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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.

View up the Greenway from Uptown

View of the Greenway from Uptown

Looking east from above Uptown, you can see almost every avenue in Minneapolis from Hennepin to Minnehaha has it’s very own bridge that goes over the Greenway. It’s a very unique trail to check out, next time you are in Uptown, take a look or bring your bike and check it out. You can bike all the way to the Mississippi River on the Greenway trail. You’ll enjoy it!

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.

IOS7 Update available

IOS7 Update Required in Uptown

I was out wandering Uptown last night and was drawn to the Apple Store by the cool balls-on-string art window display. As I was trying to line up an interesting composition, I noticed the iPhones on display were not only saying it was 9:41am on September 10th (off by a mere 14 hours and 16 days), but they also were quietly calling out into the night for help upgrading to IOS 7.0.1. Poor things, ready to go, but in spite of being on display in Uptown, surrounded by happy drunks, they sit in silent desperation, waiting for a simple touch.

Foot note: If you are now singing the Sinead O’Connor song ‘Nothing Compares 2 U‘ due to my unusual time phrasing, consider this: the song was written by Prince who used to own a store in Uptown called ‘New Power Generation.’ It was less than a block away from where I took this photo. Ready for the kicker? Had we been standing in this same spot together when New Power Generation was still open, we’d be looking into the Uptown Bar and Grill.

Hennepin & Lagoon in Uptown

Hennepin & Lagoon in Uptown

A new experiment with my catadioptric lens at twilight. This was shot from four blocks away with a 600mm mirror lens. I recently discovered with my new high ISO range camera, I can use this lens at twilight with some interesting effects. The reflections on the pavement are not from the road being wet or hot, the extreme angle must be having an effect. We’ll have to wait and see as the experiments continue.

West High School Fallen Trees

West High School Fallen Trees

Kenwood Isles residence is on the site of the old West High School at the corner of Hennepin and 28th. I’ve always admired the stately old trees at the corner surrounding the sign on the corner that I don’t think many people notice. Saturday morning while I was out exploring the damage from the storm, I found this sight, sorry to see them go.