Yesterday at noon a group of photographers met at the Maple Grove
Arboretum for a nature walk. It was chilly (40's) but the sun was
shining brightly - drowning us in light if not in warmth.
As we walked around, I was attracted by the texture of the Quaking
Aspens. Zooming in, the spots on the park remembered me of the
computer paper tape of times past. Or bacteria colonies in a Petri
dish. Or an old Chinese vertical painting with pleasure boats
floating on a river...
There were some ducks flying over and occasionally dunking in the
little pond, but I didn't manage to catch them in focus; after
shooting the bark I left the lens in manual focus / one shot, and I
wasn't quick enough to switch to auto focus / AI servo. Next
There was also a small waterfall that we took turns shooting, but
the sun was so bright and I don't have any ND filters (I'm
seriously thinking of a Vari-ND filter
this point I need to bulk up on flashes, as I intend to take more
pictures of people than falling waters.
At night I went out with friends to see a Romanian movie playing as
part of the Minneapolis
International Film Festival
How are You?"
. Touching and rich and funny -- it was a good
movie. After the party dispersed, I lingered on the St. Anthony
Main and captured a shot of Minneapolis and the Central Avenue