Archive for the 'Photography' Category

13
Jan
19

Christmas in Florida

Coming from Minnesota I wasn’t sure what Christmas in sunny Florida would be like when I landed there last month. Certainly I knew not to expect snow, Christmas sweaters, Lutheran choirs, or even the rich meals that usually accompany our winter gatherings. But what would I find instead?

On Christmas Day, it was Thai and Turkish food (yum) and a mellow vibe. As I was introduced to the towns, lakes, and parks, my mental templates of Christmas melted away, and new images emerged—often more layered and subtle than those of the frozen north. Here in Winter Park I found my Christmas “evergreens.”

xmas-in-florida-web

 

23
Jun
14

storm snaps

I’ve gotta say, don’t you just love cellphone cameras? They allow us to capture so many things that only a few years ago would have remained only in our mind’s eyes, if at all.

Here are a couple recent scenes which made me happy I had my cellphone along. The first was during my commute home, when a storm was darkening the sky less than a mile away, while the sun shone brightly from the other direction. The freaky contrast was delicious.

farm w storm behind

The photo below was taken just about 9 p.m. as Mike and I crossed the Hennepin Ave. bridge into downtown Minneapolis for the all-night Northern Spark festival. As the sky suggests, it was to be a very rainy night. I suppose both images are pretty representative of our wet and stormy spring!

Minneapolis at Northern Spark sm

28
Jul
13

agate bay

A couple weeks ago we were on our way up the North Shore, and stopped as we often do at Agate Bay.

Not far from Duluth, the bay contains traces of days when iron mining, shipping, a railroad, and a plethora of saloons made the town one of the busiest ports on Lake Superior. Now largely empty, the area around the bay is at once forlorn and, perhaps in part because of that, strangely attractive. Tourists come to look at the fenced-in lighthouse and comb the beach for agates. Locals walk along the bay and its shoreline footpaths. Seagulls call, and an occasional mournful horn blast from the taconite loading docks breathes out over the water. Nature is cautiously filling in the spaces where no one else lays claim. That afternoon, it was this apparent no man’s land, bordered by the obvious attractions, that I was most drawn to.

While I was there, vendors were quietly setting up for the weekend’s Heritage Days festivities.

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19
Apr
13

April snowstorm

I’m probably one of the last people in Minnesota who is still happy to see snow. And snow it did yesterday – perhaps 8″ in our area.

It’s been awhile since I’ve taken my camera out for a spin, so I stopped by Tamarack Nature Center in the blustery aftermath to see what Nature had to say.

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07
Dec
12

Tamarack swamp

This afternoon I was out driving around taking still photos for my video on the White Bear Lake water levels. En route to a water tower, I passed a location I’ve always intended to photograph, but never had. Seeing this eerie, swampy area from a new perspective, in the strong December sun, I just had to stop and take notice!

Tamarack swamp trees

30
Nov
12

Hampton Beach Sunrise

Last week I was perusing some older photographs and came across shots I’d taken in 2008 on the beach in Hampton, NH at daybreak. Since we recently had our first snow here in Minnesota and every day brings more and more darkness, these images were a welcome, reviving sight.

Much appreciation to my good friend K.R. Seward for sharing his lovely music.

01
Nov
12

blackbird

13
Oct
12

Tiny Avebury

I’ve always loved miniatures, and learned this week about the Photoshop tilt-shift technique that can create this effect. Wanting to try it out, I browsed through some travel photos and selected this image I took a couple years ago in Avebury, UK, which already suggested to me a small world unto itself.

The megalithic stone in the shot seemed so at home in this domestic scene, with all due respect I couldn’t resist playing with it a little further.. 😉

11
Oct
11

Apparition at Devil Track River

In early July the temperature of the air and water were constantly fluctuating not only along the shore of Lake Superior, but in the microclimates of the many streams and rivers that feed into the lake.

As the sun passed behind some clouds and the air chilled, I saw a sudden mist form over the mouth of Devil Track River. It passed slowly, like a specter, across the rocks and water, and then was gone.

18
Sep
11

North Shore morning and evening

More from a recent trip to the North Shore.

 

 

These shots were created using Photomatix software, which is able to combine multiple exposures – very helpful for crepuscular shooting!




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