops coming up.

Shooting Sports

Alright, it has been a while since my last blog. It was busy over Christmas, the usual. Anyway, here is the new one.

I started teaching a sports class at MRU so I thought I would dig up a few old "sports" photos from the early days. These are a few of my photos that I was quite proud of in the day. The Rugby one was the first photo I entered in a photo contest. I don't think I won anything.


This one was an early snowboard session with my friend Lee on the riverbank of the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon. We would go down there whenever we could to practice our jumps. All 5 seconds of the run. I'm pretty sure I took this with my Canon T70 (borrowing my Dad's lenses). My first real camera. I loved that camera. Nice pole in the background eh?

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This next one was another photo contest entry. Again no prize. But another one I was quite proud of. I really liked the moment that I caught and overall I like the composition.


This last one is from just this past weekend at Canada Olympic Park. It was the Moguls / Freestyle Competition and my sports class and I were there shooting. 

It is really amazing the change in the gear now. From those days of film and manual focus lenses. Being pretty happy if you got a couple of sharp shots from a roll of film. To now with Servo focus and 8 FPS continuous shooting. I went in to the new Image Square shop in downtown Calgary (a candy store if you shoot Canon) and was playing with the 1DX. A pretty incredible piece of gear...........maybe someday.

Post Hawaii

Well I have been back in Calgary for a little while now. I was hoping to get this post up sooner but I have been really busy, basically since I got off the plane.

The summary is this....Hawaii was great. I really do like it there. The weather definitely has a lot to do with it. Being able to stroll around at 11 pm at night in shorts and sandals is something that just find really great. I did spend a lot of time with the family and did get some relaxing in. Not as much time shooting as I wanted but that wasn't the focus of the trip this time around. I am posting a few photos that I liked from this time around. And in keeping with the theme of this blog am also putting up a couple of photos from the last time we were in Hawaii, back in 2003 for our honeymoon. That was a really great trip too. Though a fair bit busier than this time around. A four year old tends to slow you down a bit.

Botanical Gardens-2003

Botanical Gardens-2003

Botanical Gardens-2003

Botanical Gardens-2003

Kilaeua-2012. Did some light painting on the bush in the foreground.

Kilaeua-2012. Did some light painting on the bush in the foreground.

A Green Sea Turtle on a black sand beach. VERY hot sand!

A Green Sea Turtle on a black sand beach. VERY hot sand!

Hawaii - The first couple of days

Well here is my next blog. I am writing this from out on the lanai (balcony) on a beautiful evening. Just watching the parking lot below. No, not an ocean view, but still pretty good. It has been fun so far, Relatively relaxing and definitely different from the last time I was here (on our honeymoon 9 years ago). We now have a 4 year old daughter. Some things are still familiar, and some are new. I am experiencing things through her eyes and it is fun. My parents are also here and are going to re-new their wedding vows tomorrow. That should be pretty cool. I have never been part of something like that before. I am also the official photographer. Should be interesting. It is my wife's 40th birthday tomorrow as well. There is a lot happening on this trip. I just want to be here to take it all in and relax for a bit. Try to take my mind off work for a while. 

I love Hawaii. My wife has been here a few times before. This is my second time. We are staying in Kona on the Big Island. I would like to experience the other islands some day but from what I've read and heard from others, this is the place to be. It really is an amazing (and tiny) place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. So much is going on and there is so much to see. And I am sitting here next to the slopes of the 3rd largest shield volcano in our solar system. Crazy.

So far we have been to the place of refuge, done some shopping and spent some time on the beach building sand castles and swimming. There is a lot more to see and do. Including some surfing. Can't wait!


My First Blog

So, here it is. My first blog. I have thought about doing a blog for a while now, but of course finding the time is the issue. So here goes.......

I want this blog to be about my journey to becoming a photographer. I have been taking pictures my entire life, as far back as I can remember. I think in images, pictures, and colours, not words. So writing has always been a challenge for me. Hence the further reluctance to start a blog. Combining words and images will be interesting, but here goes....

I want to do a few things here;

1. Show a "photo" from my past. As I said I have been photographing all my life. I have many, many, many photos tucked away that I haven't looked at forever. I want to start digging some of them out and looking at where I was and where I am now. Comparing the past to the present. The past photos may not be great, but they will be interesting. I hope you will enjoy this as much as I do.

2. Talk about what is going on right now with my photography pursuits. Things that interest me. Shoots that I am doing and just generally what I am doing with my camera.

3. I hope that eventually this can become a place to learn and ask questions. I love teaching photography as well as shooting. So any questions, comments or otherwise are welcome.

There it is. Let's start with a couple images from the past. I believe that these were both taken with one of my first cameras. A Kodak 126 (I think).

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This is a shot of my Mom. I was probably about 7 or 8 years old when I took this. I would like to say that I recognized the great dramatic light, but I don't think I can. I think it just looked nice. It is hard to see but I think she is petting our dog Heidi.

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I quite like this shot. It is my younger brother looking though a six million dollar man toy. You could look through a hole in the back of his head and it magnified the scene you were looking at. It was super cool. Again I would have been about 8 or so. Not the greatest composition, but interesting.