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December 2013

Last week we got the storm of all snow storms. Over 3 feet of snow landed at my place from a single storm system during 2 1/2 days! Instantly we have a winter wonderland up here. Gave a whole new meaning to the saying “Well if it is going to be cold, we may as well have snow.”Today several days after the storm I am completely dug out–but I am not sure where I can put any more snow when the next storm hits.

Workshops for the year are just about all posted and open for registration. I have added the details on a couple more since the last newsletter. Bryan Hansel and I will be co-teaching a workshop at the Neal Smith Wildlife Refuge in Central Iowa. I posted the details on the Waterfalls of the South Shore Workshop. The registration is now open for the Split Rock Lighthouse Photography Workshop and Symposium.

I am still working out the details on “Tales of the Road Photography Workshop” with Cathy Wurzer. I should have this completed in the next couple of weeks.

If you have questions about any of the workshops I offer please feel free to contact me via email at john@coldsnap.com or by phone at (218) 830-0767.

If you are coming up north this year bring your ice cleats and snow shoes!

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor


May 2013

Dark eyed Junco at my feeder.Dark eyed Junco
Last week I complete two Master’s programs! I finished the requirements for my Master’s of Education (my official graduation ceremony is this weekend) and I completed the Master Naturalist course through the DNR. To view my research project on Photographic Literacy go to:www.photo-lit.com.
Here is the second article in a series on photographing the Minnesota Natural Landscape. As I promised I am publishing the notes from my Spring Break talk in a sequence of newsletters. I have extended the number of articles from three to at least four–possibly more. There is simply too much information to fit it all in a fewer number of newsletters. As I said before I will expedite my publishing schedule and try to get the next two newsletters out at 2 week intervals or less. I am doing this to accommodate any summer travel plans you may be forming.
I am continuing my series on working with panoramic images in this newsletter with an article on tips for post processing.
I have also featured Spring Reflections Workshop at Madeline Island in June for one last call. Due to some last minute drops there is still room. This workshop offers a great opportunity to have lots of one on one time both in the classroom working with Photoshop as well as in the field.

Stop by next time you are up north–the tea pot is always on.

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor


April 2013

 

Great Gray Owl
Great Grey Owl that came to visit my feeders this morning.
This is the winter that never ends. So far in April we have received over 30 inches of snow! One one good result will be the spring run-off which  hopefully will bring the level of Lake Superior up.

Last weekend I gave my talk on photographing the Minnesota Natural Landscape. As I promised I am publishing the notes from that talk in a sequence of newsletters. This is the first of three newsletter with articles on the Minnesota Natural Landscape. I will expedite my publishing schedule and try to get the next two newsletters out at 2 week intervals. This is the time of the year when we should be planning our summer trips and  these articles will have lots of germane advice that I anticipate you will want sooner rather than later.

I had a great turn out for the above mentioned talk, and it was nice to catch up with many of you at the Spring Break Conference.
I am also featuring a short article about my Spring Reflections Workshop at Madeline Island in June which still has space available.

Next newsletter I will return to the series on panoramic photography from last month’s newsletter.

Stop by next time you are up north–the tea pot is always on.

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor

 


November 2011 Newsletter

I remember a good friend once told me that when he was growing up his mother would always photograph significant events in his family’s life. It sort of became a family joke that an important event did not take place until his mother took a picture of it. He also went on to tell me that he never saw any of these photographs but that did not matter because the action of having his mother go through the motions of creating a photograph was enough to validate the event. After my friend told me this story I immediately identified with his premise; the act of taking the photograph can have as much impact in our life as the resulting physical evidence.

As a landscape photographer I believe the activity of photography is as important as the final product. I know that I spend much more time at a given location than most casual tourists. I arrive at the location well before dawn or stay well after sunset. Most of my time is not spent in the actual act of photographing but rather looking and observing the place where I am at. I see many groups of tourists come and go during a typical photographic outing.

 

I believe that the visual exploration with a camera of a landscape (urban or natural) offers a deeper understanding of the land, environment, and the human/nature relationship than most people ever delve into. This exploration can offer wonderful windows into our hearts, mind and soul.

 

Check out Click! a project by the Smithsonian Photography Initiative about how photography changes everything.

 

It has been a busy fall as I continue my studies at St. Scholastica. The gallery had a tremendous turn out for our “One Special Place” exhibit, helped by the feature on Art Hounds MPR radio (thanks Julie Caruso.) Last month I completed a project in Southeast Minnesota for The Nature Conservancy a great organization that is alway a joy to work with.

 

This month’s newsletter includes a short article about proper histograms for printing images, and the featured workshop at the Madeline Island School of Art.

 

Stop by the gallery if you get the chance on your next trip up north.

Sincerely,

John Gregor

November 2011


September 2011 Newsletter

The summer was an active one for me. The gallery was busy all summer long; thanks to those of you who stopped in we enjoy your visits. The Newfoundland workshop was a blast and we discovered some new areas and I returned with some of the best images I have made in Newfoundland. We had great light and a wonderful group. As many of you may already know I have gone back to school. I am currently working on my Masters of Education through St. Scholastica College in Duluth Minnesota. The degree is entirely on-line and I will graduate in 2013 with a MEd and an emphasis in web-based instruction. School has been engaging, challenging, and exciting. I have learned a few new things–so I guess you can teach an old dog some new tricks…

I am pleased to announce an all new web site. I have had a web page for over 15 years and it seems like every three or four years I have completely redesigned it. Check it out: www.coldsnap.com, in particular check out the new and expanded portfolio section.

I have written a short article about photographing the northern lights, and about the Photography Day at Living History Farms in Des Moines Iowa.

On September 24th from 3-5pm we open “One Special Place” at Waterfront Gallery. Sue, Val and I are very excited about this exhibit. We have brought together 22 of the top photographers who work around Lake Superior and asked them to submit one image of their favorite place on the lake. I have seen the images and they are great! The opening promises to be a festive affair–join us if you can. The exhibit runs Sept 24–Nov 5, 2011.

Stop by the gallery if you get the chance on your next trip up north.

Sincerely,

John Gregor

September 2011


November 2008 Newsletter

Winter is in the air up here in the north-country. I am rushing to finish the last of my commercial projects before end of the season (ok I am pushing the season a little.) I look forward to that brief Badlands Landscapeperiod of time between the holidays when my commercial season has ended and the new year has not yet kicked into full swing. I can sleep in a few extra mornings, relax over a hot cup of tea and reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and worry a little about what the new year may bring.
A couple of weeks back Waterfront Gallery hosted a seminar on historic photographic processes and digital preservation of contemporary images. This seminar was very well attended and the subject matter was well received. I have decided to reprint the notes from my presentation in this newsletter. Digital preservation is the Achilles Heel of the digital process, it is curious to me that the camera magazine press has not given this important subject more attention.

John Gregor

Two Harbors MN

January 2009 Newsletter

Well, I survived the holidays. We had a wonderful Christmas tree; a beautiful Douglas Fir that my daughter and I cut down from our property. I will hate to un-decorate it and haul it outside to the brush pile but all things must pass. Winter is settling in up north. So far this year we have had approximately 3 ½ feet of snow at my place. Tonight and tomorrow the forecast is for another foot. The woods look very picturesque with pillows of white decorating every branch. The temps have been quite cold as well. A significant portion of Lake Superior, down in the narrows near Duluth, is already frozen with large patches of ice. This is rare for this early in the winter. I am looking forward to many opportunities for photographing crisp clear winter light. It is one of my favorite subjects–fortunately for me considering where I live. Along these lines of thought, I have written a couple of articles this month about Clarity. I hope you enjoy them. I welcome your suggestions. The snowshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, and of course winter photography are fantastic up here this year. If you come north make sure you drop by the Gallery-the teapot is always on.


Sincerely,
John Gregor


February 2009 Newsletter

We are in the midst of a good old fashioned Minnesota winter; so far we have had about 3 1/2 to 4 feet of snow and the mercury  has been below zero most mornings. Lake Superior continues the slow process of freezing over. This winterSpruce and Birch in Snowwe may experience the unusual event of a completely frozen lake. The ice offers great photographic opportunity, in fact there are several spots along the shore where the stack ice has begun to form already.
Our gallery opening for the Bluefin Bay Calendar Contest Winners/Kathy Wurzer book signing was a great success. The gallery was busy all evening and the wine and cider was flowing. We have a few copies of Wurzer’s book “Tales of the Road” available for sale–it is getting hard to find. I have yet to have a chance to crack open mine, but I am looking forward the read.
This newsletter includes a tutorial on “Image Sharpening Using Photoshop Camera Raw” a much misunderstood, yet critically important aspect of fine art image creation.
In addition with this newsletter I am announcing a new  streamlined 3 day workshop; Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Lakescapes, June 19-21. This workshop is designed to maximize your field experience yet allow for a very informative day of Photoshop tutorial.
As always I appreciate your comments, and suggestions. If you come up north the teapot in the gallery is always on.


Sincerely,
John Gregor


March 2009 Newsletter

 

 Temperance River Outlet
The really big news this month is the addition of a new REI “Art of Seeing” workshop in Chicago IL! The new Lincoln Park REI store has chosen to offer Chicago area residents our popular two day digital photography workshop. We have worked with the Bloomington MN REI for almost 10 years offering a springtime photography workshop. Randy and I are excited to bring this workshop to a new market.
This month’s newsletter offers my opinions about camera club competitions. Always a controversial subject but I thought I would add my 2 cents worth. The technical section is about camera controls.
After a brief warming trend the north country has returned to typical winter temperatures. The lake has ice formations once again. Typically the first week or two of March is good stack ice season–in fact many of you may recall that in last month’s newsletter I was proclaiming an excellent year for stack ice. Our recent warming trend melted most of the ice that had formed on the lake. The lesson here is: you can never predict what the lake will do.
As always I appreciate your comments, and suggestions. If you come up north the teapot in the gallery is always on.


Sincerely,
John Gregor


April 2009 Newsletter

 Dutchmans Breeches
OK, I will admit it; I am ready for spring. I am looking for those wonderful spring photographic opportunities where the foreground light is vibrant, crisp and clear, and the sky is dark and foreboding with the promise of a spring thunderstorm. I can’t wait to venture into the woods and get muddy laying on my belly to photograph a clump of Dutchman’s Breeches, or Hepatica. Bring it on I say–I am Ready!
This year we are offering two wildflower workshops; “Spring Ephemeral Color” May 7-10 in southern Minnesota, and “Wildflowers, Waterfalls, and Landscapes” June 19-21 in northern Minnesota. Both of these workshops promise to be fun and educational.
 I was born in Rochester Minnesota, my ancestors settled in that region of the state. As far as I am concerned springtime in Southeast Minnesota is the best time of the year there. I get very nostalgic whenever I go back to that region, particularly in the spring. We have scouted some great locations for these workshops, including a few spots that are well off the beaten path.
April 4th is the TCACCC’s Annual Spring Break at Tarten Park. I will be in attendance as a vendor, if you are going to be there stop by our booth and say hello.


Sincerely,
John Gregor


July 2009 Newsletter

Change is the only constant in life.
Those of you who know me and know ColdSnap may not readily think of portrait photography when you think of me or ColdSnap Photography. Those of you who know me really well will know that I have my photographic roots in photographing people. I Hubert Humphrey Funeralgraduated from the University of Minnesota, University Without Walls Program (I was much too independent to complete a conventional degree program-I wonder where my daughters get their independent streak…) with a degree in “Documentary Photography of American Culture.” The attached photo is from Hubert Humphrey’s Funeral in 1977 which I covered for the school newspaper at North Hennepin Community College. This photo won “Best Spot News Photo of the Year ” for Minnesota College Newspapers.


ColdSnap Photography is proud to announce the expansion of their services and facilities. In August of 2009 ColdSnap will move its office and classroom into the space next door to Waterfront Gallery. This new storefront will house our classroom, offices, and client reception area. ColdSnap Photography is now offering Family and Senior Portraiture. In addition I am in the process of renovating my old studio space located up Highway Three. By August I expect to have a fully functioning portrait studio at that location.


ColdSnap Photography will continue to offer great photographic workshops in the lab and on location. I am in the process of developing the 2010 workshop offerings. Several of these workshops will be specific to photographing people.

This month’s newsletter includes an article on photographing people in landscape, and using or not using printer profiles.

Sincerely,
John Gregor

November 2009 Newsletter

Tomorrow is a time for reflection on the things we have to be thankful for. This year I have many: My business has expanded and is thriving, I am in good health (although I could stand to lose a few pounds.) My eldest daughter is in college and has made the Dean’s “A” Honor Roll for three straight semesters, and finally, my youngest daughter gave birth this fall to a healthy baby boy, making me a very proud grandpa!To state that this fall was busy would be an understatement. From the day I returned from Newfoundland in July until Oct 1 I had a hammer in my hand. The renovation of my home into a home with a portrait studio, the renovation and expansion of Waterfront Gallery, and the creation of a ColdSnap Photography storefront kept me busy, however, I am proud to announce for the first time in ColdSnap’s fifteen year existence it has a storefront complete with sign. The redesigned classroom has been a joy to teach in.Storefront

This month’s newsletter has two short tutorials on:  “Understanding Color; the key to fine art printing”, and “Places to Photograph; Lake Superior”.
I am also announcing two new exciting photography workshops:
“Lake Superior: The Circle Tour” a 9 day photographic adventure, and “People and Place” a 3 day environmental portrait workshop.

Due to an administrative gliche my website cannot be updated with new workshop information until Dec 1st, 2009. In the meantime if you would like any additional information please email me or call me at the information listed below.
Feel free to email me with your suggestions and comments about these newsletters I enjoy hearing from you.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
John Gregor
November 2009

March 2010 Newsletter

  
March is cabin fever month.

Cabin Fever

This March is no different. So far this March has been teasing us with warm sunny days, promising us an early spring, but I have lived in Minnesota long enough to know that 12 inches of heavy snow could be right around the corner. The Old Farmers Almanac is predicting two major snow storms for the north country this March. March snow storms can make for some of the best winter photography.

For those of you hoping to come up north and photograph the “Stack Ice” I have bad news. This year looks like a bust for ice formations along the shore. The warm spells in January and end of February has apparently kept the Lake too warm for any significant ice to form. Every day I look out over the lake and see a narrow thin sheet of ice floating about 100 yards off shore, however, even if that ice blew into the shore I am afraid it wouldn’t make much difference. But come on up north anyway, sunrises on the lake are typically great in March, and if the Old Farmers’ is correct we should get a couple of good snow storms around the 15th and again about the 21st or 22nd. 

This newsletter I have included an article about keeping your eye on the ball, or what is important in photography, and an article on composition. If you come up north stop by the gallery–the teapot is always on.

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor


May 2010 Newsletter

Spring has arrived.

This year I am fortunate as I landed photography contracts with two organizations that I admire and respect; The Nature Conservancy, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Scientific and Natural Areas. My contracts are to photograph selected nature preserves. Included in one of the contracts is language that I must (where possible)” walk the preserve site from north to south and east to west.” Rugged duty-going for a walk in the woods, but someone has to do it-right?  While I will not get rich on the money from these contracts I enjoy spending the time in the woods photographing and contributing to the efforts of the above mentioned professional organizations.

This season promises to be a busy one as I have filled; the Minneapolis “Art of Seeing”, the “Wildflowers & Waterfalls, and the “Summer Reflections” workshops. The “Circle Tour Workshop “and the “People and Place Workshop” still have spots available. All of these workshops promise to be exciting, fun, and educational experiences. In addition I am pleased to announce a new “Art of Seeing” workshop in conjunction with the Paramount Visual Arts Center in St Cloud Minnesota. For more information or to enroll go to the Paramount Arts website, or call Derick at (320) 257-5928.

In this newsletter I am continuing the series on composition with an article on “Composition; Creating Space In Your Photographs,” I have also included an article about geo-tagging your photographs.   

If you come up north stop by the gallery–the teapot is always on.

 
Sincerely,
John Gregor

June 2010 Newsletter

Originally Posted June 2010

Paul Gruchow was a good friend of mine and my mentor.

Silvercreek WaterfallHis writing is always inspirational, and I recall with great fondness our many excursions in the outdoors. About twelve years ago I had the honor of illustrating a book of his essays about Scientific and Natural Areas called “Worlds Within A World.” Due to a very short publication deadline I only had the opportunity to illustrate a handful of the essays, the rest were illustrated with stock photography. Yet, I cannot tell you how much fun it was to read the essays and then venture out to explore and photograph the places the essays depicted.

Paul was one of Minnesota’s foremost naturalists and probably our best outdoor writer. His passion for the outdoors and nature came through in his writing and his teaching. Our excursions into bogs, prairies, or the north woods was like having my own personal tutor about all things natural. Exploring nature with Paul was always an adventure and he loved sharing what he knew.

Sadly Paul died a little over six years ago. I have decided to include a regular column of quotes from his writings as a remembrance and promotion of his work. I hope you find as much inspiration in his words as I have. 

If you come up north stop by the gallery–the teapot is always on.

Sincerely,
John Gregor

November 2010 Newsletter

I can’t believe it is almost Thanksgiving, where has the season gone?  My teaching and workshop schedule is continuing to grow. Most of the 2010 workshops were full or near full and 2011 promises to be equally as good. The Arrowhead Regional Public Library System, the University of Minnesota Split Rock Arts Program, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the Olbrich Arboretum in Madison Wisconsin have contracted with me to teach workshops. Details on all of these workshops including the 2011 ColdSnap Workshop schedule is contained in this newsletter.
This past summer Val and I managed to get away for a 4000 mile road trip. We went west through Teddy Roosevelt National Park, Glacier National Park, then north through Banff and Jasper Canadian National Park with a side trip to Prince Albert National Park north of Saskatoon on the way home. I have written a short account of this trip for this newsletter below.
If you get up north stop by to see our latest exhibit at the gallery, feel free to ask us for places to go photograph or our favorite places to eat along the shore.
Sincerely,
John Gregor

January 2011 Newsletter

  Originally posted January 2011
One of my favorite times of the year is the week in between Christmas and New Years. In the photography industry the busiest time of the year are the weeks leading up to Christmas. Once Christmas hits everything slows down. The week in between Christmas and New Years is like a vacation. The phone doesn’t ring as much at work, many people are out on vacation so there is no reason to even try to makeHorse in the snow calls, and typically for most businesses it is a short week anyway. I can show up a little later to work, and take an extra day off if I feel like it, spend some time playing in the snow, or just dream of places I’d like to go. Ahh the week in between.
In this newsletter I am publishing an article called “12 Locations of Light” Part One. This series of articles will eventually feature my 12 favorite locations to photograph around Lake Superior. This is a presentation that I gave for the Minnesota Nature Photography Club at their annual “Image of the Year” meeting Dec 15th.
“Photograph Newfoundland!” is our featured workshop this month.
Both of the Winter Wonderland workshops have filled. I have added a photo-shoot portion to the Fine Art Print workshop for those who are interested in some field time as well as computer lab time.
Sincerely,
John Gregor

March II, 2011 Newsletter

Originally posted March 2011

For most rural towns in out-state Minnesota the Community Library is the cultural center of the region. Money allocated by the Minnesota Legacy Fund (the 2008, 3/8th percent increase in the State Sales Tax) has allowed the Arrowhead Regional Library System to provide cultural and arts experiences to a wide range of adults and young people that previously were living too far away to have access.  Currently the Minnesota State Legislature is re-assessing the Legacy Funding for the Arrowhead Regional Libraries, they are in the process of gathering public input on the effectiveness of the Legacy Funding of arts and cultural programs for the last two years.

Take Photo Here

I have had the wonderful opportunity to see firsthand how this funding has effected people living in rural areas and small towns.  Last summer I was hired by the Arrowhead Regional Library System to teach a series of one-day photography workshops. The first workshops I taught were for teens. I taught 13 workshops in July, about 3 per week. These workshops were held in the community libraries throughout the rural and small towns of the Arrowhead Region. The workshops were very well attended with most libraries filling the limited number of seats available.

After the success of the teen workshops the Library System asked me to conduct another series of workshops for adults. The adult workshops are held in many of the same libraries where I taught the teens last summer. As I talk with the librarians, and parents of the teens I taught this summer, I learn about the impact the photography workshops had on the teens. The librarians and parents tell me stories about the continued interest these young people have in photography. They show me photographs they have made after the summer workshop and tell me what a large influence the workshop was for developing their artistic senses.

 

Unlike the metro region of Minnesota where arts centers and cultural museums and organizations seem to thrive on every other street corner rural Minnesota has very few arts opportunities. For many teens living in rural areas the local public library is the only arts and cultural outlet available because the local schools have had drastic budget cuts in the arts curriculum.

Please join me in contacting your representative to let them know that the Minnesota Legacy Funding for the Regional Library System is critical for providing arts and cultural experiences in rural and small town Minnesota.

To contact your representative go to: http://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/faq/faqtoc.aspx?id=47

John Gregor

February, 2011


February 2011 Newsletter

Originally posted February 2011

Winter has settled in up here in the north country. And quite a winter it is turning out to be. Sub-zero temps and lots of snow. I don’t mind, in fact, it is shaping up to be a great winter for photography. I must also admit that every time the weatherman reports another “coldsnap” is on its way, I smile and think; “ahh free advertising…..”
Silver Creek ValleyThe lake has begun to freeze over-although a complete freeze over is very rare, ice has begun to cover many of the bays, harbors, protected waters, and the narrow part of the lake nearest Duluth. It is too early for stack ice, as that doesn’t occur until late February or early March. I will send out a general announcement once I begin to see ice form on the shore near Two Harbors.

I am continuing my series on 12 Locations of Light-12 of my favorite places to photograph on Lake Superior. Featured here is Part Two in the series.

“Summer Solsitice” is the featured workshop this month.

Both of the Winter Wonderland workshops have filled. I have added a photo-shoot portion to the Fine Art Print workshop for those who are interested in some field time as well as computer lab time, there are 2 spots available in this workhshop.

 

Sincerely,
John Gregor

March I, 2011 Newsletter

Originally posted March 2011

Despite the recent snow/rain mix there is definitely a spring feeling in the air. This winter has been quite nice with several beautiful snow storms and just enough shore ice to keep things interesting, although we never got an accumulation of stack ice along the shore. I continue to teach workshops for the Arrowhead Regional Libraries with about 7 more to go in the next two months.

TheNewfoundland trip still has spots available and promises to be a great adventure. Normally I fly into St. John’s to teach the workshop but this year I am considering a change with a road-trip via Nova Scotia. I will retrace my route around the Bay of Fundy, Cape Breton Island and Cheticamp from a hitch-hiking adventure in my college days–I wonder if I’ll bump into those two gals from Long Island who gave me a ride… I look forward to camping a few nights in gravel pits with some native Newfies (its a Newfoundland thing) and finally leading a great workshop in a beautiful land.

Speaking of beautiful land; closer to home Split Rock Arts has opened registration for the Summer Solstice Retreat at the Cloquet Forestry Center. Here on the North Shore the Wildflowers and Waterfalls, and People & Place Workshops have spots available.

This month I have written the first in a two part series about tripods. Next month will feature the second part of the series.

Keep the faith–green grass, robins, and magnolias are right around the corner!  Stop by the gallery on your next trip up north.

Sincerely,

John Gregor

March 2011


April 2011 Newsletter

Originally Posted April 2011.

This last weekend I was in Madison Wisconsin to teach a two day workshop at Olbrich Gardens. If you have never been to Olbrich you must put it on your list of places to visit. It is a spectacular garden in downtown Madison. While it was early for the outdoor gardens there were crocus and snowdrops in plentiful bloom adding clumps of color to the grass lawns. In the gardens I saw my first robin of the year-a sure sign that spring has arrived.  I had a great time with the workshop participants including a dedicated group who got up early on a rainy dreary morning for a sunrise shoot at Olin park on Lake Menona. We had a wonderful time photographing the bare branches of gnarly oaks against the heavy overcast skies.

Up north here the melt water has begun its annual run-off.  The rivers are a mix of snow, ice, and melt water. Sometime in the next week or so the ice cover on the rivers and streams will break up and big chunks of ice and snow will flow downstream into Lake Superior–a totally unpredictable but awesome event.

In this newsletter I am finishing up the second half of the article on tripods, and I have featured the Summer Solstice Retreat at Cloquet Forestry Center through Split Rock Arts.

 

Watch for the spring bloom of the pasque flower (shown in the photo above) this prairie bloom should begin to make its appearance sometime in the next 2-3 weeks.

 

Stop by the gallery on your next trip up north.

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor

April 2011


May 2011 Newsletter

This last weekend I was in Des Moines Iowa for a two day workshop. We had wonderful light for our sunrise although admittedly it was a tad on the brisk side-at least cold enough to make your hands stiff after a few minutes in the wind, but our group hung tough and made some great photographs.

Tomorrow I head out for a four day Spring Ephemeral photo shoot in Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. In Wisconsin I have the good fortune to have an excellent guide, John Zoerb a wonderful photographer and native plant expert. I will let you know what he shares and what I discover.

The Split Rock Arts Summer Solstice workshop is getting close to full, if you are planning to sign up you had better contact them. Last I heard there were 4 spots left.

The Wildflowers and Waterfalls workshop has 6 openings left. This workshop offers the best of the North Shore in Spring-ok early summer-either way it will be a blast.

People and Place-dance to the wonderful sounds of the Two Harbors Ukulele Group (THUG)-or photograph others dancing. One of the locations and events we will be visiting is the informal country hoe-down at the Silver Creek Town hall held the last Friday of every month. While we never know who will show up to play or dance one thing is for sure there will be lots to photograph….

In this newsletter I have given some tips in how to prepare for a wildflower trip just like the one I am going on. I have also included some of my favorite places to go.

Stop by the gallery on your next trip up north.

 

Sincerely,

John Gregor

May 2011

 


June 2011 Newsletter

Art of Seeing Photography Workshop

A Student at Chicago Art of Seeing Workshop

Recently, I was in Chicago for the third annual “Art of Seeing ” workshop. We had beautiful light and weather. We started our workshop at the Calumet Photographic Cherry Ave Store in downtown Chicago, a great store packed with lots of toys to drool over. We spent the afternoon photographing at the Lincoln Park Zoo and surrounding park. The following morning we photographed the Chicago skyline at sunrise from North Beach Park–a great view. We spent the rest of the morning photographing at the Lincoln Park Conservatory Prairie Garden and Pond, located next to the Lincoln Park Zoo it is a little known and little used escape from the city, if it weren’t for the traffic noise you wouldn’t know you were in the middle of the city. We completed the workshop with a review of everyone’s work at the Lincoln Park REI store’s Community Room. Chicago is an elegant city with lots to offer photographers of any style.

Last month I ran an article about preparing for spring photo shoots. In the article I mentioned that a “700 inch” lens as the workhorse of most nature photographers. This was a typo, the Constant Contact software did a spell check change that I did not catch. I apologize for any confusion. The proper reference is to the “70-200mm” lens which is one of my go-to lenses. A 700 inch lens would be a monster to carry!

As of this writing there is only one spot remaining in the Split Rock Summer Solstice Photography Retreat. Wildflowers and Waterfalls has 4 spots remaining. People and Place has several spots open.

I have put together a new fall workshop. This workshop is a three day workshop September 30 through Oct 2nd. The emphasis of this workshop is shooting in the field. Check it out at: Superior Fall Color; Fall Color on the North Shore.

Stop by the gallery if you get the chance on your next trip up north.