Best of the Lake

Best of the Lake

The view from here


Workshop Overview. (October 22-25, 2015)

Fall is traditionally storm season on Lake Superior. Stormy seas, fall skies and Superior's mighty shores are some of the most dramatic and powerful landscapes a photographer could dream of. Capturing them on "film" is a passion of artist Rob Stimpson. This workshop, timed to take perfect advantage of Superior's surly moods and spectacular scenery, will appeal to the person who knows the workings of their camera and wants to create, not just take, photographs. There will be plenty of time for shooting, critiquing and sharing techniques.

The workshop is based from our site and lodge, located right on the shore of Lake Superior. Our front room affords "Superior" vistas and is the perfect place for discussions and evening relaxation. "Rock Island" as our site is known locally, is becoming a popular spot for stormwatchers to gather as Superiors fury crashes upon our rocky shores. During the course of the workshop we may have the opportunity to take to the waters by canoe or kayak, travel to other local photographic hotspots (such as Old Woman Bay or the Badlands) or hike some of Superior rugged headlands as weather and interest permit.

About Artist Rob Stimpson


Rob Stimpson is a professional photographer, photography instructor and outdoor guide. He runs his own business, Rob Stimpson Photography, specializing in outdoor lifestyle images, photography workshops and is a member of Arts in the Wild, an Ontario tourism initiative. His travels have taken him to Arctic Rivers, trekking in Africa, Antarctica and numerous other adventures in regions of Canada. He has worked with noted writer Craig Thompson and completed a book for Firefly Books (Boston Mills), The Wild Art of Ontario, a guide for the creative spirit, available at bookstores. Rob's genuine love of the wilderness and unique ability to capture the spirit of the land on film (and now digitally) is an inspiration to everyone he teaches. For more information on Rob and his workshops visit his website at

Sample Itinerary

Thursday 6:30 pm Dinner - course orientation
Friday 8:30 am Breakfast (optional early morning light workshop before breakfast)
9:00 am Seminar - photographic essentials
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Photo workshop
6:30pm Dinner
Evening Dependant on afternoon activities
Saturday 8:30 am Breakfast (optional early morning light workshop before breakfast)
9am Photo workshop
Noon Lunch
Afternoon Photo workshop - may include afternoon outings
7pm Dinner
Evening Evening workshop & Slide show
Sunday 9:00 am Review, photo critique and wrap up
10:30 am Brunch
Noon Depart




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

book now
double occupancy $595Cdn
single occupancy $740
no accommodation $495
non-photographer (assumes staying with participant) $385

All participants need to bring the following:

  • Clothing for rain, snow, cold, wet, etc. - we will be outside, no matter what Superior's mood!
  • Camera - digital SLR, please let us know in advance if you are shooting film.
  • Tripod
  • 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.

Space is limited.  Register Now! Online (redirects you to Naturally Superior site for secure forms) or download the PDF.

Watch a quick video of some stormy waves.

November-on-SuperiorPhotography Workshop Lake Superior

November on SuperiorNovember Skies on Superior

Here is a video compilation from the 2010 workshop by photographer Glenn Springer:

More photos in the gallery.