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When possible I will try to include the location I shot the photo from. Photo taken at Minnesota State fair 2010

In fact this blog is more about where we shoot from rather than the technicals that accompany shooting great photographs. Please add your comments and questions and especially any locations you would like to share that you feel are good vantage points for photographing not only city images but all image subjects, like favorite landscapes, nature, birding, boating and others in the city, metro or out state areas.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A drive around lake Minnetonka can always provide several great and inspiring photos, Dry docked boats covered with snow always seem so lonely to me, then you look out over the frozen lake and see a lone fish house, it some how looks full of life showing the life cycle of the lake the change of seasons and the brutal temperature conditions we in Minnesota endure.

I think it was 1992, I pull these pics out all the time I have probably posted them on this blog in the past and will again, it was such a good time it is worth revisiting now and again, ST. Paul has built one other Ice castle since 92 and it was also a nice one, it was harder to get photos of because of its location and it had giant screen TV's built into the ice that kind of took away any creative details most pictures could show.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

State fair is a wonderful place to capture photos of public people, They always welcome a photo op.

Mark Dayton and my self at the Minnesota state fair, my wife is taking this photo.

Mr, Horner and My self, again my wife taking this wonderful picture, Good luck to all candidates, i looked for other candidates but the big debate was about to take place so Mark and Tom also left after these photos were taken.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

City of Minnetonka sponsors a photo contest, this years deadline is September 13th categories are Lifestyles, nature and Wild all must be photographed within the city of Minnetonka. this is my entry for Lifestyle.
Sky Ridge on Baker Road in Minnetonka is a real nice little park, I am not sure if it is open to all public, I walked through about noon on this day during the week and felt welcome to take photos, it looked like a wonderful place to shoot Senior or engagement photos. It will be real nice this fall and it also was a good place for birding I will be back early in the day or near dusk for some bird shots.

Friday, July 30, 2010

St Albins Bay Bridge

Photo opportunities are bountiful around the lake Minnetonka area, I have followed the seasons, the colors and the people around the lake and the photos always seem to tell a story. watching the local papers and internet search, photo contest and new gallery openings can often be found if that happens to be your venue. 
 Today this young man learns to bait his own hook and even take his fish off of the hook.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Berry Pickers
Berries are in perfect harvest stage fore picking along the Gunflint trail just out side of Grand Marais. My wife Gracie and I were hiking to the Magnetic rock about 30 miles North West of Grand Marais when we noticed a bountiful view of Raspberries and then noticed people off of  to the side of the path picking Blueberries by the bucketful, this trail walks through the BWCA burnout area and is just now coming back to life with new ground growth with pine, birch and aspen trees and lots of berries of every kind.

Most of the berries along the trail are ripe and ready for picking, we still found many berries at various young and mature stages.

Bring containers, we were limited to our camel back water bottle we use for hiking.

Don’t delay, berries wait for no one. When they are ready they are either picked or drop to the ground.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Cherry Spoon, I think one of the most photographed things in the Twin Cities area. For this shot I left the tripod in the car, it was nearing dusk and I wanted to walk with the camera, so I walked around the whole pond and took photos from every angle, with the sun quickly setting this angle turned out to be the most inviting, and other than having dust in my camera lens I am very pleased with this photo.
Opportunity knocked so I took the photo, I was taking some photos at dusk under the 35W Mississippi river bridge crossing and these three bikers pulled up one level above me under the bridge lights, so I asked if I could take their picture with the lights as a background, they were very willing.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Newly Recently opened in the former Levitz Furniture warehouse DOCK 86 is open 10:00 A.M. 8:00 P.M. Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nice improvement to this area 694 and 35E

Good bye Rudy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Another of Mickey's
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Mickey's is a great place, I think I've posted some of Mickey's before, it is a favorite, and I haven't been able to make it to the St. Paul winter carnival this year, so St Paul is on my mind. Wishing I could make, it is a wonderful winter event in Minnesota.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, We have it all. Some times the photo you have seemed to be so cool and then you go to post it and it just doesn't pop. I worked on a train photo for several hours and finally discarded it and went to get this photo instead that I really like.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Ruth made drawings for curtains and materials, in her collection is 1000's of hand drawn, sketched, and traced images mostly of wild life.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Lamp Post at Wayzata Marina

Railroad crossing Wayzata
Rear view is this weeks competition on flickr Twin Cities I take so many photos and the reviews come back mixed as to who likes what. Which one do you like best?
                                   Wayzata Beach and Marina

Grays Bay fishing with inmates

I follow flickr twincities. Twice a month they have a photo competition, I usually enter depending on the subject. One of the last competitions was photos of Iconic Target. I really don't enter to win I enter because it helps me learn how to shoot photos of different subjects and it helps give direction as to what other people see on the same subject. I like to see one subject many different ways and that is what the competitions accomplish for me.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Walking Wayzata is always worth while, this town has some amazing architecture, old style, you do have to search it out though, and the lake view is spectacular at Sunsets

Monday, December 14, 2009

Hopkins theater is lit up most nights until about 10:00 P.M. for good photos.
This photo was taken because the latter attracted my interest, the content of the billboard is also very eye catching, I like that it says welcome to Hopkins!

Hopkins is a town full of possibilities for some good photographs, it has a good mix of old and new history.

I am not sure what happened to Wagners drive in, This Galaxy drive in that replaced it is very photogenic and it has many theatric scenes on the grounds, it is well worth the stop for a burger and a few photos any time of day

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Minnesota landscape arboretum is one of my favorite places to walk and take photos, my wife purchased a family and friends pass this year and I do believe that it is money spent wisely for entertainment value and for a good cause.

Spring Summer and Fall have been great and from the last walk I took with my daughter on October 26 I can see that autumn is not an end it is a beginning and now I can hardly wait to go back for the next season, the season of November when things out side are quiet and the wind and cold can seem bitter or sweet autumn colors are fading into winter grays and the rustling of squirrels can sound earth shattering in those woods and meadows. Now those hidden deer are easier to see and the time spent outdoors is so much more appreciated.