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Photo Destination: Voyageurs NP, Minnesota
This destination article highlights one of my favorite photo locations, Voyageurs National Park in Northern Minnesota. Without the crowds of some of the more popular parks, Voyageurs has great opportunities for landscape, wildlife, and macro photography. The shorelines are made up of some of the oldest exposed rock in the world, and eagles and loons are easily seen in the many coves.
Having lived there as part of the National Park Service's Artist-in-Residence program, I was able to spend a month exploring the many islands that make up this water-based wonderland. Voyageurs is perhaps one of the least known parks, and because of that, it is one of the nest kept photo-locations out there. If you enjoy paddling a canoe or kayak, or cruising on a houseboat, this park is a must-see.
Creating Time Lapse Videos
For this month's digital techniques side, we'll explore creative time lapse videos with your still camera. While it might seem like you would need one of those new digital SLRs with the video option - you don't. The most effective way to create a time lapse video is using a still camera, and the interval shutter option that many SLRs offer.
Basically the camera takes one image every couple of seconds for several minutes or even hours. These images are then loaded by the computer in a video clip. The results are really interesting, as time is sped up tremendously. I think you'll find that time lapse video can be a fun and creative tool to see events that happen over the course of hours - compressed into just a few seconds.
I posted a sample video here.
On Assignment in Maine
Last month one of the newsletter articles talked about an assignment to develop creativity. It outlined a simple one-hour shoot with a single focal length lens. For this month's creativity article, I thought I would try the assignment for myself while on location in Maine.
Sarina Cook emailed me to suggest a 300mm lens, so I was limited to that focal length for the assignment. Though conditions weren't ideal, the assignment was a good exercise in making the most of what you're handed. The article includes my thoughts on the assignment, and some images from the shoot.