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Old July 13th, 2009, 07:15 PM   #21
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Downtown St. Paul is SoHo of the Midwest but it tends t be very underrepresented nationally and internationally... Somnifor, I propose we get together some time this month to shoot areas of Twin Cities as a group. I mainly shoot with film (gotta love the analog colors) but might hook myself up with a dSLR, if need be.
Hit me, if that's of any interest to you!
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Old July 13th, 2009, 09:57 PM   #22
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Lovely city!
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Old July 14th, 2009, 12:53 AM   #23
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nice set. St. Paul is a cool city that is overshadowed on here by Minneapolis because of the skyscrapers.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 01:47 AM   #24
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Great photos!
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Old July 14th, 2009, 02:20 AM   #25
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..overshadowed on here by Minneapolis because of the skyscrapers...
....and a much larger population, better art scene, bigger business community, better transport links etc, etc. Minneapolis and St Paul may be called twins by they are far from being equal in reality.
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Old July 14th, 2009, 11:05 PM   #26
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Thanks for all the comments.

I took a ton of photos of the Cathedral Hill neighborhood yesterday but unfortunately I had left the camera on the wrong settings so only 7 of them turned out, the rest are all overexposed.

I will try again next week.







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Old July 14th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #27
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Old July 15th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #28
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....and a much larger population, better art scene, bigger business community, better transport links etc, etc. Minneapolis and St Paul may be called twins by they are far from being equal in reality.
they are pretty close population-wise aren't they?
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:00 AM   #29
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they are pretty close population-wise aren't they?
Depends of what you consider to be "close".
Minneapolis had a population of 372,833 according to 2007 estimates. St. Paul had only 277251. Both cities experienced a negative growth since 2000 census. I suppose 100K doesn't make that much of a difference in the grander scheme of things, especially if you consider that the metro has around 3.5 mln, but on the street level St. Paul does feel quainter, better-rooted in its historical legacy than its neighbor to the west.
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Old July 15th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #30
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Here's a picture of downtown I snapped some years ago. St. Paul's red brick and limestone facades look - dare I say - magnificent, lighted by the warm evening sun.

(7th St)



(5th St)



The plethora of warm pastel colors in the downtown area provide a setting for interesting captures:

(Broadway and 7th)

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(7th St)

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And just after the sunset, when streets are silent and deserted, in the dark shadows cast by tall buildings, one may discover interesting scenes like this photo of a bus driver, resting on a back seat:

(Henry St and 5th?)

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Although the downtown typically goes completely dead after the business hours, if you climb high enough, it isn't difficult to find local residents relaxing or going about their evening errands.

(rooftop playground somewhere downtown)

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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:02 AM   #31
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I have taken a bunch more photos of St Paul. These are from a second pass through Cathedral Hill. This turned out to be the most frustrating neighborhood I have photographed. It is full of beautiful buildings but most of my photos didn't turn out again. There are so many trees in the area that in full July light the contrast between the shadows and light is hard to manage. Most of the photos were either overexposed or too dark or both simultaneously.

These are the ones that wern't:







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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #32
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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:07 AM   #33
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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:16 AM   #34
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Now on to the Midway neighborhood. Midway is halfway between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St Paul, it is pretty much in the center of the metro area. It has a lot of light industrial, some warehouses, a lot of cheap office space, some residential, sprawly big box stores and a bunch of old pre-suburban car dealerships, most of which are abandoned now. The main street is University Ave which is going to be the route for the Central Corridor light rail between the downtowns which is to be built in a few years. Probably once the light rail is built University Ave will become more dense and urban. It already has some good material to work with but there are also a lot of empty spaces.

For the most part I took pictures of the more urban stuff. These are all from the area around University and Raymond Ave which is right on the Minneapolis - St Paul border:








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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:18 AM   #35
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These are from a pet store in the area:







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Old July 26th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #37
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One more photo from Midway. This is a block away from the intersection of University and Snelling which I believe is the busiest intersection in St Paul:



I made another pass through Cathedral Hill with different lighting:







This is from Frogtown, Frogtown was the ghetto back when St Paul was a more dangerous city. I am going to try to do more Frogtown photos this week, it is an interesting neighborhood:



Leif Ericson - "discoverer" of the Americas, with the Minnesota state capitol in the background:


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Old August 6th, 2009, 11:25 AM   #38
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I just realized I forgot to post the rest of my St Paul photos here. This is all Frogtown:

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University Ave in Frogtown:

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