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You know what they say, right? Better late than never. Well here goes…
This Christmas my family decided to do something completely different. Rather than spending the holidays in NJ like I have done for the past 30-something years, we went on an adventure. We rented a villa in Coral Bay on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands and we did what you do on vacation: rest, eat, drink, hike, snorkel, relax on the beach, and take photos. It was a great time. Here are some of the scenic views.
This is the view from the villa that we rented. The house was called “la mer” and it was perched on the top of Bordeaux Mountain overlooking Coral Bay with views of the British Virgin Islands. The color photo is a stitched panoramic of the view during the day and the monochrome is of the same view at night. (1st photo w/ Leica M9 and Summicron 35mm f/2, 9 frames stitched in photoshop; 2nd photo Leica M9 with Voigtlander Heliar Super-Wide 15mm f/3.5 lens, edited in silver efx pro)
Last weekend we made a trip to visit Tammy’s mother and step-father who recently moved to Charlotte, NC. As I have come to expect with any trip to see Tammy’s mom the weekend was action-packed with lots of activities and fun. On Saturday we went to see Tammy’s mom’s new horse, Spyder, and watch her riding lesson. Of course I took a little time to wander around the grounds of the stables and take a few photos.
This is Tammy’s mom, Vicki, on her new horse Spyder during her riding lesson and monochrome of a tree that I stumbled upon on the grounds of the farm.
Wow, it really has been a while since I have posted here on my blog. Kind of embarrassing, but what can you do? Sometimes life gets busy and there is not enough time to do everything you want.
A few weeks ago Tammy and I went down to Brooklyn to visit my sister. One of the things that I always wanted to do in NYC is to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. When I lived in Manhattan I was always so busy with work that I never got a chance to do a lot of the little touristy things that I wanted, so what better time than the present. We were fortunate enough to have a really beautiful weather weekend (before Sandy decided to visit). We got a bit of a late start on Saturday after sleeping late, working out, and eating breakfast.
This is my favorite photo from our walk across the bridge. As you can see there are a lot of tarps covering the bridge (I think they were painting) so the views were a bit obstructed. I got this shot before getting to part of the bridge that was completely covered. After we walked across the bridge we went to lower Manhattan and then met my parents in the Meat Packing District for dinner. We had a really nice day.
You may be thinking: he took only one photo? Well no. I took a lot more, but I was having camera problems so a lot of them did not come out that well. As soon as we came home I sent my camera off to the Leica service center in NJ. So hopefully it will be coming back to me soon and in good working order. Stay tuned for some interesting photos. There is a surprise coming.
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This past weekend was one of those not-so-productive weekends for me. I spent some time working (writing) and running errands, and Sunday was rained-out for half of the day. So there wasn’t that much time for photography. By the time I got myself up and out of the house on Saturday it was quite late – I am actually embarrassed to say how late – and there wasn’t too much daylight left. I took a short walk with my camera.
This is on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. It is a spot just east of Mass Ave where artists and musicians gather to sell their wares and entertain the passers-by in exchange for their loose change. I took this photo from across the street with my 50mm lens wide open at f/2, which is why it is a bit soft. I also processed it with a film emulator in Lightroom; this one is Fuji 800Z from VSCO film. It is not quite the same as film, but I like the high ISO look that some of these pre-sets create.Continue reading
I did do some more exploring in Chicago other than spending time at the Cloud Gate. I had every intention of seeing everything in the downtown area, but alas one can only accomplish so much in three hours. In any event, I tried to make the best of it, and here are some photos form my stops along the way.
I walked over the Frank Gehry designed “BP Bridge” that connected Millennium Park with an adjacent park. Here are a couple of pictures of the bridge with the city in the backdrop.
Last weekend I was in Chicago for the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s multidisciplinary thoracic oncology meeting. It was a good conference. There was lots of good science and medicine presented in the meeting, but after two and a half days in an air-conditioned hotel I really needed to get outside and see some of the city. The conference finished up on Saturday mid-day and my return flight was not until the early evening so I went on a personal photowalk around the downtown area.
First stop was Millennium Park. I had been there a couple of times before, but only briefly on both occasions. I had a great time walking around and through the “Cloud Gate” sculpture (below), and watching people interact with it. It is like the ultimate fun house mirror, outdoors, and open to everyone.Continue reading
Last weekend my parents were in town and we decided to take a trip to the Decordova Sculpture Garden in Lincoln, MA. Tammy and got married in Lincoln, but we have never had a chance to go to Decordova. Unfortunately the indoor museum at Decordova was closed because they were installing a new exhibit so we only go to roam around the grounds and see the sculputures, but that was enough to keep us busy for few hours. Here are some photos of the sculptures and installations that we got to see.
This one is called “Cleopatra’s Needle” it is named after the Egyptian Oblisques with the same name. You can see the originals in London, Paris, and New York’s Central Park. They have nothing to do with Cleopatra, but someone erroneously named them so.
Some more sculptures. Continue reading