Posts Tagged ‘North Shore’

Fine Art Photo at Lutsen Resort

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I was recently informed that the following photograph I took at the Lutsen Resort was selected to be displayed in the Superior Ballroom. I had submitted it for a contest earlier in the year, and I am excited to see it the next time we visit Minnesota’s North Shore.

UPDATE: I also found out that they used a picture of the wedding party skipping rocks that I photographed in their current brochure! Here is a photo of it that I just took with my iPhone.



Fine Art Photos: Minnesota’s North Shore

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Every time we travel along Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior, I am reminded of how beautiful it is. This was our first trip in the Spring, and I really enjoyed photographing the rivers full with snow runoff. It was also very cool to see some remnants of ice from this winter.

This week’s Fine Art Photo of the Week is an HDR image of part of the gorge that the Temperance River cuts through the earth on its way to Lake Superior. I was struck by the sunlight hitting the icicle as the water rushed in shadow below. Since cameras cannot capture the range of light that our eyes can see, I knew that I would have to take multiple exposures of the scene and combine it in Photoshop to recapture what I saw (7 stops difference between the sun on the icicle and the shadowy water below).


Those of you who know me well realize I am not much of a morning person. But the crisp air and beautiful sunrise of the first morning certainly woke me up! We stayed in Tofte, MN, so the Temperance River was close by. The first picture shows a great old tree leaning over the river, and the following pictures are along the shore where the river meets Lake Superior.


These last bonus images are of some falls along the Cascade River (top) and of Caribou Falls (middle and bottom). You can’t really see the rainbow that was produced at the bottom of Caribou Falls, so I zoomed in on it for the last picture.


Fine Art Photo: Red Pines Near Cloquet, MN

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011


Fine Art Photo: Frozen North Shore

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

I love to travel and take pictures along Minnesota’s North shore. But I had never been up there in the winter, so I jumped at the chance to take a weekend long retreat and attend a landscape photography class through the U of M Split Rock Arts Program taught by Craig Blacklock.

The landscape is truly fascinating in winter, especially where Lake Superior (which doesn’t freeze over) meets land. Boulders become covered in ice, and that ice is much more colorful than I thought it would be. I hope to post a lot more pictures from the retreat soon, but for now I hope you enjoy this image:


Fine Art Photo: High Falls of the Pigeon River

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

We are so lucky to be on a trip along Minnesota’s North Shore this week, which will end with a wedding that we are photographing at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, MN. The fall colors are absolutely beautiful, so I know that there are more pictures that will be worthy to post, but for now I hope you enjoy this image of Pigeon Falls from Grand Portage State Park. This is also the my first high-dynamic range (HDR) photograph.


Fine Art Photos at Mama’s Happy in Mound, MN

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

I’m really excited to have 3 of my fine art photos for sale at Mama’s Happy in Mound, Minnesota. Come out for the  grand opening and see all of the unique items. Click on the image below to visit their website and get directions to the store.


Here are two of the photos I will be selling. The third photo you may recognize as my winning image from the Bluefin Bay calendar contest. Click here to see that image and read my blog post about it.


My Photo in an Alumni Art Show

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Through May 14, you can see the following photo, which I made while traveling along the North Shore, in the Student & Alumni Art Exhibition at the Worthington campus of MN West Community & Technical College. It was on this campus that I sold my first fine art photograph, and it is also where I had my first solo art exhibition.

The closing reception is Friday, May 14 from 4–6 pm. Stop by and enjoy the artwork!

Lake Superior

Minnesota’s North Shore

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Since we were up in Lutsen, MN for a Jesse Valley Photography wedding, we booked a room for an extra day to hike along the North Shore and take some photos. The weather was amazing for the end of September, and the scenery was breathtaking. These are just a few of the images I made, but I will have them and some more for sale at the studio and in an online gallery at (click the “Fine Art” link).

Lisa and I also took photos during this trip for the next installment of our Jesse vs Lisa Shoot Outs. Look for that to be published soon.

If you ever get the chance to visit MN’s North Shore in autumn, I highly recommend it.


Bluefin Bay Calendar Contest 2009

Friday, June 5th, 2009

This week’s fine art photo of the week is from Gooseberry Falls State Park. It was selected as one of the winning images in the Bluefin Bay calendar contest for the month of October (click here to see the info on their website, where you can also download the calendar as a screen saver). It was also displayed at the Waterfront Gallery in Two Harbors, MN.