Each year I find I grow as a photographer and I’m looking forward to what 2016 will bring.
Here are my favorite photos from 2015. Thanks for all the likes/follows/shares this past season. It really is appreciated.
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I made a recent trip up to Northern Manitoba and I really wanted to try and capture some images of both the Milky Way and of the Northern Lights. I’ve always loved the images I’ve seen on social media sites but I didn’t know how to photograph either of them. I joined a couple of groups on facebook, asked a few questions, and read a few articles online in hopes that I could quickly educate myself and get some great photos. Overall I’m happy with what I’ve learned and what I’ve photographed, so I thought I’d share my experience with others and maybe save them some time as well.
Just before I drove up to Thompson, Manitoba, I friended someone who lived there who was active in shooting the aurora (Doug Burkman). He was extremely helpful and after a ton of facebook messages back and forth I thought I had a good idea of what to do. I used a combination of 3 sites to help determine if the northern lights are going to appear and when.
So between those 3 sites you have a pretty good idea if the northern lights were going to happen, but sort of like the cable company, it gives you a 3 hour window and you have to wait. The biggest factor in all of this, after you’re sure a Aurora will happen, is the weather! I figured out on my drive up to Thompson that there would be a good chance of Northern lights that night between 10pm – 1am. During the entire drive it was cloudy, raining, and overcast, meaning I wouldn’t see anything but you sit there and hope…”well its got 4-5 hours for it to clear up…maybe it’ll work”. Luckily, the skies kind of cleared for a couple hours, it gave me my window between 10-1, and I was able to capture some images. The next night was almost identical and I felt very lucky.
In most cases I saw new photographers asking what settings should there camera be at? I learned that I was really all over the place and there isn’t one magic setting that applies to everything. I included my camera settings on the photos so you can see what I used but here are some things that you will need to know.
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Baseball is heading into the All Star Game and the Twins are making a final push for Brian Dozier to make it onto the team. Last night he had a walk-off 2 run homer in the 10th to beat the Orioles 4-2 to help convince the voters.
I don’t think anyone would have thought the Twins would be in 1st place in the AL central and the end of May! 2nd best record in the bigs? No way. Can they keep this up? Its doubtful but its sure fun to watch and photograph and its providing the city with some positive talk about the Twins. Here’s a bunch of pics from this weekends series vs the Toronto Blue Jays.
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Its not very often (in Minnesota) that you get to photograph a national championship game, but Sunday I was lucky enough to be assigned the Gopher Women’s Hockey game vs Harvard. The women had an excellent shot of winning their 3rd title in 4 years and on their home ice. Its unbelievable that some of these seniors have won 3 titles during their university career and I’m glad I got to be there to watch them celebrate. My only regret is the NCAA thought it was a good idea to use this purple-ish spot light thing during the trophy presentation….horrendous lighting.
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