It would be fun if conversation hearts came in different themes. I would be sure to buy ones that featured love song titles in the classic rock genre. I decided to make some of my own in the meantime.
Wishing you a Very Happy Valentine's Day!
GIFs are a lot of fun to make out of a series of images that you may have taken on your camera depicting some sort of action. If you do it regularly, it's old hat but if not, you may need a refresher course. It is relatively easy to find instructional videos these days on the internet. You will be rolling in no time if you decide to make one and know your way around Photoshop.
Here is a GIF I made of a neon hat trick signage that is at a local hockey rink that we frequent.
It's true, I could have videotaped that and avoided the whole project, but I wanted to do it, so there you have it. *My website will not let me post a GIF here, so I uploaded these images into a slideshow. If you want to see the GIF, please visit my blog on WordPress. Here is a quick link to it:
On another and equally important note, it's close to that time of the year to wish my favorite football player a happy birthday. I'm a little early but since I generally post on the weekends, I wanted to make sure it was up before the big day.
It will be awhile before the legacy ship is built, so in the meantime, I hope this virtual brick will be an acceptable "substitute". Hint: It may be different from the sample bricks you see here. Happy Birthday #71!
Until next time, keep warm and enjoy this peaceful time of year.
Here in Minnesota, even the potatoes are in the spirit.
It's supposed to be single digit temperatures for this Sunday's play-off game, with wind chills going below zero. Will Seattle be able to handle this? We are hoping the answer to that is no. It's going to be dangerously cold. BRRRR!
Here's to the Vikings and I hope they win! Or we'll be having mashed purple and gold potatoes for dinner. I don't know what color that will make but it's not going to be pretty.
The article I mentioned last week was published today. Here is a link and a snapshot. Thank you again Minnesota Daily for including me as one of Minneapolis' featured photographers!
That's my photo on the front page. I have always loved photographing the Guthrie and spent a lot of time there in the past.
Since Thanksgiving is just around the corner, here are quick links to some of my most popular T-day related posts: Pecan Pie and Cranberry Daiquiris.
The turkey that you see in that cranberry daiquiri post might be featured in a video spoof very soon. I will be spending Thanksgiving solo this year, so maybe the turkey and I will create something entertaining. Only after we've had some cranberry daiquiris, of course!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
The forecast said rain for a day. Three days later it was still raining. Days and nights filled with the sound of thunder, rain pelting on windows, dreary skies that make day seem like night.
Simple streetlights transition from authoritative spheres of color into penetrating beams of red, yellow and green pouring color along roadways and sidewalks. Headlights and streetlights drip in shades of yellow and white, tail lights pulsate cherry red bursts throughout the scene.
People bustle along hidden under canopies of octopusing fabrics, intermittently wrestling with them when wind gusts defy the very structure of their essence, inverting their tentacles and turning them from cozy shelters of protection into skewers of litigation, rendering them useless for their intended purpose.
Stop in the skyway with me. Disregard the passersby hurrying to work. Pause for a moment and take a look.
I'd like to say Welcome to visiting readers of the Minnesota Daily newspaper.
I was honored to be interviewed for their Arts & Entertainment section this week with an article on Minneapolis photographers. As soon as the article is up, I will post a link to it here as well.
I hope you enjoy looking around this site. Thank you for stopping by!
This is a repost of a blog originally published 10/25/13.
How do you like to travel? Do you pick a destination and then spend every spare minute researching what to do and where to go and what to eat? Sometimes that is the best way to make sure nothing important is missed. A lot of people have one opportunity to get to a location in their lifetime and no one wants to get home to find out they missed the Grand Canyon when they were in Arizona or Mount Rushmore when they drove through South Dakota. The internet has made trip researching and planning easier than ever with the advent of such sites as TripAdvisor and Google. Experiences by other travelers are openly shared on the internet helping to point the compass in the right direction.
I decided to approach my last trip more like a wandering nomad with only a general sense of driving west or east today, north or south tomorrow. It went against every grain of Type A personality planning that I have carried around since birth. This was not easy...at all. I find comfort and security in plans. I know what I'm doing. I don't have to worry about what might happen if... I decided to do it because someone I admire a lot used to travel that way. That person was Ernst Haas. He talked about it in his film documentary "To Dream With Eyes Wide Open":
I was always accused of not knowing where I am going and what I'm doing. This is really true because there is an element of surprise which for me is very, very important.
Could this really be true, I wondered? Had I been behaving like a banker my whole life and worse yet, on my photography trips? Taking out every ounce of creativity as I marched through my itineraries, checking off my to-do list one by one?
I decided to put my trust in Ernst Haas. Just once. I took comfort knowing that if it didn't work, I wouldn't do it again. I knew where I was sleeping at night and that was it. I let the car do the driving and if something piqued my curiosity I explored it, letting myself be available to any whim that arose. From the very first photo of my trip, it lead me to off the beaten track places like this:
to the very last photo of my trip.
Was it successful? I don't know, but I felt like this method of travel worked out very good for me and I will definitely try it again. On repeated occasions I remember thinking how lucky I was and being grateful for every moment I had and working like crazy before the clock ran out of time.
I hope you enjoyed this blog and I thank you very much for coming by. As you may have noticed I am test driving a new logo. Comments are open so feel free to let me know your thoughts. Thank you!
Recently I decided to take care of some refinishing projects that have been building up around the house for the last 8 years or so. It started with one little project that went so well, I decided to do them all. At least that was the plan until I ran into a really tough project. It wasn't this one, this was the easy job that set the ball in motion and got me thinking I was some kind of refinishing expert.
This old side buffet (not entirely sure it was a buffet) was acquired awhile back for about $75 at a yard sale, probably from a guy named Jimmy. At the time, it was bought as a temporary storage piece. Currently, I have been thinking about a room and the furniture that was in it, and a very large empty space that needed to be filled and what to do about it. When I looked at this old piece, I really just wanted to post it on Craig's list or something to see if I could recover the $75 originally paid for it.
The truth was, it wasn't supposed to be permanent and I really didn't want to keep it. It's a pretty solid old piece of furniture though. The legs have some nice detail, and it is made of real wood as opposed to particle board, so I started thinking this still had some life in it and maybe it should get another chance.
I recently bought a couple cans of paint for another redecorating project, so after giving it some thought, decided to paint it one of those colors. Probably not the color I would have chosen if I went to the store and picked one out, but I am trying to use all my resources right now, so this was just going to have to work. It was this color or turquoise and with royal blue walls behind, I preferred the green.
I decided it would also need some new handles. I searched the internet, found these on Amazon and ordered them direct from China.
There were some real nice domestic handblown glass handles available that would have been beautiful, but they were over $50 a pop and I wasn't ready to sink that kind of money into this piece. These 6 handles were less than $30 including shipping. Reviews of similar handles were poor but I am happy with these. They are good enough for this purpose and I think they update the piece nicely.
What do you think? I'd love to hear your comments. Until next time, thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying this time of year.
It's a good idea when shooting something at night to spend a little time during the day getting familiar with your subject before it gets dark. When there are a lot of subjects or objects, it's an even better idea to zone in on what you are going to work on before the lights go out and hope you will be able to find your way back. It's harder than it sounds.
In this case, it was my last day/night in the yard, and this particular car caught my eye. I put it on my list to come back to for a night shoot.
The inside was pretty dirty, although since the driver's door was missing (which is why it's so dirty), it made for easy access to shoot into the car.
As is typical, the list of cars I intended on getting done that night was long and the clock was ticking away. I had more to work on in other areas, so I decided to just shoot the side panel.
Here is the daylight capture of it:
And the night image:
This is a 1970 Buick Wildcat and was the last year this car was made by Buick until 1985.
If you want to see something cool, check out the Google images of the 1985 version which was a concept car:
As always, I appreciate your visit and hope you are enjoying the last days of summer.
I am a photographer who lives in Minnesota. I blog about Minnesota, photography, music, food and miscellaneous topics.