A Flash of Fall: Capturing the North Shore

Baihly Warfield
September 28, 2017 06:26 PM

In the Northland, fall comes and goes in a flash. So thousands of people stream up to the North Shore to try to capture the colors while they're here.

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Photographer Paul Sundberg is a local, so he is an expert at nature and wildlife photography. 

"Just makes for some awesome photography, whether you're in here summer or winter or fall," Sundberg said. "There is so many things to take photos of up here that I just really got into it."

He started taking photos in 1971, and he's well versed in the beauty of the North Shore. 

"I'm now retired from the DNR, retired from Gooseberry Falls State Park in 2010, but definitely will not be retiring from photography," Sundberg chuckled. 

He said the weather determines the best composition for a fall foliage snapshot. 

"If the sky is blue, you definitely want to include it in the photo," Sundberg said. "If it's a gray sky, then I always want to just include the leaves."

Plus, he said if the sky is overcast, it's best to shoot under the trees. Early in the morning or later in the evening are also some of the best times to shoot. 

"Fall is my favorite season of the year because you get the cools mornings and just the smell of the leaves and the pine needles," Sundberg said. 

Right now, the inland leaves are nearing peak. The trees by the shore have not begun to change much. 

"There are two color seasons on the North Shore," Sundberg explained. "The inland maples turn first, and then the yellows and the oranges along the shore turn like 2-3 weeks later. So you almost have to make two trips up here if you're going to capture the fall colors."

You can bet he'll be out there. He said overlooks are a favorite spot to shoot from for his business, Paul Sundberg Photography. But one view he hasn't gotten to shoot is the one from a drone. 

"Being a cameraman for years and years and years, this keeps you laser-focused, on your toes," Jason Page with 4TrackFilms said. 

Page is a drone pilot, and with permission, he flew his drone over Lutsen Mountains to check out the vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. He said the unique perspective is what draws people to drone footage. 

"I just think it's that God's eye view. It's the bird's eye view that you aren't used to having," Page said. "It just is mesmerizing sometimes."

Sundberg expects it will be a busy weekend up the Shore. But he understands why.

"When you get the opportunity to get back into places like this at the Tettegouche Camp with the fall colors and the oranges and reds and blue sky and just the fall scents in the air, it's just great to get out," he said. 

To keep track of the fall colors, keep an eye on the Eyewitness News StormTeam


Baihly Warfield

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