Spring in the Northwoods Wildflowers and More

Participants10 (Returning in 2021 - contact us to be put on the pre-announce list)

It’s spring and it’s time to play! Designed for beginners as well as advanced shooters, this small-group workshop is a hands-on experience in a subject-rich environment. Spring in the Northwoods is special. Life seems to erupt after the long winter and we will enjoy photographing unique spring wildflowers, waterfalls, migrating birds and other signs of Spring. From macro to landscapes to bird photography, this workshop offers an array of techniques for you to learn and play with.

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Participants should try to plan on arriving Friday evening. We will meet for an informal (optional) get together at a local “watering hole” that evening. The workshop will officially start very early on Saturday morning. On the last day Tuesday we will shoot in the morning and you can plan to be on the road home by noon if you like. We have a block of rooms reserved under Gettle Photography at The Best Western Plus Dockside In Mackinaw City. We would be happy to help you find a roommate if you like.


Payment schedule
  • Deposit due with reservation
  • Balance due 4-15-16
Not included
  • -Lodging
  • -Meals
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At this time of year, the woods should be filled with wildflowers including many varieties of lady’s slippers, columbine, dwarf lake iris, trillium, bunch-berries, fringed polygala, and numerous other orchid species.

Working out of Mackinaw City, we shoot at the very northern tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, an area that we have been photographing for well over a decade.

In addition to wildflower, bird and landscape photography, this is a great time of year to do macro photography. It is quite likely that we will have some nice quiet dewy mornings to go out and find some macro subjects to photograph. From dew covered flowers and insects to macro abstract subjects, you will learn tips and tricks to master this often-difficult subject matter as well.

As a bonus, we have also arranged to have a birds of prey model shoot one day during the workshop. The Howell Nature Center will be bringing at least three of their birds for you to spend an afternoon shooting. These trained models, rehabilitated birds that cannot be released back into the wild, will be setup on attractive perches for you to photograph.

We are excited to offer this workshop once again. This workshop maximizes your time in the field photographing, learning in a hands-on, real world fashion. With two instructors and a small group, you will receive the attention you need to hone your skills. We will identify and solve photographic challenges and answer questions in the field as they come up. The group size is purposely kept to no more than ten participants so that everyone will be able to have their questions answered as well as time for one on one instruction.

Any down time where we are not in the field actively shooting (e.g., evenings, etc.) will be spent reviewing the days shoot and learning from each other for immediate feedback to hone your skills.

Each participant will be encouraged to bring a portfolio of 25 images to share with the group (if you are comfortable doing that).