One very cold, windy November morning I set my camera up to get this shot of the Lake Superior shoreline. BUT before I could take my first exposure, a huge dark cloud bank rolled in and blocked out the sun. SHHH…..uks.
For the next two hours, I waited for the sun to break through the clouds. I wanted the direct sunlight add snap to the whitecaps, and pop to the faded yellows of the dried grasses.
The warm colors of the grasses contrasting with the darker, cooler shades in the water and clouds. I had to fight the temptation to add more color to the late-season grasses. But their faded colors signaled the encroaching winter. Two days later, 16 inches of snow blanketed the beach. As dramatic as the waves, cloud line and blowing grasses are, it’s something about the weathered Adirondack chairs facing towards the lake, that make this picture work.
Finally due to perspective and the angle of my camera, the lake’s horizon was running downhill… not good. It looked really odd. So I leveled off the horizon by stretching the top right of the image. The treeline was pretty much out of focus, so it was an easy fix.