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Living And Photographing In Minnesota

December 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Fallen trees in black and white

Fallen trees in black and white

Priscilla and I have lived in Minnesota almost our entire lives, save for a few two-year stints in other places. I guess that qualifies us diehard Minnesotans. Some think we're crazy for living here. I figure we're the smart ones. Minnesota has so much going for it. But yet, there is winter, yes, winter. We get plenty of it here and it starts early and ends late. As I like to say, the two biggest lies in Minnesota are that winter starts on December 21st and that it ends on March 20th.

I'm unwilling to concede going outdoors for several months a year, so I've taken to hiking and snowshoeing in winter. The other day we got our first snowstorm of the season. The temps were moderate, so I decided to get out into the Big Woods to see what I could find. Because of the falling snow, the scenes in open areas had a faded look with almost no color and just a hint of contrast. In the woods where I was protected a bit from the falling snow, color evaporated into whites and blacks, with precious little in between. Without color, you really are forced to pay attention to structure and tonality.

Pond during snowstorm

Pond during snowstorm

My plan is to get out into the Big Woods every month for at least a year, to capture them in all seasons. I will continue sharing this journey with you here at my blog.


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