Upper Peninsula Michigan – 2019

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NANPA Regional Event

Munising, Michigan October 3-6, 2019

Event Details –

Join Richard Day and Hank Erdmann in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan photographing in the Hiawatha National Forest and in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shooting sunrises, sunsets, forest lakes, early autumn color, waterfalls and the Lake Superior shore.

We’ll be able to photograph from sunrise to sunset as the days grow shorter in the early autumn. We’ll photograph small interior lakes and forests in the Hiawatha with lots of opportunities of all genres; landscapes to intimate landscapes and close-ups. At Pictured Rocks we’ll photograph the shoreline of Lake Superior, streams entering the lake, sand beaches, waterfalls and more.

Fall colors float in the mist on the shore of Council Lake in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula’s Hiawathwa National Forest, in Alger County, Michigan.–©Hank Erdmann

About the area-

The Hiawatha National Forest is a very large place, but we’ll be photographing primarily in a small area known as the lakes region just south of the town of Munising on the Lake Superior shore. This National Forest is a working forest, but the occasional logging offers opportunities in partially cleared areas as small hardwood trees like maples grow up among pines with lichens and moss on the forest floor. The lakes region is crisscrossed with logging roads providing access to lakes with tree-lined shores and lots of great photographic opportunities.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is forty miles along the Lake Superior Shore between the towns of Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan in the upper peninsula. Much of the access is via the North Country trail, but there are a number of access points that we can and will drive to with just a short walk from the parking lots to the shore for photo ops. We’ll primarily be shooting sunset in the Lakeshore and sunrise in the Hiawatha. In between, there are numerous waterfalls we’ll photograph as well as forest interiors.


Fall Color Hiawatha National Forest road Alger county Upper Peninsula, MI © Richard Day/Daybreak Imagery

What to Expect-

We will be based in Munising, Michigan during this regional event.

This event is designed for all levels of photographers – amateur, intermediate, advanced and professional – interested in improving their photography skills or looking for location guidance to capture images of this area of Michigan.  If you are new to photography, the leaders will be available to answer questions, teach new techniques and help you improve your photographic skills.  If you already have plenty of photography experience, the leaders will ensure that you’re in the best locations at the best times for those perfect shots.

Participants will be divided into groups to ensure top shooting locations in the area. This tour is limited to 20 participants to give time with each instructor and to retain flexibility based on weather and the best opportunities.


Maple tree reflects in the cold shaded water in a small cove on Council Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest in Autumn, Alger County, Michigan ©Hank Erdmann

Just the Facts –

This event is sold out. If you are interested in attending and want to add your name to the waiting list, click on the Register Online! button below and add your name/contact information. If we have a cancellation, people on the waiting list will be contacted in the order in which they were added to the list to see if they are still interested and able to attend. We will continue down the waiting list until the open seat is filled. There is no charge to be placed on the waiting list.

Date:  October 3-6, 2019
Registration & orientation October 3, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost:  $425 NANPA member.  $625 non-members.   (includes Sunday Brunch)

Location:  Munising, MI  49862

Last date to register:  September 17, 2019

Maximum number attendees:  20

Upper Peninsula Regional Event Cancellation and No Refund Policy:  NANPA will not offer any refunds for registrations for this event regardless of when the cancellation is made or the reason for the cancellation. NANPA reserves the right to cancel any event or activity due to insufficient registration or any unforeseen circumstances. NANPA will offer refunds if NANPA has to cancel the event. It also has the right to substitute presenters if those originally scheduled cannot attend. Registrants may purchase event insurance as part of the registration process through NANPA’s partner, Allianz. More information on this option will be shown during the checkout process for the event registration.

NOTE:  If you do not purchase event insurance at the time that you pay for your registration, you will NOT be able to go back and purchase it with Allianz later.

If you choose to purchase travel insurance separately, you can do so with your own insurance carrier, or NANPA members can receive a special travel insurance rate through USI Affinity/Travel Insurance Services.


Lodging –

Holiday Inn Express Lakeview
E8890 M-28
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-4800

Rates: $189 plus 12% tax ($211.68)

Call for reservations and mention NANPA for these rates.

Thursday evening meeting location:
Holiday Inn Express Lakeview
E8890 M-28
Munising, MI 49862

Sunday brunch location:  TBA

Leaders –

Richard Day – A professional nature photographer, Richard Day has been publishing photos and teaching photo workshops since 1984. He specializes in birds, mammals, insects, and landscape images. His work has been published in Audubon, Birds & Blooms, National Wildlife, National Geographic and hundreds of other nature-related publications, calendars, and books worldwide.  Richard leads photo tours throughout North America, teaches butterfly and dragonfly workshops, and was a guide for Frontiers North Adventures to photograph polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba for 14 years.

Richard is an adjunct research associate in Zoology with the Illinois State Museum and an Associate Research Scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. He has conducted Odonata and Lepidoptera research since 2005 for the states of Illinois and Missouri, including research work on the Hines emerald dragonfly, a federally endangered species.

Richard owns Daybreak Imagery, a stock photography and writing business, near Alma, Illinois. He presents numerous programs throughout North America on backyard wildlife, nature photography, and the photo business. He’s a charter NANPA member, has been a Summit breakout speaker, Road Shows speaker, and a NANPA Regional Events leader.
You can learn more about Richard at www.daybreakimagery.com


Hank Erdmann – Hank Erdmann is a professional natural history photographer and photographic educator who resides in Will County, Illinois. He has photographed throughout North America making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest. A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles a special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior and their surrounding environs. He has been leading various nature photograph educational events since 1993 and is a charter NANPA member.  Hank has taught an annual week-long fall workshop for the Clearing Folk School in Door County, Wisconsin for 25 plus years, and taught for numerous clubs, camera club councils, state and national parks, Madeline Island School of the Arts, Peninsula Arts School and many others. He ran his own workshop and tour company, Lake Effect Photographic Adventures, for 30 years.

Hank’s publishing resume includes: BrownTrout Publishers, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Wilderness Magazine, Chicago area Forest Preserve Districts, Door County Chamber of Commerce, Door County Magazine, Farm & Ranch Magazine, Lake Michigan Travel Guide, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Lerner Publications, McGraw Hill, Mead/Westvaco At-A-Glance Calendars, Mobile Travel Guides, National Geographic, The Nature Conservancy, Nature Photographer, Outdoor Photographer, Reiman Publishing, Sierra Club Calendars, Terrell Publishing, Weekly Reader Publishing, Wisconsin Trails Magazine and Calendars and numerous others.

More about Hank at his website: http://hankphoto.photoshelter.com

Locations and what we’ll photograph – 

We will photograph primarily in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Hiawatha National Forest. Locations in the Lakeshore may include Miner’s Beach, Sand Point, Hurricane River Beach, Munising Falls, Kingston Plains, and the Lake Superior Shore. In the Hiawatha, we’ll photograph forest interior locations, Council, Red Jack, Moccasin, and Pete’s Lake. We’ll also visit Wagner Falls State Scenic Area.

You’ll photograph fall colors along lake shorelines, in forest interiors, waterfalls, Lake Superior shorelines and Sunrise and sunset. Photographic genres certainly include landscapes and the areas we’ll visit are especially productive for intimate landscape and close-ups of autumn subject matter.

Munising Falls in fall, Alger County, MI ©Richard Day/Daybreak Imagery

Tentative Schedule –

Thursday, October 3, 2019
7:30 pm-Orientation and evening presentation.  Please eat dinner prior to meeting.

Friday, October 4, 2019
Sunrise – Group #1 Hiawatha National Forest, Council Lake, Group #2 Pete’s Lake
Along H13, Forest Interiors
Breakfast/Lunch break
Afternoon – Group #1 Munising Falls, Group #2 Wagner Falls
Sunset – PRNL – Group #1 Kingston Plains/Hurricane River at Lake Superior,
Group #2 Sand Point, Lake Superior

Saturday, October 5, 2019
Sunrise – Group #2 Hiawatha National Forest, Council Lake, Group #1 Pete’s Lake
Along H13, Forest Interiors
Afternoon – Group #1 Wagner Falls, Group #2 Munising Falls
Sunset – PRNL – Group #2 Kingston Plains/Hurricane River at Lake Superior,
Group #1 Sand Point, Lake Superior

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Sunrise – Red Jack Lake & Moccasin Lake
Group Brunch (included in registration fee)

Note:  This schedule is subject to change depending on weather and/or photographic conditions at the time of the event.

Meals: All meals are on your own except Sunday brunch, which is included in the event registration fee. Attendees are encouraged to eat together with their groups as part of the overall experience.

Transportation: On your own.