Wilderness Photography Workshop with Rob Stimpson

Workshop Overview. (November 2-5, 2006)

November is traditionally storm season on Lake Superior. Stormy seas, fall skies and Superior’s mighty shores are some of the most dramatic and powerful landscapes a photographer could dream of. Capturing them on film is a passion of artist Rob Stimpson. This workshop, timed to take perfect advantage of Superior’s surely moods and spectacular scenery, will appeal to the person who knows the workings of their camera and wants to create, not just take, photographs. There will be plenty of time for shooting, critiquing and sharing techniques. With the opportunity to have film developed mid way through the course, you will have a chance to see how your work is evolving.

The workshop is based from our site and lodge, located right on the shore of Lake Superior. Our front room affords “Superior” vistas and is the perfect place for discussions and evening relaxation. “Rock Island” as our site is known locally, is becoming a popular spot for storm watchers to gather as Superiors fury crashes upon our rocky shores. During the course of the workshop we may have the opportunity to take to the waters by canoe or kayak, travel to other local photographic hotspots (such as Old Woman Bay or the Badlands) or hike some of Superior rugged headlands as weather and interest permit.

About Artist Rob Stimpson

Rob Stimpson is a professional photographer, photography instructor and outdoor guide. He runs his own business, Rob Stimpson Photography, specializing in outdoor lifestyle images, photography workshops and is a member of Arts in the Wild, an Ontario tourism initiative. His travels have taken him to Arctic Rivers, trekking in Africa, Antarctica and numerous other adventures in regions of Canada. He recently returned from six weeks in Antarctica running the photo program for GAP Adventures on their expedition ship. In 2004 he worked with noted writer Craig Thompson and completed a book for Firefly Books (Boston Mills), The Wild Art of Ontario, a guide for the creative spirit, which will be published later this year. Rob’s genuine love of the wilderness and unique ability to capture the spirit of the land on film is an inspiration to everyone he teaches. For more information on Rob and his workshops visit his website at robstimpson.com.


Thurs. 7:30 pm Wine and cheese – course orientation
Friday 8:30 am Breakfast (optional early morning light workshop before breakfast)
  9:00 am Seminar – photographic essentials
  Noon Lunch
  Afternoon Photo workshop
  6:30pm Dinner
  Evening Dependant on afternoon activities
Saturday 8:30 am Breakfast (optional early morning light workshop before breakfast)
  9am Photo workshop
  Noon Lunch – Film out for developing
  Afternoon Photo workshop – may include afternoon outings
  7pm Dinner
  Evening Evening workshop & Slide show
Sunday 9:00 am Breakfast
  10 am Review, film critique and wrap up
  Noon Lunch

About Naturally Superior Adventures

Naturally Superior Adventures is located on Lake Superior, approx. 5km from Wawa, Ontario on a 7-acre peninsula in Michipicoten Bay at the mouth of the Michipicoten River. Our site, known as”Rock Island”, is adjacent to Lake Superior Provincial and Pukaskwa National Parks, all on the Great Lakes Heritage Coastline; the longest undeveloped stretch of shoreline of Lake Superior. Our unique location on Lake Superior is inspiration for artist and adventurer alike.

Our main lodge, located right on the shores of Lake Superior, provides accommodation in three motel rooms and has a large common area/meeting room with stone fire place. There are incredible views of Lake Superior from every room. We have a full kitchen specializing in hearty “Canadian fare” with fresh healthy ingredients. On site we have an office, paddling shop, camping facilities (camping is an option for those not wishing lodge or motel accommodations – there is no charge for camping for workshop participants – sites are located on our protected beach), many canoes, sea kayaks and 36ft. voyageur canoe.

Equipment and Services

For those taking advantage of our workshop package, accommodations are motel style (on site and within a short drive) and meals are provided at our lodge on site. Rooms are double or single occupancy with two double beds or one queen bed and private bath. For those wishing to arrange their own accommodations, camping is available on our beach and there are many alternative motel accommodations within a short drive. Meals are served “family” style in our lodge with fresh, hearty fare. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided for all participants each day. Most special dietary needs can be accommodated.

Please note: Film and developing costs (four rolls) are included in course fees. Those wishing to have additional film developed during the course of the workshop should be prepared to spend $12-$15 / roll for print film development. Four rolls of print film will be provided to for each participant. Additional print film and specialty slide film will be available for purchase from Rob Stimpson. If there is a particular product you would like to try or photographic equipment you would like to test, please let us know well in advance of the course, we will do our best to have specific photographic gear available.

All participants need to bring the following:

  • Clothing for rain, snow, cold, wet, etc. – we will be outside, no matter what Superior’s mood!
  • Camera – 35mm, please let us know in advance if you would prefer to shoot digitally
  • Tripod
  • Any other photographic equipment you normally use
  • Note pad & pencil (something portable so you can record your shots in the field)
  • Sturdy footwear – we’ll likely spend some time scrambling on rocks, beaches, etc.