Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Contemplating the Cosmos

Standing alone is better than standing with people who don't value you.  

I was trying to think of a sentiment to go along with this photo, and one came to me as soon as I opened my Instagram feed this morning.  The thought was too good... I just had to share it. 

This photo was made in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in southern Utah, not far from Lake Powell.  I had spent most of the night staring in awe at this arch with the night sky hovering above, watching as little puffs of clouds passed silently overhead.  It was so calm and quiet there wasn't even the slightest sound to break the silence of the night.  

Growing up in the land of water here in northern Minnesota, completely silent nights are very hard to come by.  Water is always moving, and with that movement there is sound.  In stark contrast to that, I have experienced several nights in the desert where the silence is deafening.  And I love it.  

Monday, June 24, 2019

Looking forward, up and beyond

"Don't look back unless in gratitude.  Look forward, up and beyond limitations and get inspired with what could be instead of fretting about what isn't.  Above all else be positive around the opportunities you can create for yourself in the future." 

The passage above is borrowed from a favorite blog post that I read this week.  I felt like it was a good companion thought to go along with this photo, which was taken in Nipigon, Ontario as we were approaching the June full moon phase.  

Friday, June 21, 2019

Exploring the Greenwich Wind Farm

Dorion, Ontario - Checking out the wind turbines by the light of an almost-full moon was a pretty awesome experience!  

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Summer Afternoon, Greenwood Lake

Such a beautiful view of Greenwood Lake in Cook County, MN.  As I was driving around the backroads last week I stopped at the helipad overlooking Greenwood.  It just so happens that right when I pulled up to the overlook there was one boat floating on the lake and another one motoring across it. Having the boats in the scene really added to the shot.  

Glorious June

We've been having some pretty great light recently.  The other evening the sun peeked out from behind the clouds just long enough to give me this glorious view.  The early summer green is so vibrant.  Mother nature never ceases to amaze me. 

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bridge Abstracts

A couple more images from the Nipigon River Bridge in Ontario.  I was playing around with long exposures and camera movements here.  For the first image I used a 13 second exposure where I held the camera steady on the tripod for a few seconds, then slowly zoomed the lens in for the remainder of the exposure.  

For the second image I used a 20 second exposure where I had the camera steady for 10 seconds, then I did a quick horizontal pan and left the camera steady for another 10 seconds.  The resulting photo is kind of a mirror image of the same bridge structure. Its fun to play around with these techniques every now and then. 

Forever Ojibwe Land

Railroad bridge at night over the Nipigon River in Nipigon, Ontario.