August 16, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: andor, andorblogs, andorius, bridge, bridges, buildings, capitol, cars, city, downtown, evening, eye, freeway, glow, highway, i94, light, lighttrails, long exposure, longexpo, midwest, minnesota, motion, night, nights, photo, photographer, photos, pic, picture, pictures, pigs, pigseye, saint paul, skyline, still motion, traffic, trails, twin cities, urban, views | Leave a comment
July 23, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 35w, 36, city, freeway, highway, light, lights, long expo, long exposure, nights, photography, pictures, traffic, trail, trails, urban | Leave a comment
May 5, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2015, 35e, buildingsbridge, cars, church, city, cityviews, downtown, evening, exposure, freeway, highway, i94, in, infrastructure, interchange, junction, light, light trails, lights, lighttrails, line, long, long expo, long exposure, longexpo, longexposure, metro, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mn, night, of, photo, photograph, photographer, photos, pic, picture, pictures, pig's eye, pix, post, saint paul, shot, shots, sky, skyline, spring, st paul, traffic, trails, twin cities, twincities, urban | Leave a comment
March 5, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 280, bridge, bridges, cars, city, cold, driving, entrance, evening, exit, exposure, freeway, glow, headlights, highway, image, images, intersection, junction, lanes, light, lights, lighttrails, long, longexposure, minneapolis, minnesota, night, overpass, passing, photo, photos, pics, picture, pictures, road, roads, saint paul, shot, shots, still motion, streaks, tail lights, traffic, trails, twilight, twin cities, urban, view, winter | Leave a comment
December 29, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 35e, angular, architecture, art museum, bridge, building, campus, cities, city, cityscape, cityscapes, cloudy, contrast, dark, downtown, evening, fog, foggy, frank gehry, freeway, gehry, glow, haze, highway, i94, icon, iconic, image, junction, landscape, light, lights, long exposure, metal, metro, minn, minneapolis, minnesota, mist, misty, mn, mpls, museum, night, nights, northern, photo, photography, photos, picture, pictures, reflection, saint paul, scenic, skyline, skyscraper, skyscrapers, stairs, stairway, steps, structure, style, traffic, train, transit, twin cities, u of m, university, uofm, urban, view, walk, wander, washington ave, weisman | Leave a comment
In the past, I would take long exposure shots of the night sky. 30 minutes for a single photo was a normal affair. Last summer however, I started shooting time lapse sequences. Setting up My camera to automatically take a picture at what ever interval is desired, changed things up a lot. I found Myself going camping and letting My camera run, aimed toward the heavens while I slept. At first I was taking the resulting photos and making videos. Which is quite cool, watching the stars fly by at high speed. Not very long ago I found a free program called StarStax and have added another dimention to the time lapses I’ve been shooting. There is a video in the works, but it won’t be ready for a while. So, here are the stacked still images of a few of the night sky time lapses I captured this year.
Starting with this gem, which was a 5 and a half hour long series of 1,000 images. Nearly a quarter of earth’s rotation, viewed in one still shot. For those who are curious, The moon was on the other side of the earth and My Canon 6D with 24mm lens were set up as follows: Manual mode, f/1.4(focused on the stars), ISO 640, white balance 5400K, shutter speed of 13 seconds, taking a picture every 15 seconds. There is no edit involved, except running the images through StarStax. The second shot is the same image set, with “comet mode” selected in StarStax, no other edits…
I’m particularly proud of that time lapse! The rest of these were taken with Similar settings, at different locations over the last 6 months. Sadly, the moon was in the sky for all of them but the last one, so there are less stars visible compared to the above shots. Even so, They look pretty cool. If I say so Myself… It’s been cloudy here for weeks, but as soon as I get a chance, there will be more coming.
December 19, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: amazing, andor, awesome, axis, brush, constellation, constellations, cool, digital, distance, distant, earth's, edit, edited, ethereal, focus, foreground, forest, fun, grass, horizon, image, images, layer, layered, layers, light, lights, long exposure, looking up, natural, nature, night, photo, photograph, photographs, photography, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, polar, race track, road, rotation, sharp, shooting star, shooting stars, sight, sky, stack, stacked, stacking, star, star trails, stars, starstax, streak, streaks, the heavens, time lapse, track, trails, tree, trees, turns, usa international raceway, usair, view | Leave a comment
December 16, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bird house, bridge, bridges, building, buildings, city, cityscape, cloudy, dam, damm, downtown, drain, fixture, floating, flowing, flows, focus, fog, foggy, grate, haze, ice, iceburg, iceburgs, iced, icey, icy, iron, island, light, lights, main, metal, minn, minneapolis, minnesota, mississippi, mist, misty, mn, mpls, nicollet, path, photograph, photographer, photographs, photography, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pole, river, saint anthony, sky, skyline, skyscraper, skyscrapers, smoke, snow, span, stack, stacks, stairs, steam, steps, stone arch, town, truss, twin cities, urban, view, walkway | Leave a comment
December 14, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 94, bridge, bridges, bright, buildings, cities, city, cityscape, downtown, downtowns, exhaust, freeway, glow, highway, i94, image, images, interstate, landscape, light, light trails, lights, lighttrails, lit, long exposure, longexposure, minn, minneapolis, minneapple, minnesota, minnesotan, mississippi, mn, mpls, night, nights, pair, photograph, photography, picture, pictures, pig's eye, pigseye, places, reflection, river, saint paul, scape, shot, shots, skyline, skyscaper, skyscrapers, st paul, st.p, stp, street, streets, traffic, trails, twin, twincities, two, urban, view, views | Leave a comment
December 14, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2am, city, empty, frogtown, green line, lexington, light, light trails, lightrail, lights, lighttrails, long exposure, longexposure, midway, minnesota, mn, night, nights, passing by, photo, photography, picture, pig's eye, quiet, rail, saint paul, st paul, station, stop, tracks, train, university | Leave a comment
I didn’t grow a ton of veggies in the garden this year. I did have a substantial carrot patch, a mix of Touchon and Purple Dragons. I also had a pair of Fairy Tale eggplants, some Pablano peppers and a good amount of Tatsoi bak choi. Needless to say, all of these things came to meet one another in My wok. With a few additions, a very nice meal was spawned. There is just nothing better than garden fresh food! Here is what I did for the first meal after harvest. Paired with rice, noodles, or bread, this recipe serves two ravenous teenagers, or four average appetites.
Supplies Needed: Knife and cutting board. Wok, or large, high sided fry pan. Large bowl, or zip-lock bag for marinating.
1.5 pounds of pork tenderloin, thinly sliced
3-4 large carrots, chopped into pieces no more than a quarter inch thick
4 small eggplants, sliced about a quarter inch thick(Kamo eggplants are best for frying)
1 large onion, chopped to Your liking
2 pablano peppers, diced
1 head of bak choi, stems removed(about 30, 3-4 inch leaves)
a quarter cup of dry sherry
1 tbsp of lemon juice
2 tbsp of hoisin sauce
salt and pepper to taste
bacon grease(I love bacon grease!), or Your choice of cooking oil.
Prep and Cooking:
Mix the sherry, lemon juice, hoisin and pablano peppers in a large bowl, or zip-lock bag. Add the pork and let marinate for at least 30 minutes(over night is best). Over medium-high heat, stir fry the carrots until they reach Your desired texture and remove from pan. Then stir fry the eggplants with black pepper and a pinch of salt and set aside as well. Now start cooking the onions, when they start to turn translucent, turn the heat to high and add the pork and liquid mixture. Stir fry on high until the meat is done cooking, then reduce heat to medium and stir in the bak choi. Then, turn off the burner and mix everything together. Plate and serve!
Obviously, nearly any meat will work with this recipe.
Pablano peppers are really mild, this is not a spicy dish…
If using mock duck, marinate for no more than 5 minutes. Add the liquid marinade to the onions and let it thicken a little, before adding the mock duck to the fry pan.
Running short on time? Skip the marinating part, simply put the liquids and peppers in the pan when You go to cook the meat. It will still taste great, but the meat won’t be quite as flavorful.
Most varieties of eggplant will cook VERY fast and fall apart, becoming mush. Which is why I suggest Kamo eggplants, which hold their texture very well compared to every other variety. If using another kind of eggplant, You must pay close attention to the texture, once You can dent it with Your finger, remove from the pan immediately. Some eggplants are very moist inside, laying them on a dry towel or napkin after slicing(before cooking) can dry them a bit and thus help keep them from disintegrating as You cook.
You can use the bak choi stems if You like. Chop them up like onions and fry until tender after You cook the eggplant.
Cooking each ingredient separately helps mix up the flavors that hit Your tongue. You can indeed cook the carrots and onions together, then add the eggplant and meat. Stir frying till everything is done, but You end up with a more uniform flavor, which is good, but lacks the depth of each ingredient. You also have more control over the texture of each thing when cooking them solo…
I admit to using too much bacon fat in making this one. You may have noticed by the glossy nature in the photo… It was delicious though!
November 10, 2014 | Categories: Entrees, Pork, Recipes | Tags: ancho, andor, asian, bak, bakchoi, carrot, carrots, choi, choy, colorful, cook, cooking, dinner, easy, egg plant, eggplant, fairy tale, filling, flavorful, food, fried, fry, garden fresh, greens, hoisin, how to, lemon juice, light, loin, meal, meat, mild, on hand, onions, original, pablano, pak, pan, peppers, picture, pictures, pork, purple, purple dragon, quick, recipe, sauce, sherry, simple, stifry, stir, stir-fry, stirfried, tatsoi, tatsoy, Tenderloin, touchon, veggie, veggies, wok, yummy | Leave a comment
That’s right, I went on yet another one night camping excursion. This time, My brother, our friend Ryan and I headed to Mille Lacs Kathio State Park. The site that I booked was nicely secluded, located on a beaver laden pond, it made for a very pleasant night. Hiking the trail out to our weekend home, it was clear that we were in a part of the park that most people rarely visit. This was certainly one of the most picturesque places that I have been lately. With any luck, I shall camp at this spot again once winter is in full swing. I didn’t take a ton of pictures during the day, instead opting to focus on capturing the stars in the night’s sky. For the first time, I had good luck too. There were no clouds that night and the moon was on the other side of the planet. One couldn’t ask for better conditions to capture the vast expanse of stars.
Most of the day time was spent being lazy as hell. I did set up My cameras to catch a couple of time lapses, but did not take the time to set up My shots very well. Even so, I made a quick video of what I did manage to catch. At this rate, I am going to have to pay Vimeo, so You can all see what I’ve been doing in a reasonable resolution. :( Go ahead, have a look, there’s some nice stuff mixed in to the medeocre day time lapses. I do suggest hitting the misleading “HD” button, which brings You away from here and on to Vimeo’s site to watch it. The quality is slightly more appreciable.
Just after pausing by a map, to see where we were and staopping to take a quick shadow selfie, the path led us to the remains of a tree, about 7 feet tall and completely hollowed out by woodpeckers. Happily, they made a hole near the base, the perfect size to squeeze a camera into.
We did not see any bears, but definately spotted their droppings. There were a few little garter snakes slithering around and plenty of odd varieties of fungus growing all about. I really do love the wilderness! Why did I have to be born in to the city life? Hopefully one day I will be able to afford to move out of the urban environment, I would be a much happy’er person.
October 28, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts, Time Lapse | Tags: andor, andorius, animated, animation, bright, brown rainbow, camp, camping, clear, clip, constellation, constellations, country, dark, day, dusk, endless blue, ethereal, foreground, forest, fun, fungus, garter, glow, grass, grassy, hike, hiking, hole, hollow, horizon, kathio, lapse, leaves, light, lit, map, middle america, midwest, mille lacs, minnesota, mn, moshroom, mullet, mushrroms, night, orion, outdoors, park, path, photo, photographer, pics, pictures, pond, rural, scenery, scenic, secluded, selfie, shadow, shadows, site, skies, sky, snake, snakes, star, stars, state, state park, stills, striped, stripes, stump, sunny, temperate, the heavens, time, timelapse, trail, tree, trees, undergrowth, video, view, wild, wilderness, wooded, woods | Leave a comment
September 15, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Photography | Tags: 1954, 1977, 240sx, 54, 77, angles, area, autos, blue, bubble, c10, c15, c20, car, cars, chevrolet, chevy, chrome, classic, clean, clemens, detail, garage, gmc, grande, light, lights, lines, long, long bed, look, mechanic, mechanic's, minnesota, mirror, mirrors, moto, motoring, motors, oppo, oppomoto, opposition, pickup, pics, pictures, plain, project, projects, ryan, ryan clemens, s10, s13, september 2014, shiny, shop, sierra, square, style, tmfopposition, truck, two-tone, view, white, wiring | Leave a comment
September 9, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: awe, beautiful, cloud, clouds, cloudy, color, colors, earth, evening, freeway, glow, gorgeous, highway, huge, layers, light, midwest, natural, nature, north american, on the road, pretty, road, road trip, set, sky, splendor, storm, sun, sunset, wi, wisconsin | Leave a comment
I went out to shoot some time lapse stuff with My friend Thai Phan Quang. We ended up on the walking bridge over 35W, a few bocks south of the I94 junction again. I am trying to stockpile a bunch of different time lapse series so I can eventually make a video which contains nothing but time lapsed segments. This is a single, 1500 image sequence from rush hour today. It lasts a little longer than 45 seconds. I was hoping for more cloud activity, but since there was very little, it seemed right to frame things just above the tallest buildings. The music is by My big Brother’s band: Heiruspecs. The song is ‘Snapshot’ off of their most recent album, Night Falls.
After shooting that sequence, I did some small perspective changes and adjustments. Going for a slightly different feel, by blurring the traffic a little bit. Then shot this twelve second set, consisting of 500 images. Hope You enjoy this silent, short one. Not in HD, because I don’t pay Vimeo and am limited to one, high quality upload per week.
August 12, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 17-50mm 2.8, 30fps, 35w, 480p, 720p, afternoon, andor, andorblogs, animate, animated, animation, bridge, bridges, buildings, canon, capture, capturing, cars, city, commute, congestion, day, daylight, daytime, definition, down town, downtown, evening, film, flow, franklin, freeway, gridlock, hd, heiruspecs, highway, hour, junction, lane, lanes, lapse, light, link, links, long, metro, metropolis, metropolitan, midwest, minn, minneapolis, minnesota, mn, motion, moving, mpls, pair, photo, photographic, photography, photos, quality, resolution, road, roads, rush, rush hour, scenery, sequence, set, sky scraper, skyline, skyscraper, skyscrapers, slow, snapshot, south minneapolis, stream, street, streets, summer, sunny, system, t4i, tamron, time, timelapse, town, traffic, trucks, twin cities, twincities, two, urban, vid, video, vids, view, vimeo | Leave a comment
I bought a set of screw on macro filters to play with. I was buying an intervalometer to enter in to time lapse photography and adding the filters to the order made it qualify for free shipping, for cheaper than the shipping cost. At twelve dollars, this four piece set made by AGFA is a steal! They simply screw on a lens like a UV, or polarizing filter and allow You to get physically closer to what You are trying to shoot. Not without a hitch though. This 77mm set has been mated to my Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS to reduce the minimum focus distance from three and a half feet, down to eight to twelve inches with the +4. The extreme curve of the +4 and +10 filters, dramatically reduces the amount of light intake. So You are pretty much required to shoot in full sun light. On My first try, I used a portable L.E.D. to augment the fading evening light. It worked okay, not great though.
Over the weekend, I was musing pretty hard on My friends garden, so I popped on the +4 filter and had a go in full sun light. The filter reduced the depth of field to nearly nothing. I had to run very tight apertures to get a range of one inch into focus. Using shutter speeds of 125ths, to 400ths of a second, with apertures from 16-22 and My ISO at 400 and 800 in broad daylight was very odd. It did yield some rewards, at a better ratio than the first time, but still only 1 in every 15 shots was acceptable. Half of those were still not quite sharp, but I think I am getting the hang of using these things. Who would have thought that a $12 set of filters could turn a telephoto lens into decent macro shooting optics. It is not as good as buying a 200mm macro lens, but at one, or two percent of the price, WOW. None of the images in this post have been cropped…
August 4, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: +10, +2, +4, 1, 200mm, 70mm, 77mm, agfa, aperture, beautiful, bee, bees, beetle, beetles, best option, bloom, blooming, blooms, blossom, blossoming, blossoms, bought on amazon, bumble, bumblebee, burrowing, center, cheap, cheap option, close, close-up, collection, color, colorful, coloring, colors, contrast, core, daylight, eating, exoskeleton, filter, filters, flower, flowering, flowers, fur, furry, fuzzy, garden, gardens, grazing, image, images, img, instect, iridescent, japanese, kit, lens, lenses, light, lighting, lights, macro, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mn, nectar, nice, no coating, no cropping, no multi-coating, oppo moto, oppomoto, petal, petals, photo, photograph, photographic, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pink, pistil, pistils, plant, plants, pollen, pollenating, pretty, range, salmon, see, sharp, shell, shoot, shooting, shot, shots, shutter, sigma 70-200mm, speed, sun, sunlight, twin cities, view, wing, wings, without cropping, yard, yellow, zinnia, 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
June 23, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 17-50mm, 2014, 70-200mm, air, airport, andor, awesome, beams, beautiful, blue, canon, cemetary, cloud, clouds, color, colorful, colors, condensation, cumulus, dusk, evening, falling, fore ground, foreground, formation, light, lighting, lights, magenta, middle america, midwest, minnesota, natural, nature, orange, photo, photography, photos, pics, pictures, pink, pinks, precipitation, pretty, purple, rain, raincloud, rainclouds, raining, rays, river valley, sheeting, sky, solstice, summer, sun, sunset, t4i, telephoto, the heavens, the sky, trees, view, zoom | Leave a comment
June 21, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography | Tags: 20's, 2014, 30's, 40's, 50s, 60's, a lot, america, american, archer, area, auburn, auto, automobiles, autos, back to the, backtothe50s, backtothefifties, base model, beautiful, bel air, best, big, biggest, biscaine, bling, blue sky, body, boss 302, bright, btt50s, buick, cadillac, car, car show, cars, carshow, chevrolet, chevy, chrome, classic, clean, clear sky, close, closeup, collector, color, continental, convertible, corvette, crowd, crowded, curves, custom, customized, day, decal, decals, deco, decorative, destination, detail, details, display, door, doors, eight, end, event, exhaust, fab, fabrication, fair, fair grounds, fender, fenders, fifties, fixture, flake, flashy, ford, from, front, galleries, gallery, garfield, gathering, glitter, gorgeous, great, grill, grills, grumpy, gryphon, hard top, hood, hot, hot rod, housing, huge, hydraulics, impala, jag, jaguar, light, lights, limo, lincoln, lines, lot, lots, low rider, lowrider, luxury, maintained, massive, mercury, metal, midway, midwest, mini, minn, minnesota, mn, mustang, of, old, older, oldies, olds, oldsmobile, opel, open, openned, ornament, packard, paint, painted, panel, panels, parked, parking lot, part, pearl, people, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pipes, pix, profile, rat rod, rear, rebuilt, restored, retro, rod, rolls, rolls royce, round, rows, saint paul, section, shiny, shot, shots, SHOW, show off, side, sky, spare, sparkle, sparkling, special, spokes, st paul, sticker, style, summer, sunny, super, super charged, super charger, super eight, supercharged, supercharger, swan, taste, thousands, tire, ton, top, towncar, truck, trucks, trunk, turbo, twin cities, variety, vehicle, vehicles, vette, victoria, view, vintage, wheel, wheel well, wheels, window, windows, woody | Leave a comment
Ten years ago, I discovered this frame on eBay. I wanted a full suspension set up, but had pretty much given up on finding such a frame that wasn’t stupidly heavy for My purposes. I was looking for a light weight mountain bike frame to build up for riding the city streets. This beauty weighs in at 4.55 pounds, that is the frame, shock and the black seat mount together. It just doesn’t get any better than that, unless You want a rigid frame. It was made by a company called Amp Research, formerly Amplifier, in the late 90’s. Originally, these bikes came with disk brakes, the first bike ever with disk brakes in fact. Though that made for some complications in My build. Now, there are standard mounting points for brake calipers and rotors, but since this was before standards came to being, the only ones that work are the original Amp brakes. Unfortunately Amp Research is an engineering group, that dabbles in many different types of things and at the turn of the century, they ended their decade-long run making bicycles. Needless to say, finding all the hardware, without buying another one of their bikes, whole, was not an easy task. Over the next couple years, I actually bought two more variations of them. This one aquired on auction from a police department in Michigan.
Only the frame and fork were from that auction, along with a set of the old Amp disk brakes. These black and white bikes were originally made for the New York police department, amp added the rack to their standard issue Mercedes-branded bikes and sold them to cops around the nation. I love the front fork on this bike. A second generation Amp model, which has a mere two and a half inches of travel, but they are so smooth and absurdly light. This is a B3 series frame set. Which recieved all of the rest of it’s components, less the brakes and wheels, from My old specialized rock hopper. I bought the Vuelta wheels and a set of Shimano IS Hydraulic disk brakes once I figured out an adapter to be able to mount the now standard brakes. Which was a four year hassle that eventually led Me to sell this bike in frustration. The front worked just fine, but the rear brakes were mounted in a pretty shody way. At least I doubled My money on it.
Shortly after selling that bike, I found an Amp F3 front fork, with the carbon fiber pipes, from their last(B5) frame. I proceeded to replace the Girvin Cross-Link Elite that had been on My silver B4 frame for 5 years. This was a welcome change, since the old Girvin fork was nearly twice the weight. Oddly, the carbon fork is actually heavier than the older, all aluminum one. It does have a longer range of travel, but it is not as smooth as the elder fork was either. It does match the carbon rear end of My frame and the bike is much nicer to ride than it was with the cross-link on it. I must admit though, I liked the look with that girvin fork too.
I was happy to aquire My third Amp Research bike(not pictured) because it had the v-brake clamps. If I had not worked out a way to run them, I would have had to switch to some regular wheels and run the same lack lustre rear disk brake arrangement as on the police bike above. I really did not want to take the non-disk braking, carbon composite Spin Tri-Spokes off of this bike. They just look so great and if You haven’t connected the dots, just think, Mercedes-Benz logo, only they are the wheels. Yeah, I went there… Having rode this bike for 4 years with only front brakes, clamping on the mounts for the rear end was a nice feeling. So was the feeling of being able to stop really fast, without flying over the handlebars. Six years after getting the frame, the bike had reached what should be it’s final incarnation. I wish I could have fit a larger front gear, but the angle of the lower-rear fork will not allow more than the 48 tooth that’s on it. She rides like a champ, quite fast, easy to accelerate and it has a firm ride, but takes the edge off of those massive Minnesota pot holes.
June 10, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 1990's, 1997, 1998, 9, 9-speed, 97, 98, 9speed, a.r.s., absorber, adapter, alloy, aluminum, amg silver, amp, amp research, amplifier, ars, awesome, b4, benz, best, bicycle, bicycles, bike, bike rack, bikes, black, brakes, build, built, bull horn, bullhorn, caliper, cane creek, cantilever, cantilevered, carbon, carbonfiber, chain, city, clamp, clamps, color, composite, cops bike, couple, crank, cross link, damper, deore, derailer, disc, discontinued, disk, elite, f2, f3, f4, fast, fiber, fibre, fork, frame, frames, fresh, gear, gears, geometry, girvin, greatest, grey, gt, handlebars, horst, horst-link, hot, hydraulic, illest, is, knobby, light, link, made in california, mercedes, mercedes-benz, metallic, michelin, midwest, minn, minnesota, mn, motion, mount, mountain, mounts, mtn, non-standard, not standard, old, older, pair, parts, pedal, pilot, pipe, pipes, plain, police bike, police issue, quick, rack, rad, rare, rear triangle, research, ride, rotor, round, saint paul, screw fixed gear, seat, shift, shifter, shimano, shock, shocks, sick, sickest, silver, single, slick, slicks, smooth, sold, speed, spin, spoke, spokes, spring, springs, sram, street, style, suspension, three, tire, tires, tread, treads, tri, tri-spoke, tube, tubes, tubing, twin cities, two, urban, v brakes, vintage, wheel, wheels, white | Leave a comment
Last night, I went out with a friend who is in to time lapse photography. Which basically means You will be sitting in one place for a couple of hours. So, I set up My tripod and proceeded to take a bunch of long exposures. These pictures captured something more than just the lights of buildings and cars passing by. The lights of the vehicles revealed the vibration of the bridge upon which we stood. That bridge being a walk-way, maybe eight feet wide, spanning the ten lanes of traffic on I-35W, just south of the I-94 junction. It was pretty windy early on, but it was the semi trucks that were causing the bulk of the motion. You can see in the cropped image below, the effect of a large vehicle passing underneath. Head lights apear as if the highway was a row of small waves, with increased hight when a large truck goes by.
Despite the constant vibration and the rain early on, I came through with some decent shots of downtown Minneapolis. They are not a crisp as I would like, but the texture added to the streaking lights is kind of nice. A neutral density filter, which I usually do these kind of shots with, was not involved. I will try that spot again sometime, but clearly a more stable position to do long exposure shots with traffic and the city skyline is more desirable. This is a great vantage point though, there aren’t many places in town with such a nice perspective.
June 7, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 35w, andor, awesome, backpack, bag, beautiful, blur, bridge, buildings, camera, canon t4i, cars, city, cityscape, cloudy, cool, down town, downtown, dusk, evening, exposure, fence, fences, fencing, foreground, freeway, glow, going by, hanging, headlights, highway, hole, holes, hue, i35, illuminated, junction, june, landscape, lanes, light, lighting, lights, long exposure, look through, looking through, metro, middle america, midwest, minn, minneapolis, minnesota, mn, mpls, night, odd, orange glow, passing, peer, phenomenon, phillips, phone, photo, photographs, photography, picture, pictures, platform, point, resonance, resonating, scape, scenery, shakey, shaking, sigma 30mm, single shot, sitting, skyline, snaking, south, stability, stand, stool, streak, streaked, streaks, subject, symetrical, symetry, tall, tamron 17-50mm, time, town, traffic, tripod, twin cities, twincities, urban, vantage, vibration, view, vribrating, waiting, walkway, wave, wavelength, wierd, wobble | Leave a comment
I Headed upstream to hang out with a good friend. We spent most of the day walking around Nicollet Island and down to the dam at Saint Anthony Falls. It made Me realise just how long it has been since I walked miles and miles with no set destination. This was such a large part of My teenage years, suddenly it feels like a lost part of who I am has been rediscovered. Unlike in the past when I was up to various mischievous activities, now I carry a camera. Let’s see where this goes.
May 26, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 2014, 3rd, 3rd ave, andor, andor2000, andorius, angle, angles, arch, architecture, avenue, balance, bench, bend, beneath, bicycle, bike, bird house, birdhouse, bloom, blooming, blooms, blossoms, bridge, bridges, bright, buildings, cast, center, centered, central, central ave, chair, chairs, city, color, colors, concrete, county, current, currents, dam, dock, docks, door way, doorway, down, down town, downstream, downtown, falls, fence, flour, flower, flowers, flowing, foam, gold medal, gold metal, gravel, heading, hennepin, hennepin county, high capacity, historic, island, light, lighting, lines, lock, looking, man-made, manmade, may, metal, middle america, midwest, minneapolis, minnesota, mississippi, mississippi river, mist, mn, mpls, nicollet, nicollet island, north america, north star blankets, park, parks, path, pathway, patina, peeling paint, photograph, photographer, picket, picture, pictures, plant, plants, power, recreation, reflecting, reflection, river, river rd, river road, rivets, rushing, rust, rusty, saint anthony, shadows, shapes, span, spanning, spray, spring, st anthony falls, st. anthony, stair, stairs, stairway, steel, stone, stone arch, street, streets, stroll, structure, structures, sunny, symetrical, symetry, table, through, tower, towers, town, tracks, trail, tree, trees, turn, twin cities, twincities, under, underneath, upstream, urban, walk, walkway, wall, walls, water, waterfall, waves, way, white water, wood, wooden | Leave a comment
May 25, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, budding, calm, city, county, creek, crick, day, evening, flowing, forest, fridley, green, hike, hiking, leaves, light, locke, lush, may, minneapolis, minnesota, mn, natural, nature, nice, park, parks, reflect, reflecting, reflection, refuge, river, riverside, saturday, shade, shadows, spring, stream, stroll, suburb, suburban, sun, sunlight, sunny, trail, trails, tree, trees, upstream, walk, water, waters, wilderness | Leave a comment
February 24, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, beautiful, branch, branches, casting, cold, covered, creek, deep, dusk, february, forest, freezing, frigid, frozen, hike, ice, icey, landscape, light, lined, midwest, minnesota, mn, natural, nature, park, path, photo, pic, pics, picture, pictures, pretty, rail, railing, rays, region, river, rows, scenery, setting sun, shade, shadow, shadows, shot, shots, snow, stream, stroll, temperate, thick, trail, tree, trees, tundra, twin cities, valley, walk, water, wild, winter, wintery, wooded, woods | Leave a comment
February 20, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Photography | Tags: 1954, 2-tone, 50s, 54, angle, angles, artificial, assemble, automobile, back, blue, build, cam, car, carb, carbeurated, chevrolet, chevy, chrome, classic, construction, cruiser, curves, cylinder, engine, fifties, front, fuel, garage, gas, general motors, gm, grill, headlight, hood, in-line, inline, light, lights, line, lines, minnesota, mod, modifying, motor, old, opposition motors, paint, painted, petrol, project, rail, rear, rebuild, restore, ride, sedan, side, single, six, sled, spring, springs, stainless, straight, style, tmfopposition, tone, trunk, two, two-tone, under, upgrade, valve, valves, white | Leave a comment