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.
I’ve had in mind a sunset shot looking up river from the swinging bridge at Jay Cooke State Park, however you have to wait until the right time of year to get the right alignment. Thanks to the PhotoPills app, I was able to travel forward in time to find out exactly when I should be in the park to get the shot. Using the augmented reality feature, I could see just where the sun will be based on where I stand on the bridge. Technology is a wonderful thing…when it works! I will be visiting the park later today to give it a shot, but feel safe knowing that I have a window of several days to get the image I am hoping for. In the meantime, here is a teaser of the view I will be working with.
Or perhaps it’s the sad cafe…
It’s out there somewhere.
Once again, if nature provides the subject, who am I to not document the beauty?
Sony DSC-RX100M5, ISO 125, 8.8mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec