Tag Archives: night

St. Paul Skyline

Stars in 49 seconds

St. Paul Skyline

St. Paul Skyline

It is easier to see the stars if you click on the photograph to make it bigger. I have been asked what I do to make the lights look like stars. I know there is a filter for that but I don’t use it. It is the slow shutter speed that creates the affect and it isn’t the same for all lenses. The slower the shutter speed the bigger the star but they only get so big and the camera has to be very still or you end up with a mess.

I had trouble this particular night because it was windy and my camera strap flapping in the breeze was just enough to make my first shot come out blurry. I took this photo with my 50mm prime lens which makes the nicest stars. My wide angle lens makes stars with more points and the kit lens makes stars with fewer points. The shutter speed for the photo was 49 seconds and it is the view of downtown St. Paul from the top of the Smith avenue highbridge.

bikers

In honor of Bike & Walk Week

bikers

Waiting at the light

It is Bike and Walk week in the Twin Cities this week. I did not bike as many miles this week as I usually do because of the 103 degree heat and high winds but I biked for more than 30 miles. Most weeks I put at least 50 miles on my bike. I love to ride and I enjoy the trails and tunnels that go by rivers, lakes, creeks and through the woods. I took this photo while out on my bike last weekend. On the days that I can not bike I walk along some of the same paths with my dog.

Patrick McGovern's

Old or historic

Patrick McGovern's

Patrick McGovern's

When they closed the street a couple of weeks ago for the mens hockey tournament I took advantage of the situation and over a period of several hours managed to get photographs of some of our lovely historic buildings. I like having people in the shots but I don’t think the buildings look as nice when there are a ton to cars parked in front. It was so nice to stand right in what would be a busy intersection and get the best angle. Patrick McGovern’s is at 225 West 7th street in St. Paul, Minnesota

Out at Night

Burger Moe's

Burger Moe's

I am a little rusty at night time photography. August and September are the best months for shooting in the dark at least here in Minnesota. In the summer the days are almost 16 hours long. In the winter there are more hours of darkness but often it is too cold take photos. By about the middle of August it is even possible to get some photos at dawn. The sun rises at about 6:00 AM but the best shooting is about three quarters of an hour before it rises. I will be out at night as often as I can.

In the dark

Chestnut Plaza Park

Chestnut Plaza Park

Nightime is my favorite time to shoot. Most of the photos I took on this particular night did not turn out that well. I tend to slow the shutter speed and if I go to slow they have a lot of noise in them. This one was fun because of the reflections. I actually used the flash which is something I don’t usually do when I shoot at night, it was needed to fill in some of the darkness at the edge of the pool of water where I was standing.

The park is just off of Chestnut and shepard road and is a fun place to take photos day or night. In the background you can see the buildings on Harriet Island just across the Mississippi River.