Picture yourself standing beneath these pines, on the bank of this northern Wisconsin lake, looking west, and facing a gentle southerly breeze.
How does it make you feel?
Is your mind clearing of everything but the scene before you?
Do you hear the loon in the distance, or the chatter of the nearby squirrels in the trees?
Isn’t the aroma of the red pines captivating?
Do you long to paddle a canoe in this tranquil lake?
Quintessential “Up North”
When one thinks of “up north”, meaning northern Wisconsin, an image such as this comes to mind.
The shoreline pines, calm, clear lake, blue skies, soft gentle southerly breeze – it’s the ideal summer day.
Peaceful and relaxing, far away – for even a few minutes – from the hustle and bustle of the rest of our world.
Bringing This Feeling Home
Capturing great feelings in northern Wisconsin, why leave them “up north”?
Every time I look at this image, all of my senses light up just as they did the day I stood on this shoreline.
For a few minutes, I’m transported to the shade of the pines with their fresh fragrance. I feel the light breeze and hear the call of the distant loon.
I return from this mental excursion from the north woods to my task at hand with renewed enthusiasm and energy.
In composing this image, I wanted the viewer to feel as though they were already under the pines, in the shade.
Although the lake is a vital part of this image, the trees where – in my composition – the anchor points. Everything else supplemented the trees.
Where do you first look, and what is the direction your eye takes through the scene?
Do you find yourself starting on the left, angling over to the opening, following the submerged log up into the lake and then out to the channel opening?
File ID: PHP_IMG_12867
1Ds Mark III, Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8 L II USM
focal length 24 mm
ISO 50, 1/20 second, f/20
spot metering, manual, Gitzo tripod, 2 second mirror lock-up delay
Star Lake, (East Star Lake Campground), northern Wisconsin