Quality time with my camera has been quite scarce of late. Between work and winter and taking care of kids and church activities and etc. my poor camera has been lonely. The feeling was mutual, I assure you.
But Saturday morning, my wife was kind enough to take the kids to an Easter egg hunt without me (she’s a brave lady), and I got out before sunrise with my old D60 and tripod to see what I could see. My coffee, muffin, doughnut and hash brown were comforting, if not healthful, companions as I headed out to rural Clay County, Minn. (I don’t think I got outside of Clay County, though, I admit that I wasn’t really paying attention to where I was going … Hey, that’s what the GPS is for, right?).
It was an excellent morning for a shoot. The thick fog gave the countryside a soft, unusual look, smoothing subject forms in varying degrees. Thanks at least in part to the low sun of the morning, there were some really nice silhouette opportunities. The combination of the ample coat of snow that’s still on the ground (Yes, on March 30 – Hey, it’s Fargo!) and the aforementioned fog worked together in expressing the vast, beautiful bleakness (for lack of a better word) of the landscape. Despite the snow, the temperature was comfortable enough so it was pleasant to be outside. In fact, later in the morning, I even rode with the windows down.
Here are three images I liked from Saturday’s outing, and I’m not finished reviewing the full set yet so I may find a couple of others that I feel are worth processing. It was a really fruitful day of photography … or at least it looks that way to me. I hope you enjoy them. I surely had a ball shooting them. (Click on an image for a larger view.)
Hope you enjoyed the images. If you did, you can check out some more of my photos here.