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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Patience by AaronGroen

Sunset at Lake Yankton near Balaton, Minnesota. 11/26/2015 – 4:54:27 PM
Canon EOS 6D
EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Lee filters
15.0 sec; f/22; ISO 50, 16mm

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Superior Sunrise by DerekGriggs

Hollow Rock sits a few miles south of Grand Protage, Minnesota. It was a brisk -5 degrees with 20-30mph winds coming off the lake. After an hour and half of shooting I had to head in doors to warm up!

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Celestial Dance Over Lake Superior by morganpt

The morning of October 11th was a beautiful one where Venus, Jupiter, and Mercury formed an arc leading to the crescent moon over Hollow Rock. Per my normal travel habit, I parked my car next to my morning photo destination so I would not miss the morning magic. This time just outside of Hollow Rock, which is just south of Grand Portage, MN.

Setting up about 2 hours before sunrise, around 5:20 am, I first took a series of astro shots and kept taking pictures from the same spot until sunrise. This image is a composite of three images from the same spot with a 15 minute time period. Here, you can see three planets and the crescent moon. Venus is the brightest object, with Jupiter just below and to the left, and Mercury is very faint as it is just above and a little left of the crescent moon. You can see details here:

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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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Elemental Lighthouse by morganpt

Looking for a novel angle of Splitrock Lighthouse, I found this little bunch of rocks along the shore. As the sun greeted us, the small water droplets on the rocks ignited in color. Even the little mosquito on one rock is alight. With this light, this landscape shows wind, earth, water, and fire.

This image is a combination of 6 images. Three are focus stacked on the rocks in front, another shot for the mid-ground, and another for the upper third.

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International Milky Way by AaronGroen

“International Milky Way” by Aaron J. Groen © 2015 HomeGroen Photography
Milky Way Stars shine bright over this old International truck in Southwestern, Minnesota.
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