A great day with Emily at the coast

Emily is one of my very best friends, AND she’s the person who got me started in photography a couple of years ago. We haven’t seen each other since I moved to London, but as soon as we did…it was like we were just doing this yesterday. We drove down Skyline, over to Santa Cruz, and up to Davenport – my favorite secret beach. We didn’t even go down to the beach – just hung out on and around the old train tracks taking photos. The sun was starting to go down, and the fog was rolling in. We drove[…]

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Cape Sounion

Before we end 2010, I want to finish out my posts from this year. I expect 2011 to bring lots more awesomeness… So, the other day trip (besides the one to Nafplio) that we did from Athens was to Cape Sounion. The climactic scene in my very favorite book, The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder, takes place at Cape Sounion, so when Lefteris mentioned going there I was pretty excited about it. The drive from Athens was a perfect cross between the drive from Honolulu to Makapu’U Point and the drive from San Francisco to Big Sur. Cape Sounion is[…]

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Athens

On Thanksgiving this year (which in the UK is, of course, known simply as “Thursday”), Lefteris and I took off for a long long weekend in Athens. It was my first time in Greece and ooooooh, did I love it. We’ll be going back a few times this year so there will be more photos in other seasons, but here are a few from this trip. Just after we arrived: A lock at the Acropolis – we went there the second day, and spent so much time in the museum that we were too late to go to the actual[…]

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California with Lefteris

Man it was nice to be in San Francisco for a couple of weeks. I had two weeks back to pack up and move to London, and Lefteris was there for one of them, so we spent tons of time playing tourist. A few of my absolute favorites: Santa Cruz, Westcliff drive, fog to our right, sun to our left, waves crashing beneath… I am so not making this up, nor doctoring it up. There was a wedding going on behind where I took that shot, and the fog made a rainbow directly around the ceremony. RE-DIC-U-LOUS. Messing with a[…]

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Marrakech and Essaouira

It’s only been, like, weeks since I went to Morocco–and what can I say, it’s taken that long to get enough perspective to really edit my photos. I hated them all when I got back; let’s just say it’s a LOT harder than I’d expected to get the shots that really captured what I wanted to about the place. So hard in fact that in most cases, I couldn’t. It’s taken a few weeks to move on from this and appreciate what I *did* get. Here are a few–or take a look at the whole album. Great place to sit[…]

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A few more shots from Scotland

Looking up at St. Giles’s Cathedral in Edinburgh–I love the contrast in this shot. Not HDR, by the way. A lock called “Union”? You can see all of me and half of Vivi in Kandra’s eye! Everyone seems to be posing for me in this one. I think they were just waiting for me to finish my photo so they could take one–don’t think they knew my photo was of them. Vivi loves jumping. Vivi loves her poncho. Vivi loves jumping in her poncho. Liberation appears to be closed up. Interesting thing here: 52 is a yellowy-orange color, which looks[…]

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Favorites from Zadar

I know I just posted the whole album, but after having a few days to sit on it, there are a couple of shots I wanted to put here…to get them out of my system before I go to Marrakesh (tonight!) and to make them available if you don’t feel like watching a whole flash album. Kids jumping off a diving platform. I saw the platform from a distance and knew I couldn’t wait to get up close, and it sure paid off. The ruins by the main old town square. I just love the sun on the orange chairs.[…]

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Where will the sun go down?

When shooting outside at or around twilight, it’s pretty important to know where the sun’s going to go down (or where it’s going to come up). It’s easy enough to look up sunrise/sunset times, but the sunset/rise moves across the horizon throughout the year. This took some digging to find, but it’s actually very easy to figure this out. You’ll need: This link to the NOAA Solar Calculator A compass, which you can get pretty much anywhere. Then do this: Find your location (the location where you’ll be at sunse) on the map in that link Enter the date you’re[…]

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I just flew back from Europe…

…and boy are my arms tired.  Ha.  But seriously, folks: last-minute business trip to London over Thanksgiving weekend + close friends living in Stockholm = weekend in Copenhagen.  This brings my “countries I visited for the first time in 2009” tally to 6, if you count Tibet as a country separate from China, which I do: Japan, the UK, Finland, China, Tibet, and Denmark.  Not bad. I spent an afternoon at the Danish king’s summer palace, which included a room with mirrors on all walls/floor/ceilings, and a variety of museum items like tiny stuff carved from what appeared to be[…]

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