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Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter

On the north shore, Lake Superior first begins to freeze in late February. Waves and wind push the ice against the shore where it piles up into infinite shapes and shades of blue. These unique ice features, combined with winter sea smoke, (which rises off Superior only during the winter months), open water, and the sun, make for one-of-a-kind images. Join instructor Bryan Hansel for a photography workshop along Superior’s frozen shoreline. Participants should bring a digital camera, (preferably a DSLR), extra batteries, memory cards, a laptop, a sturdy tripod and ice cleats. This workshop is an intensive day and a half day course. During the first evening, Bryan covers the basics of keeping your camera functioning during a cold winter day. He also discusses different strategies for capturing unique images during the sunrise and sunset. On the second day, the workshop takes to the field for a sunrise on Lake Superior. Bryan will lead you on a photographic exploration of the frozen shoreline. Afterward, you’ll warm up at the North House and share the images you captured.

Bring multiple layers of warm clothing, warm gloves, warm boots and a backpack to carry your gear in. Split neutral density graduated filters are highly recommended. Upon registration, your instructor will provide specifics and a discount code for Singh-Ray filters.


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Course Details

Length in days:
1 1/2

Day 1: 5-8 pm; Day 2: sunrise-5 pm

$145.00 per student (Regular rate)
$135.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Beginner to Advanced

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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. Laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom installed (free 30 day demo available)
  2. digital camera
  3. blank CDs
  4. appropriate outdoor clothing
  5. lunch in the field on Day 2
  6. dinner for first evening (if desired)
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Bryan Hansel Bryan Hansel

Bryan likes spending his mornings and evenings along the shore of Lake Superior making photographs of the sun creating new colors in the sky. He learned photography over 20 years ago in the black and white darkroom. Now, he makes his living taking photos. Not only is he a professional photographer, he writes freelance articles for magazines with credits including Outdoor Photographer, National Geographic, Backpacker and more. Bryan loves the north shore and shares his passion for the area teaching photography workshops and writing. Learn more about him at

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Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter

Capturing the Frozen Shore: Photographing Lake Superior in Winter