I’ve been exploring some new places to capture landscape and nature images since I moved to Menomonee Falls a month and half ago. Pike Lake is about 25 minutes north west of me. It’s quite a beautiful park and large lake- 461 acres. I wandered around the hiking and biking paths this afternoon, as well as a bit off trail searching for interesting nature subjects. Along the lake I saw a patch of reeds in the water and thought they might make an interesting abstract photograph in black in white. These were the first 2 frames I captured. I kept the focus shallow on my Sony 100-400mm to isolate selected reeds that looked most interesting. Initially I was thinking high key image would work well to express the scene, but I ended up converting the first image with a darker contrast and feel. It seemed to work pretty well. The second image is more the high key style I was contemplating, so I exposed it pretty far to the right on the histogram. I was most drawn to the front curved reeds. The slant of them were expressive to me. I don’t know if I’ll end up keeping either, they’re certainly not award winners, but I’m looking forward to making a couple of fine art test prints both, and pinning them on my wall to see what I think. Sometimes these simple abstracts make nice background images that don’t draw too much attention to themselves.