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Industrial Haze in the Snow - Theme Day

Industrial Haze in the Snow – Theme Day

Where does the steam cloud end and the snow begin? Lately I have been noticing that power lines make a nice addition to a photo if you place them correctly. I used to try to avoid them or remove them in post, but now I think I like them. This photo is part of the CDPB Theme series for March first: ‘Electricity’ Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Also, Today is the 1000th photo posted to Mitchster.com!

Photo of the Year, 2010

Photo of the Year, 2010

Time for a little navel gazing: I went through my photos from this year an this one keeps coming back to me. It’s simple and complicated, the colors are strong but soft. It’s inorganic but has a little leaf. I think my odd tendency to balance everything with it’s opposite is satisfied by this image. If you have another you’d suggest, please comment!

‘Photo of the year’ is the monthly theme for CDPB: Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Lakeside Wildflower Theme Day

Lakeside Wildflower Theme Day

The CDPB Theme for August is ‘Bright colors’. I chose this photo since it’s not and obvious brightly-colored object, but an effect I enjoy. When the sky is overcast, colors are relatively more vivid, something I learned from my painting instructor Joe Paquet. I shot this on the Lake of the Isles shoreline at 5:45 in the morning in the cool overcast morning. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants in the theme day.

Synthetic Baseball Fans

Synthetic Baseball Fans

The Minnesota Twins are now playing outside at the new Target Field. This billboard just appeared recently on the edge of their property. It’s visible from Interstate 394, but only from the back, so today while I was out biking I managed to get a good look at it from the front. It’s right at the entrance to the Cedar Corridor Bike Trail downtown, across from Lee’s Liquor (see below).

 

Dr. Suess Path - Theme Day

Dr. Suess Path – Theme Day

Minnesota in January? Hardly. I snuck out for a week to Santa Catalina Island with Joe Paquet. Joe was teaching a landscape-painting workshop there and I went with him to photograph the students & the island and to get out of winter for a few days. This photo was taken during a day hike I took with Deb (her husband was taking the workshop). We walked to the Pacific side of the Island. It ended up being an 11-mile round-trip and we climbed from sea level to 1650ft. This is the trail we were on. I could scarcely believe how steep it was! The view was worth the climb, check back in as I share more photos this week.

Today is a CDPB Theme day, Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Tips from the Top Floor Challenge: Smiles

Tips from the Top Floor Challenge: Smiles

This was taken at Target headquarters, just outside Bob‘s office with the Sigma 600mm catadioptric lens. Mirror lenses create strange ring shapes in the bokeh, which is one of the reasons I used this lens. This effect created by the center mirror and I’ve noticed that it makes other photographers smile and laugh, so it made sense for Matt‘s “Smile” assignment.

Click on the photo for an enlargement!