Tag Archives: minneapolis

Plunging Back Into It

27 Mar
Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Plunge

Corner Stop Light

Corner Stop Light

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

Been Awhile Huh?

28 Feb
Farmer's Market Carrots

Farmer's Market Carrots

Here’s a few pictures that I’ve been meaning to post recently. Enjoy them with your eyes if you will.

State Street

State Street

Madison Sunset

Madison Sunset

Red Wing

Red Wing

Train near a bluff

Train near a bluff

Tree on a bluff

Tree on a bluff

Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis Skyline

It's a me... Mario!

It's a me... Mario!

R.O.B.

R.O.B.

The Heartless Bastards

The Heartless Bastards

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

The Current's 7th Birthday Party - Polica

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice - St. Paul Cathedral

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Red Bull Crashed Ice

Books and Bars Video

13 Dec

So this video has to do with something called Books and Bars that runs here in Minneapolis and St. Paul. It is typically held at the Aster Cafe in Northeast Minneapolis once a month and is a lively discussion about books in a relaxed bar atmosphere. I enjoy the outing, as it is a way to get out and do something and share opinions about a book that others either have the same opinion about or they may counter your argument and totally hate your guts. I am in this video at some point and I ramble on incoherently about the book. Truthfully, I didn’t watch the whole thing as I couldn’t take my incoherence and I hate watching myself on video. Check it out anyway, and if you are in the MSP area, try to get on board with this great book club.

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.

Oh The Places I’ve Been

29 Sep

I’m not really sure what I mean with that title, but I did go golfing in Wisconsin, saw the Weisman Art Museum and the University of Minnesota campus and went around by my place to take pictures with a very fun, new little toy camera. So I guess I went places, but nowhere that I hadn’t really ever been before. Oh well, whatever. Enjoy the pictures.

The Weisman Art Museum is located on the U of M campus and was designed by Frank Gehry. He is famous for designing really outlandish and distinctive buildings and the Weisman is no exception. It is completely covered in stainless steel so it is hard to miss and when the sun comes out, as it did on the day I went there, the building really gives off a great shine and pops after being photographed. I went with black and white film for the 35 mm camera, but took a picture with my digital so you could get a sense of what it looks like in color.

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

I really like how the contrast in the black and white photos turned out because the building is so full of different nooks and crannies that, again, it really pops off the page. I also just walked around the U of M campus and took some pictures of other things that are out there. It’s a huge campus and there are many places to explore and these are just a few of the shots I took that day.

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

 

University of Minnesota Campus

University of Minnesota Campus

It being the last week of September, and before I start my new job, I went golfing with my dad for the final time this season at St. Croix National in Wisconsin. The course is really great and challenging. It also provides for some great scenery during the fall. Although it was rainy and a little too early for the full on fall effect yet, there were still some good shots out there and some nice looking foliage on the course. If it weren’t raining, it would have been quite the perfect day, but as it was, it was just an annoyance to play through.

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

 

St. Croix National Golf Course

St. Croix National Golf Course

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage

After golfing, I got back to my place and, to my great surprise, I had a package in the mail. It was from South Korea and contained the awesome little camera that I ordered. It is a disderi robot camera and is so named because it looks like a little robot face. It’s so fun to play around with and looks like it too! It takes three images on one film image. Currently, I’m still playing around with it to figure out the best way to shoot with it, but it is so easy to tote around that I’m going to take it everywhere from now on. And yes, just as the instructions say, it is epoch-making!!!!

What could it be?!

What could it be?!

 

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

disderi robot camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lakewood Cemetery

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Lake Harriet Rose Garden Fountain

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

Robot Camera Sewer Smoking

The best part about that little camera, besides not using batteries to operate and being super light and small? IT WAS ONLY $15 SHIPPED!! So much fun for so little. You can’t beat that people. You just can’t.

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