July 21, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 180, 2014, 20th, air, animate, animated, animation, art, artwork, ave, avenue, awesome, bank, banked, bars, board, brick, building, charcter, cheese, city, colorful, curb, dead end, deadend, deck, doing, doing it, face, fakie, flip, gate, get there, getting, gif, grab, graf, graff, graffiti, graffitti, grafitti, grind, guys, heavy metal, heavymetal, hm, hot, inner city, innercity, july, kick, land, landed, landing, merica, metro, midway, midwest, minneapolis, minnesota, moton, mpls, much, mucho, mural, nose, nosegrind, ollie, pro, rad, rail, ride, riding, road, rotate, rotation, saint paul, scene, skate, skate or die, skateboard, skateordie, skater, skaters, skating, slick, slide, spin, st paul, stairs, stairway, step, steps, street, streetart, streets, summer, tail, take flight, train, trick, tricks, turn, twin cities, twincities, uni, university, urban, wall, youth | Leave a comment
This weekend is the Car Craft Nationals here in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I have been taking a LOT of car pictures lately, so I opted not to attend the gathering it’s self. Instead heading out with My buddy Ryan Clemens of Opposition Motors, to post up on the side of Snelling, just out side of the show. There was a very wide variety of vehicles out and about, mostly American made, spanning many decades, but there were some other cars out cruising too. It is nice to see classic and modern muscle cars, massive land boats from the 70’s and 80’s, low riders, high riding trucks, kit cars, sports cars and a whole lot more, out on the streets at once.
This was like a throw back for Me. When I was Younger, University Avenue was the home of all things cruising. Every weekend there were thousands, upon thousands of cars and huge quantities of people out on the strip. We had one of the most robust car cultures in the world, on display, three days a week. Over the last ten to fifteen years, this scene has been broken up and dispersed, to the bain of an awful lot of local businesses. So many local and family owned restaurants and shops have gone out of business since the city started it’s campaign to end the cruising scene’s dominance of our weekend culture. Much of the blame lands on the shoulders of a large home for the elderly, building and expanding to become a sprawling complex, right on University, next door to the beating heart of this, now miniscule scene, Porky’s drive in. Naturally, the people at the Episcopal Homes complained heavily about the noise and abundance of people walking next to their building. Sadly, three or four years ago, Porky’s, the lone 50’s style eatery left in Saint Paul and home to some of the best all American eat’s around, went out of business. I really, REALLY miss having My double supreme burger, with that great “special sauce,” the city’s best pork cutlet sandwich, the best onion rings I’ve ever had and a thick, chunky strawberry malt, whenever I want. Now I, as well as every one else, will never get to eat their great food again. Below is a picture from their last year in business. That crowd, is nothing compared to what was around for decades in the past. The massive bland buildings in the rear, are two of the four newest buildings of said retirement home. I am all for giving our elders reasonable homes, with care takers to look after them as best they can, but why choose the busiest street in a bustling part of town? Can You guess who expanded in to the space left when Porky’s died?
I wish I had a better picture of this iconic eatery, but I don’t. In the end, all hope of the cruising scene on University being revived, was crushed by the construction of the recently completed light rail line, which runs right down the center of the street. The car culture is still visible, but since there is no place that everyone knows to go to, the numbers of cars out on the weekends are laughable. There is no where that You’ll find ten, or fifteen thousand people gathering, like in the past. So those of us who wish to re-live the sight seeing, less the food that’s not available anymore, must wait for two or three events per year. Back to the Fifties and Car Craft being the main draw. The local economy has been delt a pretty big negative impact overall. These hand full of gatherings do help a lot, but that doesn’t change the fact that the miles of road occupied by smaller businesses are now lined by endless corporate chain stores. Funneling money out of the Twin Cities. The general lack of low riders and imports out at these events is a huge loss of variety too, but at least we still have something! I guess.
July 20, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 190e, 2014, 350, 427, 442, ac, american, auto, automotive, autos, ave, avenue, back, baracuda, bee, bel air, benz, best burger, biscaine, blower, boat, boulavard, boulevard, buick, business, c5, c6, c7, caddy, cadillac, camaro, can-am, car, carcraft, cars, carshow, charged, charger, chevelle, chevette, chevrolet, chevy, chip foose, chrome, chrysler, city, classic, clean, cobra, convertible, cool, corvette, coup, coupe, craft, cruise, cruising, cuda, culture, custom, cutlass, dart, datsun, days of old, deville, dodge, door, drag, dragster, drive thru, drive-in, driving, drop top, eatery, el dorado, eldorado, engine, enthusiast, fair, falcon heights, fast, fast back, fastback, fat, fin, fins, flames, foose, ford, four door, frogtown, fun, galaxy, gathering, general motors, gm, gmc, grand, grounds, gt, gt 350, gt 500, gt350, gt500, high, hood, hoodless, hot, hot rods, hotrod, huge, icon, iconic, image, images, impala, impalas, iroc, iroc-z, jaguar, july, kit, kit car, lights, lincoln, low, low rider, lowrider, mach 1, mach1, massive, merc, mercedez, mercedez-benz, mercury, merica, middle america, midway, minn, minnesota, mn, mod, monte carlo, motor, msra, muscle, mustang, mustangs, nationals, nhra, nice, ninety-eight, nostalgia, nostalgic, nova, old, olds, oldsmobile, original, paint, paint job, photo, photographer, photography, photos, pic, pick-up, pickup, picture, pictures, pix, pontiac, porkys, rag top, ragtop, ramsey county, rat rod, resto, resto-mod, restored, rider, riding, rims, riviera, rod, rolling, roseville, roush, saint paul, scene, scoop, sedan, shelby, shots, SHOW, sled, slick, snelling, speed, spider, sport, srt, ss, st paul, state, sting ray, stingray, street, streets, strip, style, super, super sport, superbee, supercharger, supreme, tires, town, trans am, trans amt, transam, truck, trucks, tubbed, twin cities, twincities, two door, two-tone, university, v10, v8, vette, viper, wagon, wheel, wheels, wing, wings, z28 | Leave a comment
I wandered out to find a good spot to shoot the moon rise with My Mom and an old neighbor. The first place that came to mind was a dud. The second however turned out perfectly. Except the fact that I had forgoteen to bring My tripod. Even so, I broke out the 70-200mm and applied a 2x multiplier, so I was shooting at 140-400mm, on a cropped image sensor. Which is roughly 220-600mm in terms of a 35mm camera. Not something I would suggest in a hand-held scenerio. It was VERY hard to get a shot that wasn’t terribly blurry. With all that zoom range, I still had to crop all of the images here, I think You can only get good close, detailed shots of the moon with a telescope.. Unlike most people, we went out the day after the moon was full. Which was kind of stupid, since the day before was clear and the day I was shooting on was cloudy! We waited, missing the actual rising from the horizon, due to the clouds. After more waiting, there were a couple of gaps that revealed our lovely Luna. Here are all five of the 131 pictures I took, that weren’t a pathetic blur. Next time, I will not forget a tripod…
July 19, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 2014, beautiful, blood, body, celestial, close, cloud, clouds, color, colored, contrast, crater, craters, evening, gibbous, glow, glowing, gorgeous, horizon, huge, images, july, laden, looking, looks, lookup, luna, middle america, midwest, minnesota, moon, night, of, orange, orbit, orbiting, orbitting, peek, photo, photography, photos, pics, picture, red, rise, rising, saint paul, satellite, skies, sky, st paul, stp, super, supermoon, the, view, viewing, waning, yellow, zoom | Leave a comment
July 6, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography | Tags: 1, 2014, 302, 350, 351, 427, 473, 840hp camaro, american, andor, angles, anoka, auto, automotive, bling, blog, blogs?, boss, buick, cadillac, camaro, car, cars, carshow, chevrolet, chevy, chrome, classic, convertible, cooper, corvette, county, curves, custom, dash, detail, drag, dragster, end, exterior, ford, front, gallery, gathering, glitter, grill, grills, gt350, holiday, hot, image, images, interior, july, light, lights, lines, ls1, lt1, mach, meet, metallic, midwest, mini, minn, minnesota, mn, model a, muscle, musclecar, mustang, mustangs, northern, old, oldies, paint, photo, photography, photos, picture, pictures, plymouth, pontiac, pony, profile, rat, rear, rod, round, row, rows, saturday, shelby, SHOW, ss, steering, style, styled, styling, suburbs, sunny, super sport, swap, swapped, tail, trans am, trim, turbo, twin cities, twin turbo, vette, victoria, weekend, wheels, window, wood, wooden, z28 | Leave a comment
July 5, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, 4th, 4thofjuly, american, andor, andor 2000, andor2000, bang, blowing up, blur, boom, building, burst, canon, capitol, celebration, color, colors, crop, cropped, display, explodes, exploding, explosion, explosions, fire works, fireworks, flash, flashing, foreground, fourth, friends, frogtown, holiday, holidays, hps, i94, july, launch, launching, light trail, light trails, lights, long exposure, merica, middle america, midway, minn, minnesota, mn, mortar, parking lot, people, photo, photograph, photographs, photography, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, ramsey county, rondo, saint paul, scenery, shots, sigma 30mm, st paul, st.p, stp, street, t4i, tamron 17-50mm, view, xsi, zoom | Leave a comment
Another fine day in Chicago. AutoMass is a car show and drift event with a side of food trucks. It makes for quite an enjoyable gathering, which is no suprise considering ClubFR and Touge Factory are the organizers. I’ve been to many of the ClubFR drift events and have always had a great time. So, a perfect opportunity to test out My new Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS. It’s so nice to be able to get a reasonably close in shot of something that is more than 25 feet away. The spotty cloud cover was hard to work with, but here is a taste of what I got.
I didn’t actually eat a lot from the food trucks. I started the day at the Baby Cakes truck to take the edge off My hunger. I then had three varieties of delicous cupcakes from the friendly guy at the Chicago Cupcake truck. The strawberry shortcake cupcake was quite something, a crumbly bottom supporting a heavy cake, stuffed with what was almost like candied strawberries, but it wasn’t too sweet and topped with a nice creamy strawberry frosting. I’m usually a fan of light fluffy cupcakes, but the layers of texture and flavor offered in this one were just lovely.
There were also some tricksters, burning rubber and maneuvering about on their motorcycles. I was mostly impressed by the guy with a prosthetic leg, He wasn’t the weakest of the handful of riders there either. There was a couple doing some pretty rad stunts too, some of which were done at high speeds.
August 2, 2013 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 13', 2.5rs, 2013, 240sx, 260z, 350z, annual, auto mass, automass, bike, burning rubber, burnout, car, cars, chicago, clubfr, congregation, crew, crowd, cupcake, dirty love, drift, drifting, driving, duo, endo, engine, event, fast, ferrari, food, fun, grip gambler, honda, illinois, is300, jdm, jdmc, july, junkhouse, lamborghini, lexus, mazda, miata, midwest, moto, motorcycle, mx-5, nissan, nsx, pair, pancake, parking lot, risky devil, riskydevil, rnd. 3, rocket bunny, rotary, rx-7, rx-8, rx7, rx8, s13, s14, s2000, scene, SHOW, sideways, silvia, slide, sliding, smoke, supercar, tandem, team, team breaking, teambreaking, tire, tmfopposition, touge factory, toyota, toyota park, trick, truck, weekend, wheels, wheely | Leave a comment