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ISO 800 18mm f/3.5 1/30 sec

Minnesota State Capital rotunda taken for a St. Paul Camera Club scavenger hunt.

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Been a while since we updated the world with “What’s going on over at MarKei?”  So here I am to tell you.  Marie and I have been super busy with that whole wedding thing that’s coming up in like 4 months (kinda had an oh sh!t moment right there adding it up).  Related to that I have been working on coming up with a photo booth we can set up at our wedding so everyone can take some wacky pictures and put them into a guest book for us.  I have come up with a nearly finalized plan for the construction and set up using 1.5″ pvc, plywood, fabric for drapes, table, printer etc etc, and we have already found software to run the booth.  We also plan to offer the booth as part of our business, just in case you were thinking I was going a bit far with this just for ourselves.

I’ve been keeping up with doing my weekly PhotoFriday challenge, though I haven’t been able to use a new picture every week.  Finding time to go out and take pictures and finding inspiration hasn’t been the easiest the last few weeks.  And some joker over at PhotoFriday decided to pick “greenery” as a subject in the middle of January…

I’ve also been doing a little astro photography with my brother.  The other week we took apart the 12.5″ Newtonian telescope that my grandfather made many years ago and is now mine.  The plan is to rebuild it with the intent to use it as a really big lens for my camera.  While we were doing that I had my camera piggy backing on my brothers Newtonian telescope (also built by our grandfather) taking pictures.  I also tried out some photo stacking of those images, a process used to combine images to get more information out of them.

Stack of 15 images

Single image

Can you see the difference?  Yeah not really.  And that represents several hours of work.  Oh well, maybe with more images and something more definitive to look at (Double Cluster by the way).  The moon was also 3/4 full the night I took the pictures, so that washed out some of the lower magnitude stars.  Going to try again at the end of the month, hopefully at least piggybacked on my telescope, if not through it.

In other news we have another shooting day scheduled with Paul Marso of Epicurean Design to take photographs of a kitchen and a bathroom that he has redone.  Previous work we have done for Paul was a shoot at The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park (which is an absolute must visit for craft beer lovers), and a fireplace with built in cabinets and shelves in downtown Minneapolis.

On yet another front, Marie built a small lightbox to take product pictures of a co-workers hand made ear rings.  Haven’t yet had the chance to try it out, but it should work fantastically for doing well lit photography of small objects.  I’ve considered using it for creating different scenes using lego figures.  Who knows what else I’ll come up with to use it for.

And lastly we have two jobs scheduled farther out.  We are doing some prom photo’s for the daughter of another of Marie’s co-workers in April.  That should be fun.  I look forward to doing some more portrait photography.  And we are tentatively scheduled to video a wedding in July.  Still in the early stages of negotiating that one.

And that is what we have been up to recently.  Whew!

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