From time to time I like to try to make the few hour drive up to the North Shore of Minnesota’s Lake Superior. It’s an area full of amazing rock structures, cliffs, waterfalls and an amazingly powerful lake that is at times mesmerizing and calming, at times the picture of fury and rage. It’s a photographers paradise.
Most commonly when I head up that way it’s in a short notice spur of the moment type of situation and I find myself heading to the familiarity of the Silver Bay area, so when I made an impromptu trip up there in early January my destination was no different, though my goal was.
I planned to go shoot some video footage for my YouTube Channel, in which I took my viewers along as I explored the shore and attempted to make a few photos I was happy with. I didn’t get very lucky with weather conditions and light, it was flat overcast as I started the videos, however as I went on the skies become a little more “storm-like” as a snow storm was rolling into the area. But my approach is that I can’t control the weather and rather than stop shooting and pout because the conditions weren’t there I decided to look at other opportunities and make the best of what I had to work with.
In the end I was pretty pleased with the photos I was able to make, in fact the ones I’m sharing here aren’t all of them, but I haven’t had a chance to go through and process everything just yet. But these photos also opened up a cool new opportunity and that was to have a couple of the photos featured on the Hashtagged Daily Podcast, Episode 048 to be exact and you can give a listen to that at the link I posted there. It was a totally unexpected opportunity and when the host of the show, Jordan, contacted me about it I was totally floored. Then he asked if I wanted a critique of my work or just have him talk about the photos and I figured “Why not, let’s get some feedback” even though I was worried it could be a little painful. Then I found out that Bryan Minear, one of my favorite photographers I follow, was going to be guest hosting with Jordan and that both of them would be tearing into my work. Gulp! I was nervous as hell, but super excited at the same time! I won’t spoil it for you, but if you haven’t already, please go listen to the episode! It’s only about 15 minutes long so it’s very quick, but it was a fantastic experience.
Anyhow, enough of my boring story telling! First thing I want to do is share the 2 part video series I made while on this adventure up the north shore. So please take a few minutes to watch those if you can. I think it’s really kind of cool to be able to see the process behind how/why I chose to make some of these photos I’m about to share and really enjoy taking you guys along as I do that.
So now that you’ve seen the behind the scenes look, here are the photos I made. As always, I hope you enjoy them as I much as I enjoyed creating them! I’m toying around with the idea of starting to try to sell/license my photographs so I’d love to hear some feedback on if there is any interest from you guys in that area! Enjoy the photos and I’ll talk to you next time!