Monthly Archives: February 2011

Mickey’s Diner in Lights St Paul Minnesota

Mickey’s Diner is a 50′ x 10′ classic Art Deco diner car restaurant in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It was prefabricated in New Jersey by the Jerry O’Mahony Diner Company of Elizabeth, New Jersey, in 1937 serial # 1067, shipped to Saint Paul by rail, and installed downtown just before World War II. It looks much like it did then and is still open 24 hours a day (and according to its employees, non-stop since it started). It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 as the only building of its kind in Minnesota. It is shown in several Hollywood movies, including The Mighty Ducks, Jingle All the Way, and A Prairie Home Companion, where it is featured prominently in the opening and closing scenes.
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Best Places to Photograph in St. Paul

I get asked the question all the time, what are the best places to photograph in St. Paul. Well of course that depends upon what you are really looking for but the way I understand that question is this way, What are the most popular, iconic, interesting places to photograph in St. Paul that will give me the photographer a good chance at getting a good picture? So that is the question I will answer here in this article. It is interesting to me that so many people think there is no beauty in St. Paul. Well I believe this article will dispense with such crazy thoughts and I will show you all kinds of incredible beauty.
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best places to photograph in Minneapolis

What are the best places in Minneapolis to photograph?
I get asked the question all the time, what are the best places to photograph in Minneapolis. Well of course that depends upon what you are really looking for but the way I understand that question is this way, What are the most popular, iconic, interesting places to photograph in Minneapolis that will give me the photographer a good chance at getting a good picture? So that is the question I will answer here in this article.
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Strike!!! Classic baseball Image.

One of the all time best shots.. :)
This is a fun shot that gave me an opportunity to work with all the kids. Even the neighbor kids got involved.
The genesis of a picture: This picture originated from a discussion with another flickrite Wans2pics . We were talking about how to do a portrait of a male well. She came up with the idea that it could be an action shot or some shot were the guy was going the thing that he loved. So while this is no longer a portrait, it is a male action shot. There Wanda, the picture is up!!!
How is this done? Take 10 million pictures of a ball coming in and sort through them…lol Or…
Note: Bigger view is now available.
Note 2:
To see the Set Up
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Como Conservatory Orchid Show

Como Conservatory Orchid Show
Yes it is still possible that spring will come again.
Last weekend my wife and I got out the orchid show at the Como Conservatory in St Paul.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Como_Park,_Zoo,_and_Conservatory
It was a wonderful show and I must tell you it was great to get out of the winter cold and into a summery feeling place. There were preparing the conservatory for the Valentines exhibit which I am sure will be incredible. I may have to get out there again to capture some of that beauty.
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Orchid Show Como Conservatory

Orchid Show Como Conservatory
Yes it is still possible that spring will come again.
Last weekend my wife and I got out the orchid show at the Como Conservatory in St Paul.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Como_Park,_Zoo,_and_Conservatory
It was a wonderful show and I must tell you it was great to get out of the winter cold and into a summery feeling place. There were preparing the conservatory for the Valentines exhibit which I am sure will be incredible. I may have to get out there again to capture some of that beauty.
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Landmark Center St Paul Winter Carnival 2011

Landmark Center St Paul Winter Carnival 2011
The Landmark Center is one of the most recognizable buildings in Minnesota not to mention St Paul, Minnesota. The building has a great history and it is still being used in many interesting ways.
St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center, completed in 1902, originally served as the United States Post Office, Court House, and Custom House for the state of Minnesota. It was designed by Willoughby J. Edbrooke, who served as Supervising Architect of the U.S. Treasury Department in 1891-92. Edbrooke designed a body of public architecture, much of which, like this structure, was completed after his death in 1896. Landmark Center stands in beautiful Rice Park, now housing an arts and culture center for St. Paul.
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St Paul Winter Carnival Ice Sculpture

The St Paul Winter Carnival ( www.winter-carnival.com/ ) is an annual event showcasing life in Minnesota and the hearty individuals that live here. It is a great way to get out and enjoy the fresh air and stay sane in the deep Minnesota winters. The ice sculpture event is the event that got me out shooting this particular evening and while I was out I decide to capture the great lights lighting up the night in St. Paul.
This is some of the amazing ice sculpture work. The artistry is amazing.
I love this town!!!
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