I bought this plant three years ago and planted it in My mom’s garden. This year, for the first time, it sprouted some flowers. Touted as the only two-tone peony one can buy, the blooms were certainly impressive! Hard to go wrong with $3 flowers, but these are particularly gorgeous…
August 19, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bloom, blooms, blossom, blossoms, bold, color, colors, cream, flower, flowers, garden, gardening, minnesota, multi, peonies, peonnies, peony, pink, plant, plants, pretty, shrub, sorbet, tone, twin cities, two, two-tone, twotone | 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
August 19, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: city, freight, frogtown, image, images, infrastructure, lines, logistics, long exposure, longexpo, midway, minnesota, mn, night, photo, pics, picture, power, rails, saint paul, sky, st paul, tower, tracks, train, twin cities, urban | Leave a comment
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: antenna, antennae, bark, birch, brown, butterflies, butterfly, furry, insect, minnesota, mn, orange, paper birch, picture, pretty, saint paul, shot, tree, twin cities | Leave a comment
July 23, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: after the storm, frogtown, minnesota, mn, paul, rainbow, rainbows, saint, st, twin cities | Leave a comment
A twenty-five image stack. Taken from a time lapse I shot at the University Avenue overlook, by the state capitol building. Using StarStax to layer clouds like this has become a fun habit over the last year or so…
July 22, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: clouds, digital, downtown, edit, eye, image stack, layered, minnesota, pigs, saint paul, skay, starstax, time lapse, twin cities, view | 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
I have gotten a bit behind on posting here, but this should be the last of the things I shot before the snow and ice melted. Really liking the icey arch at Minnehaha Falls, earlier this spring.
May 5, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: arch, bed rock, bedrock, bridge, creek, drop, falls, flow, flows, fluid, formation, formations, ice, icey, icicle, icicles, liquid, long exposure, long exposures, longexpo, melt, melting, middle america, midwest, minneapolis, minnehaha, minnehaha falls, minnesota, mn, mpls, nature, photo, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, ravine, river, spring, still, still motion, stream, twin cities, twincities, valley, water, waterfall, waterfalls, winter | Leave a comment
May 4, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: a, american, andor, andorius, animals, bird, bird of prey, city views, crop, cropped, falcon, fast, fastest, in, in the, middle america, midwest, minnesota, mn, mulberry tree, natural, nature, on, perch, perched, perching, peregrine, photo, photographer, photos, pics, picture, pictures, predator, prey, raptor, saint paul, st paul, tree, tree top, tree tops, twin cities, wild, wildlife | 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
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
February 8, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: above, andor, andorius, below, braving the cold, bridge, cars, city, downtown, fence, freeway, glow, highway, i94, interstate, light trails, lights, long exposure, looking through, minneapolis, minnesota, mississippi river, night, night time, pattern, photo, photos, pics, picture, pictures, railing, shot, shots, skyline, street lights, traffic, trees, twin cities, urban, winter | Leave a comment
We are fortunate to have a picturesque waterfall, within the urban sprawl of the Twin Cities. Minnehaha falls, a very popular spectacle. I’ve taken pictures of it before, but had not investigated what is possibly it’s most awesome feature in a long time. Over the years, the falls have eroded a sizable amount of rock out from behind it. Making it possible to wander behind the beautiful waterfall. The ice laden cavern was about three times wider than My last visit, some 10+ years ago. Allowing for some pretty rad pictures. Sediment captured in the ice gave a pretty cool rainbow effect in some sections. Awesome stuff!
January 24, 2015 | Categories: Photography | Tags: accumulation, amazing, andor, awesome, beautiful, behind, beneath, cave, cavern, cold, color, colors, creek, dark, earth, eroded, erosion, falls, flow, flows, formation, formations, freezing, frozen, ice, icey, icicle, icicles, icy, image, inside, layers, lovely, middle america, midwest, minn, minneapolis, minnehaha, minnesota, mn, mpls, natural, nature, photo, photograph, photographer, photographs, photography, photos, pic, pics, picture, pictures, place, pretty, rad, rainbow, river, scenery, scenic, sediment, selfe, shoot, shooting, shot, shots, silhouette, sneak, sneaking, splendid, still, stream, sunlight, tunnel, twin cities, under, view, waterfall, waterfalls, winter, wonderland | Leave a comment
Yep, I made a video! There’s a first time for everything… The first three quarters took Me about 2 hours to patch together, from clips made after each time I shot a sequence. The song took a couple days of semi-inspired attention. The last segment of the video however, took 3 weeks to edit. Mostly because I used StarStax to make 5 versions of the sequences. Then, I had to pluck the right spots from those in small chunks, reverse the numbering order on half of them, make videos of each of those sections, then finally patch them all together and time them to the music. The result? Dancing stars! Watch through the end and see what I am on about..
As with all the vids on this blog, it is hosted for free by Vimeo. So it is of low image quality, watching it on their site does look slightly better than watching it here… So sad, because it looks awesome in 4K! Vimeo also neglected to keep the music synced with the video! :( No wonder I refuse to pay them a penny!
December 29, 2014 | Categories: Photography, Time Lapse | Tags: andor, andorius, awesome, beautiful, buildings, capitol, check it out, cities, city, clip, clips, cloud, clouds, commute, construction, country, countryside, crane, cranes, dark, downtown, eclipse, edit, edited, evening, film, forest, freeway, good, grass, highway, horizon, hosted, lake, lapse, lapsing, luna, minneapolis, minnesota, mn, moon, motion, nature, night, original, park, parking lot, pit lane, pond, race track, road, roof top, rooftop, saint paul, scenic, segment, sequence, sequences, skies, sky, skyline, star, star trails, stars, startrails, state park, state parks, street, sun, superior, the heavens, time, time lapse, timelapse, town, traffic, tree, trees, twin cities, urban, vid, video, videos, vids, wilderness | 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
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 15, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: bedrock, brush, cliff, cold, contrast, creek, destination, falls, form, formation, formations, freezing, frozen, grass, huge, ice, iced, icey, icicle, icicles, icon, iconic, icy, laden, landmark, layered, layers, ledge, long exposure, long exposures, longexposure, metro, minn, minneapolis, minnehaha, minnesota, minnesotan, mn, mpls, popular, river bed, rock, rocky, scenic, sheet, sights, small, snow, snowy, stone, stream, tree, trees, twin cities, twincities, urban, valley, view, wall, water, waterfall, waterfalls, winter, wintery | Leave a comment
December 9, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Photography | Tags: 240sx, angle, angles, auto, bend, bent, cage, car, cars, custom, cutting, drift, fab, fabricating, fabrication, man at work, metro, midwest, minneapolis, minnesota, mn, oppomoto, opposition motors, prep, roll, rollcage, ryan clemens, shop, sparks, tmfopposiotion, tubes, tubing, twin cities, weld, welded, welding, welds, work, workshop | Leave a comment
October 24, 2014 | Categories: Photography | Tags: 2014, andor, andorius, bright, crescent, eclipse, flare, glow, lens flare, luna, minnesota, moon, october, partial, passing, penumbra, photographer, reflection, sky, solar, solareclipse, spots, star, sun, sun spot, sun spots, sunspots, twin cities | Leave a comment
ClubFR came up with a truly great event, which promises to be the continent’s most beloved annual drift spectacle. Teams from coast to coast, north to south, gathered in a small town in rural Wisconsin. Unlike most drift events, this was a battle of teams, as opposed to individual drivers. The stage was set at My favorite track, USA International Raceway, known to most as UsaIR. A hilly, winding cart track located just outside of the town of Shawano. To those of us from the midwest drifting comunity, this place is also called the rollercoaster of love. Now, the love has been shared with a selection of crews from far beyond our region. I hope they all enjoyed it and come back for more next year!
Never have I seen enough people to be called a crowd of spectators at this track, until now. They certainly got to see what they came for. Two days of tire shredding, wall riding and relentless attempts to get right up on the door of each other, the drivers in attendance left nothing on the table. The judges for the event were three heavy hitters, though one is more a regional legend, they were a good choice of respectable drifters. They narrowed down the field to four teams and after another run from each, made the verdict. Fourth place was taken by ShaDynasty, a crew from Washington State. In My opinion, the cars driven by these guys were the most interesting collection there. Third place was handed to regional heavy weights, Risky Devil, from Chicago. Second place went to the Hot Boyz, hailing from Alberta, Canada. They were outshining just about everyone on the first day, but a concrete barrier decided to intervene and change things up. The winners of the first annual Final Bout, team drift battle? High Fade, also from the Chicago area. They were very consistent all weekend. It looked to Me like they had been practicing team driving more than anyone else. Before launching for each run, the lead car would rev it’s engine twice and wait. The last car in line would then rev it’s engine once, signalling everyone was ready and off they went. Most of the crews ended up spreading out during their runs, but High Fade stayed together every time. Some may argue otherwise, but these guys earned the win for sure!
I was not on the media roster for this event, so this is not a complete coverage kind of post. In fact I spent half of the weekend working the entry gate, so I did miss an awful lot of the action. However, for Me, there is no such thing as going on a road trip and not taking a ton of pictures. Happily, the ClubFR family are friends of mine, so they thanked Me for helping out and let Me go do My photo geek thing for a while. Phill, Maggie, Simba, Ilia and the rest of the crew, thanks a bunch for coming up with the idea for this event and making it into reality! I had a great time and I’ll see You when I see You, hopefully that will be soon.
September 3, 2014 | Categories: Automotive Photography, Random Thoughts | Tags: 13b, 1jz, 2014, 240, 240sx, 2jz, 300z, 300zx, 325, 325i, 328, 328i, 350z, alberta, america, angle, animal style, animalstyle, annual, assemble your crew, awesome, bed, best, blood runner, blood runners, bloodrunner, bmw, boss town, bosstown, boston, bout, breaking, burning, calgary, california, canada, carolla, celica, challenge, chaser, chevrolet, chevy, chicago, cloud, clouds, club sandwich, clubfr, clubsandwich, continent, continental, control freaks, controlfreaks, convertible, coupe, cressida, cresta, crew, crowd, d*squad, datsun, dirty love, dirtylove, doom squad, doomsquad, drift, drifter, drifters, drifting, drive, driver, drivers, driving, e20, e30, event, fc, fc3s, final, final 4, final bout, finalbout, first ever, florida, ford, fort wayne, friends, fun, gld str, gldstr, gold star, goldstar, good time, good times, greatest, group, gs, hatch, high fade, highfade, hot boys, hot boyz, hotboys, hotboyz, illinois, impreza, indiana, is300, judged, judges, judging, jzx, lexus, ls1, mark ii, massachusetts, mazda, meeting, miata, middle america, midwest, minnesota, moonlighter, mustang, mx-5, mx5, nerp, nerp tech, nerptech, new england, nissan, north america, ontario, oops, opposite line, oppositeline, oregon, pick-up, pickup, podium, proceed, race track, risky devil, riskydevil, rollercoaster of love, rollercoasteroflove, rotary, rubber, rx-7, rx7, s10, s13, s14, sc300, sc400, scene, sha dynasty, shady nasty, shadynasty, shawano, sideways, silvia, smoke, smoking, soarer, spactacle, spectacle, sr20, sr20det, street dancer, streetdancer, subaru, tandem, team, team breaking, team oops, team proceed, team tracker, teambreaking, teamoops, teamproceed, teams, texas, tire, tire smoke, tires, toronto, toyota, track, tracker, trophy, truck, turbo, turbo charged, turbocharged, twin cities, usa international raceway, usair, v8, washington, wheel, wheels, winner, winners, wisconsin, wrx, z | 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