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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Completed: 7000

Two days ago i completed a painting – the first in a long while. I dreamed this up in Greece, the first time I went to Athens. I love how simple this is – I think it’s just a lot “cuter” than any of my other work. And I like thinking that I can convey something like this through my synesthesia. Lately I’m getting the urge to paint again; I like that. I have two more in the works right now…more to come…

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Andalucia day 3: Algeciras port and ferry

Normally the port where we spent the morning hour wouldn’t get its own billing, but this was such a photographic goldmine that I had to mention it by name. Ever since I learned that one could take a ferry from southern Spain or Gibraltar over to Morocco, I’ve wanted to do it. And it was more than I even imagined. On the ferry, we got a first taste of what was to come. I love, love, love the light on this crane and its reflection. We unmoored and got our first view across the bay toward Gibraltar. Oh my god.[…]

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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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Photos from Argentina & Uruguay

The two above (and most below) were shot at Recoleta (a cemetary). With the first, I loved how the plants, the living things, were locked in. And the second was shot holding my 100mm lens backwards in front of my camera. Never tried that before but it creates some ethereal artifacts I liked.

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Photos from Baja

I’ve been to London and back post-Baja, but am finally getting around to posting some of my favorite shots from the trip. Juan and I drove his Westfalia from San Francisco to San Jose del Cabo, covering the whole of Baja on the way (as one does). It was my first time in Mexico and really couldn’t have been any more awesome. For example(s): There are a lot more photos I really like in the trip album.

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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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Photoshopping

I’m finally getting handy with masks, adjustment layers, and hand-painting in Photoshop. Of course I’ve already been doing color/contrast correction and cropping with my photos, but it’s about time I learn how to do more interesting things via computer. Here’s one:

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Where am I now?

I’m back from Tibet, which was OUTSTANDING. I’ve been doing some solid photography. I spent Sunday at the Iowa State Fair. I’m coming home tomorrow, and I’ll have tons of photos to edit and post. Plus I can’t wait to get started on some projects!

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