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  • Finding Beauty in the Sparseness

    While I’ve seen many winters before, this year, as I’m taking pictures and spending more time really looking at winter, I’m struck by the sparseness. Everywhere the branches are bare, the lakes are frozen expanses of empty white snow, the walking and biking paths devoid of people. The is a lot of beauty in the…

  • Tapping into the Curious Soul

    There are days when I just don’t feel creative. I feel like everything I shoot is the same, and I’ll never come up with a shot that’s fresh and new. But I’ve made a commitment, so I have to shoot something. Tuesday was one of those days. I let the day go by without taking…

  • Help! Lighting Newbie!

    Last night I had my first class learning studio lighting for product photography, and I found I really have a lot to learn. Studio lighting is brand new to me – I only learned what Alien Bees are a few weeks ago, and currently know very little about different lighting types and how to use…

  • New 365 Project Page

    I’ve added a new page to the site for my 365 photography project so that you can follow along a little bit easier.  The page can be found on the page bar above the header image.  The photo thumbnails are arranged in a calendar format to make it a bit easier to see when each…

  • Top 5: Blogs about Photography

    In no particular order, these are my top 5 favorite blogs about photography. You’ll notice that the major review sites are missing. This is because once you have gear, there’s no point in reading those sites. It’s time to get out and shoot. The below sites focus on improving your skill and finding inspiration, something…

  • On the Fly

    I took this photo last night from the skyway between the Target Corporate Headquarters and the building that houses the Target store in downtown Minneapolis. I was on my way to meet Jim for happy hour at Brit’s pub and caught this view out the window. I had my camera with me, like I do…

  • Reasons to Join a Photography Club

    Last fall I joined the Twin Cities Photography Group on meetup.com. I thought it would be fun to go to a few events and meet other photographers in the area in an informal setting. Two weeks later, the group organizer sent an email out to the group. He was stepping down as the organizer and…

  • Crumpler, and Why I Love It

    When I think about taking my camera with me, sometimes I cringe. Do I really want to bring my camera THERE? What if something happens to it? The solution to these fears is having a really great camera bag. For me that means a bag that will keep my camera safe but at the same…

  • Backing It Up

    I’ve always heard that a photographer should keep every image they shoot, even if they don’t think it’s very good, or they don’t have a current use for it.  The image may be useful later on, or looking at it with fresh eyes may reveal something great in a photo that hadn’t seemed like much…

  • Why Do a Daily Photo Project?

    I’m sure some of you are wondering why I would want to take a photo every day as a project. It seems a bit daunting and stressful. What’s really the upside if you take on the stress? Well, I will tell you. For me, there are a number of benefits. The first is that the…

  • The 2009 365 Project

    If you follow me on flickr, then you probably know that I’ve been taking at least one photo every day since the middle of November and posting it on flickr. For 2009, I’ll be doing the same thing, but in a more organized fashion as a 365-day project. Each picture will have notes about the…

  • Perspective

    I’ve had a headache all day.  I woke up with it this morning, but it went a way for a little bit and came back with a vengeance after breakfast.  Two Advil and three glasses of water later, I was on the couch under a blanket trying to shield my eyes from the light that…

  • Morning Inspiration

    This morning I went out and bought a book. I drove out to the Barnes and Noble at The Galleria with the intention of buying the book Light: Science and Magic, which provides instruction in lighting for photography. I’d checked online and I knew they had it in stock. I found my book, but stayed…

  • My New Toy

    Yesterday afternoon I finally went out and got a new Canon EOS 50D. I decided to go with the kit EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens as it was only an additional $200 (the lens sells on it’s own for around $450), and I could use an updated zoom. The lens is heavy, but the…

  • Posting Film to Flickr

    I got my first roll of color film back from the shop today and I’m thrilled to be able to start posting pics from my Rebel 2000 SLR. I’ve owned the camera since college and I’m really glad I finally know how to use it! I’m still figuring some things out, like getting the right…

  • Moo Mini Cards

    My moo mini cards arrived today! Moo mini cards and little cards that are smaller than business cards (they are really tiny!) but can be used as calling cards. Moo is the company that makes them. They are partnered with Flickr, so they automatically allow you to import photos from your flickrstream to make the…

  • It’s All in the Details

    Last night in my photography class we worked on printing and I made my first print!  Woohoo!  Going into this class I had no idea how involved it would be.  I thought that all the work was in the taking of the picture, but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. We started out…

  • Shooting Film

    I love my SLR. I love the click of the mirror moving out of the way, the sound of the shutter and the film advancing. I love the way the lens focuses. I like the feel of the camera; it makes me feel like I know what I’m doing, even when I don’t. I’ve always…

  • The Woolly Bear

    Jim and I spent this past Sunday at Apple Jack Orchard. We didn’t pick any apples, but we did take a lot of pictures and ate apple brats and apple pie. We stood out amongst the many families with small children, in part because we were not sticky or tending to a screaming child, and…

  • Canon 50D, I’m in love!

    It’s official. After reading a few reviews of the new technology and beta versions of the Canon EOS 50D, I’m in love!  There are no production product hands-on reviews yet as the camera won’t be available until next month, but the reviews I found of beta versions and the professional assessments of the improvements Canon…

  • Procrastination

    This morning I had the full intention of getting out and getting my photo assignment done, and going for a nice long bike ride. However, there was this little furry person who really didn’t like that idea. He’s decided to hold me down with force by laying down on me every time I sit down.…