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Some shots from a session with an eight-day old client. I’d never done baby photos before, but Alex was quite a cooperative model:
small

three

alex

wonder

tiny

laugh
Full set here.

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2009

I uploaded just over 1,400 photos to flickr this year, nearly doubling my online archive. 2009 might have been a lousy year, but I made some significant strides in my photography. Below are my favorite shots from each month:

January (15 photos)
emotion
I took this photo at a Martin Luther King Jr. rally the day before President Obama’s inauguration for the San Mateo Daily Journal. There are all sorts of technical issues with this shot, but the SM Daily Journal ran it on their front page the next day. It’s always cool to see your photos in print.

February (19 photos)
lonely
This dog was too photogenic to pass up. Kind of a weak month for me photography-wise.

March (267 photos)
geisha
Took this in Clarion Alley as part of a San Francisco street art project. Love the greens.

April (76 photos)
black
white
Captured this diptych in downtown Palo Alto.

May (155 photos)
sunk
Of all my photos taken around Islais Creek, this tops the list. The original was too flat, so I converted it to monochrome and upped the contrast.

June (106 photos)
mauer
Joe Mauer doing what he does best. Twins beat the A’s 10-5.

July (265 photos)
pipes
A simple abstract taken in the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco.

August (66 photos)
pine
A throwaway shot at first glance, I did some heavy processing in photoshop to bring out the contrast.

September (113 photos)
comet
One of the first shots with my new 5D Mark II. 13 seconds at f/9.0 just after sunset near the summit of Windy Hill.

October (136 photos)
pacific
The Marin Headlands were overrun by tourists as the sun set, but I managed to work them into the landscape.

November (134 photos)
abandoned
One of my best from the Drawbridge series.

December (39 photos)
james
My favorite from a portrait assignment for a local construction management firm.

My New Year’s Resolution for 2010: take more photos of people.

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minneapolis

After putting it off for far too long, I finally decided to upgrade my camera gear and purchased a Canon 5D Mark II. The Pentax gave me four-plus years of solid dependability, but I was starting to feel hampered by its limitations. In addition to the 5D Mark II, I also picked up 16-35mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. The slower Pentax lenses drove me crazy in low light situations, so it’s nice to have something that can handle even the most difficult lighting. The price was painfully steep, but the quality is unparalleled and I don’t anticipate upgrading for a long time.

Despite having gone to college in the Twin Cities and living there from 2006-2008, I’d never done a thorough photowalk of Minneapolis. Most of my photography was limited to peripheral industrial areas, abandoned buildings and other weird, seldom-photographed parts of the Cities. When I was back there last week for a wedding and found myself with lots of time to kill, I decided to give the new camera a test drive in downtown Minnapolis.
brutal
First stop was Riverside Plaza (aka Little Somalia), a low-income housing complex and a great example of architectural brutalism. I didn’t linger as some residents were giving me the stink eye. The 70-200mm isn’t exactly subtle.
riverside
Next up was Nicollet Island and the Hennepin Avenue Bridge
hennepin bridge

grain belt beer

guthrie
Detail of the Guthrie Theater
reflect

tennessee williams
Giant portrait of Tennessee Williams on the outside of the theater.
ceresota
Wandering down 2nd Street towards downtown.
downtown

urban canyon

jet

murrays

purple
After about four miles of wandering, I headed back to the Stone Arch Bridge and waited for the sun to set. Just as the sun started sinking and the sky turned pink, about six photographers showed up, including a wedding photographer with her clients. It’s a cliche shot, but it’s the best angle of the Minneapolis skyline.
stone arch bridge
On my way home I stopped at the 24th Street pedestrian overpass for a different approach to the Minneapolis nightscape.
stone arch bridge

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Along with the area around Islais Creek Channel, Dogpatch is one of my favorite spots for abandoned industrial photography. The buildings are mostly inaccessible, but the exterior architecture is beautiful and easy to shoot without access. Some shots from a recent excursion:
condemned

linear

fenced

bricks

window

garage

gauge

blue

cranes

broken

derelict

haunted
Full sets here and here.

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peppers

pepper

pepper

pepper

pepper

pepper

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Random shots from a recent visit to SF MOMA. Lots of great abstract possibilities here:
skylight

skylight

curves

ascend

lamp

head

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I’ve really been on an abstract kick as of late. I tend to look down a lot when I walk, and I began noticing patterns and shapes on the ground. Here’s what I see:
manhole

stars

X

perpendicular

repetition

texture

X

shadowplay

tarmac

ovals

cracks

dots

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