Rad A. Drew Photography: Spring Wildflower Fling!

Continental Divide at Dawn

Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Spring Wildflower Fling!

Photography Tour with Sally Meyer Wolf 
Rad A. Drew

For iPhone and Traditional Photographers
© Rad A. Drew

Sunday, April 23

7:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Path Amidst Blue-Eyed Mary
© Sally Meyer Wolf

Now that spring is just around the corner, we invite you to join Rad A. Drew and Sally Meyer Wolf to experience and photograph wildflowers in the eastern forests of Indiana. 

Water Droplets on Spring Leaf
© Sally Meyer Wolf
We'll guide you to areas that offer a variety of flora, including Trumpet, Trillium, and Dutchman’s Breeches, to name a few. We'll be there to coach you if needed, sharing our knowledge of how to photograph close to capture detail or, how to shoot landscapes of floral carpets. We can provide iPhone, DSLR, and mirror-less camera support.

Spring Beauty
© Sally Meyer Wolf
We will travel to several different forest areas, with creeks, swamps and lakes. As we drive between locations, we'll be watching for local barns and scenic Indiana farmland, and may make a few stops along the way. 
Barn Reflected in Field
© Rad A. Drew
Midday we'll take a lunch break and share our experiences and photos. This is a great time for sharing the morning's "catch," asking questions, and learning some new techniques. Those shooting with their iPhone are usually busy processing during lunch! After lunch, we'll head out to another forest location for more shooting.
Fiddlehead Fern
© Sally Meyer Wolf
Since these areas are somewhat dense, we will meet at 7:00 am to arrive at the wild flower areas by 8:00, when there is enough light.

Early morning can bring dew on flower petals and leaves, or rain will bring droplets of water, providing wonderful photo opportunities. Once-dormant ferns are now uncurling their fronds and reaching for the light. Carpets of Blue-eyed Marys will amaze you along the trails, and be sure to look closely for Jack-in-the-Pulpits, May Apple blossoms hiding under large variegated leaves, and many more colorful surprises. It will become an adventure to find new sprouts of intense hues after this long cold winter.

Tulip Tree Bud
© Sally Meyer Wolf
Depending on the temperature and precipitation we have before the tour, this can be a great time for finding and shooting a wide variety of fungi native to Indiana. Some of the most delightful of these is the elusive morel!
The Elusive Morel Mushroom
© Rad A. Drew
Special note to all participants: Any morels discovered on our trip will be carefully collected and turned over to the tour leaders for, um, further analysis. :)

Turkey Tail Fungi
© Sally Meyer Wolf

Tips for shooting wildflowers

Follow the links below for tips written by Sally and Rad on shooting wildflowers with your DSLR or your iPhone.
  1. Tips for Shooting Wildflowers with Your iPhone
    by Rad A. Drew
  2. Tips for Shooting Wildflowers with your DSLR
    by Sally Meyer Wolf 

Meetup and Departure

We'll meet at 7:00 am at:

Burger King
9229 W. County Road 650 South
Knightstown, IN 46148

Sally and Rad will be in the lead vehicle. We encourage ride sharing to reduce the number of vehicles in our caravan.


Participants will benefit from the experience of award winning photographers, Sally Wolf and Rad Drew. Sally shoots with DSLR cameras and the iPhone, and will be a valuable resource to those shooting with both traditional and iPhone cameras. Rad shoots with DSLR and Fuji mirror-less cameras, but is known mostly for his experience with iPhone cameras. Rad will emphasize iPhone shooting on this trip. Between the two of them, Sally and Rad have you covered! They will be there to coach you and guide you in capturing the best images possible for the day and conditions, regardless of the equipment you’re using. 

About the Instructors
Sally and Rad have been friends for several years and have spent many hours together shooting throughout Indiana. They have led workshops together in The Palouse in western United States, Provincetown in Cape Cod, and Cuba. Together they possess 54 years of photography experience with a variety of cameras shooting all types of images from portraits to architecture to landscapes to still life. As a workshop team they compliment each other’s skills in ways that are a huge benefit to workshop participants. 

Sally Wolf
Sally Wolf is a seasoned veteran of many types of photography and graphic arts experience. She holds a B.S. in Art Education from Indiana University and taught art in the public schools before working in her family’s corporate audiovisual business. There, Sally applied her graphics and photography talents to meet the needs of commercial and industrial clients. Since 2000, Sally has photographed weddings, and shot portrait sessions and commercial photography. In 2013, she and Rad began leading photo workshops to The Palouse, Cuba, Gary, and rural Indiana. Sally continues to work in the studio that she officially opened in 2010 in Arcadia, Indiana. She has won numerous photographic awards including the Indiana State Fair Top Ten in 2016, and recognition from Lafayette Art Museum, Anderson Center for the Arts, Honeywell Clark Gallery, and Kokomo Art Association. She’s been named Photographer of the Year by the Indianapolis Photo Venture Camera Club three times, and is also an active member in several other prominent Indiana camera clubs. For more information, contact Sally directly or visit her website, http://sallywolfphotography.com.

Rad A. Drew
Rad A. Drew is a professional photographer who lives with his wife, metalsmith, Nancy Lee, in historic Irvington, Indiana, on the east side of Indianapolis. Although a traditional camera photographer much of his life, in recent years he's earned a reputation as an iPhone photographer. His creative iPhone images have received numerous awards and have made their way into galleries and juried international competitions showing in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Toronto, Collingwood, Seattle, and Melbourne. He is author of the fine art books, In Good Light, Images of the Circle City and Rural Indiana, A Beauty all its Own, and is a contributor to today’s most comprehensive volume of iPhone instruction, The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone. Rad is a frequent speaker at photography conferences and camera clubs throughout the U.S. His destination workshops to Cuba, France, Ireland, and points throughout the U.S. including Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA, and Provincetown on Cape Cod, are great ways to learn while photographing beautiful areas of the world. For more information contact Rad directly or visit his web site, www.RadDrewPhotography.com.

What to Bring

The weather this time of year can be unpredictable and change in a hurry. Wear appropriate clothing to stay warm and dry; dressing in layers is highly recommended. You may want to bring a towel or pad that you can kneel on when getting low.

Equipment needed:

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Telephoto Lens 70-200mm or 70-300mm
  • Macro Lens 100mm or 50mm
  • extension tube 
  • Wide Angle 
  • remote shutter release
  • boots – can be muddy in forest areas
  • raincoat/hat (just in case)
  • Foam core to be used as reflectors, backdrops, or windshields

Apps and Equipment for iPhoneographers 

Install the following apps on your iPhone before the tour. 

1.     Camera +

2.     Vivid HDR
3.     Slow Shutter
4.     AutoBracket
5.     Pro HDR X
6.     Depth Effects by BrainFeverMedia
7.     Fab Focus by second verse

(   (The last two apps allow those without the iPhone 7 Plus to create images with a soft blur.)

You may also find these iPhone accessories useful:

  • Tripod bracket and tripod
  • Attachable lenses, such as the Olloclip macro or Moment lenses
  • Ear buds to use as a remote shutter
  • extra batteries, car charger and appropriate cables
We’ll be shooting all day with minimal breaks, so pack water and snacks to meet your needs.  


The cost of this tour is $165. Payment can be made in advance via PayPal.