We had a long January thaw. it was fun to be able to go out at night and get some photographs. The picture is of the renovated Schmidt brewery on west 7th street which has been converted into artists lofts.
I suppose I have taken this shot a zillion times and it does look better with clear skies and a little light left in the sky but it looks good when it is dark and cloudy as long as it is taken with the “1” on the 1st bank building let up.
As part of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival there is an ice carving contest held in Rice Park downtown. They use chainsaws, ice picks, and blow torches to makes some amazing works of art. usually it is too cold when they are being carved and then a thaw the next day so they all melt and then back to the deep freeze.
Part of the 2015 Saint Paul Winter Carnival grand day opening parade. I am sure they will make an appearance at the torchlight parade too. Fun to watch!
I am not a portrait photographer but every now and then I get asked to do a “head shot” and sometimes they turn out.
The venue for Crashed Ice is amazing. i never get tired of the scene with or without skaters and fans. The main event is this evening. Gates open at 4:30 PM races start at 6:30.