Capturing Landscapes of the North Shore

July 09, 2015  •  6 Comments

Capturing the FlowCapturing the FlowBaptism RIver - Upper Falls north of Silver Bay, MN on June 27, 2015

The weekend of June 26 - 28, 2015, I took part in Don and Peter's North Shore Spring Workshop to learn some techniques to improve my landscape photography.  This weekend included many beautiful locations, great food, and terrific outdoor photographers.

 

On Friday, Phil and I drove up and stopped at Duluth to have a nice lunch at a sandwich shop.  Before reaching Silver Bay to check in, we stopped at Gooseberry Falls to capture some quick images.

Upper FallsUpper FallsGooseberry Falls on June 26, 2015

Then we met up with another photographer from our group and went out for delicious local Lake Herring and beer at Camp 61 in Beaver Bay.  After dinner, we all got together for an hour to go over some tips for the very long day ahead.

 

To catch sunrise near the summer solstice you need to get up very early.  So on Saturday morning we met in the lobby at 4:15 AM.  We headed to Sugarloaf Cove to spend a couple of hours trying many different sunrise techniques.

Beginning of a Beautiful DayBeginning of a Beautiful DaySunrise at Sugarloaf Cove on June 27, 2015

Gold!Gold!Sunrise at Sugarloaf Cove on June 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next stop was my favorite, Baptism RIver - Upper Falls north of Silver Bay.  Here is where I practiced using a neutral density filter and a long shutter speed to capture the flow of water.


Moving WatersMoving WatersBaptism RIver - Upper Falls north of Silver Bay, MN on June 27, 2015

Don and Peter never had their cameras with them at any of these locations.  They were there to provide expert one-on-one advice and instruction.

Hands OnHands OnBaptism RIver - Upper Falls north of Silver Bay, MN on June 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hands OnHands OnBaptism RIver - Upper Falls north of Silver Bay, MN on June 27, 2015

 

Next stop, Cascade River State Park, featuring beautiful cascading waterfalls.

 

Flowing FallsFlowing FallsCascade River State Park on June 27, 2015

Flowing FallsFlowing FallsCascade River State Park on June 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After having lunch at My Sister's Place in Grand Marais, we drove all the way up to Grand Portage to capture the Lake Superior Coastline.

 

Lake Superior CoastlineLake Superior CoastlineGrand Portage on June 27, 2015

Lake Superior CoastlineLake Superior CoastlineGrand Portage on June 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then we spent some time by the Kadunce River, where we learned that the lower you can place your camera, the more creative you can get with moving water.


Flowing Little FallsFlowing Little FallsKadunce River on June 27, 2015

River Eye ViewRiver Eye ViewKadunce River on June 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we made it to Grand Marais to capture sunset.

 

End of a Wonderful DayEnd of a Wonderful DayGrand Marais, MN on June 27, 2015

 

After taking many magnificent images for the day, we had a 10:00 PM dinner at the only restaurant open in the North Shore, then finally back to Silver Bay by midnight.  Don wanted us to meet in the lobby at 4:30 AM the next day.  But only 2 determined sun-risers, not including me, joined Don to capture sunrise the next day.

 

After breakfast and a great Adobe Lightroom and image critique session, we headed to Gooseberry Falls.  But it was pouring rain on the way there.  When Phil and I got there it stopped.  So we spent some time photographing the falls before joining the rest for lunch in Twin Harbors.

 

I'm extremely happy we stopped, because I couldn't wait to practice what I learned on Saturday.  I think I passed the course.

Flowing Lower FallsFlowing Lower FallsGooseberry Falls on June 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After lunch we all met at Stoney Point to capture one last landscape before heading home.


Old Barn on the ShoreOld Barn on the ShoreStoney Point on June 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The details in this old barn was a good opportunity to try a black and white.


Really Old BarnReally Old BarnStoney Point on June 28, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the ride back to the cities, Phil and I took the scenic route, which featured a couple of detours on dirt roads.  However, as Phil mentioned, it must have been serendipity because we happened upon some Sandhill Cranes in a field alongside the dirt road.  I stopped to capture one of them before they dissappeared into the woods.

Sandhill Crane in the fieldSandhill Crane in the fieldCaptured on June 28, 2015

Check out all of my images of the North Shore here:  North Shore Spring Workshop!

 


Comments

Kim A.(non-registered)
Nice blog writeup and pics, Alan. I agree...you passed! Not sure how I got to your page, but I'm glad I did. Nice to get to know all of the fellow photogs in the class. It was a fantastic group! Don sure knew how to tire us out! When I get to it, I will be putting some pics up in the flickr group site like you and Cindy have. Oh, and if you and Phil go shoot in Stillwater, let me know, as I'd love to join you!
Chris(non-registered)
Great pictures and blog. You captured the weekends events well. It was great meeting you and everyone else at the workshop!!
cindy(non-registered)
Nice post and pictures, but that weekend sounds familiar. . . great to meet you and see your work from the weekend. I haven't had a chance to do much with my shots yet as I've been sidetracked with a blog migration problem and sailing on Lake Superior!
Phil Daves(non-registered)
Alan:
I'd say you passed the course with flying colors. I plan to post some of my shots to the NSW Flickr site soon; work has distracted from photography lately. Your Gooseberry waterfall shot came out very well.

Just one correction on your blog: It's Kadunce River.

If you'd like to get together in the east metro to shoot some landscapes, I have my eye on a location near Stillwater. Let me know if you're free sometime over the next few weekends.

Cheers,

Phil
Bob Boucher(non-registered)
Very nice Alan, I enjoyed them all.
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