I don’t know about you but, I tend to get lost in these images. My imagination runs wild with possibilities of what my eyes are trying to relay to my brain. Have fun!
This past Thursday, Feb. 3, I had to take a trip to west central Minnesota. When I left Duluth, the temp was -17F. As I traveled west, the thermometer in my car started reading even colder temps, with the lowest reading at -32F. The cold, dense air created a thermal inversion which blocked warmer air from rising. This effect was best illustrated by the smoke from wood fired boilers rising about 30-40 feet above ground and stopping as though it had hit an invisible ceiling. If you were to travel further north, you could have experienced even lower temps, some lower than -40F.
After a week on the road capturing images from the Oregon coast to Minnesota, I have created a gallery of photos on my website. Rather than creating the same gallery on my blog, here is the link to the site: http://northernvisionsmedia.com/?page_id=2727
Several years ago I made a documentary about my Uncle Bob. Earlier this week, he passed away and I am feeling the loss of this unique and interesting man. He was a creative genius, artist and ran an apple orchard to name just a few of his qualities.
In honor of his life, I am sharing the link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd5oWVXjauY&t=4s
With a bit of the extra footage that did not end up as part of the documentary, I made a short about the orchard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrYZ6tg3vUI
I find it exciting to start a new year by generating a new 2019 folder on my hard drive and in Lightroom. As I look at the list of new folders, I see twelve months of potential. I dream of outings with a camera. I start planning trips to places not yet explored. I look forward to filling each month’s folder with new creations. January already has it’s first entry, can’t wait to add more.
Some of us love to show our passion for northern Minnesota.
I had some time while waiting for a family member and, as usual, I had a camera with me. Since I was near Leif Erickson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden, two popular parks in Duluth, I took time to wander around and see what would catch my eye. The roses are not yet in bloom, but other flowers were and there were other subjects that caught my attention. I used three different lenses and once again experimented with depth of field and framing.
Later, when examining the images, I decided that next time I will try expanding my focus points to allow more of certain subjects to be in focus. Some of the flower shots could have benefited from more overall focus. However, the bokeh is pleasing in some and I want to improve upon the selective focus used in a couple of others.
Wave action on a group of rock at the end of the south pier, Duluth entry, Canal Park.
ISO 50, 28mm, f/13, 1.6 sec, small adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Silver Efex Pro 2