Manning Trail Horse Barn

There stands a gorgeous specimen of a horse barn some miles north and west of Stillwater, MN on Manning Trail N.  I have passed by this barn many times and through all seasons.  This is a picture-perfect setting in my opinion.  The first time I photographed this barn was back in October 2011.

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Original 2011 rendition.  Looks like I was still experimenting with dark and soft.

Here is the rework of the file.  5×7 aspect ratio crop and a bit of post processing work in LR5.

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This works very well @ 16×9 aspect ratio crop too.

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Harvest Time

Great River Bluffs State Park is a great place to visit as is the surrounding countryside.  I was doing a bit of leaf chasin’ back in late October 2011 when I came upon this scene.  It is common-place to see the kids with either grandpa or Dad harvesting away.  Close-knit community and families; that what it is all about (no offense to the hokey pokey).

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Original 2011 rendition

Here is the rework of the file.  16×9 aspect ratio crop and a bit of post processing work in LR5.  Although the original version above is more true-to-life as the sun was quite low, I pulled considerable shadows to illuminate the occupants of the combine cab.

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Pickerel Lake Landing – St. Paul, MN

This is another shot from 2011.  There is this fabulous view just west of Wabasha Street via Plato Blvd; then W Water Street which eventually turns info Lilydale Road.  Pickerel Lake is beautiful and full will color in Autumn.  I remember the day well.  The lake was very busy with waterfowl swimming around as well as coming and going.

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Original 2011 rendition

Here is the rework of the file.  16×9 aspect ratio crop and a bit of post processing work in LR5.

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ST. PAUL RASPBERRY ISLAND VIEW – Part II

Another image from that same day in October 2011, but later in the evening before sunset.  The same railroad lift bridge at a very different angle.  This photo was taken from the extreme Eastern edge (downstream) of the Raspberry Island; down past the Schubert Club Bandshell.  Most of the time [except in high-water] there is a sand beach there.  Part of my tripod was in the water on this shot to achieve the low angle.  This appears to be around the time that I learned about foreground components in a landscape.

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Original 2011 rendition

Here is the rework of the file.  16×9 aspect ratio crop and a bit of post processing work in LR5.

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St. Paul Raspberry Island View

I have been trudging through my archives looking for images that I particularly enjoyed back in 2011 and still do today.

Here is one of my favorites from October 8th, 2011.  This image taken from Raspberry Island under the Wabasha Street bridge in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Nice view of the railroad lift bridge and the tugs stacked against the levee.  I couldn’t have asked for better clouds or color for the sunrise.

This was my version almost two years ago:

This is my new version today, with a slightly different crop and different post processing:

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One of my favorite things is to look back from whence I have come.  It helps complete the picture of where you are now by providing the contrast from where you have been – me