Saturday, April 26, 2014

Marshall Point Lighthouse


There are lighthouses all over the Portland and Maine coastline. Although they all serve the same purpose, they look very different one from the other.

This is the Marshall Point Light in Port Clyde, Maine. The rocks are pretty dangerous here, so it makes perfect sense to have a lighthouse. It's interesting that, even with modern navigation instruments and GPS, lighthouses still serve a purpose.

Looking at them takes us back to a more romantic (dangerous?) time, where the night was filled with the breaking waves, the creaks and groans of the wooden ships, and the yelled instructions between sailors.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Vatican


This week is Easter for many. It makes me think of the Vatican, and the flurry of activities which must be going on there.

Climbing up an endless stairway in the Vatican's dome I shot this image from one of the several terraces along the way. I've seen similar images in postcards, so it's not very original, but I have tried to give it a personal twist during processing. I increased the contrast, brought the saturation down, and dodged/burned some areas to maintain details.

The view from the top is simply amazing. The climb can be a bit of a challenge, especially for those who are claustrophobic, but it is worth it.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Fields of Gold


As I mentioned in Tuesday's post, this has been a good year for wildflowers in Texas. Not the best I've seen, but certainly more plentiful and colorful than the last three years or so.

Near Chappell Hill there was a field full of yellow flowers. It was also full of children, parents with cameras, and even a bride with a professional photography crew. Everyone captivated by the scenery. A little distance from there was this private field, just as full with flowers, but with much less people.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Scaling Back

I have been doing an experiment lately, editing and publishing an image every day. This is a great way to push myself to not only take more photos, but to edit and work them until I get a result I like. I've been experimenting with HDR (High Dynamic Range), filters, and different effects in order to get a "look". Not all the images turn out nice, or the way I expect them, but they all help me grow and move forward.

I've been also sharing them here for others to enjoy, and to see whether I would get some time of feedback or reaction. So far I have not received a single comment, which either means that nobody is looking (in which case this entry will go unnoticed as well), or that there is nothing to say. In either case, I've decided to scale back a bit.

I will continue shooting and editing my photos as frequently as I can manage, but I am only going to share an image per week (give or take). That will give me more time to concentrate on the image production itself, and will also allow me to provide more commentary in each entry.

Tomorrow will be my last daily entry.

Rusting Away


Sometimes it's all in the texture. The peeling paint, rust patches and faded letters and numbers all combine to produce a slightly abstract but almost recognizable image.

In case you're wondering, this is part of a railroad cart, slowly rusting away. It was captured at the Galveston railroad museum, where you can find an interesting collection of locomotives, carts, and other items from the golden days when trains roamed the countryside.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Marbled Godwit


I was walking along the beach in Newport Beach, California when I ran into this little guy. He was busy going from one clump of seaweed to the next searching for his car keys (or more probably, food). As far as I can tell this is a Marbled Godwit, a member of the Sandpiper family.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Texas Wildflowers


It is wildflowers season in Texas, and this has been one of the best years in a while. Good rains and fair weather have played their part in lining the roads and highways with rainbows of color.

Together with the classic Bluebonnet you can find Phlox, Indian Blankets, Showy Primroses, and Dandelions. Dotting the fields like rivers of color, they brighten up the scenery for a while.

This was captured at the Oak Creek Cemetery in New Berlin, Texas.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Lobster boats in Mackerel Cove


During the day the fishing boats are all out in the sea, searching for their daily catch. When the night falls they return back home to get some rest and prepare for the next day. All the hubris of the day dies down, and the quiet night settles in.

These are mainly lobster boats in Harpswell, Maine.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fall Colors


Spring is here, so why not do a flashback and remember Fall? After all, it will eventually come around again.

This may look like Canada, or somewhere up North, but it's actually in San Antonio. The Botanical Gardens to be more precise. It just shows that when it comes to Fall colors, Texas has it all.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Boston Back Bay

 

Boston is a city with history. Brick buildings intermingle with modern glass skyscrapers and cobblestones can still be found on the streets. As you walk around you find small cafes, hidden alleys, and quiet streets. During Fall the city turns red and gold and the air becomes cooler.

I just happened to be walking down the Back Bay area when I noticed this juxtaposition of angles, styles, and eras. I felt this was a good reflection of the city's spirit.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sunset over Cabo


Cabo San Lucas is maybe the only place in Mexico where you can see the sun both rise and set over the ocean, depending on which side of the Cape you are on. It is about a 30 minute drive from one side to the other, giving you plenty of amazing landscapes and photo opportunities.

While enjoying the views you can enjoy a fish taco (taco de pescado) with a cool beer or fruit drink.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Sénaque Abbey


To get to the Sénaque Abbey in southern France we had to travel over a narrow mountain road, which the tourist buses somehow manage to transverse. Considering that it wasn't an easy drive for a car, that is no small feat.

The view of the countryside is breathtaking, and there are a bunch of scenic places to stop along the way. The view during July and August is incredible, packed full of lavenders, honey bees, and tourists. May and June are supposed to be nice as well with poppy fields all over (although not at the monastery).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Benedettina della SS. Trinità Abbey

 
Driving up narrow, winding roads near the city of Cava de Tirrini in Southern Italy you arrive at the Badia Benedettina della SS. Trinità. This abbey recently celebrated its 1,000 anniversary (yes, one thousand).
 
It was founded in 1011 by Alferius of Pappacarbona, a noble of Salerno who became a Cluniac monk and had lived as a hermit in the vicinity since 1011. Pope Urban II endowed this monastery with many privileges, making it immediately subject to the Holy See, with jurisdiction over the surrounding territory.

This is an impressive abbey to say the least, and the edifications and surrounding areas are magnificently preserved. It is a bit of an adventure to get there, but well worth the trip.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Candles



California has twenty one Missions spanning the entire coastline. Founded between 1769 and 1823 they supplied many of the needed goods in early California commerce. They are all fascinating and capture bits of the region's history.

This image was capture at the San Juan Capistrano Mission while pausing to remember those who are no longer with us.