Photography Experiences

Moon St. Paul 3/2/18

March 01, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I thought about making this photo all winter, but it was just too cold for me to stand outside at six in the morning. I waited for it to warm up and set up my rig a half hour before sunrise at Mounds Blvd. overlooking St. Paul, MN. Once I was happy with the composition, I started taking different exposures and finally used a thirteen second exposu...
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Laysan Albatross 1/31/18

January 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
I recently visited Oahu, HI and heard there were nesting Laysan Albatrosses on the island. I had never seen these birds and wanted to go. I left my hotel room at 0530, drove for over an hour in the dark, and hiked five miles round trip while carrying a heavy telephoto lens. I must have seen about 30 of these amazing birds. They can live to be sixt...
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Long Exposure Photography 11/27/17

November 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I love long exposure photography- it makes the water flowing around shores, waterfalls and rocks look smooth and silky. It also makes the clouds look streaked. For a year I've been trying to get good long exposure photos. At first I used a 10 stop variable density Hoya filter. This didn't work well during the day- there was too much vignetting. Nex...
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Flicker in Flight 9/22/17

September 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
I had seen photos of yellow-shafted Northern Flickers in flight with their wings spread and loved the photos. On a Saturday in September, I was walking in the woods and saw a Pileated Woodpecker high up in the trees. I tried to get a photo of it in flight- when I looked at the photo, it was not sharp. My shutter speed was only 1/2500s. The next day...
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Saint Croix Bridge 8/7/17

August 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment
Most of the time good shots just don't happen- some thought needs to go into planning an approach and deciding which lens and camera settings to use. Even with prior planning things often go wrong. I wanted to take a photo of the Saint Croix bridge once construction was completed in August 2017. I drove to Stillwater, MN multiple times to find a go...
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