High Falls

While going through doing some backups last weekend, I came across a number of images I did not post.  This is one from the High Falls in Tettegouche State Park.  I made my way to the park for sunrise one day in July.  Sunrise is the best time to be at these extremely popular falls, do to the lack of people getting out that early in the morning.  I ran into a few photographers on my way out from the shoot.

Itasca Sunrise

The forecast called for clouds this morning, and with the time of year, the sunrise was set to be over the eastern edge of the Mississippi Headwaters.  It was also supposed to be chilly, so I was hoping on some fog rising from the lake.  The temp was below 30 degrees as I took to the path leading to the headwaters, and the fog was rising from the river.  Unfortunately, the clouds failed to appear, but the fog thickened up as the sun rose.  This gave a nice, diffused sun and some minor flaring of the rays.  Below is the results of the morning:

La Salle Recreation Area

The weather around sunset was crystal clear, and the weather forecasts for the night were clear until 2am-3am, where the clouds and possible rain were to move in.  Being the moon set was so early in the evening, I decided to take a shot at Milky Way images at La Salle Recreation area.  Unfortunately, by the time it started to line up where I wanted it, the clouds moved in, 2 hours earlier than predicted.  I did take a few images, and did some light painting of the foreground.  Below are the results.

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. 

Trail MN Sunset

As we were driving over to find a spot for viewing the fireworks, the clouds began to break creating an amazing display of sun rays.  Shortly after, we arrived at our viewing location next to a church.  I took the opportunity to put the drone in the air and take the photo below.