Geneva: CERN and a carnival

While we’re on the topic of nerds, here’s some more from Geneva. We took a tour of CERN (Best. Birthday present. EVER.), and went to a carnival. You decide which was which… Okay, the last one was a “gimme”. In any case, if you can go to CERN, YOU SHOULD. The tour was fun – complete with a 3-D surround-sound-headphone movie – and we got to see nerds at work. You can’t actually go into the LHC, obviously, when it’s working. So we just watched people analyzing stuff in a big control room. Look how many monitors they have! I[…]

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Venice

It seems like oh so long ago… Just before our paperwork day in London, Lefteris surprised me with an anti-honeymoon long weekend in Venice. By anti-honeymoon, I mean that we went just *before* we were married, and we spent the whole time pretending we were strangers meeting in a strange city. Scandalous. Everything you’ve heard or read about Venice is true. It’s amazing; it sort of seems like a Disneyland version of itself. Very few people actually live there – pretty much everyone you see is a tourist. But the setting is authentically, astoundingly beautiful – the whole place looks[…]

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Hello Strangers!

It’s been more than a little while since I’ve posted any kind of update whatsoever here, and SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED. A few of my last posts were teases, too – I still haven’t put up my photos from Venice or Geneva (this orchid was from our hotel there), or done any explanations for Round 2 of the ZAAZ portraits I shot toward the end of 2011 in London. …but since then… Brussels We went to Brussels for a weekend. Haven’t even edited those photos yet! Christmas We spent our Christmas holiday in Spain (and a little bit of France)[…]

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New Orleans textures

I’m a sucker for shots like this. I always think I’ll layer them with something in Photoshop, and sometimes I do. When I look at them alone critically I tend to think there’s no real point to them, but what can I say…I just like them. Especially when shot with my 100mm/f2.8 macro lens which makes them dreeeeeamy.

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Venice preview

Our weekend in Venice was super-romantic. I’ll have a lot more to say when I get around to all of the photo editing, but for now here’s a preview of what’s coming up. We took our gondola ride at twilight because I wanted to get some slow shutter shots, and also because it was a particularly beautiful time of the day. The bridge in the background is the Rialto, which means we’re on the Grand Canal for this one.

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New Orleans Cafe/Gas Station

We stopped to get cold water at this strange little pizza place, which appeared to have a gas station next to it. I say “appeared” because upon closer inspection, the two were one and the same. Note: this is the place where you order your pizza, or buy your gas, depending on your needs.

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Shooting with a foggy lens

New Orleans is hot and humid – and all of the interiors are blissfully air conditioned. The downside of this is that a cooled lens taken outside quickly fogs up. The upside of that is that it kind of makes for cool photos. This happened to me once before in Hawaii, and I loved the effect then too!

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