Monday, December 3, 2012
Another image from Fort Snelling National Cemetery. I did my best to tone and darken so it would have a similar feel to the image I posted yesterday. Those of the you that have worked with me in the wet darkroom know that I prefer my prints dark and moody. This was another big compositional challenge and I debated about cropping out the overhanging branches, but in the end I didn't want to lose the vertical lines of the other trees. I think there's one more image from this shoot that I'll post later in the week. I hope you like this one.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The fog rolled in over night and this morning it was like looking at the world through an opaque lens. I grabbed my gear and headed over to Fort Snelling National Cemetery, which is nearby. I ride past the cemetery every morning on the light rail and can see lots of images in my head, but when I actually get there with my camera it is a place that is nothing but a huge compositional challenge for me. This morning was no different. By the time I arrived some of the fog had started to lift and the cemetery was busy with visitor cars and cemetery vehicles placing wreaths on some of the grave markers. I became flustered and nervous, saw nothing but visual clutter and my mood became pretty discouraged. This image is a good reflection of how I was feeling. It was taken at ISO 1600 to give it some semblance of grain and then toned and darkened heavily in Photoshop. If you're interested in the other technical details, my 70-200mm 2.8 with my 2x extender was mounted firmly on my tripod with an exposure of 1/3000 at f5.6. I have a couple more that I took today that I might post later this week.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
This one was taken with the fisheye optic using a Lensbaby. I've grown to love the weird perspective and the sun flare in this one. I'm thinking that letting myself shoot primarily with the Lensbaby for awhile might get me out of my photographic funk and get my passion back for seeing the world differently.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I can hardly believe that it's been two months since my last blog post. I guess I didn't quite make my goal of 100 prints in a year, but I'm determined to finish the project anyway - even if it takes 5 years. This is an oldie, but goodie, taken with black and white film on a roadtrip through South Dakota a few years back with my photo buddies Jerilyn and Tony. We had nothing but bright sunshine for the entire trip so the light was pretty harsh most of the time, but the skies were fantastic.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
We've just returned from a week long tent camping trip up at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park along the north shore of Lake Superior. It was much warmer than expected as it's usually much cooler near the lake so I think I watched the movie in the lighthouse visitor center about 100 times just to be in the air conditioning. It made me to go my happy place where we have visited in the winter and this image came to mind. This was taken on the beach on Park Point in Duluth, MN during a visit in February where the ice had built up in waves on the lake. I did some contrast and color manipulations in Photoshop to bring out the texture of the sand and to give it kind of a surreal look. I hope you enjoy it.
Monday, May 7, 2012
I don't usually do anything too dramatic in post processing an image. A different angle with SOOC exposure was posted on the blog in January of 2011. You can see that version here. This version of the image kept calling me back, but the SOOC version didn't speak to me. I tried a few things - converting it to black and white, adding sepia and selenium tones and still nothing. I got a little braver and less fearless and played around with layers and textures and saw the image slowly evolve. And there it was. The background of the sky and branches looked like stained glass and the glow on His face brought tears to my eyes. And then there He was.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Thursday, May 3, 2012
This photo was one of my earliest digital images and was taken during a workshop with ColdSnap Photography. Grand Marais is one of my most favorite places on this earth and I never get tired of sitting on the beach with a fresh cup of coffee from the Java Moose and just staring into the harbor. I also never get tired of photographing there. Taken with my trusty 70-200mm 2.8 lens from the municipal campground. It was a beautiful morning and I had the place to myself. Bliss.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Another oldie, but goodie from my black and white film days. This one was taken at the Marshal County Fair in Warren, Minnesota during the first Minnesota Roadtrip! workshop with ColdSnap Photography. Part of the fairgrounds was dedicated to the reproduction of a settler's village and was home to a couple of great women we affectionately called the "lefse ladies". They were stationed just inside the old church with their electric griddles and their lefse dough. They watched out for us over the two days we were at the fair and a few of the participants went back the next summer to pay them a visit. It was a great workshop and I get a chance to meet some great people too. I hope you enjoy the image.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Another oldie, but goodie from my film days. This was taken a little after sunset on Artist Point in Grand Marais on Velvia 50 color slide film. Getting the digital file to look like the color transparency reminded me how much I miss the glow of the color slides on my light box. I hope you like it.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Isaac has quickly become one of my favorite subjects in the world to photograph. This one was taken a few weeks ago when he was visiting us in the office with his dad. I like how his ear and a few strands of hair are in focus and the rest of his face has a dreamy quality.
I apologize for my long absence here. For some reason the blogger upload process has stopped recognizing anything but small, 8 bit jpegs which is problematic for me and doesn't bode well for the quality of some of the images. I can't seem to get back to the global settings which would let me change it so I can use the old uploader. Thanks for your patience. Hope you are all well.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Taken on black and white film with my 100 macro at f2.8. I am drawn to the shadows and the feeling of sensuality - mysterious and maybe even a little mistress like. For the first time in a long time, I am realizing how much I miss macro photography. I may have to start that again. Something for me to think about.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I'm kind of in a non-creative slump these days. I think it happens to all of us creative souls from time to time and I'm sure it will pass this time too. In my travels through my unworked photo files, I came across this one and something kept calling me back to it. It's not your average baby picture I guess. This is one of my twin nephews, Grant. I loved the way his eyebrow and eyelashes are in focus and the rest of him kind of falls off. I guess it's a "Jane baby picture". I hope you like it.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Another image from my film days. We were scheduled to spend a long weekend up in Two Harbors on the North Shore of Lake Superior when the weather reports predicted weather less than ideal for a 3 hour trip in the car. We made the decision to travel as far as Duluth (about 30 miles south of Two Harbors) a day early in hopes of missing the icky stuff. The trip up was pretty uneventful until we reached the outskirts of Duluth where it started to rain. When we first reached the hotel it was merely wet, but in the few minutes it took us to unload the luggage from the car, the window in the room had completely iced over. I was attracted to the shadow of the patio chair against the texture of the ice on the window.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
This one was taken during a photography workshop on the North Shore of Lake Superior. We had already spent about 15 hours in Grand Marais and had just finished shooting the sunset. Everyone was tired and ready to head back to the hotel, but on the way back to the car I noticed the staircase behind the Coast Guard building. It was lit really nicely and there were some interesting lines there, so I mounted my camera on the tripod and took a series of shots. This was my favorite. It was taken with Ilford FP4+ - one of my favorite black and white films. I wish I had held more detail in the upper left corner, but even Photoshop couldn't save it.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Taken in Duluth in Canal Park on a cool, wet March evening right after the shipping season had re-opened on Lake Superior. This was taken with the camera firmly planted on a tripod with a long exposure. I have quite a few version of this one, some with the aerial lift bridge in motion and some where the light trails of the ship are dramatically long. In the end this is the one my mind settled on.