Happy Bastille Day!

Happy Bastille Day!

OK, this is from July 4th in Minneapolis, but I wanted to wish our fellow revolutionary brothers & sisters a bon quatorze juillet! France is, after all, the home of the City Daily Photo Blog, thanks Eric!

Believe it or not, I took this night photo hand-held with a telephoto lens. Yes, it’s the Nikon 70-300mm VR to the rescue. 1/6th of a second at f/4.5 and a focal length of 165mm. If you breath slow enough, you don’t need a tripod!

It’s possible that my former co-worker/mentor Mike Smith was right that if you drink enough caffeine, you jitter fast enough that you appear still. Either way, VR or Image Stabilization rocks!

Lo and Behold

Lo and Behold

For your High Lo’s, hop on over to the site of the new Guthrie Theater and look up.

I’m itching to get back there, I took this when I was down to see the bridge with my friend Chris. We stopped by to visit his sister-in-law Amy who sells yummy shortbread and scones at the open-air market there. She said that in the morning, the shadow of the sign hits a red wall behind it in a way that all you can see are the two letters ‘ME.’

Bridge Workers

Bridge Workers

Ever get the feeling someone’s watching you? This construction worker at the 35W St. Anthony Bridge construction site takes a moment to check out the crowds watching him. I have a hard time typing when someone is watching me, I can’t imagine working with power tools in the wind 150 feet over the Mississippi River.

What a job! Look at all the cool gear these guys have. Just to the left of the red thing in the bottom left is a patch of gray — that’s the bridge, everything else scaffolding and gear.

Look at all this guy is wearing: a harness, knee pads, gobs of safety gear and a huge tool belt (check out the hammer). For those of us who earn their salt slingin’ bits, a real job like this is pretty impressive.

Tech Geek Out

Tech Geek Out

While I was on the bridge taking yesterday’s shot, a photographer with a better view gave me a friendly wave. This was tricky shot with a 500mm lens, shooting a moving target and being ready to not look at the sun. One of the perks of a point-and-shoot camera is that you can look at the sun — all you are looking at is a little LCD. Not the case with a 500mm SLR, you can burn a hole right through the back of your skull with that thing; so, Heads Up!

More Bridges

More Bridges

The Saint Anthony Bridge is going to complete it’s span of the Mississippi River today. The scene of the infamous 35W Bridge Collapse, this amazing new ‘smart’ bridge will be closing the span today. The photo above shows some of the other bridges crossing the Mississippi in downtown Minneapolis. Below is a wider view showing the two ends, hopefully the last time this view is possible.

I went down to the bridge site on Saturday with my neighbor Chris to take the tour. Every Saturday at 11:00am they give tours of the bridge site. It was very busy, but that wasn’t a problem, there were several people giving tours and they had portable PAs so you could hear them. It’s worth the trip, they meet in the parking lot behind Grandma’s in Seven Corners (just off the west bank side of Cedar Bridge).

For those of you from not around here, this Interstate 35W bridge is one block from another city street bridge called the Cedar Bridge, that’s where all us locals go to gawk at the construction.