Barbados Sunset

I’ve been working on some photos from our Barbados trip this afternoon.  When I finished this one today, I knew it had to get posted.  MJ agreed and you now benefit.  I took this in front of the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados on our 2nd night.  This is the type of outstanding sunset we experienced everyday.  Have a great Sunday.

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Bridgetown Harbor

Ok….keeping with the theme that I am busy still………I’ll just leave this for you like this.  Bridgetown Harbor Barbados.  Have a great weekend.

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Special Behind The Scenes Picture:  Here is a self-portrait I took while in the Finger Lakes area of New York State last October.  I have no idea why I look so unhappy.  I actually had a great day exploring this area of New York.  It was a weekday and it was rainy, which meant I had these State parks to myself.  It was perfect.   I guess I just forgot to smile….. So here is the :-) to go with the picture. 

me 

me 

Barbados Beach Front

Fair warning….I’ll be extremely busy for the next month with work.  So most of the post will be short.  Sorry…   I took this along the west coast of Barbados, while on a walk with MJ and a few others.  Typical day in Barbados… wonderful!!!.  Anyway, they have these walk ways along some areas of the coast to connect the beaches and protect the island from erosion.   Have a great week.

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Malt Graffiti

This is another photo from the graffiti scene in the Eastern Market District of Detroit.  This one was painted/created by the talented Malt.  Malt is a self-taught artist who is based in Detroit.  As par of the 2012 Detroit Beautification Project, he painted a number of large-scale murals in the area.  You can see more of his work on his website:  http://brownbagdetroit.com

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Taughannock Falls State Park

I know I over use this excuse, but I am going to do it again.  It’s been a busy week….so tonight’s blog post is short.  Instead of reading a bunch from me, please spend a little extra time taking in the beauty of the photo.  By the way, this state park is in central New York State.

Good night.

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Pioneer Square Station

During my time in Seattle, I had a packed photography agenda covering lots of the city and the surrounding area.  One of the planned locations was the Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel station called Pioneer Square Station.  I arrived at this location at around 11pm and the place was basically empty.  The station is huge, so the 20 homeless people, 5 police and I had lots of room to avoid each other.  Although, I’ll admit that 3 different police officers stopped me for taking photos.  I thought that was interesting since the homeless can live in the station, but photographing the facility apparently isn’t allowed.

Anyway, this station handles the Sound Transit Central Link light rail trains, Sound Transit buses and King County Metro buses.  It is completely underground with entrances at the corners.  I don’t know about you, but I think there is beauty in the design of this station.

10 Saints Beer

Tonight I have something different for you.  When we were in Barbados, we found this fairly new beer that is made on the island.  It was first brewed in 2009 by 10 Saints Brewery Company.  The beer is unique because it is aged for 90 days in Mount Gay ‘Special Reserve’ Rum casks.  By the way, Mount Gay Rum is made in Barbados as well.  This gave the beer a very smooth taste and made it our beer of choice all week.  It is named 10 Saints because of the 10 Parishes (like counties in the United States) in Barbados are named after saints.   

Anyway, I did an impromptu product photo shoot towards the end of the week.  I cleared an area of the beach near our hotel, with the ocean and sailboats in the background.  I took two bottles and let them sweat a little in the Caribbean sun.  Then I laid on my stomach to get the camera as low as possible for this shot.   And I attempted to bounce the sunlight back at the bottles.  

If you’re interested in more information about 10 Saints beer, click HERE.

I have a special note below today’s photo….don’t forget to scroll down to see it.

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NEWS:

Recently I was contacted by a research doctor at the University of Pittsburgh about using one of my photos for an upcoming conference.  We negotiated a little and came to an agreement.  So now my photo of PNC Park is being used for the annual Pheno 2015 conference poster.  The conference gathers international physicists working on the phenomenology of elementary particles, cosmology, and astrophysics.  Don’t ask me what any of that means…..  The cool thing about this is the poster will be mailed and electronically sent to potential attendees around the world.  You can see the poster below.  

2014-2015 NFL - My Favorite Photos Of The Year

Well, my football season is done in more ways than one.  The Detroit Lions lost their playoff game….which is typical.  They succeed in finding ways to lose.  And since the Pittsburgh Steelers lost, my photography season is done as well. 

So I thought I’d do a quick recap and share some of my favorite photos from the season.  Here are the games I photographed:

Cleveland Browns – Sept. 7th

Houston Texans – Oct. 20th

Indianapolis Colts – Oct. 26th

New Orleans Saints – Nov. 30th

Kansas City Chiefs – Dec. 21st

Cincinnati Bengals – Dec. 28th

Baltimore Ravens – Jan. 3rd 

In the previous season, it seemed like we had all kinds of bad weather.  So before the 2014-2015 season started, I purchased some good camera rain covers.   That must have worked, because we were very lucky this season.  The weather was perfect (or better then you could expect) for every game.  I put the rain covers on a few times, but that was more for precautions.

Favorite interactions of the season.  Without getting into the details, I had some good interactions/conversations with Brett Keisel, Antonio Brown and Adam Vinatieri.

And finally, here is a link (the picture of Mike Tomlin below is the link) to some of my favorite photos from the season….  Now before you click the photo below to see the gallery, here are a few things to remember:

1.     I like too many of them, so reducing the list down to something reasonable didn’t happen.  My goal was to select 5 or fewer photos from each game….  I totally failed and couldn’t narrow them down to my goal.

2.     I picked pictures that included more then just live action game shots.  For example, I picked some photos of the crowd, reporters, and other non-football players….  Sometimes because there was a story behind the photo.  Sometimes because I think the activities going on around the game are as interesting as the game.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photos.  Until next season…..when I hope the Lions learn how to win games against good teams……  

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To see the entire gallery, click the photo above.

Texas State Capital

I took this 5-exposure HDR image last year on my way through Austin Texas.  I got to the campus before sunrise to capture the facility in the early morning light.  To my surprise, I was about the 12th photographer to arrive.   Plus there were hundreds of joggers at that time of day…..

About the Capital Building….  It was completed in 1888 and is located in downtown Austin.  It holds the offices/chambers of the Texas Legislature and the Governor’s office.  It was built from 1882 to 1888 and is the fourth building to hold the title of Texas State Capital.  In 1993, they completed a $75 million underground extension, which you can see in the foreground of the photo.

Pittsburgh From PNC Park

Last summer two old friends (Rodney and John) came down to visit for a few days.  While they were here, we went to watch the Detroit Tigers play the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.  This was the view from our seats looking out at the city.

Special Note:  NikonRumors.com featured an article I wrote about Detroit Urbex photography.  You can see the article here.

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Barbados Turtle

One of the wonderful activities that is very easy to do in Barbados (with or without a tour guide) is to snorkel with turtles.  There are lots of tour companies who will pick you up, put you on a boat, give you snorkeling gear, put guides in the water, provide lunch, provide drinks, etc….  Or you can take your own gear, do a little research, and just swim out from the beach. 

While we were in Barbados, we snorkeled with turtles using both methods.  I had a great time both times.  So tonight I am sharing one of my photos from snorkeling with the Barbados turtles.  I think his/her name should be Crush, which was the name of the turtle in Finding Nemo.

Polamalu

This is a big NFL football weekend.  Normally, I don’t care much about week 17 because lets face it…by now my Detroit Lions are normally looking forward to the next draft, not to the playoffs.  This year is finally different.  Not only are the Detroit Lions in the playoffs for a change, but the week 17 game against Green Bay determines the division winner and who gets the 1st round playoff bye.   So you can imagine my excitement…..

For the Steelers fans, this week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals is a big game as well.  The winner of that game becomes the division champion too.  So today’s picture is the future Hall Of Famer safety Troy Polamalu. 

Go Lions!!!

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Washington County Courthouse

I hope everyone had a great Christmas.  A while back, Dave Truxell and I spent a little time exploring this facility.  For a fairly rural county, Washington County in Pennsylvania has a wonderful courthouse.  It isn’t as big as some state capital buildings, but it could compete with them on architectural details and style. 

This photo is of the upper level and dome.  I had a great time photographing this building and I truly appreciate the foresight the county planners had when they selected this design and built it back in 1900.

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Barbados Sunset

If you couldn’t tell from some of my past blog posts, I loved Barbados.  I’d move there tomorrow if life didn’t get in the way.  It was wonderful in so many ways.  Previously, I posted pictures from the Barbados Parliament building, Foul Bay and Bottom Bay.  Tonight, I have a sunset photo taken from the Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados, which sits south of Bridgetown on Carlisle Bay.  It’s an excellent spot.  While we were on the island, we didn’t see many big pools.  We guessed that with fresh water being a limited resource on the island, having a large pool is probably expensive. 

Anyway, our hotel was no different.  Most places don’t have a pool at all…why would you need one with all the amazing beaches they have.  But the places that do have a pool, like the Radisson, have small pools. 

This is the view from the lobby of the Radisson looking out over their pool and deck to the sunset beyond.  Just beautiful!!

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Seattle Skyline

As you probably read in my past blog posts, I loved my time experiencing and photographing Seattle.  Why???  Because of the great locations like this one.  I took this photo from Kerry Park looking back at the city skyline so that I could see the Space Needle, skyline and Mount Rainier in the same frame.  What a cool location!!

This specific photo was taken at sunset.  I shot from this site on my visit during a sunset and sunrise.  I think I got lucky, since a local photographer told me that they only get about 10 good days per year, where you can see Mount Rainier this clear.  On both of my days, it was easy to see.  Lucky.

Barbados' Parliament Building

These buildings were originally known as The Public Buildings and have been the home of Barbados’ Parliament since they were finished in 1874.  They are created in the theneo-Gothic architectural style that is similar to the Victorian era of Great Britain, which makes sense based on their historical tie to England.  The site is in the downtown area of Bridgetown and is designated as UNESCO protected properties.

This was about a 15-minute drive from our hotel because of lights and traffic, but only a 25-minute walk.  MJ and I had lunch at a nice little restaurant downtown (Tim’s) with the locals, it wasn’t a tourist place, and then explored the downtown area.  It was during this time, that I captured the 10 exposures needed to create this panorama of The Parliament Building.