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Old November 5th, 2008, 03:47 AM   #1
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A Monday Night in Minneapolis

Just some random shots of Minneapolis on a balmy Monday evening in November...

Minoru Yamasaki's NWNL Building (now the North American HQ of ING). He designed this building just prior to the World Trade Center Towers in NYC:



The "top" of the Nicollet Mall, a 16-block shopping district running through Minneapolis:



The "old" Federal Reserve Bank, the world's first building built as a suspension structure. (All of the floors either hang from or are supported by the catenary arc of the facade.) It has since been replaced by a new facility on the Mississippi River:



More of the Nicollet Mall, with buildings in this view by Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, SOM, and two buildings by Cesar Pelli:



Minneapolis' Central Library on the right, by Cesar Pelli:



Another view:



The LRT stop at Nicollet, next to the Neiman Marcus department store:



Looking south along the Nicollet Mall. The lone building in the center-right is the HQ of US Bancorp, America's 6th-largest bank:



The double skyway at 6th & Nicollet, with Pei's 56-story Capella Tower (aka 225 South Sixth) in the background:



6th Street, connecting Nicollet Mall to Hennepin Avenue. Favorite restaurants here include Murray's and Ike's:



The corner of Hennepin & 6th, part of the Entertainment District. The building on the right (once a Masonic Temple in a Richardsonian Romanesque design) is now the Hennepin Center for the Arts, housing multiple arts organizations:



The "Block E" entertainment complex along Hennepin Avenue:



7th Street & Hennepin Avenue, with several animated billboards:



About 3/4 of a mile away is the Mill District along Washington Avenue:



Wasabi and Sanctuary Restaurants:



MORE TO COME...
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Old November 5th, 2008, 04:18 AM   #2
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Can't wait for more pictures, these are terrific!

I've never really seen pictures of Minneapolis streets!
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Old November 5th, 2008, 05:42 AM   #3
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wow i love the street shots of minneapolis. even though you obviously took them late at night they still look active and engaging. what a clean city too!
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Old November 6th, 2008, 04:28 AM   #4
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Minoru Yamasaki's NWNL Building (now the North American HQ of ING). He designed this building just prior to the World Trade Center Towers in NYC:


I've always liked this building, it has good, elegant lines. It is one of the few from that era that isn't crap.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 03:18 PM   #5
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I've always liked this building, it has good, elegant lines. It is one of the few from that era that isn't crap.
I see similarities with it and the base of the former WTC towers.

Nice shots! The glass looks good in the setting sun with the lights on.
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Old November 6th, 2008, 07:14 PM   #6
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Minneapolis is sooo nice!!
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Old November 7th, 2008, 06:24 PM   #7
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Very nice shots. Can I ask what your camera is please, i.e. Canon, Kodak, Sony and what specific model since I am looking for a good camera?
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Old November 7th, 2008, 10:12 PM   #8
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I hadn't been in Minneapolis in well over 25 years, and I can tell you it has changed a great deal! Very nice photos!
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Old November 9th, 2008, 10:22 PM   #9
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Very nice shots. Can I ask what your camera is please, i.e. Canon, Kodak, Sony and what specific model since I am looking for a good camera?
I'm using a Panasonic DMC-TZ3 digital camera. It's a decent camera and resonably-priced with the bonus of having a large display, 1:10 zoom ratio and a number of features such as automatic bracketing and 21 different scene presets such as "night scenery" or "candlelight." I usually process the images in Photoshop, adjusting levels and introducing some sharpness. For the night shots I use a tripod of course.
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Old November 9th, 2008, 10:30 PM   #10
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Yes they are great photos my night shots never turn out right, can you tell me what settings you use. I was told 400 was good for night shots.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 02:12 AM   #11
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I see similarities with it and the base of the former WTC towers.
It is hard to see in photos but the way the building is proportioned it kind of comes off as a 1950's/'60s modernist version of an ancient greek temple.
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Oh, and one more thing, alitezar, thanks for your many photos of Teheran. I've always enjoyed your threads!

@ Rumors, My camera is digital, so I usually use the "Night Scenery" setting when taking pictures at dusk or later. This usually results in a time exposure of between 1-3 seconds, depending on the ambient light. Minneapolis has been a good subject since so many buildings and bridges there are brightly illuminated at night.

For example, this shot of the Minneapolis riverfront was about 3 seconds in length:



In contrast, this shot was about 5 seconds in length:



If I were using a traditional SLR camera with film, I'd probably use a medium-fast film (not super-fast because this usually results in grainy photos), open the lens wide, use a tripod and bracket the hell out of a shot!

If I were creating high-quality art, I wouldn't use a digital camera. But for photo threads on forums like this, a digital camera is the way to go.
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Old November 10th, 2008, 03:41 AM   #13
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stunning CBD, have loving memories of the twin-cities
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Old November 10th, 2008, 03:44 AM   #14
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Oh, and one more thing, alitezar, thanks for your many photos of Teheran. I've always enjoyed your threads!

@ Rumors, My camera is digital, so I usually use the "Night Scenery" setting when taking pictures at dusk or later. This usually results in a time exposure of between 1-3 seconds, depending on the ambient light. Minneapolis has been a good subject since so many buildings and bridges there are brightly illuminated at night.

For example, this shot of the Minneapolis riverfront was about 3 seconds in length:



In contrast, this shot was about 5 seconds in length:



If I were using a traditional SLR camera with film, I'd probably use a medium-fast film (not super-fast because this usually results in grainy photos), open the lens wide, use a tripod and bracket the hell out of a shot!

If I were creating high-quality art, I wouldn't use a digital camera. But for photo threads on forums like this, a digital camera is the way to go.
Thanks awesome photos.
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Old December 17th, 2008, 12:27 AM   #15
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Thanks awesome photos.
Thank YOU! I'll have more soon. I am currently in South Florida - a wise move now that Minneapolis is in the deep freeze! But Minneapolis still provides many wonderful photo ops and I'll get some more when I return to the city in a week.
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Great pictures! Thanks for posting them.
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