Here are my favorite photographs from my North Shore trip converted to black & white with Silver Effects Pro 2.0 and noise reduction refinement with Dfine 2.0. I can’t say enough about these post processing tools. I never cease to be amazed by their capabilities.
This Christmas I decided to break away from the holiday norm and head North to a favorite destination of mine, the North Shore of Minnesota. A popular objective for fall color connoisseurs, this track of expansive lands has something to offer after the brilliant yellows, oranges and reds fade. Having never been in Winter I was looking forward to what mother nature would lay before me and lens. I was looking forward to Lake Superior, jagged cliffs, icy rocks and endless shorelines.
There was a light snow falling upon arrival in Duluth. Park Point, across the lift bridge, presented a few shots as did downtown at night and Duluth Harbor for sunrise. Always wonderful; never disappointing.
The next day it was Two Harbors to Grand Marais. Eighty-plus miles of roadway to cover between those two points and with a short window of daylight the opportunity to shoot was dramatically reduced. I slippery roadways did not move things along as quickly as I had hoped, but the views more than compensated for any delay. All of the rivers where frozen over so it was easy to just drive by most every bridge. The Spring time is a whole different story. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is a great state park to visit on the shore. Ellingson Island provides a wonderful vantage point for shooting the lighthouse and surrounding shoreline.
Another beautiful area is just North of Grand Marais along Devil Track. Once you’ve reached Devil Track Lake, Eagle Mountain (highest point in MN) is not far – not far to the trail head any way. I had a grand plan of hiking out to Eagle Mountain for sunset, but that plan did not materialize unfortunately. I lost track of time a bit over my salmon, cheese and cracker lunch. The hike was still nice with all of the snow in the forest. Another season; another time perhaps.