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Women + Algonquin + Photography = One Amazing Adventure!

Wednesday, June 2 - Friday, June 4, 2021

I'm so excited to be offering the 4th Annual Women’s Week"end" in Algonquin Photography Workshop in 2021!

Join me as I lead you to stunning landscapes & local wildlife in and around Algonquin Park. I'll provide easy-to-understand in-field photography instruction and "back-of-camera" critique to help ensure you're coming away with images you'll be excited to share with friends and family. 

 

These workshops are 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.

 

COVID-19 Information

I have operated 8 multi-person workshops during the pandemic, offering a safe and fun environment for all participants. This workshop is conducted 100% outdoors, with a maximum of 5 individuals, including me. Each participant will be travelling in her own vehicle, keeping a 2m/6' space between herself and other participants, using hand sanitizer, and wearing a face-covering when using indoor facilities or when unable to space the proper distance apart (such as when receiving help with settings or back-of-camera critique). Each participant is also required to sign a waiver, which includes confirming that she should not be in isolation or quarantine per the current guidelines laid out by our provincial and federal governments.

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Workshop Dates:

Wednesday, June 2 -- Friday, June 4, 2021 in Algonquin Park

Workshop Itinerary:

Mother Nature is our true guide, and we'll photograph whatever she puts in our path, but the path I've planned is designed to get us in the right place at the right time for when opportunity strikes!

Day 1 -- Wednesday, June 2:

  • 1:30 p.m. MEET AT THE MAD MUSHER, minutes east of Algonquin Park's East Gate. We'll get acquainted, go over the workshop "rules" and itinerary, and chat about ethics before the real adventure begins!

  • 2 - 4 p.m. afternoon photo session in Algonquin

  • 5 - 6:30 p.m. check into hotels (if not already settled in) & have some dinner (not included)

  • 7 - 9 p.m. sunset photo session in Algonquin

Day 2 -- Thursday, June 3:

  • 4:15 a.m. depart for our sunrise and morning photo session in Algonquin

  • 12 noon - 3:30 p.m. lunch break and free time to explore or rest

  • 3:30 - 9 p.m. afternoon & evening photo session in Algonquin

Day 3 -- Friday, June 4:

  • 4:15 a.m. depart for our morning photo session in Algonquin 

  • 12 noon lunch at The Mad Musher (not included) and workshop conclusion

What’s included:

  • Guiding to landscape & wildlife photo opportunities in Algonquin Provincial Park by someone who calls the park her second home

  • Individualized photography instruction, tips & techniques, and back-of-camera instruction by a full-time professional photographer with experience teaching at the college level

  • Packed breakfast on Thursday & Friday (hard-boiled eggs, bannock, fruit juice, and a piece of fruit) prepared by The Mad Musher Restaurant

What's not included:

You are responsible for:

  • Your own accommodation. I'd recommend you stay on the east side of Algonquin Park (in Whitney) as The Mad Musher will be our "home-base". If you'd prefer to stay in the park, or on the west side (Dwight, Huntsville), we'll plan a meeting spot each morning. 

  • Transportation & fuel - while I'd normally recommend carpooling, current conditions require we each drive our own vehicles.

  • Meals (except your packed breakfast on Thursday & Friday), snacks & hydration

  • Park pass

  • Photography gear, appropriate clothing, and anything required for your personal comfort.

A comprehensive list of suggested gear and personal items will be provided.

Cost:

$695+hst per person

Payment Policy:

The full workshop fee is due at the time of booking and is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy:

Please be sure you check your schedule prior to booking, as the fees are non-refundable. In the event of restrictions put in place by the federal or provincial governments that prevent us from moving forward as planned, Helen will work with you to find a solution. This could include rescheduling the workshop, or putting your fees towards a different workshop.

What can you expect during the workshop?

When we meet we'll cover the workshop rules, safety & ethics. After that, we head into the park with our cameras.

You can also expect:

  • A fun weekend full of adventure with a great group of women who will probably become fast friends!

  • Learning about photography and Algonquin Park and its wild residents.

  • provided to participants.

  • A mix of photography skill levels -- and learning from each other.

  • Long days - leaving 30-60 minutes before sunrise, eating breakfast on the go and likely eating dinner after sunset.

  • Photographing the sunrise, sunset, landscapes & wildlife -- whatever Mother Nature presents! We plan for landscape opportunities and "hope" for wildlife, hitting wildlife hot spots and doing a bit of animal tracking. 

  • An afternoon break (free-time to rest, refresh, review, or explore on your own).

  • Hiking anywhere from 5-12km/day on reasonably flat, well-worn trails with some obstacles (roots, rocks etc.). There will also be a hike to a lookout, which involves a steep climb. You must be comfortable walking for approx. 3-4 hours with stops for photos, and be able to carry all your own gear.

  • In-field instruction and back-of-camera critique designed to help you in the areas you wish to improve.

  • A fair amount of driving -- it takes about an hour to get from one end of the park to the other.

  • Adventure rain, snow, or shine!

  • BUGS!! Yes, this workshop is in the middle of "black fly season" -- which also happens to be the best time to see wildlife in the park! You can expect biting black flies as well as mosquitos, and they will be bothersome. Participants are required to bring a bug jacket, bug spray, and wear long pants and sleeves. 

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.

Helen E. Grose
About Helen E. Grose - Your Guide & Instructor!

Helen is a full time professional photographer who lives in the heart of Muskoka, an hour away from Algonquin Park's West Gate. She fell in love with Algonquin in high school during her first 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. Helen has taught nature and landscape photography at Georgian College and prides herself on using simple, easy to understand language. During this workshop, 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.

Space is limited to 4 participants, so reserve your spot today
for this amazing girls’ getaway!
About The Mad Musher

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. Free WiFi is available for those who wish to post and tweet about their amazing Algonquin adventures. 

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.