Saturday, February 28, 2009

Trip to Lake Superior - an antagonizing experience

The week of February 20th two friends and I went to Lake Superior on a dedicated photography trip. Two days away from the rat race!
The drive from my house to the destination is about 4.5 hours, and we started already at 2.30am to reach the beach by sunrise.

The antagonizing part is that I have 19 rolls of 120 and 1 roll of 135 with material, and not time to get into the darkroom and print any of it! But in due time some of these negatives will see the light of the enlarger and be transfered to baryta. Just not now.

By 6.35am we reached the beach at Stony Point, just South of Two Harbors. The moon and the sun were rising together, and the first glimpse of light was nothing short of exquisite, and I caught this scene.

This is the only roll from that morning that I've processed yet. After a couple of hours in the cold we decided to move on up the shore and landed at both Black Beach in Silver Bay, Temperance River State Park, and Tettegouche State Park before the day was over. Below is a pinhole frame from Black Beach that I'm happy with, along with a regular shot with the 80mm lens on my 6x6 camera; just to compare perspective. Pinhole is fun, and really trims photography down to the bare essentials!

Next morning we rose early again, and went back to Black Beach in Silver Bay to watch the sunrise, and it was a blessed time. A beautiful morning indeed. So little time, so much film...

We ended our photography endeavor back at Stony Point again. It was full sun by this time, but we found some really nice ice heaves that had drifted ashore there. We were also there coincidentally with another gang of photographers from the Twin Cities, all digi-shooters, of course... My Hasselblad decided to bail out on me at this time, but that gave me an opportunity to shoot pinhole and 35mm, so no loss for me.

As I continue to find more interesting material from the film I shot, I'll continue to report back here.

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I'll end with a frame from the harbor inlet in Two Harbors.

Thank you for visiting!

- Thomas

1 comment:

  1. These pics are beautiful, a little reminiscent of Michael Kenna. Nothing like getting up at 2.35 to get sunrise. I know the feeling its exhausting but exhilirating. Lovely photos Carla