Blog Circle | Leading Lines | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

our circle is looking at leading lines this month.  leading lines are used to draw your eye to something in the picture.  Here are a few examples of mine.

This image, the curve of the road, the progression of riders, leads your eye right into the center of the image.  it disappears, but you are still left with the beauty of the view after your eye hits the end.  Its about seeing what’s at the end of the curve that keeps you looking through it.


the previous image has a brighter spot in the bottom right, so your eye gravitates there first.  If there isn’t something that draws your eye right away, most viewers start in the left and move right.  This next image, when starting in the top left corner, leads your eye downward until you finally see a waterfall.


In this picture, the leading line of the bench draws your eye right to this player.


And my final image, the lines of the road, bring your eye right to my subject.


Thanks for stopping by and check out Carol and her leading lines

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  • Nadeen - Love them all, Heidi!ReplyCancel

  • stefanie - ok, i can’t pick a favorite! the motorcycle one is super cool and moody – were you riding that day?ReplyCancel

    • HLHowarD1970 - This was taken a couple weeks ago when we were in Sturgis, SD for the motorcycle rally. I was on the back of the bike taking pictures the whole time we were on our trip!ReplyCancel

Women’s Night Out | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to be a part of the 1st annual Women’s Night Out put on by Dr. Kristin Hess, owner of Hess Family Chiropractic in Cold Spring, MN.  She put out the invitation to her clients, who were invited to come and bring a friend.  The turnout was fantastic!  Many people, of all ages, came and took in the activities, food and great company.  Dr. Kristin had some acupuncture therapy available, tries on the roller table and gave away coffee mugs.

Lisa Hunstiger, owner of Harmonic Wellness Center was available to give back massages and had some of her products available for sale, which, by the way, smell amazing!  She makes her own soaps, body scrubs, lotions and chapsticks all from natural ingredients.  My husband has been to her for her massage services and highly recommends her!  Make your appointment today!

Have you ever driven by St. Boniface church and seen the BIG house across the street with a gift shop sign out front?  I have. But I’ve never gone in and did not even know that there was a restaurant inside.  Well, Melissa Naatz, owner of The White Rabbit cafe inside the building, treated us to some DELICIOUS samples of her talent.  She serves lunch daily and uses locally grown farm to table ingredients in her menu.  The drink served at our event, a berry and sage infused lemonade, was divine!  Please take some time to visit her cafe and shop in the gift shop, which has a wonderful array of recycled items for you to choose from.

I was invited to showcase some of my work, like prints and albums.  I took some shots of the event and hope I am invited back for next year!  All the businesses showcased had some trinkets to give away.  Images on Main and the Tan Line had some great giveaways also.  Thanks goes to all who participated whether you were a sponsor or a guest.  And thank you Kristin for inviting me to be a part of your event!

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  • Linda Traeger - I’m sad I missed this.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - Just visited your website today. Really enjoyed your photos.ReplyCancel

My first wedding | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

This past May, I had the opportunity to be a second shooter at a wedding that my dear friend Beth from Manic Mother Photography was hired for.  My job as the second shooter for this wedding was to be with the men as they prepped for the ceremony, catch the details of the wedding reception, and get any angle that Beth did not get during the ceremony itself.  We also made sure we were both using different lenses when shooting a scene so that we created different looks for a scene.

The bride did a stellar job of creating a homey, rustic atmosphere.  All her decorations were handmade.  the dishes were all thrift store antiques, and mason jars made for beer mugs.  The day itself was HOT and muggy, which is very unusual for May in Minnesota.  I had so much fun though, and look forward to October when Beth and I will be shooting another wedding together.  I hope you enjoy looking at these images of my first wedding as seen through my lens.

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  • Lisa - Beautiful. Wish i could have been there!ReplyCancel

August 6 on 6 | Cold Spring, MN Photographer

I am showing a few of my favorites from the last month.  These were all taken with my tokina 100 2.8 macro lens.

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Please follow the circle around and check out my friend, Nadeen, whose images will blow you away!!

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Blog circle: b&w and shadows | cold spring mn photographer

Another photo challenge for our little group this month. We are exploring b&w and shadows. I have included b&w, some have shadows, some don’t and some are pictures of just shadows! Another caveat thrown in, these are all iPhone images. I love my phone and the editing apps that I use to fulfill my vision. I use vsco camera and do some editing in the app but also bring them into snapseed to do some other effects like tilt shift or center focus or to brighten or darken areas.

Make sure to follow around the circle to see others take on this topic.  Kimberly is next











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  • stefanie - ok, i need to step up my iphone game! i especially love that first shot and the last shot (you had me at adorable black dog).ReplyCancel

  • kimberly - I love these Heidi and thank goodness for the iPhone. Man I love the images I get with it and the ability to edit them. Such treasures!ReplyCancel

  • Nadeen - Love your creativity and perspective with each image!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - These are phone images??!! Seriously?? Awesome! I love the first one with the shadow and the light streaming through…really cool. You are definitely showing me I need to step up my camera phone game 😉ReplyCancel

  • Karthika - I love VSCO too…these images are awesome – the one from the plane…wow, I LOVE IT :)…and look at that cute doggie…basking in the sun 🙂ReplyCancel

  • julie - I loved looking at these! I’ve been shooting mostly with my iPhone lately as well and also use Snapseed & VSCO. You are inspiring me to play more with it. I think the airplane wing and the one from the barn are my two favorites.ReplyCancel

  • {Santa Rosa Beach, Fl Fine Art and Portrait Photography} Shadows & Black and White » Emily Morgalis Photography - […] Make sure you go on and check out the rest of the blog circle.  We have all been super busy but everyone is still out shooting and working hard to get the posts up on time (sometimes more successfully than others. You can start by viewing the amazing Heidi Howard of Maehill Studios. […]ReplyCancel