As many photographers know, the Northland is a wonderful place to capture nature’s beauty.
In this week’s Get Outdoors, meteorologist Adam Lorch met up with a photographer who found a different perspective in the waves of Lake Superior.
In 2012, Christian Dalbec started a new chapter of his life by finding his calling.
“I remember thinking, if I’m gonna be a photographer then what’s gonna be my subject. And it was right there, Lake Superior.” said Christian Dalbec, of Christian Dalbec Photography.
His work is now well known in our area and well beyond. But capturing his subject in a unique way took some inspiration from warmer waters out west.
“They do this in Hawaii, and in California. I see people shooting the Shorebreak, they take the camera and shoot right on her big waves are crashing down. I’m like, we live on Lake Superior this isn’t a lake it’s a sea, you know? I thought this is a perfect place to start doing this.” said Dalbec.
He started with a camera on land and then made his way into the water, which does require some specialized tools.
Dalbec explained, “The regular camera, I should Nikon, this is a Nikon D-S-L-R. And it just slides on the box.”
The housing keeps his camera dry, while getting those gnarly curls of a wave.
“So to get that over under water stuff you have to do the line in that lower part there.” said Dalbec.
Dalbec took me to his favorite place to capture the lake, Split Rock Lighthouse.
He let me try out his camera to get some shots, and it was really hard to stabilize yourself in the small waves of the lake.
The water is cold, but the pictures tell a different story of our Great Lake.
Dalbec said, “I want people to see the lake from a different perspective. And even if I’m not in the lake, I want people to see what I’m feeling at that time.”
Dalbec recently opened a gallery in Two Harbors that you can go see by appointment.