guidance by blumwurks

fear no more…you will make it through the storm and turbulent waters.

Duluth, Minnesota USA

guidance | Matthew Blum

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Edge of the Night by morganpt

At Tettegouche State Park along the North Short in Minnesota, these two climbers allowed me to photograph them as they made several ascents and climbs up this cliff at Shovel Point. Perched at the edge of the point, I created this composite of several images that were stitched over the course of two hours of shooting from the same point. It’s a precipitous place, so I hope the image conveys the vertigo sensation of being there.

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Human-light vs. Sunlight by morganpt

At the turn of the 20th century, Lake Superior’s Minnesota shoreline was a dark and isolated place northeast of Two Harbors. 1905 may have also been the most disastrous year for Lake Superior shipping. The September storm named the Mataafa Blow sank 18 ships along the North Coast. As a result, Split Rock lighthouse was built.

This image is a composite of two images: one shooting directly into the unimpeded sun to create the moody, heavy contrast. The other of the lighthouse to catch the glow.

In conceptualizing this image, I wanted to show the tension between the human-made light vs. sunlight. As you can see, nature always wins.

You can read more about this fascinating place here:

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8 Hungry Ghosts and 2 Forlorn Trucks by morganpt

While driving along the North Coast in Minnesota, I came along a few photogenic cars. In the spirit of Halloween, I thought I’d create a series of ghostly selfies to tell the story of these forgotten, cast-away trucks. This is a bit different than other stuff, but I am in the mood to experiment.

For this image, I shot a series of 8 selfies that are each one minute in length, one several minute exposure for the clouds, and added a previous image for the stars. It was just plain fun and the people who were also photographing these trucks thought I was crazy (maybe I am).

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Lighthouse Warmth by morganpt

As some people may have guessed here at 500px, I am in love with the Splitrock Lighthouse in Minnesota now. This is a hand held stitch of two vertical images at sunrise. Definitely best seen large and on black. Press H and M.

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Beacon of Hope by morganpt

Built in 1910 after many ships ran ashore in the turbulent waters of Lake Superior (29 ships in one storm alone), Split Rock lighthouse was built to protect sailors as they carried their iron ore and other raw materials across the waters.

This was another fun image too, since I was standing in the water to get in and low enough to catch the sun’s glare off of the rocks. It’s three images – one focused on the rocks in the foreground, one on the lighthouse, and one bracketed for the sky. All combined in CS6.

Best view large and on a black background (press H and M)

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Split Rock 105th Birthday by morganpt

July 31st was the 105th year celebration of Split Rock Lighthouse’s birthday. Though not taken on it’s birthday, this was it’s birthday weekend!!! This image is several long exposure stitched images, which lends itself to some interesting light / color differentials. I hope you like it!!!

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