Workshops & Tours

Foggy Bogs and Dewy Insects

Foggy Sunrise, Seney National Wildlfie Refuge, MI
Foggy Sunrise, Seney National Wildlfie Refuge, MI

Foggy Bogs and Dewy Insects

Great Location!
Upper Peninsula ~ Curtis, Michigan
Smaller Group Size - Limited to Ten
Excellent For Beginning - Intermediate Skill Levels
August 21 - 25, 2018 - New Dates & Duration!

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Workshop Location Description

Late August is a time of transition in the northern most reaches of Michigan. Warm summer-like days are offset by cooler nights which hint of autumn. Expect to rise in the coolness of pre-dawn each day, as this is the best time to photograph many of the subjects we seek.

The new home base for our summer workshop is Curtis, Michigan. This strategic location in Michigan's east central Upper Peninsula puts us within reach of a great diversity of wild habitats and scenic wonders.

Foggy Sunrise, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI
Foggy Sunrise, Seney National Wildlife Refuge, MI

Early morning fog cloaks the black spruce and tamarack bogs of the region, creating an otherworldly landscape. Emerging and receding tree silhouettes are cast upon an ever-changing canvas as intensifying sunlight gradually changes the morning sky from pale orange to magenta. This provides the perfect setting for putting Rod's instruction on using natural light into practice.

As the morning sun's first rays reach into grassy meadows surrounding small woodland lakes, dew-bejeweled plants and insects are rendered in breathtaking beauty. If the weather is right, we may find dozens, even hundreds, of dew-covered dragonflies, as well as other insects, and a variety of spider webs to photograph.

Goldenrods, asters, and the beautiful spotted touch-me-not are among the late summer wildflowers which punctuate the grassy meadows we'll visit. Lily pads cover the bog ponds and the large beautiful blossoms of fragrant white water lilies abound.

We'll search the lily pads for green frogs basking in the warming sun of late summer. While there's no guarantee that we'll photograph any animals larger than that, during one summer workshop we spotted a cow moose with a calf!

Sandhill cranes nest in the bogs we'll visit and their calls echo throughout the landscape as young of the year forage with their parents in preparation for the upcoming fall migration.

Northern bogs harbor strange carnivorous plants such as the diminutive round-leaved sundew and the northern pitcher plant, which sends up beautiful new leaves in the summer. Another unusual plant we'll search for is the waxy-white saprophytic Indian pipe.

The fruits of bunchberry and wild blueberry make outstanding photographic subjects. The classroom session on composition teaches you how to choose which bunches of blueberries will make great photographs, and which bunches to select for another important purpose - eating.

Hiawatha National Forest and Lake Superior State Forest harbor lush stands of beech and maple. Here we'll find a diversity of colorful mushrooms sprouting from the forest floor, where we'll focus our attention on wet, overcast days. These include the bright yellow Amanita and the uncommon Pholiota. The large and beautiful Laetiporus fungi, also known as the "chicken of the woods mushroom" grows along tree trunks in these forests.

Standard workshops are for photographers of all skill levels, beginner and experienced alike, and combine ample time in-the-field with classroom work. During classroom instruction, time-honored photographic field techniques along with instruction in digital capture and workflow will be taught.


"Just want to let you know how much I enjoyed last week's workshop. I especially appreciated Rod's expertise with the whole process of capturing nature photographs including camera work (composition, exposure, etc), post processing (RAW processing in Lightroom, etc) and, of course, knowledge of just about every aspect of the natural world. Your love for nature was very evident in your enthusiasm and even passion for just about anything natural - only matched by your desire to get the very best photographs possible." - G. Robinson ~ Standard Workshop


We have dramatically lowered the fee for this workshop to make it easier for entry level photographers to attend. We know that once you have taken a workshop from Rod you'll be hooked on nature photography for life. Workshop tuition of $695 per person (limited to ten participants) includes a complete set of workshop handouts (CD). Participants are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. We encourage carpooling during field trips.


A deposit of $250 is required to reserve a space. The balance of $445 is due 90 days before the first day of the workshop. A 90-days prior notice is required for all refunds. If you need to cancel with less than a 90-days advance notice a refund will be issued only if we fill your space. All cancellations incur a $50 processing fee.

Upon receipt of your deposit we will send a detailed confirmation letter outlining check-in time, directions, suitable photographic equipment, and recommended workshop clothing. Prior to the workshop we will also provide a directory of participants to facilitate possible joint travel plans. Workshop begins TUESDAY at 6:30PM and ends the following SATURDAY after a field trip in the evening (weather permitting).

Group Lodging: Rates and Accommodations

Excellent accommodations for the workshop are available at the Chamberlin's Ole Forest Inn in Curtis for approximately $75 per night plus tax (single) $85 (double). This special group rate also includes breakfast which will be served at a special time to accommodate the needs of our group. Chamberlin's is Northern Michigan's premier lakeside country inn with 19th century charm and modern-day convenience and a favored dining location of participants. Participants are responsible for making their own reservations. We will provide more information after you sign up. Please be prepared to pay for all accommodations upon checking in. Session begins TUESDAY evening at 6:30 PM and ends SATURDAY after and evening field trip (weather permitting.)

Non-participating Spouse (Standard Workshop Only)

If space allows, a non-participating spouse may join the group during field trips. Please contact our office before making final plans. Fee $250.

Registration Information

Cost: $695 per person includes a complete set of workshop handouts. A deposit of $250 is required with your registration. The balance of $445 is required 90 days prior to the first day of workshop. A 90-days advance notice is required for a refund of your deposit. If you cancel with less than 90 days notice you will receive a refund only if we are able to fill your space. All cancellations incur a $50 processing fee. Participants are responsible for lodging, meals, film processing and transportation.


Early reservations are recommended. By Phone: Call (906) 293-3339. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. EST. We accept credit cards (for deposits only), or we'll hold your space for 7 days, while awaiting your check.

You can register online using PayPal by clicking the "Add to Cart" button below. You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card.

You can also register by downloading and completing a registration form (Word Doc) and mailing with payment to:

Rod Planck Photography
PO Box 100
McMillan, MI 49853

2018 Workshops & Tours

2019 Workshops & Tours