Neowise over Shevlin, MN

The Neowise Comet was at it brightest point this week, but closer to the horizon.  This meant that getting a good view of it meant later times, and later after dark.  I kept trying to find something I could use as the foreground, and during a drive west on HW2 last week, I found something that may work.  The image below is of an old church (no longer in use) in Shevlin, MN right on HW2.  I thought the orientation, doors to the south, and the street light to the left of the building made it a prime candidate.  I would be able to expose for the sky, and let the street light illuminate the building.  What I was not anticipating was an operating light on the side door on the right side of the image.  This made me modify my composition, looking to keep it from dominating the scene. 

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Couple of Images

I have continued to take photographs this past month.  I just didn’t get around to either processing or posting them.  Below are 2 from the past week or so.  The first is a profile of a showy lady slipper.  These flowers seemed to be blooming in mass this year.  Where I would see a small bunch in previous years, were rows and rows of bunches, some pushing over 20 individual flowers.  Finding isolated ones was far more difficult that in the past, so I took advantage of this one which was at the back of a small bunch of around 5.  The second is the fishing pier at Lasalle Recreation area about 20 miles SE of Bemidji.  It was a nice, calm morning the other day when I went out for sunrise.  I took a chance at an HDR Panoramic image.  This was created from a series of 5 compositions and 5 shot brackets.

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Pelicans

I went out this morning for sunrise images, but it was a clear sky with very little color for it.  I ended up making my way to Knutson Dam on Cass Lake.  When I pulled into the parking lot, I could see the Pelicans had returned, by the dozens.  Unfortunately, on my first trip out, the longest lens I had with me was 200mm.  I was able to slowly approach the flock and make a number of images.  The first 2 below are from that trip.  Later in the day, Val and I took Cleo out as well and I took the longer lens this time, taking the remaining images below.

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