Yes, it’s another four weeks of photos submitted to 52 Frames. Three of the four are from Minnesota, so if you haven’t seen much of that state, you’re in for a treat. It’s gorgeous!
I’m not sure if people find these posts interesting or not, so leave a comment with your favorite of the four if you read this 🙂
Week 30: Distorted
Place: Lake Superior, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Michigan
I spent a week with this view and this image best captures how I feel about the lake and the cool breezes and chilly waters. There’s not just one mood to the lake, it changes all the time.
This challenge was a creative one, not a technical one, so pretty much anything “distorted” would have worked. I decided to use the Slow Shutter app on my iPhone to blur the scenery outside my door. As it turns out, the lake is so big and that horizon so far away that the blur was really just the rocks and not so much the water. I like how it turned out though, kind of an impressionist view of Lake Superior.
Week 31: Wide Aperture
Place: Waabizheshikana Trail, Duluth, Minnesota
Taking photos with a wide aperture is definitely a technical challenge. I took a lot of photos but I wasn’t really happy with any of them. I made this one of flowers work simply because I wasn’t willing to give up on the streak I have going in 2021.
Week 32: Line from a Song
Place: St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Minnesota
I love a week when the challenge is so easy. The first day I was camping at Interstate State Park, I saw this paddleboat going by at sunset. I waited and waited to get another shot at it, and finally did. The song? Proud Mary, of course!
Big wheel keep on turnin’
Proud Mary keep on burnin’
Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ on the river
Week 33: Night
Place: Buffalo River State Park, Minnesota
Stayed up till past midnight two nights in a row, learning about how to take better images of the moonless night sky. What I learned: use a tripod, amp up the ISO to 2000 or so, set the 10-second timer, and, most importantly, have a good lens (I used my 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens).
Patience helps, too. A 13-second exposure takes another 13 seconds to process, so each shot, adding in the timer, took about a minute to set up and then let happen. I did see a few meteors over my head but none that I was lucky enough to capture in photos.
There were trains going by all day and night but I wasn’t able to get set up fast enough to capture the light trails of the engine across the prairie. I can still see that shot in my head, the one that got away.
You just have to live and life will give you pictures.