Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Mrs Cardinal

I updated my backyard bird "studio" with some birch logs. Here is the first shot I published.

Look for more bird shots soon. I also added a heated bird bath.

Most of my photography lately has been at or near the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area. Check out my other blog.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Northern Cardinal

The backyard studio is in full swing now. We got some snow and wind with lots of birds looking to my feeder. This cardinal turned away from the wind so his crown is even more upright.

A colleague gave me an old Singer (yes Singer the sewing machine company) flash this week so I put it in a homemade softbox. It's AC powered so I won't burn through batteries and it happens to have a flash trigger so I don't need wires.

My softbox is a simple cardboard box lined with tinfoil with a white cloth in front. Works pretty well, I'd say.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

My Latest Exhibitions

Horse Family on Monochrome - DSC_9098 8x12
Horse Family

Two of my works are showing at the Ramsey Country Library in Shoreview for the next several weeks.  Gallery96 Art Center sponsors a number of exhibitions throughout the year.  The theme for this exhibition is "A Story Told."  I picked a couple horse photos I made at Theodore Roosevelt National park.  My exhibits are 8x12 prints.

I have two other works showing at the Shoreview Community Center for the Gallery96 "What you did or made this summer" exhibition.  This one runs through December 31st.  

Here is one of my submissions at the Shoreview Community Center:

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8x12 on metallic paper.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Huge Milestone for Mully410 * Images

500000 Views

Early this morning, someone was responsible for the 500,000th view on my Flickr photostream. That's a lot of views.

Here are some highlights:

I wrote this when I posted this photo of an American Kestrel at the Raptor Center's release party on May 1, 2011:  "...glad I took a second look at my files.  Found this gem.  If you zoom way in on his eye, you can see the sky and some people reflections."  It's my most viewed photo at 10,979 views right now.

Kestrel Close Up DSC_7535

Thirty five people count Momma and the Kids as their favorite and 64 people commented on it for the most commented photo in my photostream. Second place for number of favorites only has 17 favorites.

Momma and the Kids DSC_8008

Flickr has a feature called "Explore." They have some sort of secret formula for selecting 500 photos per day to show on their Explore page. This photo was selected back on April 30, 2001. Flickr received about 3000-5000 new uploads every minute...so being selected in the top 500 for the day is pretty cool.

Rain Coming DSC_2417

These three photos were also Explored by Flickr: Shelf Cloud and Lightning; Dive, Dive, Dive; Smile.

This photo was picked up by the Associate Press wire last winter.  These photos have won various awards.   This photo won a second place and I was award a 24x30 print of my choice personally printed and signed by Moose Peterson

In 2010, Demure Amur was not selected for the Minnesota State Fair but it did win best-in-show at the Salon 300 State Fair Overflow Show at the Hopkins Center for the Arts.  Read about how it won here.

Amur Leopard

Saturday, October 29, 2011

More Crex Meadows Wisconsin...Sandhill Cranes.



Went back to Crex Meadows on October 28th. I think we saw way more cranes than my last visit about three weeks ago. A couple of us (with no experience in such matters) estimated 10,000 cranes flew in for the night. I think I saw my first rough-legged hawk.

I think the first shot, the cranes on the road, might make a great book cover. 

This slide show looks much better in full screen mode. Click the arrows in the lower right of the frame.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans, Songbirds and Raptors at Crex Meadows

A friend and I spent the day in Crex Meadows Wisconsin.  "The Crex" as it's locally known is a wildlife management area that attracts sandhill cranes by the thousands.  We got there for sunrise and stayed until sunset. 

Here is a slide show of what we saw.  These are my favorites of the nearly 1400 clicks I made that day.




Click on the box like thing on the lower right of the slideshow frame to expand it. I think you can click it again once you get into the slideshow to get a full screen view.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Two Life Birds This Week During My Lunchbreak

Bird DSC_2929 by Mully410 * Images
Bird DSC_2929, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
Lately, I haven't been out on photowalks during my lunch break very often. Something about having to pay my bills....etc.

This week, however, I got out on two walks and saw two different bird species for the first time. The bird on the right is a Rusty Blackbird. According to Cornell University - All About Birds website, the rusty blackbird has declined 85-99% over the last forty years. Here is another shot of the bird:

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(click to embiggen)

The second life bird I found and photographed was a golden-crowned kinglet.  These aren't my best photographic works but I publish them anyway as documentation of my spottings:

Bird DSC_2995

Golden-crowned Kinglet DSC_2987

Last spring during a lunch break photo walk, I spotted ruby-crowned kinglets.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Watertower in the Arden Hills Army Training Site

Watertower DSC_1719 by Mully410 * Images
Watertower DSC_1719, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
I spent a rainy cold afternoon in the Arden Hills Army Training Site today. More photos on my other blog: Today at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Amur Leopard is Showing at Cafe Zia this Month

Amur Leopard by Mully410 * Images
Amur Leopard, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
As part of my member ship in Gallery96, I get to show some works at Cafe Zia in Roseville Minnesota.

This month, I took the big (16x20) Demure Amur print that won the People's Choice award at the Salon 300 show last year. I also brought Wild Mare and Foal (8x10) to the cafe.

Please stop by during September, grab a bite and take a look at some great art from Gallery96.

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

I go to the Minnesota State Fair

Colors DSC_8230 by Mully410 * Images
Colors DSC_8230, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
Yesterday, I made my annual solo pilgrimage to the Minnesota State Fair. I left work early and caught the park-and-ride bus based in our work parking lot. I had a great time making snaps and talking to people.

It started on the bus ride to the fair. I was lamenting how the midnight bus has lots of drunks and is quite annoying. The bus driver explained that bachelor parties are worse but bachelorette parties are even worse. She said, "the girls can't hold their liquor."

My first stop was the fine arts building. Some of the photography was pretty good and some was wtf? A snapshot of a guy on a motorcycle? Please.

My first snack was here:

The Original DSC_7783

I went to the Last Chance Forever show on the Garden Stage near the DNR building. I do this every year. Same show, same birds, but still cool. Here's my favorite shot:

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Bay-winged Hawk...aka Harris' Hawk

I rode the Skyride...chairlift thingy in case you didn't notice the first shot in this post is from that ride.

I ate some gator bits and hush puppies.  Very good.

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I had the most fun watching the English Jumping competition. I sat next to a real nice woman who used to jump horses so I got free play-by-play. I learned a lot about shooting those events. It's very dark so my ISO was cranked way up. Lots of noise reduction in post. My 35mm f1.8 did ok but the brightest part of the coliseum is in the center. Didn't have enough zoom for those shots. I bet a 70-200mm f2.8 would work great.

I'm pretty sure this was the winner of the kids/adult class:

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It was dark when I left the horse show so I tried a slower shutter pan on this ride.

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I finished the night outside the Grandstand. Heard Heart play Crazy on You, Barracuda and a cover of Battle of Evermore that sounded quite good.

I planning on joining the Twin Cities Photography Group for a night shoot on the 3rd. Here is a slide show of what I did yesterday.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Here is Evening Bridge at the Salon 300 Show

DSC_5930 by Mully410 * Images
DSC_5930, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
My Evening Bridge photo is in the main gallery at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Here is a shot of it near the wood carving of the naked girl with a cello.

The show runs through Sept 4.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Evening Bridge at the TCAAP WVA will be showing at Salon 300

Evening Bridge at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area did not get accepted into the Minnesota State Fair this year. Who knows why other than the judge didn't deem it worthy. Oh well.

I dropped it off at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. They show state fair rejects at their Salon 300 State Fair Overflow Show.

Last year my Demur Amur won People's Choice. Please visit Salon 300 this year and vote for what you like (hopefully my work).

I'll be at the opening reception on Saturday August 8 from 6-8pm. Come say hi.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I go to Slice of Shoreview

Dock Dog DSC_2678 by Mully410 * Images
Dock Dog DSC_2678, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
I worked the Bikeways and Trails booth at the Slice of Shoreview this year. It's a great little festival. My favorite part is watching the dock dogs jump into the water. I could have sat there all day watching these dogs but I only had a few minutes.

Dock Dog DSC_2683

Flying Dog DSC_2684

The Lake Johanna Fire Department puts on a huge waterslide with their big fire hoses. Looks like fun.

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Waterslide DSC_2653

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Flooding Near My House This Morning

Flooding DSC_2452 by Mully410 * Images
Flooding DSC_2452, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
Here is the intersection of Lexington Ave and Tanglewood Drive in Shoreview Minnesota. We got about five inches of rain last night/this morning. In fourteen years living in this neighborhood, I've never seen this intersection flooded. Lots of rain.

A couple adventurous/not exactly smart people drove through at high speed and I made some photos.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

400000 Views!

400000 Views by Mully410 * Images
400000 Views, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
It's been a while since I last posted a Flickr view update. I was waiting for the next big milestone, 400,000 views. On February 11, 2011 my photostream passed 300,000 views. I am astonished that it only took five months to gain another 100k.

This is still Flickr's most interesting photo in my collection...whatever that means:

I Sense Nuts DSC_8629

This one still has the most views at 10,936:

Kestrel Close Up DSC_7535

Momma and kids has the most favorites at 35. A nice 8x10 framed print of it is for sale at Cafe Zia in Roseville through July.

Momma and the Kids DSC_8008

This shot was "explored" by Flickr, which is a big deal for me.

Rain Coming DSC_2417

This shot is one of my favorites because it took a whole year of planning and I only had a few days while the lilacs were blooming.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fireworks 2011

Fireworks DSC_0137 by Mully410 * Images
Fireworks DSC_0137, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
For the third year a row, I setup on a beach on Turtle Lake in Shoreview Minnesota for the fireworks. The rich people on the lake didn't disappoint.

This year was easier in one way. I wanted the moon in my shots so I didn't have to re-compose chasing fireworks all around the lake. Fortunately, two docks under the moon were lighting off the big ones.

I used the Nikon D7000 and my Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens. I found I had to crop all my shots last year when I used the 18-55mm.  All these shots are taken in Aperture Priority at f/11, ISO 100, on a tripod, with a remote cord, mirror lockup and -2 stop EV (and lots of DEET). The camera figured out how to expose the perfect shot. It usually picked a shutter speed of 3-8 seconds depending on how bright the bursts were during the shot. I used in-camera noise reduction. These photos needed very little post-processing. Some were cropped, most weren't. I applied some d-lighting to some of the bursts and a little sharpening here and there with Capture NX2 (I don't own Photoshop). Overall, I spend less than 2 minutes in the digital darkroom for any given shot.

Here is a slide show. It will look best in full screen mode...click the four little arrow like box thingy to the lower right of the frame.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fireworks

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So, here are some links to my past Independence Day fireworks shoots.

With the D5000 in 2010


With the Sony DSC_W150 in 2009

This year, I'm going to try some multiple exposures now that I have a camera that will do that. I also might try and catch some shots with the zoom and might put the 35mm f/1.8 on my second tripod on an interval...or I might stay inside where it's cool and no mosquitoes. ;-)

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I visit the Arden Hills Army Training Site

Pipe Curve DSC_7156 by Mully410 * Images
Pipe Curve DSC_7156, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
Last week during my vacation, I was hanging out at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area and ran across the environmental protection officer. She gave me a key, a tour and let me roam the Arden Hills Army Training Site all day.

Read about it and more at my other blog: Today at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area.

If you feel so inclined, I could use more "likes" on the Facebook Page for the new blog.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

How I Shot Hummingbirds at my Feeder

I spent this gloomy rainy day in my kitchen learning and practicing hummingbird photography. I rented an AF-S Nikkor 500mm VR G from lensrentals.com and set it up on a tripod. I took my small SB-400 speedlight, homemade snoot and SB-28 cable and mounted it on an old cheap tripod which I placed outside on the deck. Since the 500's minimum focus distance is about 12 feet, I had to set it up inside the kitchen and shot the birds through the open patio door.

This shot is a female ruby-throated hummingbird. She was the most frequent visitor today. This shot was at 1/125 sec, f/5.6, ISO 450, EV -2/3.

Here is the male that I only got to shoot twice all afternoon.

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1/250 sec, f/4, ISO400, -2/3 EV

Here is my fav:

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No flash, 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 4000

Here is the setup. (I had a purple plastic bag over the speedlight.)

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I learned a lot about hummingbird photography here.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Minnesota Skeptics' Blog



I've been invited to post my skeptics rants on the Minnesota Skeptics blog.  We have a number of smart and interesting writers. 

Including, but not limited to, the one and only Biodork and increasingly popular podcaster The Secular Buddhist.

We'll help you learn not to fear the skeptic.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ducklings

I saw 17 ducklings in the pond outside of work this morning. Unfortunately, I had to work so I only clicked a few shots at that time. Fortunately, many of them were still there after work. I sat down on the edge of the pond for about an hour and clicked off another 100 shots. Here are the best ones:

**click on the square-ish marks on the lower right of the slideshow for a full screen view.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Remember on Memorial Day

Irony DSC_2070
Irony DSC_2070
by Mully410 * Images

I don't think "Happy Memorial Day" is appropriate. Is it?  It's not like Independence Day where we celebrate our freedoms.  Do people say: "Happy Funeral?" 

Enjoy your freedom and when you are remembering those to died to preserve your freedom, remember those that have killed for our freedom. 

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