Fall 2022 - Northern Minnesota Fall Scenes, Waterfalls & Wolves
Photography Workshop 

October 7 - 9, 2022
Ely, MN
Cost of Workshop - $315

Fall is a great time to be in Northern Minnesota.  The leaves are turning, the days are cool, the bugs are gone, and the animals are all getting their winter coats.


This workshop combines a little bit of everything (night photography, a waterfall, fall colors, lakes and rivers, and of course the wolves).  As part of the workshop we will be granted early access to the International Wolf Center.  This allows us to get some great shots of the wolves before the building is open to the general public.



We will begin with introductions and a review of the agenda. Weather permitting this will be followed by a night shoot. If the sky is clouded over we will spend some time light painting.


Saturday starts with a trip to the International Wolf Center.  We are being given early access to the center.  This is a great opportunity to capture images of the wolves at the time of day when they are most active.  After photographing the wolves we will head out to capture some of the scenery.

We will have a quick lunch and then head back out capture some more of the scenery.  We will then finish up our shooting at sunset.

After dinner, for those with some left over energy we will do some more night photography and perhaps some light painting.   If it is raining we will instead spend the time editing images and doing an image critique.



Sunday begins with a sunrise shoot. We will then head back to town for breakfast. After breakfast we will have a slide show where everyone can share some of their favorite images from the weekend.  We will then begin heading back with a stop along the way to capture some more of the fall scenery.

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Northern Lights over Tofte Lake-3-cr-sm.
Northern Lights over Tofte Lake-3-cr-sm.

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 Join us in Ely for a fun weekend of photography.

What You Will Need:

This weekend will have everything from waterfalls to animals.  To make the most of the weekend the following is recommended:

  • Sturdy Tripod - wind can be a big factor this time of year.

  • Remote Shutter Release - wired tend to work best.

  • Polarizer - to help remove the glare from the water and rocks and to bring out the fall colors.

  • Neutral Density Filters - at least a 4x, but the higher the number the better.

  • Fast wide angle lens for night photography.

  • Medium telephoto lens for photographing the wolves (I have found the 70 - 200 zoom lens to work well.  I would not recommend anything longer than 300mm)

  • Microfiber Towel.

  • Rain Protection for Camera - unless it is lightning, we will shoot in the rain.

  • Rain Gear for you (in case of rain)

  • Layered Clothing (this time of year the weather can be pretty unpredictable, gloves and a hat are always a good idea.)

  • Camera Manual

  • Spare Batteries & Memory Cards

  • Laptop and Card Reader


There are a number of hotels in and around Ely.  Due to the time of year, we could not get a group rate.  The hotels typically sell out for the "leaf peepers."  I will be staying at the Paddle Inn, and we will use that hotel as our base of operations for the weekend.  


This workshop is led by Don Tredinnick.  He is assisted by Barb Thompson.


Workshop size is limited to 10 participants, this allows for a maximum 5 to 1 participant/instructor ratio.


Workshop price is for the workshop (including admission to the International Wolf Center) only and does not include lodging, meals, or transportation.


All participants will be asked to sign a liability waiver.

Some of the locations require some moderate hiking. 


We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of registrations are not received.  If we cancel, you will be given a full refund.


You can cancel up to 14 days prior to the workshop.  We will refund your money minus a $25.00 processing fee.