My friend Dan called me a week or two ago ( www.danielruf.typepad.com) on his way back from Northern Minnesota and told me I'd better get up to Minneopa State Park near Mankato as the River there was in good shape for photographing. As you can see from the above image- he was right.
I got up at 4:45 AM and drove for two hours to try and catch some good reflections on the river. As luck had it, things were really in good order and using Photomatix Pro 3 and merging three images I think I was able to not only capture some nice reflections but also slow down the water without any blowouts. I like to use the HDR technique on images like this one due to the fact that the lighting was harsh enough that to blur the water without blowouts and yet get the reflections I wanted the image would have been to dark for my liking.
If you'd like to see other fine HDR images check out my friend Dans site above or try Tony Sweets site www.Tonysweet.com both use HDR beautifully. As for the state park- it's 5 miles west of Mankato on Hwys 68 & 169 and along with the beautiful double water falls it has several buildings built by the CCC in 1939, 4-5 miles of hiking trails, 60 plus camp sites and a German style grist mill you can visit. A great place to camp or stop for a pic-nic.I hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by.