Capturing Minnesota, Sub-Zero Style

February 6, 2013 2 Comments

A few months ago, Angel and I discovered a unique coffee table book while browsing through Barnes and Noble. It was a book full of photos taken in Minnesota by local photographers. After slowly looking through each inspiring page, we learned that the entire book was shaped by a community with the same name as the book, Capture Minnesota.

Capturing Minnesota, Sub-Zero Style

Similar to Flickr, members of Capture Minnesota can share their photos with the community, favorite or comment on other photos and follow other community members. Unlike Flickr, photos have to be taken in Minnesota, and photos can be voted on – either DIG IT or NIX IT – which are used by the editors in determining the best photos to publish in the book.

I joined the community and submitted a handful of photos to be voted on for the next book, Capture Minnesota II. The photo pictured was my top ranked photo when the voting ended, taken during a frigid January weekend at Blufin Bay. Temperatures were well below zero that weekend, resulting in an icy landscape on the rugged rocks, and ten very cold fingers.

From what I’ve read, the editors of the book inform you that you’ve been selected, but don’t tell you which (or how many) photos will be published. The book is expected to be released in May, 2013. Whether or not I’m in it, I know I’ll at least have a new inspiring coffee table book this spring!

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A Perfect Evening at Yellowstone’s Midway Geyser Basin

January 31, 2013 No Comments

A Perfect Evening at Yellowstone's Midway Geyser Basin

It was about 5pm on one of those perfect October evenings, a couple hours before sunset, when Angel and I first headed into “the park”. We decided to go as far as Old Faithful and, hopefully, time things right to catch it’s eruption against an autumn sunset.

We were 5 minutes too late. With the sunset drawing near, we headed north towards Madison, agreeing that we’d stop at the next basin to get our fix of evening shooting. Pulling into Midway Geyser Basin, we were pleasantly surprised to find most of the people heading back to their cars and tour busses.

Within minutes, the light began changing rapidly; we picked a spot, set up tripods and started shooting. The shots we got in this short time frame ranged from vibrant oranges to cool blues, topped off by the steam rising from the geyser. As the light show drew to an end, we realized how cold our hands had gotten, as the temperature had dropped to around 40 degrees. We headed back to West Yellowstone for a burger and a beer, and reflected on one of the most memorable moments of our trip.

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