Special Report: That Perfect Shot - Part 2

Darren Danielson
Updated: April 04, 2019 10:34 PM

How many pictures do you think have ever been taken of the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge? Hundreds of thousands? Millions maybe? The fact is, countless photos have been taken over the years throughout the Northland. And it's no surprise, we live in a beautiful place.

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Many of us have fallen in love with this beautiful part of the world and Martha Lind is one of them.

"I love Duluth!", she says with a beaming smile. "The sunrises here are like no others and everything you see around here is photogenic, not like anywhere else."

Special Report: That Perfect Shot - Part One

Martha ought to know, she's lived all over the planet. In France, Spain, Morocco, Portugal and other equally beautiful places. But she was never drawn into photography, that is until she moved here.

"This is the most photogenic place I have ever been in. And I've been to Yellowstone, I've been everywhere, but it's different. The lighting is different, the lighting is really, really good here."

Martha is particularly enamored with our sunrises. She says our sunrises over Lake Superior are prettier than anyplace she's ever seen.

"It's pristine," she says. "You see the sun come up and there's no pollution or anything. It's just not the same, you can tell the difference of the colors, and lighting, it's totally different here."

So it's no surprise that Martha really enjoys living and snapping photos here.

"I love Duluth!" she shouts, and laughs.

But one thing might surprise you as you gaze upon her breathtaking photos. All her remarkable pictures are taken on her cell phone camera.

"I'm different because I don't haul around any heavy equipment," she says with another smile. "No fancy cameras, no tripod, no just me and my trusty IPhone 8, ha ha!"

Martha describes herself as a spontaneous person and that traveling light suits her.

"Spontaneous is the thing for me, this is why the trusty phone!" she says laughing again.

"I grab it when I'm going to work and I have it all the time so why not go outside, enjoy the outdoors and take some pictures?"

And when you travel light, Martha says, it's easy for to get pictures in all kinds of conditions.

"Yes, I can shoot in all different seasons. I shoot if it's raining, or foggy. In fact, foggy is good too believe it or not. People think fog is not good but it is, it's very good for photography."

You will usually see Martha's husband Mark with her. He's a Duluthian and he helps her navigate some of her more hazardous shoots.

"Yes, I've had to climb a lot of snow banks lately and the ice on Brighton beach. Yah, there's been some interesting places that I've had to go through."

And she's seldom alone. Martha says there is a large community of shutter bugs she's often running into.

"There are a lot of photographers out and about, and we are into the same thing, photographing the beauty of the Northland. It's beautiful."

So whether we use top of the line, professional camera gear, or want to keep it simple like Martha, she has this advice for all of us.

"If I can do it, anybody can dot it!"


Darren Danielson

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