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A natural end of the day

As I’ve mentioned many times, winter is not without its’ beauty, whether it be the constantly changing landscape of snow and ice or the layered textures and tonal variations of prairie and wetland grasses.

Our last stop this past weekend was along Blackdog road, a location we have often used to try to get some Eagle shots. On the way in we stumbled onto this wetland in the Minnesota River bottoms. The little stream you see immediately caught my eye as its’ glass smooth surface penetrated the rougher textures of the surrounding grasses and plants. Since we were shooting from the edge of the road there weren’t a lot spots where we could get easily frame a shot without including parts of the trees and shrubs that lined the road.

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A welcome day of light

After many disappointing predictions, that bright light that sometimes appears in the sky and is called the sun, finally appeared. Our cameras have been tucked away for the last several weeks because extreme cold and electronics don’t play well together. So with the appearance of the sun and warmer weather we headed out for some fun.

We had a loose agenda, starting at Nicollet Island and wandering to some locations we’ve wanted capture in winter. TheseĀ  two shots were captured on Nicollet Island across the Mississippi looking towards the lock and dam and the 3rd Ave bridge. I used my newest camera, Sony a7mkII and 28-70mm lens. I was experimenting with a newly available technique of taking my light readings off the highlights instead of the middle tones. The new sensors are now capable of collecting many times the light info that our Nikons ever could. Which translates to better shadow detail and less blown highlights.

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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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