Monday, March 26, 2012


Sorry it's been so long...

These are the highlights of my third trip to New York City. I realize that I didn't post anything from my last trip and for that I'm sorry. Between wedding season and just plain apathy towards my personal projects, it's been awhile since I've posted anything. On the plus side, I've got better gear (60d and Tamron 28-75) and a lot more time to really get the shots I wanted. Today's post is focused on the evening trip we took to Hoboken New Jersey for dinner and a look at the Manhattan skyline.  I'll be back later this week with the textures of New York. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lyndsay and Jesse

Last summer, my wife's friend Lyndsay got married at the Island Park gazebo.  This was the first wedding I had been to since I started getting into photography.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Broadway HDRs

Although I already posted about Cruisin' Broadway, I wanted to highlight the HDRs that I did at the most recent event. Over the years I've seen far too many HDRs that are tone mapped to the point of garish cartoons.  As I was going through these I realized that you really don't see too many black and white HDRs.  This worked so well on the lead image that I decided to carry it through to the others. Enjoy and thanks for reading.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sky Prarie

Tuesday, July 5th I spent the evening with Friends, Romans, and Countrymen...minus the Romans and Countrymen.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cruisin' Broadway 2011

Today's post is less of an actual post and more of a informational note. If you look towards the top of the page you may have noticed two new additions to the blog. Where it says "Home" and "Cruisin' Broadway 2011", those are links to their respective pages. Home will take you to the blog you've always known and loved (right where you are now) and Cruisin' Broadway 2011 will take you to the new home for all things Cruisin' Broadway. Within there you'll find links to the most recent photos from just last week as well as highlights from last year. As the summer rolls along and the two remaining shows come and go, I'll be posting all my photos there as well. So keep on coming back throughout the summer. Until Friday, enjoy and thanks for reading.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Polk County Fair pt. 3

The fair this year was a  two day event. The first night I went there with my wife and the second day I went up with my friend and colleague David Hastings.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Monday, July 4, 2011


That's right ladies and gentlemen. This is the first image from my new camera. I recently purchased a Canon 60D and could not be happier with the camera. The lens that came on the camera is another story. That may have something to do with using nothing but fantastic lenses as of late but I digress. This may not be the best picture I've ever taken but I feel it is a momentous one. This picture signifies beginning of new chapter in my photographic career. Next up will be the first video of my career but you'll just have to wait till Wednesday for that one. Also I have to apologize for leaving you all hanging on Friday. What with the new camera and all, I was too busy taking photos to update but you know what that means.  Lots of new things coming up so stay tuned.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


Since the day I  got my first real (read slr) camera, I've really enjoyed taking pictures of people. Looking back over my catalog I realized a running theme. I have taken an inordinate amount of pictures of one Mr. Joseph Scallon. It could be that he photographs pretty well, or I end up taking a lot photos while he is around, or it could just be some unhealthy obsession I have with the guy.  Keep reading to see how many pictures it takes till you start to assume the latter.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Fun With Nature.

Some of you may have seen these when I posted them on the Facebooks a few months back.  As I was backing up all of my photos to an external drive today, I decided that these needed their own post. Keep reading to see a few more shots, but the lead is still my favorite.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Music on Broadway

Last Thursday kicked off the inaugural Music on Broadway or MOB. The first of four this summer, the event hosted a roller derby scrimmage, live music, and a pub crawl that continues throughout the summer.  For more information visit the FM Downtown website. This event is another in a long line of great things going on "Downtown Baby" all summer. This and all the other events are brought to you by the Downtown Community Partnership and organized by my good friend Jed Pahan. If you missed the first one, don't worry, there are three more scheduled throughout the summer.  For more pictures from the event hit the link below.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hey There Boss Man

I know what you're all thinking. "He must be running out of ideas for posts." Quite the contrary. Looking back over my library of photos this one in particular jumped out at me.  Mostly because David (of David Hastings Photography, your one stop shop for all your photography needs!) isn't making a funny face. Well, that makes four in a row. Not bad for the first week.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shooting with a 62 year old lens.

Day three, so far so good. Today I wanted to show off my 1949 Keystone Criterion A-12. I bought this camera at a garage sale this spring for 10 dollars. I'm not entirely sure if it works or not but for ten bucks it's cool enough just to have. In the mean time I decided to use a spare body cap for my Canon to function as a DIY mount of sorts. Keep reading for pics of the lens and the shots I got with it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


As for the second post in what will hopefully be many to come, I'm posting yet another HDR. This particular one, or series was taken on the way home from my nephew Alex's birthday in Thief River Falls. We may not have mountains or tall buildings, but we sure know how to do sunsets.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Cut the cord already...he's one.

Within 24 hours of being in midtown Manhattan, I was at a campsite in Thief River Falls MN.  I noticed a few differences, but all in all they're basically the same.  Both had roads, cars, people, etc. It was really just an understated version. Jess and I were up north for our nephew Alex's first birthday. The lead picture shows you what kind of day it was. The mix of a toddler, Mountain Dew, and matches made for a great party.  As with most gatherings, I had my camera with and Alex was camera fodder. The best part about all these pictures is that they are mostly untouched right out of the camera. The only changes I made were to pop the colors up a bit.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

I blood pumping muscle New York...Revenge of the Soho

I understand that my naming scheme is out of order but I felt that since we ate in Soho this was too clever to not use. 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

I blood pumping muscle New York...The Phantom Menace

Good morning everybody. It's 7:30 and already almost 80 degrees already. We're on our way up into the mid 90s with a heat index over 100. For anyone that knows me...not my favorite temps. So while I'm still in a good mood, I present to all of you the other shots from the park. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I blood pumping muscle New York...A New Hope

The post to follow this one will have more pictures from Central Park but in the meantime I present you with yet another NYC HDR. This statue was interesting but not interesting to photograph. I tried numerous angles but nothing was giving me that spark I feel when I get a good shot. My last effort was to try and HDR and I think it turned out quite good. More Central Park tomorrow morning..ish.

I blood pumping muscle New York...Return of the Jedi

Times Square is busy.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

At the Park

I shot these pictures in what felt like a Chicago song...Except that it was Sunday...and not the fourth of July...but it was at the park.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 quarter century and counting.

Although it is a bit belated, here are some of the pictures of those near and dear to us that made it out a few weeks back for Jess' birthday shindig. I think you'll find that the final picture does a phenomenally better job of closing out the night than anything I could ever wright. So with that, Happy Birthday Jessica.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Long Exposures

The theme of my last post was black and white photography. The pictures in this post were taken with even less available light. The obvious answer to taking these pictures would be to lock down my aperture to 1.8 and crank the ISO to 1600.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Get Hitched

My good friend and colleague, David Hastings, will be showcasing his videography at the "Get Hitched" wedding show to be held at the Plains Art Museum Tuesday, November 9th. For more information you can visit or David's Blog. If you're in the area, need a videographer for your upcoming nuptials, or just really like shopping for wedding vendors...stop on by.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Jed and Joe...Concentrated Sex.

I was thinking to myself, I really shouldn't do two posts in a row about art.  Then I figured that no one really reads this and I shouldn't dictate my posts according to my un-readers' opinions. So today's post is less a discussion about art and more a showcase of the true essence of what art is.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Art for Art's Sake.

    "Art for art's sake" is the usual English rendering of a French slogan, from the early 19th century, ''l'art pour l'art'', and expresses a philosophy that the intrinsic value of art, and the only "true" art, is divorced from any didactic, moral or utilitarian function. This definition, pulled from Wikipedia, is something I've been thinking a lot about lately. The thing that brought it to the forefront of my brain wanderings was an episode from eleventh series of Top Gear. The episode was featuring the Alfa Romeo 8c (pictured below).
The connection between this particular car and "Art for Art's Sake" comes from a call Jeremy Clarkson had from a curator of the Tate gallery. He stated that a car can never be art because "true" art can have no purpose outside of itself. Within the show Jeremy concluded that this particular car didn't perform very well and was hopelessly impractical. Because of this it was good at looking good and nothing else. This got me thinking. I've finally figured out the reason for people that are famous but really have nothing to contribute to society. The likes of Paris Hilton,  Joseph Scallon, and any and all fashion models. They don't create anything, they don't contribute to society, and they basically only fulfill the purpose of being nice to look at. If I gave off the wrong impression with that I apologize. I like art, and that is what they are. They give us all something nice to look at. I know what some of you are thinking. Paris Hilton isn't art, she's hideous. But let me ask you this. Do you like the way that all art looks? I don't really like most of Pablo Picasso's works but you'd be hard pressed to find someone that doesn't think his works are art.  On that note, the only thing left to do is ask if I can hang one of these people on my wall. Anyone?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

New Blog, Same Infrequency.

Hello and welcome to Blog 2.0. The website hasn't changed but the blogging service has. The fact that I didn't want to pay Steve Jobs way too much money every year deterred me from signing up for mobile me. This caused numerous issues trying to add comments or an rss feed. In addition to interactivity, the new blogging service, blogger, has a much easier posting interface which should, in theory, improve my posting frequency. If this isn't the case at least there will be functioning comments so that you, the reader, can keep me accountable. 

With that in mind, this concludes blog 2.0 - post one. But for good's a few of my latest pictures of my nephew.