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.
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.
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
This shot was taken from the Pointe of St. Paul, the same place I took yesterdays shot from, just a different view. I like the way the roads look like rivers of light and all the little lights in the picture.I would like to shoot this same scene in the winter.
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.
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.