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Thursday
May052011

Photography for fun

It's not often these days that I get to take pictures just because I want to.  Sure, I did that when we vacationed in Mexico, but taking the time to edit and color correct all of those pictures always seems like a daunting task when I have PLENTY of other pictures to sort though for, you know, pay.  When I was invited to a photo walk with my friend Erin and her co-worker, I decided it might be a nice time to take a handful of pictures that I could quickly and easily sort through.  Quick and easy was right, I only took around 30 pictures, and I like about half of them (amazing!). 

 

Since I was taking time for me, I gave each image two looks.  Some of them I like both, some only one, and a couple I did so quickly that they just look over processed, but this is for FUN so, who cares.*

 

 

Doesn't the color of the river just make you want to grab some lunch?

 

That's better

 

Classic

 

I seriously could not get this image to do what I wanted and what I was left with reminded me of a business card. Voila!

  

I couldn't really get the composition on this one the way that I wanted because of a hard sun behind me casting a shadow on the dandelion field. 

 

 

This is definitely my favorite of the day.  I like the 2nd version a tiny bit better, even though it's amost exactly the same. 

 

I added a layer to create a bit more softness on this one, an I think it makes the water/lines/bokeh a little more magical. <Swoon>

 

Oh, I do like this one a lot too.  I have to admit I blew out the sky in post and got rid of some clouds, but it was pretty close to this to begin with

 

I might make a print out of this one.  I love adding a light pink hue to otherwise industrial or manly things.  It adds just a touch of romance (because I'm such a gushing romantic)

 

I am happy to admit I totally went overboard in post on this one.  But if I spent time on making this look perfect, the blog post would never happen, and then Erin would be mad at me.

 

 

I like the B&W version of this SO much more

 

I was kind of sad Annie didn't have her hair in Pigtails today, but her adorable shirt and cardigan combo totally made up for it.  I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat.

Another one that feels SO different in color and B&W.  I like them both, but the B&W reminds me of my days in the dark room. 

The only reason I like this one is the vantage point.  Usually you just see the stone arch bridge with downtown in the background.  This way you see a modern boring office building!

 

One of my biggest challenges as a wedding photographer is taking pictures in well known Twin Cities locations and getting those pictures to look different from everyone elses.  Certainly we all have our own aesthetic, use different settings, lighting and poses, but the stone arch bridge is always going to the Stone Arch Bridge.  I tried to approach our walk with the same mentality. How'd I do? 

 

Many thanks to Janelle for organizing the walk!  It was great to finally meet you and be the subject of your portrait lesson :)

*Since I wanted to get all of this up on the internet, I did all of my post work on my laptop which I would NEVER do for paying clients. My apologies for muddy and inconsistent colors.

Thursday
Oct292009

Progressive Dinner

Kyle would tell me to "stop apologizing" but I can't help it. I suck at blogging this month. SUCK. And I'm sorry. But look, another blog post! I honestly feel like I am doing injustice to myself when I only blog once a week. But it matters to someone right? Mom? You care, right?

Okay, enough of that. In the interest of moving forward, and knowing that one snowy day in January I'll blog about New York City and 30 meals I've made between now and then, this post is about the progressive dinner we attended this past weekend in our neighborhood. Fun times with fabulous Minneapolis friends. Aside from a few slim pickin's, most people I spend social time with now live within walking distance of our house, which makes it easy to travel from house to house, enjoying numerous different courses and beverage accompaniments.

Things started at our place, and being busy (read: behind schedule) hosts, I didn't take any pictures at our house. Kyle made baguettes and gougères, and I made a terrine with veal, pork ricotta and ham as well as wild mushroom crostini, and alongside, champagne.

We then treked it one block north to Talia and Jay's apartment.
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Jay didn't come to our place as he was at home making their baked mac and cheese prepared in individual baking pans and muffin tins. Amazing. Delicious.

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Armed and Ready
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Great detail by Jay. I love the scallions, and I really could never pass up extra cheese sauce
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Talia gets excited
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Making our way over to Danielle and Chuck's, we had to first load up our pockets (and a hand or two) with cold beer on the porch
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First we had to cross the tracks
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and then make the two block walk down 2nd
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I got kind of involved in a conversation about video games (don't judge me) at Chuck and D's and didn't take any pictures there. I will also blame this on my leaving early to help Becky with her roasted chicken. Danielle made gorgeous rustic tartes and they were served with boozy homemade chai (courtesy of Criste). Where the hell was my camera? I think this is when I first had some brandy.

Becky had never roasted a chicken before and was roasting TWO leading to certain amounts of nervousness. They turned out better than you could ever imagine, juicy and tender with crispy skin and perfectly browned veggies, I could swear she was a seasoned chicken roaster... but she did need help carving.

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Amanda had clearly shown up by this time, as I actually got to star in a few pictures here
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Becky was the only gorgeous soul who adorned a Mad Men costume. It was really a great idea for the weekend before Halloween to all dress up, but alas my lack of Joan dress (god, I could SO pull that off), or spanks for that matter lead me to wear a simple red dress. Becky went all out and found the most amazing outfit at Via's. Check out this head piece.

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MEAT!
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In her vintage housewife glory
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Amanda didn't dress up. She just rocks vintage day in and day out.
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Next up was dessert at Katrinas. She made TWO, apple pie and pumpkin bars. There was definitely brandy in my coffee at this point.

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Claudia's house was meant for after-dinner drinks and games. If you haven't experienced 3-D chalk before, to quote myself "it rulz". More brandy.

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You do need to wear the magic 3-D chalk glasses to truly get it though
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I'm sure Zach wrote something inappropriate
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And then... we played "writey-drawy-foldy". Essentially the premise is to write out a sentence. Any sentence about anything. Then hand it to the person to your left (you're sitting in a circle). Everyone then receives a piece of paper with a sentence written on it and underneath make a drawing depicting the sentence they read above. Then they fold the sentence under before handing the paper to the person to your left so that the person they are handing it to cannot see the original sentence. They then write a sentence depicting the picture that you drew while you draw a picture depicting the picture the person to your right drew. Get it? It's like an alcohol induced game of telephone on paper. And it is amazing.

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The game ends when someone realizes the piece of paper that is in their hands was the one they had originally. Very rarely is it remotely similar to the original sentence, but it is pretty awesome what people come up with.

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The best part may be going through the train of thought of 10 or so people as you describe your sentence and its path to the whole group.

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Happy Progressive Dinner Everyone! Leave the brandy at home next time.

Tuesday
Oct062009

Once upon a time

I went to New York City, took generic photographs like this one

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and then didn't blog anything else about it.

Okay, I promise I'll blog about my big trip soon enough.

But if you know me, you know I can't resist new things and meeting new people. Tonight I went on an outing with tcfoodies, run by Jeremy Iggers. Jeremy reviewed one of the two Twin Cities restaurants I helped to open, and it was exciting to meet him and the other tcfoodie nerdbots like myself. I blogged about it here

Tuesday
Mar312009

Photowalk

My friend Melissa convinced me to do a photowalk with her downtown last Friday. I only say convinced because although we approach April rapidly, temperatures were not terribly cooperative. I don't even know where my gloves are because it was 66 degrees some weeks ago. We decided to go shoot people downtown, which is always an adventure.



People are so curious about people with cameras.

"Are you students?" "Ah, no, but I'm glad I still pass for one :)"



"Are you professionals?" "Umm..."

This is a weird question for me. People pay me to take photographs. I don't sell "prints" but I get paid. I guess that makes me a professional... but wait, I don't make a living off it... so semi-pro? Freelance? Adjunct? Is "kinda" an appropriate answer? Whatever.



We got some good shots and it was great to go out and see another persons vantage point of the place and people.



From my lens:



I couldn't help but add some grain to this image and make it black and white. It reminds me of the stuff I shot in high school on HP-5 Film(for better or for worse)







Oh! I forgot to mention I rented the 85mm 1.8 lens for the day. I was hoping to rent the 1.4 but I didn't think to reserve it. It's still a great lens that's incredibly sharp and fast. It's on my list of "things to buy" in 2009.






























This guy thought my name was Karen. I said, nope, but can I take your picture? He said yes and this his how he posed. Bad ass.



























And Melissa's shots:






Melissa is a big architecture shooter... she just couldn't help herself!


















These two were super cute.




It was right around the time of this shot a security guard told us to stop shooting. I asked I we could get permission from mall management, so we went and laid on the charm. It totally worked! I've heard nothing but bad things about people trying to deal with the "mall management" when taking pictures, so this was a fun surprise.








This guy talked our ear off after she captured this shot.


















Ahh, quintessential downtown shot.

Saturday
Mar212009

D'Lish Farmers Market

My City Pages Dining Newsletter reminded me that D'Lish was hosting their indoor farmers market today, and seeing as we needed to get out of the house and enjoy the weather, I figured this was a good start (not to mention we needed eggs). It's definitely really small, and has very limited selection, but we got some cheese from Shepard's Way Farms (where we will make it a point of touring this summer) and a locally made salsa and bread we otherwise wouldn't have.

We then headed to Surdyk's to stimulate the economy by buying a few wines not available at our place of employment.

Farmers Market

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A patron inquiring about naturally made soaps
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A vendor making aebleskiver, a round danish pancake the size of a raquetball
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A vendor talks about her confections, which include cayenne shortbread and
lime and chipotle bark

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A vendor answers questions about her spicy and sweet ginger syrup
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Farmer's Market

Farmers Market