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6 Jul

Grain Belt Sign

Grain Belt Sign

Behind Pillsbury "A" Building

Behind Pillsbury "A" Building

Madison Zoo Chimp

Madison Zoo Chimp

Madison Zoo Lion

Madison Zoo Lion

Madison Zoo Rhino

Madison Zoo Bird of Some Sort

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark

2012 Northern Spark Nice Ride Bikes

Ubiquitous Minneapolis Night Shot

Ubiquitous Stone Arch Bridge Night Shot

2012 Northern Spark Stone Arch Bridge

2012 Northern Spark Guthrie Theater

2012 Rock The Garden

Gold Medal Flour

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

2012 Fourth of July Fireworks

Work Phone Background

4 Oct

What is this? The background on my phone at my new job is pretty much the same picture that I took at the Stone Arch Bridge?! That’s pretty sweet!

Work Phone Background

Work Phone Background

Stone Arch Bridge at Night

Stone Arch Bridge at Night

Work just got a little better. Also, tons of pictures coming up, but, as they are 35 mm film, they need to be developed still. Hoping for a nice picture onslaught soon of my weekend trip down to the Mississippi via Minnehaha Falls.

The MN Twins Win! and I Get Crafty

14 Sep

It’s been a little while (one week in fact) since I last posted something up here, and I’ve not been super busy, but I have been out and about a little bit. A Twins game in which *SHOCKER* the Twins actually won, a kielbasa festival and Greek festival in the same day and then I partook of a little craft project for myself. Here are the results.

The Twins played the Chicago White Sox and actually pulled out a win somehow. It was nice to see them win, but the best part about the new ballpark is still the skyline view. The weather was particularly perfect, and I took some pictures of the fading light and the moon rising above Minneapolis.

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Moon over Minneapolis Skyline

Twins Target Field Panorama

Twins Target Field Panorama

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Minneapolis Dusk Skyline View

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field and Minneapolis Skyline

Target Field Panorama Night

Target Field Panorama Night

Twins Logo Sign

Twins Logo Sign

As for the kielbasa festival and Greek festivals, I went to them for different reasons. The kielbasa fest was attended for the nice ceramic mug from Kramarczuks and the free beer that came with said mug, and the Greek fest was attended for the food. The gyros that were served, along with the fries, at the Greek fest were really great. I mean, with a whole pig on a spit, how could it not be good?

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

2011 Kielbasa Festival Mug and Entertainment

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Interior Panorama of St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church

Roast Pig on a Spit

Roast Pig on a Spit

Then, I took it upon myself to do a little craft project. Since I had a bunch of film negatives lying around, I figured there must be something I could do with them. Lo and behold, a site called poopscape.comhad the answer for me! I bought a lamp at IKEA and then put the negatives around it so when it lights up, it shows the pictures through it. For this one I used old negatives from trips I had been on. The first row is Alaska, the second and third is Paris, then is Italy, London and some miscellaneous stuff like skiing trips. Overall, I would have to deem the whole thing a success. It looks really great at night and brings up lots of great memories from trips! Highly recommended and really easy if you happen to have film negatives just lying around and don’t know what to do with them.

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Film Negative Lamp

Weekend Out and About

23 Aug

This past weekend was filled with another excursion to a cemetery (a new one this time) as well as some music at the West Bank Music Festival.

I like cemeteries because they offer a lot of opportunity to take pictures of unmoving objects that are fun to mess around with in the camera. Different focal points, zoom length, angles and EV levels all make for different pictures of the same statue or tomb. Plus, I find cemeteries relaxing, as no one else is usually ever there, and you can just wander around all by yourself with your thoughts on a nice day. These are from St. Mary’s cemetery in Minneapolis.

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

St. Mary's Cemetery

As I was near Lake Nokomis, I decided to bike around it. While doing so, I saw this large butterfly. I stopped and tried to get some pictures, but butterflies are actually pretty hard to capture while standing up, shooting with one hand and in the wrong sunlight direction. Plus, this dude is sort of an ugly butterfly (at least to me) and wasn’t that great a subject. But whatever. He’s a butterfly.

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Lake Nokomis Butterfly

Then on Saturday, I went over to the West Bank (or Cedar Avenue as it’s more commonly referred to) to see some music. Dessa was going to be headlining and Retribution Gospel Choir were also going to be playing. Both of these acts have been on my “To See” list and so for $5 I figured what better way to see them than outside on a great day with a ton of other people? Both acts were great, but I think both needed to have a sound system that could keep up with both of them. Don’t get me wrong, I liked both performances, and would certainly see Dessa again for sure, but they needed a better venue (like the Varsity Theater or something) to really make them shine. Other acts included a pregnant Haley Bonar playing in her other band called Gramma’s Boyfriend, and the Goondas, who I’ve seen before and really enjoy their energy and music.

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Grandma's Boyfriend"

Haley Bonar "Gramma's Boyfriend"

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

The Goondas West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Dessa West Bank Music Festival

Grasshopper

15 Aug

I saw a grasshopper yesterday and surprisingly, it didn’t immediately leap away from me (which most things, insect or not, tend to do when I show up). I was thrilled that it did, as it allowed me to get really up close and personal with it to take its portrait. I named the little dude “Frank” though I am not actually sure it was a dude or dudette. Regardless, here are the closeups of Frank, a little green grasshopper, should that ever have been what you wanted to see on here. Which I have to believe it is.

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper

Frank the Grasshopper Looks to the Future

Minneapolis at Night

3 Aug

I took it upon myself to go out last night around the city and take some dusk/night shots of this town. I think Minneapolis is a really beautiful city that is easy to photograph from many angles. In fact, I heard one time that it is one of the only major cities to have skyline planners so that no matter what building went up, the view of the city would always be aesthetically pleasing from whichever angle you are looking at it from. I don’t know if that is true or not, but the city really does look great when the sun goes down.

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Minneapolis at Night

Using the Macro on my Camera

29 Jul

Lately I’ve been toying with shots that feature soft-focus backgrounds. They aren’t super hard to take (at least, not at the amateur level that I take them at) and they are fun to look at and try to perfect. These are just a couple of quick shots that I’ve tried (some more successfully than others) to take recently. I really want to go back to the Hennepin Avenue Bridge to try and get better shots of the Grain Belt sign from farther away so that it looks more like the Grain Belt is encapsulated in the heart shapes that the bridge has on it. Also, flowers are a great source to practice on, as you can get really close to them and easily learn the basics on how to do soft backgrounds.

Tour de Fat

Tour de Fat

Uninteresting stone block with Grain Belt in background

Uninteresting stone block with Grain Belt in background

Grain Belt a little too close

Grain Belt a little too close

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Can't get enough spoonbridge and cherry

Can't get enough spoonbridge and cherry

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower

Soft focus flower