Introducing Your Photography Leaders

Kevin Pepper - www.kevinpepperphotography.com

Kevin, a Sigma PRO photographer, hails  from Ontario, Canada. He is a nature shooter and teacher at heart. No matter what the season is; the draw of being out in the outdoors is what inspires him to take photos and take amateur photographers on one of his photography workshops. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio. From street photography, to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio.

Kevin's photos have been published in such periodicals and websites as , National Geographic website and the Olympus Corporate website 2009, 2010, 2011. He also writes for Canadian Nature Photographer, PhotoTECH Magazine and PhotoNEWS Canada.

Kevin's Tip for shooting landscapes -

http://kpepphotography.blogspot.ca/2011/10/exposure-compensation-tip-for-landscape.html

Kevin's Tip for shooting street photography-

http://kpepphotography.blogspot.ca/2011/12/street-photography.html

Kevin's Tip for creating an image -

http://kpepphotography.blogspot.ca/2011/10/you-dont-take-photograph-you-make-it.html

Kevin K. Pepper

Kevin K. Pepper is a self taught, self motivating photographer. Not to be confused with Kevin A. Pepper owner operator of The Photographer’s Lounge, also his Nephew, can be seen together traveling the country side capturing images for tomorrow.  The two Kevin’s also conduct work shops together focusing on the amateur to the semi- professional photographer.

Kevin K is an outdoors photographer focusing on nature, landscape and life style activities. He operates from two locations, his residence in Kitchener Ontario and his preferred escape is deep in the country side of Haliburton in northern Ontario. This back drop provides the ultimate exposure to nature and the northern landscape.

Kevin’s two passions in life are photography and snowboarding. He has combined the two since 1994 and can been seen on any mountain side, camera in hand and capturing images on his way down. Kevin proclaims it is all about the journey, not the destination.

Please feel free to contact us  if you have any questions. We are available to answer your questions before our workshop, during and after your time with us in Canada.

What To Expect in the Kawartha Region

Daylight hours will run from 6:00am till 8:30pm ... so our sunrise shoots will begin before 6am and our sunset shoots will run till after 8:30pm.

The daytime temperatures you can expect during August are from 26°C to 24°C / 74°F to 79°Fover the course of the month, exceeding 30°C or dropping below 20°C only one day in ten. The night time lows range from 11°C to 14°C / 51°F to 59°F, falling below 6°C or exceeding 18°C only one day in ten.

Clothing

Our suggestion is to dress in layers. We will be spending the majority of time in shorts, but early mornings and late nights can get cool in August. We also suggest a good pair of hiking boots or shoes, a hat that has UV protection and bring bug spray and sun tanning lotion.

Bring your bathing suit... nothing like a jump into the lake to cool yourself off on a hot summers day!

Photography Gear To Consider Bringing

Lenses - If you are shooting with a DSLR or point and shoot with removable lenses, please consider bringing a wide angle lens for the landscape photography opportunities both along the waterfront and when we are shooting the undulating landscape in the Kawartha area. A medium telephoto lens is also recommended. An example is a 24-70mm focal range. You should also consider bringing a longer telephoto lens like a 70-200mm lens for general shooting and landscapes. If you have a longer telephoto lens like a 100-400mm, you should also bring that. There is an abundance of birds, hummingbirds and other animals in the area that the longer reach would help with. We will also be shooting kayakers on an Olympic training facility and the longer telephoto lens will help you with this photography outing.

Tripods - You should have a tripod with you as we will be shooting in low light situations throughout the workshop.

Filters - a Polarizer filter and ND filters are suggested. If you have a warming polarizer it will aid in the photos during brighter times. Leaves have a very reflective surface and the polarizer will help you get the exposure right in the camera.

Batteries and Memory cards - We would suggest you have a minimum of two batteries and sufficient memory capacity. We will be shooting a considerable amount of photos when we photograph the Common Loons, Herons, other waterfowl and kayakers and you will quickly go through memory cards during these shoots. As a general rule of thumb we would suggest at least one 8gig memory card for every day we are there.

Backup for your images - If you are bringing your laptop it is recommended to back up your images on your laptop. If you have an external hard drive you can have redundant back up of your images on your memory cards, external hard drive and laptop.

Other accessories to consider - a remote shutter release, a rain cover for your camera to protect it from sea water or any light rain we will be shooting in, international power converter for those coming from Europe and a power bar for charging batteries and using your laptops.

Workshop Itinerary

August 9th

Meet at 3pm for an afternoon BBQ on us and then head out for a photo shoot before night fall. This will give us a chance to get to know you better, find out what your expectations are and take some photos in the area.

August 10th

Meet at a predetermined spot at 6am for our morning shoot at the Minden waterfalls just after day break. We will have coffee, juice and muffins there for you for our morning shoot so we are all bright eyed and bushy tailed. :-)

After our waterfall shoot in the forested area we will get ready for some action shots of the professional and amateur kayakers going through the Olympic training kayak course.

When we are finished there we will gather to go through everyone's photos and there will be an optional group dinner.

In the evening we will relax after dinner and head down to the lake to shoot the area at sunset for those that want to join us... and for those that want to relax after our long day, a comfy chair will be calling your name after a long day walking, shooting and editing.

August 11th

Another sunrise photo shoot in the morning

Today's morning shoot at white lake and flooded forest and swamp. A beautiful area that is calm and interesting to photograph.

Coffee, juice and muffins will be available to give you that morning kick start.

This is followed by a Photoshop / download / editing discussion in the afternoon.

You are on your own for dinner and we will regroup once again later in the evening at 8pm for a night of  light painting an abandoned bus in the forest, abandoned hunting cabins and the exterior of a 150 year old empty church.

August 12th

Our day with the iconic Common Loon. Today we will all head down to the water's edge for 6:30am and prepare for our morning with the Common Loon on Lake Salerno. The star of the show will be the young Loons that will be no more than 3 weeks old.

After lunch we will drive to Dorset and spend the day up north.

Hike to a fire station lookout that sits 150’ in the air above the tree line in Ontario’s north.

We shoot till sunset and hike out of the woods at night and drive back.

August 13th

Morning

A sunrise at one of Ontario’s glacier carved northern lakes for sunrise and to catch the morning swim of the migratory waterfowl as they fish in the morning. The star of the show will be the young Loons that will be no more than 3 weeks old. There should also be some Common Merganser female with her chicks parading along the shorelines.

Afternoon

Download / Photoshop / editing session

Evening

A night of long exposure photography from the golden hour to darkness, followed by a group dinner for those that wish to attend. The next day is an early start and a long day in Canada's north and a good night sleep will be in order.

August 14th

All day road trip

We head up into Algonquin Park for a sunrise photo shoot and spend the morning and early afternoon in the iconic park before we leave for home base, with a few stops along the way. It will be an early start and our intent is to spend the entire day in the Algonquin Park area looking for Moose, Loons, Heron, beautiful Algonquin scenery and the resident Great Grey Owls.

A night photo shoot of the summer skies in Algonquin, an area where there is no light pollution and we can see the milky way.

Today we will leave well before 5am and will be staying in Algonquin Park at night.

August 15th

Morning photo shoot for one last time to track down the loons as they make their way up and down the lake. We will head back in the afternoon to our original location.

Arrival Times and Departure Times

Please plan your arrival to be on August 9th so you can be at our "Welcome BBQ" at 3pm on Salerno Lake. If you are driving yourself, we will send you directions but plan for 30 -45 minutes driving time from your northern hotels to be at our home base for 3pm.

Please plan your departure for the morning of the 16th. We will transport everyone to the Toronto airport at 10am and have you there for 1pm for your afternoon departures home.

International Travel Considerations

When traveling with camera gear it is suggested that you list out your gear before you leave home. For example, I have a list of gear that I bring with me that sits in my camera bag.

Please check your passport validity and ask your travel agent for passport validity requirements placed on passports of foreign visitors.

Cost of the workshop is $2395USD

Deposit of $750 is required to register.

Minimum of two, maximum of six participants.

Included in this workshop: Accommodation, water and juice while out shooting, lunch and dinner each day, park entrance fees. We will pick attendees that are flying into Toronto at noon on the 9th at the Toronto airport and drive the group to the workshop.

If your flights do not work for you to get in during the morning of the 9th, we can arrange your nights stay for you at one of the local airport hotels on the night of the 8th.

Not included: International airfare, items of personal nature, drinks and alcohol at meals, anything not listed as included

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