My name is Dan Traun. I was born and raised about an hour south of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area in the scenic Mississippi River town of Red Wing, MN. I became fascinated with photography at a young age while snapping casual shots of my everyday surroundings and of local events. My interest in photography grew as I did.
I began photographing the countrysides of Minnesota and Wisconsin and have many fond memories of back roads, picturesque scenery and time spent with family/friends. My preferred styles of photography is natural scenic (water/landscapes) and urban (street/architecture). Creating a timeless photo,I believe, requires knowledge of the subject or area. Sometimes that means photographing the location/subject over many years and at different times of the year. Each day begins with unique circumstances and conditions which yield continuing change and variety in natures beauty. My love of history motivates me to freeze moments in time for future generations. Photos are just as much a part of history as the story itself.
My fondness for black and white stems back from my film days in high school. I love black and white photography; the absence of color makes you work harder and think more about what you are capturing. Creating a great black and white photo is more complex than desaturation or clicking on a black and white button in software. My goal in my images it to provide a full tonal range; I like to incorporate the complete light all the way through completely dark. If this cannot be accomplished and the image is just shades of gray it may not have been meant to be.
I am a Nikon DSLR shooter. My main body is a D700. My post processing workflow incorporates Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
More of my images can be seen at Dan Traun Photography