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2016 Wrap Up

Well another year has come to pass.  Although this blog has been pretty quiet lately, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out enjoying the world through photography.  In fact, I have been taking more photographs on more excursions than ever. I hope to post a few backdated galleries soon. Aside from having a busy year with cycling (MDH 100!), mural painting, traveling, and co-running a business, I have been enjoying the convenience of sharing photos on Instagram.

Below is a collage of my top 9 Instagram posts from 2016, which includes pictures from all over rural Burleigh and Morton County as well as a few from the Rocky Mountains.  To view recent photographs visit my Instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/mikerenner77/ .

With a new year comes new resolutions and goals.  With that said, 2017 is already shaping up to be a big year for photography.  I just finished shooting my first solo wedding in Florida, which was an amazing experience and I hope to do more weddings in the future.  In September I’m honored to be the featured artist at the Laughing Sun Brewery in Bismarck, where my photography will be displayed.  I have a project in the works that focuses on local artists.  I’m also reworking my rennerphotog.com website, which I initially launched back in 2009.

To any subscribers, other photographers, friends and family, and those few stray visitors from Mestia, Georgia (there have been a number of you lately), thanks for peeking at my shots.  May 2017 be an extended guitar solo fireworks show of amazement beyond comprehension.

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Lake Sakakawea

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Canon XSI, Tamron 17-50 2.8, 8-stop Neutral Density Filter, Cokin P-Series, P120 Graduated Neutral Density Filter

June.  The eastern shore of Lake Sakakawea.  After setting up my camp, I venture out to a nearby shoreline for the magic hour.  It’s just me, the camera, and a few birds in the trees.  In the middle of June the evenings are still cool, especially off the lake.  The sun sets for hours.  There’s no rush.  I look for light, for reflection, for compositions, for the “strongest way of seeing”.  Fallen branches and driftwood form abstractions against the sky and in the water.  The light changes in fine gradients.  Every so often a bird flutters in the brush.  The water laps the shore, almost imperceptibly.  All tallied, the evening is nearly silent.  The air tastes cool, fermented.  The sun is golden, subdued.  There’s a picture waiting in the water.  I walk around the scene, examining it as if were something expensive for purchase.  I secure the tripod, affix filters.  I survey through the viewfinder, the world miniaturized and vibrant.   I adjust parameters.  The gauges balance out.  Everything around is still.   I depress the button.  The shutter opens and snaps closed,  capturing the calm while at the same moment shattering it to pieces.