A couple of months ago, I met up with Jeff Prose and Bill Kuhn. They’re a pair of photography buffs that I met on Instagram. We had no designated places to aim our cameras and ended up wandering around Saint Paul for half the day. We met up in lower town, walked and snapped pictures a little bit. Then opted visit a few different spots, in search of pretty pictures..
August 24, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: afternoon, andor, andorius, bridge, bridges, buidlings, burial mounds park, casual, cathedral, cities, city, concrete, downtown, dusk, evening, eye, glow, highbridge, hill, image, images, landmarks, light trails, lights, long exposure, longexpo, lowertown, midwest, minnesota, mn, park, paul, paul's, photo, photograph, photos, picture, pictures, picturesque, pigs, pigseye, pillar, pillars, saint paul, scenic, shoot, shot, shots, skyline, st, stone, sun, sun light, sunset, twin, twincities, under the bridge, urban, view, views, walk, walk around | Leave a comment
August 19, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: after, afterglow, bridges, burial mounds park, capitol, city, clouds, color, colors, cotton candy, downtown, exposure, eye, glow, image, images, lights, long, longexpo, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mississippi, mn, pics, picture, pictures, pigs, pigseye, river, saint paul, scenic, skies, sky, skyporn, skyscrapers, st paul, stp, sun set, sunset, twin cities, urban, view, views | Leave a comment
Over the winter, I went on a bit of a sunset time-lapsing spree. I am hoping to continue this trend, but have been kind of lazy about finding nice places to shoot from. The overlook on the north end of Burial Mounds Park, here in Pig’s Eye(the original name of Saint Paul, MN) has been My go to spot thus far. It’s a seriously awesome view of My home town, but I’m left feeling the need to change up the scenery..
Well, here’s another sunset from said location, taken in late March. I was shooting a pretty good sequence, but stopped it at an awkward spot, in order to shoot the second sequence. Which turned out to be pretty magical, less the single frame with an airplane in the foreground. =\ Suppose that’s the price You pay for shooting through the landing path of a small airport. Above, is a layered image. Using StarStax to merge every 25th picture from the second time lapse. Below are the first and last shots from the day. If You hit the “HD” button on the media player and watch it on vimeo’s site, it looks slightly better…
May 4, 2015 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: afterglow, andor, andorius, bold, capitol, city, cloudporn, clouds, colors, downtown, edit, epic, evening, glow, hometown, image stack, lens flare, light beams, light trails, lights, long exposure, longexpo, march, minnesota, mn, night, photo, photos, picture, pictures, pig's eye, pigseye, rays, saint paul, setting, shoot, shot, shots, silhouette, sky, skyline, skyporn, sol, spring, st paul, st.p, starstax, still motion, sun, sunset, time lapse, timelapse, tl, twin cities, urban, view | Leave a comment
March 22, 2015 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: 2015, beautiful, bridge, bridges, canon, city, clip, cloud, clouds, colorful, colors, contrast, downtown, foreground, glow, handheld, landscape, lapse, march, metro, minnesota, mississippi river, mn, nature, photo, photography, photos, picture, pictures, power lines, pretty, river, saint paul, scenery, sequence, setting, shot, shots, silhouette, silhouetted, skies, sky, skyline, sring, st paul, st. pual, sun, sun set, sunset, sunsets, tamron, time, timelapse, tree, tripod, twin cities, twincities, urban, vid, video, vivid, winter | Leave a comment
Twenty days ago, My brother, his wife and I, headed up to Lake Superior. Making a day of wandering along the northern coast. I had never been up there in the winter months and was quite curious about what much of it would look like. We started by chasing waterfalls. Figuring we would go to the most northerly destination first and make our way south from there. We arrived at stop number one and proceeded to be very underwhelmed, the falls were a mass of ice without any detail, or interesting ice formations at all. Ok, that’s fine, let’s hit My favorite waterfall next! A ten minute drive and a short hike later, we arrived! But, it was also a bit of a let down… The ice was not very photogenic. Realizing that the best Ice shots were probably to be had early in the winter, as opposed to our venture near winter’s end, we wandered back towards the car. Instead of taking the trail, we walked on the river. Which turned out to be very memorable! All was well for the first half of the stroll, but then we started encountering some pretty thin sounding ice. My sister in law being pregnant and carrying five thousand dollars in camera gear myself, we departed from the river walk and scrambled back up the hill to the trail. It was pretty rad walking on water though, even if it led to much anxiousness and a bit of fear..
After that, we made our way back towards the south. Pausing for a quick view of this rock beach that I had visited with a friend last year. It is actually private property, but I was a bit suprised to see that there was no sign of humans there. Clearly, this place was actually owned by deer. Who had left plenty of tracks in the snow… There were some pretty cool frozen rock walls, held together by ice. Some spots had a four or five foot overhang. It was pretty neat, especially because of the icey build up on the southern point in this miniature bay.
Then, we stopped at Tettegouche State Park. The crown jewel of the state parks system here in Minnesota. Opting not to bother with the hike inland to the falls, we stayed along the coast and were dazzled by the ice built up around the shore line. Many pictures were taken, much time passed by and just like My previous visits to this park, I did not want to leave…
We did leave this wintery wonderland though. The pregnant one among us was getting pretty tired. So we stopped at Palisade Head, where I took a lonely walk up to the the high ground. Pausing to take a shot of the communication tower piercing through the bold sun dog above, I made it to the overlook. What a view! You can see the southern quarter of the rolling hills to the north and the endless glitter of Lake Superior to the south. It was by far the easiest hike of the day and yielded one of the most spectacular perspectives on the north shore…
Continuing south towards Duluth, we made one more stop. So I could take some pictures of the light house at Split Rock. Unlike anywhere to the north, the bay was mostly iced over. Having walked down a river of ice a few hours earlier, I started My way out to the edge of the bay, walking on the lake… There is an island a couple hundred yards out. I noticed some people were on the island and also made note of the many lines of foot prints in the thin snow all around the bay. The ice was pretty thick, so I was quite confident as I wandered towards the spot where one can take a picture with the island and light house together. About a third of the way there however, there was a cracking sound and the ice shifted under My feet. Not by much, maybe an inch and a half, but I watched a crack form, a foot or so to the side of Me that stretched all the way out to open water. Heartbeat increasing to a rapid pace, I hopped over the crack. Which was inbetween Me and solid ground and hurried off the ice.. I then snapped a couple shots of the light house and neglected to make it out to the planned location of shooting. Adrenaline flowing, I walked the path back to where My brother and his wife were waiting and we departed.
We made a pit stop in Duluth to fill our bellies. Then decided there was still time for another stop. My brother and I were both curious to see Jay Cooke state park. We had camped there a few years ago, but wanted to see what it looked like now. The reason for this curiousity is that two years ago, a damm just up stream from the park broke. Sending a gnarly torrent of flooding southward in to the park. It washed away the bridge that is the only real access to the camp sites and many miles of hiking trails. The water was super low compared to our previous visit and there was a spiffy new bridge over the river. If there were any other real differences, they were hiding under ice and snow..
With the sun sinking in the sky and home being over two hundred miles away, we hopped back in the car and made our way south toward the Twin Cities. Quite the successful day trip! We even got to enjoy a pretty lovely sunset as we cruised down the interstate, on our way home…
March 18, 2015 | Categories: Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: antenna, awe, baptism river, bay, beach, beautiful, bedrock, best, bridge, clad, cliff, cliffs, cloudporn, clouds, coast, coastal, coastline, cold, color, country road, countryside, covered, crystal bay, dam, damm, day, daytrip, deer tracks, distance, dnr, drive, endless blue, explore, exploring, falls, family, february, foot bridge, formations, freeway, frozen, fun, gallery, getaway, glare, great lakes, highlands, highway, highway sunset, hike, hiking, hill, hills, i35, ice, ice laden, ice sheet, ice wall, icicle, icicles, image, images, interstate, island, jay cooke, lake, lake superior, land, landscape, ledge, light house, lighthouse, lovely, minn, minnesota, mn, north, north shore, north woods, on the rocks, palisade head, park, path, photo, photograph, photographs, pic, pics, picture, pictures, reflection, river, river mouth, road trip, rock, rocky beach, rolling hils, rural, saturday, sawtooths, scenery, scenic, sea, shore, shovel point, sky, skyporn, snow, snowy, sol, splash, split rock, spray, stairway, state park, sun, sun dog, sundog, sunset, tettegouche, the north, tower, trail, trip, truss, vacation, view, walking bridge, waterfall, waves, wayside, winter | Leave a comment
January 15, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2015, 35e, andor, cloud, clouds, color, dusk, freeway, highway, january, minnesota, photo, photograph, pic, picture, road trip, shoot, shot, side of the road, sun, sunset, travel, trees | 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
August 4, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, above, accumulation, afternoon, air, andor, andor2000, atmosphere, atmospheric, august, beautiful, big, billowing, blog, blue, cloud, clouds, cloudy, colors, cumulus, day, day time, daytime, deep blue power lines, earthly, evening, fore ground, foreground, formation, forming, glory, grey, huge, look up, looking up, lookup, massive, mountainous, mountains in the sky, natural, nature, passing, photo, photograph, photographs, photography, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, puff, puffy, rolling, shot, shots, skies, sky, splendor, storm, summer, sunset, the heavens, thunder, up, white | Leave a comment
I recently bought an intervalometer for My dslr. The device allows You to take pictures automatically at regular intervals. Since I was hanging out at a friends house the day it arrived, I set things up on His deck and let it rip until the sun went down. I suppose the best thing to do is make a video with these images, but .gif’s display in much higher quality, take up less storage space and require no external websites to host them. As such, this is an animiated .gif of 820 pictures taken seven seconds apart. The down-side is that such a massive .gif loads pretty slowly, so give it a few seconds!
The next day, I woke up and set My camera to shoot out of the window in My attic and went to My brother’s for the day. Again, every seven seconds was what I set the intervalometer to do. I got home five or six hours later and it was still snapping away. Due to file limitations, I had to make a video out of this set. Which required Me to create an account on Vimeo and link it back to here. It’s a bit of a hassle just for simple time lapse photography, but My traditional .gif methods just aren’t capable of handling so many images. YouTube and Vimeo both have a thirty frame per second limit and only Vimeo allows high definition video clips. Here is two minutes aimed at the southern sky, featuring My roof, chimney and birch tree, dancing to a classic trance song by God’s Groove, called Prayer 3, circa 1993. Maybe I will discover a .gif automator that can handle the amount of files needed for these longer image strings. We shall see, but for now, I will have to get use to making videos… Shooting at more interesting locations will be the name of the game, something had to be done as a test run though! I am learning as I go.
July 28, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Videos | Tags: 720p, 853p, all day, animated, animation, atmospheric, blue, chimney, clip, clips, cloud, clouds, condensation, darkness, day, daylight, edit, editing, editting, embed, embeded, fade, first time for everything, flower, flowers, formation, garage, gif, hd, images, img, in motion, lapse, limited, link, long, motion, over head, passing, photo, photographs, photography, photos, pictures, pots, potted, roof, sky, stream, streaming, sun set, sunset, time, timelapse, tree, trees, vid, video, videos, view, vimeo, windy | 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
February 25, 2012 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Photography | Tags: 351, alley, astonia, auto, back to the 50's, boss, buick, butterflies, butterfly, car, classic, clock, cloud, clouds, clubfr, como, cyclist, drift, drifting, elko, falls, flower, fog, ford, highway, jay cooke, lightning, logging, midwest cup, minneapolis, minnesota, mississippi, mn, model, monarch, moon, motorcycle, mustang, norton, park, path, phill, race, radical, risky devil, river, road america, root beer, saint paul, scca, setting, sky, st paul, state park, storm, sun, sunset, thunder, tmfopposition, track, trail, usair, waterfall, winter, woods, zinnias | Leave a comment