Capturing the alpine flowers

Sun Peaks' beautiful and accessible alpine blossom meadows make the perfect natural classroom for budding photographers. - Photo Kelly Funk
Sun Peaks’ beautiful and accessible alpine blossom meadows make the perfect natural classroom for budding photographers. – Photo Kelly Funk

The full bloom of the alpine wildflower meadows brings people from all walks of life to the mountain aiming to capture the beauty of the landscape through a lens. But practice makes perfect.

It’s an adventure. It’s not just photography

Kamloops’ Kelly Funk and Gemma Harris of Sun Peaks’ Alpine Images put on their annual workshops during Canada’s Alpine Blossom Festival using the natural classroom to teach camera techniques.

Kelly Funk Photography
Kelly Funk Photography

“It’s just a different world up there. When you come from the valley, the desert setting, the rolling hills, then all of a sudden 45 minutes later you’re in this mountain-esque setting that’s just different. You feel like you’re escaping. I think that in itself lends you for inspiration,” Funk said, whose photos are featured in many of the resort’s promotions.

Funk’s Mountains of Colour workshop on July 30 helped people with aspects of photography composition, depth of field and using the histogram while taking photos.

“It’s an adventure. It’s not just photography, but there’s an adventure quality to it as well just being out there, being high on the mountain in this blanket of flowers that’s pretty thrilling for a lot of people,” Funk said. “I still get a kick out of it. If I do after 15 years of being pro, I can only image what some people who haven’t seen that area feel.”

Harris’ Learn to Love your Camera workshop on July 31 focused on helping participants to use a new camera and to get away from simply using the auto mode while using the alpine wildflowers as a learning environment.

“I don’t know anyone who hasn’t gone up the chairlift and really appreciated how beautiful it is up there with all the different flowers, the light you get that comes through the trees, as well as the landscape shots, the macro shots, you can get of the flowers,” Harris said.

The two photographers agreed the Top of the World is one of the best spots to capture wildflower and landscape photos in Sun Peaks.

Kelly Funk Photography
Kelly Funk Photography

“It’s beautiful over there. The nice thing is you can turn 360 (degrees) on the spot and pretty much be getting a beautiful photo wherever you’re looking,” Harris said.

“I really like it at the top, near the Top of the World at the Burfield chair, because your options are a little bit greater to do some smaller scenes as well as expansive,” Funk said. “It’s a good area to showcase. You can see the village up there as well and you can see Shuswap Lake, so you see a whole bunch of key areas from up at the top.”

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