I had a rare day off between seminars…
I had wrapped up the launch of my new full-day seminar in Indianapolis, and I took a night flight to Minneapolis on Tuesday so I would have Wednesday off to go shooting before my seminar there the next day.
I had planned on shooting some of the classic old building interiors in the area, and as luck would have it, one of my readers, Jay Grammond, hit me up on Linked In and asked if I was doing any shooting during my visit. He offered to take me around shooting if I was, and well, son-of-a-gun I was thrilled to have a shooting buddy for the day, so we started making plans.
I had done some research on my own (via 500px.com and Pinterest and Google), but when I arrived, Jay had a wonderful day, with a ton of cool sights, already lined up. We got started around 8:15 am and headed out in the rainy, cold, windy, yucky weather, but mostly we would be indoors, so we didn't sweat it. Our first stop of the day was in the city of St. Paul, Minnesota:
The Cathedral of St. Paul
The cathedral was on the top of my list, and luckily Jay had it as our first stop in nearby St. Paul, Minnesota. They welcome photographers, but they ask that you apply for a photo pass before just showing up, so Jay did apply and the credentials were waiting for us at the info desk. We had about 15 minutes to ourselves, but then…two tour buses packed with tourists arrived and that made things a bit more challenging. We tried to shoot around the tourists, and in some cases, we simply waited them out. I would have loved another 30-minutes with the place empty, but I was still thrilled to be able to shoot there at all.