The sunset view across the frozen harbor taken from Park Point in Duluth, MN.
While on a recent hike along the shore of Lake Superior, I saw a sky and lake worth capturing with the idea of using negative space to illustrate the the vastness of Lake Superior. The clouds added an extra dimension to the surface of the lake, with the distant lighthouse added for scale. Cropping gave the image a painterly look.
Sony RX100 Mk5
Thompson Reservoir, Carlton, MN
It would have been a much more peaceful evening if the mayflies hadn’t been in the middle of a major hatch and the mosquitoes hadn’t been so thick. But, that’s northern Minnesota for you.
This will be my last post from Minnesota this month as I am headed to Oregon later this week for an extended photo trip. I will be beginning with a sunset composition along the coast and then be driving back through the mountains, visiting Yellowstone and, I hope, Devil’s Tower. I am also planning to shoot some prairie homesteads and wide open spaces in the Dakotas.
Wide open spaces where the wind blows unobstructed, the roads vanish in the distance and the sky goes on forever.
Sony RX100 V
I recently traveled around parts of North Dakota and had time to capture a few shots that I felt give a sense of the open spaces that exist in the western part of our country. One of these days I hope to spend time slowly exploring these wide open places under the big sky.
As intriguing as this image is, it represents a tragedy. I dropped the pouch with my Sony RX100 Mk5 on the garage floor and ran over it. Amazingly, the camera actually works! This certainly says something for Sony build quality. However, I do not have access to any of the display functions and the viewfinder will not pop up. I’ve taken photos with each of the settings on the camera and now have a rough idea of the setting for each of them. I did speak with a camera shop to see if it was worth repairing, they guess-ti-mated at least $200-$400. It would cost me $45 to send it in and get an official estimate.
A little something different that didn’t involve going outside.
Knowing that today was the last day before the bitter cold arrived and was planning to stay for an extended visit, I grabbed my camera bag and headed out. My goal was to find the spot where there was open water on Lake Superior. The open water line was at Stoney Point, which is a little over 20 miles from my home in Duluth. At Stoney Point is an old fish house that is a favorite of photographers from everywhere and I have photographed several times. The seasons, the sky and the lake all add to the backdrop of the old structure and each person finds a unique perspective when they visit.