Special Event Special Offer Trails

Special Discount For Upper Midwest Trail Runners

As many of you know, I sometimes shoot trail races here in the North Woods of Minnesota. I am happy to announce that North Woods Photos will be offering a 20% discount on any and all products in the Trail Races and North Woods Photos galleries to members of the Upper Midwest Trail Runners club for 2016!

Milky Way Runner
Superior 100 Mile Trail Race

Save 20% on:

  • Prints from my professional lab – archival inks & papers (including lustre, pearl, metallic)
  • Gallery wrapped canvases
  • Metal prints
  • iphone cases for 5/5s, 6/6s, 6+/6s+
  • Full resolution digital downloads with a print release if you’d rather print yourself or use a consumer lab (photos of race participants only).

Learn more about the print products available in the FAQ. Digital downloads are full resolution jpg files at 300 dpi and are not watermarked.

Get Your Discount

The discount is only available to current members of Upper Midwest Trail Runners, so be sure to sign up! Simply shoot an email to info thingy umtr dot net to get your coupon code, then go to the galleries and fill up your shopping cart (and I mean fill ‘er up)!

Use the coupon code at checkout to get 20% off your order – which can include my regular art in addition to any race photos. Makes a great gift for yourself, friends, or family!

Note:Β  The proofing site only allows you to order from one gallery at a time, so if you DO decide to order prints from the North Woods gallery in addition to Trail Race prints – please let me know before you order so I can move your race photos into the Trail Running folder of the North Woods gallery. Otherwise, you’d have to place two separate orders and pay for shipping on each. If you only want a digital file for your race and prints of my other art, you’ll need to order separately since digital files are not available for non-race images. If you only want race photos, you can do it all in one order even if you have both prints and digitals.

Get Your Stuff

Prints and products are delivered directly from my professional lab to you. Once you complete your order, it comes to me for approval and the order is sent to the lab. Please be aware that I’ve given you the power to crop photos as you see fit – and not all photos are going to work well with some sizes. When placing items in the shopping cart, you may see some red areas on the image depending on the size you choose. The red areas are the parts that will be cut off that image during printing to make it your chosen size. You can drag the image to change the crop. There are no refunds once the order has been sent since they begin the printing process right away. Turn around time depends on what products you order, but prints usually arrive at your doorstep within a week.

For digital downloads, you’ll get an email with a download link shortly after completing your purchase. Since these are high resolution files, download time will depend on your internet connection and service provider. Currently, there is no MN sales tax on digital photos.

As always, low resolution digital files will be posted on the North Woods Photos FaceBook page (so please “like” it) and will be FREE πŸ™‚

Which Races For 2016?

I don’t know yet – it depends on lots of factors (both personal and professional), but I’ll try to let you know as soon as I do! I tend to favor ultras πŸ™‚

Other Questions?

Do not hesitate to contact me at any time if you have questions or concerns.

Happy Trails – and try to bust out of that walk when you see the camera πŸ˜‰

Landscape Michigan Nature Trails

Warren Dunes Michigan

One of the cool things about the Great Lakes is that each one has it’s own personality. I was born and raised in Michigan and my Grandfather was a freighter captain on the Great Lakes, so I’ve had a chance to get to know them a bit. While Lake Superior with her rugged shoreline is the big lake that I visit the most these days, I just had an opportunity to stroll on one of the many long sandy beaches of Lake Michigan that line the western coast of the lower peninsula. These dunes reach more than 250 feet high – and the locals use snow plows to get the sand off the roads after a windy day. Here are a few snaps from a brief visit to Warren Dunes State Park last week near peak fall color season!

Warren Dunes State Park

Peak color season in the third week of October and I almost had the park to myself. During the summer this beach would be packed with swimmers and the hang gliders would be taking off from the 260 foot high dunes.

Lake Michigan Driftwood

A nice stroll on a Lake Michigan beach in southwestern Lower Michigan.

Maple Leaf, Lake Michigan Beach

Maple Leaf on the beach.

Footprints in the Sand

There were more sea gulls than people here today.

Sea Gull, Lake Michigan

I love the color of the water!

Warren Woods

While the beach is relaxing with the rhythmic sound of the waves coming ashore, nearby Warren Woods has short picturesque trails through the woods.

Warren Woods Autumn Forest

Warren Woods at peak fall color.

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The Galien River flows right through Warren Woods.

Another fun thing about living near one of the Great Lakes is that the weather can be completely different – and change very rapidly – compared to what it’s doing just a few miles away! By the end of this week, these trees will all be bare and will soon be covered by snow. Much more snow than they’ll get just a few miles inland. Good ‘ole lake effect.

What’s your favorite Great Lake?

What’s your favorite trail to hike in the North Woods in autumn?

What’s your favorite play spot in Michigan? If you haven’t been yet, get on it! πŸ˜‰

Landscape Minnesota Special Event Special Offer Trails

Superior Fall Trail Races

I was one of the race photographers for the Superior Fall Trail Races again this year. With distances of marathon, 50 miles and 100 miles – all on the rugged Superior Hiking Trail in northeastern Minnesota – it means I’m usually pulling an all-nighter to shoot the races. This year, we were blessed with perfect weather, clear skies, and an appearance by the Aurora Borealis dancing over the 100 mile runner’s heads.

Ultramarathon Trail Runner, Superior 100, Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, starry sky

Running under the Northern Lights

I managed to sneak away from the race for a bit and caught the Big Dipper reflecting in a perfectly calm lake – even caught a shooting star going right through the Big Dipper!

Big Dipper, Aurora Borealis, Shooting Star

Aurora Borealis with Shooting Star thru Big Dipper

After the 50 mile race started the next morning in pre-dawn dark, I snuck away to Tettegouche State Park to watch the sunrise over Lake Superior while I had breakfast on the beach.

Tettagouche Sunrise

Tettagouche Sunrise

Then it was back to the races again for the rest of the day! Lugged two cameras, a tripod and a backpack up the Caribou River gorge to get the 50 mile runners as they passed right next to a small waterfall. Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the flash for the camera and the light was tricky, so I apologize for the quality of that set of photos πŸ™

50 Milers running alongside the Caribou River

After Caribou, I hiked from the Sawbill aid station in to the bottom of the very steep and rocky Carlton Peak, where the marathoners had already gone through but the 50 and 100 milers were still navigating their way to the finish less than 20 miles away. All of my race photos have been posted on the North Woods Photos Facebook page if you’re interested in looking at them. There are a few bonus photos for my Facebook fans as well πŸ˜‰

I’ve had a couple of inquiries from runners of both this race and the Afton Trail Races if they could purchase copies of photos I took of them running, or the Milky Way photo from last year as well as the Aurora shot from this year. The answer is Yes! Just let me know which ones so I can upload them to the online gallery. I won’t be keeping the individual runner photos for more than a few months after the event, so get them NOW if you want them! I just don’t have the space on my hard drive to keep photos that most people aren’t interested in purchasing after the race has come and gone. You are welcome to download and use the low resolution photos that have been uploaded to Facebook for your personal use for free – just be sure to give me photo credit (a link to this website would be greatly appreciated, too). πŸ™‚

In addition, I’m offering 20% off anything you buy until October 31, 2015 with promo code SUPERIOR2015, so this would be a great time to treat yourself to a photo of your race, or even do a little holiday gift shopping and check out all of the other galleries πŸ˜‰

Happy Trails!

Minnesota Special Event Trails

Afton Trail Races

Afton State Park

Instead of running the Afton Trail Races for the first time in many years, this year I was one of the race photographers.

The Afton Trail Runs 25K & 50K are hosted at Afton State Park annually on the first weekend in July. It’s notoriously hot and humid (this year was relatively cool with highs in the mid-80’s), with nearly 5000 feet in total elevation gain & loss on the 25K loop. A potential additional challenge this year was the air quality, since we’ve had hazy skies caused by wildfires in Canada for the last few days. Anyhoo, back to the photography…

I will be posting race images first on my North Woods Photos Facebook page, so if you want to see them as soon as possible, like my page πŸ˜‰ At some point, they will probably be linked up to the race site. I’ve got almost 2000 images to process, edit, and upload, so hang tight πŸ˜‰

I shot a short video of the 50K start before moving to the down slope of the Northern Hill, then up to the Campground, and finally for a short bit near the home stretch towards the finish. I was hoping to capture some of the scenery of the St. Croix River Valley in addition to the runners, but the increasing haze throughout the day may have scrambled my plans a bit. I tried to get photos of as many runners as I could, but I’m sure I missed some folks. I know that I missed some of the 25K runners while I was changing cards in one of my cameras – sorry about that. I’m not sure where Kevin or Todd shot, so hopefully they caught anyone I may have missed.

Here is the video of the 50K start:

Congrats to everyone who toed the line at this year’s Afton Trail Races 25K or 50K! It was a blast seeing you out having fun in the sun on the trail πŸ™‚

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Coming Soon!

Coming Soon!

Β Sandhill Cranes at Sunset

Crex Meadows sunset

Thank you for stopping by the brand spankin’ new North Woods Photos site! The purpose of this site will be to show you my stompin’ grounds in and around Minnesota and nearby areas of the Upper Midwest through my outdoor photography.Β  You’ll learn about local hot spots for viewing wildlife, see amazing landscapes, and see how I tweak some images to get more abstract or painterly results.Β  I also occasionally serve as a photographer for local trail races (I am a trail runner myself).

If you see something you like, you’ll have the option to purchase images as prints, canvases, or metalsΒ  from a professional labΒ  if desired!

Before any of that can happen, I’ve got to get the website up and running and take care of setting up the business πŸ™‚

Anticipated Grand Opening date is currently April 2015. I hope you are as excited as I am!