Working Within

Although I am able to still work during these trying times, I am not getting out and running around much to practice my photography.  Like so many other photographers I am finding ways to be creative at home.  In this instance, a wilting tulip leaf provided some inspiration.

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Decisions

This image was captured on my Nikon FM film camera.  I photographed the negative with my full frame DSLR and imported into Adobe Lightroom for initial editing, then into Photoshop for inverting.  The image on the left is pre-invert, the right, post invert.  I am having a hard time deciding which I like better.  The reflections on the negative version seem to pop more but, the detail of the docks stand out more on the inverted version.  Your thoughts…

Down By The Lake

 

In winter, Lake Superior creates with ice.  Whether it’s by flinging it up on shore with gale force winds or simply by letting the surface freeze, something wonderful will result.  On this particular day the sun was absent and the air was hazy, this spoke to me as perfect for monochrome imaging.  This set of images were taken from the shoreline at Leif Erickson Park in Duluth.  By the way, if you want to wander around the shoreline, bring ice grippers.

So Much Ice

Another example of the effects of wind driven waves leaving ice high up on the rocks along Lake Superior. The ice reaches nearly 100 feet above the waterline. This is from Split Rock State Park along the Minnesota’s north shore.

Icy Chains

Along the rocky shoreline of Lake Superior at Gooseberry Falls State Park is a line of stone posts and chain barrier. When winter winds kick up big waves, the rocks and chains become collecting points for ice.

One Tree

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This one tree, standing alone, bare, receiving the morning sun on it’s bark and branches.  It catches the eye of a passing motorist who stops his journey on the October Road and captures a moment.

Beyond the Bog

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There, beyond the crystal-like barrier, lies another reality.  A place of pine forests and broad leaf trees.  A place where one can walk on solid ground without fear of slipping silently in to the dark water.  Make it to the trees, there lies safety along the October Road.