Sunday, November 30, 2008

Two Things Challenge - Apples / Oranges

An apple and an orange with some other fruit thrown in. How about sharing a coffee granita too?
This week's challenge is apples and oranges. A literal and figurative sense of the term. There is an apple and an orange here, literal sense. But, they are fake; plastic simulated food. The coffee granitas are real, figuratively speaking.
A stretch, probably.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Gotham City

Where is Batman?
Shot through a high rise office window.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Shroom Off

Shroom Off

The great Blogger mushroom shoot from west to east.
Maya, in Washington state was first to submit an autumn mushroom group photo. D.C. , in Washington D.C. submitted an eastern variety of autumnal mushrooms. Now it's my turn. This group of autumnal mushrooms are or were located in northern Minnesota.

Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/40
Av( Aperture Value ) 5.6
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 73.0 mm

In the Thick of Cattails

Nothing quite like a walk through the cattails on a warm autumn day.
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1/15
Av( Aperture Value ) 9.0
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0 mm
Image Quality RAW

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Vanilla Cotton Candy

Blowing in the wind.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

How Fast...

Faster Food you want your food?

JM from states,
"The quality is much better if you click and see the photo on Flickr".

Why is that? I have been frustrated with photos on Blogger appearing lower resolution than from flickr. Anyone have any ideas as to why or how to resolve this? (Other than changing to Word Press, Typepad, or creating a dedicated domain).

Camera Model Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Tv( Shutter Speed ) 1.6
Av( Aperture Value ) 9.0
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 210.0 mm
White Balance Mode Tungsten

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Late Night

Late night tonight as Thanksgiving and (shudder) Christmas plans are being discussed. I have always wondered why we ruin Thanksgiving to discuss Christmas. Ah well, it's tradition I suppose. I need a pick-me-up. How about a Coffee Granita! I think I'll need a triple bourbon to get through the holidays, though.

Black and White

Fender Flare
Fender Flare

Trebuchet Gate
Trebuchet Gate

Monday, November 24, 2008

Fabulous Fern

Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 61 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Two Things Challenge - Green / Yellow


Green and yellow, with a touch of orange.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Trebble Bikes

Bicycle rack outside of Orchestra Hall downtown Minneapolis. I wonder if this is the Maestro's bicycle...

Friday, November 21, 2008

OS & Y Valve

Typical Fire Department Connection. O S & Y, (Outside Screw and Yoke). This valve is located somewhere downtown. Here are two more from around the metro area.

Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/10
Aperture Value: 9.0
ISO Speed: 200
Focal Length: 41.0 mm
White Balance Mode: Daylight

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Super Schwin

Main St. Bicycle
Bicycle on Main Street
Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed: 1/40
Aperture Value: 9.0
ISO Speed: 400
Focal Length: 20.0 mm

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Street Art

The Artist
The artist on Nicollet Mall
Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed : 1/30
Aperture Value : 5.6
ISO Speed: 200

Focal Length: 73.0 mm

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Hennepin Ave

Hennepin Ave Bridge in Minneapolis. The stairs to the pedestrian walkway across the Mississippi River.

Exposure: 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

Cable view
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/500)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 180 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Last Rose

Last Rose

The last glimpse of the summer rose.
It's all but over as the cold wind blows.
Hope is drained to renew the sight.
Perpetual darkness looms in colorless light.

Camera Model: Canon PowerShot A710 IS
Tv (Shutter Speed): 1/125
Av (Aperture Value): 4.5

Its The End Of The World As We Know It - R.E.M

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two Things Challenge - Bent / Straight

Uniform Grazing
These cows lined up straight with heads bent down to gain access to the luscious grass on the other side of the straight line electric fence. Proof that the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

Camera Model Name Canon PowerShot A710 IS

Tv (Shutter Speed) 1/200

Av (Aperture Value) 4.5

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Westminster Presbyterian Church in Minneapolis on Marquette Ave.
MB spotted the sun spots on this church on our downtown photo walkabout. Both of us were captivated on the reflected sunlight on this church. The sun was actually behind this church. The sunspots seen here are reflected off from the glass buildings.

"In 1999 Westminster was entered on the National Register of Historic Places. This registry is the official list of historic properties recognized by the Federal Government as worthy of preservation for their significance in American history, architecture, archaeology, engineering and culture."

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mall Lights

Night lights on the Nicollet Mall

For Virginia as she jumps up and down on her suitcases, trying furiously to get them to close. Watch out Virginia, they may explode open in Paris!

Under Paris Skies - John Kirkpatrick, Chris Parkinson

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Golden Blues

Autumn continues in November on the Nicollet Mall

Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure

Shutter Speed : 1/400
Aperture Value: 5.6
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed: 200
Focal Length: 70.0 mm

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


The news in print
How we used to get real news.

Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 140 mm
ISO Speed: 100

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Paper Birch

Pretty birch trees from northern Minnesota.

Triangulation - (HDR)

Sunset Birch
Sunset Birch

Monday, November 10, 2008

Nicollet Mall Girls

Nicollet Mall Girls

This is a first for me as I typically do not have portrait shots on my photo-blog. Why? I am not confident in my portrait skills.

Last Saturday I was downtown Minneapolis with 7 photographer friends shooting city scenes. As I was capturing a moment on the Nicollet Mall, I was approached by these young ladies to have me take a group photo.

Not knowing the ins and outs of portrait photography, I agreed to give it my best shot, (sorry for the pun). I hope you enjoyed your day downtown.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Two Things Challenge - Saturday / Sunday

On a Saturday morning walk on a trail near home, we ran into this pair of deer. I'm not sure who was more surprised, us or them.

Sunday at noon - time to click. Sunday means TV, Sunday means football with the armchair quarterback!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Wagon Wheel

From a Wells Fargo Wagon?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Autumn Reeds

Treading Water until the ice forms.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Murray's Cubed

A Minneapolis icon - Murray's, home of the Silver Butterknife Steak.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Mississippi Curves

Mississippi River winding through Minneapolis.
Shot through an office window.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Scenes from downtwon Minneapolis on top of the Foshay Tower. For some reason these photos remind me of the Parker Bros. game Monopoly.

Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/5.6
Focal Length: 70 mm
ISO Speed: 200

IDS Center and Wells Fargo Center in the daylight.
Exposure: 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture: f/9
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 200

A little bit of music for Virginia at

[Cafe Montmartre - V.A.] 01.Sous Le Ciel De Paris - Jazz A Padam.wma -

Monday, November 3, 2008

Construction Avenue

Downtown Minneapolis from the top of a parking ramp.
A group of us photo enthusiasts; Mitch , Bob , Matt , Werner , Greg , my neighbor MB and his son, Ty, and I hit the streets of Minneapolis for another photo walkabout last Saturday. Fun as always with no major mishaps. Although so many people asked us what we were doing. Sort of evident with all of our camera gear.

I was summoned by six lovely women to take a group shot of them on the Nicollet Mall. I forgot to get permission to post their photo here, I hope they approve. And I must say I was pleased with the result.

Thanks to Mitch for setting this one up. And a special thanks to Bob for making the arrangements for the Foshay Tower excursion and the use of his office for a spectacular view of the city.


Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure
Speed: 1/320
Value: 11.0
Metering Mode: Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed: 200
Focal Length: 24.0 mm

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Two Things Challenge - Textures / Shapes

The texture and pattern of wood. Also helps to have the texture of moss.

Shapes, the shape and pattern of a cobblestone road in Verona, Italy.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Land of Oz

Land of Oz in Infrared
I hope you had a fun Halloween.