March 16, 2014

St. Urho!

March 16th is the Feast Day of St. Urho, of Finland. An entirely imaginary Saint, Urho is celebrated in Minnesota, mainly in the Finnish town of Finland on the North Shore.

This statue, though is found in Menahga, in the Mississippi headwaters region of the state.

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Posted by Jvstin at 8:25 AM

February 15, 2014

The Swinging Bridge

The Swinging Bridge of Jay Cooke State Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 PM

February 1, 2014

Remixed Photo: Sinopah Mountain, Glacier National Park

Sinopah Mountain

Posted by Jvstin at 10:19 AM

January 26, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul

Posted by Jvstin at 8:29 AM

Remix--Fall Color 2010

Fall Color North Shore--a remix

Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 AM

January 23, 2014

Remix--Como Park Conservatory

Como Park Conservatory

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 PM

January 15, 2014

Remix-Gooseberry Falls 2010

"The negative is comparable to the composer's score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways."--Ansel Adams

In that tradition, I took a 2010 picture of mine, and re-edited in Lightroom:

Gooseberry Falls

Posted by Jvstin at 8:49 PM

January 11, 2014

State Capitol of Minnesota

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Posted by Jvstin at 6:57 PM

December 29, 2013

Minneapolis Skyline

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Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 AM

December 28, 2013

Hastings River Bridge, Hastings Minnesota

Hastings Bridge

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 PM

December 20, 2013

"One Sheet" Molas Pass

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An experiment.

Posted by Jvstin at 10:13 AM

Mountain view at Molas Pass Colorado (Monochrome)

Posted by Jvstin at 9:21 AM

December 17, 2013

Overlook along Trail Ridge Road--Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

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Posted by Jvstin at 12:20 PM

December 10, 2013

The Waterfall Walkers, Willow River State Park

Willow River Falls

Posted by Jvstin at 6:18 PM

December 5, 2013

Progress of the State, Minnesota State Capitol

"Progress of the State"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:59 AM

December 4, 2013

Minnesota State Capitol and St Paul's Cathedral

Minnesota State Capitol and St Paul's Cathedral

Posted by Jvstin at 8:04 AM

December 3, 2013

Double Arch, Arches National Park

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Posted by Jvstin at 8:56 AM

December 2, 2013

View from top of Monarch Mountain Colorado

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Posted by Jvstin at 9:18 AM

November 27, 2013

Zebulon Pike Expedition

I just love interpretive signs. I have to make a will save to not photograph one.

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Posted by Jvstin at 10:45 AM

Pike's Peak View Colorado 2013

Pikes Peak View

Posted by Jvstin at 10:29 AM

October 21, 2013

Albino Squirrel


There is a population of albino squirrels in St. Paul. Occasionally, they come as far north as here.

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Posted by Jvstin at 1:38 PM

October 5, 2013

Park Avenue, Arches National Park

Park Avenue, Arches National Park

Posted by Jvstin at 9:23 AM

September 23, 2013

Lowry Avenue Bridge, Minneapolis

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Posted by Jvstin at 10:31 AM

July 31, 2013

Denver Museum of Science

One of my stops in between Colorado Springs and my adventures climbing mountains and Rocky Mountain National Park was the city of Denver itself. I was disappointed the capitol was under construction, got my oil changed, visited a landmark Denver bookstore, met a friend for dinner. Oh, and visited the Denver Museum of Science.

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

July 30, 2013

Volcano Day!: Capulin Volcano

Hello friends!

One of the strangest and unexpected detours I took on my winding travels was a quick jaunt into New Mexico. I'd never been, and I'd heard there was a National Monument not far from the Colorado border. So, the morning after the Dunes, I decided to go see it. I was rewarded with amazing views from the top of Capulin Volcano:

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

July 29, 2013

Pike's Peak

Views from Pike's Peak

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

July 24, 2013

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Take Two

Four more pictures.

The Expanse

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Water, Earth and Sky

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Footprints

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The Adventurers

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

July 19, 2013

Badlands National Park

Two pictures from Badlands National Park

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:06 AM

July 17, 2013

Alluvial Fan Falls

It's bloody stinking hot here in 'Mogadishu on the Mississippi'¹, and so the perfect pictures to share in weather like this are waterfalls. I didn't see many waterfalls on my trip to dry Colorado, but I did come across one in Rocky Mountain National Park. This is Alluvial Fan Falls, which is a remnant and legacy of a terrible flood that hit the park in 1982 thanks to a Dam failure that killed three people. The dam is gone, the lake is diminished, and the debris that flood carried down has created these falls.

Stay cool!

¹'Credit for the phrase Mogadishu on the Mississippi goes to Theodore Beale. In contrast to his view and beliefs, I love the multicultural nature of the Twin Cities. Remember, every time you eat some tasty Doro Wat, Vox Day cries.

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

July 16, 2013

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison I

"I have seen the Canyonlands. Crooked lines like in your hands. You'll swear the earth was split in two. I wouldn't lie, I promise you, that I have seen it, you will too. You could not believe it, but for the photographs I took to you..."

--"Caroline", Brandi Carlile.

A very appropriate lyric for a few pictures of the steep and narrow Black Canyon of the Gunnison, in central Colorado.

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

The Long House at Mesa Verde

The Long House at Mesa Verde

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Posted by Jvstin at 5:15 AM

July 12, 2013

Weimer in the Dunes

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

July 11, 2013

Monarch Pass

Monarch Pass, at 11,312 feet, set a new elevation from me (taking it away from Red Mountain Pass, the previous day in the trip).

And then I busted that record by taking a tram to the top of Monarch Ridge (nearly 12,100 feet) at the pass. it's relatively inexpensive and the views were amazing. It was windy and cold but the views made it all worthwhile.

Views like these:

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

July 10, 2013

Million Dollar Highway and Red Mountain

Million Dollar Highway, and Red Mountain

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

July 9, 2013

Arches and Mesa Verde

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There are some nice arches in Arches National Park, but the Double Arch is the big one of the set. The scale of the thing has to be seen to be believed. Fortunately, there are usually people around to help with the sense of perspective:
I mentioned that there were ruins at Mesa Verde you could get up close and personal to without a tour. Spruce Tree House, near the park's main center, is one of them. This is, again, a kiva. I told you they were like Starbucks. ;)

Posted by Jvstin at 3:03 PM

July 4, 2013

Happy Fourth of July everyone!

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Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 AM

July 2, 2013

Mesa Verde National Park

Hello!

Today we return to Mesa Verde National Park, and a picture from my tour of Cliff Palace, showing off some of the architecture.

Fun fact. See the "pit" in the lower middle foreground? That is called a kiva, and its an important structure that is common to the period. You find them in the cliff dwellings and the dwellings on top of the mesa, too. (Notice you can see a second one up and to the right, below the "tower".

The function of Kivas were for religious ceremonies and as a place where inhabitants could gather together to work on things communally. (At the time of use, there would be a roof or "lid". With a smoke hole in the center of the lid and an ingenious air hole system, you could be nice and comfortable and get stuff done, and see your neighbors. The Starbucks coffee shop of its day!

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:00 AM

July 1, 2013

Balanced Rock

Sometimes life is about balance, or keeping precariously held things up in the air.

Sort of like Balanced Rock, one of the many formations in Arches National Park.

It's inevitable that it will wear and fall down, one day. In the meantime, here it is to enjoy.

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Posted by Jvstin at 3:02 PM

June 28, 2013

Horseshoe Park, Rocky Mountain National Park

It is said that every stop on the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park is a photographic opportunity, and I believe them. This is a view of 'Horseshoe Park' in Rocky Mountain National Park. The term park in the context of the numerous "parks" in Rocky Mountain National Parks comes from the French trapper term "parques" , the meadows in the former glaciated valleys between the peaks. There is a stop on the Trail Ridge Road, matter of fact, called "Many Parks Curve".

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

June 27, 2013

Dillon Pinnacles

The Dillon Pinnacles, South Central Colorado

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

June 26, 2013

Molas Pass

Molas Pass

Molas Pass, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde

If people have any conception of Mesa Verde, its usually of pictures of Cliff Palace. It is one of the largest and certainly the most famous of the cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde. This is an early morning view of Cliff Palace from the overlook where you meet the Ranger to go down and see the ruins close up.

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Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

June 24, 2013

Photo: Queen Nefertiti, Arches National Park

Its good to have power again. I didn't most of this crazy weather weekend here in Minnesota. Hail to the Queen, baby.

In that vein, a picture! This is from Arches National Park. The column in the middle looks like the head of an Egyptian Queen, doesn't it? It is in fact called "Queen Nefertiti".
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Posted by Jvstin at 7:04 AM

May 8, 2013

Flowing Water in Monochrome

Flowing Water in Monochrome by Jvstin
Flowing Water in Monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Good morning!

With a recent addition of a neutral density filter, I decided to go over to Roseville central park and see if I couldn't get some nice blurred water. For those who don't know, a neutral density filter basically darkens the picture. So, this means less light goes into the lens and you need to take longer shutter speeds to get a picture. With a tripod (of course), this is a 1 second exposure of the water.

Why can't I do this without this filter? Well, if I set my camera to take a 1 second exposure without this lens, in daylight, the picture would be all light and washed out (because all that bright light would be hitting the sensor for a full second). The ND filter, by reducing the light that comes into the camera, lets you take a longer exposure.

I then converted this to black and white. Here's the result:

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February 27, 2013

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River--Two Views

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry

Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

February 26, 2013

Upper Falls of the Gooseberry River

Upper Falls of the Gooseberry River

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

January 18, 2013

Landmark Center and Skating Rink, St. Paul

Landmark Center and ice skating rink St.Paul

Posted by Jvstin at 7:50 AM

January 17, 2013

"Reflection"

Reflection

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January 11, 2013

Lowry Avenue Bridge Sunset

Lowry Avenue Bridge

Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

January 4, 2013

Picture of the Day: James J Hill House

James J Hill House by Jvstin
James J Hill House, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

James J Hill House, St. Paul, MN

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

December 27, 2012

Cathedral of St. Paul

Cathedral of St. Paul by Jvstin
Cathedral of St. Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:36 AM

December 23, 2012

Normandale Japanese Garden

Normandale Japanese Garden by Jvstin
Normandale Japanese Garden, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 12:27 PM

December 22, 2012

Picture of the Day: Weisman Art Museum at Sunset

Weisman Art Museum by Jvstin
Weisman Art Museum, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:07 PM

December 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: "Reunion"

"Reunion" by Jvstin
"Reunion", a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

"Reunion": Union Depot Grand re-opening

Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

December 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bank of St. Paul

The Bank of St. Paul Building by Jvstin
The Bank of St. Paul Building, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:58 AM

December 18, 2012

Picture of the Day: Landmark Center at Rice Park

The Landmark Center at Rice Park by Jvstin
The Landmark Center at Rice Park, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

December 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bedlam Theater Player, The Card Player, Union Depot

The Card Player, Bedlam Theater, Union Depot Opening by Jvstin
The Card Player, Bedlam Theater, Union Depot Opening, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The Card Player, Bedlam Theater, Union Depot Opening

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

December 5, 2012

Photography for Sale

Hello all.

I've decided to keep the shingle open, to continue to improve my equipment and make a few $.

Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, the older photos are only available at 4x6.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Mist on the River

Mother and Baby Moose at the Stream

Kawishiwi Falls

Weisman Art Museum

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

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Minnehaha Falls

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Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

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Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya

Oberg Lake

Mountainside color

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower



Photos available as 4x6 only

Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 8x10...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:38 AM

November 26, 2012

South Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis

South Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis by Jvstin
South Bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

November 20, 2012

Lowry Avenue Bridge redux

Lowry Avenue Bridge by Jvstin
Lowry Avenue Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

November 16, 2012

Tied Arches

Tied Arches by Jvstin
Tied Arches, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

A somewhat abstract photo today, the arches from the new Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:36 AM

November 15, 2012

Our Lady of Lourdes church

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Minneapolis by Jvstin
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Minneapolis, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:50 AM

November 14, 2012

Water Skiers (River Rats) at the Lowry Avenue Bridge

Water skiers by Jvstin
Water skiers, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Water skiers (the River Rats) at the Lowry Avenue Bridge opening.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

November 13, 2012

Plane over the Bridge Opening

Plane over the Bridge Opening by Jvstin
Plane over the Bridge Opening, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Plane over the Bridge Opening

Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

November 12, 2012

Lowry Avenue Bridge Monochrome

Lowry Avenue Bridge by Jvstin
Lowry Avenue Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Lowry Avenue Bridge, Monochrome

Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

November 8, 2012

Lowry Avenue Bridge

Lowry Avenue Bridge by Jvstin
Lowry Avenue Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

November 7, 2012

The Four

The Four by Jvstin
The Four, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The Big Four at Mount Rushmore

Posted by Jvstin at 7:43 AM

November 5, 2012

Cute Bug Eyed Robot Stories

Cute Bug-Eyed Robot Stories, in the Uncle Hugo's window by Jvstin
Cute Bug-Eyed Robot Stories, in the Uncle Hugo's window, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Cute Bug-Eyed Robot Stories, in the Uncle Hugo's window

Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

November 1, 2012

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, second view

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Posted by Jvstin at 8:17 AM

October 29, 2012

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Church of Our Lady of Lourdes

Posted by Jvstin at 7:41 AM

October 26, 2012

Grain Belt Beer Sign and Boat

Grain Belt Beer Sign and Boat by Jvstin
Grain Belt Beer Sign and Boat, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

October 25, 2012

The Carlyle

The Carlyle by Jvstin
The Carlyle, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The Carlyle, Minneapolis

Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

October 24, 2012

Father Louis Hennepin Bridge

The Father Louis Hennepin Bridge by Jvstin
The Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The Father Louis Hennepin Bridge, across the Mississippi River

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

October 23, 2012

Minneapolis from the Central Avenue Bridge

Minneapolis by Jvstin
Minneapolis, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Minneapolis from the Central Avenue Bridge

Posted by Jvstin at 7:47 AM

October 22, 2012

Ridgeway Parkway Overlook

Ridgeway Parkway Overlook.

Minneapolis Skyline

Posted by Jvstin at 7:41 AM

October 4, 2012

Photography Fundraiser: 10-4-2012 Update

Hello all.

The response has been spectacular and there is still interest in my photos and MORE of my photos.

With that in mind, I still will keep photos available for sale in my quest for a new camera.

Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, the older photos are only available at 4x6.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Mist on the River

Mother and Baby Moose at the Stream

Kawishiwi Falls

Weisman Art Museum

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

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Minnehaha Falls

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Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

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Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya

Oberg Lake

Mountainside color

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower



Photos available as 4x6 only

Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 8x10...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:47 PM

August 30, 2012

Photography Fundraiser: 8-30-2012 Update

Hello all.

I have received a third round of prints. Response has been great.

I have decided to save more money and get a better camera. With that in mind, I still will keep photos available for sale:

Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, the older photos are only available at 4x6.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Kawishiwi Falls

Weisman Art Museum

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

IMG_2470-2

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_1781.jpg

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

IMG_1112.jpg

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya

Oberg Lake

Mountainside color

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower



Photos available as 4x6 only

Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 8x10...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 12:25 PM

Photography Fundraiser: A giveaway

Hello all!

The response to the fundraiser has been great, and I want to thank all of you who have ordered prints. The latest batch is in, and after Labor Day, I'll get those mailed out to you.

Speaking of the new batch, I also ordered an 8x10 print of this:

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

This is Kawishiwi Falls on the Iron Range in Minnesota, and as a thanks to those who have ordered prints and made donations, I would like to give this away to someone in the U.S. (Sorry, International friends, the shipping outside the U.S. is a killer).

So, if you would like to be in the giveaway, send me an email: jvstin [at] gmail.com. Use the subject line: Kawishiwi Giveaway, and answer this question:

What is your favorite waterfall.

Please include a valid address so I can send the winner their prize!

Contest ends Midnight, Central Time, September 7th. One entry per person.

Posted by Jvstin at 12:13 PM

August 18, 2012

Camera Fundraiser: 8-18-2012 Update

Hello all.

The generosity and interest of people has been gratifying. Support and response has been such that I feel confident that
I will be able to get a new camera early next month.

The first round of photos has been mailed out, and I have seen a picture of my pictures in the wild, so to speak.

The second round of photos is being mailed out today.

I am in the process of collecting photos for a third round of photos. Here's *your* choice to help me get a camera, and get a signed print of my work for your viewing pleasure.


Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, the older photos are only available at 4x6.

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Kawishiwi Falls

Weisman Art Museum

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

IMG_2470-2

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_1781.jpg

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

IMG_1112.jpg

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya

Oberg Lake

Mountainside color

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower



Photos available as 4x6 only

Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 8x10...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:28 AM

August 7, 2012

Camera Fundraiser 8-9-2012 Update

Hello all.

I've received a few more donations.

I haven't yet received the first set of prints (grrr) and am about to order the second set for the second round of donors. If you want to get in on that, now's your chance.

Thank you for your support. I'm well over *half* of the cost of a replacement camera thanks to the generosity of donations and orders. I hope backers will be happy with their photos.

So, I am still offering prints for donations. And added a couple new photos. Take a look:


Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, those older photos are only available at 4x6 (and even then, I am not certain how well they are going to come out.).

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

IMG_2470-2

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_1781.jpg

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

IMG_1112.jpg

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya

Oberg Lake

Mountainside color

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower



Photos available as 4x6 only

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 5x7...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:09 PM

August 2, 2012

Camera Fundraiser: 8-2-2012 Update

Hello all.

I've received a few donations, and the first set of prints are on their way to me for inscribing and sending to donors. Thank you for your support. I've made about *half* of the cost of a replacement camera thanks to the generosity of donations and orders. I hope backers will be happy with their photos.

So, I am still offering prints for donations. And added a couple new photos. Take a look:


Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, those older photos are only available at 4x6 (and even then, I am not certain how well they are going to come out.).

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

IMG_2470-2

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_1781.jpg

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

IMG_1112.jpg

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota

Maya



Photos available as 4x6 only

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

Mount Rushmore Closeup

Mississippi River at West River Parkway, Minneapolis

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 5x7...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:34 AM

July 27, 2012

My Camera replacement Fundraiser--donate and get a print!

UPDATES:
More pictures added, and 8x10 pricing as well.

Thank you for your support!

Hello all!

Thank you all to those who donated to me thus far. But now comes the good stuff. Photos!

Photos are available in 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10. Due to dpi issues on some of the older photos I have, those older photos are only available at 4x6 (and even then, I am not certain how well they are going to come out.).

As always, click on the thumbnail to see larger versions!

You can also see the photos as a set here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157630773885908/with/3654933465/






Photos available as 8x10 and smaller

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

Allosaurus!

Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls

IMG_2470-2

Minnehaha Falls

IMG_1781.jpg

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome

Monochrome Closeup

Wolf

Minneapolis Skyline

IMG_1112.jpg



Photos available as 4x6 only

Sinopah Mountain

View Across Pray Lake

St. Mary Lake

Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River

Grand Tetons in Monochrome

Close up on a Bison...

Spearfish Canyon

4x6 photos are available for a $10 donation. 5x7 photos are available for a $15 donation. 8x10 photos are available for a $25 donation. This includes US Postage. (If you are international, email me first and we'll figure out postage to you)


My Paypal account is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Tell me which prints you want, size, how many, and whether you want it glossy and matte when sending me funds. Also tell me if you want the photo signed, front or back. And of course where I am sending them!

Depending on interest and feedback, I may put up more (and different) photos for sale as well.

(As always, email me if you have a particular photo you've seen of mine you want to see a print made available). If you want something larger than a 5x7...email me. Talk to me. I can make that happen (for the higher DPI photos).


Thanks for your support.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:01 AM

July 19, 2012

The Story of my camera--update

Well, the news on my broken camera is bad.

Very bad.

I had thought it was a loose wire, or something that caused my camera several weeks ago to simply stop working. Sending it in for warranty, I received notice from Canon yesterday that the failure was non warrantable. According to them, the failure was due to "liquid damage to internal parts".

Their estimate to repair the camera is practically the cost of just buying a new camera. $900.00. I have been unable to talk the powers that be at Canon around on this.

Unfortunately, I cannot afford to do a repair or replacement. I scrimped and saved for the last one, so I am looking at months and months
to do it again.

In talking with some fine folks, it has been suggested I put out a shingle and ask for donations, and perhaps sell prints and photo albums of my work in a fundraising capacity via something like Indiegogo.

Part of me wants nothing to do with this idea. There are far more worthy causes out there worth your money than giving me money so that I can take photographs again. But, then, again, if I do not ask...

So.

If you wanted to donate money directly to me via, say, Paypal, my email address is jvstin [at] gmail.com. Thank you to those who already have given me a few shekels. I really appreciate it.

I am intending to do a bit of a fundraiser to sell prints and photo albums. I have thousands of pictures to select from already.

You may have seen my pictures on twitter. Or here on my blog. Or on Google Plus.

What do you like? What sorts of pictures (or if you have bookmarked a favorite, even better) would interest you in buying a print or a photo album of? Send me email at jvstin [at] gmail.com and let me know. I'd like to curate a selection to offer to people. (Or if you have a favorite, now, let me know and we'll arrange something!)

Best Regards,

Paul Weimer

Posted by Jvstin at 9:25 AM

July 17, 2012

The Story of my camera--and you can help

Well, the news on my broken camera is bad.

Very bad.

I had thought it was a loose wire, or something that caused my camera several weeks ago to simply stop working. Sending it in for warranty, I received notice from Canon yesterday that the failure was non warrantable. According to them, the failure was due to "liquid damage to internal parts".

Their estimate to repair the camera is practically the cost of just buying a new camera. $900.00

Unfortunately, I cannot afford to do either. I scrimped and saved for the last one, so I am looking at months and months
to do it again.

In talking with some fine folks, it has been suggested I put out a shingle and ask for donations, and perhaps sell prints and photo albums of my work in a fundraising capacity via something like Indiegogo.

Part of me wants nothing to do with this idea. There are far more worthy causes out there worth your money than giving me money so that I can take photographs again. But, then, again, if I do not ask...

So.

If you wanted to donate money directly to me via, say, Paypal, my email address is jvstin [at] gmail.com

But if I were to do a "sell prints and photo albums fundraiser", that would require me to have a pool of images to choose from. I have thousands of pictures on Flickr, and many of you have seen what I share.

What do you like? What sorts of pictures (or if you have bookmarked a favorite, even better) would interest you in buying a print or a photo album of? Send me email at jvstin [at] gmail.com and let me know.

Best Regards,

Paul Weimer

Posted by Jvstin at 5:20 AM

July 4, 2012

Mount Rushmore closeup

The big Four by Jvstin
The big Four, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

To celebrate Independence Day, a 2008 closeup of Mount Rushmore from its base:

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

June 21, 2012

Picture of the Day: Pronghorn

Pronghorn by Jvstin
Pronghorn, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

With all of the flooding, my usual pictures of waterfalls and river seem in bad taste.

So how about a Yellowstone National Park Pronghorn antelope instead?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

June 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: St Anthony Falls

St Anthony Falls by Jvstin
St Anthony Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's the Summer Solstice! Sounds like an excuse for a picture of a waterfall, doesn't it? This is St. Anthony Falls, in Minneapolis. Part of the Stone Arch Bridge is in the foreground. The Third Avenue bridge is in the background.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

June 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Artist's Point

Artist's Point by Jvstin
Artist's Point, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, returning to my #northshore2012 trip, is Artist's Point at Grand Marais, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

June 18, 2012

"The Fishers"

The Fishers by Jvstin
The Fishers, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

"The Fishers"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

June 15, 2012

Picture of the Day: Riverfront from the Endless Bridge

River area from Endless Bridge by Jvstin
River area from Endless Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a view of the Mississippi Riverfront from the "Endless Bridge" of the Guthrie Theater

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

June 13, 2012

Picture of the Day: Chekov and the Endless Bridge

Chekov and the Endless Bridge by Jvstin
Chekov and the Endless Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is what I call "Chekov and the Endless Bridge"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

June 12, 2012

Picture of the Day: Stone Arch and Skyline

Stone Arch Bridge and skyline by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge and skyline, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is a lower angle view of the Stone Arch Bridge and Minneapolis skyline.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

June 11, 2012

Picture of the Day: Kakabeka Falls water closeup

Water closeup by Jvstin
Water closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It's been hot, so today's picture, a water closeup from Kakabeka Falls on #northshore2012 trip might be cool, yes?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

June 8, 2012

Picture of the Day: Side View, Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls, Side View by Jvstin
Kakabeka Falls, Side View, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's #northshore2012 picture is a side view of Kakabeka Falls, showing how dry they really were in May

Posted by Jvstin at 7:38 AM

June 7, 2012

Picture of the Day: Desaturated Kakabeka Falls, Frontal

Kakabeka Falls by Jvstin
Kakabeka Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is Kakabeka Falls again, this time a frontal, desaturated look at it.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

June 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: Kakabeka Falls

Kakabeka Falls by Jvstin
Kakabeka Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of the relatively dry Kakabeka Falls in the eponymous Ontario Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

June 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: Me at Grand Portage

Me at Grand Portage by Jvstin
Me at Grand Portage, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 features your humble photographer posing at the Pigeon River High Falls at Grand Portage State Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

June 4, 2012

Picture of the Day: Upper Falls of the Gooseberry

Upper Falls of the Gooseberry by Jvstin
Upper Falls of the Gooseberry, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is the Upper Falls of the Gooseberry, before all of the recent rains.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

June 1, 2012

Picture of the Day: Grand Marais and Harbor

Grand Marais and Grand Marais Harbor by Jvstin
Grand Marais and Grand Marais Harbor, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to end the workweek is of Grand Marais and Grand Marais Harbor, from my #northshore2012 trip

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

May 31, 2012

Picture of the Day: Drury Lane Bookstore

Drury Lane by Jvstin
Drury Lane, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of the independent Drury Lane Bookstore in Grand Marais, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

May 30, 2012

Picture of the Day: Edmund Fitzgerald Mural

Edmund Fitzgerald Mural by Jvstin
Edmund Fitzgerald Mural, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of an Edmund Fitzgerald Mural I spotted in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:05 AM

May 29, 2012

Picture of the Day: Coast Guard Station from Artist's Point

Grand Marais Coast Guard Station by Jvstin
Grand Marais Coast Guard Station, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of the Grand Marais Coast Guard Station from Artist's Point at Grand Marais, MN

Posted by Jvstin at 7:05 AM

May 25, 2012

Picture of the Day: High Falls of the Pigeon River

High Falls of the Pigeon River by Jvstin
High Falls of the Pigeon River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is the High Falls of the Pigeon River, Grand Portage State Park, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

May 24, 2012

Picture of the Day: Magney Memorial Plaque

Judge Magney Memorial Plaque by Jvstin
Judge Magney Memorial Plaque, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a bit different-it is of a memorial plaque to Judge C.R. Magney. Read the plaque and find out why

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

May 23, 2012

Picture of the Day: Devil's Kettle Waterfall

Devil's Kettle and Waterfall by Jvstin
Devil's Kettle and Waterfall, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of the Devil's Kettle Waterfall from Judge Magney State Park. The Devil's Kettle is on the left side, the "bowl" of the waterfall.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

May 22, 2012

Cascade Falls in Monochrome

Falls in Monochrome by Jvstin
Falls in Monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Cascade Falls in Monochrome

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 21, 2012

Picture of the Day: Cascade River Waterfalls

Falls of the Cascade River by Jvstin
Falls of the Cascade River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 to start the work week are the falls on the Cascade River, Cascade River State Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

May 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: Temperance River Waterfall

Waterfall on the Temperance River by Jvstin
Waterfall on the Temperance River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from my #northshore2012 trip is a waterfall on the Temperance River in the eponymous park.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:15 AM

May 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Temperance River Canyon

Canyon of the Temperance River by Jvstin
Canyon of the Temperance River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a somewhat desaturated picture of the canyon of the Temperance River, Temperance River State Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 18, 2012

Picture of the Day: Former Waterfall on the Temperance River

Outlet of the Temperance River by Jvstin
Outlet of the Temperance River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is the Outlet of the Temperance River, which was once a waterfall at the end of the Ice Age.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: Temperance River Outlet

Outlet of the Temperance River by Jvstin
Outlet of the Temperance River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is the sandbar free outlet of the Temperance River in the eponymous park.You see, unlike many of the other rivers on the north shore, the Temperance River does NOT have a sandbar at its mouth. And so it got named for that lack of a feature. Get it?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

May 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: High Falls at Tettegouche State Park

High Falls of the Baptism River by Jvstin
High Falls of the Baptism River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's #waterfallwednesday picture from #northshore2012 is the High Falls of the Baptism River, Tettegouche Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 15, 2012

Picture of the Day: Foggy Morning at Split Rock

Monochrome foggy morning at Split Rock Lighthouse by Jvstin
Monochrome foggy morning at Split Rock Lighthouse, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is a monochrome picture of the foggy morning at Split Rock Lighthouse

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

May 14, 2012

Picture of the Day: Split Rock Lighthouse

Split Rock Lighthouse by Jvstin
Split Rock Lighthouse, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from my #northshore2012 vacation is of Split Rock Lighthouse.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:02 AM

May 11, 2012

Picture of the Day: Gloomy shore

IMG_1161.jpg by Jvstin
IMG_1161.jpg, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is gloomier view of the shore at Split Rock Lighthouse State park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:46 AM

May 10, 2012

Picture of the Day: Lake Superior Lakeshore

Lake Superior Lakeshore at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park by Jvstin
Lake Superior Lakeshore at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from #northshore2012 is of the Lake Superior Lakeshore at Split Rock Lighthouse State Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

May 9, 2012

Picture of the Day: Middle Falls of the Gooseberry

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River by Jvstin
Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for waterfall wednesday is of the Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River from my northshore 2012 trip.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

May 8, 2012

Picture of the Day: St Louis River

St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park by Jvstin
St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from my #northshore2012 trip is of the St. Louis River in Jay Cooke State Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

May 7, 2012

Picture of the Day: Badlands Formation

Today's picture (no, the North shore pictures are not done) is a formation from Badlands National Park.

Badlands in the Morning Light

Posted by Jvstin at 6:41 AM

May 2, 2012

Picture of the Day: Running Eagle Falls, Glacier National Park

Running Eagle Falls by Jvstin
Running Eagle Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture of mine for #waterfallwednesday is Running Eagle Falls, in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:49 AM

May 1, 2012

Picture of the Day: White Lilac

White Lilac by Jvstin
White Lilac, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, to celebrate May Day, is of some white lilacs at the University of Minnesota Arboretum

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

April 30, 2012

Picture of the Day: Aster Falls trail view

Today's picture from Glacier National Park is a view along the Aster Falls Trail near Two Medicine Lake campground.

Aster Falls Trail view

Posted by Jvstin at 4:05 PM

April 26, 2012

Picture of the Day: Modified Monochrome Spoonbridge and Cherry

Today's picture is Spoonbridge and Cherry, with a modified monochrome palette to allow saturation of red. What do you think?
Spoonbridge and Cherry

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

April 25, 2012

Picture of the Day: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone by Jvstin
Lower Falls, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

For #waterfallwednesday, my picture of the Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone NP

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

April 24, 2012

Picture of the Day: Yellowstone Lake Sunset

Sunset over Yellowstone Lake by Jvstin
Sunset over Yellowstone Lake, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of sunset light over Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

April 23, 2012

Picture of the Day: Ganymede and the Eagle

Ganymede and the Eagle by Jvstin
Ganymede and the Eagle, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of Ganymede and the Eagle by Bertel Thorvaldsen, at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

April 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: Me at the Headwaters

Me at the Headwaters by Jvstin
Me at the Headwaters, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to celebrate the birthday of Itasca State Park is a picture of me at the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

April 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Dominos

"Dominos" sign on bunker door by Jvstin
"Dominos" sign on bunker door, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is one of my most popular, the "Dominos" sign on a bunker door at Minuteman Missile NHS

Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

April 18, 2012

Picture of the Day: Athabasca

Falls by Jvstin
Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday is from my Pre-DSLR days. This is Athabasca Falls in Jasper National Park, Canada.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

April 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: Crazy Horse

Crazy Horse by Jvstin
Crazy Horse, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a view of the slowly-being-constructed Crazy Horse Monument in the Black Hills of South Dakota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

April 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: Facade of the MIA

Minneapolis Institute of the Arts by Jvstin
Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you to start the week is the neoclassical facade to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

April 13, 2012

Picture of the Day: Devil's Tower

Devil's Tower by Jvstin
Devil's Tower, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of Devil's Tower in Wyoming.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

April 12, 2012

Picture of the Day: Morgan Falls

Morgan Falls by Jvstin
Morgan Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture returns to Morgan Falls, with a more traditional, and more expansive shot of the falls in Wisconsin.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:35 AM

April 11, 2012

Picture of the Day: Morgan Falls in Monochrome

Morgan Falls closeup in monochrome by Jvstin
Morgan Falls closeup in monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a monochrome closeup of Morgan Falls in Chequamegon National Forest, Wisconsin

Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

April 10, 2012

Picture of the Day: Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal by Jvstin
Mary Robinette Kowal, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to celebrate her release day today for Glamour in Glass, is of Mary Robinette Kowal at Uncle Hugo's

Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

April 9, 2012

Picture of the Day: Weisman

Weisman by Jvstin
Weisman, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

A shiny building sounds like the way to start the week. So here is a shot of the very reflective Weisman Art Museum

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

April 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: Cathedral Front

Front of the Cathedral of St.Paul by Jvstin
Front of the Cathedral of St.Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a night shot of the front of the Cathedral of St.Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

April 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: Mt. Rushmore and Mountain

Long view of the Mountain by Jvstin
Long view of the Mountain, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a longer distance view of Mount Rushmore, showing off the mountain as well as the monument.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

April 4, 2012

Picture of the Day: Falls at Minneopa

Minneopa Falls (Upper) by Jvstin
Minneopa Falls (Upper), a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday is the upper Minneopa Falls in the eponymous state park in Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

April 3, 2012

Picture of the Day: Jet and Saint Paul

Jet and ST Paul by Jvstin
Jet and ST Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from the St. Paul Airport is of the Horton company Jet, with the St Paul skyline in background

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

April 2, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bridge Desaturated

Today's picture is a desaturated shot of the girders and shape of the Stillwater lift bridge in Stillwater MN

Desaturated shot

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

March 30, 2012

Picture of the Day: Sunset at Oheyawahi

Sunset at Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob) by Jvstin
Sunset at Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob), a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to end the workweek is a view of Minneapolis at Sunset from Oheyawahi (Pilot Knob)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

March 29, 2012

Picture of the Day: Crabapple Tree

Crabapple Tree by Jvstin
Crabapple Tree, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

In honor of Christopher Priest, today's picture of the day is of a crabapple tree at the U of M Arboretum.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

March 28, 2012

Picture of the Day: Falls at Judge Magney

It's Wednesday, so its time for #waterfallwednesday!

Here is a view of the falls at Judge Magney State Park, on the North Shore.

Judge Magney State Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

March 27, 2012

Picture of the Day: 7000-MV

7000-MV by Jvstin
7000-MV, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from the 2012 Mid-America Truck Show is of a Navistar 7000-MV medium duty military vehicle

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

March 26, 2012

Picture of the Day: Megatron and Me

Megatron and Me by Jvstin
Megatron and Me, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, from the 2012 Mid America Truck Show, is of the Transformers' "Megatron" Mack truck and me.

I'm not a big fan of the Transformers movie. Even given that, I couldn't resist getting a picture taken in front of the Mack Truck which was used for Megatron in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

March 22, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bridge and Tree in silhouette

Bridge and Tree Study in Silhouette by Jvstin
Bridge and Tree Study in Silhouette, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a silhouette of the Stillwater Lift Bridge and a tree from the WI side of the St. Croix River.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

March 21, 2012

Picture of the Day: Ramsey Falls

Ramsey Falls by Jvstin
Ramsey Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday is of Ramsey Falls, in Alexander Ramsey Municipal Park, Redwood Falls, MN

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

March 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: Stillwater Lift Bridge

Stillwater Lift bridge and riverfront by Jvstin
Stillwater Lift bridge and riverfront, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, on a picture perfect St. Patrick's Day afternoon is of the Stillwater Lift bridge and riverfront

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

March 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Catch that Fish!

Catch that fish! by Jvstin
Catch that fish!, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is an action shot I captured wandering along the shore of the St. Croix River in Stillwater on St. Patrick's Day.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

March 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: Saint Urho

St. Urho by Jvstin
St. Urho, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of a St Urho statue near Park Rapids, Minnesota. March 17th is St. Patrick's Day; March 16th is St. Urho's.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:15 AM

March 15, 2012

Picture of the Day: Lake Moraine

Lake Moraine by Jvstin
Lake Moraine, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, on the heels of yesterday, is of Lake Moraine and nearby mountains in Banff National Park, Canada.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

March 14, 2012

Picture of the Day: Cascades on the Rockwall

Cascades on the Rock by Jvstin
Cascades on the Rock, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday are some cascades along a rockwall along the Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Canada

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

March 13, 2012

Picture of the Day: Cathedral

Cathedral of St. Paul by Jvstin
Cathedral of St. Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is a night view of the Cathedral of St. Paul, in St. Paul, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

March 12, 2012

Picture of the Day: Capitol and Traffic

Capitol and Traffic by Jvstin
Capitol and Traffic, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture I took at Saturday evening on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul, looking toward the Capitol.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

March 9, 2012

Picture of the Day: Mother Moose and Baby

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road by Jvstin
Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, to end the workweek, is one of my most popular: "Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

March 8, 2012

Picture of the Day: Marmot

Marmot on Fort Rock by Jvstin
Marmot on Fort Rock, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of a marmot I met on Fort Rock, in Missouri Headwaters State Park in Montana.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

March 7, 2012

Picture of the Day: The Wise Fox

Fox by Jvstin
Fox, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture: "The wise fox looks both ways before crossing the road in Yellowstone National Park"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

March 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: Bighorn Sheep

Bighorn Sheep by Jvstin
Bighorn Sheep, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, complete with the Badlands in the background, is of a bighorn sheep in Badlands National Park, SD

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

March 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: Wolf

Wolf by Jvstin
Wolf, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of one of the wolves at the International Wolf Center, Ely Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

March 2, 2012

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis from the Southwest

Minneapolis by Jvstin
Minneapolis, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to end the week is a panorama of the Minneapolis skyline from the southwest.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

March 1, 2012

Picture of the Day: Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Today's picture is a nighttime shot of the Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.


Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

February 29, 2012

Picture of the Day: Side view of the High Falls

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday is a side view of the High Falls of the Baptism River,Tettegouche State Park

IMG_3101

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

February 28, 2012

Picture of the Day: Capitol at Sunset

Today's picture is a near-sunset shot of the Minnesota Capitol Building in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Capitol Building

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

February 27, 2012

Picture of the Day: Night view of Basilica

Today's picture is a new nighttime shot of the Basilica in Minneapolis, taken from the hill behind the Walker Art Museum

IMG_0377

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

February 24, 2012

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis

Today's picture to end the workweek is a south view of the Minneapolis cityscape, in monochrome.

Minneapolis

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

February 23, 2012

Picture of the Day: Skyline

Today's picture, slightly off kilter, is an early evening picture of the Minneapolis skyline from the Stone Arch Bridge.

Minneapolis Skyline

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

February 22, 2012

Picture of the Day: Upper Falls of the Gooseberry

Today's picture for you is the frozen upper falls of the Gooseberry river, in Gooseberry State Park, Minnesota

Upper Falls of the Gooseberry in ice and snow

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

February 21, 2012

Picture of the Day: "Rhapsody in Blue"

"Rhapsody in Blue" by Jvstin
"Rhapsody in Blue", a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture I call Rhapsody in Blue. It is a blue dominated picture of the I-35W bridge in the early evening light.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

February 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: South facing Minneapolis Skyline

It was such a beautiful weekend that my camera and I couldn't resist the opportunity to take advantage.

This is the skyline of Minneapolis, as seen coming from the south. I'm standing on the Franklin Avenue bridge, shooting through the fence to get the shot. You can see a couple of Minneapolis landmarks, including the Foshay Tower and the IDS center.

IMG_0248

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

February 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: Glacial Erratic

Paul and the Glacial Erratic by Jvstin
Paul and the Glacial Erratic, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

One of the things I love, as many of you know, is glaciers, and what they leave on the landscapes. Eskers, kettle ponds, drumlins, moraines...and oh, yes, glacial erratics.

Yellowstone National Park, once covered by glaciers, has a number of the latter if you know where to look. So today's picture is a picture of a glacial erratic, along with someone who might look familiar for purposes of scale.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

February 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: Little Manitou Falls

Little Manitou Falls by Jvstin
Little Manitou Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from my pre-DSLR days, is Little Manitou Falls in Pattison State Park, WI

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

February 15, 2012

Picture of the Day: Statue

Statue by Jvstin
Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a quirky statue of unknown provenance I encountered while taking pictures of the St. Paul skyline

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

February 14, 2012

Picture of the Day: None

I've really got no pictures appropriate for today. So no picture of the day.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:57 AM

February 13, 2012

Picture of the Day: The High Bridge in Silhouette

The High Bridge in Sunset Silhouette by Jvstin
The High Bridge in Sunset Silhouette, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, from this weekend's photography is The High Bridge of Saint Paul, Minnesota, in sunset silhouette

Posted by Jvstin at 7:07 AM

February 10, 2012

Picture of the Day: Pavilion and Bridge

Today's picture, from the Normandale Community College Japanese Garden, is of the Pavilion and Bridge.

As you can tell, I played around with the colors in post, keeping only the bright reds and desaturating everything else.

Is this still a photograph? Or is this now art? What do you think?

Pavilion and Bridge

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

February 9, 2012

Picture of the Day: Paul Bunyan and Babe

Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe by Jvstin
Statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of the famous pair of statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, located in Bemidji, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

February 8, 2012

Picture of the Day: Lake Creek Falls

Today's picture for #waterfallwednesday, more of a cascade than falls, is Lake Creek Falls east of Yellowstone

Lake Creek Falls

Posted by Jvstin at 9:53 AM

February 7, 2012

Picture of the Day: Oberg Lake Closeup

Oberg Lake Closeup by Jvstin
Oberg Lake Closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture from my fall color trip last year is a closeup of Oberg Lake on the North Shore of Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

February 3, 2012

Picture of the Day: Buzz the Polar Bear

Buzz the Polar bear by Jvstin
Buzz the Polar bear, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture has a bit of a story to it.

As some of you know, I work as a Warranty Administrator for Horton, Inc, a maker of fan clutches and fans. As such, our symbol is a polar bear.

And in keeping with that, Horton is a contributor to the Como Zoo, a little zoo attached to the conservatory that you've seen pictures of and in from me before.

Anyway, the polar bear exhibit and the polar bears therein are the focus of our contribution and we recently had an event there. As the "default photographer" these days at Horton, I took pictures.

This is one of the two polar bears, "Buzz"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

February 2, 2012

Picture of the Day: A Magneyficent Waterfall

Waterfall in Monochrome by Jvstin
Waterfall in Monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, since I seem to be in a waterfall mood, is the falls at Judge Magney State Park in Minnesota.

Judge Magney is one of the lesser known of the North Shore parks. It's pretty far up (not far away from Canada) and its not as large or spectacular as its neighbors.

On the other hand, you might ask who Judge Magney was, and why would he get a park named after him?

Well, fun fact, Judge Magney is the guy who helped conceive of and implement the string of North Shore State Parks.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

February 1, 2012

Picture of the Day: Running Eagle Falls and My Friends the Olsons

Running Eagle Falls and My Friends the Olsons™ by Jvstin
Running Eagle Falls and My Friends the Olsons™, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture combines #waterfallwednesday and My Friends the Olsons™

This is Running Eagle Falls, in Glacier National Park, Montana. From Left to right are Felicia, her daughter Dani, and her mother-in-law, Scott's mother Mrs. Olson.

Yes, I am old fashioned enough not to call Scott's parents by name. This amuses them.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

January 31, 2012

Picture of the Day: Headwaters Marker

Headwaters Marker by Jvstin
Headwaters Marker, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a closeup of one of the singular places in the United States that everyone should visit--the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi.

Have *you* been here?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

January 27, 2012

Picture of the Day: Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway

Spearfish Canyon by Jvstin
Spearfish Canyon, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a shot of the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway in Spearfish South Dakota.

Scenic Byways sometimes get a bad reputation but my camera and I enjoy traveling along them...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

January 26, 2012

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis City Hall

Today's picture for you is a nighttime shot of Minneapolis City Hall, as taken from the US Bank Plaza. The Richardsonian Romanesque style of the City Hall is similar to the style of the James Hill House.

Minneapolis City Hall

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

January 25, 2012

Picture of the Day: Falls in Falls Park

Waterfall by Jvstin
Waterfall, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you, for Waterfall Wednesday, is of one of the falls in Falls Park, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Yes, Virginia, there are waterfalls in Sioux Falls.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:04 AM

January 24, 2012

Picture of the Day: Closeup of the Weisman

Weisman Art Museum Closeup by Jvstin
Weisman Art Museum Closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture of mine for you is a closeup of the Frank Gehry designed Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

January 23, 2012

Picture of the Day: Anamosa State Prison

Anamosa State Prison by Jvstin
Anamosa State Prison, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is another portion of Anamosa State Prison, in Anamosa Iowa. This picture is somewhat desaturated so that its Gothic appearance is heightened...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:48 AM

January 20, 2012

Picture of the Day: Gary Eichten

Minnesota Treasure Gary Eichten by Jvstin
Minnesota Treasure Gary Eichten, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is an obvious one to share.

MPR News has had the privilege and joy of having Gary Eichten working for them for the last 40-odd years. He is retiring today. His Midmorning program is a favorite of mine. He talks to everyone, from the Governor to the "Movie Maven" Stephanie Curtis.

This is a picture I took of Gary at a MPR Open House in 2010. It may not be a heck of a picture, but Gary is a heck of a radio host.

Ave atque vale, Gary Eichten.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

January 19, 2012

Picture of the Day: Pavilion at Lake Como

Today's picture for you is of the lakeside pavilion at Lake Como in Saint Paul.

As you can see, this is another picture I took while standing on the frozen lake...

IMG_4485

Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

January 17, 2012

Picture of the Day: Fire Tower View

Today's picture is a view from the Aiton Heights fire tower in Itasca State Park.

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

January 16, 2012

Picture of the Day: Admin Building

Administration Building by Jvstin
Administration Building, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is not what you think--this is the admin building to Anamosa State Prison, in Amamosa, Iowa. Really!

Posted by Jvstin at 9:07 AM

January 12, 2012

Picture of the Day: Guardian Lion

Cambodian Guardian Lion by Jvstin
Cambodian Guardian Lion, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is from the MIA in Minneapolis. This, from their stunning Asian collection is of a Cambodian Guardian Lion.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

January 11, 2012

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Skyline (II)

Minneapolis Skyline by Jvstin
Minneapolis Skyline, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is another shot of Minneapolis, but this time from Columbia Heights and in monochrome.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

January 10, 2012

Picture of the Day: Tilted Minneapolis Skyline

Minneapolis Skyline by Jvstin
Minneapolis Skyline, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a slightly skewed look at the Minneapolis skyline at night

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

January 9, 2012

Picture of the Day: S. Dakota Capitol

State Capitol of South Dakota by Jvstin
State Capitol of South Dakota, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of the State Capitol building in Pierre, South Dakota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

January 8, 2012

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum by Jvstin
Weisman Art Museum, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of the Weisman Art Museum, at the University of Minnesota on the Mississippi River.

As you probably know, the museum is one of the signature architectural creations of Frank Gehry. They even got him to design a recent expansion to the Museum.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:32 AM

January 6, 2012

Picture of the Day: Yellowstone Lake

Yellowstone Lake by Jvstin
Yellowstone Lake, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is one of my classics, from my pre-DSLR days, a view of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

January 5, 2012

Picture of the Day: Stone Arch Bridge from the West Bank

Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a colorized view of the Stone Arch Bridge at Night, from the West Bank of the Mississippi.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

January 4, 2012

Picture of the Day: Waterfall Wednesday: Upper Falls

Frozen Upper Falls by Jvstin
Frozen Upper Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It's #waterfallwednesday. And its winter, so that means a picture of a frozen waterfall. This is the upper falls at Gooseberry.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

January 3, 2012

Picture of the Day: Packer

Today's picture for you is of Packer, my friends's shetland sheepdog (Sheltie).

Somehow, he has become very attached to me, loves it when I come to visit the Olsons, and according to them, gets depressed when I leave.

Packer, the Olsons Shetland Sheepdog

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

December 29, 2011

Picture of the Day: Guthrie at Night

Guthrie Theater by Jvstin
Guthrie Theater, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is a nighttime shot of the Guthrie Theater, in Minneapolis on the riverfront.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

December 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Willow River Fall

Willow River Falls by Jvstin
Willow River Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Time for Waterfall Wednesday. This is Willow River Falls, in Willow River State Park, in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

December 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: Flowstone

Flowstone by Jvstin
Flowstone, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of some flowstone in Mystery Cave, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

December 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Frozen Lower Falls

Lower falls of the Gooseberry by Jvstin
Lower falls of the Gooseberry, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Waterfall Wednesday! And with the Winter Solstice nigh, a frozen waterfall seems to be in order. This is the lower falls of the Gooseberry River, in Gooseberry State Park, Minnesota, on ice

Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

December 20, 2011

Picture of the Day: Side view of Iowa State Capitol

Side view of Iowa State Capitol building by Jvstin
Side view of Iowa State Capitol building, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a side view of the Iowa State Capitol building, in Des Moines.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

December 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage by Jvstin
Fall Foliage, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture to help combat my SAD is of fall color and foliage from Oberg Mountain

Posted by Jvstin at 9:59 AM

December 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: Heartwaters-Caretaker Woman

Heartwaters-Caretaker Woman by Jvstin
Heartwaters-Caretaker Woman, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a piece of art found near the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.

This is Heartwaters-Caretaker Woman, a piece of art by Native American Artist Jeff Savage

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

December 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Kawishiwi Falls

Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota by Jvstin
Kawishiwi Falls, Iron Range, Minnesota, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Wednesdays are for waterfalls! This is Kawishiwi Falls, in the Iron Range of Minnesota, not far from Ely.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

December 13, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mount Rushmore, Night

Mt. Rushmore at Night by Jvstin
Mt. Rushmore at Night, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a night time shot of Mount Rushmore.

Most tourists come into Mt. Rushmore, spend a few minutes and leave. Since I was spending a few days in western South Dakota, I had the opportunity to go deeper. Every night, the Parks Service puts on a program at Mt. Rushmore about the monument, and it is highlighted by them "painting" it with light.

I had my camera ready!

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

December 9, 2011

Picture of the Day: Skyline Stylized

Skyline by Jvstin
Skyline, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

To finish out the week, here is a stylized black and white photo of the Minneapolis Skyline, from the Stone Arch Bridge.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:52 AM

December 8, 2011

Picture of the Day: Running Eagle Falls

Running Eagle Falls by Jvstin
Running Eagle Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, to make up for yesterday is indeed of a waterfall--Running Eagle Falls,in Glacier National Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

December 6, 2011

Picture of the Day: Bridge and Willow

Bridge and Willow by Jvstin
Bridge and Willow, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is from the Normandale College Japanese Garden

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

December 5, 2011

Picture of the Day: Winona

Today's picture for you is of the city of Winona, Minnesota, sitting on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River. This picture was taken from Garvin Heights park, on a bluff overlooking the river and the city.

Winona

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

December 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Saint Paul

Downtown Saint Paul by Jvstin
Downtown Saint Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is a nighttime shot of downtown Saint Paul, Minnesota:

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

December 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Monochrome Stone Arch

Stone Arch Bridge, Monochrome by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge, Monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a monochrome side shot of the Stone Arch Bridge, from Thanksgiving Night. You might be able to tell that I got the f stop to a really small opening, based on how the lighting came out.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

November 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: I-35W Memorial

I-35W Memorial by Jvstin
I-35W Memorial, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is also from Thanksgiving Night.

This is the memorial built to remember the 13 people who were killed in the collapse of the I-35W bridge. Each of the pillars is dedicated to one of the victims, and each has one of the names of the victims inscribed on it.

The wall behind it has the names of all of the people who were on the bridge, but survived the collapse.

For a while, those names had been removed, because some cretin decided to try and deface the memorial by removing letters. Thankfully, the memorial is now complete.

There is also a path to an observation desk where you can see the I-35W bridge. It's actually not a great vantage point for taking pictures, too many things blocking the view, especially at night.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:15 AM

November 26, 2011

Picture of the Day: I-35W Bridge Thanksgiving Night

The I-35 W Bridge by Jvstin
The I-35 W Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

So, on Thanksgiving Night, I decided to get some more manual focus photography done, and figuring it would be quiet, headed out that evening to Minneapolis and the Stone Arch bridge area.

So here is the I-35 W bridge, lit up in Blue. Truth be told, I wondered what color MNDot would pick for Thanksgiving...

Posted by Jvstin at 8:49 AM

November 23, 2011

Picture of the Day: Little Manitou Falls

Little Manitou Falls by Jvstin
Little Manitou Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It's #waterfallwednesday, so time for a waterfall.

This is Little Manitou Falls, in Pattison State Park in Northwest Wisconsin. It's not terribly far from Duluth. But this park is the little sister to Amnicon, which gets far more visitors for some reason.

This park also has a taller waterfall but the sight lines on that waterfall aren't great. Never been thrilled with the pictures I take of it.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

November 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: Nighttime at the I-35W Bridge

I-35W Bridge by Jvstin
I-35W Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Once again, today's picture is a case of "I didn't think it was good at the time..."

This is the I-35W bridge over the Mississippi River at Minneapolis. The bridge is usually lit up, but the range of colors was a one night only event celebrating diversity. I went down to take some pictures, and after seeing some truly spectacular shots, despaired that my shots were, well, worthless.

Not quite so, so I have been told. People seem to think the reflections in the water truly make this and its sister shots come alive. What do you think?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

November 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls by Jvstin
Athabasca Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

A shot from my pre-DSLR days for #waterfallwednesday. This is Athabasca Falls, in Jasper National Park, Canada.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

November 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: The Four

The Four by Jvstin
The Four, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of Mount Rushmore from my trip to South Dakota in 2008.

I would like to think that the ghosts of these four Presidents are going to haunt Mayor Bloomberg, among others.

I would like to think that if any of them were alive today, they would support and cheer the expression of Democracy, and decry the tightening and restriction on its exercise.

(Yes I know about the Alien and Sedition Acts, and Lincoln's acts during the Civil War...)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

November 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: "The Gate"

"The Gate" by David von Schlgell by Jvstin
"The Gate" by David von Schlgell, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

I am not a giant fan of abstract art. That said, however, sometimes a piece speaks to me, or perhaps I've seen it enough that it becomes familiar, interpretable, and likeable.

Today's picture is of such a piece. This is "The Gate", by David von Schlgell, and it stands at the Thompson Hill overlook, the rest stop on Interstate 35 that overlooks and welcomes you to the city of Duluth.

Thus, the themes of the abstract art and what it is trying to invoke are easily made clear. Maybe that's why I like it so much.

You can see some of the city downslope of the overlook on the right hand of the picture.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

November 11, 2011

Picture of the Day: Huey

In honor of Veterans Day, I thought a picture of the world's most famous military helicopter was in order. This is a UH-1F Iroquois "Huey", which has seen action from Vietnam to the present.

This Huey was at the Air Force Museum at Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota and during its service supported the Minuteman missile sites in South Dakota.

UH-1F Iroquois "Huey"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

November 10, 2011

Picture of the Day: The Batman Bench

The Batman Chair by Jvstin
The Batman Chair, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is a bench outside of the (soon to be closed) Dreamhaven Bookstore, in uptown Minneapolis.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

November 9, 2011

Picture of the Day: High Falls of the Pigeon River, Grand Portage, Monochrome

High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome by Jvstin
High Falls of the Pigeon River at Grand Portage, monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

#WaterfallWednesday? Here is a monochrome shot of the High Falls of the Pigeon River in monochrome from Fall 2010.

This was a case where I deliberately used the zone system to make the water look whiter and brighter against the dark background.

Exposure0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperturef/14.0
Focal Length18 mm
ISO Speed 200

Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

November 8, 2011

Picture of the day: Capitol and Cathedral at Night

Capitol and Church by Jvstin
Capitol and Church, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The problem with trying to photograph the Capitol building at night is that its so bloody bright. I wanted in this shot to get the Capitol and the more distant Cathedral (on the left). As you can see, the capitol is so bright, the Cathedral comes off as a spookier younger brother.

Also, on this shot, I did a little post processing to give the light that blue look. If you saw my picture from Sunday, you know the lighting isn't really like that. I used a Selenium tone that you see commonly in stock photography.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

November 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Downtown Saint Paul at night

Downtown Saint Paul by Jvstin
Downtown Saint Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

So, on Saturday night, I tried out manual focus on my camera, with the tripod, at night. You saw the picture of the capitol building yesterday. Here is downtown Saint Paul from Cass Gilbert park, which is appropriately right across the street from the Capitol building. This is a case that, after I left the park, I realized what I should have done to make this picture better. But I think it came out okay anyway.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

November 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Taft Statue

William Taft Statue by Jvstin
William Taft Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

One of the "things" that Rapid City has to offer are Presidential statues. Clumped around downtown on street corners are statues of various Presidents. These are all privately funded, created and donated, so there are statues of some of the usual suspects, and some of the not so usual suspects.

Each of the statues is distinctive and usually has symbols or elements that help identify and make unique each statue.

This is the statue of President Taft. Why is he holding a baseball? Good question! Well, it turns out that he inaugurated the tradition of baseball's "first pitch" at the beginning of the season.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

November 3, 2011

Picture of the Day: Minneopa Falls

Minneopa Falls (Upper) by Jvstin
Minneopa Falls (Upper), a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Yesterday I had a freeze frame picture of water flowing over rocks. Today, I have a much longer exposure of Minneopa Falls in the eponymous park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

November 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Water Closeup

Water closeup by Jvstin
Water closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is an abstract, of sorts, focusing in close on water flowing over the rocks at the falls of the Baptism river,


Exposure0.001 sec (1/800)
Aperturef/8.0
Focal Length50 mm
ISO Speed200

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

November 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: State Capitol, Night Monochrome

State Capitol in monochrome by Jvstin
State Capitol in monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The State Capitol building in St. Paul is one of my favorite subjects to photograph. This is a nighttime monochrome view.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

October 31, 2011

Picture of the Day: Highway near Red Shirt Table

Road near Red shirt table by Jvstin
Road near Red shirt table, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, to start off the week, is to show the endless possibilities of a highway that seems to go on forever along Badlands National Park, South Dakota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:11 AM

October 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: St. Stephen's Church

St. Stephens Church by Jvstin
St. Stephens Church, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for Friday is of historic St. Stephens Church in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis (a stone's throw away from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

October 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: Spoonbridge and Cherry and the Basilica

Spoonbridge and Cherry and the Basilica by Jvstin
Spoonbridge and Cherry and the Basilica, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Two icons of Minneapolis in one picture. Double your fun!

The sculpture is the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. Peeping over the trees to the right is one of the spires of the Basilica of Saint Mary. Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125) Aperture f/10.0 Focal Length 33 mm

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

October 26, 2011

Picture of the Day: View from the Precipice

View from the Precipice by Jvstin
View from the Precipice, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

I generally prefer my waterfalls with lots of water coming over them. Spring waterfalls as opposed to fall waterfalls. However, there are advantages, I've learned over the years, to seeing waterfalls in the fall. The reduced volume of water allows for an interest contrast of water against rock.

Oh, and yeah, I can take pictures like this. I am standing, ladies and gentlemen, on the precipice of the waterfall. Remember that triangular patch between the two "streams" in my last two pictures? Yeah, I am standing on that for this shot. With water levels relatively low, I was able to get to this spot. Exposure 0.025 sec (1/40) Aperture f/16.0 Focal Length 18 mm

Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

October 25, 2011

Picture of the Day: High Falls Monochrome Closeup

Monochrome Closeup by Jvstin
Monochrome Closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is a closeup of the waterfall from yesterday,the High Falls of the Baptism River. This picture was an attempt to emulate Ansel Adams, as I deliberately exposed the picture to put the water in Zone 7, and converted it to monochrome. I also went for as quick of an exposure as I could manage. Not hard, since it was a bright and sunny day.

I used my nifty fifty (which is more like 85 with an APS-C sensor)


Exposure1/3200 sec
Aperturef/2.8
Focal Length50 mm

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

October 24, 2011

Picture of the Day: High Falls of the Baptism River

High Falls of the Baptism River by Jvstin
High Falls of the Baptism River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It's Monday.

So, I think everyone needs a waterfall. I know I do.

This is the High Falls of the Baptism River at Tettegouche State Park. I took this picture a couple of weeks ago while on my fall color tour. Because we all know I can't resist a waterfall--and this was before my ankle sprain. (I had plans of doing more waterfalls but the foot scotched those plans).

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

October 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Moose Mountain

Moose Mountain by Jvstin
Moose Mountain, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

And let's finish out our tour of Oberg Mountain nearly where we began. The ridge in the background is Moose Mountain, and again, while it might not be a mountain by the standards of most states, it counts as a mountain in Minnesota. In this shot, I particularly liked how the conifers dot the colored landscape below, poking up as green lines amongst the golds, oranges, yellows and reds.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

October 20, 2011

Picture of the Day: Oberg Lake

Oberg Lake by Jvstin
Oberg Lake, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is Oberg Lake, yet another view from Oberg Mountain. I've never done it, but you can follow a branch of the Superior Hiking trail and hike down to the lake. I prefer the birds eye view from Oberg, myself.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

Six ways to process a Photo

I was talking with a co worker about processing photos in Lightroom yesterday. She seemed surprised that I "doctor" photos in Lightroom.

But really, a camera's sensor is nowhere near as good as the Mark I Eyeball (h/t to Scott Olson). You have to make choices in order to get a photo that will work. So, unless you are adding or removing elements, you are making choices. A couple of years ago, I was surprised to learn Ansel Adams considered this problem, too, considering his negatives the score and the photos made from them the performance.

"I've always said that the negative is the score, and the print the performance. I want it to be possible for people in the future to perform my negatives. After all, when I was playing the piano, I was playing the music of people who had been dead for quite a few hundred years, and who had never heard the sounds of my modern piano -- they had written for the harpsichord, the clavichord. I actually feel that in the next few years--it won't be very long--the electronic image is really going to be the medium in photography."

And he did dodging and burning, too.

So, I took yesterday's picture of the day to illustrate the score and the performance.


















Zero This is the "Zero" image straight out of the camera. Unappealing, and as you can see, it needs work.

faithful

This is the faithful preset, a pretty "standard" way to process a photo into a .jpg
my standard

This is what the photo usually looks like with the adjustments I typically make. This is basically the photo from yesterday.
fall foliage
Fall Foliage. This is a new preset I discovered yesterday. I can see it improves the color...but you can see it doesn't flatter me. So this is not a preset I should use if I have people in the photo.
low contrastbw
Low contrast black and white. Even black and whites can vary. This de-emphasizes the contrast.
highcontrastbw
And this one emphasizes the contrast.

So as you can see, one photo can be performed in any number of ways.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:14 AM

October 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: Me and Fall Color

Me and the Color by Jvstin
Me and the Color, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture wasn't taken by me. Instead, two photographers whom I met on Oberg Mountain (you didn't think I was the only person to discover this gem, did you?) took this picture of me, framed by fall color.

If I look less than 100%, its because this was after the ankle sprain. I so very rarely actually appear in pictures I take that I don't mind the quality.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

October 18, 2011

Picture of the Day: View from Oberg Mountain (Oberg Two)

Mountainside color by Jvstin
Mountainside color, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is another view from Oberg Mountain.

Nothing innovative in this shot, just the palette of fall colors on the hillside.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:49 AM

October 17, 2011

Picture of the Day: South View from Oberg Mountain (Oberg One)

South View from Oberg Mountain by Jvstin
South View from Oberg Mountain, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Oberg Mountain, the site of my ankle sprain, is probably the single best place to hike to see fall colors in Minnesota that I've ever found, with the tower at Itasca maybe a second place.

There are views galore from Oberg in every direction, and if you go near to peak, every direction is full of color. I wouldn't lie, and I have the pictures to prove it. The number of hikers on the trail, on a weekday, proves it, too.

So this week is going to be Oberg Week.

So, one of the first views from Oberg, if you follow the loop around the mountain counterclockwise, is this one, roughly looking south-southwest.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

October 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: Fall Foliage Drive

Drive through Superior National Forest by Jvstin
Drive through Superior National Forest, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Any Minnesotan interested in the classic "drive through fall foliage" probably has, or plans to,drive through some of the back roads in Superior National Forest. I haven't yet drove all the way up State Highway 1 to Ely, or taken the route out of Grand Marais northwest, but I have done some of the back grounds around Lutsen and Tofte...as you can see here.

We're not too far away from a site called Heartbreak Ridge, named because horse drawn wagons had difficulty on the path.

Posted by Jvstin at 12:51 PM

October 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: View from Britton Mountain

View from Britton Mountain by Jvstin
View from Britton Mountain, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, continuing the series of pictures I took on my fall color adventures, swings us over to Superior National Forest on the North Shore.

This is the view from Britton Mountain (no, not the mountain where I sprained my ankle on this trip). Like any "mountain" in Minnesota, the word mountain is relative, but it is a high point you can see fall color. We're looking south, here, and you can just manage to see Lake Superior in the distance.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:05 AM

October 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: St Urho Statue

St.Urho Statue by Jvstin
St.Urho Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The route to Itasca and Bemidji on State Highway 71 doesn't have a lot of landmarks, but this is one of them.

This bizarre statue is dedicated to the legend of Saint Urho, who supposedly chased the grasshoppers out of Finland to save a grape harvest before the Ice Age. At least, that's what it says on the plaque.

If you go to the flickr page and choose the original size, you can read the entire story for yourself, if you are interested. My take is that it's a remarkably imaginative piece of fiction...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

October 13, 2011

Picture of the Day: Fall Color on the Farm

Fall color on the farm by Jvstin
Fall color on the farm, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

How are you going to keep them down on the farm?

A friend of mine recently sent me some pictures of her own vacation adventures on a farm, including mucking about on bales of hay. As it so happens, I passed by a farm on the route between Itasca and Bemidji and took a couple of pictures of hay bales with fall color aspens in the background...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

October 12, 2011

Picture of the Day: Shore of Lake Bemidji

Beach at Lake Bemidji by Jvstin
Beach at Lake Bemidji, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you, continuing my fall color adventures, is the Beach at Lake Bemidji State Park. I was stuck how much like a seacoast this looks...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

October 11, 2011

Picture of the Day: Aspen at Lake Itasca

Fall color at Lake Itasca by Jvstin
Fall color at Lake Itasca, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

I was struck by how beautiful this tree looked against the beautiful blue sky while traveling through Itasca State Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

October 10, 2011

Picture of the Day: Falling Giant

Falling Giant by Jvstin
Falling Giant, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This tree was formerly the tallest red oak tree in the state of Minnesota, signed and highlighted by Itasca State park, and a landmark on the "Wilderness drive".

A windstorm several years ago, as you can see, took off the top of the tree and ending the reign of this fallen giant. The tree still lives, for now, but its days are numbered.

The tree was, before the windstorm, 126 feet tall, and is estimated to be about 300 years old.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

October 9, 2011

Picture of the Day: South view of the Aiton Heights Fire Tower

View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower by Jvstin
View from the Aiton Heights Fire Tower, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The 100 foot tall Aiton Heights Fire Tower in Itasca State Park is a great landmark and destination for fall colors, as you can see from the picture I took below. I took a bunch of shots from the tower in all directions and got some lovely shots. This is one of the views looking south from the tower.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:58 AM

October 8, 2011

Picture: Origin of the Mississippi

The origin of the Mississippi by Jvstin
The origin of the Mississippi, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

It's time to start sharing pictures from my two fall color trips.

First up:

This is Itasca State Park, in northwest Minnesota. As the marker indicates, this is the outlet of the lake, a little river called the Mississippi. Yes, you can walk across those rocks there, and thus walk across the river. There is also a small wooden slab a few yards downstream (to the right) for those who are afraid of the slippery rocks, or don't want to cross them twice.

Itasca State Park and the lake sit on and north of the Itasca moraine, which is why, paradoxically, the river flows north and east out of the park, and only turns south for good at Grand Rapids (birthplace of Judy Garland).

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

October 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Accidental Tilt Shift Photo

Railroad Bridge across the Missouri by Jvstin
Railroad Bridge across the Missouri, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is an example of accidental Tilt-shift photography that I managed on my trip to South Dakota...

Posted by Jvstin at 9:08 AM

October 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley by Jvstin
Paradise Valley, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of Paradise Valley, just north of Yellowstone National Park, in Montana.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

September 29, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore Closeup by Jvstin
Mount Rushmore Closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

A lot of visitors to Mt. Rushmore just go to the plaza and walk out. But there is a nice and easy paved trail you can take to get more than the standard view of the monument. This shot is probably my most popular. Again, I probably could take this picture better, today, but I like how I framed the monument with vegetation.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

September 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Willow River

Willow River by Jvstin
Willow River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, one last picture of green before fall colors set in, is Willow River State Park, across the border in Hudson, Wisconsin. We're looking downstream of the waterfalls you've seen in earlier pictures,

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

September 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: Cathedral of St. Paul dome (Night)

Cathedral of St. Paul by Jvstin
Cathedral of St. Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is the dome of the Cathedral of St. Paul, at night.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

September 26, 2011

Picture of the Day: St. Paul Skyline from Holman Field

St Paul skyline from Holman Field by Jvstin
St Paul skyline from Holman Field, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Although Minneapolis St Paul International Airport is the most famous and used of the twin cities airports, there are others. Holman field, for instance, sits right across the river from downtown St. Paul. You may have seen pictures in the past where I took pictures of the field, flooded, from Indian Mounds Park.

Here, I am on the tarmac at Holman Field (I did some flying for work on Friday), and took an opportunity to take a picture of the St. Paul Skyline from the runway at the airport. The Cathedral of St. Paul is that building by itself on the left.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

September 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: Des Moines

Des Moines by Jvstin
Des Moines, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of Des Moines, Iowa, as taken from the grounds of the State Capitol building.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

September 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Index Peak and Pilot Peak

Pilot Peak and Index Peak by Jvstin
Pilot Peak and Index Peak, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is Pilot Peak and Index Peak, on the east side of Yellowstone National Park, in the Beartooth Mountain range. The top of the Beartooth Pass remains my personal record for elevation above sea level (not counting airplanes), at 10,947 feet above sea level.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

September 20, 2011

Picture of the Day: Iggy

Iggy by Jvstin
Iggy, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is Iggy, the statue of the giant Iguana that sits outside of the Science Museum. This is one of the side exits, and poor Iggy doesn't get the attention he deserves. Except, in this case, the unnamed child is ready for his closeup with Iggy...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

September 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: Gazebo

Gazebo by Jvstin
Gazebo, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you. The rest of the pictures in this set (an anniversary party for the company I work for) are not likely to interest any of you, but I liked how my picture of the Gazebo at the Country Club came out.

I had no idea what a Gazebo was until, don't laugh, I encountered one in the text adventure game Zork II...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

September 17, 2011

Picture of the Day: Me

Paul Weimer by Jvstin
Paul Weimer, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Me.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:41 PM

September 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: Angle Rock

Angle Rock by Jvstin
Angle Rock, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the very top of Angle rock, at Interstate State Park, Taylors Falls Minnesota.Angle rock is a particularly hard piece of basalt. Its so hard in fact that the St. Croix River couldn't and can't erode it, causing the entire river to bend at this point.

I was particularly struck by the tree growing out of the top, and the mottled, twisted appearance of the top of it. So I pulled in with this shot to emphasize both.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

September 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: River and St. Paul

St Paul, Minnesota by Jvstin
St Paul, Minnesota, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of the capital of Minnesota, St. Paul. The mighty Mississippi river flows by...

Posted by Jvstin at 8:39 AM

September 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Hermann the German

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In 9 A.D. Publius Quinctilius Varus lost three Roman legions and his own life in the Teutoburg Forest in Germany to the Germanic leader Arminius. He is memorialized in New Ulm, Minnesota (a big center of German culture in Minnesota) in this monument to "Hermann the German". It sits on a hill that overlooks the town. I visited there in 2009. Not the greatest of days to take a picture, and probably could take the picture better, today. But here it is.

"Varus, Give me back my legions!"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

September 13, 2011

Picture of the Day: Flowers and St. Paul

Flowers and St. Paul

Today's picture is me being creative again. Desaturated and bokeh-ed background of the city of St. Paul, with flowers in focus in the foreground.

I like my 50mm prime for shots like this, since I can crank the f-stop down to get this sort of effect. I used Lightroom for the desaturation.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

September 12, 2011

Picture of the day: Capitol and Cathedral

Minnesota State Capitol and St Paul's Cathedral

In my travels on the Labor Day Weekend, I discovered a little park behind the Minnesota State Capitol named for, appropriately enough, Capitol architect Cass Gilbert. The vantage point from that park, as you can see below, allowed for an interesting alignment of the State Capitol and the St Paul Cathedral.

I'm thinking this is a place I need to visit at other times of the day, especially sunrise, sunset and at night to see how other pictures might turn out...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

September 9, 2011

Picture of the Day: Hindu Mandir of Minnesota

Hindu Mandir of Minnesota

This is the Hindu Mandir of Minnesota, located in Maple Grove. I learned of this on Minnesota Public Radio and, over the Labor Day Holiday, decided to see it for myself. I didn't go outside (there was a service in progress) but I found the architecture and outside decorations something you don't find in Minnesota outside of the MIA museum...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

September 8, 2011

Picture of the Day: Monochrome Dalles of the St. Croix

Dalles of the St Croix in Monochrome

Today's picture is a monochrome view of the Dalles of the St. Croix river, at Interstate State Park, near Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

September 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: German-American Institute

The Germanic American Institute

The sheer variety of architecture along Summit Avenue in St. Paul is amazing. Today's picture is one of the stars of Summit Avenue, the Germanic American Institute.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:38 AM

September 6, 2011

Picture of the Day: The Aerial Lift Bridge

Aerial Lift Bridge at Night

Duluth, Minnesota is a charming little city at the far end of Lake Superior. It's a port and proud of it. This is its famous aerial lift bridge, at night.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

September 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Spearfish Canyon

Spearfish Canyon

One of the picturesque discoveries I made on my trip to South Dakota a couple of years back was the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway, in the northern portion of the Black Hills. While Custer State Park has the alien looking needles, the canyon of this byway has a more classic sort of look.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

September 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Wright Gas Station

Frank Lloyd Wright Gas Station

One of the more unusual creations of Mr. Frank Lloyd Wright was this Gas Station, in Cloquet Minnesota (not too far from Duluth on the trip north).

Although it was closed at the time I visited it, there is a lounge/waiting room in the windowed portion with a plaque commemorating the design.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

August 31, 2011

Picture of the Day: Catch a Train!

Catch a Train?

This is the Osceola and St. Croix Valley railway steam train, getting ready for a trip to Marine on St. Croix in Minnesota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

August 30, 2011

Picture of the Day: Willow River Falls

Willow River Falls by Jvstin Willow River Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Back on the chain gang, back to daily photos. Today's picture is another view of the Willow Falls, in Willow River State Park.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

August 25, 2011

Picture of the Day: Falls of the Willow River

Falls of the Willow River by Jvstin Falls of the Willow River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture was one of my discoveries on the trip last weekend--the falls of the Willow river, outside of Hudson, Wisconsin.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:12 AM

August 24, 2011

Picture of the Day: Train Depot in Osceola

Osceola Train Station by Jvstin Osceola Train Station, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Home of the Osceola & St. Croix Railway, Osceola is a charming village I passed through on Saturday on my way south from Interstate Park. You can take train rides, too, starting from this historic train station/depot. I decided to post process one version of this photo to give an old time look.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:07 AM

August 23, 2011

Picture of the Day: Basalt Cliffs

Rock Formation by Jvstin Rock Formation, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is one of the basalt cliffs at Interstate State Park on the MN side of the river.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

August 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: The Dalles of the St. Croix River

The Dalles of the St Croix River at Taylor's Falls by Jvstin The Dalles of the St Croix River at Taylor's Falls, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Only an hour from the Twin Cities are the Interstate Parks of Minnesota and Wisconsin, situated on either side of the St. Croix River's Dalles. The Wisconsin park was the first Wisconsin state park. The Minnesota park was the second Minnesota state park (Itasca was the first Minnesota park)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

August 17, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore by Jvstin
Mt. Rushmore, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Road trip anyone? Today's picture is of Mount Rushmore, as viewed from the parking lot.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

August 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: St. Croix River

St Croix River by Jvstin
St Croix River, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Minnesota and Wisconsin have twin parks along the St.Croix River, called Interstate Park. Each has its charms, and its view of the once mighty St. Croix River.

Here is a view of that river from the Wisconsin side.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

August 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mary and the Pencil Necked Weasel

Mary Robinette Kowal with "Neil, the Pencil Necked Weasel" by Jvstin
Mary Robinette Kowal with "Neil, the Pencil Necked Weasel", a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of the utterly charming Mary Robinette Kowal showing off her possibly most famous puppet--"Neil, the pencil necked weasel"

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

August 12, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mill City Museum Closeup

Mill City Museum Closeup by Jvstin
Mill City Museum Closeup, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This picture I took to try and capture the light and reflections on the Mill City Museum's bank of windows.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:06 AM

August 10, 2011

Picture of the Day: Stone Arch Bridge Redux

Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The neo-classical look of the Stone Arch Bridge is why I love it so much. Its a way to see quasi-classical architecture without my long desired trip to Rome...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:07 AM

August 9, 2011

View along the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

View along the Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis

Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

August 8, 2011

Morning Skies, August 8,2011

Morning Sky 8-8-2011 by Jvstin
Morning Sky 8-8-2011, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Morning Skies today.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:07 PM

Picture of the Day: Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. I deliberately underdeveloped the colors on this one, to give a different feel to the picture.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

August 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis and the Stone Arch Bridge

View along the Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
View along the Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

View of Minneapolis along the Stone Arch Bridge, August 6, 2011

Posted by Jvstin at 9:29 AM

August 5, 2011

Picture of the Day: Early morning sky over Roseville

Early Morning Sky over Roseville 8-4-11 by Jvstin
Early Morning Sky over Roseville 8-4-11, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Another of the early morning pictures I took yesterday. This has a nice gradient from silhouettes through a set of sky colors.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:18 AM

August 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Celestial Horse

Celestial Horse by Jvstin
Celestial Horse, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, from the Minneapolis Institute of the Art's Chinese collection, is of a bronze jade horse.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:42 AM

August 3, 2011

Picture of the Day: Iowa State Capitol (with an old time effect)

State Capitol of Iowa by Jvstin
State Capitol of Iowa, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Iowa State Capitol building.

I went for an old time photo effect here...

Posted by Jvstin at 1:14 PM

August 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Railroad Lobby

Railroad Lobby by Jvstin
Railroad Lobby, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The Best Western Bandana Square, host of Diversicon 19, was built in and around a historic train repair shop, and looks it...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

July 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Kawishiwi Falls

Kawishiwi falls

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

July 23, 2011

Picture of the Day: Lower Falls of the Gooseberry in Winter

Lower Falls of the Gooseberry in Winter by Jvstin
Lower Falls of the Gooseberry in Winter, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

More cold pictures to try and beat the heat. This is the lower falls of the Gooseberry river, in Winter. I liked how the rock and snow and trees all set off each other in this shot.

Posted by Jvstin at 8:12 AM

July 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: Gooseberry Falls in Ice

Gooseberry Falls in Ice by Jvstin
Gooseberry Falls in Ice, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

More cool pictures, since the heat is relentless.

Yep, this is Gooseberry Falls again, wreathed in the ice and snow of winter. Again, this is one of my favorite spots to take photos in every season, although it can be challenging to get to some spots in the ice and snow of winter!

Posted by Jvstin at 7:39 AM

July 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Athabasca Glacier

Athabasca Glacier by Jvstin
Athabasca Glacier, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

One of the greatest experiences in my life was visiting Jasper and Banff National Parks in Canada and getting to fulfill a lifelong dream of standing on a glacier. This is the foot of Athabasca Glacier, the glacier that "ate" my glove. This is the foot of the glacier, but you can and I did go with the Olsons on a tour to stand on a point further up. I got to drink Glacier meltwater...and somehow lost my glove in the process. D'oh!

Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

July 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: Capitol and Floyd

Capitol building and Statue by Jvstin
Capitol building and Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of the St. Paul Capitol building, at night, with the Governor Floyd B Olson statue silhouetted in front of it.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

July 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Motorcyclist in the Badlands

Motorcyclist in the Badlands by Jvstin
Motorcyclist in the Badlands, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture for you is of a Motorcyclist I spotted traveling through Badlands National Park, in South Dakota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

July 13, 2011

Differential color Bridge

Differential Color bridge by Jvstin
Differential Color bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This picture, from the Normandale Japanese Garden, was an experiment in post-processing, making the entire picture monochrome except for the reds in the picture.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

July 12, 2011

John Ireland Boulevard and the Cathedral

John Ireland Boulevard, looking at the Cathedral of St Paul by Jvstin
John Ireland Boulevard, looking at the Cathedral of St Paul, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is John Ireland Boulevard, looking at the Cathedral of St. Paul, in the distance. Directly behind me is the State Capitol building.

Yes, St. Paul was laid out deliberately this way...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

June 25, 2011

I-35W in rainbow color!

I-35W Bridge from the Stone Arch Bridge by Jvstin
I-35W Bridge from the Stone Arch Bridge, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

You might have heard that the I-35W bridge was being lit up last night to celebrate Gay Pride in Minneapolis. Here is what it looked like from the Stone Arch Bridge.

Except for some testing when they first installed the lights, the bridge usually has never been in any color but blue. Last night was definitely unique!

Posted by Jvstin at 10:54 AM

June 23, 2011

The New York Life Eagle

The New York Life Eagle by Jvstin
The New York Life Eagle, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the New York Life Eagle, which used to stand in front of the selfsame building in St. Paul, when the insurance company once had a branch here. Now it sits in Summit Lookout Park, along Summit Avenue (not far away from the Cathedral and the Hill House)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

June 14, 2011

Have Camera, Will Travel

Have Camera Will Travel

Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

June 6, 2011

Picture of the Day: Lake Moraine

Gloomy, frozen, Lake Moraine by Jvstin
Gloomy, frozen, Lake Moraine, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is Lake Moraine in Canada...in Banff National Park. With it being so hot and humid, some cool, icy mountains seems the ticket for today, eh?

Posted by Jvstin at 2:45 PM

May 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: Landmark Center, Desaturated

Landmark Center, desaturated by Jvstin
Landmark Center, desaturated, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is the Landmark center in St. Paul, not far from the Xcel Energy center and the Science Museum. I thought for this shot I would emphasize its architecture if I desaturated the colors in post production. What do you think?

Posted by Jvstin at 7:52 AM

May 13, 2011

Picture of the Day: Stegosaurus!

Stegasaurus by Jvstin
Stegosaurus, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Yep, time for more Dinosaur. This is a Stegosaurus, but you probably knew that.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

May 11, 2011

Picture of the Day: Herb Brooks Statue

Herb Brooks Statue by Jvstin
Herb Brooks Statue, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture, the first from my Saturday expedition, is of a statue of Herb Brooks.

Herb Brooks is not only a local, but a national hero, as he was the coach of the "Miracle on Ice" US Olympic Hockey team in 1980.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

May 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Skyline by Night

Minneapolis Skyline by Jvstin
Minneapolis Skyline, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Last night I headed down to the Ridgeway parkway overlook, where I've taken pictures of the Minneaplis Skyline before. This time, I tried a couple of night shots...

Posted by Jvstin at 9:06 AM

April 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Badland

Badlands by Jvstin
Badlands, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is a sunny, bright picture of the Badlands, in South Dakota.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

April 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: Monochrome Artificial Cascade

Artificial Waterfall in Monochrome at Roseville Central Park by Jvstin
Artificial Waterfall in Monochrome at Roseville Central Park, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

I feel hot and sweating from my workout, so how about cooling off with this closeup of an artificial cascade at Roseville Central Park?

Posted by Jvstin at 6:34 AM

April 16, 2011

Book Review 2011 #12: Creative Lighting

Creative Lighting

A book by Harold Davis

A review by Paul Weimer

Harold Davis is a well-known, award winning photographer based out of California, but with a suite and portfolio of pictures from around the world. He has a written a number of books on photography, most notably the "Creative" series.

Creative Lighting: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques is the latest of the latter series of books. Creative Lighting's mission and goals are to allow photographers to take better pictures by taking advantage of, and in some cases, manipulating the light available for photographs. While a small section at the end explores how to use Photoshop to work with High Dynamic Range photography and other effects, Davis keeps the bulk of the book grounded for dealing with and creating situations in the field and in the studio.

Within each of the major sections of the book, Davis has a wide assortment of topics, usually only a couple of pages long, with one or more photographs to illustrate the technique or subtopic. The photographs are a strong point of the book. The sheer variety of the photographs in the book used to illustrate various ideas in lighting is absolutely amazing. From an underexposed model, to a high-key flower, from a simple picture of San Francisco, to a grand HDR panorama of the California mountains put together with Photoshop, Davis' photography takes center stage.

With these beautiful photographs, Davis provides full information on the the lens and settings, and usually explains what he was trying to do with a particular photograph. In this way, Davis allows the reader-photographer an entrée into his mind and thought patterns. He often tells us what the light is doing, and how he is trying to make best use of it.

Those strong thought patterns I just mentioned dominate the book. Readers who have read Davis' work before are aware of it, but new readers to his books might be surprised by Davis' strong point of view. He has his likes, his biases and he is not shy about expressing them to readers. He is a strong believer, for instance, in photographers sticking to manual mode whenever possible. Many of the photos show his opinions and point of view as well.

While the ambient and natural lighting portions of the book are well done and well written, the real value of the book comes when Davis brings the readers into his studio, or enhances the natural lighting of a scene with fill lighting and other techniques. The book is replete with diagrams of his set ups that correspond to a nearby picture in the book that uses that particular scenario. As someone who has never taken a photograph with anything fancier than a camera's flash, I was fascinated to finally be able to understand how to use some additional tools and techniques to change, adapt and increase the lighting of a subject.

There are a few minor shortcomings in the book, but not many. I was surprised, for instance, that while he discusses the classic exposure triangle of Aperture, ISO and Shutter Speed, for instance, he never actually lays out the diagram. While I am not a visual learner, I felt that the diagram is practically expected in books that cover the exposure triangle. Also, the breakneck pace of topics, rarely lingering on them for more than a couple of pages, might turn off some readers. The ordering of some of the early sections, too, could have been changed. A few times, I found that I needed to jump forward a bit to understand an aspect of a topic before returning to the main flow of the topic.

Overall, this book seems to be targeting post-beginners to digital photography, people who have been using their DSLR for a while, and are seeking to improve their game with using light to best effect. I think the book hits its mark. True experts in the field may only find value in the considerable inspiration that Davis' photos bring, and complete neophytes are going to trip themselves up on Davis' assumption that readers know the basics of the craft. However, for people in between who are looking to learn more about how to use lighting in their photographs, I recommend this book unreservedly. Fans and avid readers of Mr. Davis' other works will find much to like here, as well.

Posted by Jvstin at 11:42 AM

April 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: Sunset on Bennett Lake

Bennett Lake at Roseville Central Park by Jvstin
Bennett Lake at Roseville Central Park, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

This is Bennett Lake, one of Minnesota's >10,000 lakes, in Roseville. I wandered over here one day after work, in time to catch the sunset.

Posted by Jvstin at 6:34 AM

April 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Iowa Welcome Center

Welcome Center by Jvstin
Welcome Center, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Last weekend, I went to visit My Friends The Olsons™ in Iowa. On the way back, I stopped off at this rather distinctively designed welcome center on I-35 near the MN border.

Posted by Jvstin at 6:47 AM

April 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Capitol Building, Lit up

Capitol

Posted by Jvstin at 10:46 AM

April 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Cathedral Redux

IMG_1060 by Jvstin
IMG_1060, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Another picture from St. Paul's Cathedral is your picture to finish out the week.

One of these days I need to get inside and take pictures. I always arrive before or after it opens...

Posted by Jvstin at 6:50 AM

March 30, 2011

Picture of the Day: St Paul Cathedral from the base

IMG_1071 by Jvstin
IMG_1071, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Posted by Jvstin at 6:43 AM

March 28, 2011

Picture of the day: Cathedral in Monochrome

Cathedral in Monochrome by Jvstin
Cathedral in Monochrome, a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

On Saturday Evening, I headed into St. Paul to take a few pictures in the late afternoon and early evening light.
This is a monochrome shot of the dome of St. Paul Cathedral, just down the road from the Capitol and a landmark of the city.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:03 AM

March 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Skyline March 2011

Minneapolis Skyline by Jvstin
Minneapolis Skyline a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

The lack of an internet connection at home has slowed me down in sharing pictures, but here we have something new. This is the Minneapolis, MN skyline, as seen from the north, in Columbia Heights.

Posted by Jvstin at 10:02 AM

March 8, 2011

Picture of the Day: Sioux Falls Waterfall

Waterfall Closeup by Jvstin
Waterfall Closeup a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.

Today's picture is of my favorite subject--waterfalls.

Falls Park in Sioux Falls rivals Redwood Falls and Minneapolis for having beautiful waterfalls within a city park. It certainly has more waterfalls than the other two, even if they are smaller. This picture is of just one of them.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:47 AM

March 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Moose Head

Moose Head by Jvstin
Moose Head a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.
Monday, Monday Monday.

This Moose here probably agrees with you that its yet another Monday, but that's life and we all have to deal with it.

As you might expect, I photographed this Moose in Yellowstone National Park, on the 2009 expedition.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

March 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Scoria Point Overlook

Scoria Point Overlook by Jvstin
Scoria Point Overlook a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.
This is the Scoria Point Overlook from Teddy Roosevelt National Park, in North Dakota. It definitely does not usually look this green, only for a short period in May and June does it look like this rather than the stark beauty more usual for the Badlands.

I need a vacation somewhere.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

March 3, 2011

Picture of the Day: Horta Path

Horta Path by Jvstin
Horta Path a photo by Jvstin on Flickr.
I don't know about you, but I am done with this fimbulwinter.

So to try and cheer myself up, today's picture is of the lush green beauty of the Horta path at the MN arboretum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

March 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Abstract Piece


Abstract Piece
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Sure, landscapes are my thing. But I do occasionally branch out into architecture, people and even semi abstract things.

Take this. Can you guess what this?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

March 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Servants Porch


Hill House exterior--Servants Porch
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One of the most famous houses in the twin cities is the James J Hill House. Hill was a railroad tycoon/robber baron who lived in the Twin Cities, and built a magnificent mansion to show off his wealth.

This is a view of the servants porch at the rear of the house, showing some of the classic motifs of this type of architecture.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

February 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Rivera Pitches


Rivera Pitches!
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I haven't seen many baseball games in my life. The last one I did see, in 2009, I brought my camera along. This is Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, pitching against the twins in that July 2009 game.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

February 25, 2011

Picture of the Day: Kuan-Yin


Kuan-Yin Statue
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
It's been quite a week all around, with revolutions, snowstorms, earthquakes and more.
So, to finish out the week, I present a depiction of the Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin from the fabulous Asian art collection at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

February 23, 2011

Picture of the Day: Swinging Bridge in Snow


The swinging bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is of the famous swinging bridge in Jay Cooke State Park in northern Minnesota. This time, I captured it decked in snow.

Unfortunately, the trails beyond the bridge are strictly cross-country ski-only in winter: hiking is prohibited.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

February 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center


Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This building, today's picture, makes a subtle political point.

This is the brand new Jay Cooke State Park Visitor Center. The old building was in dire need of maintenance, and so a new building was built for one of the underappreciated gems of the Minnesota State Park system.

And, if the axe-swinging Republicans now in charge had had their way a couple of years ago, this beautiful building would never have been built.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

February 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: The Ice Climbers


The Ice Climbers
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Every picture tells a story, or so they say. I like to think this one does, since this candid shot of the ice climbers at Gooseberry Falls catches them all in mid-preparation, mid-conversation, and mid-gesture.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

February 18, 2011

Picture of the Day: Half Frozen Amnicon Falls


Upper Falls of the Amnicon River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Waterfall time. To finish out friday, I present to you the Upper Amnicon Falls, on the Amnicon river, in Amnicon state park in northern Wisconsin. If you saw my bridge picture yesterday, then you might be interested to know that I took this picture from within that bridge, looking upstream.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

February 17, 2011

Picture of the Day: Horton Bridge


Horton covered bowstring bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is the Charles Horton designed bowstring bridge that currently spans the Amnicon river in Amnicon Falls state park, Wisconsin. (A set of falls is just upstream of this bridge, and one is just about underneath the bridge).

There are only 6 of these late 19th century bridges still standing.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:36 AM

February 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: Ice Climber


Ice climber
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Although some people think I am "adventurous", in reality I am less adventurous than most people that I meet. Take for example the subject of today's picture. While at Gooseberry Falls, i encountered a group of people who had come to ice climb the frozen waterfalls.

So today's picture is an action closeup of one of the climbers.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

February 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: Frozen Gooseberry River Valley


Gooseberry River Valley
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is what the Gooseberry River looks like when snowed and fully frozen. I'm standing just downstream of the lower falls on the river bed here (they are behind me), and am looking toward Lake Superior. You can see the bridge that hikers take to cross the river in the middle background. Some of my shots of the lower falls you've seen before were taken from that bridge.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

February 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Behind the Icefall


Behind the Icefall
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Sometimes I take risky pictures.

This picture is of one of the icefalls at Gooseberry Falls State Park. As you can see, I am standing inside of the icefall to get the shot. To get here, I had to cross the frozen river (trusting it was solid), climb up a bit and squeeze into this space.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

February 10, 2011

Picture of the Day: Middle Falls of the Gooseberry in Ice and Snow


Middle Falls of the Gooseberry in Ice and Snow
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I used a less high contrast black and white process for this picture. This picture is downstream of the Upper Falls you saw yesterday. In fact, you can see a bit of the Highway 61 bridge in the upper left of the picture. That bridge basically spans between the Upper and Middle Falls.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

February 9, 2011

Picture of the Day: Upper Falls of the Gooseberry in Ice and Snow


Upper Falls of the Gooseberry in Ice and Snow
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Continuing the series from my Northern Adventure...

This is the upper falls of the Gooseberry River, north of the bridge. Oddly enough, this was the easiest of the three falls to get to in the ice and snow, and so I came up here first.

This picture I post processed in relatively high contrast black and white.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

February 8, 2011

Picture of the Day: Silver Creek Cliff tunnel


Silver Creek Cliff tunnel on Highway 61
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
As you head north along the North Shore of Minnesota on Highway 61, you encounter a couple of tunnels. This is the first and the larger of the two, Silver Creek Cliff. This tunnel is about 8 miles south of Gooseberry State Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

February 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Snowy Duluth


At the Thompson Hill Overlook
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you starts a series of pictures from my Saturday trip. This view should be familiar to those of you who follow my pictures on a regular basis. This is the city of Duluth, at the end of Lake Superior, from the Thompson Hill overlook.

Given the cloudy and overcast conditions, I decided to convert a lot of my pictures on the trip on Saturday to monochrome.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

February 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Lamar Valley Mountains


Lamar Valley Mountain View
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Okay, I suppose with me selecting these pictures of Mountains, I am really in need of a long distance vacation. After all, I didn't go very far last year.

These mountains are seen from the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone, and I don't quite remember which mountain range these belong to. Yes, my friends, there are enough mountain *ranges* in Yellowstone that you can confuse them...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

February 3, 2011

Picture of the Day: Teton View


The Teton Range
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've never been particularly fortunate in my photographic opportunities in taking pictures of the Tetons, the signature mountain range in Wyoming and in the eponymous park. This picture I took in the pre-DSLR era, and I do wish I had had a DSLR back then...since subsequent visits have had less photogenic weather.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:19 AM

February 2, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mount Rundle


Mount Rundle
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Banff and Jasper National Parks are just full of distinctive mountains. As an example of that, today's picture is of Mount Rundle, as seen from the Tunnel Mountain trail, not far from the town of Banff.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

February 1, 2011

Picture of the Day: Kerri Miller


Kerri Miller Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I don't take many pictures of people, its true. Here is one of those exceptions to that rule.

This is Kerri Miller, host of a program on Minnesota Public Radio every day between 9 and 11 am. The topics vary widely, and even better, she is an avowed bibliophile.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

January 31, 2011

Picture of the Day: Eye of the Needle


Eye of the Needle
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Needles Scenic Byway in Custer State Park, South Dakota is full of eye candy of strange and wonderful formations weathered from the Black Hills.

This one is called, for obvious reasons, The Needle's Eye.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

January 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: Arboretum Japanese Garden


Stone Lantern and Japanese Garden
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Picking up from yesterday's picture, this is a different part of the extensive University of Minnesota arboretum. This is the Arboretum's own Japanese garden. While I don't think its quite as well done as Normandale College's or the Como Park Conservatory's, its still idyllic.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

January 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: Lilac


Lilac
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
It's been a cold and snowy winter everywhere it seems, this year. So today's picture is intended as counterprogramming to that. This is the Lilac path at the University of Minnesota Arboretum. I took this picture last May, when the Lilacs were in full bloom.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

January 25, 2011

Picture of the Day: Highway 61 and the Mississippi


Highway 61 and the Mississippi
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you takes us far downriver from the Guthrie and Minneapolis, to John Latsch State Park. Frequent viewers of my photos remember that this is the park with the staircase of doom.

Anyway, this is a monochrome shot from the bluff, showing Highway 61 as it parallels the Mississippi. You can also see Wisconsin on the far side of the river in the background.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

January 24, 2011

Picture of the Day: Guthrie Theater


Guthrie Theater
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Minneapolis is actually a pretty good hub for the arts. While it might not be New York, it has a thriving theater and art scene. This is the Guthrie Theater, the premier theater in town.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

January 21, 2011

Picture of the Day: Mushroom


IMG_7030
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Instead of my usual large scale subjects, this time I went small. This is a humble mushroom, photographed in the Fall Lake campground near Ely, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 8:49 AM

Free Ebook From me--2010 Photographic Adventures

2010 in Pictures Final.pdf

A free ebook from me with pictures and text detailing my 2010 Photographic Adventures. Enjoy, and let me know what you think!

Posted by Jvstin at 8:17 AM

January 20, 2011

Picture of the Day: Capitol Dome


Capitol Dome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Maybe I am a bit provincial, but I do think the Minnesota capitol building is one of the most beautiful in the United States. This is a close up of the dome.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

January 18, 2011

Picture of the Day: Flowstone


Flowstone
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture takes us beneath the earth, to a cave called Niagara Cave. Only Southern Minnesota has the right geology to have caves, and there are a number of them. Niagara Cave, where this flowstone was photographed, is one of the commercial ones.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

January 17, 2011

Picture of the Day


Grammophone
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One of my personal highlights last year was the MPR Open House, getting to meet MPR people and get a full view of the building. Today's picture is of an old style gramophone that I saw at the Open House. For extra emphasis, I did the picture to look like an old style sepia photograph, too...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

January 14, 2011

Picture of the Day: Black Eyed Susans


Black Eyed Susans at Lake Pepin
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
These are Black Eyed Susans on the shore of Lake Pepin. As I have said before, lake Pepin is really a widening of the Mississippi river. Here I used it as a blurred background, going for a lot of bokeh as I focused on the wildflowers instead.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

January 13, 2011

Picture of the Day: Hennepin Avenue Bridge


Hennepin Ave Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. One of the downsides to no longer working in downtown is not getting to regularly see this strange and distinctive architectural marvel.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

January 12, 2011

Picture of the Day: Grand Teton Mountains and Clouds


Mountains and clouds
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This picture of mountains and clouds in Grand Teton National Park dates back to five and a half years ago, in the pre-DSLR era. I wish I had my DSLR and my current skills back then. This picture, although nice, could have been even better...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

January 11, 2011

Picture of the Day: Paul and the Glacial Erratic


Paul and the Glacial Erratic
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is one of the few in my oeuvre with myself in it. I am standing on the left hand of this boulder in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park. What is special about this boulder and why I wanted a picture next to it, besides it size and its distinctive crack is that its a glacial erratic. During the last glaciation, this boulder was carried from the nearby Athabascan mountains to this spot down in the valley.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

January 10, 2011

Picture of the Day: Hermann the German monument


Hermann Monument in New Ulm
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Asa Romanphile, this is not exactly my kind of monument, but, there it is. This is the monument to Hermann the German, aka Arminius. In the year 9 AD, Arminius betrayed his ostensible Roman empire and annihilated several legions and ended dreams of Roman control over Germany.

"Varus, give me back my legions!"
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

January 7, 2011

Picture of the Day: Packer in the snow


Packer the Sheltie in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Thank God its Friday. Packer, my friends' Sheltie (Shetland Sheepdog) here captured in Black and White in the snow might very well agree with that sentiment.

Have a great weekend!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

January 6, 2011

Picture of the Day: Icicles


Icicles
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This might be considered somewhat of a minimalist picture, since it is nothing but icicles. Heck, aside from the little bit of blurred bokeh trees in the bottom left corner, it is almost zen in its starkness and simplicity.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

January 5, 2011

Picture of the Day: Sunken Garden with Poinsettias


Sunken Garden with Poinsettias
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I mentioned a few posts back that there were many kinds of poinsettias on display at the Como Park Conservatory. Today's picture, a sort of overview of the Sunken Garden, allows you to see a number of the varieties on display.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

January 4, 2011

Picture of the Day: Fern


Fern
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is intended to counterbalance the cold and dark of January. This is a closeup of one of the ferns at the Como Park Conservatory.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

January 3, 2011

Picture of the Day: Beginning of the Mississippi


Beginning of the Mississippi
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture, with the theme of "beginning", is the beginning of the Mississippi River in Itasca State Park, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:43 AM

December 31, 2010

Picture of the Day: Packer


Packer the Sheltie
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
It's been quite a year for everyone. For many people, 2010 was for the dogs.

So for New Year's Eve, the last day of 2010, I present a picture of the Olsons Sheltie (Shetland sheepdog), Packer.

Happy New Year!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

December 30, 2010

Picture of the Day: Spiral Ginger


Spiral Ginger
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is a desert tropical plant that I stumbled across in the Como Park Conservatory. This is Costus barbatus, the spiral ginger plant.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

December 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Como Park Conservatory


Como Park Conservatory
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the Como Park Conservatory, which faithful viewers will have seen pictures of before. This time, I tried to capture the entirety of the structure in the shot, and I also experimented with a new Lightroom preset to give it a "cold" look.

What do you think?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

December 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: Polar Bear


Como Park Zoo Polar Bear
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Como Park Zoo is a small Zoo (the Conservatory is honestly the more famous attraction) but it does have a world-class Polar Bear habitat for its twin polar bears. Today's picture is of one of the twins, pacing around on a cold December day.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:08 AM

December 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Ice Crystal Poinsettia


Ice Crystal Poinsetta
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I never knew that there were many kinds of Poinsettia, until I visited the Conservatory over the Christmas holiday. In fact, they are having an exhibition of many kinds of the Christmas Perennial. This pink one is called a Premium Ice Crystal Poinsettia
Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

December 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: Dani


Dani as a Butterfly
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
As some of you know, My Friends the Olsons™ are moving to Iowa so that Scott can pursue employment there. I am truly going to miss them, as they are undoubtedly amongst my closest and longest-lasting friends.

Today's picture is of Danielle, their 7 year old daughter, with a butterfly painted on her face. This was taken at the 2010 MN Renaissance Faire.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

December 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Old Bison in the Morning


The Old Bison in the morning
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is what I call "The Old Bison in the Morning". Early in my 2008 trip to the Badlands, I had an almost too-close encounter with a group of bison in the early morning, including this old bull.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

December 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: Bisquick!


Bisquick!
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I am in a sad mood today, so I need some whimsy to cheer me up.

So, today's picture is of a truly large box of Bisquick. This is from the awesome Mill City Museum on the riverfront in Minneapolis.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

December 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: Impossible Black Tulip


Impossible Black Tulip Map panel
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is a panel from the Matteo Ricci Chinese "Impossible Black Tulip" map, the million dollar map that the University of Minnesota recently bought, and briefly displayed in Washington D.C. and, as pictured here, at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

December 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: MIA Entrance


Classical Entrance to the MIA
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Yesterday you got to see one of the Chinese Guardian Lions at the entrance to the MIA.
Today, I pull back to show the entire entrance. As you can see, the lions flank the entrance. It's obvious to me that the neo-classical Beaux-Arts architecture facade to this entrance to the MIA was inspired directly by a similar entrance to the New York Public Library, built a few years earlier.

(Thanks to my brother for correcting my mistake)

Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

December 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: Guardian Lion


Chinese Guardian Lion
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I mentioned earlier this week that the MIA's main focus is Asian art. Here is the proof. This is one of the two Chinese Guardian Lions that are at the classical entrance to the MIA. The Chinese Guardian Lion is also the symbol of the MIA itself.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

December 14, 2010

Picture of the Day: Korean Dragon Jar


Korean Dragon Jar
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I seem to be on an art theme this week, or at least yesterday and today.

As I have said before, the MIA has weaknesses in its collection. Its arts of Asia, though, are amongst the best in the entire country. Its so large that they are constantly rotating pieces in and out to try and show them to the public.

This is a Korean Dragon Jar from their collection.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

December 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Aphrodite


Aphrodite head in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
To start off the week, let's talk about beauty, or at least the Greek Goddess of Beauty.

This is a bust of Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Beauty. The Greek and Roman section of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is pretty small (the Egyptian section even smaller) but it does have some nice pieces, such as this bust.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

December 11, 2010

Snow!


Winter Storm 12-11-2010
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Think we're getting a bit of snow?
Posted by Jvstin at 8:58 AM

December 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Liatris Aspera


Liatris aspera
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is Liatris aspera, the prairie blazing star, a wildflower which is found in the Great Lakes region. It is one of the many plants that Lewis and Clark discovered and cataloged on their journey to the Pacific.

I took this picture at William O'Brien state park in eastern Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

December 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Orchid


Orchid
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Flowers make excellent subjects for experimenting with depth of field. Blurring the background often enhances the composition of the flower you are trying to capture.

As an example, here is an orchid I photographed at the Como Park Conservatory a year ago. I think I could do this picture better today than then.

Perhaps I should re-visit the Conservatory soon, don't you think?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

December 8, 2010

Picture of the Day: Desaturation experiment


Experiment
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I do not normally "photoshop" pictures extensively. For one thing, I use lightroom, and for another thing, my usual mode is to try to show the reality that I see with my eyes, not alternate realities.

Lightroom is not the best program to play with reality, anyway, but there are things I CAN do. Such as today's picture. This picture started off with a shallow depth of field shot of these wildflowers. In Lightroom, I decided to desaturate every color present in the picture *except* the stunning yellow.

Thus, you get yellow flowers, on a monochrome background.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

December 6, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Skyline--Sky focus


Minneapolis Skyline
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
How you point a camera at a subject, the angle and how you compose it, can lead to a variety of pictures and results.

Take today's picture for example. You may have seen other pictures I took from this spot looking at Minneapolis from the North. This time, though, I not only went wide angle, but focused more on the sky than on the city itself. Thus, the clouds and the sky here are the real star, rather than the skyline sitting below the natural horizon.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

December 3, 2010

Picture of the Day: Kakabeka Falls (WATER)


Kakabeka Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I think faithful photo friends figured I would pick a waterfall for the WATER part of my theme this week.

And you were right. This is Kakabeka Falls, just west of Thunder Bay in Canada. Still one of my favorite waterfalls, and with the photographic techniques and skill I have learned in the last year and a half, I have to go back and try and get some really good pictures...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

December 2, 2010

Picture of the Day: Mount Washburn (EARTH)


Mount Washburn
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I have lots of pictures of mountains for today's picture, and today's element, Earth. Many of them, though, are "contaminated" by being with rivers and waterfalls.

This picture sidesteps that. This is Mount Washburn, in the northeast portion of the park. Its a landmark for anyone who is navigating the eastern portion of the park. You can hike it, too.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

December 1, 2010

Picture of the Day: Itasca State Park Tower view (WOOD)


Itasca Fire Tower view
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today is the element of wood. Fortunately, Minnesota is blessed with an abundance of wood. Choosing an appropriate picture was hard because I had so many choices.

This is a view from one of the many fire towers you can climb in Minnesota state parks. This one in particular is in Itasca State Park, the park where the headwaters of the Mississippi River is located.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:12 AM

November 30, 2010

Picture of the Day: Air: Dramatic Skies over the Black Hills


Dramatic Skies over the Black Hills
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Yesterday we had fire. Today we move on to the element of Air. A few of the choices I had I've already featured as a picture of the day, so I had to pick something less seen--such as this picture of pre-stormy skies over the Black Hills in western South Dakota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

November 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Fire!


Fire on the Hibachi Grill
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I like the idea of theme weeks, so I will start another one.

I've been recently watching the cartoon series Avatar, and so I will concentrate on the five Chinese elements.

Today is Fire. This is Fire on a Hibachi Grill at Osaka restaurant.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

November 24, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Horton Truck


Horton Truck
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
We've had a train (of sorts), we've had a plane. Today, I continue the transportation theme with the brand new (and shiny!) tractor-trailer that ferries items from Horton's SD plant to our offices here in Roseville. You can see the Horton bear logo on the trailer.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

November 23, 2010

Picture of the day: CRj 900


CRJ 900
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Continuing the travel theme this week, this is a CRJ 900 Jet coming in for a landing at Minneapolis St Paul Airport. I really could have used a better zoom lens to get a better picture, but on the other hand, this does help provide a sense of scale with the building below it.Safe travels!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

November 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: Hiawatha Light Rail


Hiawatha Light Rail train
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is Thanksgiving week, a week where many people find themselves taking trains, planes and automobiles.

So with that in mind, today's picture is of Minnesota's one and only light rail train, the Hiawatha Light Rail train. This train runs from downtown, near the new baseball field, all the way to the Mall of America in Bloomington. Not far away from the latter is where I took this picture.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

November 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: Badlands in Black and White


Badlands
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Another black and white picture. This is a view of some interestingly shaped formations in the South Dakota Badlands, in Badlands national park.

Honestly, until a few years ago, I had no idea what the badlands were, much less that I would enjoy them so much...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:17 AM

November 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: Snake Pit Falls


Snake Pit Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Continuing the monochrome theme I have going this week with my love of waterfalls, today's picture is of Snake Pit Falls, in Amicon State Park in Northwestern Wisconsin.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

November 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: Amida Buddha


Amida Buddha
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Keeping on a monochrome theme this week, today's picture takes us to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. The Museum has a very extensive collection of Asian Art. Amongst that is this statue of the Amida Buddha.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

November 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: Normandale Japanese Garden


Normandale Japanese Garden in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture takes us to the small, unique and picturesque Japanese Garden found in a most unusual place--the campus of a community college.

This is a corner of the Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College, done in monochrome.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

November 12, 2010

Picture of the Day: Lower Falls in Ice and Snow


Lower Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Snow and a messy bout of weather are headed here this weekend. In honor of that, today's picture is the lower falls of the Gooseberry River--wreathed in ice and snow. I took this picture last January at the eponymous park on the North Shore.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

November 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: Crazy Horse


Crazy Head Closeup
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Long ago, I read Logan's Run, and was surprised to learn that a project to build a giant memorial to Crazy Horse was being built in the Black Hills--very slowly.

In 2008, when I was out in Western South Dakota, I could not resist a visit. Here is a closeup of the head, which recently had some work done.

I don't know if they will ever finish this thing, but it would be one of the most impressive monuments ever if they did.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

November 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Needles


Byway
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is from the Needles Scenic Byway in Custer State Park, South Dakota. Not for the faint of heart (or the large-vehicled_), the narrow byway wends its way through the intriguing and picturesque rock formations in the central Black Hills of South Dakota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

November 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Sinopah Mountain


Sinopah Mountain
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Mountains, Gandalf, Mountains!

This is Sinopah Mountain, one of the mountains in Glacier National Park. I took this picture from Two Medicine Campground, where my friends (and my friends parents) camped at the end of the chaotic 2009 Western Vacation Expedition.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

November 8, 2010

Picture of the Day: Bouncy Castle


Bouncy Castle
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture should make you feel young again.

Recently, Dani, the daughter of My Friends the Olsons™ had her 7th birthday party (which was held on Halloween). With 20 kids running around, I mostly duck and covered. I did emerge long
enough to take a few pictures, including this one of the bouncy castle rented for the occasion. I chose this picture so that the pictures of the kids were indistinct , and I like how the shadow of the tree rakes across the structure, too.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

November 5, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Mist shrouded Tetons


Jenny Lake and the Tetons
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
To fit my mood today, here is a fog and mist shrouded view of the Teton mountains, with Jenny lake in the foreground. This picture was taken in Grand Teton National Park during the rain filled vacation west in June 2009.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:18 AM

November 4, 2010

Picture of the Day: Horse in the Badlands


Horse in the Badlands
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've featured a different version of this picture before. This one shows things from a slightly different angle and from a wider perspective. The picture is in the North Dakota Badlands (Teddy Roosevelt National Park) and I took this picture in the early morning.

Dani and I had woken up early and she had begged to come with me to do some photography. Together, we encountered the beautiful horse amongst the surprisingly green and lush scenery.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

November 3, 2010

Picture of the Day: Leliana in the Window


Leliana in the Window
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
We all need a relief from politics, and today's picture for you tries to do that. Likely you have seen her before, this is Leliana, the Siberian kitten of My Friends The Olsons™. She has grown substantially in the last few weeks!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

November 2, 2010

Picture of the Day: Devil's Tower


The Tower
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is a monochrome view of the landmark that was made famous by Close Encounters of the Third Kind--Devil's Tower.

It is a bit out of the way, but its worth a visit if you are, for example, exploring the Badlands and the Black Hills as I was in 2008.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

November 1, 2010

Picture of the Day: Motorcyclist on the Prairie


Motorcyclist on the Prairie
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture to start the week sends us west to the Badlands of South Dakota, and this view of a motorcyclist happily driving along one of the gravel roads in Badlands National Park. I picked this picture for the contrast between the small motorcycle and the "big sky" of the sky and prairie.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

October 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Red Wing


Barn Bluff, Red Wing and the Red Wing Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And for friday, another view from Sorin Bluff. You can see from here a slice of Red Wing, Minnesota, the Red Wing Bridge to Wisconsin, and of course the end of Barn Bluff.

Posted by Jvstin at 7:55 AM

October 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: Highway 61 and the River


Highway 61 and the River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture comes to you courtesy of the letter S.

S as in Stairs, that is. This view of Highway 61 and the Mississippi River is the reward for climbing a difficult, leg-agonizing staircase up a 450 foot climb at John Latsch State Park.

My calves ached for a day after this climb.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

October 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Train and Lake Pepin


The Train and Lake Pepin
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you uses an interesting foreground element along with nice background scenery.

In the foreground is one of the trains that run along a track that parallels Highway 35 in Southern Wisconsin.

In the middle to far distance is Lake Pepin. Lake Pepin's status as a lake is sort of a bone of contention. Really, its just a widening of the Mississippi River at this point. Geology enthusiasts will remember that the glacial river that predated the Mississippi River was much wider and larger, and here, the old Miss just gets bogged down in a widening of the channel at this point. Thus, Lake Pepin.

And on the far side of Lake Pepin/Mississippi River is the Minnesota shore.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

October 26, 2010

Picture of the Day: Chimney Rock


Chimney Rock
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is a well-hidden geological landmark near Hastings, Minnesota.

This is Chimney Rock, an erosional remnant of St. Peter sandstone. Chimney Rock is important geologically because it helps confirm that the last glaciation did not reach this far southeast--for surely it would have been toppled over like a bowling pin by an advancing glacier.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

October 25, 2010

Picture of the Day: Winona


City of Winona as seen from Garvin Heights Park
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
On Friday I gave you a view of the city of Red Wing, Minnesota.

Today, to start the new work week, I give you a view of a different city.

This is Winona, which is down the river from Red Wing. In the foreground is Lake Winona. The City sits between the lake and the river (which can be seen clearly in the larger sizes).
I love how the clouds and trees came out reflected in the lake.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

October 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: Red Wing in Monochrome


Red Wing, MN
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And now the week is over, and to end the week, let's take a overlook view at one of the beautiful cities in Minnesota--Red Wing. This is a monochromatic view of Red Wing from the heights of Soldier Memorial Park on top of Sorin Bluff. The more famous "Barn Bluff' which brackets Red Wing is on the right side of the photograph. There is no road up to the top of Barn Bluff, but there is a hiking trail. One of these days, I have to try it to get views from there...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

October 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: Maiden Rock


Maiden Rock
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you takes us to Southeastern Wisconsin. This is a geological and quasi-historical landmark along Highway 35 (the Wisconsin version of Highway 61--it parallels the Mississippi and St Croix Rivers). I present to you Maiden Rock.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

October 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: Chequamegon National Forest


Fall Color in Chequamegon National Forest
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Everything is NOT a winding road, no matter what Sheryl Crow says. Some days its a straight gravel road, like this one.

This is deep within Chequamegon National Forest, in Northern Wisconsin. I was actually looking for a waterfall when I was struck how beautiful the fall colors around me, were.

I don't think my benighted car appreciated all of the gravel road driving though...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

October 19, 2010

Picture of the Day: Mississippi River


Mississippi River at Great River Bluffs State Park
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And here today we have the Mighty Mississippi, at Great River Bluffs State Park in southern Minnesota. This is the so called Driftless area, which was not directly covered by the most recent glaciation event, and so has very different terrain than much of the rest of Wisconsin and Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:51 AM

October 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Bad River


Bad River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is another view of a river wreathed in fall color. This is the Bad River, which is the river the falls I showed you all on Friday is on, in Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin.

Despite the overcast skies, the color came out better than I feared.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

October 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: Copper Falls


Copper Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is (for me) a brand new waterfall.

This is Copper Falls, in Copper Falls State Park in Eastern Wisconsin, not far away from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Its not particularly tall, but there are a couple of falls and cascades. My pictures have them flanked and "skinned" in fall colors, and over the next few days, I intend to show them to you...
Posted by Jvstin at 5:26 AM

October 14, 2010

Picture of the Day: Gooseberry River in Fall Color


Gooseberry River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is a shot of fall colors along the Gooseberry River, downstream of the three waterfalls. I took this picture from a bridge that spans it at this point, as part of the "Falls loop" trail around Gooseberry Falls State Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

October 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Middle Falls of the Gooseberry


Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One advantage to cloudy and rainy conditions is that it makes it much easier to get slower shutter speeds without overexposing your photo. This is especially valuable for things like, say, waterfalls.

So here, thanks to cloudy and just starting to rain conditions, is the middle falls of the Gooseberry River
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

October 12, 2010

Picture of the Day: (Heart of the) Sunrise at Flood Bay


Sunrise at Flood Bay
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
On the second day of my trip up North to see fall color, I got out of the hotel early enough to capture the rising sun. This is Flood Bay, just North of Two Harbors.

Longtime fans of my pictures will recall I captured some nice photos here back during my Great Spring 2009 Expedition to the North Shore. So, as I was driving North to Gooseberry and could see the beautiful palette to my right, I had to stop here at this favored spot and see if I could capture the sunrise.

*I* think I did a good job, myself...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

October 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: Fall Color at Lake Superior


Fall Color at Lake Superior along Highway 61
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Let's start off Monday with a photo of more fall color. This time, Lake Superior is the background to MN Fall color. I took this picture a little south of Grand Portage.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

October 8, 2010

Photo of the Day: Highway 61 in Fall Color


Highway 61 in fall color
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Life is a Highway.

Alternatively, Bob Dylan sang about Highway 61. This is Highway 61 up on the North Shore, near the Canadian Border, and showing off fall color as far as the eye can see...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

October 7, 2010

Picture of the Day: Pigeon River


Pigeon River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the Pigeon River, downstream from the waterfall picture I featured the other day. Canada is on your left (I could easily cross into Canada here if I was crazy enough to do so), and you can see that the whole valley was in fall splendor.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

October 6, 2010

Picture of the Day: Canadian Fall Foliage


Canadian Fall Foliage
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Sticking strictly to the fall foliage this time, this is a closeup of some of the foliage above the waterfall on the Canadian side of Grand Portage Park, on the Canadian-American border.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

October 5, 2010

Picture of the Day: Border Crossing in Fall Color


Border Crossing at Grand Portage
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the border crossing at Grand Portage, scene of the infamous incident (to me anyway) of when the Border Patrol thought that my one day in and out photo expedition to Canada was highly suspicious.

I didn't venture into Canada on this trip for precisely that reason, but I was struck how the fall colors framed against the clouds here at the border crossing, and here are the photographic results. (We are looking north along the southbound lanes, so that is the American entry point in the center of the picture)
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

October 4, 2010

Photo of the Day: High Falls with Fall Color


High Falls of the Pigeon River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is the first of the photos from my expedition up north. This is the High Falls of the Pigeon River, on the Canadian Border, framed by the fall color that dominates the landscape up there.

As you can see, though, in the fall, this waterfall looks very different than in the spring (see below)

High Falls
Posted by Jvstin at 7:40 AM

September 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Onion Volcano


Onion on Fire
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is from a Hibachi restaurant.

Hibachi is the "food-entertainment" version of Japanese cuisine where the food is cooked in front of you by a chef who turns the preparation into a performance.

One of the classic creations in a hibachi presentation is an onion volcano, as seen here.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:04 AM

September 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: Spearfish Canyon


Spearfish Canyon
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Fall is my favorite season, and it seems some of my best photography, or at least my favorite adventures, happen now.

This is good old Spearfish Canyon, way on the west side of South Dakota. Too many people miss this lovely byway in favor of going down to Mount Rushmore instead. Do what I did and see both.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

September 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Leliana and Dani


Leliana with Dani
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The temptation to use new pictures of Leliana as pictures of the Day is irresistible. Here she is in a moment with the Olsons daughter, Dani.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

September 24, 2010

Picture of the Day: St. Paul Cathedral


St Paul Cathedral
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you, to finish out the workweek, is of St. Paul's Cathedral, in St. Paul, Minnesota. It sits on the other end of a main thoroughfare from the State Capitol building, a deliberate design decision...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

September 23, 2010

Picture of the Day: Fall Color


Fall Color
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today is the first full day of Autumn (the equinox was actually last night). And so in honor of the season of change, here are some fall leaves I photographed last October on the trail to Oberg Mountain, on Minnesota's North Shore.

Happy Autumn!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:35 AM

September 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: Jenny Lake and the Tetons


Jenny Lake
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a view of Jenny Lake and mist-shrouded Teton mountains, in the eponymous National Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:36 AM

September 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: Crabapple in Infrared


Crabapple in Infrared
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you goes back to the surreal world of Infrared photography. These are some crabapple trees at the Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen, MN.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

September 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: Leliana


Leliana
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the newest member of the Olsons's Household.

This is Lily, a Siberian Kitten that is now part of the Olsons home.

Her "full" name is Leliana. Where does that come from? Well, Dani wanted, at first, to have her named after the Dragon Age character she loves so much, but it seems that we are all already shortening that to Lily.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

September 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Man with the Red Dog Hat


The man with the red dog hat
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One more picture from the MN State fair to end our run at the Fair, and to end the workweek, too.

People watching at the MN State Fair is one of the great traditions, and this picture, I think, captures a bit of that.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

September 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Sugar Shack


Sugar Shack
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you, again from the recent MN State Fair, is of one of the food booths, the Sugar Shack, on the Midway of the Fair. As you can see, I decided, for an old time treat and an "old time" fair, I decided to process this one with a Sepia sort of look.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:47 AM

September 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: 4H building


4H Building
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
4-H in the United States is a youth organization administered by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Its a big thing in rural America.
So today's picture is the 4H building at the MN state Fair. As you can see, I decided to be a little creative and take a slightly tilted perspective to the shot...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

September 14, 2010

Picture of the Day: Smokey the Bear Posters


Smokey the Bear PSA Posters
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Firetower was one of my favorite things at the MN State Fair this year. While waiting on line to get up there, one can see a selection of Smokey the Bear Posters, like these. This is a case where you really do want to look at the larger picture to see them in more detail.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:20 AM

September 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Garrison Keillor


Garrison Keillor
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you, from the Minnesota State Fair, will be familiar to you from my photographic odyssey that I posted the other day. This is the one and only Prairie Home Companion Host Garrison Keillor.

As a friend pointed out on that selfsame blog post, poor Garrison has not really aged well.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

September 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Spamville


Spamville
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Spam gets a bad rap. Believe it or not, though, Minnesota is inordinately proud of its little weird lunchmeat. If that's okay with you, that is.

Hormel always has a Spam booth at the Minnesota State Fair, and although I have not been there yet, also has a museum down in Austin devoted to it.

So, today's picture is of Spamville.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 AM

September 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Ferris Wheel


Ferris Wheel on the Midway
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a monochrome view of the Midway Ferris Wheel at the Minnesota State Fair.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

September 8, 2010

Picture of the Day: Candidates Debate


Dayton answers a question
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is from the Governor candidate debate at the MN State fair, hosted by MPR. From left, Host Gary Eichten, former US Senator Mark Dayton (raising his hand), State Representative Tom Emmer, and Tom Horner.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:02 AM

{Photography} A trip to the MN State Fair

Come with me on a photographic journey to the Minnesota State Fair! I went on Friday, "Minnesota Public Radio Day"

Protip: Click on any of the pictures to go to the picture page to see a bigger one...

State Fair Entrance

It was a cool, windy and cloudy day that I picked. Better than it being hot and too sunny, but it did mean that ice cream and cool treats were
less popular than warmer fare. And there is plenty to eat at the MN State fair...


Corn Fritters Stand

Fresh French Fries!

As I said above, today was MPR day. I spent a bunch of time around MPR stuff. Like, for example, the debate amongst the candidates for Governor...

Dayton answers a question

And, Prairie Home Companion host, Garrison Keillor

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In point of fact, the MPR people sort of know who I am. MPR Morning host Cathy Wurzer wanted a picture with *me*. She even
posted a version of this photo on the internet!

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There is plenty to do at the Fair besides hobnob with radio hosts. Like, say, climbing fire towers....

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It provides a nice view of the fair and beyond, don't you think?

View from the Fire Tower

A fair is not a fair without a Midway...

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Minnesota is also the home of SPAM.

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But I prefer Sweet Martha's cookies, myself:
Sweet Martha's Cookies

Finally, a trip to the fair would not be complete without seeing some local art.

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I've only given you a sample of the pictures I took on my fair adventure. Want to see a slideshow with
more pictures? Check out the slideshow:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157624891674534/show/

Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

September 7, 2010

Picture of the Day: Deep Fried Twinkies


Deep Fried Twinkies
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you confirms the bad culinary reputation of the state fair, the Minnesota State Fair in point of fact. This is, as you can see, a Deep Fried Twinkies stand.

No, while I had Sweet Martha's Cookies (in a forthcoming photo) and other treats, I did not dare try one of these..
Posted by Jvstin at 7:38 AM

September 2, 2010

Picture of the Day: Komodo Dragon


Komodo Dragon
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of a Komodo Dragon, one of the largest reptiles in the modern world. This picture was taken at the Minnesota Zoo. While not as endangered as implied in the movie "The Freshman", the habitat of the Komodo Dragon is limited to only a few Indonesian islands.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

August 31, 2010

Picture of the Day: Photographers in Lamar Valley


The Photographers in Lamar Valley
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I'm far from the only photographer at the destinations I go on my adventures. Here is a group of photographers in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, hunting the perfect wildlife shot
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

August 30, 2010

Picture of the Day: Maze


Maze
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is amazing.

No, really its a maze, a hedge maze in fact, at the Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen. This was taken from a tower you reach once you solve the maze--and it is a real maze that takes time to solve.

Kids and those young at heart love it, judging from how popular it was with kids and adults alike...
Posted by Jvstin at 8:07 AM

August 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Turnoff View of George


Turnoff view of George
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the "Free view" of George Washington on Mt. Rushmore.

While you do have to pay to get into the Monument, if you take the highway west of the entrance into the Black Hills, you will come to a turnoff where you can see this view of Washington's head, for free!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:45 AM

August 26, 2010

Picture of the Day: Entrance to the Fair


Entrance to the MN State Fair!
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Its that magical time of the year here in the North Star State--State Fair time.

The MN state fair is one of the largest and best of such events across the country, lasting nearly two weeks and drawing a substantial percentage of the state's population. The only real pain is that The Source is near the fair, so visiting my FLGS during fair time is a bad idea,at best.

Anyway, today's picture is of the entrance to the fair...and weather permitting, there should be new pictures from the fair this year if and when I go.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:38 AM

August 25, 2010

Picture of the Day: Shovel Point


Shovel Point
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of Shovel Point, in Tettegouche State Park on Minnesota's north shore. You could see this yesterday in the view from Palisade Head; this is a view of it from the trail that runs to its tip.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

August 24, 2010

Picture of the Day: View from Palisade Head


Palisade Head View
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you keeps us in Tettegouche State Park, but takes us up to the top of Palisade Head. Looking from this vantage spot, you can see Shovel Point (from where you can see the Arch turned Sea stack) in the distance.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

August 23, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Lost Tettegouche Arch


The (lost) Tettegouche Arch
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of something that no longer exists.

This is the Tettegouche Arch, in Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota. Over the weekend, erosion finally caused the keystone of the arch to collapse. I took this picture of the now lost arch in April 2009.

An article on the destroyed arch is here:

http://www.duluthnewstribune.com/event/article/id/176979/
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

August 19, 2010

Picture of the Day: Ice Age Trail Marker


Western Terminus of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a memorial marker. This boulder, in Interstate State Park, Wisconsin, marks the Western end of the 1200 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

August 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Nameless Face


The Nameless Face
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is what the park ranger who I accompanied on a hike along this trail called "the nameless face". The rocks do sort of form a body and the top rock does sort of resemble a face. This is, again, Interstate State Park, Wisconsin
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

August 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Beach House


The Beach House
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture from you is a classic peace of WPA-era architecture. This is the beach house in front of the beach on Lake O' The Dalles , in Wisconsin's Interstate State Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

August 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: Fireman practicing rescue


The Fireman practicing climbing rescue
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture from you is of one of the Firemen I met at the Wisconsin side of Interstate State Park. Rock climbing is a popular pasttime on both sides of the park, and so the firemen from stations in WI and MN both need to be able to rescue stranded climbers. I encountered a group of firemen, such as this gentleman, practicing a rescue operation.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:59 AM

August 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minnesota Welcome Sign


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Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the large "Minnesota Welcome" sign, near the Wisconsin Border along Hwy 8, just south of Taylors Falls, MN
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

August 12, 2010

Picture of the Day: St. Croix River


St Croix River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is another moody look at the St. Croix River. This is just upstream of the Dalles and the rapids of the St Croix at Interstate State Park (off and to the right of this picture)

You can see this year's heavy rains have led to a lush landscape here in Minnesota!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

August 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: Taylors Falls Sign


Taylors Falls Sign
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is one of those informational signs that I love so much. This one tells the story of Taylors Falls, the closest town to Interstate State Park.

(I strongly recommend looking at a larger version to read the entire fascinating story)
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

August 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Railroad Trail


The Railroad Trail
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Is it a hot day where you are? (Here it is stifling). Perhaps a nice walk down the Railroad Trail of Interstate State Park, pictured here, is the ticket to feeling better in the dog days of August.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:35 AM

August 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Dalles of the St. Croix


The Dalles of the St Croix
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And to start the workweek off, let's take a look at where I went, virus and all, on Saturday.

This is the St. Croix River, in Taylors Falls, Minnesota. Interstate State Park, to be precise. The geology of the area is fascinating, including one of the world's largest collection of glacial potholes, as well as this canyon, called the Dalles. It was overcast most of the morning, leading to this very moody view.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

August 6, 2010

Picture of the Day: Kakabeka Falls


Kakabeka Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you, to wind up the week, is the thunderously
impressive Kakabeka Falls, in Ontario, Canada. This is definitely a waterfall I need to revisit someday--perhaps when I get around to another trip to the north.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

August 5, 2010

Picture of the Day: Quake Lake


Quake Lake
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you takes us to Gallatin National Forest and the aptly named (via a massive 1959 temblor) Quake Lake.

The earthquake measured 7.3 on the Richter scale (Revised by USGS to 7.6) and caused an 80 million ton landslide which formed a landslide dam on the Madison River. The landslide traveled down the south flank of Sheep Mountain, at an estimated 100 miles per hour (160 km/h), killing 28 people who were camping along the shores of Hebgen Lake and downstream along the Madison River. Upstream the faulting caused by the earthquake forced the waters of Hebgen Lake to shift violently. A seiche, a wave effect of both wind and water, crested over Hebgen Dam, causing cracks and erosion. Besides being the largest known earthquake to have struck the state of Montana in recorded history, it is also the largest earthquake to occur in the Northern Rockies for centuries and is one of the largest earthquakes ever to hit the United States in recorded history.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:20 AM

August 4, 2010

Picture of the Day: Beartooth Mts.


Beartooth Mountains
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture brings us back to the Mountains. These are the Beartooth Mountains, just east of Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:38 AM

August 3, 2010

Picture of the Day: Medusa


Medusa by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you shows off my interest in Classical Greco-Roman mythology. This is a 19th century bust of Medusa, done by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer. The bust is part of the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts.

A closer look at this picture, though, shows that I need to clean my camera lenses!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

August 2, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Bicyclists


The Bicyclists
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of a group of bicyclists photographed in Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis. The landmark Minnehaha Depot in the background. It seems the two lead bicyclists are at the least, are bemused by my presence there.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

July 30, 2010

Entrance Facade


Entrance Facade
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Entrance Facade to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, in Minneapolis.

Those of you who have been to NYC can see the resemblance between this and the entrance to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The resemblance is deliberate--this museum (opened in 1915) was meant to evoke the NY institution.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

July 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minnehaha Falls


Minnehaha Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is clearly in my comfort zone--a waterfall. Minnehaha falls, as a matter of fact. Catch the rainbow (at the bottom)!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

July 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Impossible Black Tulip


Closeup of the Impossible Black Tulip Map
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is for the cartographiles. This is a closeup of the Impossible Black Tulip, a map with only a few copies left in the world. This map was a collaboration between the Jesuit Matteo Ricci and Chinese cartographers in the 16th century. The University of Minnesota just purchased it (for a million dollars...) and it is on display through the end of August at the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts. This piece of the map shows the southeastern portions of China and Indochina.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

July 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Pavilion and Bridge


Pavilion and Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a view of the Pavilion and Bridge at the Japanese Garden at Normandale Community College
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

July 26, 2010

Picture of the Day: Two Bridges


Two Bridges
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of two of the bridges across the koi pond at the Normandale Comm. College Japanese Garden.

The bridge in the foreground is crooked on purpose. Shinto belief maintains that certain evil spirits cannot navigate such right turns, and so the bridge's design keeps them from crossing the river.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

July 23, 2010

Picture of the Day: Dragons Teeth


Dragons Teeth on the Kettle River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And to finish out the workweek, you might have some rapids to deal with at work. So its appropriate that today's picture are some *real* rapids...in this case, the Dragons Teeth rapids on the Kettle River. The river and the rapids are in Banning State Park, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

July 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: State Capitol


Minnesota State Capitol
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is another view of one of the most beautiful State Capitol buildings out there, the Cass Gilbert designed Minnesota State Capitol.

Right now at this moment, its covered by scaffolding for some badly needed renovation, this picture was taken back in April of this year.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

July 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Sunset


Minneapolis at Sunset 12/31
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is another view of the Minneapolis
Skyline--this time at Sunset, on New Year's Eve.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

July 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: Sinopel Daffodil


Sinopel Daffodil
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a closeup of a white Sinopel Daffodil, taken at the Minnesota Arboretum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

July 19, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minneapolis Skyline


Minneapolis Skyline
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a new shot of the Minneapolis skyline,seen from the Ridgeway Parkway, north of the city.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:44 AM

July 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: North End of the Canyon


North end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the North end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River (facing away from the waterfalls). This is back from 2005, in my pre DSLR days.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

July 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: Koi Pond


Koi Pond
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Koi Pond and the Japanese Garden, in monochrome, at the Como Park Conservatory.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

July 14, 2010

Picture of the Day: tunnel on the Byway


Tunnel on the Byway
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is one of the picturesque, but very narrow, tunnels through the Black Hills on the Needles Scenic Byway, South Dakota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

July 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Mist on the St. Louis


Mist on the River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you takes us back to last fall. This is the St. Louis River, in Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth, Minnesota. I stood on the famous swinging bridge, and took pictures of the beautiful, wild river.

As an aside, the DNR is trying to reintroduce sturgeon to the river, after they died out some decades ago due to pollution.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

July 12, 2010

Picture of the Day: Infrared Crabapples


Crabapple in Infrared
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you returns us to the weird and wonderful world of Infrared photography. These are some crabapple trees in bloom, at the Minnesota arboretum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

July 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Open Pit Mine Rock Face at Soudan


Open Pit Exposed Rock Face
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture to end the work week is not a natural outcrop or exposure, but rather an exposed rock face from the Soudan Mine, in Soudan Minnesota.

Eventually, the mine switched from open pit to the underground mine, leaving the large exposed pit to be recolonized by lichens, plants and trees, as you can see.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:50 AM

July 8, 2010

Picture of the Day: Pioneer Mine


Pioneer Mine
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is of the headframe and other assembly of the Pioneer Mine, near Miner's Lake in Ely, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

July 7, 2010

Picture of the Day: Soudan Iron Formation Outcrop


Soudan Iron formation
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is for the Geology enthusiasts.

This is an exposed outcrop (glacially polished, no less) of the Soudan Iron formation, at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. It is rock like this which drew the miners to the aptly titled Iron Range in Minnesota. I probably should have been a good geologist and provided something for scale, but this outcrop is not very large.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

July 6, 2010

Picture of the Day: Fall Lake


Fall Lake near Sunset
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
It's going to be hot and humid today across a swath of the country, so here is another "cool" picture for you to enjoy. This is Fall Lake, where we camped on our trip to the MN northwoods recently.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:37 AM

July 5, 2010

Picture of the Day: Kawishiwi Falls Redux


Kawishiwi Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is another view of Kawishiwi Falls, on the Iron Range, just east of Ely, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:06 AM

July 2, 2010

Today's MN Today photo is from me...

Hi all.

Not a new picture, but a bit of photography "news".

Minnesota Public Radio has been branching out into the online blogosphere for some time now. They have a sub-site, Minnesota Today, devoted to that, and one
of their features on that site is "Minnesota Scenes", photos from around the state.

Go to Minnesota Today, today, and scroll down to the bottom to Minnesota Scenes.

http://mntoday.mprnewsq.org/


Yep, today's picture (the black and white picture of Maya the wolf) is courtesy of yours truly!

http://mntoday.mprnewsq.org/scenes/53

Posted by Jvstin at 9:35 AM

Picture of the Day: Kawishiwi Falls


Kawishiwi Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And for Friday, let's cool off with a waterfall for the picture today. This is Kawishiwi Falls near Ely, Minnesota.

This picture was a conscious effort to come up with an "Ansel Adams" style picture--high contrast, black and white, the water of the waterfall deliberately overexposed a bit as per the Zone system.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

July 1, 2010

Picture of the Day: Maya


Maya
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you takes us to the International Wolf Center in Ely, Minnesota. This is a monochrome shot of Maya, the solitary female in the group of wolves that they have there.
She is, perforce, my favorite of the set,. Isn't she gorgeous?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

June 30, 2010

Picture of the Day: Soudan Headframe Assembly


Headframe Assembly
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the iconic Headframe Assembly of the Soudan Underground Mine at the eponymous park. This device allows the elevator car (that you can ride!) to be launched 2300 feet deep into the earth...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

June 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: Minnesota North Woods


Minnesota North Woods
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And so my pictures from Ely begin.

First off, let's start with a carpet of green, Minnesota style. No, not a large lawn, but the seemingly endless forests of Northern Minnesota. This view is from a hill at Soudan Underground Mine State Park, in Soudan, Minnesota...about 30 miles west of where we were camping.

As you can see, the forest does go on as far as the eye can see.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

June 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: Stormy Weather


Stormy road view
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I am still working on my pictures from my trip to the Northwoods of Minnesota. In the meantime, here is something different...a dramatic stormy view off of I-90 in South Dakota. The storm is approaching, the sun is shining behind me (see the shadow of my car and me?) and you can almost smell the rain coming.

Sometimes weather changes make for the best and most interesting photographs, don't you think?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:59 AM

June 25, 2010

Picture of the Day: Badlands


Badlands
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture, to fill out the week, is of Badlands.

I had no idea, until I saw them for the first time, just what Badlands were...and I had no idea how beautiful they could be, in a stark and severe sort of way.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

June 24, 2010

Picture of the Day: Orange Spring Mound


Orange Spring Mound
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture takes us to Yellowstone, and the Mammoth Hot springs. This is the aptly named Orange Spring Mound.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:42 AM

June 23, 2010

Picture of the Day: Aster Falls Trail


Aster Falls Trail view
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture keeps us in Glacier National Park, and shows us the scenic mountain view along the Aster Falls Trail.
As I said yesterday for yesterday's picture, its difficult not to take a picture of something scenic, interesting or gorgeous in Glacier National Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

June 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: Two Medicine Lake


Two Medicine Lake
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is Two Medicine Lake, the lake near the campground My Friends The Olsons™, Scott's Parents, and of course myself camped in back in 2009. The topography of the area was just beautiful and I have numerous shots of various views of the lake and the mountains.

I definitely need to return someday soon.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

June 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: Sandy Hook Lighthouse


Sandy Hook Lighthouse
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Let's return to my old stomping grounds today, shall we?

Just across a short stretch of water from my hometown of Staten Island, in New Jersey, is the Sandy Hook National Recreation Area. This is its eponymous lighthouse.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 AM

June 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: Frozen Falls


Frozen Upper Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Something cool to end the week, perhaps? How about a frozen waterfall? This is the Upper Falls at Gooseberry Falls, in the chilly frozen gloriousness of a January Minnesota day.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

June 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: Tulips


Tulips
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of a beautiful set of Tulips, photographed at the Minnesota Arboretum in Chanhassen, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

June 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: Stegosaurus!


Stegosaurus
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you shows my Paleontology interests. This is a Stegosaurus fossil, photographed at the Royal Terrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta Canada
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

June 15, 2010

Picture of the Day: Cameron Lake


Cameron Lake
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of Cameron Lake, in Waterton Lakes National Park, in Alberta Canada.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

June 14, 2010

Picture of the Day: Castle Geyser


Castle Geyser in Full Eruption
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I am in a bad mood today. So to cheer myself up, here is a picture of my favorite geyser in Yellowstone, and the world. No, its not Old Faithful.

This is Castle Geyser, which erupts less frequently than reliable Old Faithful, but I think its more spectacular, and its cone is far more interesting looking.

In the foreground, my friend Felicia (of My Friends the Olsons™) is a bit unhappy I used her as a scaling factor in my shot!
Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

June 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: Temperance River with Differential Color


Temperance River with Differential Color
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is of the Temperance River, North Shore, MN. The twist is the mixing of monochrome and color I used. This might be called "Photoshopping" the image, even though I used Lightroom, not Photoshop, to achieve this.
What I did was to change the photo to monochrome, and then applied a preset that accentuated the color red, and only the color red, in the picture. Thus the nice red bridge and the people , and the reddish cast to certain rocks comes out, but the rest is a very stark monochrome.

What do you think of it?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:13 AM

June 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: Highway 61 Bridge


Hwy 61 bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture, taken from the banks of the Cascade River, is of the Hwy 61 Bridge over the River, MN North Shore
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

Locals and Tourists maps show where visitors and locals take pics in major cities

You probably have seen these already, but Eric Fischer has gathered Geotagging information on pictures that people have uploaded to flickr to find out where people take photos in major cities. Just as importantly, he has sliced the data to show if its locals or visitors who take the pictures.

Here is Minneapolis for an example:

Plenty more maps of cities are here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkingsf/sets/72157624209158632/

Posted by Jvstin at 5:13 AM

June 9, 2010

Picture of the Day: Flood Bay Beach


Flood Bay Scenic Wayside
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Black Sand beaches?

Minnesota has them, too. Not all of the lakeshore of the North Shore is rocky, and today's picture proves it. Behold the beautiful sandy beach of the Flood Bay Scenic Wayside, North Shore, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

June 8, 2010

Picture of the Day: Cross River


Cross River Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Falls of the Cross River, on the North Shore of Minnesota. These can be seen on the bridge over the River, and is in one of the scenic waysides that I love so much about Minnesota. These falls aren't far from the mouth of the River, and the Cross which I showed to you yesterday.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

June 7, 2010

Picture of the Day: Father Baraga Cross


Father Baraga Cross
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Father Baraga Cross, at the mouth of the Cross River on the MN North Shore.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

June 3, 2010

Picture of the Day: Butterfly


Butterfly
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
While on the North Shore Saturday I was buzzed by butterflies. Today's picture is a closeup of one of them.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

June 2, 2010

Picture of the Day: Temperance River in Monochrome


Temperance River in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture takes us to the narrow, rocky valley of the Temperance River, in the eponymous park, North Shore, MN. A nice monochrome view, looking south and downslope toward Lake Superior.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

May 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: Crabapple Tree


Crabapple Tree
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you, to round out the week, is of a crabapple tree in bloom at the Minnesota Arboretum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 AM

May 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Lilac close-up


Lilac
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you brings us back to the Minnesota Arboretum. This is a closeup of some Lilac flowers, taken at a spot along the "Lilac walk" at the Minnesota Arbroetum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

May 26, 2010

Picture of the Day: F Scott Fitzgerald


Head of F Scott Fitzgerald at the Fitzgerald Theater
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a bust. Well, its a picture of a bust of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The bust is located, naturally enough, in the lobby of the Fitzgerald theater, in St. Paul, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:23 AM

May 25, 2010

Picture of the Day: View from the UBS Forum


View from the UBS Forum
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you,from the MPR Open House, is their great view up Cedar St. from the patio on the 5th floor.

In the background is the History center (far left) and the State Capitol (center). On the right hand side you can see the wall of Central Presbyterian Church. That spire, though, is actually on the *next* building over, St Louis Church.

One of these days, I need to do an architectural tour of St Paul...
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

May 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: Stratosphere Daffodil


Stratosphere Daffodil
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And now for a change into color, today's picture for you is from the University of Minnesota's Arboretum in Chanhassen. These are Stratosphere Daffodils, near the entrance to the Arboretum.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: Koi Pond


Koi Pond
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture continues our monochromatic view of the Como Japanese Garden--today,a view of the koi pond and waterfall.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

May 19, 2010

Picture of the Day: Garden Path


Path in the Garden
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is one more look at the Como Park Japanese Garden, one of the lovely walking paths within it.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:32 AM

May 18, 2010

Picture of the Day: Snow Lantern


Snow lantern
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a closeup on a beautiful snow lantern at the Como Ordway Memorial Japanese Garden
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

May 17, 2010

Picture of the Day: Palm Dome


Palm dome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a view, looking up, at the top of the palm dome, Como Park Conservatory. I like the abstractness of the palm leaves and the skeleton of the dome.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:27 AM

May 16, 2010

Picture of the Day: Japanese Garden in Monochrome


Japanese Garden at Como Park
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And in a sunday edition of Picture a Day, a new monochrome shot from the Japanese Garden at Como Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:00 PM

May 13, 2010

Picture of the Day: Badlands Overlook


Badlands Overlook
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a reprocessed look at the Badlands Overlook in Teddy Roosevelt National Park
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

May 12, 2010

Pictures of the Day: Running Eagle Falls


Running Eagle Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is Running Eagle Falls, in Glacier National Park. I took a camera .Raw file from my archives and used Lightroom 2 to reprocess it two different ways. To the right is the color version of the reprocessing.

Running Eagle Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
To the left is the monochrome version of the reprocessing.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

May 11, 2010

Picture of the Day: Bighorn Sheep in the Shade


Bighorn in the shade
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of a male bighorn sheep getting some well deserved shade in the trees, Yellowstone National Park
Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 10, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Frog and the Duck


Frog and Duck
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A bit of whimsy for your picture of the day...a duck enjoys a rest on a frog sculpture at the Como Park Conservatory pond.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

May 7, 2010

Picture of the Day: Monochrome Tetons


Grand Tetons in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture comes from a monochrome re-processing of the Raw file of a 2008 Grand Tetons picture, via lightroom.

This also dovetails with my idea of looking at old images that I blogged about sometime ago. With my new software, I can look at old RAW files and come up with new interpretations of them. I can't change everything of course, and wouldn't, even if I wanted to. But it is interesting to look at old shots in a new way.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:14 AM

May 6, 2010

Picture of the Day: Stone Arch Bridge in Monochrome


Stone Arch Bridge in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Stone Arch Bridge of Minneapolis. This picture was done in Monochrome. It wastaken from the "hanging over the river" Endless Bridge portion of the Guthrie Theater.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

May 5, 2010

Picture of the Day: Two Step Falls


Two Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of Two Step Falls, downstream of the High Falls, in Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota. My initial efforts at this picture were not very good--it took a bout with lightroom to make the picture acceptable.

How do you think I did?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

May 4, 2010

Picture of the Day: Wall Drug


Wall Drug
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a landmark of any trip across South Dakota. The original "tourist trap", even if it does have a chitnzy, old-fashioned sort of charm: Wall Drugstore, in the small town of Wall, South Dakota. Wall Drug is a hop skip and a jump from the west entrance to the Badlands, and not far away from the Black Hills and Mt. Rushmore. I stayed near Wall Drug in 2008 on my visit to the region.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:33 AM

May 3, 2010

Picture of the Day: St Paul Cathedral in Monochrome


St Paul Cathedral in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the St Paul Cathedral rendered in Monochrome via Lightroom.
I find it interesting that different monitors (home, work, work laptop) show this picture to varying degrees of quality. I think this might be especially true of monochrome pictures.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:24 AM

April 30, 2010

Bonus Picture of the Day: Progress of the State Statuary Closeup


"Progress of the State"
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Bonus picture of the day, the "Progress of the State" quadriga statuary on the State capitol below the dome.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:51 AM

Picture of the Day: Minnesota Capitol building and grounds


Minnesota State Capitol and Grounds
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Minnesota State Capitol and Grounds. I did a little touchup of the original photo, experimenting with Adobe Lightroom 2 to improve the picture a little.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:15 AM

April 29, 2010

Picture of the Day: High Falls Closeup


High Falls Closeup
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a closeup of the High Falls of the Baptism River, Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:26 AM

April 28, 2010

Picture of the Day: St Paul Panorama from the Wabasha St. Bridge


St Paul from the Wabasha Street Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is a panorama of St. Paul from the middle of the Wabasha Street Bridge at Raspberry Island.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 AM

April 27, 2010

Picture of the Day: Valley of the Gooseberry


Valley of the Gooseberry
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the Valley of the Gooseberry River, with the lower and middle falls in the distance. You can really see in this picture that we have had a dry and warm spring. The falls and river, in most years, has a *lot* more water than this.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 AM

April 26, 2010

Picture of the Day: Pine Siskin


Pine Siskin
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture is for the birds...a Pine siskin, actually, photographed at a bird feeder/birdhouse in Gooseberry Falls State Park
Posted by Jvstin at 7:21 AM

April 23, 2010

Picture of the Day: Upper Falls of the Gooseberry


Upper Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And to close out the picture a day for this week, a new picture of the upper falls of the Gooseberry River, in Gooseberry River State Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:16 AM

April 22, 2010

Picture of the Day: High Falls


High Falls of the Baptism River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture for you is of the High Falls of the Baptism River, Tettegouche State Park, Minnesota. What I did here is to use an Ansel Adams technique to put the waterfall in a high zone, and I used my new polarizing filter to get the dark blue sky in the bargain. What do you think?
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 AM

April 21, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Middle Falls of the Gooseberry


Middle Falls of the Gooseberry
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Today's picture, from last weekend's adventures, is a new picture of the Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:54 AM

April 20, 2010

Picture of the Day: The Capital of Minnesota


St. Paul Skyline
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Another picture dribbled out from my recent expeditions. Today, I present to you the skyline of the capital of Minnesota (as opposed to the capitol, which you saw yesterday).

This is the view from the east, in the early morning.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

April 19, 2010

Picture of the Day: Capitol Building


Capitol building
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Your picture for today, to start the week, is a brand new fresh closeup of the center of the Minnesota Capitol building in St. Paul, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

April 10, 2010

Reinterpretation of two Photos

Basing off of my previous post about "The Score and the Performance", let's see how that works in practice.

Here is a picture of Fort Yellowstone I took and uploaded last year:
Fort Yellowstone

Now, what happens when I take the Raw and post-process it differently? Let's make two new performances out of the score:
IMG_9528z1

Fort Yellowstone, reenvisioned #2

Now, let's try another photo:

Valley in Yellowstone

This is a Valley in Yellowstone. I had to process my original raw file to get this, since the base jpg came out meh. But let's play with this image a bit, shall we?
Mountains in Yellowstone Reenvisioned #1

Mountains in Yellowstone Reenvisioned #2
So, what do you think?

Posted by Jvstin at 8:08 AM

April 9, 2010

Photography: The Score and the Performance

This article about Ansel Adams and negatives by Jim Hughes got me thinking.

The money quote, the seed of the idea, comes from Ansel Adams talking about the future of his work:

"I've always said that the negative is the score, and the print the performance. I want it to be possible for people in the future to perform my negatives. After all, when I was playing the piano, I was playing the music of people who had been dead for quite a few hundred years, and who had never heard the sounds of my modern piano -- they had written for the harpsichord, the clavichord. I actually feel that in the next few years--it won't be very long--the electronic image is really going to be the medium in photography."

Thinking about this and my own photography and worries about "photoshopping images", I've come to a realization.

My RAW files are the score...and the jpgs I take (be it converted from the RAW or the JPG I get in a "raw+jpg" shot) are the performance of my digital photographs.

So, what I will do here in the next few days is explore this idea. I will go back into some of my RAW files, and reinterpret them, changing settings...giving a "new performance".

Posted by Jvstin at 11:04 AM

April 2, 2010

Minnehaha Falls


Minnehaha Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Here in Minnesota we've had an amazing (and in some ways troubling) run of warm, dry weather. Temperatures more suited for late May than March and April,and no rain.

Last weekend, My Friends the Olsons and I took advantage of this weather to go to the south metro. This is a monochrome zoomed in shot of the top of Minnehaha Falls, Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:43 AM

Otterpile!


Otterpile!
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Here in Minnesota we've had an amazing (and in some ways troubling) run of warm, dry weather. Temperatures more suited for late May than March and April,and no rain.

Last weekend, My Friends the Olsons and I took advantage of this weather to go to the south metro. Here, at the Minnesota Zoo, a bunch of otters decided to "otterpile" each other, and my camera was on the scene...
Posted by Jvstin at 8:40 AM

March 26, 2010

Flooding River II


Flooding River II
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A second view of the Mississippi as it reaches major flood stage at Holman Field, St. Paul, MN
Posted by Jvstin at 5:21 AM

Flooding River I


Flooding River
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
You probably heard in the news about the Red River flooding near Fargo and Morehead in NW Minnesota.

The Mississippi River, though, has also been flooding, as you can see in this photo I took. I am standing in Indian Mounds Park, in East St. Paul. As you can see from the photo, the airport (which lay across the river from where I am standing) is partially flooded, and would be even more flooded if not for the flood walls (the white structure) erected for the purpose of containing the flood.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:18 AM

March 12, 2010

Photography: Olsons Home in IR


Olsons Home in IR
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is an experiment I did last weekend in IR photography, taking a photograph of the Olsons home, where I now live.

My co-workers called the photograph, which I used for a desktop background one day, "spooky".
Posted by Jvstin at 5:16 AM

March 5, 2010

When is it Photography and When is it Photoshop?

http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/02/25/photoshop-and-photography-when-is-it-real/

Last week in the NY Times, David Pogue posed the question that, for purposes of a contest, where does the line get drawn between a photograph and "photoshopping".

A subject I've mused about before...

I've been recently reading Michael Frye's book: Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Masters.

I've been dying to try out some of the ideas here, but I discovered aspects to Adams' process which has made me re-evaluate what exactly allows a photograph to be still considered a photograph rather than digital art. Certainly his ability to expose and overexpose to highlight things in his pictures is well known. (And that was a motivation for
me reading the book).

But did you know he did extensive dodging and burning during the development process? (The photoshop techniques come from photography, not the other way around). Even more interesting is the fact that Adams did photographic retouching that is common and easier in photoshop.

It turns out that local teenagers had painted white rocks to spell out "LP" in the mountains in this photograph. Adams used a technique on his negative to blot out those letters from the final image.

Is Ansel Adams' work art (and NOT) photography, then?

Me, I think that photography ends and digital art begins when you start adding elements not present in the original scene. For example, if I took a picture of President Obama, and digitally added my mother to the scene, that would be photoshopping. A little dodging and burning, or even combining a couple of images to get high dynamic contrast (which I haven't managed it--no good copy of photoshop) isn't *quite* photoshopping, in my book.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:20 AM

February 13, 2010

Post Processing Photo fun

Let's talk photography a bit, okay, and post processing.


IMG_4820

One of the pictures from my North shore, trip, as you may recall. Nice, huh?


Now, thanks to Amazon, I discovered the work of Harold Davis . He had a small article on Amazon about how he post processed an image using photoshop to make it more dramatic in black and white.

I had to try the technique.
The process was simple:
Take the base image.
Convert the color type to LAB.
Equalize the colors in the image
Convert to B&W

Here is that same image after those simple steps:

North Shore

What do you think?

Posted by Jvstin at 8:15 AM

January 31, 2010

Ice on Gooseberry Falls


Ice on Gooseberry Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And to cool you off, here is a picture of some ice at Gooseberry Falls, Gooseberry Falls State Park, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 7:25 PM

January 4, 2010

Minnesota 44 NYG 7 and my NFL Predictions

Well, I went to see the Giants-Vikings game in person with my former Fed co worker and still friend Kevin Pachl (he has season tickets to the Vikings).

The 44-7 rout was much more fun for him than it was for me. I tried to take a few pictures...


Eli drops back to Pass
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A picture from the romp of the Vikings over my Giants on Sunday

Anyway, with that out of the way, its time for my predictions for the upcoming NFL Playoffs!

Finishing strong is important, and getting that bye week is a mixed blessing. With that in mind, I think that the Vikings will revert to form sometime during the playoffs and crap out, the Saints will continue their skid, and (Heaven help us), the Dallas Cowboys will emerge to win the NFC Championship.

The AFC side is even wilder. I don't trust the Colts not to underachieve again. The Patriots will hopefully get beaten by SOMEONE, and the Jets, Bengals, and Ravens can all be had. So I am going to go with the "sexy pick" of the San Diego Chargers to represent the AFC, and take home its first ever Super Bowl victory.

San Diego 27 Dallas 21

Posted by Jvstin at 7:29 PM

January 1, 2010

Minneapolis at Sunset


Minneapolis at Sunset
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Your first photo for 2010...one of the last I took in 2009...Minneapolis at Sunset on December 31st. I've also decided to be more regular with my photo taking in 2010, and get serious about getting good enough at it so that I could maybe make a few shekels doing it.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:49 AM

December 30, 2009

Russia

Via my friend Kevin Brady, here is a blog entry on English Russia on the "Seven Wonders of Russia"

It's a mixture of human and natural wonders. Beautiful photographs of all of them. My favorite has to be the Geysers. Did you know that while Yellowstone has most of the Geysers in the world, many of the rest are in Far Eastern Russia?

Anyway, go and see the Seven Wonders. You could probably do a "Seven Wonders" meme for any sort of polity, countries, states, even cities.

Posted by Jvstin at 5:37 AM

December 23, 2009

Dani at the concert


Dani at the Concert
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I took a few pictures at Dani's school concert. The kindergarteners like Dani were only a small part of the program, but Dani was enthusiastic, especially in playing with instruments not intended for her grade...

More concert pictures:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157622932548875/detail/
Posted by Jvstin at 11:05 AM

December 12, 2009

Aphrodite in Monochrome


Aphrodite head in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The MIA in Minneapolis doesn't have a world class Greek and Roman art section. For that, the nearest place for me to go would probably be New York City (unless the Art Institute in Chicago does).

Still, the MIA has a few nice pieces, such as this head of Aphrodite that I photographed in Monochrome.
Posted by Jvstin at 12:22 PM

December 9, 2009

Dani and the Orchid


Dani and an Orchid
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Last Sunday, I went to the Conservatory with Felicia, Dani, Katie (one of the Exalted players) and her two children. I took tons of pictures of the kids (not so many of the conservatory as a whole).

Here, we have Dani looking at an Orchid...

More photos are available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157622963912280/

Posted by Jvstin at 5:44 AM

December 8, 2009

My 2009 Best Shot?

Now this is tricky.

Flickr has a group that you can submit precisely one photo to. It's called "Your Best shot 2009". They have been highlighting some of the submitted photos on their blog:


Four Seasons

Vanishing Point

Black and White

So, I can add a picture to this pool, too, and maybe if its good enough, get it on one of these blog posts. But out of all the pictures I took and uploaded in 2009, which one is the best?

Any ideas, readers?

Posted by Jvstin at 6:34 AM

December 6, 2009

NYG 31 Dallas 24 and the rest of my weekend

And my beloved Giants show some life, as they beat (and thus sweep) the Cowboys, 31-24 today.

I watched this at the Olsons, having spent the weekend with them in gaming D&D on Saturday, doing some photography with Felicia in the early afternoon, and then watching the end of the Saints-Redskins, the Giants game, some "Dogs 101", and some of the "Dawn of the Dinosaurs" special on the Discovery channel.

D&D went well, we reached the end of a storyline with the D&D, and we'll resume for a while at the very least with Exalted before returning to it. I've not GMed live in a while, and I am overdue for a chance at a hand at the tiller!

Photography was a mixed bag, we took Dani, our friend Katie, and her kids to Como Park's conservatory and had them pose amongst the plants in the greenhouse. Felicia's camera did not like the heat and humidity but I think I got some decent shots.

The Giants never made it easy, and really, two big plays made the difference in the game, but we'll take the win. Romo had high numbers of passes and yards, but it was in the end, all for naught, and that's what counts for me.

So the Giants win was a pretty nice star in the firmament of my pretty good weekend. What feels even better is the opportunity to go back to work tomorrow.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:07 PM

November 28, 2009

Castle Cake


Castle Cake in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is a Castle shaped chocolate cake that My Friends The Olsons™ made, appropriately enough, on Black Friday. Due to the lack of lighting, in order to avoid using the flash, I had to have the aperture open as far as it would go, providing a shallow depth of field.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:33 PM

November 22, 2009

The Mystery of the Goat Lick pictures solved!

As you all know, I have an extensive collection of pictures on Flickr.

Now, some of my pictures are pretty good, and some are popular. None are anywhere near as popular, though, as a couple of pictures I took a few years ago in Glacier National Park at a place called the Goat Lick.


Goat Lick
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


Goat lick valley
Originally uploaded by Jvstin

In a couple of days, I accumulated thousands of hits for these two pictures. I figured it was a glitch or something. They aren't particular spectacular photos (they are pre-DSLR, too).

Now that its happened again, I've discovered what happened. No glitch.

Apparently these pictures have been Digg-ed on a story about a Mountain Goat. This story is apparently popular, and in the context of the story, someone found my Goat Lick pictures as some of the best of the area. And thus, the spate of visits to my pictures.

Weird, huh?

Posted by Jvstin at 9:38 PM

November 4, 2009

Badlands Bluff


Badlands Bluff
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've neglected my blog and livejournal lately, especially after my unemployment. Let's have some photographic action goodness, just like I do on Twitter and FB. This is one of tbe bluffs in the North Dakota Badlands, taken in June 2009
Posted by Jvstin at 10:35 AM

October 27, 2009

Giving my camera a superpower

I've decided to experiment a bit with infraed photography, giving my camera the ability to focus
on near infrared light.

While my pictures aren't anywhere near as good as some you may have seen, take a look...

Here is a base ordinary picture...

Establishing Shot

Here's what it looks like under false color infrared.

Infared 1-1

Here is what it looks like under monochrome infrared

Infared 1-4

And here is what it looks like when run through photoshop

Infared 1-3(Photoshop)

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Posted by Jvstin at 5:35 PM

October 23, 2009

Minnesota Parks

Minnesota State Park Map

We here in Minnesota have a pretty good set of State Parks. No, they aren't "National Park" class parks (although Minnesota has two NPs, a couple of Monuments and a Waterway too).

It usually costs $5 for a resident to visit a park for a day.

However, Minnesota's DNR has an insane deal: A year pass costs $25.

I have such a year pass and this year have really used it.

This year, I have visited 18 of Minnesota's State Parks:

Grand Portage
Judge Magney
Cascade River (twice)
Temperance River (twice)
Tettegouche
Split Rock Lighthouse
Gooseberry Falls (several times)
Jay Cooke (several times)
Scenic
Itasca
Mille Lacs (twice)
Father Hennepin
Banning
Interstate (several times)
William O'Brien
Fort Snelling
Minneopa
Forestville Mystery Cave


It turns out that out of the 7600 items I have uploaded on Flickr, 1500 of them I have tagged as being in a state park. I think a few of these might be state parks elsewhere, but the vast, vast majority are Minnesota.

All of my Flickr State Park photos

If the weather holds, I will visit my 19th State park of the year, Frontenac, tomorrow to get one last glimpse at fall color.

And some of these parks can be pretty in the winter, too...

Posted by Jvstin at 7:49 AM

October 3, 2009

Fall Foliage at Interstate State Park


Fall Color at Interstate State Park
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A splash of Fall Color foliage at Interstate State park!
Posted by Jvstin at 8:42 AM

September 23, 2009

Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway


Spearfish Canyon
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway is one of the most picturesque drives in the entire U.S. Here is some photographic evidence.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:10 AM

September 14, 2009

Sunset in September in Minnesota


Sunset in September in Minnesota
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Pretty sky, don't you think?

I used my prime EF 50mm so I didn't need a flash.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:20 PM

August 16, 2009

The Photocrashing Squirrel

You've probably seen the cute picture of the squirrel who "photocrashed" the photo
taken at Lake Minnewanka (Up in Canada. I've been there!)

It seems this has become a meme with the magic of photoshopping.

As I have said and thought, a lot of good photography can be atttributed to factors which are purely serendipitous. The original photo is a perfect example of that.

Posted by Jvstin at 2:30 PM

June 28, 2009

2009 Vacation Photos!

Running Eagle Falls

Finally, after a lot of work, I have completed choosing, editing and uploading my pictures from my June vacation to Yellowstone and points beyond.

Old Faithful Geyser

I uploaded a total of 633 photos from my trip. The entire collection is here.

Mother Moose shows her baby how to cross the road

But don't despair if that sounds like too much. Taking the excellent advice given to me by Carl on my last photographic venture, I have chosen 50 representative pictures from my trip. They may not necessarily be the best, but they give the width and breadth of my experience. So why not take a look at those?

St Mary Lake

The Highlights from my trip are available here


So, go, enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Posted by Jvstin at 9:36 AM

June 22, 2009

Mama, they took my Kodochrome away

Kodak announced today that it will stop selling the film after 74 years on the market:

Sales of KODACHROME Film, which became the world's first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to newer KODAK Films or to the digital imaging technologies that Kodak pioneered. Today, KODACHROME Film represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak's total sales of still-picture films...

As part of a tribute to KODACHROME Film, Kodak will donate the last rolls of the film to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, which houses the world's largest collection of cameras and related artifacts.

Paul Simon is wrong about one thing though. Everything does NOT always look worse in black and white. I like some of my monochromatic shots, thank you.


Posted by Jvstin at 3:02 PM

June 21, 2009

The One and Only Old Faithful


IMG_9814b
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Old Faithful Geyser
Posted by Jvstin at 9:01 AM

June 17, 2009

Paul at the Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance to Yellowstone


Paul at the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Standing in front of the Roosevelt Arch at the North Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:36 AM

May 25, 2009

A relatively dry Minnehaha Falls, May 2009


Minnehaha Falls, May 2009
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is Minnehaha Falls, as taken on Sunday, May 24 2009.

As you have liked noticed from previous pictures of this waterfall in the heart of the city, this part of Minneapolis is very much in a drought.The waterfall should not look this dry for another couple of months at least.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:58 AM

May 23, 2009

Gooseberry Falls--What a difference 2 months makes!


Gooseberry Waterfall Comparison
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
What a difference 2 months in Minnesota makes!

On the left, Gooseberry Falls as I photographed it on Feb 8,2009

On the right, Gooseberry Falls as I photographed it on my trip up the North Shore on April 24,2009
Posted by Jvstin at 11:02 AM

Bagpipers at the Scottish Fair


Bagpipers
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Bagpipers at the Scottish Fair in Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 10:31 AM

Caber Tossing


Caber Tossing
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Caber Tossing--the sport as exciting for the fans as it is for the participants.

I took this photo at the Minnesota Scottish Fair.

Posted by Jvstin at 10:28 AM

May 17, 2009

The power of post processing

I like the idea of taking images as they are, rather than "doctoring them" to show stuff that isn't there.

Still, I have been persuaded to experiment a bit with the .RAW format on my DSLR and adjust images in software to sharpen stuff up.

On my recent trip with the Olsons to the Scottish Fair, I set the camera to take "RAW + JPG", allowing me to have the best of both worlds.

So here is a picture of Dani in a cutout, in the jpg form:
Dani base image


And here she is after I cropped and adjusted and played with the RAW image in DPP and exported it to jpg.
Dani in the Cutout

Posted by Jvstin at 10:02 AM

May 8, 2009

Snake Pit Falls

Snake Pit Falls

Posted by Jvstin at 9:23 PM

Baptism River Bridge

Baptism River Bridge

Posted by Jvstin at 9:21 PM

Sunset on Highway 61

Sunset on Highway 61

Posted by Jvstin at 9:19 PM

May 5, 2009

They Like me, they really like me

One of the producers of Minnesota Public Radio, Julia Schrenkler, has a blog on the MPR site. She ran into
my photos and liked them enough to post a link to them on the blog:

Objects in Mirror Blog

A little bit of egoboo!

Posted by Jvstin at 6:27 AM

May 3, 2009

North Shore Photo "Sampler Pack"

Thanks to Carl for suggesting this.

500 pictures is a lot to get through. So to make it easier for you all to get a sense of my adventure, I created a "sampler pack" of photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157617574273909/

Posted by Jvstin at 8:57 PM

Photography: My North Shore Vacation Photos!

Now they can be seen. My photos from my North Shore Vacation are now up and available!


A few select samples:


Kakabeka Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


High Falls with Rainbow
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


Palisade Head View
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


Middle Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


Aerial Lift Bridge at Night
Originally uploaded by Jvstin


See the entire collection:

My Mosaic of Pictures on Flickr

Posted by Jvstin at 9:12 AM

March 30, 2009

Shattered Visage

Shattered Visage Photo

I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert.

Shattered Visage

Near them on the sand,
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things,
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed.

Shattered Visage

And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"

Shattered Visage

Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away

Shattered Visage

Poetry by Percy Bysshe Shelley
Photography by Paul Weimer

Posted by Jvstin at 12:26 PM

February 8, 2009

The Ice Fishers


The Ice Fishers
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One more picture...this is of the Ice Fishers I met at the French River.

The fish were not biting, and they weren't happy about that.

More Pictures Available Here
Posted by Jvstin at 2:08 PM

Middle Falls of the Gooseberry


Middle Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the Middle Falls of the Gooseberry River, which you have seen in a number of my pictures. This is what it looks like in the dead of winter, completely frozen over.
More Photos available here!


Posted by Jvstin at 1:56 PM

Lake Superior Shoreline


Lake Superior Shore
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Near the French River outlet on the North shore, I got some good shots of the Lake Superior Shoreline, frozen out for a reasonable distance. As you can see from the photo, I am actually standing on the lake at this point. (The ice fishers seen in a couple of photographs are behind me)
More Photos available here!
Posted by Jvstin at 1:55 PM

Ice as Modern Art?


Ice as Modern Art?
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Ice on Lake Superior which has broken and wind carved into Modern Art.
More Photos available here!
Posted by Jvstin at 1:54 PM

December 7, 2008

Winter is Here


December in Circle Pines--My street
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Starks in GRRM's Game of Thrones series say "Winter is coming."

My friends and readers (who live mostly in warmer climes)--as far as Minnesota is concerned, Winter is Here.

It's cold, but its awfully pretty.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:28 PM

November 23, 2008

James Hill House


Front of the House
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Once it was the largest private residence in MN. Now its a museum. This is the James J Hill House in St. Paul, MN.

It was a dreary day and perhaps this does not allow the house to be seen in its best light.Since flash was not allowed, my interior shots are not very good, either. But you can look at them, if you like.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157609828116742/
Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 AM

October 13, 2008

Vacation Photos 2008

Okay, I took way too many photos.

In point of fact, I uploaded over 1000 photos from my trip to South Dakota...

And now you, gentle viewer, can see them all, or a portion that might interest you:

Posted by Jvstin at 2:46 PM

Sioux Falls Waterfall


Waterfall
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is one of the Waterfalls in Falls Park, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

(This was my penultimate stop before my car started acting up)
Posted by Jvstin at 2:26 PM

Nicollet Expedition carvings


Nicollet Inscription
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is the inscription made by Joseph Nicollet and his expedition in 1838 at Pipestone. They were the first US Government expedition of explorers to reach the area.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:25 PM

October 11, 2008

C-45 Expeditor


C-45 Expeditor
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This is a C-45 Expeditor at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Posted by Jvstin at 10:20 PM

October 5, 2008

Vacation Photos Day 5: Minuteman Control Room at Delta-09


Tour Group in the control room
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
On Day 5, I went through the Badlands, North and South Units, and also to the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site. This is a picture of the control room where the two officers who controlled the missiles would, mostly, be very bored waiting for instructions or messages.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:52 PM

September 30, 2008

Vacation Photos Day 4: Me at Devil's Tower


Paul at Devil's Tower
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
On Day 4 I headed west to Devil's Tower and then headed down to Jewel Cave. This is one of the very very few pictures of me on my entire trip.This is me at Devil's Tower National Monument.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:53 PM

September 28, 2008

Vacation Photos Day 3: Mt. Rushmore


Mt. Rushmore
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
On Day Three of my adventures, my adventures were in stone: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and Wind Cave. This is the classic photo view of the famous Gutzon Borglum carved Mt. Rushmore. I took the loop and got a lot of pictures around the mountain at different angles, and even found a turn off on the road west that allows a profile of George.

However, I thought it was most appropriate to choose the classic look here for my picture for day 3
Posted by Jvstin at 10:28 AM

Vacation Photos Day 2: Spearfish Falls


Spearfish Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've been accused of loving waterfalls. No bad thing in my book.

As you might have heard from the phone post and other methods, on my second day of the trip, my car battery died not long after a climb on a path in the Badlands. Once I got a new battery, the auto parts place strongly recommended that I drive for at least an hour.

So rather than "stop and go" driving in the badlands, I got myself on the highway and drove more than an hour west. I found myself in Spearfish, South Dakota, at the head of the Spearfish Canyon Scenic Byway. I naturally took pictures, especially once I learned there were waterfalls to see...like Spearfish Falls, as seen here!
Posted by Jvstin at 9:12 AM

September 27, 2008

Vacation Photos Day 1: Badlands


Badlands
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I am slowly choosing and uploading pictures from my vacation.

This is a picture from day one, when I took the Badlands Loop on the way to Wall.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:40 AM

September 14, 2008

Pictures from the Mississippi River Cruise


FRB and Bridge at Night
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Few of my night shots actually came out decently because of the lack of a tripod, but I took plenty of pictures on the cruise before it was too dark to see well. This is on our way back, my workplace, the Federal Reseve, and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. More pictures, including of the new I-35 W bridge are available here.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:44 AM

September 7, 2008

Pictures from the RenFaire


Guardsman and Banner
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A picture from my 2008 visit to the MN Renaissance Faire

More pictures available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157607166700345/
Posted by Jvstin at 3:55 PM

August 17, 2008

The Placid Rum River in Monochrome


The Placid Rum in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Although I didn't intend specifically to take pictures on World Photography Day today, I did go take pictures in Peninsula Park, a small city park up in Anoka, MN where the Rum River meets the Mississippi.

Rife with historical significance as well as geohydrological, I went around the park and took pictures. :)

More pictures from the park are available here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157606790748563/
Posted by Jvstin at 3:21 PM

August 9, 2008

Dragon Gate


Dragon head closeup
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A pair of dragons form the gates to a private road in Blaine, MN. I've never seen the house at the end of this road, and I've never met the owners, but these gates have been here since I've moved up here.

More pictures of the dragon gates:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/tags/dragongates/
Posted by Jvstin at 10:57 AM

July 2, 2008

Picture a Day 07-02-08: Evening Cloudscape


Picture a Day 07-02-08: Evening Cloudscape
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Another seriously gorgeous slide toward night for the skies of Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:23 PM

July 1, 2008

Picture a Day 07-01-08: Bird on a Wire


Picture a Day 07-01-08: Bird on a Wire
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A bird pictured on a wire near my apartment building
Posted by Jvstin at 8:44 PM

June 30, 2008

Picture a Day 06-30-08: Copper


Picture a Day 06-30-08: Copper
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A piece of elemental copper that I bought in Canada during my trip to Alberta.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:21 PM

June 29, 2008

Picture a Day 06-29-08: Lino Lakes Water Tower


Picture a Day 06-29-08: Lino Lakes Water Tower
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A Water Tower in Lino Lakes, MN. I particularly like the font of the lettering on this one.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:18 PM

Bear Fight at the Minnesota Zoo


Bear Fight at the Minnesota Zoo
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And now its time for pictures from my trip last week to the MN Zoo. This is a picture I snapped of two bears at the new Grizzly Coast exhibit wrestling with each other.

More pictures from the zoo available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157605880350561/detail/
Posted by Jvstin at 8:39 AM

June 28, 2008

Picture a day 06-28-08: Around the Table


Picture a day 06-28-08: Around the Table
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Food and relaxation at the Olsons table, after a session of Exalted.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:48 AM

June 27, 2008

Picture a Day 06-27-08: Weather Vane


Picture a Day: Weather Vane
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A weather vane on a roof near my apartment building.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:06 PM

June 26, 2008

Picture a Day 06-26-08: Early Morning on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge


Picture a Day 06-26-08: Early Morning on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A look at the Hennepin Avenue Bridge in the early morning.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:42 PM

June 25, 2008

Picture a Day 06-25-08: Basilica Ad


Picture a Day 06-25-08: Basilica Ad
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
An ad for the yearly Cities 97 Basilica Block Party
Posted by Jvstin at 4:32 AM

June 24, 2008

Yoda and friends


Yoda
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I finally organized my pictures from the science museum trip I took on Saturday, highlighted by my visit to the Star Wars exhibit.

More pictures available here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157605801895075/
Posted by Jvstin at 7:43 PM

Picture a Day 06-24-08: Metro Transit Ad


Picture a Day 06-24-08: Metro Transit Ad
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A strange Metro Transit Ad at the 95th Avenue Park and Ride in Blaine, MN.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:55 PM

June 23, 2008

Picture a Day 06-23-08: Dandelion


Picture a Day 06-23-08: Dandelion
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A closeup of a dandelion.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:35 PM

June 22, 2008

Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble


Picture a Day 06-22-08: Bear Rumble
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The two male bears at the new Grizzly Coast exhibit at the Minnesota Zoo get into a bit of a rough and tumble.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:51 PM

June 20, 2008

Picture a Day 06-20-08: Cloudscape in Lino Lakes


Picture a Day 06-20-08: Cloudscape in Lino Lakes
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Cloudscape in Lino Lakes, Mn
Posted by Jvstin at 9:49 PM

June 19, 2008

Picture a Day 06-19-08: Lost in a Good Book


Picture a Day 06-19-08: Lost in a Good Book
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Felicia's son Damion flips through his new copy of Exalted: Lunars
Posted by Jvstin at 8:40 PM

June 18, 2008

Picture a Day 06-18-08: Downtown Minneapolis in the Early AM


Picture a Day 06-18-08: Downtown Minneapolis in the Early AM
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A view of a bit of Minneapolis in the early morning.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:41 PM

June 17, 2008

Picture a Day 06-17-08: Greenery and Clouds


Picture a Day 06-17-08: Greenery and Clouds
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A shot at some greenery and cloud formations not far from my apartment.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:04 PM

June 16, 2008

Pictures from the North Shore


Upper Falls of the Gooseberry River in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've chosen and uploaded my pictures from the North Shore trip I took on Father's day.

This picture, one of my favorites, is a monochrome shot of the Upper Falls of the Gooseberry River in Gooseberry Falls State Park.

More pictures from my expedition, including pictures of the lake, and even long distance shots of Split Rock Lighthouse are available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157605630176628/
Posted by Jvstin at 8:00 PM

June 15, 2008

Picture a Day 06-15-08: Fifth Falls


Picture a Day 05-15-08: Fifth Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The elusive and not as well known "Fifth falls" at Gooseberry Falls State Park, on the North Shore in Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:41 PM

June 14, 2008

Picture a Day 06-14-08: Closeup of the Water Tower


Picture a Day 06-14-08: Closeup of the Water Tower
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Showing off the power of my new zoom lens on the water tower.
By comparison this is a shot of that tower with my standard lens standing in about the same place: Water Tower Closer up
Posted by Jvstin at 10:06 PM

June 13, 2008

Picture a Day 06-13-08: Borders


Picture a Day 06-13-08: Borders
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A picture of the Borders store in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 11:16 PM

June 12, 2008

Picture a Day 06-12-08: Scott and Dani on the backyard Playset


Picture a Day 06-12-08: Scott and Dani on the backyard Playset
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Scott and Dani take time out from playing to pose for a picture.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:49 PM

June 11, 2008

Picture a Day 06-11-08: The Old Fed Building


Picture a Day 06-11-08: The Old Fed Building
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Before it moved to its current home in 1997, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis occupied a few floors in this building in downtown Minneapolis.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:41 PM

June 10, 2008

Picture a Day 06-10-08: Bamboo Betty's


Picture a Day 06-10-08: Bamboo Betty's
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Bamboo Betty's, one of the two local watering holes.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:22 PM

June 9, 2008

Picture a Day 06-09-08: Stella Scooter


Picture a Day 06-09-08: Intersection
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Intersection signs of the closest corner to my apartment building.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:07 PM

June 8, 2008

Picture a Day 06-09-08: Stella Scooter


Picture a Day 06-09-08: Stella Scooter
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A Stella Scooter spotted in a shopping mall in Falcon Heights. (The same one where the Source Comics and Games is located)
Posted by Jvstin at 7:49 PM

June 7, 2008

Picture a Day 06-07-08: Dani drinking


Picture a Day 06-07-08: Dani drinking
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
In a lighter moment during Game day, Dani drinks a drink pouch.

This was before she and Katie's son went to play out in the street while we were distracted with the game.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:42 PM

June 6, 2008

Picture a Day 06-06-08: Tree in the Stormy Wind


Picture a Day 06-06-08: Tree in the Stormy Wind
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A cool wind blows this afternoon against a cloudy background across a tree, and I was struck by the tree's reaction and contrast to it enough to snap a photo.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:12 PM

June 5, 2008

Picture a Day 06-05-08: Damion


Picture a Day 06-05-08: Damion
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Felicia's son, Damion.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:29 PM

June 4, 2008

Picture a Day 06-04-08: Mississippi River Sign


Picture a Day 06-04-08: Mississippi River Sign
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The new National Park Sign marking the Mississippi River crossing of the Hennepin Avenue Bridge. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is visible in the rear right.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:39 PM

June 3, 2008

Picture a Day 06-03-08: A political car


Picture a Day 06-03-08: A political car
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I couldn't resist taking a snapshot of this car emblazoned so boldly with its political/social statement on its rear windshield
Posted by Jvstin at 7:07 PM

June 2, 2008

Picture a Day 06-02-08: Dawn in the Park and Ride


Picture a Day 06-02-08: Dawn in the Park and Ride
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Dawn comes to the North Twin Cities Metro.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:41 PM

June 1, 2008

Picture a Day 06-01-08: Statue


Picture a Day 06-01-08
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
And so we start June with a picture of a statue of a deer in a shopping center near my apartment, in Blaine.
Posted by Jvstin at 1:44 PM

May 31, 2008

Pictures from the Stone Arch Bridge Area


Guthrie Theater
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The beautiful Guthrie theater. Atter crossing the Stone Arch Bridge, I climbed up and went to that observation platform you see sticking out. It's called "The endless bridge"

This is the theater that I tried to, unsuccessfully, get tickets to see Ian McKellen play King Lear last year.

More picture from the Stone Arch bridge are available here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157605357677645/
Posted by Jvstin at 11:14 AM

Picture a Day 05-31-08: Stone Arch Bridge in Monochrome


Picture a Day 05-31-08: Stone Arch Bridge in Monochrome
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Taken from the "Endless Bridge" at the Guthrie, a Monochromatic look at the Stone Arch Bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:58 AM

May 30, 2008

Picture a Day 05-30-08: Rebel Rebel


Picture a Day 05-30-08: Rebel Rebel
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My old camera takes a picture of my new one.

(BTW, my old camera is slowly dying. It's having problems with its lens opening)
Posted by Jvstin at 8:10 PM

May 29, 2008

Picture a Day 05-29-08: Loaner Car


Picture a Day 05-29-08: Loaner Car
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A Dodge Avenger, the car loaned to me by my dealer while they work on my taillight and brakes.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:51 PM

May 28, 2008

Picture a Day 05-28-08: The Wallpaper beneath


Picture a Day 05-27-08: The Wallpaper beneath
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A tear in the wallpaper in my apartment building reveals another layer beneath it.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:54 PM

May 27, 2008

Picture a Day 05-27-08: Lions Field


Picture a Day 05-27-08: Lions Field
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Lions Field in Circle Pines,MN
Posted by Jvstin at 2:33 PM

May 26, 2008

Picture a Day 05-26-08: Me in the Japanese Garden


Picture a Day 05-26-08: Me in the Japanese Garden
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A picture of me in front of the Tea House in the Japanese Gardens of the Como Park Conservatory in St Paul, MN.
Posted by Jvstin at 3:29 PM

May 25, 2008

Picture a Day 05-25-08: Hailstorm


Picture a Day 05-25-08: Hailstorm
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A storm, with hail, blows through Blaine. This is part of the storm that eventually spawned the tornado to the east in Hugo, and a (brief but no damage) tornado to the west in Coon Rapids.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:18 AM

May 24, 2008

Picture a Day 05-24-08: Minnehaha Falls


Picture a Day 05-24-08: Minnehaha Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I decided to take my camera to Minnehaha Park. You will recall I took pictures there with my digicam in Sept 2006.

One thing you will notice in this picture , the water level in the creek, and thus in the waterfall, is pretty high.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:14 PM

May 23, 2008

Picture a Day 05-23-08: Tree


Picture a Day 05-23-08: Tree
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
One of the trees near my apartment building
Posted by Jvstin at 5:15 PM

May 22, 2008

Picture a Day 05-22-08: Pot


Picture a Day 05-22-08: Pot
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A plot with flowers in it at the entrance to my apartment building
Posted by Jvstin at 5:13 PM

May 21, 2008

Picture a Day 05-21-08: Fire Hydrant


Picture a Day 05-21-08: Fire Hydrant
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Sometimes called a fire plug, just a simple fire hydrant is our photographic subject du jour
Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 PM

May 20, 2008

Picture a Day 05-20-08: Dandelions


Picture a Day 05-20-08: Dandelions
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A close up of some dandelions in the grass near my apartment building
Posted by Jvstin at 6:34 PM

Picture a Day Non Photo 05-19-08

In my race for power and glory yesterday (and some inclement weather), I didn't take any pictures. While I won't have any discrete Picture a Days posted while on the trip, and I might not have any in the last part of this week as I get packed for said trip, I still missed taking a photo.

Posted by Jvstin at 4:27 AM

May 17, 2008

Picture a Day 05-17-08: Bird at the Feeder


Picture a Day 05-17-08: Bird at the Feeder
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A colorful bird whose species escapes me stops at one of the Olsons bird feeders during game day.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 AM

May 16, 2008

Picture a Day 05-16-08: Cloudscape


Picture a Day 05-16-08: Cloudscape
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The clouds were beautiful this evening, so I pulled out the DSLR and got some practice with some shots of the sky.
Posted by Jvstin at 11:54 PM

May 15, 2008

Picture a Day 05-15-08: Pepper plant


Picture a Day 05-15-08: Pepper plant
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Olsons love to grow peppers on the sill of their deck. This is one of their pepper plants, up close and personal.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:46 PM

May 14, 2008

Picture a Day 05-14-08: River and Bridge


Picture a Day 05-14-08: River and Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Looking upriver from the Hennepin Avenue Bridge at the railroad bridge just upstream.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:09 AM

May 13, 2008

Picture a Day 05-13-08: Fleet Farm


Picture a Day 05-13-08: Fleet Farm
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Still under construction, a new Fleet Farm at I-35W and Lexington in Blaine, MN, not far from my apartment building.

Fleet Farm can be thought of as an agricultural themed Walmart-like superstore.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:50 PM

May 11, 2008

Picture a Day 05-11-08: Tree on the Lakeshore


Picture a Day 05-11-08: Tree on the lakeshore
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A slowly budding tree on the shore of Lake Josephine, in the Twin Cities North Metro.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:12 PM

May 10, 2008

Picture a Day 05-10-08: The Kitten who vomited on me


Picture a Day 05-10-08: The Kitten who vomited on me
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Katie, from the Amber game I am in (and Exalted game I run) poses with her brand new kitten Leia. My introduction to Leia, unfortunately, resulted in the poor kitten throwing up on my shirt.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:10 PM

May 9, 2008

Picture a Day 05-09-08: Grain Belt Beer Sign


Picture a Day 05-09-08: Grain Belt Beer Sign
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A landmark of Minneapolis, the Grain Belt Beer Sign stands on Nicollet Island.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:21 PM

May 8, 2008

Picture a Day 05-08-08: Meet the Neighbors


Picture a Day 05-08-08: Meet the Neighbors
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
With the DSLR, I couldn't resist taking a picture of a woman, her three kids, and their little red wagon.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:40 PM

May 7, 2008

Picture a Day 05-07-08: Dejected Quest


Picture a Day 05-07-08: Dejected Quest
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Olsons dog looks unhappy that the chinese food Felicia brought for us is not being shared by her.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:28 PM

May 6, 2008

4 DSLR pictures


4 DSLR pictures
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The four pictures I took, arranged by focal length.

(I love Corel Draw, it made it so easy to arrange these into a table)
Posted by Jvstin at 5:54 PM

Picture a Day 05-06-08: Water Tower Experiment 4


Picture a Day 05-06-08: Water Tower Experiment 4
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I experimented with the DSLR this afternoon, taking a picture from the same spot, using auto focus mode, adjusting the focal length each time.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:45 PM

May 5, 2008

Picture a Day 05-05-08: Meat


Picture a Day 05-05-08: Meat
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Browning some beef and pork in preparation for making chili tomorrow at a potluck at work.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:30 AM

May 4, 2008

Picture a Day 05-04-08: Roads and Boats


Picture a Day 05-04-08: Roads and Boats
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Steve of the indiegamers makes a move in Roads and Boats. I finished third out of five in the game. Sadly, this is *better* than I usually perform in board games with the group.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:48 PM

May 3, 2008

Picture a Day 05-03-08: Quest and Dani


Picture a Day 05-03-08: Quest and Dani
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Dani poses with Quest at the top of the stairs in the Olson household.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:36 AM

May 2, 2008

Picture a Day 05-02-08: That's a Knife


Picture a Day 05-02-08: That's a Knife
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My Calaphon chef's knife.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:14 PM

May 1, 2008

Picture a Day 05-01-08: Felicia


Picture a Day 05-01-08: Felicia
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
With my new DSLR, a picture of Felicia, with her laptop
Posted by Jvstin at 8:42 PM

April 30, 2008

Picture a Day 04-30-08: Fern


Picture a Day 04-30-08: Fern
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A study of a small plant in a rock "garden"
Posted by Jvstin at 10:33 PM

April 29, 2008

First DSLR Image


First DSLR Image
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My first image with my new DSLR
Posted by Jvstin at 7:19 PM

Picture a Day 04-29-08: City Park


Picture of the Day 04-29-08: City Park
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A small playground in a city park in Lexington, MN
Posted by Jvstin at 5:28 PM

April 28, 2008

Picture a Day 04-28-08: New Bus


Picture a Day 04-28-08: New Bus
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My bus route got to have one of the brand new Buses bought by the transit system today. Less than a 1000 miles on this beauty.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:44 PM

April 27, 2008

Picture a Day 04-27-08: Greek Fast Food


Picture a Day 04-27-08: Greek Fast Food
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Dino's, a small chain of Greek fast food in the Twin Cities. This is the branch in Falcon Heights, across the street from the strip mall that contains the Friendly Local Gaming Store, The Source Comics and Games.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:22 PM

April 26, 2008

Picture a Day 04-26-08: Late Season Snow


Picture a Day 04-26-08: Late Season Snow
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Evidence of Late Season (April 26th) snow in the Twin Cities, outside my apartment building.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:31 AM

April 24, 2008

Picture a Day 04-24-08: Gloomy Spring Day


Picture a Day 04-24-08: Gloomy Spring Day
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A gloomy, drippy spring day near my apartment building. Suits my mood.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:43 PM

April 23, 2008

Picture a Day 04-23-08: Second Avenue


Picture a Day 04-23-08: Second Avenue
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Second Avenue (at the intersection of 4th Street) in downtown Minneapolis, looking South.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:33 PM

April 22, 2008

Picture a Day 04-22-08: Archery Range


Picture a Day 04-22-08: Archery Range
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
An Archery Range at Marsden Lake in Ramsey county, Minnesota
Posted by Jvstin at 6:00 PM

April 21, 2008

Picture a Day 04-21-08: Dairy Queen


Picture a Day 04-21-08: Dairy Queen
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A true sign of spring in Minnesota...Dairy Queens are open again. (Yes, they close for the the winter here)
Posted by Jvstin at 7:34 PM

April 20, 2008

Picture a Day 04-20-08: Ammonite


Picture a Day 04-20-08: Ammonite
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
For my picture of the day today, I decided to show off one of my Ammonite fossils. I got this on the Canadian Rockies trip, when we stopped at Kehoe's Agate Shop in Montana.
Posted by Jvstin at 2:52 PM

April 19, 2008

Picture a Day 04-19-08: Theater


Picture a Day 04-19-08: Theater
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The AMC Theater in the Rosedale Shopping Mall, Rosedale Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:20 PM

April 18, 2008

Picture a Day 04-18-08: Bridge


Picture a Day 04-18-08: Bridge
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
A look at the Hennepin Avenue bridge, looking Southbound from the northern end.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:30 AM

April 17, 2008

Picture a Day 04-17-08: Dani and the Recorder


Picture a Day 04-17-08: Dani and the Recorder
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Dani poses for the camera with her recorder, in Scott's car.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:43 PM

Picture a Day 04-16-08: ING Bank


Picture a Day 04-16-08: ING Bank
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Another mostly failed experiment with a "night shot", this is the online bank ING's HQ in Minneapolis.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:31 AM

April 15, 2008

Picture a Day 04-15-08: Pond and Water Tower


Picture a Day 04-15-08: Pond and Water Tower
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
View across a pond near the Circle Pines City Hall, looking at a copse of trees and the Circle Pines Water Tower.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:37 PM

April 14, 2008

Picture a Day 04-14-08: Water Towers


Picture a Day 04-14-08: Water Towers
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Two Water Towers, one for the city of Blaine (foreground) and one for the City of Lexington (background)
Posted by Jvstin at 8:54 PM

April 13, 2008

Picture a Day 04-13-08: Melting Snow and Ice


Picture a Day 04-13-08: Melting Snow and Ice
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Picture a Day April 13th: Some lingering snow and ice in the parking lot of a Coon Rapids shopping center near Best Buy.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:17 PM

April 12, 2008

Picture a Day 4-12-08: Dani and Quest


Picture a Day 4-12-08: Dani and Quest
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Dani peeks around the corner as I try to take a picture of Quest, the Olsons' yellow Labrador Retriever.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:09 PM

April 11, 2008

Picture a Day 4-11-08: Library


Picture a Day 4-11-08: Library
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Central Library in downtown Minneapolis on Hennepin Avenue.
Posted by Jvstin at 10:22 PM

April 10, 2008

Picture a Day 4-10-08: Precipitation on 129th Ave


Picture a Day 4-10-08: Precipitation on 129th Ave
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Snow/sleet/rain falling outside the Olsons home on 129th Ave.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:29 AM

April 9, 2008

Picture a Day 04-09-08: Intersection


Picture a Day 04-09-08: Intersection
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Intersection of Lexington Avenue and Lake Drive in Lexington/Circle Pines, MN.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:00 PM

April 8, 2008

Picture a Day 4-08-08: (Not Fighting) City Hall


Picture a Day 4-08-08: (Not Fighting) City Hall
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Although my mail is addressed to Circle Pines, technically I live in Lexington, Minnesota. This is the back of the very modest City Hall building.
Posted by Jvstin at 4:32 AM

April 7, 2008

Picture a Day 04-07-08 Disembarkation


Picture a Day 04-07-08 Disembarkation
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Passengers disembarking from the Express Bus at the 95th Avenue and I-35W Park & Ride in Blaine
Posted by Jvstin at 8:32 PM

April 6, 2008

Picture a Day 04-06-08: Playing Underground


Picture a Day 04-06-08: Playing Underground
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Shane, Chris and Steve of the IndieGamers ponder the Underground board game map on a rainy day at the Source.
Posted by Jvstin at 7:10 PM

April 5, 2008

Picture a Day 4-5-08: Dani blows bubbles


Picture a Day 4-5-08: Dani blows bubbles
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Another Dani picture for a Picture a Day.
Posted by Jvstin at 11:28 PM

April 4, 2008

Picture a Day 4-4-08: Bus Stop in the early morning


Picture a Day 4-4-08: Bus Stop in the early morning
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Showing I have a lot to learn, a somewhat blurry picture of the 95th Avenue Park and Ride bus stop in Blaine, MN. This is before dawn and the stabilization of holding the camera for the time needed for the flash and fstop to work were not great.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:46 PM

April 3, 2008

Picture a Day 4-3-08: Setting Sun


Picture a Day 4-3-08: Setting Sun
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Picture a Day for April 3rd is the setting sun, setting over a field near the Olsons' house in Blaine.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:43 PM

April 2, 2008

Picture a Day 04-02-08: Hallway in B&W


Picture of the Day 4-2-08: Hallway in B&W
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Picture of the Day today is the hallway outside my apartment door, in Black and White.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:09 PM

April 1, 2008

Picture a day 4-1-08: Snowy Tree


Picture a day 4-1-08: Snowy Tree
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Picture a Day for April 1st is not an April's Fool--its a little tree outside my apartment building.
Posted by Jvstin at 8:29 PM

March 31, 2008

Picture a Day 03-31-08: Snowy Street


Picture a Day 03-31-08: Snowy Street
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Picture a Day today is the street outside my apartment building, during our snowfall today.
Posted by Jvstin at 5:21 PM

March 30, 2008

Picture A Day March 30th: Library


Picture a Day 03-30-08: Library
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My picture for March 30th: A Library in Blaine, Minnesota on County Rd 242
Posted by Jvstin at 1:35 PM

March 29, 2008

Picture a Day 03-29-08: Highway 35W


Picture a Day 03-29-08: Highway 35W
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This picture of the day is a B&W picture of Southbound Highway 35W at exit 36 in Minnesota.
Posted by Jvstin at 3:16 PM

March 28, 2008

Picture a Day 03-28-08: Train


Picture a Day 03-28-08: Train
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
The Picture a Day for today is of a Train parked on a train line near the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. This is a pay parking lot near the Bank that I often use when I drive into work.
Posted by Jvstin at 9:42 PM

March 27, 2008

Picture a Day 03-27-08: Dani


Picture a Day 03-27-08: Dani
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
My Picture a Day for today is appropriate since I commonly visit the Olsons on Thursday evenings. This is their daughter, Dani.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:10 AM

March 26, 2008

Picture of the Day 03-26-08: Window View


Picture of the Day 03-26-08: Window View
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
I've decided to take a picture a day, every day. Its to improve my skills, practice, experiment, and show you all my world.

This first POTD is the view out of one of my windows in my apartment.
Posted by Jvstin at 6:21 PM

December 22, 2007

They Like my photo!


Third Avenue Bridge and St Anthony Falls
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
This picture of mine has been selected for inclusion
in the 4th Schmap guide to Minneapolis!

http://www.schmap.com/minneapolis/home/#p=226606&i=226606_6.jpg
Posted by Jvstin at 2:01 PM

July 8, 2007

The Federal Reserve Bank


Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Originally uploaded by Jvstin
Where I work!
(Actually, this is the tower portion. I work in the other half of the building, not seen...)

Another picture from my set of pictures taken yesterday. I was careful when I took pictures of work to take pictures of things that were public. I did not take pictures of the entrance, the guards or anything restricted. I just wanted to show the architecture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jvstin/sets/72157600700986349/
Posted by Jvstin at 7:52 AM