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Ely Folk School

Photographing Orchids

with Ken Hupila


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Saturday, June 22, 2019 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, June 23, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

PLEASE NOTE: You will be given the option to select the first day only, second day only or both days upon checkout.

Tuition: First Day Only: $40 Materials: $5
Second Day Only: Tuition: $60
Both Days: Tuition: $90 Materials: $5

Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found. Join us on a two-day journey exploring how to photograph these beauties. Day one will start with a three-hour session, covering general information on photographing theses 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. 

The second day will include a five and a half-hour field trip to productive orchid areas. Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.

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.

About the instructor: Ken says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."

Ken has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come July, September, and November. 

  • Jun 22nd, 2019
    Sat from 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Ely Folk School

209 E Sheridan St
Ely, MN 55731 Get directions

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