Thursday, December 30, 2010

The middle of the tracks

An oldie, but hopefully a goodie.  This was taken in my home town of Freeport, MN the summer of 1979.  For weeks I walked to the tracks every evening about 30 minutes before sunset to see if I could capture some color and the sun in the right place.  I guess I had some instincts back then already.  The tracks are long gone now.  They've been replaced by the Wobegon bike trail.  This brings back fond memories of hearing the trains at night from time to time as I lay safe and sound in my room.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Macro Monday

A touch of spring after 17 inches of snow over the weekend.  Taken at the Lake Harriet Rose Garden in South Minneapolis.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Macro Monday

Goats beard I think.  Shot wide open at f2.8 with my trusty 100mm macro.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lessons learned at Split Rock

Those that know me well would tell you that I'm not a landscape photographer.  They would also probably tell you that I continue to try to be one, even though they can't figure why since it's not the way I see the world.  My  husband would tell you that I already have hundreds of photos of Split Rock lighthouse.  He would also probably tell you that I continue to take lots of photos every time I am there even though he can't figure out why.  This year was the 100th anniversary of the Split Rock Lighthouse and as part of the celebration the beacon was lit on the first Friday of every month from May through November.  The lighthouse was retired in 1969 and is usually lit only on November 10th of each year in commemoration of the anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.  I've never gotten a decent shot of the lighthouse at one of the November lightings, but what I do have is a lot of bad photos and a lot of excuses to go with them.  This summer we decided that we would go as a family for the August lighting.  My family being the supportive souls that they are, agreed to arrive at the lighthouse in plenty of time for me to get a prime spot down on the rock beach before it was full of other, more talented photographers.  The beacon was to be lit at 8:30pm.  We claimed our spot on a log on the beach at 2:30pm and spent the next 6 hours sitting on the log, fighting off biting flies, chatting with other crazy folks that had supportive families that agreed to come early and pondering life in general.  By the time the long awaited (6 hours) moment was to arrive, the beach was full of photographers, about 30, all standing tripod to tripod on the beach.  You could barely hear the oohs and aahs over the sound of shutters being tripped.  I happily clicked away for about 10 frames and then got bored with the perspective and was ready for something else.  However, there was no place to turn that wasn't already occupied by another person.  My lesson was that by making the choice to get there early and firmly stake my claim that I had essentially locked myself into a single perspective that could only be varied by a change in orientation (vertical or horizontal) or by a zoom of my lens.  Changing to a wide angle lens wasn't an option because there were lots of folks in front of me that appeared awkwardly in the image when I gave it a try.  I wondered in how many other facets of my life I had also limited my perspective by pre-visualizing a certain thing and then not being willing or open to changing it when another path would have given me more options.  A pretty wordy post I know and maybe not so much a lesson for you in there, but 6 hours on a log in the August heat can make you evaluate a few things - even after the fact.  By the way, I'm still not a landscape photographer...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Macro Monday

Taken in a field out in western Minnesota while out exploring some prairie.  Was going for capturing just this puff of purple and not particularly worrying about depth of field so it's pretty shallow and maybe the focus is questionable, but I still like this image.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Macro Monday

I wish I had a more season appropriate image to post today, but the truth is that I'm behind in processing old and new images.  This one was taken a couple of years ago in April at the gardens at Lake Harriet in South Minneapolis.  Happy Monday everyone.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A glimpse inside

I love cemetaries.  There's one on the corner of Chicago Ave and 46th street in South Minneapolis that I visit on a regular basis.  The place speaks to me.  I've photographed the pattern on this door many times (see the post from 6/28/10).  One of the times I was there recently I turned around for one last look before I got into the car and noticed that if I stood on my toes the glass was less milky and you could see inside.  It was like discovering secret treasure.  I have many images of the inside of this small monument and continue to shoot it each time I go -  just in case there's something I missed the last time I was there.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Macro Monday

A piece of an iron fence in Grand Marais, MN.  The yellow in the background is from a clump of yellow flowers that were behind the fence.  Taken with a Lensbaby composer, single glass optic, f4, +4 macro adapter.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Oberg Mountain

The colors are gone on the North Shore now, but here's an image from a few autumns ago at the top of Oberg Mountain not too terribly far from Lutsen.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The leaves are falling

It's been wicked windy here for the last several days and most of the trees, with the exception of some stubborn ones in the backyard, have been stripped of their leaves.  This is a group of leaves I found on Oberg Mountain on the North Shore of Lake Superior a couple of years ago.  You might wonder if I ever take photos anywhere else.  The answer is yes, but I couldn't prove it to you with the last few posts.  I do have to admit that the North Shore inspires me like no other place.  Maybe I just need to get out more.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Macro Monday through a Lensbaby

Don't search for anything to be in focus in this image or you will drive yourself crazy trying to find it.  This was taken with the plastic optic, an f4 aperture disc and the +4 macro adapter outside the Java Moose coffee shop in Grand Marais.  I was going for a totally dreamy look with overall softness.  I love my Lensbaby.

Saturday, October 16, 2010


I normally don't take pictures of people unless it's at a family gathering and under some significant pressure.  It's those days when I don't really want to be known as a "photographer".  What seems like about 100 years ago, I was sharing studio space with a friend who is a professional photographer and he brought in his friend Sarah to spend part of an afternoon.  I was there to help hold things and assist, but a few times he encouraged me to shoot and I did.  I think my face was pretty red and my hands were shaking the whole time.  This is possiby the only time you will see a "people picture" on the blog.  Thanks to Sarah for her patience on that day, seemingly 100 years ago.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Macro Monday

Several of you have told me that you missed this image when I changed the banner to the blog so I'm bringing it back for Macro Monday.  This was taken one early June at the MN Landscape Arboretum.  I think I exposed about 4 rolls of slide film without leaving the Iris garden.  The light was great that day and the wind cooperated.  It was one of my best days there.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Macro Monday

Taken after a rain storm in the rose garden at Lake Harriet.  The rose was a beautiful pink and the slide is yummy.  I seem to have problems with getting pink to translate well once I've scanned the slide so you may have to apply a little pink in your imagination tonight.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Macro Monday

Taken at Sugar Loaf State Nature Area on a cool fall morning.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prairie fever

I've only been to the true prairie a couple of times in my life.  If the prairie is a place that touches you, it's not a place that you can easily forget. I have a few favorite images from my first prairie encounter that I'll share over the next couple of weeks.  This one was taken during a Minnesota Roadtrip workshop through ColdSnap photography.  I have several different versions of this scene.  This is the one that bubbled to the top tonight.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Oberg Mountain

Taken during a fall workshop on the top of Oberg Mountain near Lutsen.  Fall is without a doubt my favorite time of year.  I love the cool misty or rainy days and the diffused light and saturated colors they bring.  Tomorrow's macro Monday shot will also feature an image from Oberg.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Macro Monday

Taken on a cool, damp fall day on Oberg Mountain with my trusty 100 2.8 macro.  If you would be able to blow the image up pretty large, you would see me in my grey jacket upside down in the water droplet.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sauk Centre Sunset

An oldie for sure.  This was taken with my first 35mm camera, a Canon AV-1, back in the summer of 1978 with a roll of Kodachrome 64.  Boy I feel old.  Have been sick and not well enough to work up some of my new images.  Hopefully I will get back on track next week.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Moonrise on Lake Superior

Taken from the deck of a cabin we were renting a few summers back.  I've done no color manipulation.  What you see is how it looks on the color slide.  I can still feel the cool breeze off of the lake on my face.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Heading North again, even if it's in spirit

Not a fantastic image, but it reflects where my mind and soul are today.  This was taken in Grand Marais, MN from the municipal campground looking back at the harbor and Artists Point.  I dream of this some day being my home.  I will be away for a few days so my next post will probably be for Macro Monday.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Macro Monday

Taken with a Lensbaby composer with a double glass optic, the 5.6 aperature ring and the +10 macro attachment in the parking lot of the Java Moose coffee shop in Grand Marais, MN.  Lots of wind and no tripod, but I like the feel anyway.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Shovel Point from Pallisade Head

Taken at one of my favorite places on earth, the North Shore of Lake Superior.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sunrise on Oberg Mountain

A beautiful October morning on Oberg Mountain.  It was a physical challenge for me to climb and by the time I got up there most of the spots with the greatest vantage point of Lake Superior and the forested hills were already full of other photographers.  I got myself into an empty spot that was basically behind everyone else and was rewarded with this view.  In the end I loved it.  Oberg Mountain is one of the most beautiful places in the fall.  I hope to be able to get there again sometime in the future.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Macro Monday

Bluebells from Carley State Park.  Much, if not all, of my macro work is done with a very shallow depth of field.  I let go of sharpness on this one and went for a very soft kind of dreamy look instead.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Double the beauty

These daisies are my favorite flowers.  A few years ago I had a garden full of them.  The garden is gone now, but I think often about the sea of yellow that used to be in the backyard.

I'll be taking a break from posting for about a week or so.  Hopefully, I'll have some new images to share when I'm back.  Take care everyone.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Trying a new technique

This was the first image I posted to my blog back on July 15, 2009.  I've been thinking for awhile about learning how to apply texture to some of my photos and decided tonight to give it a try.  Let me know what you think.

Duluth Aerial Bridge Reflection

Taken in Canal Park in Duluth after a thunderstorm.  It was raining when I left the hotel so I left the hotel.  Once the rain stopped I started seeing all of these great reflections in the pools of water.  I ran back to the hotel in a panic and grabbed my camera off of the night stand and headed back out.  Once I got back out to Canal Park my brain didn't see any of the same cool images.  I was sick about it and angry about not having my camera with me from the beginning.  I was ready to head back to my room in defeat.  When I turned to leave I looked down at my feet and this is what I saw.  It was taken with the last frame of film left in the camera.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mausoleum Door

Taken at St. Mary's Cemetary on 46th St and Chicago in South Minneapolis.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Summer grass at sunrise

From a workshop in the Red River Valley.  It was a beautiful morning.  The sun rising and the nearly full moon still in the sky.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Abandoned kitchen

This was a tough one.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn't get all of the lines to be parallel or squared up with each other.  Guess I need a tilt lens for something like that.  More to come in the series later this summer when I can carve out some time to work on the rest of the images from the project.  Hope you enjoy this one for now.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Another from the abandoned house series

I have been drawn to abandoned things and abandoned places seemingly my whole life.  Before I could capture them with my camera I used dream and write about them.  I have several more images to work on from this same series before I can post them.  This is the same house that is depicted in the other images from this project that I've previously posted.  I came across the house somewhere between Thief River Falls and Warren Minnesota while taking a roadtrip workshop.  I continue to dream about trips where I find more discarded jewels like this one.  If you know of some good places, please send them my way. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Edna G Mooring

Taken on board the Edna G on a trip to the North Shore over the weekend.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Colton School, Colton, SD

Posted in response to the challenge from  Anthony Chapin.  Most of the trip was photographed in black and white film even though I had just purchased my digital SLR.  Finally, on the last day, Tony "convinced" me to get the digital out of the camera bag.  Almost all of the images from that digital shoot are badly out of focus.  I think I was so nervous about being somewhere I probably shouldn't have been that I couldn't hold the camera steady no matter how hard I tried.  Please check out Tony's awesome blog.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Not waving but drowning

Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.

Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
They said.

Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.

- Stevie Smith