Snow squalls at sunset over Lake Tahoe

These shots are from a collection we captured from a variety locations along Lake Tahoe.  We stumbled on this location while exploring some back roads overlooking the lake. The elevation of the road gave us some vantage points that put much of coast in front of us into silhouette against the setting sun.

 Small snow squalls were popping up over the lake which added another dramatic layer for location. The sun angle was perfect for accentuating the squalls and at the same time silhouetting the mountains and coastline.

See our gallery of sunset/sunrise photos.

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Sunrise & Sunset over Lake Superior

A visit to the north shore of Lake Superior doesn’t feel normal without at least a couple of sunset or sun rise shots. These were taken along the North Shore at locations including Grand Marais, Two Harbors along with a couple of other locations I can’t seem to remember. The sun rise and sunset on Superior  never fails to surprise.

I like to catch sunrise shots  just as the sun is breaking the horizon, a time when the light is not too bright but yet saturated with a wide spectrum of colors and the sun’s rays seem to be broader than after it fully breaks the horizon. Depending on the cloud cover spectacular sunrises can also happen up to when the sun reaches about a 45 degree angle above the horizon.

See our sunrise/sunset gallery here.

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Capturing the Boreal woods

Another from New Year’s Day, this one from Ft. Snelling State Park. Instead of capturing the opposite bank of the Minnesota River water and all, I decided to shoot straight into the tangle of vines, bare branches and remaining brown oak leaves. So the only context for the photo is the dormant trees and vines, accentuating the sense of mystery, and illustrating the natural environment we have here in the Twin Cities.

I used a variety of techniques within Adobe Lightroom to finish the image off and add a little more mystery.

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Experience Music Project

Designed by Frank Gehry, Experience Music Project, Seattle WA was a project by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft to promote the importance of music, specifically that of modern pop culture.

While photographing the building I focused on the details and the way Gehry not only blended shapes but also materials and their treatment. This photo represents his unique juxtaposition of those design elements and how their character changes over time.

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A different take on Split Rock Light House

A different take on Split Rock Light House on the North Shore of Lake Superior. These are from a series I’ve been working on one of the most photographed features on the North Shore.  One of my favorite and most used lenses is my 10.5mm fish eye, I like the way I can use it to “warp” reality and in the case of photographing people it also adds a more intimate dimension to both individuals and small groups. In a way it does a great job of putting the viewer into a photo.

So instead of the ordinary approach, I used my fish eye and then edited it with multiple layers of textures to achieve what you see.

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Mystery visiters on Duluth shore

A couple of years ago Duluth and the lower North Shore of Lake Superior experienced a particularly rough winter as huge waves washed over sea walls. The over wash froze and left some amazing sculptural effects behind that changed the shape and appearance of everything it touched through out the winter.

This photo was taken adjacent to the ship canal and lift bridge. It caught my attention because the way the ice and snow draped over the boulders, turning them into an apparition of hooded creatures emerging from the ground.

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Machines in the Garden

Whenever I see a wind farm no matter the size,  I’m always struck by the visual impact these behemoths have on both the rural landscape and the horizon. Their presence has forever changed both the scale and our perception of what we previously identified as a relatively uninterrupted horizon and a human scale landscape. Just drive by a farm which previously stood alone with its’ out buildings penetrating the sky, that farm is now dwarfed by the presence of these machines.

While we have plenty of tall buildings in our world they normally are surrounded by other tall buildings, which tend to reduce the visual impact of each individual building.The scale of wind turbines is exaggerated because we see them individually and in comparison to a flat plane, flat snow covered winter fields add to the exaggerated scale.

Also, the scale is more exaggerated on the flat plains of the Midwest, seen in the context of rolling hills further west their individual effect is lessened by the rolling horizon.

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Chasing the subtle light of winter

For my friends from the Twin Cities, if you’ve noticed this year while driving either direction on 494 just above the the Ft. Snelling State Park lake, take a look. Depending on the light you might see that the tops of all the trees are a very light grey, while the main body of the frees are dark, it is an example of how the winter light reveals very subtle layering of tones.

On New Year’s day we headed out first to the arboretum, then to Ft. Snelling State Park, and lastly the Shepard road over look of the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers to try capture some of that subtleness.

While we weren’t able to capture the greys of Ft. Snelling, the photo below reveals the “hidden” layers of tones within the gaggle of leafless branches of the river bottoms as seem from above.

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