A Foggy Morning in Chanhassen, Minnesota

October 6, 2017

I woke up at about 5 a.m. this morning and did what I always do -- check Facebook. One of the first stories I read came from the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Chanhassen, Minnesota, which is located next to my neighborhood. In their post, they were notifying people that it would be foggy this morning in much of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities.

The thing is, the National Weather Service's weather reports are also extremely valuable to photographers. I was excited to hear this news because I knew I would probably be able to get some wonderful photographs. I posted 11 of my favorite photographs below.

If you're a photographer, I strongly suggest following your local National Weather Service Forecast Office.

A lamp post

A foggy path

Dew on a lawn

Prairie grass in dense fog

A sign in a prairie

Power lines in fog

Chanhassen High School in fog

Fog in the distance

A Doppler radar with berries in the foreground

Dew on grass

Valley Ridge Trail and Audubon Road

My First Photos With the Nikon 85mm f/1.8

September 30, 2017

Today, I got a Nikon 85mm f/1.8 lens. Here are 10 photos I took this evening around Lake Calhoun in Uptown, Minneapolis. I think it looks just as good as the 85mm f/1.4 I was using on rental in the previous posts -- and it costs less than one-third the price.

A bumble bee on a flower in Uptown, Minneapolis

An airplane flying over Lake Calhoun

Pugsley at Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun at dusk

Missy at Lake Calhoun

A boat with an American flag waving in the wind

Photos From Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minnesota

August 5, 2017

Today, I visited Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, Minnesota, for the first time. I was getting some more photos with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G lens, which I have on rental until Monday.

Pugsley at Centennial Lakes Park

Missy at Centennial Lakes Park

Photos From Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis

August 5, 2017

Yesterday, I visited Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis for the first time. I was getting some more photos with the Nikon 85mm f/1.4 G lens, which I have on rental until Monday. The photos show our dogs (puggles).

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls

I Started Taking Photos in RAW Tonight

July 29, 2017

My first RAW photo
My first photo taken in RAW: a Doppler radar at the National Weather Service's forecast office in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Today, I started taking photos in RAW. I've actually only used JPEG since getting my first digital camera, a Canon PowerShot A60, in 2003. In 2005, I got my first SLR, a Nikon D50. I took photos in JPEG because it's what Ken Rockwell recommended. But I recently started watching YouTube videos by another photographer, Jared Polin, who is a big believer in taking photos in RAW (like many professionals). The main advantage of taking photos in RAW is that it gives you the raw camera data. It's basically the same as a film negative, so you have more to work with (for example, many people like the ability to adjust the exposure without losing image quality).

I am impressed with the way these RAW photos turned out. I took them with a Nikon D3300 DSLR and Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens. I used Photoshop for the RAW editing and JPEG image conversion. Here are three more photos:

Yellow flowers
Yellow flowers in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

A walking path and bridge
A walking path underneath train tracks.

Mediacom's Chanhassen office
ISO 11,400! Mediacom's Chanhassen, Minnesota, office. In case you wanted to know my cable provider, this is it.

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