YUKON GOLD: PHOTO CLINIC WITH DAN BARHAM

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A month ago I was lucky enough to earn a scholarship to attend the Dan Barham School Of Being A Better Photo-dude. What follows is a few shots that I came back with that weren’t actually that bad. I’m a terrible photographer – well, I’m certainly a reluctant photographer – so before going on this three-day course my camera skills were limited to whatever luck (and filter effects) my iPhone could capture, but I really did learn a few things from Dan and I’m quite impressed that I managed to return from the Yukon with something resembling (fools) gold. I know that I don’t have a career as a photographer ahead of me (nor do I want one) but it’s nice to know that I don’t have to be intimidated by my camera now.

I stayed with Boreale Biking and after long days of shooting (the sun barely goes below the horizon in mid-summer, making it ideal for fitting in a lot of shooting in fantastic light) it was nice to go back to their fabulous new lodge and be fed like kings. For anyone interested in this learning opportunity then there will be another class held between 4-7th September, and I throughly recommend it for anyone with even a vague desire to take photos or someone who wants to experience a lot of Yukon mountain biking in a short amount of time.

Learning the technique of panning was a challenge and required a little luck. Here I cash in all my rabbit's feet.
Learning the technique of panning was a challenge and required a little luck. Here I cash in all my rabbit’s feet.
Shooting on Money Shot on the last night at about 11pm was a trip. The days last so long in the mid-summer months that it's easy to fit a lot in a short time.
Shooting on Money Shot on the last night at about 11pm was a trip.
The days last so long in the mid-summer months that it’s easy to fit a lot in a short time.
Carcross has some brilliant trails. Technical and flowing, then really stood out.
Carcross has some brilliant trails. Technical and flowing, then really stood out.
The Yukon river. There's history all along the banks and the views, when they opened up, granted us the kinds of vistas that have made so many people wax poetic about the landscape there.
The Yukon river. There’s history all along the banks and the views granted us the kinds of vistas that have made so many people wax poetic about the landscape there.
Gray Mountain
We rode past what felt like hundreds of trailheads, so it makes me think there’s a lot more to explore in this area alone. The lower elevation trails of Gray Mountain offered an easy going (technically speaking) all-mountain experience. We rode past what felt like hundreds of trailheads, so it makes me think there’s a lot more to explore in this area alone.
Gray Mountain
The flowing, relatively buff single track was zippy and the views stirred the soul. Gray Mountain, one of many trail networks that surround Whitehorse was the easiest and most convenient to get to. The flowing, relatively buff single track was zippy and the views stirred the soul.

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