I’ve been going through my archives and pulling out photos from when I first started getting serious about photography. There are so many cringe inducing photos in there, but I got lucky a handful of times and I plan on sharing those on my blog.  The first set is the Milwaukee road 261 steamer coming into the Winona Train Depot on October 8th, 2005.   I just happened to be in the vicinity with my camera and was able to capture a few photo before the train pulled out.  I do still have the raw files, but I decided to show you my original edit as it captures the feel of where my style back then.  To get the “historic” feel to the vertical image, I printed it out on photo paper and gave it texture by crinkling it up a bit. Then I rubbed a very light amount of lemon juice on certain areas and then heated it with a heat gun. This gave it a slight burned look on the edges.  Once that was dried, I scanned it back in and did a final edit on the image in Photoshop 7.  That seems like an awful amount of work, but I could barely edit in photoshop and had zero clue on doing texture overlays at the time.

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For today’s sunrise session, I decided to try a sunrise over Cedar Creek in Oak Grove, MN.  I had been thinking about this location for a few weeks now and I hadn’t been able to get the proper conditions in the past attempts.  While the light still wasn’t how I’d really like it, there was a small amount of fog and that seemed to make the image work well enough.  With landscape photography, so much of your time is spent just waiting. I arrived at my spot at 5:30am in hopes of catching some pre-dawn fog.  There really wasn’t much to work with, so I waited until around 6am to take my first image (below).  You can see the sun starting to produce a little bit of color on the treeline.  Had there been clouds, they would have been lit up at this point and made for a dramatic sky.  It took another 30 minutes for the sun to finally fill in the the foreground with some dynamic light and I shot the second image at 6:34am.  Once the sun finally broke free of the treeline, it overpowered the tree/grass area and I decided to call it a morning.  I fully intend on coming back to the location, hopefully with a sky filled sunlit clouds. 

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