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September 28, 2008 Minnehaha Park

Posted on September 28th, 2008 by admin.
Categories: Photography.

I have driven by Minnehaha Park but, have never actually parked their and walked around or seen the falls (I don’t believe).  I did walk to the start of Minnehaha Park from Fort Snelling but, I don’t believe I actually checked out the falls.  Not much color yet but, I will be hopefully getting out alot more over the next couple of weeks.

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September 21st, 2008 Normandale Japanese Garden

Posted on September 21st, 2008 by Chris White.
Categories: Photography.

I am not in any hurry for fall colors but, I thought I would take a quick spin through the Normandale Japanese Gardens.  They had some type of photo shoot going on. I did not pay very close attention and tried to stay out of their way as much as possible.  The Prairie Grass in the last shot was in full fall color.

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September 13th, 2008 Gophers Vs Montana State Bobcats

Posted on September 13th, 2008 by Chris White.
Categories: Photography.

I am not a big sports fan but I am a fan of beer and hotdogs.  We were invited to the Gophers Montana State game in the Metrodome, free tickets and t-shirts.  Had the beer and hotdogs been free the decision would have been a no-brainer.  We parked in the midst of a massive tailgate party $15 parking (versus $20 for the tailgater’s) but, did have 6 people packed comfortably into a van.  We were in the nosebleed section upper level row 24, endzone.  Had it just been a couple of us we would have been in a lower section near the 50 but, opted to stay in the thin atmosphere.  I shot a few hundred photos, I was forced to underexpose them a couple stops shooting 1/640 second exposures at 300mm f5.6 then pushing them in post processing.  The big debate always comes if I should pick 20 to keep and delete the other 300 before archiving them but, past experience has shown I typically back them all up.  Anyhow while I have plenty of shots of kicks, passes, crossing endzone’s, tackle’s, my favorite was a few minutes left in the second quarter when Demetrius Crawford (for the Bobcats) caught the previous kickoff (after the Gophers scored a TD) on the endzone, and ran it 100 yards to the other endzone (captions below).  Then during halftime the band did some cool looking military insignia type shapes (no clue how they do that, it’s not like building crop circles in the dark but, still), then tossed in a random photo or two of someone about to get hit at high speed or someone being crunched.  Two bad looking injuries occurred where the player lies motionless, and later is helped to hop off the field, personally If I have an injury that I can’t put weight on I’ll ask for the stretcher service every time.

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September 7th, 2008 David Rovics Concert/RNC Legal Fundraiser

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Chris White.
Categories: Photography.

I hit the RNC Welcoming Committee HQ (Convergence Space) this evening who was having a dinner/concert featuring David Rovics.  Having RNC withdrawals and wanting to see both David Rovics & the RNCWC HQ that was raided prior to the RNC even starting I went.  I walked in through the door and immediately found a group to sit down and chat with including David Bicking father of Monica Bicking who was charged with ‘conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism’.  Ironically, the group Monica was with was the ‘Food Not Bombs‘ protest group.  I had already eaten dinner (Culver’s) but, it looked pretty good (but vegan), they had quite the selection.  The lower level has large banners of WI-FI codes, near the entrance of the building is a row of computers where people were working at, immediately adjacent to it was a bunch of literature of RNC protest type events.  I didn’t see any WMD’s or anyone who looked exceptionally dangerous (well maybe a few who could have just returned from a First Avenue concert….probably not but, they were dressed for it).  In any event people were constantly calling for volunteer’s having already eaten I felt a bit obligated to help serve food or bus dishes but, at the same time I didn’t want to get stuck in the kitchen either.  Anyways, we went up stairs after chow where they had a pretty nice auditorium type setup with tons of seating(minus a door near the stage that law enforcement destroyed during the ‘raid’).  David Rovics was introduced and he played a couple dozen songs before he broke a string, good performer, good show, interesting lyrics.  The RNC Welcoming Committee is attempting to raise $250,000 for legal defense fees.  Given the nature of the venue I decided to leave the camera’s in the car, no doubt undercover law enforcement from one or more agencies was present.  I left HQ expecting to see 100 riot police but, not even a single drive by in an unmarked squad car or tear gas canister.

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September 7th, 2008 Bluff Country

Posted on September 7th, 2008 by Chris White.
Categories: Photography.

I headed back to the Twin Cities from Mabel, MN via some near ghost towns Newburg, Lenora, to the thriving Lanesboro, MN. Raptors everywhere! It will take a couple days to get photos and content up.

Newburg Methodist Church 1860

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