Lakeside Composition

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Sugarloaf Cove Nature Center, Lake Superior, Minnesota.

Canon 7D, Canon EF 50mm, ISO 100, f/22, 1/80 sec.

Solar Effects

Usually, shooting into the sun is not recommended, but I kind of like the effect in this image.  It’s bursting with energy, pouring it down out of the sky.

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Canon 5D Mkll, ISO 100, 28mm, f/18, 5 shot bracket, Processed with HDR Efex Pro 2

Marching Onward

My month long visit home has ended and I have returned to Minneapolis again.  Sports photography begins at the end of next week and my sister is arriving from Florida later today.  She claims she likes taking a break in cooler weather, but she may get more than she bargained for on this trip.
During the month of March I was able to accomplish many things that had been awaiting my attention, however, there is always much more for when I return home next.  I managed to sneak in a few photo trips while home, some of the results were shown in previous blog posts.  As I was kind of quiet during the past month, I thought I would share a few glimpses of how I spent some of my time in the Duluth area.  The image with the blue bridge highlights my upcoming summer adventure.  I will be a seasonal operator of the bridge, which opens to allow the tour boats, fishing charter boats and private craft to pass on their way out to Lake Superior.  Part of the job is to be an ambassador for the city of Duluth.  You can be sure I will always have a camera with me on this job.

 

Dream Walking

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On a trail, eyes closed, I see differently.  I hear the silence between the notes sung by birds.  I hear the stream flowing nearby.  I am here, in this place, at this moment.  And it is enough, for this moment and this place.

Canon 5D Mk ll, ISO 50, 28mm, f/18, 0.4 sec, Silver Efex Pro 2

Winter Storm

Northern Minnesota enjoyed a mid March winter storm yesterday, most of which missed urban Duluth.  It was one of those wet, spring style snows that clings to everything, dressing up the landscape in monochrome wonder.

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Canon 5D Mk ll, Tamron 10-24mm, ISO 50, 13mm, f/ 13, 1/4 sec.
Processed via Lightroom CC 2015 & Silver Efex Pro 2

Before It’s Gone

On Thursday, I took time for a short visit to Duluth’s Park Point to see if the winds had blown the remaining ice into shore.  It had, but the warm temperature was making quick work of eliminating the ice along the beach.  As I walked the beach, I was able to spot a few gems amongst the larger churning chunks.  It took paying attention to the timing of the waves to get the shots without getting soaked, and I had to also pay attention the loosely piled bits of ice which was like drifts of large hail stones.  I never knew how deep I might sink or if I would slide toward the beach and land in the water.  But, if you don’t go, you don’t see.  If you don’t see, you don’t get the photo.

Bursting Forth

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Canon 7D, ISO 100, 28mm, f/7.1, 1/125 sec, B&W conversion done in Adobe Lightroom CC2015 & Silver Efex Pro 2

Textured Landscapes

I often like to see the world around me from a different perspective.  I will take an image and decide it might look more interesting if I turn it on its side, upside-down or make some other alteration that allows for a whole new way of seeing the object of my image.  It’s a way of seeing beyond seeing or seeing beyond the ordinary.