In the first of what will hopefully be many photo walks and adventures this year, here are some more photographs (taken with my iPhone) from my weekend in Lanesboro, Minnesota. We ventured out on Sunday afternoon and wandered through Lanesboro’s historic downtown. It’s a tiny, but wonderful, little town and I always find something new to photograph. It was a gray, cloudy day -- the sky and colors were very muted and dull -- but it was a balmy 39 degrees. After endless weeks of subzero temperatures, the (relative) warmth felt wonderful.
It's no secret that I love small town main streets. I love photographing storefronts, but my favorite photographs often are taken in the alleys and other hidden nooks and spaces between buildings. They are a great source of interesting details, including windows and doors.
I'm also learning that I'm drawn to detail and close-up shots rather than overall scenes. I think this because I can get a bit overwhelmed with a wide angle shot -- too many things, buildings, cars, colors, etc.... Too much extra stuff that feels "in the way". I like negative space and simplicity, and that is much easier to compose and create when shooting detail shots and close-ups. But I'm discovering that I probably rely on them too much. I think they can get a bit lost without having a real sense of place and location. I need to keep challenging myself to take a step back and remember to turn around to capture the overall scene as well. It is definitely a work in progress, but I am looking forward to going on more of these photo adventures to explore and practice.