Day and Night

Every year in Duluth the city creates a lighting spectacle in Bayfront Park on the harbor.  Bentleyville draws thousands of visitors from all over to witness this event and it was recently featured on The Great Christmas Light Fight!
The December full moon was on the 11th and I hoped to capture an image of the moon, Bentleyville and the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge.  After first using Photopills to scout possible vantage points to shoot from, I settled on a spot along the Superior Hiking Trail that offered a view of all three.  I went out earlier in the day to inspect the site, felt it would work well.  In the light, it seemed like it had everything I was looking for.

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However, come night, it did not live up to my expectations.  It had too much foreground, the moon was higher than I had hoped for and overall, seemed to be lacking something.

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Sadly, the weather the next day would be snowy and cloudy so no re-shoot was possible.  I did take one of the images and crop to a panorama that, again, not great, but fun and colorful to look at.

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Night At Glensheen Mansion

The Glensheen Mansion in Duluth hosted another event for photographers the other day to allow access to the colorful lights on the grounds.  Some of the lights had been acquired from a local resident that could no longer continue the tradition of decorating her backyard on the shore of Lake Superior.  It has made a nice addition to the festive feel at the mansion.

The Little Things

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When the sunrise doesn’t rise to the occasion, it’s time to look elsewhere for inspiration.  On this day, it was the frost on the rocks.  I plan to work on the technique to increase the depth of focus.

Canon 5D MkIV, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, ISO 50, 100mm, f/7.1, 0.3 sec.

What Do You See?

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One of the fun aspects of shooting ice patterns is that they are a lot like Rorschach test images.  Each person that views one the images will see and interpret them differently.

Test Shot

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.

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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.

Morning Activity

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Sunrise viewed from Skyline Parkway above Duluth looking toward Superior, Wisconsin.  The St. Louis River flows from the right on its way to Lake Superior on the left.

Glensheen Mansion Photo Meet

This past Saturday morning, the historic Glensheen mansion in Duluth was opened to photographers for a two hour opportunity to wander with cameras.  Glensheen was decked out for the season with twenty five decorated trees, lots of trim and all the little knickknacks you would expect this time of year.  Outdoors, the grounds were filled tacky inflatables and other statuettes.  Lake Superior added a few touches to the shoreline with some ice.