Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dirty Girl Mud Run

Flickr no longer has a super awesome way to embed HTML code so I haven't been posting as often as I used to. This weekend, I shot the Dirty Girl mud run at Metro Gun Club in Blaine, MN.

Flickr stopped allowing a nice way to embed slide shows too.  You'll have to go here to view the set

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Red Bull Crashed Ice

For the second year in a row, I secured a media pass for the Red Bull Crashed Ice ice cross championships in St. Paul Minnesota. Over three days, a couple hundred competitors skated down a 1400 foot long icy course. They navigated jumps, bumps and big air in the quest to be the fasted to the finish.

We had heavy wet snow on Thursday, Feb 20, 2014, that gave way to 10F with high winds and negative wind chill temps.

Over 100,000 people showed up for the final day.

Here is a slide show of my favorite photos from the event. (click on the four arrows at the corner of the slideshow for full screen)

 
 
 
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Red Bull Press Conference:  L-R Andrew Bergeson USA, Scott Croxall CAN 2nd place, Marco Dallago AUT 1st place, Cam Naasz USA 3rd place.
 

Red Bull Crashed Ice 2014 - Photo Obtained with Permission from Red Bull Media - Use prohibited without prior permission.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 10 of 2013

Here is my top 10 list of photos of the year. It was very difficult to choose 10. I tried to pick one that are good quality photographically that also had good stories behind them.

The sharp-shinned hawk to the right stopped by my backyard only briefly. Fortunately, my gear is always setup and ready to go. I ran downstairs and clicked off a 5 or 6 shots before it was gone. This is the first raptor photo I've made in my backyard.








In June, I made a trek up to Voyager's National Park in northern Minnesota.  I had never been up there and figured I should check out the only National Park in Minnesota.  I found this chestnut-sided warbler about 10 minutes into my first walk.  It was very cooperative so I got to shoot it for 30 minutes.

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The shot below is from the dock of the resort where I stayed on rainy lake. Our spring was kind of late so I woke up to 30F temps the first day. I really like the pastel colors in this shot and it looks great printed on metallic paper.

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On June 30th, they demolished my old dormitory, Gage Hall, at Minnesota State University Mankato. The school had a big to do around the whole event. The gates opened at 7am so I left the house at 5pm to be sure I was first in line to stake out a good spot. I setup the tripod and remote trigger cable and lined up the shot. Then I waited in the pouring rain for two hours until they blew the building. Four hours for 8 seconds. I thought it was worth it.  I also made a video and a time lapse.  The best part was hanging out with old friends, so of which I hadn't seen since college.

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On this day in July, I didn't feel like getting up for sunrise but I did anyway.  I only got about 10 minutes of light before it started pouring rain.  I ran back to the truck and grabbed my widest angle lens and umbrella and got this shot of a perfect rainbow over my favorite park.

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The hummingbirds waited until about August before they came to my feeders.  I faithfully cleaned and filled them all summer in anticipation.  I found a chunk of rusty barbed-wire on a walk on day so I brought home and tried up to my feeder pole.  This little guy/gal yawned for me and I got the shot.  My homemade flash bracket helped fill in the shadows and add a little catch light to the eye.

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This was another shot where I dragged my ass out of bed early.  Conditions were perfect for fog that morning.   I love the print on metallic paper and plan to print this real big one day.

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Here's another shot from my backyard.  I got the idea of setting up a deer antler as a bird perch from Moose Peterson.  This rack came from an 8 point buck I shot years ago.  It was raining out and this little dark-eyed junco stopped just briefly for the shot. (if you know your junos, they are quick little buggers)  I've since captured a few more shots of birds on my antlers but this one is the first really good one.

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This next one is also from my backyard "studio."  The birch log came from a nearby area.  Last winter and spring, some back-capped chickadees lived in there and raised at least two broods.

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I made this last shot on Dec 28.  I really like it because there is a lot going on in it.  Most great blue herons migrate south.  This one chose to stay and make it's living along the Minnesota River where the water doesn't entirely freeze.  The mallards would grab little fish and chase each other around.  Once in a while, a mallard would hope up on the ice to escape the other mallards.  That's when the GBH would try to grab the fish.  It's tough making a living around here in the winter.

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

I visit the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

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MRVNWR - Dec 28, 2013, a set on Flickr.
I spent Saturday morning and early afternoon within the Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

It was interested because there was one American white pelican and one great blue heron. These birds usually migrate south. Both seemed to be making a good living handing out where the warm water from the Black Dog power plant hits the river. It doesn't freeze over here.

There were about 30 mallards, 5 trumpeter swans, 2 hooded mergansers and one common goldeneye enjoying the small fish.  I saw three bald eagles while I was there but none came close.

Go here for the full slide show:

      

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Gage Tower Implosion

On Saturday June 29, 2013, Minnesota State University - Mankato had the old Gage Towers imploded. It was too expensive to retrofit new HVAC and other modifications so they demolished it. Here is a series of photos and videos I made of the event.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

900,000 Views

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Back on December 23, 2012, my Flickr Photostream received its 800,000th view. Today it reached 900,000. At this rate, we should be over a million by August.

Here is a big viewed recent photo that helped: Swan over Hoarfrost-48321.jpg

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I visit Crex Meadows

I spent the better part of the last two days in and around Crex Meadows Wisconsin. They had just received 12-18" of snow, ya snow, in April.

There were a few firsts for me. My first snow bunting, woodcock, two beavers in one photo and a willet.

Most of the Crex wasn't plowed so I 4x4'd it. Great fun with just a bit of excitement when I was way in the middle of nowhere and the truck was having a hard time getting up a heavily snowed hill...under I realized it wasn't in four-wheeled drive. lol.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships 2013

On Saturday January 26, 2013 the finals for the Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships were held in St. Paul Minnesota. I had a media pass which actually didn't help much in navigating the crowd of 115,000 but it did provide relief once I managed to get to a media only spot. I made almost 4000 images and posted a few to a collection on Flickr.

Here is a great slideshow of my favorite crashes.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships

I spent the afternoon as official media at the Red Bull Crashed Ice US Championships in St. Paul Minnesota. Had a great time. This was the US qualifying round so 100 crazy skaters did the course one by one. The top 32 times move on to the next round. On Friday, 100 international competitors will do the same. The finals are on Saturday.  It was about 4F with a biting wind.  Not sure the wind chill but it was pretty cold.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

US Pond Hockey Championships

I got up early today and made it out to Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis for the US Pond Hockey Championships. My thermometer showed 1F and I estimate the wind was probably 10-15 mphs.

It was cold but since I have the proper gear, only my fingertips and nose got uncomfortably cold.

The D4 performed flawlessly along with a rented Nikkor 70-200f2.8. Fun lens but very heavy. If this sports photography gets to be a habit, I'll have to buy one but until then I don't need it. My 70-300G VR works just find for the wildlife photography I do.

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