Autumn in the Upper Pensinula
October 3-7, 2021
Join me for a true celebration of autumn on the coast of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I have traveled here many times over the past 7 years and it rivals any location for fall photography. We will be based out of Marquette, Michigan on the edge of Lake Superior. (It really is a lake, but that is hard to imagine when you are standing on the sandy beach and watching the waves crashing onto the shore.)
Our workshop will begin Oct. 3 at 1pm and conclude after a sunrise shoot on Oct 7
Shooting locations will include sunrise and sunset over Lake Superior, with the added bonus of 2 lighthouses to add some interest to the landscape.
We will go a short distance to an amazing cascade of small waterfalls, where you can hone your composition skills and learn to capture flowing water with just the right shutter speed. I love to capture the smaller details of a location, so we will spend some time photographing in the woods, picking out intimate scenes that will complement the vast landscapes. A wonderful stop will be Au Train Falls, where you can actually walk into the cascading waterfall area (providing the water levels are just right.)
Most of the locations are very close to Marquette. But I have a special day set aside to visit a location that should not be missed! I made the drive to Bond Falls twice during my most recent visit to this area, and there were still shots that I didn’t have time to take! So while Bond Falls is a photography paradise, it is about 90 minutes from Marquette. I think it is worth the effort to go that far, to capture the magnificent falls as well as the more intimate shots at the top of the falls. We will plan to drive to the falls in the early afternoon and begin our return trip to Marquette as the sun goes down. I want you to be aware of this amount of travel before you sign up for the workshop. We will do our best to fit into two cars to save on gas as well as our impact on the environment. (Car pooling will be discussed at our first meeting.)
Lodging and meals are your responsibility. We will be based out of the Country Inn and Suites in Marquette. This will give us easy access to many of our shooting locations and dining options. We are a small enough group that eating together should not be too much of a challenge. Of course, that will depend on the current Covid situation. I will keep you up to date on this as we get closer to the workshop. Most days, we will break for lunch so there won’t be a need to bring along a packed lunch. We will start shooting early in the morning, so be sure to plan ahead for that and perhaps have snacks or light breakfast options along with you in the hotel.
I will be sending out a pre workshop ebook that has all kinds of information on what equipment you will need to get the most out of your experience. I can’t stress enough the importance of good gear! A sturdy tripod, a remote release and circular polarizing filters are a must! You won’t be able to purchase these items in Marquette!
In addition, there will be 3 pre-workshop comprehensive videos that cover exposure, composition and field techniques. These will be sent out in the months prior to our workshop, so you will have time to learn at your convenience and will be ready to start your workshop armed with knowledge and a solid field workflow.
I can’t wait to work with each of you as we explore the beauty of the UP in autumn. I will do my best to see that you go home with some beautiful images and more importantly, that you take your photography skills to the next level. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran, there is always something to learn and what better way to do that than on a workshop with like minded folks in a beautiful setting!