2020 Door County Spring Workshop

Photographing in Nature w/ Lou & Todd Nettelhorst - Spring 2020

WORKSHOP: Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2020 Björkelund, Sister Bay, WI

REGISTRATION FEE: $595 (non-refundable) – min 5/ max. 12



LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

Early June in Door County Wisconsin is a perfect time to photograph wildflowers and landscapes, including lighthouses and harbor scenes. Typically, the weather is mild, and the daylight hours are long. We will share images, receive instruction and photograph in the wonderful natural settings of Door County. It’s a place where you can engage your imagination, stimulate your senses and kindle a passion for photography…a time of inspiration and personal growth…an opportunity to develop new skills and acquire new technical knowledge. The workshop setting is informal, relaxing, and fun! PLEASE JOIN US!!

All of Lou and Todd’s workshops, outings, classes and lessons include Lou’s learning cycle, which is to provide INFORMATION, give opportunities to PRACTICE using the information, and then receive FEEDBACK on the practice results. It’s all about the fun of learning by doing. We’re discovering and exploring your artist within!!


The indoor instruction will be held at Björkelund, our vacation home in Sister Bay, which is conveniently located near natural areas, shoreline and wildflower habitats.


Lou Nettelhorst is an accomplished, artistic photographer who shares his extensive knowledge on revealing nature’s beauty through workshops, seminars, classrooms, publications, and exhibitions. A photo editor summed up Lou’s photographs as follows, “Intensity, powerful color, bouncing form, and dramatic, emotional play characterize Lou’s creative photographic style. As a viewer, you’ll want to crawl into Lou’s scenes and become one with the flora and fauna!”

Todd Nettelhorst is also an accomplished, artistic photographer, as well.  His charismatic energy and unique photographic perspective is very contagious.  He has a passion for the visual arts and helping others bring out the best in their creative abilities.


This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. It is important, however, that participants be familiar with their equipment and its operation.


A digital SLR camera with a battery of lenses that may capture wide-angle to telephoto and macro subjects and a sturdy tripod are recommended. If you don’t have a macro lens, using extension tubes are a wonderful substitute. We will have some extension tubes for Canon and Nikon to try.  A polarizing filter is a good idea to cut glare off the leaves and enrich the color. A Hoodman loupe allows you to see your LCD screen without glare.  For downloading, storing and providing images for critiques, you’ll need a laptop and USB flash drive.  We recommend storing the images in two locations, like your laptop and an external hard drive.  Other accessories suggested are: blower and lens cloth, extra batteries and plenty of flash or memory cards, diffusion disk and reflector, remote control, flashlight, sun screen, knee pads and a ground cloth. Equipment carts will not work because of the unevenness of the trails. Bring your equipment in a backpack or carry it in a vest. BTW: newer camera phones can take excellent photos and video, as well.  More detailed equipment information is provided by email after registration.  Understand that our equipment recommendations, are just that, recommendations. We’ll work with what you bring.


In the spring, weather is quite variable. Be sure to check the forecast and dress accordingly (Weather).  The recommended physical condition is easy to moderate.  For those choosing to do some minimal climbing on shoreline rocks, a moderate physical condition is more appropriate.


Open Hearth Lodge 2669 S. Bay Shore Drive (State Highway 42) Sister Bay, WI 54234 (920) 854-4890


Participants are responsible for their transportation and meals. Car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to promote interaction. We’ll eat together in local restaurants. A Breakfast-to-Go kit is provided for Saturday and Sunday morning. The Breakfast-to-Go kit is continental breakfast choices that you pack in a cooler bag. Also, we recommend that you bring water and some snacks. The closest major airport is Austin Straubel International Airport (GRB) in Green Bay, WI.  Rental cars are available.  The drive north to Sister Bay is about 90 minutes.


Workshop: Friday, June 5, 2020 @ 2:30pm CDT to Sunday, June 7, 2020 @ 3:00pm CDT – Björkelund, 1293 Appleport Road, Sister Bay WI


(min. 5/ max. 12 participants): $595 (non-refundable).

The registration fee covers leaders’ expenses, coaching, instruction and critiquing. Lodging, meals, travel arrangements, park entrance fees, and any other expenses are all the workshop participants’ responsibility. The registration fee is non-refundable unless a replacement participant is provided, in which case a $50 processing fee is charged. It is strongly encouraged that participants purchase travel insurance because of the non-refundable fee. Be sure to contact an insurance agency before registering. Upon receipt of your registration a confirmation email is sent and you will receive a final instructions email about two weeks before the workshop. NOTE: In case minimum registration isn’t met, we will notify participants promptly and refund payments in full. The workshop may still be offered to interested photographers at a higher fee.

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“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” ~ Ansel Adams

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  • An opportunity to connect with people who enjoy the same passion which can expand on your learning experience.
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Door County Spring Workshop Details & Contact

Björkelund, Sister Bay, WI

WORKSHOP: Friday, June 5 to Sunday, June 7, 2020 Björkelund, 1293 Appleport Road, Sister Bay, WI

WORKSHOP FEE: $595 (non-refundable)



LED BY: Lou Nettelhorst, Todd Nettelhorst

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Limited Availability – RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY!


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    Björkelund, Sister Bay, WI

    Limited Availability: Reserve your spot today!

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