Wednesday, November 08, 2017

New 4 a.m. Print

Yesterday, I made a 17” x 25” print of a recent 4 a.m. photograph. A good friend had seen an image she really liked on my Instagram page and asked for a print. Here it is just after it was printed:

A rainy morning outside of Como Conservatory in front of the Casto Solano
sculpture of prairie grasses and fireflies. Hanging on the white board.

A skewed close-up photo of the sculpture.

The print turned out well, and my friend was quite happy.

Also, this brings up that I haven’t posted about my Instagram page here. I started a page devoted to my 4 a.m. photos about 8 months ago. Search for “photostenzel” to find (and follow) me:

Full of my 4 a.m. photo series. Updated often!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

My Pre-Schooler's "Camera"

My 3-year-old goes to preschool, and the school sends photos to parents after every class. I recently got these 2 photos of his homemade camera:

That viewfinder is in an odd spot. Maybe it's some sort of strange rangefinder?... :)

Friday, October 13, 2017


I recently helped my Mom dig her colorful carrots on her farm:

CLICK HERE for a larger version.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

“RISE” Exhibition Photos

The juried College of Visual Arts alumni exhibition “RISE” is still on display at the Concordia Gallery in St. Paul. If you’re unable to get to see it, here are some overall photos of the exhibition that I made a few weeks back:

[click each image to enlarge]

There’s my piece on the far right.

Click here for a panoramic photo of the exhibition, and click here for photos from the opening reception last month.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

RISE Panorama

Last week, I stopped by the “RISE” exhibition at the Concordia Gallery to photograph it. I still need to fix up the rest of the files, but here’s a quick iPhone panoramic shot from the gallery:

(Click image to enlarge)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Photos from the Opening Reception of "RISE"

Last week was the opening reception of "RISE:" a juried exhibition of College of Visual Arts graduates. I was at the opening for a while, and here are a few photos:

That's my piece in the middle. The one with no one looking at it. *sad face*

On the CVA Action Facebook page, I found this photo of the opening where you can see me, my wife, and my boys:

Also, in conjunction with this exhibition, CVA Action is hosting some fun "Pecha Kucha" artist talks next week, which will feature people associated with CVA:

I know most of this isn't legible in this tiny image, but what you need to know is at the bottom:
Sept 21 at 6:45 pm at the Buenger Education Center (200 Syndicate St N) at Concordia University.

Check out CVA Action on Facebook and find out more about the Concordia Art Gallery here. The exhibition is up through October 11 if you want to stop by: M-F 10-4.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Upcoming Exhibition: "RISE"

I was recently accepted into a juried show. It’s the 2nd exhibition put on by CVA Action, and Karen Wirth was the juror. The show will be held at the Concordia University Art Gallery.

Postcard for the exhibition. (Photo by [and hand of] Caroline Houdek Solomon.)

Back of the postcard.

A close-up (legible) view of the info on the back of the postcard.

So stop by the opening reception this upcoming Thursday, September 7, from 5-8 pm.

Check out the opening reception event on Facebook, follow CVA Action on Facebook, and find out more about the Concordia Art Gallery here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

12 F*cking Rules For Success

I just came across this. WARNING: language. But truthful language.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Photography T-Shirts

Here are 5 fun photography t-shirts from I Still Shoot Film:

I suppose if the last one exists, then this one needs to as well.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Camping iPhone Photos

Last weekend, I went camping in central Wisconsin for 3 days with my family. Here are 5 photos from our trip:

Rest stop bathroom.

Viewing area.

Campground bathroom.

Campground game room.

Post-camping dry-out.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Popeye on Photography

My 6-year-old just discovered Popeye. And we recently saw this one together, where Olive Oyl wants to be in fashion magazines, so it revolves around photography. Here, take a break and watch this. (It's 5:45 long - the rest at the end is advertisements.)

Direct link:

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jay Cooke with a Holga

Three weeks ago, I went camping with my 2 boys up by Duluth. (I posted a lot of photos of our adventures on my other blog if you want to take a look.)

Last month, one of my classes at Hamline University did a Holga-based project. (A Holga is a cheap, plastic medium format film camera that needs to be taped shut to prevent light leaks. Every image is vignetted, and may not be that sharp.) Here's an Instagram of mine from that day in class:

Caption: "'Holga day' in my Photo II class today. #film #filmphotography #filmisnotdead
#wellitskindadead #photography #kodak #fujifilm"

That project inspired me to get out my Holga for the first time in a few years. I brought it with to Duluth.

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Our camper cabin for 2 nights.

View of the St. Louis River from the Swinging Bridge.

After a hike down from Oldenburg’s Point.

My 5-year-old on a little cliff.

Lake Superior.

Pines and birches behind our cabin.

Pine forest.

On the Swinging Bridge.

A large rock (that my sons got wet) and the Swinging Bridge.

Near Thomson Dam.

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