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. 


Ago vita vos somnium (live the life you dream)

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)