Evergreen – Dec 2018

Pine, spruce and cedar are predominant in our area. Through the winter their green needles remind us that summer will return again.

The little coniferous among the birch and poplar at the creek made me think of Christmas.

Have a safe and happy Holiday season.

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Painted leaves

We have been enjoying some of the most colourful scenery this fall. The maples, the definite minority tree here, are bursting with more shades of green, yellow, orange and red than ever. These in particular caught my eye.

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Just because I love this so much, I made a version for my smart phone lock screen.

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On an iPhone, to make this your lock screen image, save the image to your photos. Go to Settings, Wallpaper, then Choose a New Wallpaper. The image should be the most recent in All Photos. Select it, then Set. You can choose to have it as your lock screen or be the background behind all the app icons (home screen) or both. Sorry android users, you’ll have to figure yours out on your own.

Happy Fall, y’all!

2019 Calendar

My 4″ x 6″ calendars for 2019 are now available for purchase from me directly, The Gallery in Ignace Plaza as well as in the North Woods Motor Inn lobby. They are $12 each with magnetic clip or $10 without.

Feel free to capture the appropriate image each month next year and save to your mobile phone lock screen for a handy reference.

01-2019
Moon rise over Lake Superior
02-2019
Ice out on Agimak Lake
03-2019
Full moon rising at sunset
04-2019
April shower droplets
05-2019
Spring flowers
06-2019
Gentle stream near Sowden Lake
07-2019
Ignace Airways Otter off Agimak Lake
08-2019
Wild blueberries
09-2019
Dancing aurora over Ignace
10-2019
Cone Flower
11-2019
Sunrise at Sowden Lake
12-2019
Snowy high bush cranberries

Summer into Fall

Photographing waterfalls with the silky effect is fairly simple. You need a camera in which you can adjust the shutter speed and a tripod or some way to immobilize the camera. A remote shutter or time delay helps ensure the camera doesn’t move during the shot. Preferred conditions are actually gloomy: cloudy, calm and wet! Colours in our environment are most vibrant just after a rain; saturated physically and visually.

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Although in the image it doesn’t appear sunny, the effect of the rising sun is just evident in the upper right background. The trees, though lush and green appear to be yellow. For a September calendar, that worked out perfectly. For screen resolution options, go here.

Raleigh Falls, pictured here, runs north so looking up the falls, we look into a bright white sky. At this angle it almost appears that the water is an extension of that whiteness. Unless I was able to be there when dark storm clouds are passing by, I have to take it as it is or angle the shot differently. A graduated neutral density filter may help but I don’t yet have that in my collection of accessories.

Here’s a helpful ‘when and how’ article about filters in landscape photography. Of the many types on the market, I currently only have a circular polarizing filter. This has a rotating ring that increases or decreases the amount of reflection or glare. The two straight-out-of-the-camera shots below were taken with identical settings; the only difference is rotation of the polarizing filter! Reflection is enhanced at one end and practically eliminated on the other.

Polarizing Filter Effect

I’m looking forward to visiting Raleigh often in the next few weeks. I love fall at the falls!

 

March blue moon

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…

At the water’s edge

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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Hello 2018

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.