Spring Flow on the Beaver River

Canon 6d + Canon 70-200 II 2.8 IS + B+W CPL filter.
F/6.3, ISO 100, 1/400 sec

When I am up north, I typically spend the majority of my time between Silver bay and Lutsen. The terrain around that area is filled with inland lakes, wild rivers, and rugged overlooks. After doing that for the past ten years+, I have started to get the itch to explore other areas up north. On a trip up this past May, I decided to focus my lens on the Beaver river. I have been on this river many times and have taken numerous photos of the waterfalls close to mouth of the river. It’s a stunning location, but I rarely go more then a mile up from the hwy 61 bridge. I have seen photos of this specific location in the past, but it was always in the middle of summer and the water levels were much lower. It looked like a great place to bring the kids to splash around in the water, but not that impressive of an image. With all the snow melt from the heavy winter in the area, I was excited to see how it would photograph. The above image was actually from my second trip up this spring. The first time I visited, the light was flat and I ended up just taking notes on places that I wanted to shoot on a return visit. Unfortunately, the rest of the weekend was filled with heavy overcast and rain. When I came back up the following weekend, the river was still flowing high and the lighting was much better this time around.

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