Detroit - Abandoned Classroom

I took this photo last fall while I climbed through abandoned building after abandoned building in Detroit with Jay Cassidy.  This classroom was in a catholic school behind the matching abandoned St. Agnes Church.  I’ve typed up information about the Detroit trip in some of my older blog posts.  Feel free to scroll back and take a read.

By the way, you can see Jay’s version of this spot here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1003265633034194&set=a.327461460614618.91042.100000523010696&type=1&theater

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The Door

I apologize for posting two pictures from the Washington National Cathedral in back to back post.  Between work and the Baldrige Quality Award Program, I’ve been busy.  With that said, my post will be short.

Here is a picture from within the Washington National Cathedral.  I loved this door.  It has a history around what, why, who, etc….  I am sorry I don’t remember any of it.  But that will give you a reason to either do some reason and/or go visit this outstanding example of unique architecture.

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Washington National Cathedral - 2

I posted a picture last April from this location.  You can see that post and a lot of information about this church by clicking here:  http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/4/26/washington-national-cathedral

So I won’t retype the details about the church you can read that using the link above.  But I will say that it is an outstanding example of English Gothic architecture.  Whatever that is….  I’ll rephrase.  It is an outstanding example of architecture.  Just wonderful and there are many levels with different rooms to explore.   I am not an expert in architecture or churches, so please forgive me if I get this wrong.  I found it interesting that there are several chapels throughout the Cathedral that vary is style and décor. 

Anyway, regardless of whether you are religious or not….go visit this amazing place.  You won’t regret it.

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Seattle At Dawn

Here is a 25-exposure panorama of Seattle At Dawn.  I went to this spot the night before and took some pictures after dark.  I liked it so much, I returned the very next morning before sunrise to get this picture. 

To see the nighttime version click here: http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/11/24/seattle-panorama

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Sunset at Neptune's

Here is another picture from our Barbados trip.  I might be over doing it with Barbados pictures, but my gosh it was an amazing place.  I can’t help myself.  If you like warm, tropical, islands, beaches, the ocean, Caribbean, etc…..  Barbados has to be at the top of your visit list. 

We’ve been there a few times before on cruises.  So this trip was the first time we spent more then a day there.  I’ll have to tell you that after that visit, I’d move there for good in a heartbeat.  There are tons of other great places in the Caribbean (and we’ve visited a bunch of them), but this place is just outstanding.  It’s clean, safe, beautiful, calm, friendly, stable, on and on and on…….  Just outstanding!

Neptune’s Grill is the restaurant on the left in this photo.  We hung out at this spot playing in the pool, swimming in the ocean, walking on the beach, having cocktails in these beach chairs, and eating at this grill.  Every night, people gather here to watch the sunsets.  I’m ready to go back right now.

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Banana Levitation

I have a little something stupid for you today.  Since it was so cold outside, we are staying indoors (maybe a sign I am getting old…oh well) and I decided to play in my photo studio (otherwise known as the kitchen). 

So I spent a few minutes creating the Banana Levitation photo.  I am by far not the first person to do this and I have no idea who did this first.  Regardless it gave me an excuse to play and you get to see the result. 

If you scroll down, you can see the original photo and it’ll give you an idea how it was created.  Have a great (and warm) Sunday.

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Here is the before photo:

Grace Cathedral

I hope everyone had a great week.  My week (really the last four weeks) was extremely busy.  Anyway, I don’t want to bore you with work……  Here is a picture I took of the inside of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  MJ and I explored the city from one end to the other.  As normal, I had a long shot list (a list of destinations I wanted to photograph) that took us all over the place.  And as usual, I have the best wife in the world.  She followed me around, waited while I photographed every location from every angle and tried to hide her boredom.  What more could I ask for?

Anyway, one of the locations on my list was this wonderful church.  This is an Episcopal cathedral in the Nob Hill area of SF.  This was built in 1906 after the original Grace Cathedral was destroyed by fire following the 1906 earthquake.    

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Lamar Blvd Bridge - Colorado River

Tonight for you, I present the Lamar Blvd Bridge from downtown Austin Texas.   It’s right next to the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge, which is the reason I went to this spot on the Colorado River.  Once I got there, I liked the Lamar Bridge better and took a number of photos of it….but don’t you worry, I took photos of the pedestrian bridge as well.  I just didn’t like it as well as this bridge.   Have a great Wednesday.

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Tuscarora

Here is another photo from last falls excursion to Ricketts Glen State Park in central Pennsylvania.  This is one of over 30 waterfalls 15 feet or taller on a 3 mile hiking loop. 

 

Bonus behind the camera video below

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If you want to see my camera setup, you can watch the video below.  I'm sorry the sound on the video is so bad…..I used what I had…my iPhone.

The Basement

As you may recall, last summer MJ and I met dear friends in Columbus to hang out for the weekend.  While walking the streets, we got special access and a private tour of the Ohio Theater.  You can see a few prior pictures here:

http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/8/4/ohio-theater

http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/9/15/ohio-theater-panorama

While on our private tour, we covered many areas that the public can’t access.  One of our stops on the tour was this room in the basement.  It was so unusual, that I had to capture it.  I don’t know how to describe it…..  What do you think?  

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Here is a behind the scenes shot from Seattle.  

Here is the final photo from this location:  http://brook-ward.com/blog/2014/12/16/seattle-skyline

 

Fort Duquesne Bridge

Earlier this week, I took a quick trip into Pittsburgh to capture some photos….  You know how it goes (or maybe you don’t), if I haven’t taken any photos in a while I get a little antsy…  Can you say photography addiction?  To the point, I was outside at below freezing temperatures to take pictures.  That’s crazy addicted!  Anyway, the first step is admitting I have a problem.  So, I met a few other addicted folks (Dave and Brad) and we took some photos. 

This is one I captured under the Fort Duquesne Bridge that crosses the Allegheny River before it joins the Monongahela River to form the Ohio River, which as you know eventually helps form the Mississippi River near Cairo Illinois.

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Self Portrait

I’ve seen this type of photo before and decided I wanted to try it.  Last night, I was on the North Shore area of Pittsburgh taking photos with Brad and Dave (I’ll post some of those pictures on another day).  In advance, I packed some extra gear so I could try this on the way home.  I’d call this a test photo….not the quality I’d like for a final photo. 

I knew to do this right I’d need a helper with me.  That helper could drive the car while I sat in the back seat taking the photos.  From there I could adjust the camera settings and make sure I captured a great photo.  Because I didn’t have a helper, I did the best I could with the settings configured in advance.  I couldn’t adjust them while driving and I used a remote camera exposure trigger so I could drive without being distracted.  I figured I’d get some test shots, so that when I had a helper in the future, the photos would be great.  And I was right.  Now I am ready to really get this right.

Anyway, I think the test shots turned out pretty good.  Certainly, not perfect.  What do you think of the photo?  Leave a comment to let me know.

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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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