Lake Superior Gales of November Photography Workshop


November is the stormiest month on Lake Superior, and the month with the best chance of capturing this inland ocean showing off its explosive nature. During this Lake Superior Photography Workshop I lead you on a learning experience to some of the most beautiful out-of-the-way locations for making great storm and lake images. Workshop time is divided between the classroom and the field. Although there will be some classroom time, expect to spend most of this workshop in the field. On Saturday, we stay in the field from sunrise to sunset with a break for breakfast.



  • November 3 to 5, 2017


  • $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 the U.S.  Forest Service, Gunflint Ranger District.

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This Lake Superior photography workshop combines classroom time with field-work and a final review. You’ll learn photography techniques for capturing waterfalls. There’s plenty of time for one-on-one instruction with the small group size.

An optional afternoon outing starts at 1pm.  Meet at 6PM for introductions and a classroom presentation that presents techniques for successfully capturing gales.

The day starts early with a morning session on the Lake Superior shoreline photographing the sunrise. Then we 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. We’ll come back to the Grand Marais for dinner before heading out for the sunset.

We assemble before sunrise in the lobby to head out for a sunrise photography session and stay in the field until mid-morning. Breakfast is available in the lobby or on your own. After breakfast we meet up for image review. The workshop ends at 1PM.

Required Photography Equipment

Camera: A SLR-style digital camera or a point and shoot that allows you to manually set your shutter speed and aperture is highly recommended. A variety of lenses ranging from 18mm to 200mm. Most of the time, you’ll use something in the 18mm to 70mm range, but the other focal lengths are useful.

Filters: I highly recommend filters (See this newsletter for more info about filters). When you sign up for a workshop, you also qualify for a discount on filters from Singh-Ray.

Other Suggested Equipment: Bring a tripod, your camera’s manual, a USB thumb drive, waterproof camera bag and a laptop computer.

We’ll send out a full equipment list a month before the workshop.

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Additional information

Max Participants

10 to 12


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. 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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