Women + Algonquin + Photography = One Amazing Weekend!
May 1-3, 2020
Next May, I'll be back in Algonquin Provincial Park leading the 3rd annual Women’s Weekend in Algonquin Photography Workshop!
This three-day workshop is designed exclusively for women of all ages and skill levels who are interested in nature and wildlife photography. It’s a chance to spend some time together in nature in a fun and relaxed environment, learning tips and techniques to improve your photography.
The Mad Musher will be our home-base for the workshop. They have reserved their back room upstairs to give workshop participants the space and privacy needed to feel comfortable asking questions, sharing information and being immersed in learning. The workshop will consist of some classroom learning to start, in-field instruction, and "back of camera" critique, and, of course, lots of time exploring Algonquin Park with our cameras. We'll be photographing both landscapes and wildlife.
Starts 3 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020
Ends 12 noon on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Early May is the perfect time to brush off the winter cobwebs and get outside before the black flies and mosquitoes emerge. It’s also a great time to see moose before the cows set off to their calving spots.
Friday, May 1 -- Sunday, May 3 -- nature, landscape & wildlife* photography instruction & guiding in and around Algonquin Provincial Park by professional photographer, Helen E. Grose
Friday, May 1 – dinner at The Mad Musher
Saturday, May 2 – coffee/tea & brown bag breakfast, lunch, dinner at The Mad Musher
Sunday, May 3 – coffee/tea first thing, then home-style brunch at The Mad Musher
Park permits will be provided for use while on the workshop.
What's not included:
You are responsible for your own accommodation (visit the registration page for links), transportation (we'll carpool for our outings in the park), gas, photography gear, appropriate clothing, snacks, drinks outside of meal times, and alcoholic drinks at meal times, and anything required for your personal comfort.
A full list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided with a loose itinerary after your deposit has been received.
All participants will be required to sign a waiver.
$695 + HST per person
Workshop fees are due in full at time of booking.
90 days or more prior to workshop, cancellation fee is $350+HST
89 days or less prior to workshop, fees are non-refundable.
What can you expect during the workshop?
We'll start the workshop with a bit of in-class learning -- approximately 2-3 hours -- in the private back room of The Mad Musher Restaurant. We'll cover some photography basics (it never hurts to brush up!), as well as settings specific to landscapes and wildlife. There are also a few more advanced areas I cover, as I believe they're important components often overlooked, yet critical to your success. And, we'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After that, we head into the park with our cameras. You can also expect:
A fair amount of driving - it takes about an hour to get from one end of the park to the other. As most of the trails will likely still be ice-covered, flooded, or closed, we will concentrate on easily accessible landscapes, and roadside wildlife.
Long days - leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise and likely eating dinner after sunset.
Eating breakfast on the go, and dinner at The Mad Musher Restaurant.
Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife - whatever Mother Nature presents! We plan for landscape opportunities and "hope" for wildlife, hitting some wildlife hot spots and doing a bit of animal tracking.
A short afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own).
Potentially hiking anywhere from 5-10km/day on flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.). *note: given the time of year, trails may still be ice/snow covered and/or closed, therefore, be prepared for more driving than walking.
In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique.
A great group of like-minded people who will probably become fast friends!
A mix of photography skill levels.
Adventure rain, snow, or shine!
Please note: while I recommend bringing a telephoto lens for wildlife opportunities, you do not need to have one to enjoy this workshop. Also, you will not need to carry all your gear everywhere we go. I include recommendations for how to pack in the suggested gear list provided to participants.
About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!
Helen is a professional photographer who lives on a farm in Muskoka an hour away from the west gate. She fell in love with Algonquin Park in high school on a canoe trip, and has since experienced some incredible moments with many of the park’s famous residents – moose, foxes, wolves, bears and beavers. She will take you to some of her favourite places and
provide you with information that will help increase your chances of finding and photographing wildlife, safely and ethically.
Helen's images have been published around the globe and she's often been described as an animal whisperer. Currently, Helen teaches nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language.
During this weekend, Helen will also touch on ethics in wildlife photography, as it’s an important part of any authentic encounter. While every effort is made to find wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside our control and, therefore, no guarantees are made.
About Algonquin Provincial Park
Originally established as "Algonquin National Park of Ontario" in 1893, Algonquin Park is the oldest provincial park in Canada. Due to a movement to create a true national parks system in 1913, its name was changed to what it's known as today, Algonquin Provincial Park. The park covers approximately 7,653 square kilometres of land between northern and southern Ontario. Roughly a 3.5 hour drive north of Toronto, a 3 hour drive west of Ottawa, and a 3 hour drive south-east of Sudbury, Algonquin Park is easily accessible to a large population, making it a favourite playground for outdoor enthusiasts. The mix of coniferous and deciduous forests found within the park's boundaries make it home to a diverse number of flora and fauna. As a result, Algonquin is one of the most well-researched parks in the country. Algonquin Park has a rich history, which includes logging, railway and, of course, the arts as a favourite subject - and place of death - of the famed Tom Thompson.
About The Mad Musher
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The Mad Musher Restaurant & Riverside Rooms is located in Whitney, Ontario - a few minutes east of Algonquin Park's east gate. Situated next to the rushing Madawaska River, its close proximity to the park and its down-home charm makes it a favourite place for park visitors & artists of all types to meet, stay and eat. Its accommodations consist of four bedrooms that share two washrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, and a TV room - all below the restaurant, accessible through a separate entrance steps away from the river. The restaurant's varied menu offers a mix of traditional North American favourites and dishes for those with more adventurous tastebuds, as well as vegetarian and gluten free options. The restaurant's back room is perfect for private functions requiring a bit of space and privacy. Free WiFi is available for those who wish to post and tweet about their amazing Algonquin adventures.
Space is limited to 6 participants, so reserve your spot today for this amazing girls’ getaway!
For information about bookings & the workshop, please contact Helen.
*Note: While we will do our best to locate wildlife to photograph, there are many factors outside our control; therefore, no guarantees are made.