New Images: "Star Burst" and "Drift Shadows"
I have been less motivated lately to get in the car and drive an hour or two to photograph the more recognized locations that I use to shoot often. How I photograph these days is mostly by bringing my camera with me when we go outdoors, and keeping my eyes open for things that catch my eye. On this evening, I was staying in a cabin near Isabella, Minnesota, and - not surprisingly - decided against driving an hour each way to go photograph sunset or blue hour light at one of the state parks on Lake Superior. Instead, I walked out the door of the cabin, down to a small creek, maybe a hundred feet away (same place where I photographed "September Highlight", my previous image on this blog). I mainly explored the snowdrift covered riverbed, and found this little composition, the curvy ridge plays along with the shadows of a large boulder, all pointing to the tip of another boulder peaking through the drift.
I captured more compositions, but I'm not sure if I'll use them. I found that these kinds of images are hard to compose, but suddenly I am looking forward to more snow, so I can keep exploring.
I also took the opportunity to shoot the low sun at a bend in the creek, when I spotted this shadow pattern radiating out, as it was filtered by the trees. This made me feel like I stepped back in time 2-3 years, when most of what I shot was wide angle landscapes, often attempting to capture sun stars.
Drift Shadows was captured at 128mm with my Canon EF70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM, using focus stacking (three exposures) to keep the center of the frame in focus. Each frame was captured at f/8 and 1/250 seconds, using ISO 100.
Star Burst was captured at 24mm with my Canon EF24-70 f/2.8L II USM. I shot the main image at f/11 and 1/80 second using ISO 100. I did a second exposure using f/22 and 1/25 second for the sun star, blending this portion of the image in post processing.
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