Joel Schnell - Photographer


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Commercial photography in Minnesota by Joel Schnell

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The Jeep Mechanic
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, 7D, 60D, GoPro
Editing: Lightroom 5, Premier 6

Louis Larson knows his Jeeps. If you need a part or a carburetor rebuilt from a vintage Jeep, he is your guy. Owner of Minneapolis Willys for decades, he now runs his shop from his garage and workshop. He also fields requests from all over the world for rare parts and service. He helps make our history alive by keeping these historic machines running. 
Louis drives his 1941 Willys Jeep in Parades around the country for the Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association. A non-profit organization, they participate in events throughout the summer.

Crew:
Joel Schnell, Director of Photography

Samuel Henderson,Sound Recordist

Caleb Henderson, B Camera Operator

Todd Donery, Production Assistant

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Barn Finds
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon G9
Editing: Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6

I travel the car show circuit around Minnesota and enjoyed Mopars in the Park last month. At the swap meet you can find about anything Chrysler related, and eye some neat old barn finds. These guys really know how to repurpose junk, and it’s great to see it get recycled into someone else’s ride. From complete cars, to body parts, interiors and power train, it’s all here. It’s amazing to think some of the old roached-out wrecks may someday end up on the road again, or maybe just chopped up and mounted on a garage wall. One man’s junk is another’s treasure.

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The Jeep Mechanic, a photo essayPhotographer: Joel SchnellCamera: Canon 5D MKIIEditing: Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6
Louis Larson is the the subject of my short film on the Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association. I caught up with him again in his garage to do a follow-up of stills. As usual, Louis had a few orders for rebuilt carbs that folks from around the country sent him. With his store of parts and a practiced hand, those old Willys or Kaiser Jeeps will be back running in no time.Look for my video of Louis for the Red Bulls on Vimeo.
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The Jeep Mechanic, a photo essay
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MKII
Editing: Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6

Louis Larson is the the subject of my short film on the Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association. I caught up with him again in his garage to do a follow-up of stills.
As usual, Louis had a few orders for rebuilt carbs that folks from around the country sent him. With his store of parts and a practiced hand, those old Willys or Kaiser Jeeps will be back running in no time.

Look for my video of Louis for the Red Bulls on Vimeo.

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The Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, 7D, 60D, GoPro
Editing: Lightroom 5, Premier 6

The Red Bull Historic Military Vehicle Association honors our veterans with Jeep displays and convoys. A non-profit organization, they rely on volunteers and members that provide their own vehicles on weekends throughout the summer.  They drive mostly WWII vintage military vehicles in parades and shows around Minnesota.

Louis Larson knows his Jeeps. Louis drives his 1941 Willys Jeep in Parades around the country for the Red Bull HMVA. If you need a part or a carburetor rebuilt from a vintage Jeep, he is your guy. Owner of Minneapolis Willys for decades, he now runs his shop from his garage and workshop. He helps make our history alive by keeping these historic machines running. He also fields requests from all over the world for rare parts and service. It’s an honor to visit with guys like Louis from the generation that kept America running in the twentieth century.

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Minneapolis Willys
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon G9
Editing: Lightroom 5

Louis Larson knows his Jeeps. If you need a part or a carburetor rebuilt from a vintage Jeep, he is your guy. Owner of Minneapolis Willys for decades, he now runs his shop from his garage and workshop. He helps keep our history alive by making these historic machines running.

Louis shows his 1941 Willys Jeep in Parades around the country in summer. He is a member of the Red Bulls Historic Military Vehicle Association, which honors our veterans with displays and convoys. He also fields requests from all over the world for rare parts and service. It’s an honor to visit with guys like Louis from the generation that kept America running in the twentieth century.

Look for my video of Louis for the Red Bulls on Vimeo.

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Snowscapes by Snowmobile
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: iphone 4s
Editing: Lightroom 5

It’s been a long winter with snow, deep glorious snow in Minnesota. For snowmobilers it has been an epic year with great riding throughout the state. 

I’ve seen the pines heavy in white camo, black spruce swamps frozen like a snowy highway, rooster pheasants flushed from a cattail swamp. Deer shacks and stands in silent waiting for next season. Cabins frozen tight, waiting for family visitors to stomp their boots on the threshold. A whitetail deer struggles off the trail to wait for us to pass by. Frost makes a fairy-tale landscape from the bare-limbed trees. Bubbling brooks betray their rushing water in little windows of activity below. No other method of travel can duplicate what we see from the seat of a snowmobile.

An old railroad bridge over the Kettle River makes a fine vista for snow travelers. I can image the days when steam engines plied the tracks, heavy with loads of white pine for lumber or taconite for the steel mills.  For a brief moment, we get a birds-eye view of the landscape below. 
Soon the wet, muddy season of spring will arrive. It says so on the calendar. But for now, winters cloak hushes Minnesota’s Northwoods.

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Ruffed Grouse on Trail Camera 
by Joel Schnell

My latest editorial work features a writing credit instead of photography this time. I wrote this article for the Ruffed Grouse Society magazine, journal of the conservation organization.

" If you’ve got a ruffed grouse drumming log scouted out, the stage is set to capture your favorite bird during his magnificent display. It’s pretty unique in the avian world, and it happens right in our backyard.

A male ruffed grouse drums on a log to attract a mate and declare his territory to other males. The drummer beats his wings to create miniature sonic booms, for the benefit of attracting a grouse hen or staking his territory from competing males. Peak drumming is in April, but is heavy again with the October dispersal of young males from their families. A male may spend most of his life within 6 to 10 acres of his drumming log. A trail cam is a silent witness to this display, taking a picture at every movement when pointed at a drumming log.” 

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Saint Paul Winter Carnival Torchlight Parade
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Editing: Lightroom 5

The culmination of two week’s Winter Carnival festivities is the Torchlight Parade. At this time King Boreas’s winter rein is near an end, and Vulcanus Rex overthrows winter to bring on spring.
The Vulcans leave their mark, a “V” in soot, on the cheeks of those that shout “Hail the Vulc” to declare their allegiance to the Vulcans.

Minnesotan’s are hearty folk embracing winter and all four seasons. Since 1886 this pageant has brightened the winter spirits of Saint Paul’s revelers. 

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Polar Bear Plunge
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Editing: Lightroom 5

Why jump into a frozen lake when there is perfectly good ice to stand on?
Well, it’s Minnesota, and time for the Polar Bear Plunge presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota! With a hole cut in the ice in chest-deep water, and safety divers at hand, Plungers made a splash into White Bear Lake. As a tradition, most everyone wore costumes for a theme, as shown here buy team The East Side. With a wind chill of -17 F, these five  braved the cold and raised over $1600 for Special Olympics.

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Abandoned in the snowPhotographer: Joel SchnellCamera: iphone 4sEditing: Lightroom 5, Perfect Effects 4, Photoshop CS6
I saw this motorcycle at a truck stop in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I wonder who left it and why? They even left their backpack. Judging by the snow I don’t think they will be back. It’s a mystery to me.
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Abandoned in the snow
Photographer: Joel Schnell
Camera: iphone 4s
Editing: Lightroom 5, Perfect Effects 4, Photoshop CS6

I saw this motorcycle at a truck stop in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I wonder who left it and why? They even left their backpack. Judging by the snow I don’t think they will be back. It’s a mystery to me.

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