Night in the Boundary Waters

Taken last September on a trip to Minnesota’s Boundary Waters. This was just after dusk so there was still a bit of light in the sky.

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Any thoughts on composition? I had some play in my framing and left some dark on the right side to show how the fire was holding back the night. It was a longer exposure with a 70-300mm lens which is not a usual combo for me.

Technical Details

Sony a7ii. 8 sec at f/4.5 ISO 500. 70mm Edited in Lightroom.


I agree with your “holding back the dark” idea. Seeing the big rosy glow of the fire peter out adds well to the feeling of why we like fires (as long as they’re under control). There’s a bright bluish spot at the top center that would be good to remove.

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Thanks Mark! The blue dot is actually the sky, although it was twilight it was still light enough that it brightened up with the longer exposure. I didn’t really register it until you pointed it out.

Thank you Mark for the editor’s pick!