Monday, November 5, 2012

Peaceful Paris - Paris, France

Peaceful Paris

As dusk washed over Europe, the crowds of tourists seemingly vanished from the Louvre grounds, leaving the square serenely silent.  If only this photograph could fully convey the experience!  

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, October 29, 2012

St. Giles & Angels - Edinburgh, Scotland

St. Giles Cathedral

Reflection is a necessary action for the psyche to fully integrate experiences.  This perspective of the kneeling angel (St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh) exudes a sense of reflection.  

Upon starting graduate school in 2010, my beloved photography gear were all thrown in the closet in lieu of crisp new textbooks and a financial calculator. As my studies are nearing completion, more photographs and reflections of travels will be shared.  I hope you enjoy the photos I continue to share.  

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Lit Palm Path (Pseudo HDR) - Balboa Park, San Diego, California

Lit Palm Path (Pseudo HDR)

After experimenting with my new (at the time) Canon S90 in Balboa Park I used software to bring out many details otherwise lost on the viewer.  This pseudo HDR (high dynamic range) image uses incredibly boosted contrast, a touch of white balance, sharpening and shadow adjustment.  In all, the effect is as intended, unrealistic, for a point-and-shoot that is!  Enjoy.

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Timeless Trevi - Rome, Italy

Timeless Trevi

Digital cameras and rushing crowds are interestingly juxtaposed against the everlasting Trevi Fountain in Rome.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Northwest Corner of Canal & Canal - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Northwest Corner of Canal & Canal

Dancing lights.  Smooth clouds.  A long exposure, neutral density filter and perfect scenery enabled this Dutch photograph to be pleasing.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, October 1, 2012

California Spires - North Park, San Diego, California

California Spires

Quintessential Southern California. 


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Monday, September 24, 2012

Top of the Bergen to You! - Bergen, Norway

Top of the Bergen to You!

The vistas in every direction were remarkable.  Thankfully after a long hike, my neutral density filters were enough to bring out the clouds' detail and provide a backdrop to preserve wonderful memories!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Lonely Louvre - Paris, France

Lonely Louvre

In the fading light a solitary chair rests after a bustling summer day supporting tourists and Parisians alike.  

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 10, 2012

First Velvia - La Jolla, California


Graduate school is a great time to have gear repaired.  While my Nikon D3 was in the "shop" for a deep cleaning, I cracked open my father-in-law's old Nikon F4 for my very first shoot on film.  The entire experience was marked by firsts. 

First time loading film into a camera since my tricked out Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles point-and-shoot of 1990.


First time hoping each frame was perfect due solely to the cost associated with a missed exposure.


First time a passerby was stumped by the camera I had propped up on a sturdy tripod.  


"What are you shooting," a passerby asked.  Normally I say Nikon and the passerby would ask the model and pepper me with photo related comments.  Yay.  This time however, I responded with, "Nikon F4."  The look of puzzlement on the questioner was priceless.  Then again, a camera manufactured in March 1989 can have that effect.


Stumped.   

Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Skagit Tulip - Skagit Valley, Washington

Skagit Tulip
Every year the Skagit Valley's family flower farms are bestowed with countless tulips just like Holland.  This photograph was taken in April, I suggest you pack a few raincoats and take your family to stroll through these beautiful farms.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Venetian Giant? - Venice, Italy

Venetian Giant?  Is this a tall man and regular doorway, or an average person and tiny doorway?  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Is this a tall man and regular doorway, or an average person walking through tiny doorway?


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 19, 2011

Soft Del Mar Dog - Del Mar, California

Soft Del Mar Dog  A long exposure softened the waves that crashed over Dog Beach in Del Mar, California.  The exposure time allowed the fog to casually waft over the scene and diffuse the ambient light.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
A long exposure softened the waves that crashed over Dog Beach in Del Mar, California.  The exposure time allowed the fog to casually waft over the scene and diffuse the ambient light.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Docked in Bergen - Bergen, Norway

Docked in Bergen  Glowing sky.  Smooth reflecting water.  This photograph was taken approximately at midnight in Bergen, Norway.  What a fantastic way to first glimpse the beauty of Bergen!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Glowing sky.  Smooth reflecting water.


This photograph was taken approximately at midnight in Bergen, Norway.  Sure some lens distortion is noticeable on the left side of the image, but this scene and experience were too good not to post.  What a fantastic way to first glimpse the beauty of Bergen!  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Stalin's Birthday Cake - Riga, Latvia

Stalin's Birthday Cake  While on tour in Riga, Latvia our tour guide described some of the struggles that Latvians endured under the rule of the Soviets.  Once the Soviet occupation ended, the Latvians removed a likeness of Stalin that was constructed on the building.  Hence, 'Stalin's Birthday Cake'.  This building looked entirely out of place in Riga.  The high-rise stone or brick edifice rose high above the surrounding buildings.  Interestingly, this is one of the more 'ornate' Soviet-era buildings that I encountered.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
While on tour in Riga, Latvia our tour guide described some of the struggles that Latvians endured under the rule of the Soviets.  Once the Soviet occupation ended, the Latvians removed a likeness of Stalin that was constructed on the building.  Hence, 'Stalin's Birthday Cake'.


This building looked entirely out of place in Riga.  The high-rise stone or brick edifice rose high above the surrounding buildings.  Interestingly, this is one of the more 'ornate' Soviet-era buildings that I encountered.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wall Tied - Venice, Italy

Wall Tied  A simple anonymous canal in Venice, Italy highlights the everyday lives of those living out in the lagoon.  The bright yellow vessel directs one's attention down the line of other boats moored to the aging building and to the clothes hanging out to dry above the waterway.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
A simple anonymous canal in Venice, Italy highlights the everyday lives of those living out in the lagoon.  The bright yellow vessel directs one's attention down the line of other boats moored to the aging building and to the clothes hanging out to dry above the waterway.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tian Tan Vista - Lantau Island, Hong Kong

Tian Tan Vista  This photograph was taken at the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.  What a serene setting!  This sepia-converted image from a Canon S90 leaves a timeless imprint.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
This photograph was taken at the Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island in Hong Kong.  What a serene setting!  This sepia-converted image from a Canon S90 leaves a timeless imprint.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, August 15, 2011

McWay Cove

McWay Cove  This stormy afternoon set the scene at McWay Falls.  Using a long exposure helped bring enough detail out of the dark rocks and also nicely captured the waves.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
This stormy afternoon set the scene at McWay Falls.  Using a long exposure helped bring enough detail out of the dark rocks and also nicely captured the waves.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Ha Long Harbour Mist - Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Ha Long Harbour Mist  This snapshot was enhanced with some computer generated filters to convey the magical harbour that our tour boat docked in.  The photograph is almost as good as the view in person.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
This snapshot was enhanced with some computer generated filters to convey the magical harbour that our tour boat docked in.  The photograph is almost as good as the view in person.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, August 1, 2011

Solidarity

Solidarity  Rushing water, shifting sand, and a stable granite rock.  Walking the beach in Del Mar, California proved fruitful on this stormy day.  The clouds rolled in and provided a dramatic backdrop for this composition.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Rushing water, shifting sand, and a stable granite rock.  Walking the beach in Del Mar, California proved fruitful on this stormy day.  The clouds rolled in and provided a dramatic backdrop for this composition.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Stepping Stones - Olympic National Park

Stepping Stones  Exposing this photograph was interesting considering the soft sand underfoot was incessantly shifting and my tripod would slowly sink.  Managing the neutral density filters, camera, and tripod proved to be a challenge that could be overcome.  You will notice that there are two red algae covered 'stepping stones' that line up with the lage seastack in the distance.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Exposing this photograph was interesting considering the soft sand underfoot was incessantly shifting and my tripod would slowly sink.  Managing the neutral density filters, camera, and tripod proved to be a challenge that could be overcome.


You will notice that there are two red algae covered 'stepping stones' that line up with the lage seastack in the distance.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Out on the Range - Copenhagen, Denmark

Out on the Range  While on my way to the Carlsburg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark I found this Range Rover that was overtaken by the overgrowth lining this driveway.  Such instances of vehicles becoming part of their surroundings are so interesting!  If you have any photographs or tips where to find scenes similar to this, please share!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
While on my way to the Carlsburg Brewery in Copenhagen, Denmark I found this Range Rover that was overtaken by the overgrowth lining this driveway.  Such instances of vehicles becoming part of their surroundings are so interesting!  If you have any photographs or tips where to find scenes similar to this, please share!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, July 11, 2011

d'Or(Seine) - Musee d'Orsay - Paris

d'Or(Seine)  The heavy humid air gave way as the sun fell below the horizon and cool breezes lapped up the banks of the Seine.  The serenity of this Parisian evening was overwhelming.  Pictured above: Musee d'Orsay - Paris  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
The heavy humid air gave way as the sun fell below the horizon and cool breezes lapped up the banks of the Seine.  The serenity of this Parisian evening was overwhelming.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Coronado Kayak

Coronado Fishing  Does the full color Coronado Kayak fit the bill for you, or do you prefer the infrared-styled Coronado Kayak?    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)Coronado Kayak  Does the full color Coronado Kayak fit the bill for you, or do you prefer the infrared-styled Coronado Kayak?    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Does the full color Coronado Kayak fit the bill for you, or do you prefer the infrared-styled Coronado Kayak?
  
Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Bergen on the Dock of the Bay

Bergen On The Dock Of The Bay  In hopes to catch the last licks of light emitted by the lingering, but slowly falling sun, my friend and I frantically checked into our hostel and ran out the door with our camera kits in tow.  I captured several pleasing images with sunlight after midnight, but this photograph has so much character.  This derelict warehouse can be found about two miles out from Bergen's main waterfront attractions.  The soft blue morning light helps the rough graffiti and hard exposed brick nicely leap from the image.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
In hopes to catch the last licks of light emitted by the lingering, but slowly falling sun, my friend and I frantically checked into our hostel and ran out the door with our camera kits in tow.  I captured several pleasing images with sunlight after midnight, but this photograph has so much character.


This derelict warehouse can be found about two miles out from Bergen's main waterfront attractions.  The soft blue morning light helps the rough graffiti and hard exposed brick nicely leap from the image.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Soft Pyramid, Last Light

Soft Pyramid, Last Light  Simply stated, this photograph was taken in Paris right before the sky turned fully to black.    Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Simply stated, this photograph was taken in Paris right before the sky fully turned to black.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Green Door, Green Panels, Stone Wall - Tallinn, Estonia


Green Door, Green Panels, Stone Wall  Walking through a backstreet of Tallinn, Estonia brought me to this interesting stone wall and green door.  While lining up to snap this photograph with my Nikon D3 and 17-35mm, my friend noticed a woman with a point-and-shoot walk right next to me and snap a similar photograph.  (This was not the first time this occurred with obscure compositions.)    As she walked away we caught a glimpse of her looking back, a little perplexed as to what she just 'wasted' her film on.  In any case, this interesting Estonian encounter has a memorable back-story.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Walking through a backstreet of Tallinn, Estonia brought me to this interesting stone wall and green door. While lining up to snap this photograph with my Nikon D3 and 17-35mm, my friend noticed a woman with a point-and-shoot walk right next to me and snap a similar photograph. (This was not the first time this occurred with obscure compositions.)

As she walked away we caught a glimpse of her looking back, a little perplexed as to what she just 'wasted' her film on. In any case, this interesting Estonian encounter has a memorable back-story.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, March 7, 2011

Gentle Rockscape - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve


Gentle Rockscape  Lapping waves and rocky shore - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a sight to behold. Such diverse terrains are present within the Reserve: jagged cliffs, gnarled Cypress, turquoise waters, white sand and rocky beaches. Take your boots, camera, partner, and a sense of wonderment. You will be pleasantly surprised.  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Lapping waves and rocky shore - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a sight to behold. Such diverse terrains are present within the Reserve: jagged cliffs, gnarled Cypress, turquoise waters, white sand and rocky beaches. Take your boots, camera, partner, and a sense of wonderment. You will be pleasantly surprised.


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Stairway to Heaven - Bergen, Norway

Stairway to Heaven
While on a leisurely hike up Ulrikin in Bergen, Norway, I came across this steep stone outcropping. Just after I "snapped" this photograph, by hand-holding a neutral density filter in front of the lens, a family popped up and walked down the face of this stone stairway.  A stairway to heaven?  I think not, but the hike up Ulrikin was one of the most enjoyable, and scenic, outings I have ever been on.  


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, February 21, 2011

Berlin's Schloß Charlottenburg

Schloß Charlottenburg  Schloß Charlottenburg is a baroque castle that was built for Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I, her husband.  The castle weathered WWII bombing and has been restored to its full gilded glory.  Although some travel websites state that admission to Schloss Charlottenburg is free, please be prepared to spend at least 20 euro per person for admission, including an audio guide.  If you are traveling on a tight budget, Schloss Charlottenburg is not worth breaking the bank, but walking around the outside of the castle is worth the trip!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Schloß Charlottenburg is a baroque castle that was built for Queen Sophie Charlotte in 1695 by King Friedrich Wilhelm I, her husband.  The castle weathered WWII bombing and has been restored to its full gilded glory.  Although some travel websites state that admission to Schloss Charlottenburg is free, please be prepared to spend at least 20 euro per person for admission, including an audio guide.  If you are traveling on a tight budget, Schloss Charlottenburg is not worth breaking the bank, but walking around the outside of the castle is worth the trip!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream) 

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day: Doge's Gondola

Doge's Gondola  Happy Valentine's Day!  This image of a passing gondola in Venice, Italy is fitting for today.  In the background you can make out the domes of Chisea di Santa Maria della Salute (at right) and Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore (at left).  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Happy Valentine's Day!  This image of a passing gondola in Venice, Italy is fitting for today.  In the background you can make out the domes of Chisea di Santa Maria della Salute (at right), Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore (at left), and the rose colored glass of Piazza San Marco's lamps (at right).


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Yellow Baltic Bicycles

Yellow Baltic Bicycles  Across Latvia I found bicycles painted yellow and locked to street signs and lamp poles.  This was interesting on the first run-in.  I became more curious on the second time.  Then these bicycle encounters became even more interesting due to the volume of yellow bicycles in the city.  I have my theories about this occurrence, but I am still unsure as to the true reasoning for having yellow bicycles strewn across Riga, Latvia.    If you have any input, please share.  Thank you!  Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)
Across Latvia I found bicycles painted yellow and locked to street signs and lamp poles.  This was interesting on the first run-in.  I became more curious on the second time.  Then these bicycle encounters became even more interesting due to the volume of yellow bicycles in the city.  I have my theories about this occurrence, but I am still unsure as to the true reasoning for having yellow bicycles strewn across Riga, Latvia.  If you have any input, please share.  Thank you!


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)