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Join me in the field for a full day of nature photography field education, while we photograph wildflowers and landscapes in a lush, Midwest forest setting!

This workshop meets early-morning (before sunrise!)  in Ames, Iowa, and travels ~20 minutes to one of my favorite “hidden gem” locations for fabulous Midwest spring wildflower photography.

The objective of this workshop is to help photographers build solid field macro and landscape photography techniques.  We’ll photograph wildflowers such as Dutchman’s Breeches, Bloodroot, Wild Ginger, Rue Anemone, Spring Beauty, Hepatica, Jack-in-the-Pulpit, May Apple, Sweet William, and Trout Lily [*see note].  Landscape photography opportunities also abound at the workshop location.  Additionally, those who photograph birds may want to bring their bird lens, as well – kingfishers and several other bird species are frequently active at the location of this workshop.

The exact location of this Workshop will be chosen from among my favorite “hidden gem” forest locations in beautiful rural Story County, depending on local conditions and wildflower blossoms the week of the event.  Exact meeting location and maps will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

Please note that the prospective locations we will work, each require some fairly moderate hiking, possibly including a stream crossing to get to the best Virginia Bluebell locations. You’ll want to see and photograph the Bluebells, but come prepared with comfortable hiking shoes/boots or rubber hunting boots!

[*note: there is no guarantee that we’ll be able to photograph each of these wildflower species, but all are regularly found here during this timeframe.  Actual blossoms the week of our workshop, of course, will depend on local conditions which vary year-to-year]


We’ll meet pre-dawn on the edge of Ames, Iowa, and carpool to the workshop location about 20 minutes away.  We will shoot and explore nature photography technique throughout the day, into the evening.  As with most nature photography, the best shooting times are morning and late-afternoon/evening; the middle of the day will be used for discussion, hands-on education, and technique practice.

What to bring

Photo Gear: A Digital SLR camera, normal- , wide-angle, and telephoto- lenses, and a dedicated macro lens if you have one!  A sturdy tripod and plenty of media cards for a full day of shooting are also essential.

Appropriate clothing and safety gear: dress in layers. You’ll probably want long pants and long sleeves due to brush, bugs, and possibly poison ivy in areas.  Hiking boots or rubber hunting boots (we will be off-trail much/most of the time, and the forest floor can be very wet).  Bug spray.  A hat.  Sunblock.  Plenty of water.

Workshop Cost

$99 per person

See the Workshop Series overview information here, and contact me for complete information and registration materials!

In past years, this workshop has filled quickly, and the date is fast approaching – register now to reserve your spot!


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Thanks for reading, and thanks for your interest in the Midwest Nature Photography Field Workshop Series!  See you in the Field!


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