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Porphyry Photography Weekend Retreat

Thursday, July 11 – Sunday, July 14

$1395 + HST

 

Beginner and intermediate level photographers will enjoy this weekend workshop at Porphyry Island Lighthouse that focuses on capturing the power and the beauty of Lake Superior’s waterscapes as well as the flora and fauna of the wild spaces on the island. Bring the camera that you have and practice using it to capture Lake Superior’s wonderful viewscapes.

Included in this tour

Join us for an exciting ride to Porphyry Island in the Superior Rocket. With 500 horsepower, the Superior Rocket can reach speeds of 80 km/h in open waters. This breathtaking trip really showcases the power and wonder of Lake Superior.

-Accommodations are rustic and homely. Pack your sleeping bag and pillow for this authentically remarkable natural retreat.

-The dwelling you will be staying in accommodates 6 people

-There is a quaint room with a double bed — perfect for couples who would like a little privacy

-The other room has 2 single beds and 1 bunk bed.

-These accommodations are not fancy, but they are comfortable and welcoming. If you like being immersed in nature, you are sure to have a genuinely relaxing stay on Porphyry Island.

-Sail Superior supports sustainable technologies, and so it’s fantastic that Porphyry Island includes on-site solar and generator power as well as running water.

-WiFi is also available for people to post their adventures online or connect with the rest of the world.

See bio and retreat schedule for more details on session topics

Your Instuctor

Lois Nuttall, MPA

(Master of Photographic Arts)

Statements Without Words

I was first introduced to Lake Superior’s incredible landscapes and power by my husband over forty years ago…and have loved both ever since.  

Digital photography began as a tourism business need but has evolved into a rich, satisfying chronicle of where northerners play - who we are - and how blessed we are to live alongside Lake Superior’s majestic coast.  

Capturing the light, shadows and moods of Lake Superior and her residents are part of my essence now, and I strive to perfect these digital ‘statements without words’.

⦁ Landscapes and Nature Photography
⦁ Legacy Portraits - for the next generation
⦁ Commercial - event, product and real estate photography

An active member of the PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) since 2014, I have earned seven national accreditations and more recently my Masters of Photographic Arts designation. For those who are not aware of this organization, the PPOC is a go-to place for serious photographers in Canada. www.ppoc.ca Their educational offerings and in particular their scrutiny and attention to photographic standards and details have improved my work tremendously. One must pass their standards to display the PPOC logo.

Past careers in education and tourism afford me a natural comfort in sharing photography tips and a love of Lake Superior with others.

Accreditations, Accomplishments, Exhibits

2019 PPOC – Masters of Photographic Arts Designation (MPA)
⦁ 2019 PPOC 7th accreditation – Low Key Portraiture
⦁ 2018 The Walleye – contributing photographer
⦁ 2018 Northern Wilds Magazine - three cover Images
⦁ 2017 PPOC 6th accreditation - Fine Art/Home Decor – rated very good
⦁ 2016 Hon Mention - 'Pineglen Reflection' – LSuperior Magazine Photo Contest  
⦁ 2016 Best in Class - Fine Art - 'Leaping Ladies' - ON PPOC Image Salon
⦁ 2016 Artist in Residence - Porphyry Island Lighthouse, Lake Superior
⦁ 2016 PPOC - Craftsman of Photographic Arts Designation (CPA)
⦁ 2016 PPOC 5th accreditation - Night Photography - rated Excellent
⦁ 2015 Regional Juried Art Show - 'Coming Out' – Def Superior Art Gallery, TBay
⦁ 2015 Best in Class – Digital Illustration – 'Fire Spinners' - ON PPOC 
⦁ 2015 Fire &Ice Exhibit, Johnson’s Heritage Centre, Grand Marais, MN
⦁ 2015 Two Images accepted into the PPOC National Image Salon
⦁ 2015 PPOC accreditations - Nature, Travel Illustration, Botanical
⦁ 2014 Finalist, 'Green Water Lion', L Superior Magazine Photo Contest
⦁ 2014 PPOC first accreditation – Pictorial/Scenic
⦁ 2014 Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) - membership
⦁ 2007 – Digital Art Exhibit, Thunder Bay Museum

Loose Schedule of the Retreat

DAY 1 – THURSDAY

  • 8:30 - 9:00 am Meet at Marina Park
  • 10:30 am Arrival – walk from boat harbour to Lighthouse
  • 11:00 am  - Guests enjoy the amenities provided by the destination get settled into the accommodations, have lunch, lighthouse tour
  • 12 noon Lunch will be available
  • 2:00 pm - Workshop with facilitator – with practice
    Session #1 - overview of the weekend, what they want to know, skill levels (via prior questionnaire), camera questions, rule of thirds, capturing silky water shots
  • 4:00 pm Free Time
  • 5:00 pm (approx) Dinner is served
  • 9:00 pm Session #2 – Sunset shoot – Moving water and Sleeping Giant Sunset

DAY 2 - FRIDAY

  • Optional sunrise shoot.
  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Session # 3 - Intro to Flora and fauna – close-ups, tips re macro photography
  • 10:30 am Practice time and free time to explore the programming at the lighthouse - from bird watching to swimming to cycling
  • 12 noon Lunch will be available
  • 2:00 pm Session #4 – Intro to Night Photography – lenses, settings, focussing, tripod, etc.
  • 3:30 pm Free Time – Rest, explore, practice, play
  • 5:00 pm (approx) Dinner is served
  • 8:00 pm Session #5 – Sunset Shoot
  • 11:00 pm Session #6 – Night Shots – stars, milky way, etc.

DAY 3 – SATURDAY

  • 5:30 am Session #7 - Sunrise shoot – black sand beach
  • 8:00 am Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Session # 8:00 am – Review of images, critiquing, questions
  • 10:30 am Practice time and free time to explore the programming at the lighthouse - from bird watching to swimming to cycling
  • 12 noon Lunch will be available
  • 2:00 pm Session #9 – Instructor available to individual questions, demos.
  • 3:30 pm Free Time – Rest, explore, practice, play
  • 5:00 pm (approx) Dinner is served
  • 8:00 pm Session #10 – Sunset Shoot

DAY 4 - SUNDAY

  • 6:00 a.m. Session #11 - Sunrise Shoot – close to Lighthouse on east side
  • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. Session #12 - Review of images, critiques, questions
  • 10:30 am Enjoy island – pack up belongings, free time to capture final images or reflect on the previous day's work
  • 12:00 pm Lunch will be available
  • 2:00 pm return to Thunder Bay

Trip Specific

Please note; this is a suggested list. If you have this equipment great, if not, don’t worry about it.

Bring what you have and you can learn more about the other items while you are there.

  • Camera Body or bodies
  • Solid Tripod – for night photography, flower shots, low light shots, windy day shots
  • Lenses with hoods: 
    • All round lens - 18-55mm, 24 to 105, 24-70 or similar
    • Macro lens – 60mm, 100 mm or similar - for flowers, details, people
    • Telephoto lens - depends on the subject – wildlife, flora, fauna, people
    • Wide angle lens - 10–20mm, 16-35 or similar – landscapes, night photography, people
  • Filters; polarizer, ND/Split or solid
  • Small flashlight or headlamp
  • Spare battery and battery charger
  • Extra Memory cards
  • Lens cleaning cloths and shower caps (from hotels) or rain hoods for your lenses
  • Laptop if you have one to download images to – with charging cable. I will be downloading and demonstrating Lightroom post processing and some Photoshop techniques on my MacBook Pro laptop.  If you don’t have one to bring, it is not an issue.
  • Camera pack or bag
  • Notebook and personal business cards to exchange with others if you want to keep in touch.

General

  • Layered clothing – Lake Superior can be cold even in July.
  • Warm mid-layer jacket and a windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Socks, underwear, shirts, pants, shorts, etc. (not too many)
  • Rain gear - jacket, pants, hat.
  • Good hiking boot/shoe
  • Sun hat with tie for the boat trip and wind
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray and motion sickness meds if you are prone
  • NOTE: Limited power is available on the island
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  • NOTE: WiFi is available in the lightkeepers house although in a limited capacity

Transportation

  • Sail Superior will provide all passengers with floater suits and goggles for the trips to and from the island

NOTE: There is not a ton of space for luggage on our zodiac boat. Try to only bring a mid-size bag or suitcase in addition to your backpack or roller bag.

And A Great Attitude!