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Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

September 28th, 2015

A few unplanned photos from last nights impromptu Moon shoot. Lesson learned, I need to keep my gear better organized in case of last minute excursions. Super bummed I didn’t think to go out when the moon was low in the sky! Special thanks to Joe for pulling me outside to see this and carrying […]

 

A few unplanned photos from last nights impromptu Moon shoot. Lesson learned, I need to keep my gear better organized in case of last minute excursions. Super bummed I didn’t think to go out when the moon was low in the sky!

Special thanks to Joe for pulling me outside to see this and carrying my crap!

Gear:
Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC
Tripod
Cable Release

Settings:
Daylight Balance WB
F6.3
1/4 Second- 1 Second
ISO 200

Helpful Tips:
*Use a heavy duty tripod! (I couldn’t find the attachment plate to mine and was super bummed out!)
*Don’t forget to turn off any image stabilization (I forgot about this the first half hour and couldn’t think of why my photos were coming out blurry)
*Make sure to lock your mirror up for long exposures. Very helpful in reducing camera motion.
*If you don’t have a cable release or wireless remote, make sure to set the timer.
*Take your time, and don’t forget to enjoy the view!

Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar Eclipse  Amazing pictures from September 28th, 2015 Supermoon Lunar EclipseThank you for looking at my photos! There were so many amazing pictures taken of the lunarmoon eclipse last night. Please share your photos with me! As always, I love reading everyone’s comments! xoxo, Kristen

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Fawns

July 8th, 2015

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We […]

 

Guess what??? Our neighborhood was blessed this spring with two twin baby fawns! I am SOOOO in love! Those of you who haven’t been to the studio may not be aware that we are located about a mile back in the woods between 3 lakes, also known as the tri-lakes area of Lake Elmo. We get some spectacular wild life here, considering we are located so close to downtown Saint Paul. These two beauties have been top photography priority for me the last few weeks. It was pretty hard to catch them away from mama. Also, I’m probably a little biased but we have the best yard in the neighborhood, the local deer pass through one to two times per day! Every time I see the babies, I run up to the window and try to sweet talk them into coming closer- hoping they will get used to the sound of my voice. They seem intrigued! But mama does not.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC-
In case you haven’t read some of my other recent posts, I am in LOVE with this lens! So sharp!

ISO: 2500!
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Apostle Island Dog Sled Race: Bayfield 2015

February 5th, 2015

One thing that I had always wanted to see ever since I was a little girl, was a dog sled race! My boyfriend and I have a tradition going that every year we visit Bayfield, WI during the winter. We both love the snow. This year we just happened to pick the same weekend that […]

 

One thing that I had always wanted to see ever since I was a little girl, was a dog sled race! My boyfriend and I have a tradition going that every year we visit Bayfield, WI during the winter. We both love the snow. This year we just happened to pick the same weekend that the Apostle Island Dog Sled Race was going on. How do you not go? So, I put on my heated (yes heated!) winter coat, cracked open some hand and foot warmers, and off we went. I never expected to see so few photographers at this event. If I would have known I would have run of the course, I would have planned my gear and route more accordingly. Either way, I still got some pretty great shots of these sweet and so very excited puppies.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 50mm F1.2
Canon 135mm F2

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Crashed Ice, 2015: St. Paul, MN

January 25th, 2015

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are […]

 

It isn’t often enough that I get to venture away from the studio and have the opportunity to photograph an incredibly awesome event such as Crashed Ice. This is an event I’ve been wanting to shoot for the last few years. The weather was even fairly cooperative. A steaming 20 degrees above zero. Here are a few of the many great shots I captured. High speed skating is by far one of the most difficult to freeze the action when shooting- so- here is a bit of my personal advice. Now, there are a bunch of different ways one could go about capturing this type of event, everyone has something that works best for them.

Gear:

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 135mm F2Monopod

ISO: 1600
F-Stop: f2.8
Shutter: 1/640

Here are a few tips. First, yes, I went with a fixed lens instead of my 70-200mm because I knew that it wasn’t going to be possible to zoom in and out and get the camera to refocus on subjects during the 1 1/5 seconds they would be flying past me, therefore, I opted for my sharpest lens. My 135mm never lets me down! With that insanely sharp outcome, I knew that cropping ability was going to increase drastically. I also new that I wasn’t going to get multiple shots at shooting these guys. Many of the teams are a one and done kind of deal. Even though I understand the inner workings of the Canon 5D highly intricate focusing system designed for high speed action, I wasn’t going to take a risk of relying on it. Therefore, I chose to pick where in the jump or area of the frame I was most interested in freezing the skaters and locked my focus in on the one spot. The outcome was better than I could have hoped for. With the Canon’s 5D Mark III 6 fps in full resolution capability, I was able to capture multiple tack-sharp, mid-air skaters with each run. Also, PUSH that ISO! You can always use the Canon software, or Lightroom to help reduce noise, but you can’t undo a blurry subject. I do like how my images came out, but in hynes sight I would have pushed my ISO to 3200 and stopped down my lens so that I could get a little more in focus. But, there is always next year, right? Last tip, get there EARLY so you are right by the track and when you find a good spot, covet it. I made the mistake of thinking I could walk around and jump in at another area of track but boy was I wrong. Any other area I found was open for a reason, last pickings!

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Love, Kristen

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Minnesota Zoo: Winter 2015

January 23rd, 2015

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go […]

 

One of my favorite things to do? Go to the zoo and take my camera. I LOVE LOVE LOVE animals! This is one of my happy places. Over this last year, I have been blessed to befriend one of the zoo photographers, as well as his fiance, the tiger keeper. Yup, he gets to go photograph these fur-balls whenever he wants and she gets to hang out with tigers all day. Good friends to know! I learned something new this day, the zoo animals are most active in the morning when they get let outside, around 9 am, AND there are little to no visitors yet at this time of day. Win win!

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 150-600mm VC
Canon 135mm F2

 

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Meet Nadia and Dari, two gorgeous tiger sisters! I have a confession to make. When these two were kittens, I would spend an embarrassing amount of my time watching them on the zoo cam. I was even able to get my boss and coworkers on board with this and every day, maybe a few times a day, the staff would stand around the computer watching these two beauties! They were so much fun to photograph. Let me just say that it was like 40 below zero, my fingers and toes became frost bit, and I didn’t even notice! I could have watched them all day.

Gear note: this was my first time taking out my new Tamron 150-600mm VC (which I sold my Canon 100-400mm lens to buy). The sharpness and clarity of this lens is magnificent! I instantly fell in love with my new upgrade. *mind you, this statement is coming from a Canon snob! 🙂

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Snowflakes!

January 23rd, 2015

If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, […]

 

minnesota snowflake 1If you have read any of my winter time posts, then you know by now that winter is my FAVORITE season!!! Yup, I’m one of the few weirdos who lives in Minnesota because I love cold and snow. This was the first year that I tried to capture some snowflake pictures. The adventure started out, like many do, due to a very snow snowy day spent working retail. When you just happen to spend some of your week at a store that specializes in camera gear, there is no reason one should ever get bored! So, my coworker friend and I ran out side and ran around the parking lot like idiots, trying to catch perfect snowflakes. We got a few pictures snapped before the storm kicked into high gear.

GEAR:

Canon 5D Mark III
Tamron 90mm F2.8 VC Macro- I don’t own this one, but I wanted to take it for a test drive, I have the Canon equivalent

SETTINGS:
F 2.8
1/800 Second
ISO 1600

Here are a few tips I discovered while photographing snowflakes. First, catch them on a dark background so that they really stand out. I chose to use my black gloves because that is what I had at the time. As you can see, there is a lot of detail in the woven gloves. In the future, I think I’d use black fabric instead because the knitting is a little too distracting for my taste. Trying to capture them on low branches and brush would be cool as well. Next, if you are going to hold the snowflakes in one hand and the camera in the other, make sure that your shutter speed is set high enough. I wouldn’t go below 1/500, personally. Lastly, I think that in this case, using the manual mode on the camera is going to give you the best possible outcome. The camera is going to go crazy trying to expose for black and translucent with a white sky. Once you have a good exposure, you will be set for the rest of your pictures. One more thing, if you can stop your lens down more than I did, do it (it was pretty dark out when I took these). I had to toss a lot of photos because when the depth of field is that shallow, even breathing is enough to move the cameras locked-in focus- out. Happy shooting!

minnesota snowflake 2 minnesota snowflake 3If you have any other tips, please share in the comments. I LOVE learning and trying new things!

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{Minnehaha Falls}

August 28th, 2011

One of my favorite things to do is to is bum around and take photographs for personal solace. How often do I do this? Ohhh… about next to NEVER. Sad, I know. It’s something I need to work harder at scheduling into my me time a little more often. Recently a friend of mine and […]

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One of my favorite things to do is to is bum around and take photographs for personal solace. How often do I do this? Ohhh… about next to NEVER. Sad, I know. It’s something I need to work harder at scheduling into my me time a little more often. Recently a friend of mine and I decided to go check out Minnehaha Falls for the afternoon. Now, I’ve been there before. I’ve taken photos there before. But oddly enough it was only in the winter and yes, it was for a client. Unfortunately, this day turned out to be a dreary one. Luckily the rich green tones from the trees really came through but the sky was… blah.

The falls are a site of beauty and mystery combined with sounds of calmness and tranquility. I could have sat by them for hours and never gotten bored. I think it would be fun to visit this area again in the fall time and capture the colors of the leaves with the sun shinning through. Here are a few photos from the day. Nothing too mind blowing but I did manage to capture a moment of that tranquility with the eye of my lens. Just close your eyes and imagine the sounds of the water rushing over the falls. Ahh… my happy place!



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Tununak, Alaska {Eskimo Village}

March 28th, 2011

What Minnesotan decides that March is the perfect time to leave the freezing cold to go visit… well the even more freezing cold? THIS LADY!!! And it was awesome!  This was truly an experience of a life time. Throughout my life, I have been so blessed by having good friends who live all around the […]

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Tununak, Alaska, Yup'ik
What Minnesotan decides that March is the perfect time to leave the freezing cold to go visit… well the even more freezing cold? THIS LADY!!! And it was awesome!  This was truly an experience of a life time. Throughout my life, I have been so blessed by having good friends who live all around the world. One of these friends is Monica, who is a teacher in cozy little Yup’ik Eskimo village in an alcove along the Bering Sea. Monica and I have known each other since we were resident advisors together in college. It was quite exciting to be able to have the opportunity to go visit her. In order to get there, I had to take a four seat bush plane which flew for an hour over nothing but desolate tundra. The weather was barely flyable with blizzard conditions. The pilots who fly through the tundras of Alaska are known as some of the most talented pilots in the world, being able to maneuver dangerous weather conditions on a daily basis.  When the pilot said he was landing and I looked down at the driveway long landing strip  next to a little village filled with 300 people I thought… you have GOT to be kidding me! Where am I?

My experience truly enriched my life. In the short time I was there, I learned more than I could have imagined about this wonderful culture. A Yup’ik village is truly like visiting another country. They speak their own language, hunt their own food, live their lives very differently through their culture, yet they are part of the United States. Who knew? Even though I should have, I had not taken the time to consider this before my experience. I enjoyed being able to capture their culture through my photography. I consider it an honor. There are so many stories that need to be shared from my adventure that I hope to be able to one day tell all of you. For now, please take a moment to enjoy a few of the moments I captured during my time in Tununak.

Here are a few of the things I experienced while I was there:
*Flew in a small bush plane and didn’t get sick or crash
*Snow machined through the tundra’s to visit another village to watch a cultural festival
*Chased wild Musk Ox on the Mountains
*Learned how to Yuraq (u-huck) which is traditional Yup’ik dance
*Spent time talking with a village elder who weaves with tundra grass
*Spent time in the classrooms of the school with the children learning the Yup’ik Culture

I had so much fun spending time with Monica and her friends that when it came time to leave, I had tears in my eyes. Deep down inside I hoped my plane would be canceled. I would love to visit again some day if the opportunity is still there. I feel there is still so much more to capture of their culture with my camera. Such beautiful people! Such a trip of a lifetime!

Tununak, Alaska, Yup'ik

First view of the Village

 

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House by the Ocean

 

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Fishing Racks

 

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Musk Ox head on a house

 

Tununak, Alaska, Yup'ik

Pauline Pitka: Tundra Grass Weaver

 

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Dance Fans and Headress

 

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Yuraq Dancing

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Tununak, Alaska, Yup'ik

That's me learning to Yuraq

 

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Monica's Class

 

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Eskimo Youth Olympics

 

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My new Tununak Friends

 

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Beautiful Yup'ik Baby

 

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Mountain Tops

 

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"Rock People"

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Tununak, Alaska, Yup'ik

Chasing Musk Ox

 

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Musk Ox ready to charge me!

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Snow Machine Buddies

 

Cross overlooking the village


Sunset over the Alcove

 

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Camai Dance Fesival

 

'Oh my Honey"




Volcano in Anchorage



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{Minnesota Landscape Arboretum}

October 1st, 2010

Today I worked at a seminar at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum helping teach people how to take better photos. It was a very cold, windy, drizzly day but I had a really good time. This was my first time out to the Arboretum. I was sad that I only had a few minutes before I […]


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Today I worked at a seminar at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum helping teach people how to take better photos. It was a very cold, windy, drizzly day but I had a really good time. This was my first time out to the Arboretum. I was sad that I only had a few minutes before I left to take a few photos because I could have spent all day there. I will for sure be going back again. Tamron sponsored this seminar and lent out lenses to everyone who attended. All of these images were shot with their 60mm f2.0 lens. Very sexy! Would definitely recommend this lens to anyone looking looking to buy a macro lens that costs under $1000.




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{Zoo 2010}

August 18th, 2010

One of my favorite things to do in the summer is visit the Zoo! I love both zoos we have here in Minnesota. They both have such different animals to see. My favorite animals are the monkeys. They are just so darn cute and silly. The zoo does make me sad seeing all the animals […]

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One of my favorite things to do in the summer is visit the Zoo! I love both zoos we have here in Minnesota. They both have such different animals to see. My favorite animals are the monkeys. They are just so darn cute and silly. The zoo does make me sad seeing all the animals cooped up in there when they would be so much happier in the wild but I believe that zoos teach awareness and respect.