Allen's Photo Blog
Hi ... and welcome,
In this blog I'll share photos and thoughts.
It will be about looking out and looking in.
It's a window onto and into my world.
Woke up this morning, went to the window, opened the blinds. "Hooray! It's overcast."
Most people would say, "Darn! It's overcast."
Gray days affect people's moods. Gray days are thought of as dreary, dispiriting, depressing. Gray days, in my mind, are pleasant, even stimulating.
So while I like sunny days, I also like overcast days. I enjoy searching for pictures in diffused light.
Actually, any day is a good day to take a picture.
The Zumach family was to celebrate Christmas on December 9, meeting at a steakhouse in Mason City, Iowa. However, a snow storm in Minnesota (over 10 inches) cancelled Christmas. It was wise not to travel in the storm. I traveled, though, at home, in the Twin Cities, taking pictures with a weather-proof camera. There are a few photos below. To see the rest, follow the the link below. Click on the thumbnails for bigger images, or click "slideshow" in the upper right.
In the last 200,000 years, God let severely handicapped children die.
Wow! That's an outlandish statement. It's what popped into my head, though, after hearing a radio story about children with severe disabilities in poor countries. While industrialized nations can save many such children, poor countries can't, and certainly not tribes of our ancient ancestors. Modern humans (like us) have been around for about 200,000 years. Modern medicine for just a fraction of that time.
So, there's the age-old question: why suffering?
If you believe in evolution, the answer is "that's the way evolution works."
If you believe in God, the answer is more complicated ... and perhaps less satisfying.
What kind of photos should accompany the topic of handicaps/evolution/God? I chose "handicapped" trees - a product of evolution, a product of ....
Fall, with its colors, is beautiful. The end of fall, with fewer leaves and less color, is subtly beautiful. I've tried to capture this beauty in photos. Here are two examples.
There are risks in exhibiting subtle pictures because less obvious beauty elicits less spontaneous oohs and aahs, less positive emotion. The photos shown here have been edited to enhance certain features. Not everyone will like them. Perhaps it's like appreciating some jokes: you had to have been there.
ABOVE: Mississippi River below the Summit Ave overlook, St Paul
BELOW: Mississippi River below the Franklin Ave Bridge, Minneapolis
You gotta' love those digital cameras and lenses that can shoot in the dark.
Well, actually, they all can. It's just that some are better at it than others. Mine's not tops, but decent. And I shoot without a tripod. That means whenever I wiggle the camera - which is often - I get blurry pictures. People who carry a tripod, people who have more patience than me, have fewer blurry photos.
Last evening I walked the Stone Arch Bridge area in downtown Minneapolis, along the Mississippi River. It's gorgeous at night. There are a couple photos below and here's a link to a few more. http://zumach.zenfolio.com/p785424610. The blue-lighted bridge is the new I-35W bridge (that replaced the one that collapsed in 2007).
The dark, dark shadows of the pictures have been brightened a little so you can see what's there. At night our eyes automatically make this adjustment. Digital pictures need a little help to see what your brain sees.
It's not easy for me to walk up to a stranger and ask to take their picture. But that's the assignment I gave myself at Minnesota's State Fair.
Pictures that are most memorable - most remembered, most liked - are those that contain people. I read this somewhere. Although I no longer remember where, I suspect it's true. People watching is a favorite activity of ... people.
Taking photos of scenery and buildings is, for me, easy compared to asking a person, "Can I take your picture?" Even when I "sneak" pictures of people doing an activity, not asking them, I still feel a bit self-conscious.
At the 2012 Minnesota State Fair I wanted to capture the flavor of the fair ... and do so by capturing people. The results are in two photo albums/slideshows at the links below. And below that are sample photos from the albums/slideshows.
Instructions for viewing albums: Clicking on small thumbnails make images larger. Each page also allows clicking "Slideshow." Right and left arrows keys work for controls. For slideshows, click "slideshow" in upper right.