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.

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

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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:

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

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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.

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

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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. ;-)

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