Sunday, July 27, 2014

A late night trip to the beach

Duluth can be a beautiful city in he absence of light.  I went to the beach and a little later some friends joined me.  We had a little fire, and stayed until the rain got too annoying and we decided to go home.
Looking to the south east down the beach....

And a look down towards the city, it is really bright at night!

Started just a little fire, the long exposure makes it look much larger.

There were a few sparks, but the wind was off the land.

The light from the fire reflected of the logs in the water.

Friends, trying to take photos with phones...  Silly kids...

My camera works much better!

Last shots of the Duluth skyline.

I was trying to get a shot of the bridge, I think I nailed it!

Brothers Burn Mountain at Carmody Irish Pub

These guys are really hard to shoot photos of because they move so damn much!  That and the Carmody stage is notoriously dark.
They did have a guest on the Conga drums tonight, usually it is just the two of them.

I was struggling between cranking up the iso to distortion city, or just getting what I could get...

I just got what I got.

I think it was worth it.

Keepaways at Pizza Luce

The Keepaways are a formerly all girl band that has now adopted a male as their drummer.  One way or another they kick some serious ass!  Here they are tearing it up at Luce last night.
Looking through the glass from the bar to he stage makes for interesting effects...

Sometimes you have to shoot from the front side too...

Guy was hamming it up...

Who is that?  I seem to have some faded memories of that guy (snicker snicker)...

Rainbows and Lightning

Sorry, I have been slacking.  I got back to Duluth and I have had all kinds of stuff that needed to be taken care of before I could start writing blogs again.  I have accomplished almost none of that stuff now, so I can start blogging.

Ok, not really, I bought a car, I got back to work, I made contact with the school people, but have yet to get a project set up to finish field camp.

But I did make some progress!

Now that I have a car I am making a habit of carrying my camera around with me.  It is nice to have a trunk where the contents are not visible to the outside world.  In the truck everything would have been sitting right out on the seat or in the topper which is the security equivalence of screaming "steal me!"  Now I have a good storage spot, out of sight, and the car looks like there is nothing special in it.

Plus it has an alarm system.

Anywho, I have a couple of albums of photos to share today.  So here we go!
I was driving home and I saw a rainbow out over the lake, had to stop and take a shot.

A couple of hours later I saw flashes of lightning in the distance.  I stopped and set up he tripod so that I could get a few shots.

I checked on the weather radar later, and these storms were south-east of Hayward, Wisconsin at the time.  Meaning that they were around 100 miles away, as the crow flies.

I got the f-stop, focus, iso, and exposure all balanced and then shot a few pictures.

I had to leave after a while because the mosquitoes were awful.

But I did some experimenation.

Played with a few settings.

And in the end it was worth it.

I really need to start carrying my long lens with me, and maybe get a few more for the set.

But, alas, you shoot what you can, with what you have.

And then get a parting shot of the sky as it gives a parting shot of the sunset in the clouds.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Night time photo walk in Chicago...

I had a camera, and I had time to kill.  I decided since I was in a better patrolled part of the city it would be nice to wander around for a bit and take some pictures.  I admit that although I am not that fond of Chicago, they do have some nice scenery...
The hotel I stayed at, Club Quarters, which was actually a pretty comfortable place, I recommend, was right next to this intersection.

Not sure why they decided on purple...

I have always been a fan of the signs painted on the sides of buildings...

No tigers but on this trip I have had bronze bears, and now lions..

Millennium park fountains.

I like old buildings.

Although newer buildings can be cool sometimes too.

The John Hancock tower looks really short when you see it from the distance...

I have never been a fan of using the flash when you can just take a longer exposure.

This is the bean...  Always photogenic.

I do like the skyline in the distortion...

The scaling makes everything look weird...

The Art Museum...

This sculpture was on the cover of a book I had as a child, never knew where it was.

In the background you can see the Sears Tower (now Willis tower).  The thought I had this morning when I was thinking about putting all of these blogs together was that a lot of the hikes we took at field camp would be like going to the top of that, and back down.  Taking the stairs..