Three rocks form a pleasing composition in the shallow water of Lake Superior.
These days I don’t get many opportunities to spend a large portion of my day seeking out new images but, this today was one of those rare days. And what better way to get started than a gorgeous sunrise over Lake Superior.
One of my favorite winter subjects is patterns in the ice. As water freezes, it doesn’t always do it at once, it sometimes does it in layers. I will spend a entire day scouring the ledge rock along the Lake Superior shoreline seeking the small crevices and pools that harbor these patterns. On this day, I only found two, but I’ll be back out soon looking for more of these frozen artworks.
This image uses a bit of forced perspective. To get the image I was lying on the ice and doing my best to line up the rising sun with the pieces of ice. The slabs were thin enough to glow as the sun back lit them. Fire and ice.
This was also a five shot bracket using my Canon 5D Mk4, Tamron SP 28-75mm f/2.8, ISO 50, 75mm, f/10
The temperature was around -20 when I arrived at the shore of Lake Superior this morning. Many had already headed out on to the ice to set up portable shelters for fishing. Besides myself, several photographers were waiting for the sun to break the horizon. This was the first morning of our extended cold spell that I have ventured out to do some photography. We have been mostly below zero for over a week and I have not felt inclined to endure the weather if I did not have to. However, knowing that the weather was going to be warming in a few days, I layered on the winter wear and braved the cold.
I have three shots in mind for the morning. The first was to use my lens ball, the second was an ice composition and third, a frozen bubble. The lens ball image is today’s featured image. I felt safe inverting the image due to the blurred background and I like how the ball appears to be hanging from the snow. In case you noticed the black shapes to the right of the sun, those are fishing shelters.
This is a five shot bracket from a Canon 5D Mk4, Tamron SP 28-75mm, ISO 50, 75mm, f/10, 1/1– sec.
Light the gap.
Catching a few rays along the shore of Lake Superior.
One of those mornings at one of those spots where nature fills my senses.
Awhile back I invested in ND filters with the intention that I would begin to learn to use them properly. I’ve read, watched videos and studied other photographer’s work in preparation. I also added an app to my phone to help me determine the correct timing based on camera settings. After a couple of failed test shots, I managed to get one that gives me hope that with a bit more practice, I will be able to capture more shots using the filters.
Canon 5D S, Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8, 10 stop ND filter, ISO 50, 28mm, f/11, 91 sec. twiddled with in Lightroom, Silver Efex Pro 2 and Photoshop.
Frozen, clinging to the rocks above water in motion.