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New Ways to View the Shore

by Konnie LeMay

Savvy photographers know that a camera can be your passport to exploring the world.

And photo workshops or excursions can be your guided tours of places you thought you already knew well.

During a night sky session at the breakwater along the harbor in Grand Marais, Minnesota, photographer Bryan Hansel teaches participants how to capture images of the stars, northern lights and the Milky Way in an area that has one of the darkest night skies east of the Mississippi River.

It’s not a surprise that Lake Superior spawns a plethora of photography workshop options on all four shores. Besides the beautiful scenery that this region offers any camera nut, it also draws an amazing number of professional and extremely talented amateurs who supplement their incomes by teaching others about what they know technically to create better images and what they know through experience about where and when to make those photos.

But landscape photographers, professionally engaged in what could be called a solitary trade, also enjoy the interaction that their photography workshops bring them.

James Smedley is a photographer and outdoor writer from Wawa, Ontario, who is doing a Superior Woods & Waters photo

Continue to read this article in Lake Superior Magazine.