Sunday, June 07, 2009

Wildflower Workshop successful

Photo 1: Indian Paintbrush in Bruce Peninsula National Park
EOS 1DsIII; 70-200/2.8 lens; ISO 400; 1/20s @ f/8; mirror lock-up & cable release.

I just finished hosting a wildflower photography workshop this weekend in Tobermory, Ontario. This was the best year for wildflowers I've seen in a decade - the early species were hanging on in pristine condition due to the cool, wet spring... and the expected species popped out with the warm weather in the two days leading up to the workshop. The white variant Calypso Orchid and the dense patches of Indian Paintbrush were highlights for me.

Thanks to the group members - Al & Cathey, Janice, Carolyn, Joseph and Lily... who shared great enthusiasm for the blooms and early mornings. And a huge thanks to my friend and co-leader "111 mile" Ian Brooks ( , whose knowledge of the Nikon system and penchance for gear is surpassed by few. Thanks Ian!

Photo 2: The workshop gang after a great lunch at "A Mermaid's Secret" cafe in Tobermory.

Photo 3: Co-leader Ian Brooks sports the latest style in black-fly protection.

Photo 4: Yellow Lady's Slippers were prime for photo ops.

Photo 5: Ram's Head Lady's Slippers (the first flower we photographed on the workshop).
EOS 1DsIII; 100/2.8 macro


  1. Anonymous10:15 AM

    Hi Ethan,

    It was absolutely fantastic experience. Organization, accommodation, meals and overall atmosphere were perfect. Your knowledge of nature and photography is simply outstanding. And, of course, Ian’s help was greatly appreciated especially when technical issues and exact numbers were involved.
    I learned a lot. Two thumbs up!

    Thank you both,

  2. Al Garner11:46 AM

    Hi Ethan

    Your exuberance, teaching skill, knowledge of wildflowers and their environs and your photographic talents made this workshop a fabulous expereince for Cathy and me. Ian provided fantastic assistance (for a Nikon shooter). We really appreciated the patience you showed and the time you took with all participants to ensure we all got the most from the workshop.

    Oh and the food, accomodation, etc. were top notch.

    Overall a terrific weekend!


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