Photographing Wild Orchids

Northeast Minnesota is a world hotspot for the number of orchid species growing in a limited area. Within just a few miles of Ely approximately 31 species can be found. Join us on a two-day journey exploring how to photograph these beauties.  You can take class both days or either day.

Day one will start with a three-hour session, talking about photographing wildflowers. This will include tips on lens selection, diffusers, reflectors and off-camera lighting, macro and extension tubes, how to get the sharpest images, Depth of Field theory and how to use Depth of Field as a compositional technique, where and when to find desirable orchids, as well as establishing a personal workflow for equipment decisions and shooting styles while out in the field. We’ll finish the day shooting flowers outdoors at Whiteside Park to practice needed skills.

Day two will include a 5 ½ hour field trip to some productive orchid areas within Superior National Forest. Ken will have previously scouted the area to determine where the best variety of orchids can be found. There will be limited vehicle passenger room on this second day, so, depending on class size, some may need to bring their own vehicles.

Bring a camera, DSLR preferred, and manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch for both days.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), Ken has photographed stemless lady slippers, ramshead lady slippers, large yellow lady slippers, showy lady slippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been a nature photographer for years and a teacher for many more.

Saturday, June 24, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Sunday, June 25, 8:00am – 1:30pm
with Ken Hupila

Both Days: Tuition: $90, Materials: $5
First Day Only: Tuition: $40, Materials: $5
Second Day Only: Tuition: $60

Please pick one choice in the selection below.

EFS Members: Use code MEMBER at checkout to receive your discount.

  • June 24, 2017 - June 25, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Price Qty
2-Day Tuition & Materialsshow details + $95.00 (USD)  
First Day Only Tuition & Materialsshow details + $45.00 (USD)  
Second Day Only Tuitionshow details + $60.00 (USD)  

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