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February 5, 2007

Under the Tangletown Bridge

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CameraMinolta 9
LensSigma 15mm f/3.5
Shutter @ Aperture1/250 @ f/5
ISO100

When my Minolta 7d failed and had to be sent in for service for the second time, I used the digital down-time to shoot more Polaroids and 35mm transparencies.

Walking around the neighborhood, this has always been one of my favorite spots. It's a mysterious urn-like object underneath the Tangletown bridge that spans over Minnehaha Creek linking north and southbound Nicolette Avenue.

The shot was taken with Fuji Velvia, scanned on my poopy HP scanner, desaturated, colored, and augmented with a grain field.

I've got the Minolta 7d back from the shop, but I haven't been out shooting seriously with it for awhile. Hopefully, that's about to change.

 

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October 29, 2006

Buddha's Nostril at Todaiji Temple

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Sigma 15mm f/3.5 (22 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/15 s @ f/3.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOSpot w/0.30 eV @ 1600

A brother pushes his reluctant sister toward enlightenment.

The hole bored through this pillar in Todaiji temple is said to be the same size as the nostril of the statue of the Great Buddha found under the same roof. It is said that anybody who can pass from one side to the other through the hole is guaranteed certain enlightenment.

With my hips, obviously I wasn't intended to reach enlightenment this life time!

 

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October 8, 2006

St. Mary's (1909), New Trier, MN

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CameraPolaroid 101
Lens3 Element Glass
Shutter @ ApertureUnknown @ Unknown
ISO100

On the drive down to Winona we stopped and took pictures of this fine old and historic Church. St. Mary's of New Trier was built in 1909 as a replacement to the stone church that was orginally in the same spot on Mary's Hill 1864. The stone church was itself a replacement for an old log church that was built in 1856 by the original German immigrant community.

The town of New Trier still has a rustic old Minnesota farm commnuity feeling to it. It's quiet save for the pickups and combines. If your're passing through the area on MN-50, you must eat dinner at Wiederholt's Supper Club at the intersection of highway 61 in Miesville, outside of Hastings.

 

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October 7, 2006

Pugsly

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CameraPolaroid 101
Lens3 Element Glass
Shutter @ ApertureUnknown @ Unknown
ISO100

I had only exposure of black and white pack film left and was itching to switch to color to try and capture some of the fall leaves and colors around the Winona bluffs area. I saw this little gal and kindly asked permission to take her picture.

 

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October 1, 2006

Entry to Todaiji Temple

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureAperture priority / 1/100 s @ f/5.6
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOSpot w/-0.30 eV @ 100

The weather in Nara was clear and hot. We braved the deer park to see the world's largest bronzed Buddha in the world's largest free standing wooden structure. One doesn't normally think of world's largest when it comes to Japan, do they?

 

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September 17, 2006

Macabre

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CameraNokia 3220
LensCheap Plastic

I'm back from my romp around Europe. Sorry I didn't leave any electronic notice nor post any pictures while I was gone!

Luckily my camera survived during the trip abroad, but I haven't been so lucky 'States-side. I went shooing at the Zoo with my friend Mark the other day to give him some tips on shooting wildlife and it looks like something mechanical in my DSLR has failed. The darn shutter won't release.

This would have been one of those times I wish I could have had something other than my mobile phone to take pictures with. Normally I'm not much for the macabre, but there was something so beautiful and so odd about this poor pigeon.

I was on my motorcycle ascending the Ikea parking ramp when I noticed this pigeon, dead, with its legs akimbo. It was seated as if for dinner, the contents of its stomach torn and poured out onto the street: nothing but perfect kernels of corn. What could have happened to this poor bird?

I bravely held up traffic for a little bit and took a few shots. I wish I would have got in closer.

Something more pretty, I promise, later this week.

 

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July 27, 2006

Mt. Fuji Gotemba Trail Flowers

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/125 s @ f/8
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 100

Evan and I climbed Mt. Fuji up to 3000m. On the way down again I captured these flowers. In the background and all around us is the moisture from a cloud trapped against the side of the mountain.

 

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July 26, 2006

Dawn Breaks Atop Mt. Fuji

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureManual / 1/250 s @ f/7.1
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOPattern w/0.00 eV @ 100

As Minnesotans, we worried the Japanese greatly by climbing the mountain in tee-shirts and rain ponchos. Old people would stop us and ask us if we were freezing to death.

When we saw ice crystals flying around in the air we stopped for the night.

We we were awoken, this is what we saw. Sandwiched inbetween cloud layers we felt as though we had climbed into a different world.

 

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July 25, 2006

Mt. Fuji Bus Ascent

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CameraKonica Minolta MAXXUM 7D
Lens (35mm Equiv.)Minolta 24mm f/2.8 (36 mm)
Exp. Prog. / Shutter @ ApertureNormal Program / 1/80 s @ f/4.5
Metering w/Adj. @ ISOSpot w/1.00 eV @ 200

A major goal of mine was to bring my brother to Mt. Fuji and climb the mountain together. We caught the last bus from Gotemba which brought us roughly halfway up the mountain.

From there we made friends with the local outfitter, bought some headlamps, ate dinner and took a nap. We began our ascent at 10:00pm.

 

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July 23, 2006

Melodius Triptic

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CameraHolgaroid 120GF
LensHolga Glass 60mm f/8
Shutter @ Aperture1/100s @ f/8
Film / ISOPolaroid Type 84 / 100 ISO

Joy of joys, Evan and I saw our friends Melodius Owl playing a couple of weeks ago at the Walker Sculpture Garden. I decided to make this fun triptic!

 

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