Ravenwood with the Pros
October 2 – October 10, 2010
Limited to 15 participants
Spend a week observing and creating photographic images in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest with 3 masters of photography; Jim Brandenburg, Neil Lucas and Danny Ellinger.
Jim will focus on the creative aspect of photography, sharing his vision with us. Neil’s focus will be on logistics, time-lapse and the endless possibilities with the latest cameras. Danny will focus on workflow, image processing and Photoshop. This will be a very intensive workshop; basic knowledge of photography and the outdoors is required. The goal is to help you become a better photographer in many areas of photography including workflow and presentation of your work. The day and evening programs will be held in the field and/or at Ravenwood, Jim’s home and studio.
Ravenwood is located in Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, on the edge of a 1.5 million acre wilderness area, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. October is a beautiful time of the year in the Superior National Forest as the leaves are displaying their autumn colors and the light is perfect for photography. The Superior National Forest is home to an abundance of wolves, black bear, moose, white-tailed deer, pine marten, loons, songbirds, woodpeckers, grosbeaks, etc. In the evening, we may be lucky enough to howl with the wolves or photograph the aurora borealis (northern lights).
Jim Brandenburg traveled the globe as a photographer with National Geographic Magazine for several decades. His extensive body of work has been published throughout the world and his photographs have won a multitude of national and international awards. He was the recipient of the ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ award by the Natural History Museum-London and BBC Wildlife Magazine, and twice was named ‘Magazine Photographer of the Year’ by the National Press Photographer's Association (NPPA) for his National Geographic work. Brandenburg was the recipient of the ‘World Achievement Award’ from the United Nations in recognition of his using nature photography to raise public awareness for the environment.
Neil Lucas worked for the BBC Natural History Unit as a producer for over 20 years. During that time he worked on many internationally acclaimed and award winning productions, including Sir David Attenborough’s ‘The Trails of Life’, ‘The Private Life of Plants’, The Life of Mammals’ and ‘Planet Earth’. Neil’s most recent work is included in the latest outstanding BBC landmark series ‘Life’ where he produced two of the most technically challenging programs within the whole series. Many of Neil’s programs have been nominated for BAFTA’s and EMMYs over the past years. He is now a freelance film director and photographer specializing in more challenging and technical shoots, using the same filming and photographic techniques he has mastered throughout his career.
Danny Ellinger is CEO/owner of FotoNatura, the largest nature photo agency in the Netherlands. He is a passionate bird photographer and expert in Photoshop, image processing, and workflow, prepress and printing. In addition, he has produced several documentaries about nature and has great graphical and technical knowledge. Danny has led many workshops with Nikon Europe and Apple
DAY 1, October 2 - Arrival in Duluth
Participants will arrive in Duluth, Minnesota. Double rooms reserved at Holiday Inn, Duluth
DAY 2, October 3 - Travel to Ely
Visit Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory and travel up the north shore of Lake Superior to Ely, Minnesota. Check in at Grand Ely Lodge, Ely, Minnesota. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 3, October 4 - Ravenwood Lakes and Kawishiwi Falls
Photograph and discover the natural areas around Ely and Ravenwood. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Basic image processing with Photoshop.
DAY 4, October 5 - Canoeing
Canoe and photograph in the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area, including Hegman Lake pictographs. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Neil will share his experiences working with Sir David Attenborough and BBC and creating time-lapse photography.
DAY 5, October 6 - Day Trip to North Shore of Lake Superior
Early morning journey from Ely to the north shore of Lake Superior. We will return to Ely in the late evening. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
DAY 6, October 7 - Aerial Photography over Superior National Forest
Starting at Moose Lake, the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, we will fly over Superior National Forest in small groups for aerial photography. If weather and time allows, we will charter boats and travel to Quetico Provincial Park in Canada. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
The evening program will focus on presenting your work. Danny will explain the best way to create a presentation with Keynote and PowerPoint. Neil will explain how to create a short film.
DAY 7, October 8 - Boundary Waters, Prairie Portage and Quetico Provincial Park
We will charter boats and spend the day photographing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Prairie Portage and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada.
DAY 8, October 9 - Ravenwood Lakes and Kawishiwi Falls
Our last day at Ravenwood is open to suggestions. We may give an assignment that includes a final presentation. In the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at Ravenwood.
DAY 9, October 10 - Ely and Depart
We will visit the International Wolf Center and Brandenburg Gallery. After lunch, participants will travel to Duluth International Airport for connecting flights.
**THIS SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE, as deemed necessary, by Jim Brandenburg, Danny Ellinger or their staff.
What is included
Seven nights stay at Grand Ely Lodge, Ely, Minnesota 10/3/10 – 10/9/10
One night stay at Holiday Inn, Duluth, Minnesota 10/2/10
Breakfast, lunch and dinner 10/3/2010 – 10/9/2010, breakfast and lunch 10/10/10
Daily local transportation to and from hotel and workshop activities
Transportation to Ely from Holiday Inn, Duluth, Minnesota, the morning of 10/3/2010 at 8:00am
Transportation to Duluth International Airport from Ely on 10/10/2010 at 1:00pm
VanAir airfare for aerial photography
Boat and canoe rental
What is not included
Airfare to Duluth
Meals not mentioned in itinerary
Trip cancellation and interruption insurance (highly recommended)
The workshop is for users of all camera makes and models, must bring own equipment.
Participants will receive a suggested packing list prior to workshop.
$5600.00 per person.
$1200.00 per person deposit is required at the time of booking. Deposit is non-refundable, unless the space is resold.
Final payment is due on August 15, 2010. The workshop will be non-refundable at that time, unless the space is resold.
**Checks and credit cards accepted for payment. Credit card payments can be made via Paypal or through the Brandenburg Gallery, a 3% service charge will be added to all credit card payments. Payment instructions will be provided when you place your reservation.
To reserve your space in the workshop or if you have any questions, please contact Heidi Brandenburg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-365-5105.