One of the things I love about taking photos is capturing something not many people get to see. The milky way shot I got last summer is one of my favourites of 2017. I submitted it to a few photo contests and was pleased to have it chosen ‘winner’ by The Cottager magazine.
The magazine editor (and contest judge) writes. “This photo might be chosen for best title as well, if that were part of the contest” Glad he liked it.
Here’s the description that accompanied the photo submission:
On Agimak Lake in Ignace we seldom have the combination of conditions required for an exceptional night sky shot: calm, clear and dark (no moon). The evening leading up to this shot presented all three. My neighbour granted permission to use her dock and chairs for a set up. My yard has a security light that would ‘pollute’ the scene. Just around midnight with only my mobile phone flashlight for light, I set up the scene and my camera. Using a Canon 7D mounted on a tripod with a 11-18mm lens open as wide as possible, I took a number of 30 second shots. Each time the shutter was open, I turned my cell phone flashlight on and quickly ‘painted’ the chairs with light. This one was my favourite.
This image is available for purchase on canvas or fine art paper for framing. I’d be happy to discuss options with anyone interested. Check out the Prints page for pricing and other images available.
It certainly seemed like March weather in April would push our April weather into May. Although conditions are still damper and colder than May typically starts out, the ice has darkened and some sprouts of green are appearing. For us it will be a bit yet before blossoms pop but we can enjoy them on our desktop in the meantime.
Anxious for a view like this again! In reality, our lake is still covered with more than a foot of hard packed snow insulating more than 2 feet of ice! Temperatures are not forecast to be above freezing for another week. We’ve had snow since October 25th. Spring can not come soon enough.
Blessed Easter, everyone!
Did you seen the blue moon in January? Did you know there will also be one March 31st?
Although this is not the blue moon nor during the ‘blue hour‘, the very blue scene is the moon rising over an island just off the shore of Lake Superior a little north of Grand Marais, MN. I was fortunate to attend an Outdoor Photography class with Bryan Hansel in early February. Bryan kindly shared some of his incredible knowledge of photography and some of his favourite locations along the north shore. We were thrilled to have a clear night sky for this outing.
I still have much to learn and know better for future shots to lower my ISO in order to have a less grainy image.
I could also upgrade the quality of my equipment…
The other day I braved the bitter cold air and water to stand in the creek for a close up of the hoar frost on the bent branches of bushes along the water’s edge.
It reminded me of the last time I waded into cold winter waters for some icy shots. I shared a number of those shots in this post which explains the frozen lake surface in the image below. It’s from the 2015 shoot I selected the image for our calendar this month.
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Happy 2018! We experienced one of the coldest Christmases in several decades. I trust your holiday time was warmed by being surrounded with those you hold most dear as we were.
May you have courage to face the challenges ahead in 2018 and a heart open to appreciate your blessings.
When the snow comes all fresh and pure, our vistas are transformed mostly to crisp black and white. The bright greens, reds and golds of fall foliage are gone and the pines and spruce seem to desaturate. Moving water in the creeks turns a blue as dark as a starless night sky. Scenes are stunning in their contrast.
But every now and then, tiny pops of colour burst.
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