12-15-13 Into the Light

2013 12-15 Into the Light by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

On my recent trip to Minneapolis and Saint Paul with students in the Photo/Media program at LATI, we spent about an hour in the Como Park Conservatory. I had been there several times before so I wasn’t sure that I would find anything new to photograph. But while there I did take 97 photos, some of which were HDR sequences.

Of those 97 photos, 37 were taken of the palm trees in the central dome of the conservatory. So I guess you might say that that the trees captured my attention. And this shot is one of several that I took of the very top of the central palm tree.

In black and white it may be a bit abstract in that you don’t see the context of the tree. But that’s alright with me. As I’ve said before, I like the ability to take a “whole” and show the parts in a way that the viewer might not be able to see without the aid of my camera.

Canon 5DIII 1/60s f/5.0 ISO250 100mm

For context, here’s another capture (HDR) that shows more of the tree and of it’s location:

Central Dome - Como Park Conservatory

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2 thoughts

  1. You must still be teaching photography with doing this trip. Wonderful photography you display on your blog. Love your work. Still really love Jolynn’s Senior pictures. You truly have the gift of seeing things in a artistic way.


    • Thank you Ann. Interestingly, but probably not surprisingly, teaching photography has helped me become a better photographer.

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