Fall Colors

A Glorious Time of Year

Where: Munising, Michigan
Sessions: No sessions currently scheduled.
Brochure: Fall Colors

Join Barbara Eddy and John Gerlach for an educational outdoor photography workshop in the spectacular north woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Learn to photograph waterfalls, fantastic autumn colors, and magnificent landscapes along Lake Superior. We’ll make dawn and evening field trips each day during this seven-day field workshop to provide plenty of superb photographic opportunities in the field.

We’re teaching two Fall Color nature photography workshops in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Hiawatha National Forest.

Our fall color nature photography field workshops are designed to teach you how to use high-quality nature photography techniques to shoot spectacular outdoor photographs. Typical subjects that we photograph during the week include patterns of colorful leaves hanging from trees, floating in quiet ponds, and carpeting the forest floor. Beautiful backlit individual leaves, golden bracken ferns littered with brilliant red maple leaves, waterfalls encircled by autumn foliage, colorful rocks along Lake Superior and sunrise/sunsets will keep your camera busy, too. With a bit of luck, we may get the opportunity to photograph gorgeous frosted autumn leaves or perhaps a light snowfall may provide the opportunity to photograph autumn leaves amid the snow. On calm and clear mornings, we’ll be on location before sunrise to photograph spectacular autumn color and white birch trunks perfectly reflected in the still water of small lakes.We’ll take you to many of our special places we’ve found over the previous 30 years.

Since we lived in the Pictured Rocks area for several years, and have conducted more than 70 autumn color workshops here, our extensive experience ensures a highly successful workshop for you. No matter what the weather conditions, we know where to lead our photo workshops, so our participants can make the most of their time in the field taking photos. We lead morning and afternoon field trips every day on Monday through Friday morning. We take you to places where you’ll find exciting things to photograph and carefully show you how to select excellent photo prospects from the chaos of nature.

Then we demonstrate how to shoot the best photos of wonderful subjects with high-quality techniques that anyone can learn and master. We spend 100% of our time in the field helping you take pictures with your equipment. We’re always with you to suggest inspiring photo possibilities and help you solve any problems you may have.

To ensure that instruction is complete, informative, and helpful, the group size is limited to 16 participants (1:8 instructor/student ratio). About 20% of the workshop is spent viewing instructional image programs that we have carefully put together to maximize learning. The materials contained in these programs are suitable for beginners through professionals. We critique your images during the week and conduct a spirited showing of the best images shot by each participant Friday night. We will present a program featuring digital images we have taken during the past year. This popular part of the program is an effective way to show you the new things we’ve discovered about nature photography and the new photos we’ve taken. We ask each of you to bring some images from home to share with the group. It’s optional, but it’s a wonderful way for us to see where you’ve been and how well you’re doing. If you would like a critique of your images, just ask and we’ll be glad to do this for you.

We eat, breathe, and sleep nature photography at each workshop. But that doesn’t mean it’s all work and no play. Since we take our field trips at a leisurely pace, there is time to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. We may get a little silly at times, but then laughter and humor help us enjoy the experience more fully. Participating in our outdoor photography workshop is not only a superb way to improve your photography and to learn about nature, but it’s a wonderful "learning vacation" as well. It’s always a pleasure to share experiences and knowledge with other photographers.

Therefore, we take field trips every morning which begin 1/2 hour before sunrise and we stay out until the light gets bad or the wind starts blowing too hard. Getting up for our early morning field trips isn’t going to be as tough as it sounds. We are on the far western edge of the Eastern Time Zone and we are on daylight-savings time. This means that 1/2 hour before sunrise during early October is about 7:00 A.M.

We’ll conduct most of our instructional slide programs during the middle of the day when the light is bad and the wind is blowing or during the evening hours. All mornings and evenings and bright overcast calm periods during the middle of the day are reserved for field trips. Because weather is unpredictable, a definite daily schedule is not possible. We’ll keep you informed as we go.

The Munising and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore area is especially good for fall photography for several reasons. First, the forest in northern Michigan offers a beautiful mixture of beech-maple, conifer, white birch, and aspen woodlands. Since beech, aspen, birch, and five species of maple trees are abundant here, the forest becomes a riot of red, yellow, and orange color during the first three weeks of October. Fall color develops in earnest in early October, generally peaks around October 2 - 8. It varies every year, so we can’t predict precisely when it will peak. Second, nearby Lake Superior stretches out the peak of fall color. The relatively warm shoreline of Lake Superior keeps the night temperatures somewhat warmer than a few miles inland. Colorful maples peak at slightly different times providing more opportunities for us. Fall color typically peaks away from the shoreline (10 miles inland) of Lake Superior 7-10 days before color peaks next to Lake Superior. Third, the vast majority of land is state and national forest. It is public land so we can go just about anywhere.Access to land and great photos is terrific!

For more information, please read the linked brochure above.