Best of the Lake

Best of the Lake

The view from here


Workshop Overview. (June 2-5, 2016)

 Few landscapes compare to the jagged coast of Lake Superior, where towering cliff faces and brooding headlands are tempered by wave-washed cobble and sand beaches. Throw in cedar-rimmed inland lakes cradled within the rounded mountains of the Canadian Shield and wild rivers cascading over granite to meet with Lake Superior, and we have all the raw materials for stunning photography.

Location, Location, Location

Naturally Superior Adventure’s Rock Island Lodge rests on a rock point where the mouth of the Michipicoten River merges with Lake Superior. Flanked by sand beaches, and with no choice but to be intimate with the mercurial moods of Lake Superior, the lodge is about as close to the action as we can get. Shoot right from the living room window if you want!

Spring is a magical time when Lake Superior tributaries roar clear and strong and forests are lush and green. Coastal hiking trails, long sand beaches and waterfalls, hidden and accessible, unfold at the doorstep. Stick to land or take to the water in a canoe or kayak for a different perspective on the land and waterscapes. Driftwood, wildflowers and the intricate details of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence and boreal forests provide sustenance for photographic growth.

Within this rich and varied landscape photographers will experience a mix of formal instruction in the lodge combined with hands on, one-on-one instruction in the field. Professional photographer James Smedley will explore the foundations of photography - shutter speed, aperture, composition and light - to capture moments and mementos from this singularly beautiful region along with insights into the challenges and rewards of outdoor photography. There will be instruction for those just learning to use their cameras as well as for shooters who want to take their photography to another level.

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About Photographer James Smedley

James Smedley is an award-winning Ontario photographer. His images appear regularly in international advertising campaigns and in books, magazines and newspapers world-wide. View his work on his website:







Sample Itinerary

Thurs. 6:00 pm Dinner
8:00 pm Course Orientation and Slide Presentation by James Smedley
Friday 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
9:00-10 am Seminar -  Introduction to elements of photography
12:15-1:30 Lunch
2-6pm  Photography field work with James Smedley
   Options include: Waterfalls, beaches, driftwood, coastal trails
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner
8pm Review of participant’s images from the day
Optional evening sunset shooting
Saturday 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
9-9:30am Review and discussion - choose field work destination
9:30-12pm Photography field work with James Smedley
   Options include:
   On land - coastal and wilderness trails, waterfalls, rivers ect.
   On water - excursion in canoe/kayak or Voyageur Canoe
       (group of least 8 required)
12:15-1:30pm Lunch
2-6pm Photography field work with James Smedley
6:30-7:30pm Dinner
8pm Review of participant’s images from the day
Sunday 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast
9:30-11:30 Photography field work with James Smedley
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:45pm Depart

All meals and formal instruction will be based out of Rock Island Lodge. A laid back atmosphere and legendary food and hospitality make this the place to be to witness the awakening of the Lake Superior wilderness. 

Stay right at the lodge or camp onsite - with your own tent or in our teepee.




All pricing includes: meals (Thurs night dinner until Sunday at lunch), all instruction and your choice of accommodation. HST additional


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Couple both in workshop sharing room $1134Cdn
single occupancy $729
double occupancy $567
no accommodation $477
Couple; one in workshop, one not (sharing room) $924

All participants need to bring the following:

  • Camera gear and manual
  • Tripod
  • Laptop and memory card or external storage
  • Layered clothing - seasonal temperatures vary from swimsuit weather to fleece and windbreaker
  • Bug repellent - possibility of black fly and mosquitoes when shooting inland
  • Any other photographic equipment you normally use
  • Note pad & pencil (something portable so you can record your shots in the field)
  • Sturdy footwear - we'll likely spend some time scrambling on rocks, beaches, etc.

For more information or to register call 1-800-203-9092 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it