Surfin’ Photo Safari

For Christmas this past year my sister and her husband bought man-go-round and I a gift certificate for a night time “photo safari” from Midwest Photo Safari in order to learn a bit more about how to use our cameras, and to learn more about night photography also.

The site we chose was down by the mighty Mississippi underneath the Stone Arch bridge overlooking Minneapolis’ skyline. We learned about ISO, F-stops, white balance, composition, tungsten, and a whole lot more that I probably will be calling by the wrong name for time immemorial. I was also excited to learn a few ways to do things with shortcuts on our camera. The best part of all is that we had the most beautiful summer evening for shooting.

What you see below is a compilation of both our digital SLR and my digital point and shoot camera. We rented a nice tripod and got some really great shots, but some of my favorite ones were shot with my point and shoot, and I just liked the graphic quality of them, so I included those below (anyone can google a perfect image of the minneapolis skyline, but I like seeing it from me or man-go-round’s perspective).

Meri's Midwest Photo Safari If you live in the area and want to have fun taking photos while learning a bit more about photography or your individual camera, check this company (a charming local husband and wife team) out!

What is your favorite type of photography? Portraits? landscapes? flowers and macro images? Bridges and skylines?

Meri

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9 Responses to Surfin’ Photo Safari

  1. Penny says:

    Beautiful photos, Meri! I am glad it was so much fun and you are right, that evening was “picture perfect”!

  2. Ada says:

    Sounds like a really fun experience. I’d love to learn more about my camera – I’m de idedly a point and shoot sort of girl, although I’m a sucker for floral close-ups. You guys got some great shots. I really love the reflections of light in the river.

    • Meri says:

      I’ve become more and more even a cell phone pic girl- I chose my current phone based on the large screen for taking photos, and I know it will be a big factor in my next phone too!

  3. Sarah says:

    I definitely have a preference for macro photography but I’m trying to get a little better with night photos! Oh, how I wish I had a camera that did well with high ISO. Meanwhile, I’m learning to work what I’ve got.

    • Meri says:

      I agree- it was fun for me to try something that I don’t naturally gravitate towards as much, you have to go so slow with night photography and set it up so carefully, and there was a lot I learned that I can actually apply to the photos I take more regularly (just adjusted the opposite way haha)

  4. shell flower says:

    Your photos are amazing. I can’t take a good photo to save my life, which is sad because I live in such a lovely area. If I ever get a decent camera, I will check out the photo safari. Sounds fun.

  5. Simply Life says:

    oh these photos are stunning!

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