My Uncle Bob

Several years ago I made a documentary about my Uncle Bob.  Earlier this week, he passed away and I am feeling the loss of this unique and interesting man.  He was a creative genius, artist and ran an apple orchard to name just a few of his qualities.

In honor of his life, I am sharing the link to the video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd5oWVXjauY&t=4s

With a bit of the extra footage that did not end up as part of the documentary, I made a short about the orchard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrYZ6tg3vUI

 

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New Year, New Folder

I find it exciting to start a new year by generating a new 2019 folder on my hard drive and in Lightroom.  As I look at the list of new folders, I see twelve months of potential.  I dream of outings with a camera.  I start planning trips to places not yet explored.  I look forward to filling each month’s folder with new creations.  January already has it’s first entry, can’t wait to add more.

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Playing In The Park

I had some time while waiting for a family member and, as usual, I had a camera with me. Since I was near Leif Erickson Park and the Duluth Rose Garden, two popular parks in Duluth, I took time to wander around and see what would catch my eye.  The roses are not yet in bloom, but other flowers were and there were other subjects that caught my attention.  I used three different lenses and once again experimented with depth of field and framing.
Later, when examining the images, I decided that next time I will try expanding my focus points to allow more of certain subjects to be in focus.  Some of the flower shots could have benefited from more overall focus.  However, the bokeh is pleasing in some and I want to improve upon the selective focus used in a couple of others.

Misty Rocks

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Wave action on a group of rock at the end of the south pier, Duluth entry, Canal Park.

ISO 50, 28mm, f/13, 1.6 sec, small adjustments in Adobe Lightroom and finished in Silver Efex Pro 2

Como Park

On Sunday, June 3rd, I met with a couple of fellow photo bloggers at Como Park in St. Paul.  We wandered around the Japanese Garden, through the conservatory and checked out a few of the animals.
I used the visit to play with selective focus and unique framing.  Below are a few of the results.
Afterwards I paid a visit to a Dual Citizen Brewery, also in St. Paul, which I heartily recommend if you are in the area.