It's been wicked windy here for the last several days and most of the trees, with the exception of some stubborn ones in the backyard, have been stripped of their leaves. This is a group of leaves I found on Oberg Mountain on the North Shore of Lake Superior a couple of years ago. You might wonder if I ever take photos anywhere else. The answer is yes, but I couldn't prove it to you with the last few posts. I do have to admit that the North Shore inspires me like no other place. Maybe I just need to get out more.
Don't search for anything to be in focus in this image or you will drive yourself crazy trying to find it. This was taken with the plastic optic, an f4 aperture disc and the +4 macro adapter outside the Java Moose coffee shop in Grand Marais. I was going for a totally dreamy look with overall softness. I love my Lensbaby.
I normally don't take pictures of people unless it's at a family gathering and under some significant pressure. It's those days when I don't really want to be known as a "photographer". What seems like about 100 years ago, I was sharing studio space with a friend who is a professional photographer and he brought in his friend Sarah to spend part of an afternoon. I was there to help hold things and assist, but a few times he encouraged me to shoot and I did. I think my face was pretty red and my hands were shaking the whole time. This is possiby the only time you will see a "people picture" on the blog. Thanks to Sarah for her patience on that day, seemingly 100 years ago.
Several of you have told me that you missed this image when I changed the banner to the blog so I'm bringing it back for Macro Monday. This was taken one early June at the MN Landscape Arboretum. I think I exposed about 4 rolls of slide film without leaving the Iris garden. The light was great that day and the wind cooperated. It was one of my best days there.
Taken after a rain storm in the rose garden at Lake Harriet. The rose was a beautiful pink and the slide is yummy. I seem to have problems with getting pink to translate well once I've scanned the slide so you may have to apply a little pink in your imagination tonight.