The Gales of November Come Early 2017 Workshop
Presented by Glenn Springer, TIF, HHCC, GTCCC, CAPA
in conjunction with
Naturally Superior Adventures/Rock Island Lodge, Wawa Ontario

On Location, on the shores of Lake Superior
October 26-29, 2017

Warning: by the end of this workshop, you will be in love with the
dramatic splendour of the North shores of Lake Superior!


The Michipicoten River Light. View from Rock Island Lodge

What is this workshop about?

"The Gales of November" is a phrase made famous by Gordon Lightfoot in his classic ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". In the song, he says, "The Gales of November Come Early" he meant early in November but allowing for artistic license, October is early, right?

Link to the Lightfoot ballad. Opens in a new window

This is an opportunity for a dozen or so people – like-minded in their fascination with the Canadian wilderness and their desire to capture this splendour photographically – to visit and shoot at some outstanding photo venues on the shores of Lake Superior and the surrounding area.

The goal is to point you in some new directions or reinforce the skills and experience you already have. It's about mindset and vision. We'll do some seminars on specific topics but this is really about getting out and making the most of this outstanding Canadian wilderness amongst a dozen of your peers. Ideas abound. Sharing and critiquing and cooperating are the watchwords of the day.

Your direct experience in the workshop starts with your arrival on Thursday afternoon and ends mid-day on Sunday. But many participants use some time before and/or after the weekend to explore adjacent areas: perhaps the Agawa Canyon Tour by rail, or the North channel of Lake Huron, or the rugged wilderness of Northern Ontario.


Who's it for?

Short answer:
Intermediate to advanced photographers who are comfortable with
their cameras and with some post-processing.


Dawn at the Rock Island Lodge

What do I need to bring?

Short answer: Camera, computer and clothes. And a great attitude!



Where is the course held? How many participants?

Short answer: In Wawa, Ontario, for 12 people


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Preliminary Workshop Agenda

Short answer: Shoot pictures. Eat. Sleep. Rinse and repeat!

* Note: this is the 2016 agenda. The 2017 version will be similar but hasn't been finalized yet.

Thursday Afternoon Arrival
  6:30 pm Dinner
  Evening Course Orientation & moving water seminar
Friday 7:00 am Early morning light session
  8:30 am Breakfast
  Morning Photo workshop – outings
  Noon Lunch
  Afternoon Photo workshop – outings
  Pre-vening Night shooting seminar & team challenge assignment
  7:00 pm Dinner
  Evening Workshop: night shooting (weather permitting)
Saturday 7:00 am Dawn shoot (optional)
  8:30 am Breakfast
  Morning Photo workshop – team challenge
  Noon Lunch
  Afternoon Photo workshop – outings
  7:00 pm Dinner
  Evening Post-processing time
Sunday 9:00 am Review, critique and wrap up
  10:30 am Brunch
  Noon Departure

Sunset on the beach in Old Woman Bay

How much does it cost?

Short answer: Affordable.

Single person with own room $740 $690
2 people in workshop, sharing a room $1190 $1140
2 people sharing a room, one in workshop, one not $980 $930
Single person in workshop with own accommodations $495 $495

Rates are in Canadian Dollars. HST extra



Old Woman Bay on Lake Superior and High Falls on the Magpie River

What about the fine print?

There's not an awful lot. Just common sense.

  • You have to prepay for the workshop.
    • A deposit of $100 or 20% (whichever is more) is required, with the balance due 30 days before the workshop.
    • You can pay by credit card, cheque or money order.
  • Cancellations:
    • if you cancel more than 30 days before the workshop, you'll get a 100% refund less a $45 admin fee.
    • if you cancel within 30 days of the session, you do not get a refund unless you find a qualified replacement, in which case there's a $45 admin fee
    • If you cancel within that 30 day window, your payment can be applied to a future workshop, less the $45 admin fee.
  • If you don't show up, we keep your money.
  • What if the weather's lousy?
    • That's the whole point. "Gales of November", remember?
    • Dress appropriately.
  • Special circumstances are special circumstances and we're human too. Let's talk.
  • Please also note:

    • You'll be asked to sign a waiver. If you fall down and hurt yourself, it's your fault, not ours.
    • You'll be asked to sign a model release. If you end up in one of our pictures and we want to use it to promote the courses, we can.
    • We'll ask you to share some images you made so that we can use them to promote future courses.

    OK, that was a longer list than I thought, but it all makes sense, right?

Are we friendly to those who are physically challenged? Not really but almost. There's an upper parking lot next to the lodge which is connected by gravel pathways, and the lodge itself is all on one level. However there's rough terrain all around. It's not perfect, but it's your call. Most of the outdoor venues are readily accessible by car, but again there is some minimal hiking involved.

The Gales of November at Sandy Beach

A calm day on the Michipicoten River mouth sandbar

Star Trails composite created with StarStax behind Rock Island Lodge

About Glenn Springer

This workshop is led by well-known Ontario photographer and educator Glenn Springer. Glenn specializes in outdoor and travel photography. He is a freelance photojournalist, writer and columnist and his work has appeared in many newspapers including the Toronto Star and local Haliburton publications. His images have been featured in several galleries. He is the founding president of the Haliburton Highlands Camera Club, has lectured and presented to many clubs and organizations and teaches many workshops focusing on the concepts of photography including DSLR operation, Lightroom and Photoshop as well as specialized techniques such as night and star shoots, HDR and long exposure photography. He is a certified judge and has adjudicated many competitions up to the International Salon level. He is known as a “relentless blogger” and has documented his travels and work at for more than 10 years.

How do I contact you?


Note: I hesitate to post my personal cellphone number online. Please use the
contact form and if you're a real person, I promise, I'll email you back with my phone number.


How do I register and pay for a course?


Click the button below. You will be taken to the Naturally Superior Adventures booking page.
Book early if you want to be sure of a space, and especially if you want to stay in one of the four rooms in the lodge itself

Payment via credit card, cheque or money order.