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Munising, MI

August 2023 (full listing coming soon!)  

Maximum number of participants: 5

Price: $2995 ($1000 non-refundable deposit required at booking)

Email Ian at to register.

The southern shore of Lake Superior around Grand Island contains some of the most stunning scenery in the Midwest U.S. Towering cliffs, colorfully stained by water seeping through mineral deposits, plunge down to the water's edge, while the wind and the waves carve arches and small caves into the soft sandstone common to this area. We'll photograph stunning lake scenery, sea caves, lighthouses, and the intimate beauty of the rocky shoreline, using a boat to get to some rarely visited, remote wilderness locations. 

Tour location: The tour is based in Munising, located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula on the shores of Lake Superior. 

Physical requirements: We might be doing hiking during this tour. We won't go more than three to four miles on any given day (and usually it will be much less), and although most of the hiking isn't very strenuous, we might have some short but steep climbs. We will also be using a boat to visit some tour locations, and participants must be able to get in and out of our landing craft, so good balance is necessary. People who are in poor shape, or who have mobility or balance issues, might find this tour very difficult. You don't have to be an athlete for this tour, but if you have physical limitations, please contact me before registering so we can discuss whether this tour is appropriate for you.

Skill level: Photographers of all skill levels will benefit from this tour, but if you are new to photography, you might want to learn basic skills elsewhere before signing up for this class. You don't have to be an advanced photographer to take this tour, but we're going to be focusing on the artistic aspects of visual design, so participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their camera and other photographic equipment.

General schedule: Please note that each day’s schedule might vary according to which locations we visit that day, how long we shoot, and what the weather conditions are like (if the weather is conducive to photography on a particular day, we might stay in the field longer, and if not, we might emphasize classroom work that day instead). Flexibility is key to successful outdoor photography, so expect that plans might change. 

Day 1: We meet in the afternoon for an initial "meet and greet" event (time and place to be determined prior to the tour start). I will give a detailed presentation, provide an overview of the tour activities, answer questions, and make plans for the morning shoot. After, we'll head out for a quick sunset shoot.

Days 2, 3, and 4: Be prepared for three full days of intense activities! We will go out to photograph sunrise every morning, spending 2-3 hours in the field making images. After the morning shoot, we return to town for a break. We might do some classroom activities during the middle of the day (with meal and personal breaks as appropriate), or we might head out for more photography if conditions are good. Classroom activities will include presentations about composition techniques, digital darkroom processing, and daily critique sessions. In the late afternoon, we head back into the field for our sunset photography session. 

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the tour price. There are plenty of lodging options in Munising, which is a small town. Feel free to chose lodging that best fits your needs and budget. I recommend the Roam Inn. 

Transportation: Participants are responsible for their own transportation to, from, and during the tour (except for boat transportation which is included in the workshop fee)

Payment policy: The tour fee is for instruction only. All other expenses, including transportation, accommodations, and meals are the responsibility of the participant. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 is required to secure your spot on this tour. The remainder will be collected 60 days prior to the tour start.

If you cancel within 60 days before the start date, a partial or full refund of the tour tuition might be available as long as we are able to fill your spot. We try to be flexible about emergency cancellations; just contact us and we’ll do our best to work it out! 

This institution is operated under special use permit with the Hiawatha National Forest. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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