Minneapolis Daily Photoblog

A photo outpost on the edge of the great western prairie, Minneapolis Daily Photoblog records life in the beautiful rugged northern land of Minnesota. Minneapolis is a bustling metropolis with beautiful greenspaces, rivers and truly epic winters. This unique city was created by the railroad and lumber barons in the wild frontier leaving lots of awesomely rusty hulks and quiet wooded corridors to photograph.

No Parking or Standing Theme Day

No Parking or Standing Theme Day

The City Daily Photo Blog Theme for July is to post a picture of a sign in your town that includes the text “no”. This isn’t my home of Minneapolis, but of The Wisconsin Dells. I drove through there after Lake Delton washed down stream. Learn more here.

As tragic as this event was, I found this sign oddly entertaining, the one good view of the missing lake had not only these signs, but they had parked a semi trailer to block the view from the main road. As if to say “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.” I would have taken more pictures, but I kept my Jeep rolling so ever slowly forward as I took this, so as to comply with “No Standing.”

Good luck to the industrious people of the Dells, I’m sure you’ll have the lake back in no time. Lake Delton Isn’t the main draw, the rivers through the area are the amazing part, plus the Vegas-like main drag is still going strong.

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Shooting Bridges with Matt

Shooting Bridges with Matt

So how did I get those pictures of the 35W replacement bridge construction? Was I flying over the Mississippi River? Nope, there’s another bridge right next to it. The city was wise enough to create a pedestrian lane on that bridge to allow gawkers like me and my friend Matt, also known as Ravsitar, the release pixie of Tips From the Top Floor Photography Podcast.

Yes, that’s fellow Nikonian Matt taking a shot with a Nikon 70-300mm VR — looks good on him eh? Let’s all encourage this newly-minted professional engineer to reward himself with one of his own, or at least a lens I want that I can use when he’s got mine.

If you are interested in learning more about the bridge, I found a Minnesota DOT information sheet online.

St. Anthony Bridge Assembly

St. Anthony Bridge Assembly

Here’s what the St. Anthony Bridge segments look like before they install them. Note the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in the background (home of the Minnesota Twins & Vikings) behind the Valspar paint company.

How would you move something this big & heavy half a mile? Check it out…

Look closely, a segment is actually hanging from the Shuttle lift.
Speaking of looking closely…

Here’s a 500mm telephoto of the side of the segments, you can see how they interlock.

Bridge Construction Workers

Bridge Construction Workers

He takes a moment to rest and enjoy the view. What’s he working on?

Behold the business end of the St. Anthony Bridge construction. What’s the view like? You tell me.

Is that the coolest job or what?

Technical note, remember the 500mm mirror lens I was playing with? The first two photos were taken with it’s replacement, the Tamron 200-500mm f5/6.3. It’s an ungodly monstrosity to work with, but I’m very happy with the images! I still have a guilty desire to go buy back the mirror lens though. In spite of the wacky bokeh, the images were really clear & the lens was light. There are some really cheap ones out there, maybe…

Compressed Angle of the St. Anthony Bridge Construction

Compressed Angle of the St. Anthony Bridge Construction

This angle includes the full span-so-far of the soon-to-be mighty St. Anthony Bridge. It’s difficult to capture the immensity of this project. Maybe I’ll get back down there and take some shots from below. The size of everything there is impressive, big cranes, trucks & parts.

Check back tomorrow to see my favorite photo of the bridge construction workers.

35W St. Anthony Bridge Construction

35W St. Anthony Bridge Construction

Matt and I went down to the St. Anthony Bridge construction site to take pictures on Sunday. It’s amazing to see them working on this monstrosity. 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Matt heard that they took four hours off for Christmas and one and a half for New Years. I have some close-ups of the guys working on it taken with the 200-500mm Tamron that I will show you later in the week.