Hovland Rock III

Winter Lake Superior waves wash up the rocky beach near Hovland, MN.


I had a hard time selecting which photo to post from this mornings photo session. I took three different comps of this rock and about 40 different shots from each comp to get various waves. On my first comp, the select was obvious. On this one and one other, I had a difficult time of selecting. I narrowed this one down to three different waves and decided to stick with this one to post. I'm still not sure if this is my favorite comp. The first two were from the other side and the first comp was much more simple.


I used to save all my shots, but over the last year, I force myself to narrow it down to one or two shots at each comp and I delete the rest. I really like this approach because it reflects what I did with slides. When I tossed slides, it meant less labeling and data entry. Now, it just makes my catalog tighter and easier to sort through.


I included the other two comps into the comments below.

  • SMR Labs PRO 4y

    I like the horizontal alternate quite a bit.
  • Karen Ramsdale PRO 4y

    I too like your first selection with more defined waves. I ALMOST stopped here on my way home from Grand Marais on Friday. All three are wonderful images!
  • Barry PRO 4y

    Excellent image!
  • palo PRO 4y

    stunning view :)
  • Maine Trekker 4y

    Very nice shot
  • Jim Teske PRO 4y

    The other comps are really nice too! But, I do like this one the best. Good choice.
  • Dave Berryman 4y

    I like the top one the best Bryan. I delete the other stuff also, I ask myself, would this look good framed and hanging on a wall...this helps me weed out the weaker work.
  • Beth Walsh 4y

    Definitely the top one, love the foregrd rocks, beautiful composition.
  • Bryan Hansel PRO 4y

    SMR Labs That's actually my personal favorite.
  • Jarkko 4y

    Nice work!

    -- Seen in my contacs photos --
  • Breezey988 PRO 4y

    Wonderful Shots--all of them.
  • The new flickr is very ugly and slow 4y

    Wonderful photo....-_^
  • SMR Labs PRO 4y

    Bryan Hansel It has a beautiful flow to it. Everything leads perfectly to the foreboding island. The main one has cooler details -- little things to get lost in -- but not the same "I'm going there" feel. My thoughts, anyway.
  • Emily Anderson 4y

    All of the shots are beautiful!!! Love the dreamy feel. It makes winter in MN look a little more do-able than it really is. :)
  • Bryan Hansel PRO 4y

    Emily Anderson I love winter in MN.
  • Emily Anderson 4y

    I like to look at winter in MN.... I just don't like to feel it. Every time it snows pretty, I am reminded of why I stay. :)
  • Mark Baldwin PRO 4y

    Wow, that's a tough choice, Bryan. All three images are certainly worth hanging on to. Hard to pick a favorite, but I do find the verticle comp very compelling. I am also cutting down my image catalog. Makes it much easier to manage.
  • lefay@sbcglobal.net 4y

    Spectacular - leaves me wanting to make a road trip from Chicago!
  • Dan Anderson. PRO 4y

    Egad that's one beautiful image
  • Cassi 4y

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Taken on December 11, 2011
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