Celebrating the autumnal equinox…

I spent a couple of day in a magical place in the Minnesota North woods, along the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. It wasn’t a weekend just about photography, it was about new friendships. I still managed to take a few pictures…

18 thoughts on “Celebrating the autumnal equinox…

  1. Valerie–I think you have out done yourself here. Some of these images are simply spectacular. I love your reply to the questions. Such truth. I admire your work all the more because you capture the beauty without manipulation or minimal manipulation. The magic is all around us. Bravo to you!


  2. When I lived in Minneapolis, one regret I had was not being able to get out and seeing some of the back-country, especially to the northern part of the state. One look at your photos tells me I missed out, but at least I get a sense of the vibrant colours, and even, the unmistakable smells of the wet early-autumn forest. Thanks for your post, Valérie!


  3. Okay guys, sorry about not giving more info each time I post. Honestly I am not very interested in that kind of information in general. The art of photography is all about the end result and the emotion created by the image. I have the 10 second rule in post processing per image. Meaning I try to get it right in camera because I don’t like spending much time in front of my computer. All these were shot handheld with my 5d MarkII and a 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens in aperture priority. The first image was shot at 70 mm, ISO100 f/4.5 1/200 sec. The sky was overcast and I was in the woods, yet some leaves were catching an amazing defused light through the branches. The colors were so vibrant that very little post processing was necessary. I use Lightroom to adjust the exposure slightly if/when necessary. I sometimes add a touch of contrast and vibrance. 5 to 10 seconds and I’m done! The magic is in nature, not in the digital darkroom 🙂 It’s all about seeing the light!


  4. gorgeous…
    I love all of them !
    Same as Sandra, I wonder to ask you the details (aperture… ) and may be post processing ?
    They are so clean and the colors … waouh !


  5. Absolutely stunning photos – thanks for sharing them. The first one is my favourite, with the verandah & moose/deer antlers on it, coming a close second.


  6. Gorgeous colours and again the detail such as raindrops most of us miss or take for granted. A nice relaxing break from street photography which I should try for a change. Glad you had a great time and I thought that camera would not be too far out of reach. Thankfully! Chris.


  7. Valerie – I love your work. You have such a talent.
    I wonder if it is too much trouble to ask what your camera settings were (ISO, f-stop, etc.) were when you shot the leaves, seeds and the jaw hanging from the tree.
    They are so clear and vibrant…
    Do you do much post work?


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