Lake Superior Trip – Day 4
September 17, 2011
NOTE – Sorry for the delay in getting this one posted. I was on a quick backpacking trip at Pictured Rocks NLS and couldn’t get this posted as soon as I wanted. I’ll tell you about that trip another time – it’s a doozy!
Sunday, August 14th 2011
We got a little later start today, but were still out well before the crowds. I can’t get over how busy this place is!
We started in nearby Temperance River State Park and spent most of the morning scouting the area. There’s some real potential down by the lake, especially if there’s any good light in the sky.
There are also several waterfalls, but the water flow is low right now, and all but the upper falls show very little potential for a good photograph. Grant and I did have some fun chasing frogs though, and he was particularly fascinated with the minnows trapped in the little pools of water next to the river.
He also enjoyed making “thrones” (the king kind, not the bathroom) out of the dry bowls carved out of the rock.
After lunch, we decided to continue our journey northward and paid a visit to Partridge Falls. It’s a bit tricky to find, and the road isn’t the best, but wow – the falls are impressive.
The trail (if you can call it that), leads you to the base of this enormous waterfall, but frankly, I’m not sure how photogenic it is. I’m going to keep it in mind, but I’m not 100% sure if it’s worth trying to photograph. Still, quite a site to see and quite a feeling being so close to such an enormous waterfall.
From there, we went back down south to our campground for some dinner, then off to Split Rock Lighthouse again. With all the driving I’ve been doing, I have to believe the oil companies must have a photo of me in their board room with “Customer of the Year” embossed under it.
Unfortunately, the sky didn’t co-operate and I don’t think I got anything worthwhile this evening. I did shoot the (mostly) full moon as it rose, but I’m not optimistic. I think this is probably a better sunrise location.
Oh how wrong I was when I wrote that! Turns out the clouds and moon made a pretty good shot. The moon popped up just behind that lowest layer of clouds (I think it’s a fog bank) you see in the photo, then disappeared in the layer above. I only had a few minutes, and only took two quick compositions, but I’m glad I did. Read more about it here
Sometimes, the shot you have in your head gets in the way of the (sometimes better) shot that’s right in front of you.
BTW – maybe you can help me. I’m STILL trying to figure out how the moon appeared to be in FRONT of the clouds. My only theory at this point is that the clouds were thin enough for it to shine through and give the “look” of being in front of them. What’s your take?
Here’s a closeup of an unprocessed RAW file of the moon and clouds.
(NOTE – RAW is like a digital negative – instead of the camera processing the file with a bunch of presets – like a typical point and shoot – the photographer processes the file manually for better control. Straight out of the camera, RAW files are pretty flat, colorless, and lifeless – and in need of sharpening. I tend to overexpose my files just a bit then bring them back down in post to cut out some of the “noise” in the shadow areas, that’s why the image below appears brighter than the one above.)
At any rate, the moon really kind of does appear to be in front of the clouds, not just shining through – although it’s not as tack sharp as I’d expect either, so maybe it was actually behind a thin area – I just don’t know…
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