Lake Superior Winter Photography Workshop


In February, Lake Superior starts to freeze. Thick sheets of pack ice get pushed up onto the shore making a maze of blue ice to walk through. This ice also makes an interesting subject to photograph — the deep blue of the ice contrasts with the splash of color during the sunrise and sunset, which occurs out over the lake each day. Combine the unique shore ice with all-day-long, golden-hour light, sea fog and open water, and you have the conditions for award winning photography. Join me on Lake Superior for one of my Winter Photography Workshops and capture stunning images of the big lake in a season when most people stay away.


  • February 3 to 5, 2017
  • February 17 to 19, 2017 – FULL — Waiting List Available (Email me to get on it)

Cost – $349. Non-refundable deposit of $175 is due at signup. The remainder is due the first week of January.

This event is in cooperation with and under a Special Use Permit from  U.S.  Forest Service, Gunflint Ranger District.

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Friday: From 1pm until dinner time, you can join an optional field excursion to Saturday’s sunrise location and several other shoreline locations. The optional excursion gives you a chance to get away from your workaday life and helps shift you into creative thinking, and it also helps you scout out the sunrise location. I’ll have exercises to try.

The winter photography workshop starts at 6pm on Friday for introductions and a classroom presentation. During the presentation, you’ll learn how to keep your camera working in the winter during what could be extreme winter conditions. We’ll also cover manual camera settings to use during winter and composition techniques that you can use to create dramatic winter Lake Superior landscapes. Before we adjourn for the night, you’ll receive a challenge as an assignment. You’ll try to photograph the challenge.

Saturday: The day starts early with a morning session on the Lake Superior shoreline photographing the sunrise (7:15am).  Then we will break for breakfast which is available in the lobby or on your own.  We’ll assemble after breakfast and then head back out into the field for a full-day adventure. Pack your lunch, because we’ll eat in the field. Depending on the weather, we may hike deep into a canyon of a North Shore river to photograph frozen waterfalls, or we may visit multiple locations warming up in the cars before we venture out.  After sunset (5:15pm), we’ll return to the hotel for a quick discussion before dinner. You’ll have the evening free to sort and process images from the day and select five images plus your assignment to share.

Sunday: We assemble before sunrise in the lobby to head out for a sunrise photography session. A late breakfast will be available at the lodge or on your own.  After breakfast we’ll have a slide show sharing the images that you made during the weekend.  The workshop ends between noon and 1pm.

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February 3 to 5, 2017, February 17 to 19, 2017

Max Participants



This workshop is for all levels of photographers and works best for photographers using digital cameras

What's Included

Quality small group and one-on-one instruction. Conference room for classroom time. Free continental breakfast. Fun!

What's Not Included

Transportation to Grand Marais and photography locations. Car pooling is highly recommended. Lodging. Meals except for breakfast which is provided by the lodge.

Lodging Partner

Aspen Lodge in Grand Marais, MN is the lodging partner for this workshop. It is on the east side of Grand Marais across the street from a popular restaurant, My Sister’s Place. Aspen Lodge offers views of Artist’s Point, the East Bay and the Coast Guard Station. It has a giant whirlpool spa, a sauna and a pool. It’s within walking distance of downtown. Ask for discounts if available. The conference room and lobby is on the second floor. When making your reservation, ask for a “Bryan Hansel Photography” room. Call 800-247-6020 to make your room reservations.

Getting There

Grand Marais, Minnesota is 110 miles north of Duluth, Minnesota on Highway 61. Duluth boasts a small international airport. It’s 260 miles north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, which has an international airport that also acts as a regional hub. Grand Marais is 128 kilometers south of Thunder Bay, Ontario on Highway 61. Thunderbay has a small airport. Car rentals are available at the airports.


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