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April 21, 2007

Presidio 101

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CameraPolaroid 101
Lens3 Element Glass
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ISO100

My amazing friend Steve took my brother and I kiting. After eating at the best restaurant in the universe we headed up to the Presidio in search of a steady wind and open space.

The wind was high and variable, but I found a photo. We headed on up to Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley.

 

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February 14, 2007

The North Tower

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

This is a photo I took last summer of the Washburn Water Tower. The tower was built in the Tangletown neighborhood of Minneapolis in 1932. The tower is ringed by 16-foot-tall ominous and sword-wielding soldiers standing sentry under huge concrete eagles. The tall statues are "guardians of health" and are supposed to guard the water from pollutants which were blamed for the occasional outbreaks of typhoid fever at the time. There's more info about the tower and its curious history here and another great photo here.

I live about six blocks South of the tower. It's very difficult to see from my house, even in the winter time when all of the leaves are gone from the trees. The geography of the land and the homes that surround the tower in Tangletown hide it from everyday view. I've often heard my fellow Minneapolitans exclaim, "where is that?" when we are descending into Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. The path of descent often takes you close enough to this tower to see the downwardly cast faces of the statues. It's a fantastic welcome.

I think it properly introduces people to our eccentricity and our humorously sullen outlook on life and weather. Cold, stony, and odd. This tower explains in perfect detail how we could elect someone like Jesse Ventura. When I get visitors, this is always one of the first places I take them.

In other news, I'm off to Utah today. I'll be on business there for the remainder of the week but I'm hoping to get some picture time in on the weekend. See you all soon! Oh, and Happy Valentine's Day!

 

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February 12, 2007

Smile!

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

EDIT: Tanja corrected my memory: I removed the adapter lens, I didn't turn it backwards...although that would be something to try :)

I'm continuing with the summer theme for a bit. Smile!

I was armed with the Holgaroid and taking a walk through the woods by my office with a colleague when I smelled something foul being carried by the hot, persistent summer breeze. I followed the stench upwind to a marshy area when I came upon this grin. I remembered some advice that Tanja-Tiziana from DoubleCrossed.ca had given me when I had bought my Holgaroid: remove the adapter lens and use the stock Holga body lens as a macro. I got in closer than I thought I need to and came away with this shot, which still looked wide: but at least it was in focus!

I love the way this shot turned out. It works perfectly for me!

 

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February 6, 2007

The Boys (and Girls) of Summer

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Shutter @ ApertureUnknown @ Unknown
ISO100

When it's minus 10 Fahrenheit and snow drifts pile up outside your door, you find yourself reaching back to try and find any memories that might convince you that summer actually is coming. Each memory is scrutinized for authenticity, examined and cross examined. Surely there are warmer days to come.

This photograph is one such memory. I've had this photograph sitting on my desk. These are the kids next door.

Sure they ripped off the window screens and broke into the house (for the cookies). Sure they pick the garden flowers. Sure the other neighbors eye them suspiciously when the ride by on the broken down, rusty bicycles. It doesn't matter: they are our neighbor kids and we love them. It wouldn't be the neighborhood without them.

They are the reason that we learn how to hang window screens. They propel us to think leafy colorful coleus instead of flowering clematis. They make us want to set good examples for when the ground thaws, school is out, and once again the boys and girls of summer go roaming the neighborhood.

 

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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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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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