Monday, March 2, 2015

3 A.M. Surprise

















Last night was pretty sweet for northern lights!  It was the 3rd night in a row that promised some aurora activity, but the first night that we had good enough sky conditions to actually see the lights.  I headed out around midnight and met up with a friend to do some shooting.  At first the lights were there, but they were really faint.  After a while we noticed an increase in activity and we started to get some nice results in our images.  It wasn't until just before 3:00 AM, however, that the lights really picked up.  It was around 2:00 when my friend went home; we figured the activity was pretty much done at that point as we hadn't seen much happen in the previous 45 minutes.  I decided to stay a little while longer and I sure am glad that I did!  These were far from the strongest lights that I've seen, but they were very good.  And they most likely would have looked better if we hadn't had the light of a half-moon to contend with.  Even with the moonlight, the lights shone through and filled the sky with their beauty.  It sure was an awesome night! 

















Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Ice Tree

















I still have a few images to share from the ice I photographed at Tettegouche State Park a couple of weeks ago.  There were so many interesting ice formations, it was hard to decide which ones to photograph!  To make this photo, I was laying on the ground on my back and using my wide angle 17mm lens to frame this shot of an ice-covered tree.  I love the wide angle view and how it makes certain subjects look extra dramatic, especially when using super-low angles such as this. 

The View - My Morning Commute

















I really have to be one of the luckiest people in the state of Minnesota.  I get to drive by this view twice every day, once on my way to work and once on my way home from work.  Often times I sail right by and enjoy the view as I pass through on the highway.  Other times I just have to stop and make a photo of the view.  Yesterday was one of those days when I just had to stop.  The clouds were fascinating as they were rolling in off the lake.  Just minutes after I made this photo that cloud bank reached land and proceeded to dump some snow on us.  It was a nice lake effect squall that lasted for a couple of hours.  The rest of the day following the squall was nice and sunny!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Blue Ice Rubble

















What an awesome winter we are having!  Everywhere you go along the shoreline there are cool ice formations to find, although some areas are definitely better than others.  Like this area I found earlier this week, which is a treasure trove of photographic opportunities!  When I came across this field of ice boulders, the first thing it reminded me of were the shapes in a pile of concrete rubble when a large building is demolished.  So, I decided to call this "Blue Ice Rubble".  I can't wait to go back to this location for a sunrise... it should be awesome!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Split Slab of Ice

















I don't know that this picture is all that interesting photographically, but I wanted to share it anyway because it shows how fascinating the Lake Superior ice can get.  The slab on the right was about a foot thick and about four feet wide by six feet long. The slab on the left that it broke off from was even bigger.  It was a tremendously interesting find, but a difficult one to photograph because of its location.  I really couldn't make it work as a wide angle composition that showed the surrounding terrain, so I decided to just zoom in on it and take more of a documentary-type shot.  In case you're wondering, yes it really was that blue!  I saw fascinating shades of blue all around this slab of ice.  I'm sure you'll find it as interesting as I did :-)

Plate Ice Abstract


















It feels like an abstract ice kind of a day :-)  I have two photos I want to share with you today.  This first one is a piece of plate ice that was jutting up into the sky with the rising sun behind it.  I loved the patterns and shapes within the piece of ice and the way the sunlight was interacting with it.  Definitely very abstract!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pyramid of Ice

















Well, it's not really a pyramid, but that's the first thing I thought of when I found this particular piece of ice.  I spent a lot of time yesterday crawling around on the ice on my hands and knees looking for low-angle perspectives of the ice formations on Lake Superior.  The photo you see here is my favorite of the many that I shot at ground level.  The tilt-angle screen on my Sony RX100 III camera sure comes in handy for shots like this.  The camera was only about an inch or two off the surface of the snow-covered ice when I made this photo. I was looking for ways to accent the beautiful fan-shaped clouds that were streaking through the sky, and I think I found the perfect subject to do just that.