Paddlewheeling down the St. Croix River

Another great way to take in the beautiful fall color is on a paddleboat cruise.  The St. Croix Boat and Packet Co. offers cruises on several different riverboats.

My personal favorite is The Empress which is a replica of an 1890’s paddlewheel riverboat -with stain glass windows and a decorative tin ceiling.

Even if you don’t go out on a cruise, you can still enjoy the beauty of the paddle wheels as these riverboats from a bygone era head down the St. Croix River.   I can just imagine them heading down the Mississippi right into a Mark Twain novel…

Construction Santa–Photo Tip

We often hear that we should learn from our mistakes…

Last week, I had the digital opportunity to hammer home the importance of properly  positioning a subject to get the best portrait photo.  (All photos are SOOC-straight out of camera)

The setting:  Early morning, construction site: St. Croix Bridge in Stillwater, MN….

The subject:  This friendly man with a twinkle in his eye (pretending to be a construction worker–while really making notes to his list of naughty and nice…)

The first mistake:  positioning Kris with his back to the strong sunlight-and not metering properly….

The second mistake….placing Mr. Kringle with the sun in his eyes causing him to squint…

Finally, by photographing Mr. Claus with his side to the light, I was able to get a clear picture of who this man really is….

I hope this flattering photo will place me on the “Good List”….

….perhaps a new 70-200 lens?…