South Pier in Four Parts, Pt. 1

Structure, steel framework carving out a slice of the sky.



Pt. 4, Breaking Rules

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When I started working with this image, I almost passed it by.  But, something about it kept calling me back.  I realized that it breaks some of the traditional rules I’ve learned in photography.  It’s heavily weighted to one side, making it awkward and out of balance.  It sort of follows the rules of thirds, maybe.  But the texture of the concrete is intriguing and adds its own value to the composition.  Compared to the metal support moving to the right, the concrete actually appears soft.  The metal erupting out of the concrete is well defined and rigid, and giving a sense of launching into space.  But, that’s just my interpretation, you may see it very differently.

More of my images can be seen at Northern Visions Media.

The Lowry Ave Bridge, Part 1

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Walking from the east river side overlook, this was  the first impression of the bridge.  From this perspective the viewer is presented with the geometry of the construction, shadows from the morning sun and the white on blue of bridge and sky.  The arch gives the sense of leaping into the sky as one crosses from one side to the other.

The monochrome version strips away the color which emphasizes the lines, shapes and shadows.  Multiple leading lines take the eye from one side of the bridge to the other.  Unlike the cars and pedestrians, the eye can fly up and over the arch, perhaps taking the opportunity to imagine the view up river, all the way to the headwaters, or downriver toward the skyline of the city and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.

Canon 5D Mark ll, ISO 100, 62mm, f/7.1, 3 image bracket, HDR Efex Pro 2, Silver Efex Pro 2

Into The Woods

I have always been fascinated by birch bark and how it peels off the trees.  It curls, strips, bends and splits in endless forms.

The Details

Prior to and after returning from California, I have spent many hours helping my step-daughter and her partner with their recent home purchase.  As part of my help, I was asked to photograph the house so that they could share the photos with family and friends.  After going around capturing exterior views and then each of the interior spaces, I spent time seeking out the details of the home, the smaller items, the bits and pieces of the big picture.  I’ve chosen to present these images in black and white so as to not be distracted by the surrounding colors, thereby focusing attention on the lines, shapes, textures and geometry of the details in the home.


A Photographer’s Playground

As I was walking on the Duluth Lakewalk today, which is the pathway along Lake Superior, I spotted a couple of trees that had been sprayed with water from the large waves created by the recent storm. Both trees were sporting a collection of icicles of various lengths and shapes that had been sculpted by the water and wind. After snapping a few photos at the first tree, I moved on to the second tree which is where I took most of these photos.

I took my time exploring the ice encrusted tree, searching out unique perspectives, different formations, looking for contrasting backgrounds and waiting for the sun to break out between passing bands of snow.  Although I captured about forty images, these are my favorites.  In a few days the ice will probably be gone.  I am so glad that I was prepared with a camera and had a little time to play at the playground.