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Uptown Theater Nocturn

Uptown Theater Nocturn

I took this image for my friend & client Bob Davis. He recorded a really cool walk through Uptown for his podcast. He told me about the recording before he posted it and asked me if I had a good photo of the Uptown Theater at night to use as the image for the show. I realized that I’ve never taken a shot like that and scurried down to take this shot that I have imagined for years. Be sure to check out the podcast, it’s a lot of fun, he tells the history of Uptown while he walks through this ever-changing neighborhood that I call home.

Total Lunar Eclipse

Blood Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse from Uptown Minneapolis

I set my alarm for 2am, but fell back asleep. I woke up again at 3:30am and scurried out with the big lens just in time to catch the moon as it was leaving the umbra and passing into the penumbra. Which I think is more impressive because you can see it half in full sun.

If you missed it, you get another shot at it, we have four blood moons in 2014-2015, a very rare occurrence. If you choose to take that as a sign of the apocalypse, go for it. The next ones are Oct 8, 2014; April 4, 2015 & September 28, 2015.

I found this cool 4-hour video of the full passage of the moon. If you have trouble, sleeping, pop this bay on and enjoy! Actually, it is pretty neat, it was produced by a private telescope-rental company in the Canary Islands. You can use their telescopes from your computer, neat idea, I might have to try that sometime.

Fireball How-to

Fireball How-to

Behind the scenes of the Dragon Ball photo shoot, you can see Preston and Nick assembling the elements of light. Preston (on the left) is igniting a flammable substance from a can (I know what it was, but in the interests of responsibility, I’m not telling you) and Nick is waving a cool blue light stick to create a ‘force field’ then posing for the strobe light. You can see what the image is supposed to look like by checking out the photos taken by 2 dozen + other photographers that were there (on the far side of the action).

S Girard Ave Construction

S Girard Ave Construction

RIP Cowboy Slims, the Dale-ification of Uptown continues. Not sure what the heck is going in here, but you can bet that it’s going to be something that belongs at Mall of America. Not that long ago, I used to enjoy going to Cowboy Slims with my posse for lunch. The evening crowd was pretty awful, but at noon, there weren’t that many people there, so it was just us, bourbon and the Tater Tot Hotdish and Beef Ribs. Mmmm.