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Nature photography workshop with Simon Lunn

Ready to get re-inspired about photography and the natural world, or just learn more about the craft?

Join naturalist and photographer Simon Lunn on Sunday, September 17th as he shares his passion for photography at High Lonesome Nature Reserve in the Pakenham Hills.  This special opportunity is limited to 12 people.

This 4 hour outdoor-based, hands-on workshop will highlight basic photographic techniques, as well as exploring how you can capture that image in creative ways and from different perspectives. Simon will be demonstrating some hands-on scenarios and passing on a few tips of the trade throughout the workshop. If you have a tip you think other participants should know about, you are encouraged to share it with the group. Although the workshop should appeal most to budding and intermediate photographers, there should be opportunities for all to learn. Whether you use a point & shoot camera, DSLR or smartphone, bring it along. Simon will be available after the workshop to answer questions on a one-on one basis.

Simon’s interest in the outdoors and passion for photography came early in life. He was lucky – his parents gave him a brownie camera and introduced him to a photographic darkroom when he was a young lad, then took the family on outdoor field trips throughout rural areas of Ontario.  The various jobs that later formed the early part of Simon’s career included photographing landscapes and plants and animals in their natural habitats, and then sharing the images through slide presentations to park visitors.

After graduating from Acadia University with a BSc and MSc in the 1970’s, Simon enjoyed a series of summer jobs with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canadian Wildlife Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Parks Canada.  His first full-time job as a Park Naturalist at Kejimkujik National Park in Nova Scotia was followed by a 30-year career with Parks Canada. He worked variously as a Park Planner, Park Interpreter and Visitor Services Officer for national parks across Canada, including Cape Breton Highlands, Fundy, Kouchibouguac, P.E.I., and Waterton Lakes National Parks. He retired in 2004 following an 18-year stint with the Rideau Canal as an Interpretation Planner, Visitor Services Officer and Ecosystem Scientist.

More recently, Simon has shared his images with various magazines, tourism agencies, cable TV stations, government agencies and non-profit organizations, and engaged his talents in the form of local photography workshops & community presentations.  Some of his other interests include travelling, hiking, camping, canoeing & kayaking, Citizen Science and volunteering for organizations such as the Rideau Waterway and Mississippi Madawaska Land Trusts.

Registration for the workshop starts at 10:00.  Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by credit card or direct debit through the ticket order form at

High Lonesome Nature Reserve is located at 867 Carbine Road in the Pakenham Hills. To reach High Lonesome, take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village and turn onto Waba Road.  Continue west for 2.9 km, turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road and you have arrived!




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