North Shore of Lake Superior Wildflower Photography Workshop


The middle of June is a fun time on the north shore. The summer is just starting and the spring wildflowers have reached peak. Grand Marais is lively, the lupine bloom has started and the waterfalls have assumed the summer flow rates. The trees are green, the weather is usually pleasant, calm and sunny with fair weather cumulus clouds forming in the afternoon. During this Lake Superior macro photography workshop, we’ll spend our time photographing the wildflowers and pink lady slippers (if we’re lucky). You’ll have the chance to photograph some of the famous waterfalls in the area as well. We’ll also photograph sunrise over Lake Superior from Artist’s Point and the Grand Marais harbor. The classroom topics include macro photography and digital darkroom processing for flowers.



  • June 16 to 18, 2017 – Full. Waiting List Available

Cost: $349  (A nonrefundable deposit of $175 is due at registration. The remainder is due 60 days before the workshop.)


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

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This Lake Superior macro photography workshop combines classroom time with field-work and a final review. You’ll learn photography techniques for capturing wild flowers. The techniques focus on macro photography. I’ll cover macro lenses, close-up filters, extension tubes, teleconverters and I’ll explain what that monster of a lens in the attached images accomplished. With the small group size, there’s plenty of time for one-on-one instruction.

Day 1

In the morning, I’ll offer an add-on session called “Just the Basics.” If you need to learn the basics of photography, this class is for you. If you have a solid understanding of manual settings and aperture priority, then we’ll meet for an optional 1pm field session. The entire class meets at 6pm for a slideshow covering macro techniques.

Day 2

We’ll start the day by capturing the sunrise over Lake Superior. After breakfast, we’re in the field the entire day photographing wild flowers. Destinations may include Cascade River State Park, which also offers awesome waterfalls to photograph, and the Cook County Wildflower Sanctuary. We’ll try to find pink lady slippers and as many variety of flowers as we can. The day ends at 5pm

Day 3

We’ll start the day photographing sunrise and stay in the field to photograph more wild flowers. We’ll meet back in the classroom at 10am for an image review and a classroom session on how to use Lightroom to make your flower images pop.

Required Equipment

I’ll send out a full equipment list after you register for the workshop.

Registration and Cancellation Policies

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

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. For the workshop, rates are 10% off of the standard rack rate. 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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