Magazine photographer Jim Brandenburg, who normally shoots tons of rolls of film per day, decided to embrace restraint and give himself a challenge: Make a portrait of the north woods in upper Minnesota over the ninety days between the autumn equinox and winter solstice.
The catch? He could take one, and only one, exposure per day. No second chances. It’s an especially big challenge when you consider that his subjects included moving targets, like wild birds and wolves.
The full set of images wound up published in the November 1997 issue of National Geographic.