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Join Andrew McLachlan for an all-inclusive photography retreat on Rock Island, a seven acre peninsula along the wilderness coast of Lake Superior. The dates for this event are October 17-21, 2018 (4 nights). Maximum number of participants is 12.

Often referred to as Canada’s inland sea, Lake Superior offers some of the most dramatic scenery available for landscape photography in Ontario. Being well-traveled along this coast I will ensure that you are in the right locations, receive in-depth photographic instruction, and are inspired to capture breathtaking imagery. We will focus our photographic efforts on landscapes at sunrise and sunset, as well as starry nightscapes. Mid-day photo sessions to specific locations will be based on the current weather conditions that each day provides. There will also be plenty of time set aside each day for image review and Photoshop image optimization instruction. The dates for this retreat were chosen as they coincide with the onset of Superior’s stormy season, which often means rough seas with waves crashing into Superior’s rugged coast.

Our accommodations during this retreat will be divided between two locations; Rock Island Lodge and the High Falls Motel. Availability is limited at Rock Island Lodge, therefore, accommodations at the lodge will be assigned on a first to sign up, first serve basis. Once the Rock Island Lodge maximum is met additional participants will be place at High Falls Motel for their accommodations. Please note that High Falls Motel is located only a few minutes away from Rock Island Lodge.


Day 1:

  • meet and greet dinner at 6:30 p.m.
  • photographic presentation
  • night sky photo session (weather permitting)

Days 2, 3, & 4:

  • morning photo session
  • breakfast
  • free time / mid morning photo session
  • image review / photoshop instruction
  • lunch
  • free time / early afternoon photo session
  • late afternoon/sunset photo session
  • dinner
  • image review / photoshop instruction
  • night sky photo session (weather permitting)

Day 5:

  • morning photo session
  • breakfast
  • free time / mid-morning photo session
  • participants depart for home at 12:00 p.m.


What’s Included:

  • In-depth photographic instruction during each of the photo sessions with LCD review
  • Image review and Photoshop image optimization instruction
  • Accommodation at Rock Island Lodge or off-site at High Falls Motel
  • Wednesday – dinner
  • Thursday, Friday, & Saturday – breakfast, lunch, & dinner
  • Sunday – breakfast

What’s Not Included:

  • Transportation to and from Rock Island Lodge / High Falls Motel
  • Transportation to nearby locations within Lake Superior Provincial Park or Wawa (car pooling of participants is encouraged here)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Workshop Fee:

$995.00 CDN plus taxes per person based on double occupancy

$1195.00 CDN plus taxes per person based on single occupancy

*All past workshop participants will receive a $50 discount*

To reserve your spot in the Lake Superior Wild & Scenic Photography Retreat a non-refundable retainer of $350.00 CDN is due now. The balance owing will be due no later than May 31, 2018.

To arrange payment or for further information please contact me by clicking here.

Cancellation Policy:

61 days prior to the workshop date a full refund less the non-refundable retainer.

60 days prior to the workshop date or less no refunds.


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Ava on swing at Boston Bay, Jamaica

A few happy snaps of my daughter Ava on the swing at Boston Bay, Jamaica. Who would have thought that two lengths of rope and a log could provide so much fun! Ava had a ton of fun on this swing as she could swing out over the waves as they came into shore.

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Rio Grande River, Portland, Jamaica

The Rio Grande river in the parish of Portland, Jamaica is fed mainly by rain fall rushing down from the Blue Mountains. This majestic river was named by the Spanish during their 15th & 16th century occupation of Jamaica. Today the river is a popular tourist attraction for travelers rafting down the river on long bamboo rafts that were originally designed for transporting produce such as bananas from the island’s interior regions. In some of the images within this post, especially the last photo you can see the lush stands of bamboo that grow along the river. On the day I chose to do the rafting the weather was quite pleasant for travel, however the light was a little harsh for landscape photography so I made sure to use my polarizing filter to eliminate the glare from the lush jungle bordering the river. The entire trip down river takes roughly 2 1/2 hours to complete and covers some 8 miles of river. Here are a few photos from the trip down this lovely river. Please remember to click on the photos to see the larger, sharper version of each.

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Rafting down the Rio Grande, Portland, Jamaica

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Rio Grande, Portland, Jamaica

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Rio Grande River, Portland, Jamaica

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Rio Grande River, Portland, Jamaica

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Bamboo growing along the Rio Grande River, Portland, Jamaica

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