Frosty Algonquin 2018 - Photo Workshop with Chad Barry & Jesse Villemaire

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Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park, ON P0A


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Frosty Algonquin!

Algonquin winters are spectacular! When all the tourists have gone home Algonquin Park is a wonderland of every changing landscapes. It's also a great time to enjoy some of the animal inhabitants.

Located just a couple hours north of Toronto, Algonquin Park is a common meeting ground for Chad and Jesse. With their combined knowledge of the area and passion for photography, they will bring you to some easily accessible shooting locations which will provide the landscapes and wildlife that you’re looking for.

Chad and Jesse actually met in Algonquin Park while shooting the vibrant landscapes. An instant partnership was formed and since then they've been on numerous photography adventures together including Yellowstone National Park, Olympic National Park, Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Tetons of Wyoming.

This workshop is geared towards amateur photographers looking to build their confidence in the field. Open to all ages and all levels of photography enthusiasts. We recommend that you have a DSLR camera to get the best out of the workshop experience. Please review our recommended gear list for more info.

Schedule of Activities

Registered participants will receive a more detailed itinerary by email. As we will be on nature’s schedule we will be keeping the plan flexible so we can adjust to weather conditions and wildlife opportunities as they arise.

Day 1 – Friday

Our adventures will begin at 4pm. We will meet at the Mad Musher restaurant in Whitney, just a few minutes from the east gate of Algonquin Park. The Mad Musher will be our home base for the classroom portion of the workshop.

Evening – We plan to get right at it, so after introductions and a quick presentation we're getting right out into the park to get some shooting done. The sun sets early at this time of year but if the skies are clear we'll have a full moon to illuminate the landscape.

Day 2– Saturday

Morning – We will start out before sunrise, and meet at a pre-determined location to capture the morning light and see what animals might be wandering about. Winter mornings are a great time find animal tracks in the snow. Afterwards we will meet back in Whitney for brunch (optional).

Afternoon – The first part of the afternoon we'll be back in the classroom to talk about creating stronger photos. Afterwards, we'll take a break and rest up for another round in the cold.

Evening – Meeting at pre-determined location for sunset photoshoot. Locations to be discussed with the group and will be shared during our introduction.

Day 3 – Sunday

Morning – We will do another sunrise session in the morning. Afterwards, we will be meeting back at the Mad Musher to discuss post-processing. You’ll get to see exactly how we edit our snowscape photos with live demos on a big screen. Bring your laptops, if available, with preferably Lightroom installed. We will help you edit some of your favourite workshop photos. Or just follow along with our editing tutorials and bring your new knowledge home with you!

Afternoon – We will break for lunch. The Mad Musher has a full menu to offer or feel free to pack your own lunch. We encourage you to stay in the Whitney area as there are not many close by towns that will offer other food options. Please come prepared and enjoy a lunch with the whole group!

Following lunch we will share some of your favourite photos with the class and do a friendly group photo critique. This is one of the most beneficial parts of the workshop experience! We will present a slideshow showcasing all of your favourite photos and will offer some friendly suggestions. This part of the workshop will leave you inspired to grow as better photographers.

Evening – We'll wrap things up around 2pm. We will say goodbye to new friends and get your on the winter roads while we still ahve some daylight!

Recommended Equipment

  • DSLR Camera
  • Wide angle lens for landscape (24mm or wider)
  • Telephoto Lens for wildlife (200mm or longer, 400mm is better)
  • Tripod and Ballhead (Gimbal would be a bonus)
  • Filters – Polarizer
  • Memory Cards
  • Extra Batteries - batteries die much faster in the cold
  • Cable Release
  • Headlamp (we will be doing some walking in low light)
  • Rain protection for your camera gear
  • *Please note that if you don't have some of the equipment listed above that you’ll still learn a lot and it will only entice you to add to your gear list when you get home. Remember these are recommended suggestions but not absolutely required to join our workshop.

Recommended Personal Items

  • Water bottle
  • Thermos for some hot beverage
  • Snacks
  • Warm, snuggly winter clothing - base layers, extra socks, waterproof outerwear
  • Crampons may be beneficial
  • Winter boots
  • Sunblock, sunglasses
  • *We’ll be adding to this list closer to the event date.

Physical Requirements

This workshop is intended to be fairly accessible. However, we will be doing short walks on uneven ground and varying elevations. Also, snow depth may vary greatly making hikes more strenous. Some areas may be icy and very slippery. We will be out in the cold for some prolonged periods of time. Participants should know their physical limitations and pace themselves accordingly.

Meals, Accommodations and Travel

All meals, accommodations and travel are the responsibility of each workshop participant and are not included in the workshop fee. Once you’ve registered for the workshop we can help guide you in the directions of finding suitable accommodations. Carpooling to shooting locations are also recommended.

Park Fees

Park fees for access to Algonquin Provincial Park will be included with your workshop fee. We’ll hand out the park passes during the introductions on the first day.


Workshop fees are non-refundable. Please be sure that you are able to attend prior to purchasing your ticket. If for any reason, you are unable to attend the workshop you may sell you ticket to another party.

Your Instructors

Chad Barry

Jesse Villemaire

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