Sometimes getting a photo involves standing in a spot where you’re not really supposed to be.Continue reading “Minneapolis Panoramic”
The Foshay Tower, in Minneapolis Minnesota, officially opened in September of 1929, with a blowout party that included Hollywood stars and national political figures, each of whom reportedly received a gold watch just for showing up. John Philip Sousa had been commissioned to write a march; his fee was $20,000.Continue reading “Foshay Tower”
Smartphones have crushed the camera market like a handful of dry twigs.Continue reading “Lenses are the real deal”
I did this a couple of years ago – it’s the elevated platform of the Lake Street light rail station here in Minneapolis. I’d done a photo here long before, and had returned to get a different viewpoint, looking north towards downtown. It’s geometry and tinted glass; a strangely cool piece of urban design, standing over a couple of desolate city blocks where you don’t hang around after dark.Continue reading “I don’t know this guy.”
In a previous post I explained how Google wasn’t indexing my photos at SmugMug, and in another post I detailed how attacked that problem by creating a blog site and putting my SmugMug site on a subdomain.
I think I might be seeing some payoff. But only maybe.Continue reading “Google is now indexing my photos! Well maybe.”
Some of the seemingly minor advantages of mirrorless cameras really made a difference for me…Continue reading “Mirrorless: It’s The Little Things”
Sometimes I walk the Minneapolis skyways, especially in the winter. I don’t see any interesting wildlife, but it’s an upbeat experience.Continue reading “Walking the Skyways”
Maybe, like me, you bought a Nikon Z6 in part because it has IBIS, and you had a couple of manual, non-stablilzed lenses to use with it.Continue reading “Z6 IBIS with manual lenses”
It was a very wet year here in Minnesota and that’s good for cattails like this one, opening in November to release its roughly 25,000 seeds.Continue reading “Cattail seeds”
This shiny view of downtown Minneapolis can be had from a spot near the windows in the coffee shop on the 5th floor of the Guthrie Theater, on First Avenue by the river. It’s a place where you can kick back, gaze out of some big glass and feel like you’re a part of the city, but a bit detached.
The current Guthrie was completed in 2006 and is hands down the coolest building in town.
In a previous post I explained why I decided to point my domain to a blog, and put my SmugMug gallery on a subdomain: because that should create better ‘authority’ for my domain, and possibly better indexing and search ranking of my images. And with a pitiful domain authority score of 3, and hardly any indexing, I had nothing to lose.Continue reading “SmugMug via a subdomain”
There’s a great cartoon showing 2 guys standing in front of an obviously very pricey audio system featuring a high end turntable. One says to the other “The things that attracted me to vinyl were the expense and the inconvenience.”Continue reading “Vinyl LP records have magic”
Recently I sat in a downtown coffee shop and flipped open my Windows 10 tablet, thinking I’d start a blog post on a photo topic. Instead, I spent the next 20 minutes futilely trying to connect to the wifi, thrashing in a leghold trap of arcane settings and options nested like Russian dolls.Continue reading “Drawing the curtain on Windows”
Like many photographers, I have a SmugMug gallery, hooked to Google Analytics (GA) for hit tracking. My photos have keywords and descriptions, in the hope that they turn up in Google searches like “Minneapolis photography” or “Minnesota birds”.
And for well over a year, GA consistently told me I’m seen less often than Bigfoot. Basically, it’s crickets.Continue reading “SmugMug and SEO: crickets chirping”
A cold day in November, walking the skyways, crossing over 5th Street and heading into the Soo Line building, I look up at this great downtown view. Not all Minneapolis “skyways” live up to the name and actually let in the sky like this one. An 8mm fisheye lens takes it all in.Continue reading “Soo Line Building from the skyway”
I’m on the bank of the Mississippi, at the north end of the Stone Arch Bridge, right down at the water’s edge.
The Stone Arch is an old railroad bridge in Minneapolis, at Saint Anthony Falls. It was built in 1883 by legendary fat cat and robber baron James J. Hill, at a cost of $650,000, a nosebleed figure in 1883 ($17.5 milllion in today’s dollars), and to his undoubted displeasure it was referred to as “Hill’s Folly” until its commercial value as a railroad link became clear.
The railroad stopped using it in the 1970s and in the 1990s it was repaired, redecorated and put back into service as a pedestrian and bicycle crossing.
You can still get to this spot but it’s a bit dodgy these days. There’s no trail leading to it, you have to sort of go where you’re not supposed to, and climb down from the road up above. Empty bottles laying around tell you you’re not the first. My future challenge is to get here late in the evening when downtown is lit up.