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Minnesota photographer Christian Dalbec specializes in shooting both below and above the waves of Lake Superior. Check out 15 of his shots.

By The editors of MidwestLiving.com
April 07, 2021
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Northern Minnesota photographer Christian Dalbec finds his calling—and a friend and therapist, of sorts—in Lake Superior, whose waves, ripples and endless shifts of light beckon him every day. Read our Q&A with him; check out his website, where you can buy prints, and his Instagram feed; and browse a sampling of his photos below.

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Firewater
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

Split Rock Lighthouse (shown in Firewater above and Framed in Fall below) is one of Dalbec's top locations. Framed in Fall is his favorite image. "I remember looking at it in the back of the camera right after I shot it and immediately I knew, it's the one I've been aiming for since I first got in the water," he says.

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Framed in Fall
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Dalbec typically preps his gear in the evening—wet suit, cameras, other equipment—and sets his timer for 4 a.m. so he can get out in the water for extraordinary shots.

Christian Dalbec
Christian Dalbec
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See how Dalbec captures waves above, at, and below the surface of Lake Superior in all seasons. Below, Fall Suspension.

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Fall Suspension
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

Lost Marbles.

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Lost Marbles
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Sea smoke on a subzero day puts a magical cast on sunrise from a Tettegouche State Park cave in Frozen Outlook.

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Frozen Outlook
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

Hook and Curl.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Hook and Curl
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"What a beautiful sunrise below the surface of Superior," Dalbec wrote on his Instagram when he posted Bottoms Up, below. "Light was everywhere and doing wonders."

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Bottoms Up
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

The Foundation.

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The Foundation
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Details.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Details
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Aqua at Split Rock Lighthouse.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Aqua
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Lake Superior Amen.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Lake Superior Amen
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

My Own #1.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
My Own #1
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

Morning Above, under Palisade Head catching sunrise from below.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Morning Above
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography

Rock Bottom.

Christian Dalbec Photography-Lake Superior
Rock Bottom
| Credit: Christian Dalbec Photography