Lake Superior Photography – Gales Reunion

with Rob stimpson

SEPTEMBER 22 – 25, 2022

Professional photographer Rob Stimpson was instrumental in developing our Gales of November annual photo workshop which was inspired by Ontario’s Arts in the Wild initiatives.  We began with 4 participants in 2003. The amazing images captured soon attracted full participation in the workshops led by Rob. Then he was called to photograph African lions and that started a successful international career. In his absence, we have continued with the workshop being hosted by great teachers and photographers, including Glen Springer, Ben Eby and currently Andrew McLachlan.  Andrew’s Gales workshop is scheduled for the end of October. This year, after a 6-year hiatus Rob will be leading a photo workshop in September from our base at Rock Island Lodge on the shores of Lake Superior.  The workshop is open to all but might have a sentimental feel for those who participated in the Gales of November workshops in the early years.


Rob Stimpson is an internationally published, award-winning photographer. His travels and work assignments have taken him to some of the most remote places on the planet.   He has done photography for Ontario Tourism, Ontario Parks and Parks Canada for many years. His work has appeared on the covers of Ontario Parks guides, calendars, magazines and national ads for the province and Canada.   His awards include the Northern Lights Award from the Canadian Tourism Commission and Best Travel Photography Award from the Ontario Tourism Summit.  In 2012 he was accepted into the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. In 2016 he was selected by the Globe and Mail and Lexus to be showcased with 9 others profiling their professional lives.   For the past few years he has been in demand as a speaker talking about his work as a professional photographer and regaling his audiences with stories of his travels. He teaches photography part time at Fleming College, and runs photo workshops throughout Ontario. In 2007, together with Craig Thompson, Rob published An Artist’s and Photographer’s Guide to Wild Ontario available here or at Naturally Superior Adventures paddling shop. 


Sample Course Agenda:


 Arrival  mid afternoon – free time – settle in to accommodations Introductions etc pre dinner
Dinner  6pm Thursday
post dinner – Overview of the weekend (meal  times/format tbd)
Sunrise shoot at the lodge
Outing – to be determined
Lunch – packed or at lodge
Outing – to be determined
Celestial shoot, weather permitting
Sunrise shoot – around lodge Breakfast
Outing – to be determined
Outing – to be determined
Dinner Presentation by Rob – Shackleton’s Centenary

Participants’ presentations
Depart mid morning


Single Participant – own room
$1,690 Rock Island Lodge or off-site motel

Two Participants – shared room 
$2,690 Rock Island Lodge or off-site motel

Single Participant + 1 Non – shared room 
$2,190 Rock Island Lodge or off-site motel

One participant, own accommodations