The Sculpture Garden at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota, after school today to get some photos of the Harrison Sculpture Garden. The last photo shows four steel rectangles that somehow move perpetually.

Antoine Poncet (b. 1928, French), Fugue Processionaire, 1997, rose marble
Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Harp, 1993, limestone
Malus, ‘Red Splendor,’ crabapple
Rene Kung (b. 1934, Swiss), Stone Arch, 1995, limestone
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975, British), Construction (Crucifixion), 1966, bronze with color
Mimmo Paladino (b. 1948, Italian), Canto Notturno, 1984, bronze
George Rickey (1907-2002, American), Four Open Rectangles Diagonally Jointed II, 1986, stainless steel

 

Snow on October 14? Only in Minnesota.

There is a significant amount of snow here in the Twin Cities today, with snow continuing to accumulate in winter-like amounts. While I never wanted the summer to end this year, I was a little surprised to find I actually found the snow beautiful and peaceful this morning, rather than it being a harbinger of the most unbearable season.

This photo was taken on my deck with a Motorola Moto G6 smartphone.

Red berries contrast with frosty snow

Lots of Walking at Wild River State Park

I made my way to Center City, Minnesota, today to check out Wild River State Park, located along the St. Croix River. I was there with my mom and our puggles, Pugsley and Missy. Unfortunately, there weren’t many good photo opportunities, as the park is mostly just a paved walking path in the woods (reportedly three miles long). Still, though, the woods were beautiful, and there were at least some opportunities to get up close to the St. Croix River.

My mom and Pugsley and Missy
My mom and Pugsley and Missy
A lodge with a wood-burning fireplace and indoor bathrooms
Going down a steep path to the St. Croix River
The St. Croix River

My First Outing With the Canon EOS R

For my first “real” photos taken with the Canon EOS R, I visited the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, Minnesota. Since I’m a student at the University of Minnesota and it is part of that university, all I need to do is show my student ID and I get in for free. I’ll try to make it there at least once more before winter. It’s probably the best place for photography in my hometown.

Trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Lake and trees
A wooden bridge
Paper birch trees
Paper birch bark

My First Photos Taken With the Canon EOS R

These are my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R and 24-105mm f/4L IS lens. I took these photos on Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and, as I edit this post one day later, they are still the only two photos I’ve taken with this camera. I had a test in Abnormal Psychology today (October 10, my 30th birthday!) at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (where I’m an undergraduate English major), and so because of this test, my birthday, my workload for tomorrow, and my schedule on Friday, it might not be until this weekend that I’m able to get some more photos with this camera.

Note that these photos were taken in poor lighting and at a high ISO, but the image quality looks fantastic!

Taken with a Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 105mm
Taken with Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens at 24mm

Canon EOS R Unboxing

I got my Canon EOS R with 24-105mm f/4L IS lens kit from Adorama today. The cameras were supposed to ship today, but Adorama sent the cameras a day early, so I got it today, the earliest anyone who wasn’t chosen to receive a pre-production model (journalists) could get it. I had pre-preordered this camera within minutes of it becoming available on September 12, 2018.

In an earlier post, I said I would be getting the Nikon Z6. I decided not to go through with this for two reasons: (1) I was several days late for the pre-order and would likely be waiting until the end of November or much longer to receive it; and (2) after seeing Canon release their own offering for mirrorless, I decided now was the time to switch to Canon (like most pros already have). Because both companies were coming out with new mounts, I thought I might as well switch now before I got invested in Nikon again.

Here are some photos I took of the unboxing. See my next post for my first photos taken with the Canon EOS R.

Shipping box from Adorama
Canon EOS R box
Manual and accessories
Unwrapped Canon EOS R body and Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens
Ready for action!