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Night Sky Photography

$70

with Les Conrad

Calendar Jun 11, 2021 at 1 pm

Friday, June 11, 2021   1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, June 12, 2021  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $60  Materials: $10

This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the Northern Lights, the night sky and star trails images. 

This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed, photography procedures as well as post production techniques. We'll go out in the field on Friday afternoon and discuss composition and planning of a night sky photography session.  

I’ll provide everyone in the class a jump drive of files from some of my night photography sessions. On Saturday, we’ll work with these files to create our own edited night sky images. 

This class will provide you everything you need to plan, photograph and edit your own night sky images at your location of choice.

What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp with red light option. If you want to photograph star trails, an “in-camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the Day 2 post-production editing. Adobe Lightroom Classic is recommended. StarStax is recommended for star trails.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. Beyond adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is closely monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Les Conrad is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world. Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les turned his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes, with particular attention to the night sky. Les moved from the Twin Cities to Ely when he retired.

Les has many years of experience teaching beginning adult photographers including a two-day session at the International Wolf Center. He also presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors, MN. He knows how to simplify explanations using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.

 

Photographing Orchids

$40

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 19, 2021 at 1 pm

Saturday, June 19, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

Tuition: $35 Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. Join us in exploring how to photograph these beauties. This class will cover general information on photographing wildflowers. This will include tips on tool selection and use, how to get the sharpest image, depth of field, where and when to find desirable orchids, and how to establish a personal workflow. The class will end shooting flowers at Whiteside Park to practice skills. Class size is limited to ten students to allow for social distancing. Register early - this class fills up quickly!

Two optional 5-1/2 hour field trips to productive orchid areas are scheduled for June 20 and June 22. Click the link on the date to register separately for those classes. The field trips are open to students who have taken this class and others who have a basic understanding of their cameras. 

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), Ken has photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila grew up and lived in Northern Minnesota for most of his life. He moved to the Ely area in 1978 and has been a resident here since. Ken is an educator, having taught in the Ely School System for 33 years. He is an outdoor adventurer who has canoed, camped, hunted and fished from Alaska to Minnesota, including a 500-mile, 27-day paddle on the Albany River to Hudson Bay in 2006. He has been a wilderness guide for over 40 years in the BWCA and Superior National Forest.

He became a professional photographer in 2001, specializing the past five years in outdoor photography. Recently he entered the writing world as an outdoor author covering topics such as his guiding experiences, his trip to Hudson Bay as well as personal wilderness trips that he has taken into the backcountry. Ken has taught photography classes through Community Education and the Ely Folk School for the past several years.

Photographing Orchids Field Trip

$65

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 20, 2021 at 8 am

Sunday, June 20, 2021
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60   Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This field trip is open to students who have taken Ken's class previously, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun.

Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch. Students are also welcome using a simpler camera or smartphone if your interest is identification more than photography, as long as you understand the pace will be set that allows everyone to take photographs with correct settings, positioning, etc.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

Some students may be carpooling, and you're also welcome to drive your own car. The route will cover approximately 50 miles.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila grew up and lived in Northern Minnesota for most of his life. He moved to the Ely area in 1978 and has been a resident here since. Ken is an educator, having taught in the Ely School System for 33 years. He is an outdoor adventurer who has canoed, camped, hunted and fished from Alaska to Minnesota –including a 500-mile, 27-day paddle on the Albany River to Hudson Bay in 2006. He has been a wilderness guide for over 40 years in the BWCA and Superior National Forest.

He became a professional photographer in 2001, specializing the past five years in outdoor photography. Recently he entered the writing world as an outdoor author covering topics such as his guiding experiences, his trip to Hudson Bay as well as personal wilderness trips that he has taken into the backcountry. Ken has taught photography classes through Community Education and the Ely Folk School for the past several years.

Photographing Orchids Field Trip

$65

with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jun 22, 2021 at 8 am

Tuesday, June 22, 2021
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

Tuition: $60   Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This field trip is open to students who have taken Ken's class previously, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun.

Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch. Students are also welcome using a simpler camera or smartphone or if your interest is identification more than photography, as long as you understand the pace will be set that allows everyone to take photographs with correct settings, positioning, etc.

Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

Some students may be carpooling, and you're also welcome to drive your own car. The route will cover approximately 50 miles.

This class will be held in person with limited seats available. Masks should be worn and social distancing observed. In addition to adhering to CDC and Minnesota State guidelines, the Ely Folk School is monitoring local public health.

About the Instructor: Ken Hupila grew up and lived in Northern Minnesota for most of his life. He moved to the Ely area in 1978 and has been a resident here since. Ken is an educator, having taught in the Ely School System for 33 years. He is an outdoor adventurer who has canoed, camped, hunted and fished from Alaska to Minnesota, including a 500-mile, 27-day paddle on the Albany River to Hudson Bay in 2006. He has been a wilderness guide for over 40 years in the BWCA and Superior National Forest.

He became a professional photographer in 2001, specializing the past five years in outdoor photography. Recently he entered the writing world as an outdoor author covering topics such as his guiding experiences, his trip to Hudson Bay as well as personal wilderness trips that he has taken into the backcountry. Ken has taught photography classes through Community Education and the Ely Folk School for the past several years.





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