That was Wisconsin, night photography in the beauty of winter

That was Wisconsin,

that was yesterday,

now I have nothing that I can keep,

cause every place I go I take another place with me

-Justin Vernon

Relaxing on shore in a bed of snow and winter clothes as I watch the colorful winter night in the Wisconsin sky
Relaxing on shore in a bed of snow and winter clothes as I watch the colorful winter night in the Wisconsin sky

The night sky is a view that will just never get old. This was taken at the cabin on a chilly December night. Somehow the cold seems to disappear as you sit on the shoreline and watch the beauty of the sky, even on a cloudy, starless night. The puffy clouds act like a diffuser for the moonlight evenly lighting the world below as the snow brightens the scene. Night photography is a beautiful way to capture not only a space but also a time. Using longer exposures helps to keep a photographic record of a period of time. That period can be anywhere from a few moments to hours. This specific image shows 30 seconds of history. You can see the yellow grasses blowing gently in the wind against the moonlit whites of the snow upon the lake. The fall colors are still showing in a fire of red, orange, and yellow on the ground through the snow providing contrast to the gentle violets and blues of the clouds while the orange gently peek out through a break in the clouds all divided by the bare trees. Night photography requires the patience to sit back and let the camera do its magic and do nothing but wait. The results are always worth that wait!

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Where are we? The beauty and abstraction of mistakes.

This is why I never delete anything, even the mistake shots.

An accidental exposure of longer than I should have used handheld turned out to be a beautiful abstract of the island forest around me.
An accidental exposure of longer than I should have used handheld turned out to be a beautiful abstract of the island forest around me.

I am sure in the moment I took this photograph and gave the quick “sigh” when it turned out like this, but thankfully I don’t delete anything. You never know what something is going to look like once it is up on your computer screen, so why delete it? It is just like reverting back to film; every shot you take shows up on your proof sheet. The beauty of this is the choices you have when you come to make prints, or in the modern day post images. This is not the typical crisp and serene landscape photo, but a beautiful abstraction on the forest that was around me. You can nearly feel the warmth of the sunshine coming into the corner of the image the fire orange holes in the tree. The tangles of branches and the vibrant greens of the leaves and the nearly violet sky all combine to create a sense of beauty. This is not a bad photograph, but merely a look into the world when time is slowed down. We are being allowed to view the world in a way our eyes simply cannot.

Down the foggy ruins of time

Down The Foggy Ruins of TimeThis image holds so much of the magic that photography consists of. I consistently look back upon this shot to dissect what in my mind makes a wonderful image. I think it began with the normalcy of the situation. This was not an out of the ordinary site to wake up to, and was therefore natural and relaxing for me to capture. The unplanned shots tend to be the most honest. Then the ice trail makes such a wonderful line to the island, which upon looking closely you can see the boat and person whom created this break in the ice. The little details add up to the big picture. The magical part of the image is the fog. The sense of mystery and intrigue that it brings to the scene glues everything together. To me it looks like something in a dream, yet it is a part of ordinary life.  This is a cold and typical November morning on the lake in Wisconsin. It shows the slowness of life and the serenity of all activities. I was watching the rowboat make its way to the tiny island as I ate breakfast on the dock with my camera on a tripod capturing segments of time.