Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gallery 96 - Lemon and Lime Exhibition

Lemon Lime DSC_7024 by Mully410 * Images
Lemon Lime DSC_7024, a photo by Mully410 * Images on Flickr.
You are cordially invited to an art exhibition of works by members of the Gallery 96 Art Center at the Shoreview Ramsey County Library May 6-June 3, 2011.  There will be all sorts of art at this exhibition, not just photographs.

Ramsey County Library Shoreview. 4570 North Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 651-486-2300  
Monday 10am-9pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 1-9pm
Thurday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 12-5pm

The theme is "Lemon and Lime." My interpretation of that is this photo of fire performer Kelsey Ash Zachman. Kelsey and a number of her Fire Jam group joined me and some members of the Twin Cities Photography Group for a shoot back in March. In shot she is spinning a baton which is on fire at both ends. I colorized the fire with "lime" and "lemon" colors to match the theme of this show.

This exhibition will be juried by a University of Minnesota expert who will award prize money and ribbons.

Here is another shot of Kelsey and a link to to the whole fire jam at Minnehaha Falls.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Young Bald Eagles over Tamarack Nature Center

Young Bald Eagles
by Mully410 * Images

My truck needed some service so after I picked it up in Maplewood I decided to stop by the Tamarack Nature Center in White Bear Township.  I visit this place a couple times a years.  It's a really nice park with an interesting trail around a lake that had floating boardwalks.

Shortly after I began my walk, I noticed a big raptor off to the south.  I usually walk around the other side of the lake but this time I didn't.  Turns out my quick decision to go the other way paid off.  I was standing on the dock and turned around to see an eagle come down real close to me.  I spent all winter learning and practicing my birds-in-flight photography at my bird feeder so I was ready.  I'm really proud of this series of shots.  Only one of the lone eagle photos was cropped in the slightest.  This bird filled the whole frame.  There were three young bald eagles in this group.  Within a few seconds or minutes (don't really remember, it happened fast), they were all together.  I still can't believe I got all three in the same frame...while one of them was upside-down.  Later, I saw two adult bald eagles and a cooper's hawk.

Please view the full screen slideshow for the best results. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Young Barn Swallow From Redbubble

Since I recently opened a store on Redbubble, I decided it would be wise to try them out myself. I decided to get an 8x12 framed and matted print of this cute little barn swallow chick.

I'm impressed. The packaging was secure and durable. The frame looks to be good quality and the hardware is solid. I went with the "box" frame so it's a little thicker than the ones I have custom made locally. I can't vouch for the print quality as I haven't disassembled the unit.

My prices at my Redbubble store are less than if you purchased from me directly. The framer I use locally has a much wider variety of frames and mats. She also custom fits each frame and gives me a choice of glass. I use a conservation glass that has a UV coating. The prints I have done myself are top quality archival inks and papers. I'm not sure what Redbubble uses. Plus, when you buy from me directly, I'll sign the mat.

Overall, I think Redbubble is a good value. You get a decent print, mat and frame shipped directly to your address...and you can use a credit card.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Today at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area

by Mully410 * Images

My regular readers know that I spend a lot of time at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area.  It's a small section of restored prairie that abuts the Arden Hills Army Training Site (formerly known as the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.)

The NFL, particularly the Minnesota Vikings, have been talking about putting new stadium near "my spot."  If it happens, it will be on the other side of the hills, behind this water tower.  I doubt I will be able to see it from the Wildlife Viewing Area but I suspect plenty of garbage will fly into the lake.  I'm not a big fan of publicly funded playgrounds for the super rich and I'm especially not a fan of garbage.

Given all that, I've created a blog to record my observations and show photos I've made at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area.  Please join me and those with an interest in nature and wildlife at by new blog:  Today at the TCAAP Wildlife Viewing Area.

Thank You!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Walking During My Lunchbreak

Thrush DSC_9654
Originally uploaded by Mully410 * Images

Lately, I've been taking a walk around my office during my lunch break...with my camera. So far in just the last week or so, I've seen a whole bunch of bird species.

The photo above is a hermit thrush. I'm not sure if I've seen this bird before today but this is the first descent shot I've gotten of one of them.

Below is a shot of a ruby-crowned kinglet.  These are migrants in my neighborhood.  I saw a couple last spring but didn't get any photos.  These birds have a tiny red sploch on the top of their head.  Unfortunately you can't see it here.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet DSC_9536
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
by Mully410 * Images

Here is my favorite of the week.  Northern flickers aren't rare around here but I've never seen two in the same place at the same time.  I had to be quick to get this shot.

Flickers DSC_9619
by Mully410 * Images

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Mully410 * Images Opens Store on Redbubble!

Red Admiral DSC_6092
Red Admiral DSC_6092
by Mully410 * Images

Happy Birthday to me!  

More and more people are asking to buy my photographs.  I am more than happy to provide professionally printed, matted and framed prints or un-matted prints but up until now, it's been slow and awkward to order from me unless you are local to where I live. 

Today, I launched the Mully410 store at Redbubble.  After talking with some of my peers and reading reviews, I feel that this site offers good quality and service.  Initially, I plan to make available only a select few of my finest works.  However, if you see something you like on my Flickr page, please let me know.  I'll be happy to make it available in my store if the original file has sufficient resolution.

Please let me know of your experience at my store should you choose to enjoy my photography in your home or office. 

Thank you!

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