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  • Vincent Laforet: The Cabbie

    Vincent Laforet created this video with a Canon 7D as the first chapter in a series for the Canon video contest “The Story Beyond the Still.” Laforet was given a still image to interpret, and this video is his interpretation of that image.  The video ends with another still, which contestants for the second chapter…

  • Not Just a Tourist

    If you’re one of the few people that actually read my site on a regular basis (Hi Mom!) you might have noticed that I’ve been a bit absent lately. We’ll it’s been for a very good reason – I’m moving to Seattle! My husband, Jim, has taken a fantastic new job and we’re moving at…

  • Let It Snow!

    Yesterday morning it snowed, the first snowfall of the year. The temperatures plunged below zero, and in one night some trees dropped all their leaves in a panicked attempt to keep up with the temperature change. It was amazing to see the blankets of green leaves covering the grass and snow and gathering in the…

  • The PEN Story

    This short, created by Olympus, tells the story of the Olympus PEN camera, which lives on in the new micro four-thirds digital camera, the Olympus EP-1. As you probably know, I’m a Canon girl, but I’m finding very hard to resist the pull of this cute little camera. The video above was created entirely with…

  • Dan Chung: Another Night in Beijing

    https://vimeo.com/6759220This phenomenal video was shot entirely with a brand new Canon 7D by filmmaker Dan Chung, just hours after he purchased the camera at a local retailer in Beijing. Chung used some top notch L lenses and a professional video setup to make the film, but because of the low light most of the video…

  • Discovering the Minnesota State Fair

    The first year I lived in Minnesota, I heard a lot of talk about the state fair. It seemed like the Minnesotan event of the summer, the one thing that everyone seemed to go to. I was intrigued. I’d never been to a state fair before. Oh, sure, Michigan has one, and New York has…

  • Florian Shulz: Freedom to Roam

    https://vimeo.com/3791163Florian Schulz is a professional nature photographer and a founding member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). His Freedom to Roam Project chronicles wildlife migration corridors and shows how each piece of the conservation puzzle connects with the others. This project documents the affects of global warming and human encroachment on wild spaces…

  • The Magic Hour

    There’s about an hour in the morning just after sunrise and an hour in evening just before sunset where the sunlight is especially golden. This is the golden hour, or as I prefer, magic hour. Here in Minnesota we really only get it in the spring, summer and autumn – while we do get it…

  • Dandelion Lessons

    Last week Thursday and Friday were beautiful days here, sunny and in the 80s. On Friday I headed down to Lake Calhoun with my camera and watched the tall grass near the water blowing in the soft breeze, the buoys bobbing up and down gently in the water and the little children playing on the…

  • Patrick Farrell Wins the Pulitzer

    Photographer Patrick Farrell has won the Pulitzer Prize for his photographs of Haiti in the aftermath of the hurricanes that ravaged the country last year. If you haven’t seen these photos, you should. While we usually see the destruction of buildings in hurricane photography, Farrell’s work shows the human destruction. The images are very moving…

  • Detroit, A Cautionary Tale

    This past weekend I went back to Michigan to spend some time with my parents. I didn’t go down into Detroit on this trip, but from what I saw from the highway back to the airport, things haven’t changed much. There has been a lot made of the impact of the economic downturn on the…

  • Happy Friday!

    Need some furry cuteness to kick off your weekend? Check out the Furry Friday group on Flickr for some cute and furry fun. Have a great and restful weekend everyone!

  • No Bridezillas Here!

    This past Monday I had my first experience working with models during my wedding photography class at the Minneapolis Photo Center. It was sort-of what I expected, but not completely. I went into the experience a little nervous, but relieved that there would be so many other students there to take the pressure off of…

  • In Front of the Camera

    I’m fairly comfortable with a camera in my hands, my eye to the viewfinder, the shutter under my finger. But put me in front of the camera and I’m quite a bit less comfortable. Put me in front of the camera AND in charge of the outcome of the image and I’m downright terrified. Or…

  • Moo Me Again!

    I’ve received my second set of moo cards this week and they look fantastic! I’m very pleased. If you’re not familiar with these cards, you should be! They’re made by a company called Moo, and run $20 for a set of 100 cards. If you have a Flickr account, you can link your Flickr account…

  • Copenhagenize.com: Winter Cycling Redux

    Here in Minnesota there is a huge cycling population and many of these cyclists continue to ride during the winter months, using their bikes as their primary form of transportation. We have nothing on Copenhagen though, that’s some serious bike culture! Mikael Colville-Andersen is a freelance filmmaker and photographer and has two fantastic sites on…

  • Color Rush

    The bright colors of these sodas were a great pick-me-up on a cloudy day. After a nice warm-up we’re heading into another cold spell here in Minnesota, so I can use all the bright colors I can get. I’m going to make a point of seeking out nice vivid, candy-like shots at least once a…

  • Seeing the Light

    The more I learn about lighting theory, the more I notice lighting and it’s influence on what I see. I notice the color of the natural light, and how it changes throughout the day. I notice how light elucidates texture when the sun is low on the horizon, and often hides it when the sun…

  • The Joy of Printing

    This past weekend I took a class on fine art printing at the Minneapolis Photo Center. The class was two afternoons, Saturday and Sunday, and covered everything from adjustments in Photoshop to make your photos look better in print to different types of paper and how they affect the look of the printed image. I…

  • Splityarn Camera Straps

    Hate your camera strap? Feel like it’s boring, or has too much camera brand advertising on it? Just want something a little different? A new Splityarn strap might be just the thing for you. I purchased my Splityarn SLR camera strap as a replacement strap for my 35mm film camera as I wasn’t crazy about…

  • Taking Your Photography to the Next Level

    I hate to admit it, but my photography has leveled off. I have a decent grasp of the use of depth of field, how to make artistic use of long shutter speeds and how to get an accurate exposure. But I know I still have a lot to learn if I want to reach my…