The Stone Barn

It never ceases to amaze me how incredible the treasures are nearby where we live.  They are quite numerous and wonderful.  The Stone Barn just outside of Nelson, WI is one of those treasures and it is in a league all its own.

I am sure I am not alone when I say I enjoy a fine wood-fired pizza.  There are several components of a great pizza; crust is one of them.  Crust is a very important one to me. This crust is like a delightful cracker.  It is very light and has wonderful flavor.

The process by which you will find yourself enjoying a fabulous wood-fired pizza is simple:

Follow these directions; then…

We ordered the Bianca:  A mix of four fresh herbs and four cheeses on a garlic olive oil base.  Now that is a piece of heaven right there.

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The place was packed on this hot & humid September evening.  I was a bit worried about the crowd of vehicles when we pulled up, but that wasn’t a big deal at all.  Cyndie and I ran into (almost literally – it was very crowded inside) my cousin Sharon & her husband celebrating a wedding anniversary; they were on their way out as we were on our way in.

We were order #45.  As Cyndie can attest, sometimes I can get a bit hangry.  It had already started to cool off some and we both had an ice cold beer.  Life was good and the pizza was there in no time.  We didn’t have to worry about carting any left-overs home; there wasn’t even a crumb left.  That was the most delicious wood-fired pizza to date.  I highly recommend this establishment.  It would be a great time to go with a bunch of friends and order each kind they offer.  All of their pizza sounded very tasty.

What a great idea for a barn left in ruins.  All that remained was the stone foundation.  It makes for a unique and interesting venue.

I chose black & white for this shoot because I was a big giant dough head.  For some reason or another I did not look at the ISO setting on my camera; I am not sure why it was set to 1000 instead of 100.  Before any shoot – you always always always check your camera’s setting – especially ISO and exposure compensation.  I will chalk this one up to hungry as I have no other explanation.

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2013: Week #34 Photography

It was a long short week for me having been in and out of the office a couple of different days and then playing catch up.   I have been enjoying the sun rises and sets in August, but have not photographed them nearly enough.  I finally took some time and barely caught a gorgeous sunset.  The Queen of the Mississippi was in town docked at Levee Park this week too.  I always try to grab a couple of shots when these river boats pass through.

I’d say have a great weekend, but is Sunday and the weekend is almost over and another week will quickly be upon us.  It is going to be a steamy one around here – 90’s and humid the whole week; just in time for the Minnesota State Fair.  Stay cool and have a great week everyone.

2013: Week #30 Photography

Holy Cow!  What a week.  Super moon, big poofies and fuzzy dice hanging from a lamp at garage sale – how is that for random?

Mostly all good things this week with the exception of Wednesday morning – early – 6 a.m.   I was headed down the main drag of town on my way to St. Peter for a work thing and all I saw was light.  That is never a good sign.  I learned later it was a scooter vs. car accident; the person on the scooter didn’t make it.  I never really found out the specifics; it doesn’t matter, it is sad no matter how you look at it.  This is just another reminder to slow down (myself for sure included) and quit being in such a damn hurry because very bad things can happen in a blink of an eye.  And on that note I will leave you all with my photos of the week.  Have a great weekend everyone.

To review or not…

…there is no question in my mind.

Revisited – January 2013

Going back and reviewing what you have done for a period of time; in this case, month to month, can be a gratifying exercise.  I fully believe that you cannot chart a future course without continually studying and reviewing from where you have come.  Isn’t that the quest we are all on with some aspect of our lives…be it a hobby, our health  or some other aspiration?

Ever since I started this blog, each month I have gone back and reviewed my shots for the month.  I call it revisited  (category/tag).  I typically pull the photos I especially like the most and often do a black & white conversion (Silver Efex Pro) on those I think would be a prime candidate.  Other times I will apply a color treatment (Color Efex Pro), dabble with faux HDR/HDR or other treatments/techniques.  Sometimes it is a simple adjustment to the composition.  Cropping an image can present it in an almost entirely different way.

It is one part fun and one part self-critique.  If you do not attempt to acquire a deeper understanding of what you are seeing/photographing and how you are presenting it to the world, as your art, what is the point then?  Just going through the motions is not enough.  Without examination and review there is no growth or betterment or your craft.