Thursday, August 19, 2010


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I've been neglecting my blog for most of the summer. But, for a good reason - I have been busy working on my business interest in race/sports photography. Well, I took a weekend off and we took a family camping trip up to Jay Cooke State Park in Duluth, MN. Had a great time, and I was able to take photos of something other than sweaty athletes!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

ABC Wednesday - P is for Patina

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A statue (or fountain, in this case) with a nice patina is like a magnet for your eyes.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Wrought Iron Gate

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Any wrought iron work is like a magnet for me. I found this gate at a community park.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Skywatch Friday - St. Thomas

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I'm struggling to adapt my image processing to Adobe Lightroom. I think I'll like Lightroom, but this learning curve is a steep one! It was good to take a break from file management and look at a photo of St. Thomas.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Dominica Door

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An abandoned building on the island of Dominica.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Coki Beach in St Thomas

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The rocky end of Coki Beach on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

ABC Wednesday - L is for Lady Barbados

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This Lady hasn't been in the water for some time, but she still is a Looker as she patiently sits on the beach.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Skywatch Friday - On Deck

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I'm back from a fantastic vacation in the South Caribbean. I won't convert all of my photos to B & W, but I like this one.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Lake Shore 2

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A shot from our camp site on Lake One in northern Minnesota.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

ABC Wednesday - I is for Ice Fishin'

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A couple photos of a dad and daughter ice fishing outing. They both looked like they were enjoying the sunny day on the ice.

Hopefully, this will be one of the last Winter shots for awhile. Minnesota is starting to warm up and most of the snow has melted!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ABC Wednesday - H is for Hook

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I took this shot while "exploring" an old fishing boat docked on the Mississippi River.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday - G is for Groovy

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Sometimes, you just stumble across a beauty like this! It's like winning a little photo op lottery.

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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Thin Ice

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Fortunately, open water is starting to peek through the ice and snow covered lakes. Spring is coming!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

ABC Wednesday - F for Freezin' Fun

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6" fresh snow
1 fast snowmobile
1 long rope
1 tube sled
2 kids

Mix together to create FUN.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - White Birch and White Snow

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I went for a walk a couple days ago and found that the overcast sky made everything look white. Especially these white birch trees along the bank of a frozen lake.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Partly Cloudy Over Snow

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It's been a long, overcast winter, so partly cloudy skies are reason enough to get outside for some photos.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ABC Wednesday - E is for Elevated

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A bridge that appears to extend off to the horizon. I've rode across this bridge since I was a child, but never viewed it from this perspective before taking this photo.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Awning

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I stumbled across this old loading dock over the weekend in the Dubuque, IA warehouse district. The structural supports caught my attention.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

ABC Wednesday - D is for Drift

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Walking in the park was the only option this day.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Skating in Black and White

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A few brave people were out ice skating in the extremely cold temperatures. Just a couple skaters, and some goof taking photos.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ABC Wednesday - C is for Cut

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I went to a High School skiing tournament this week and watched many, many excellent skiers.

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Ice Fishing

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Under the snow, there's ice. Under 12" of ice, there's a lake of water. In that water, hopefully, there's hungry fish.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Lifeguard Off Duty

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I decided that some of us could use a summer beach scene - it's -5 degrees F here in Minnesota! I took this photo on a much warmer day last summer, shooting into the sun at about 7:00pm.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ABC Wednesday - B is for Big Top Circus

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I'm pretty sure that this Big Top Circus ran its course many years ago, but the wagon lives on.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - XC Skiing in the Woods

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It was a beautiful day for the cross country skiers.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Skywatch Friday - A Little Color

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I set out to take a few winter photos with my new Zuiko 50-200mm F2.8-3.5 lens, but the sky didn't cooperate with me. This is a typical January sky in Minnesota. I am pretty happy with the new lens though.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Handrail Finial

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Taxi Off Duty

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An old taxi buried in a recent snow storm.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Monochrome Weekly - Stars in a Row

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An architectural detail on a building in downtown Minneapolis. Sometimes, it's all in the details.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Cleat

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Grace of Ballet

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Dance photos can be very difficult if the lighting folks are working against you. Fortunately, I was able to get this shot just as the dancers were perfectly inline with each other.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Skywatch Friday - A Frosty Dock

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Not many bright colors left here in December, but that's winter in the North.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

ABC Wednesday - V is for Vivacious

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Vivacious - adj - lively; sprightly; animated.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Minneapolis Skyline

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A cold day in downtown Minneapolis, but a good day for B&W.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Skywatch Friday - The Pumpkin Field

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I always feel a little sorry for the pumpkins that didn't get picked in time for Halloween.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

ABC Wednesday - T is for Trail

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Why build a boring straight walkway? Curves are cool.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Silo Sign

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A company sign adorns a grain silo in Farmington, MN.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Sunset at the Foshay

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I took this photo through the window of my hotel room in the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis. The Foshay Tower building held the honor of being the tallest building (32 floors) west of the Mississippi for 40 years. A couple years ago, it was completely remodeled and became the W Minneapolis Hotel - very modern decorating within a historic architecture shell.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Autumn in Monochrome

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Late autumn colors converted to monochrome - why not?

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ABC Wednesday - R is for Ragged

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I love white birch trees - especially when the bark is peeling and curling. I took this photo on a dreary, overcast day and then did a little digital darkroom work on it to enhance the detail.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Wheel Spokes

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An old metal wheel discarded behind a machine shop. The contrasting textures and shadows caught my eye.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Colorful Portage

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A beautiful autumn day on a Minnesota lake. A "Portage" is a designated path to carry a canoe or kayak from one lake to another.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Black and White Birch

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The autumn colors are gone here in Minnesota, but while hiking last week I found this group of White Birch trees willing to pose for a monochrome shot.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

ABC Wednesday - P is for Pluck

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A musician plucks the strings of a harp. Beautiful music from a beautiful instrument.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Gargoyle

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A gargoyle stands guard over the architecture that it he alone must defend.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Blue Skies over Bloomers

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A colorful array of bloomers hanging on the clothes line.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Henna Tattoo

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The henna tattoo artist is deep in concentration as she draws the sun design on my daughters shoulder.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Skywatch Friday - Glass and Clouds

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Architecture made even more interesting by the clouds. Rochester, MN.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Monochrome Weekly - Curves

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A curving handrail adds a nice touch.

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