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26 April 2008 @ 02:48 pm
Leisa and The Falls  

Okay, yah, I know. Itʼs kind of … you know … touristy. But I rather like it in its own simple way. What can I say?

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the laughing leaping water: mhaha2minnehaha on April 26th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
There's not a damned thing wrong with "touristy." Tourists go to the most interesting places because they're the most interesting places.

And Minnehaha Falls is the most-photographed place in Minnesota because it is so lovely, as your picture clearly shows.

K.


Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)

Well, um, yeah, I guess you have a point. I suppose what I was thinking was that any photo taken in a “scenic location” of a person looking directly at the camera, no matter how “unposed” and/or relaxed they are, is automatically a “tourist photo.” (Unless, of course, said person is naked, in which case it becomes a “flashing” or “nudity-in-public” photo.) Similarly, any photo taken in a “scenic location” of a person looking off into the distance, no matter how “unposed” and/or relaxed they are, is automatically a “postcard” or, with the addition of a bit of sappy text or verse, a poster. None of which means that it cannot also be a good photo, it just means … oh, I dunno … that I like to think twice before offering such a photo for viewing to people other than the person pictured. Or something. Blblblblblblblblblb…

And Minnehaha Falls is the most-photographed place in Minnesota because it is so lovely…
Hm. That may well be, although I suspect that it is also because it is conveniently located and is a small enough feature to fit entirely into one frame.

dd-bdd_b on April 26th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't really participate in the fairly widespread disdain for "touristy" or "pretty" photos. And still consider "pretty as a postcard" to be a compliment (if perhaps a somewhat limited one). I don't think *all* photos need to be bleeding edge efforts to challenge convention. It's important for people to do some of those; it's how we find out which conventions are straight-jackets and which are accumulated wisdom from the ages. But not all the time!

And I rather like this one.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Thank you. Youʼre right, of course. As I said to minnehaha K. above, itʼs not that I eschew them, itʼs just that I try to think twice before offering them. And, as is obvious, I sometimes offer them with a sort of apology or an up-front acknowledgement that I recognize the … hm … surface nature of the photo as being that. But, yes indeed, there are times to challenge convention, times to subvert it, times to offer a wry twist upon it, and times to just go with the flow.
Marissa Lingenmrissa on April 26th, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
I like it!

But there's all this weird stuff that isn't ice dam all over the sides of the falls, so that's a little confusing: do I remember that color? It seems like it ought to be associated with something, but it's been so long....
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)

Thank you!

Is that a tree? I heard about trees once…

Peter Hentgesjbru on April 26th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
It is a lovely photo and, as minnehaha K said, there's a reason spots get to be tourist attractions. You think I was going to not take photos of the Taj Mahal? You've done this spot great justice.
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Whall bless my britches. Yaʼll do have a good point. Had I been there, Iʼdʼve rocked probably taken a photo or two of the Taj Mahal my own self. Go figure, eh? I'm glad you liked this one.
Matthew B. Tepper: In Minneapolis with beardasimovberlioz on April 27th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Would you believe that in seven years of living in Minneapolis, I never saw the Minnehaha Falls? Even when I was in that very neighborhood in '94, visiting Steve Bond who was packing to move out of his ex-girlfriend's house, I didn't go see them.
Fighting Crime with a Giant Dandelion Since 2013pameladean on April 27th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
Golly, you beat my record. I lived in Minneapolis for four years and then moved to Massachusetts, never having seen Minnehaha Falls. I only saw them eventually because we were living within ten blocks of them AND Emma was using them in War for the Oaks.

P.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Right. What they say about the shoemakerʼs children…
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
Yes, I would believe that. Not because “youʼre just like that” or anything stupid and petty like that, but because, well, lifeʼs just like that. One of the things I realized back when I was travelling around the country, crashing with fen and working temp, was that I was frequently providing a service—I was giving my friends an excuse, or even a reason, to get out and see the interesting-but-touristy things in their own town that theyʼd never before gotten around to seeing…
Matthew B. Tepper: Jar Jar and Kathie Leeasimovberlioz on April 28th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
Fazackly; which is why, when ann_totusek was visiting L.A., we went to the NBC studios in Burbank with the intention of attending a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," something I normally wouldn't think of doing. (It turned out that our combined parking karma still couldn't find us a space, so we went and drove around in some other part of town.)

Oh, and if you happen to want to post a “flashing” or “nudity-in-public” photo every now and then, I won't complain.
one_undoneone_undone on April 27th, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
What a lovely picture that is! :D
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on April 28th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Gosh. Thank you. Yeah, the more I look at it, the more I like it.