Day 245 (2 Sep 2012) Giant Mountain

On this date, my 3 friends and I climbed Giant Mountain, and one of them and I left the other two to rest on the summit and added Rocky Peak in our quest to become “46ers“.  I’m up to 9 of the 46 High Peaks in the Adirondacks (click the link to learn more about it), and I plan on becoming a full-fledged 46er someday.  🙂

I took quite a few less photos on this hike, as it was a little more technical of a climb, and I was a little tired from the 16 miles I did the previous day.  This day’s hike ended up being just about 10 miles, the last part, being the hardest (the decent; my knees were wishing for a break about the time I hit the first summit).  You might notice that there are some trees starting to turn, I would love to come up here next fall and shoot from a peak at the peak of leaf season 🙂 Here are my favorites:

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Misty Mountians

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The High Peaks

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Weathered Tree

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Giant’s Basin

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Mountain Sunset

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Day 244 (1 Sep 2012) Mt. Marcy, ADKs

Back on Sept 1st, 3 friends and I climbed Mt. March, which is one of the ADK’s “46ers” and the tallest peak in the state of New York at 5,344 feet (1,629 m).  It was the second attempt for two of us, who attempted to climb it back in May, when the last several miles of trail were still covered in snow and ice.  This time the trail was dry 🙂

It was a great hike, with some spectacular views from the top, and a great time with friends!  Here are some of my favorite photos from the day:

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Reflection

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Edge of the Path

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Nestled Berries

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Cloud Break over Mt. Marcy

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Marsh Crossing

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View From Mt. Marcy’s Summit

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My Accomplishment

Day 241 (29 Aug 2012) Playing with Traffic

Not in traffic, but with traffic.  And my camera 🙂

Class started today so it was dark by the time I got around to shooting, and since I was in Manchester, CT, I thought I could try shooting a busy intersection and shooting the light trails from tail/head lights.  After a couple frames I changed things up.  I’ve been a big fan of bokah since I first learned about it, so I flipped my lens to manual focus, and put the camera deliberately out of focus to get these shots:

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43 mm, 2.5 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Unfocused Drivers)

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55 mm, 2.0 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Focus on the lights)

2012_Aug_29_Traffic Lights_00218 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 100 (Phantom Car)

Day 223 (10 Aug 2012) Fair Winds and Following Seas USS Providence!

I know this post is a bit late for yesterday, but It was late when I made it home last night, and I’ve had technical problems all morning.

Yesterday I was asked to take some photos for a couple that I’m good friends with.  He was leaving on an extended deployment on the USS Providence, a US Navy Fast Attack Submarine (almost identical to the one I served on).  Of course I said yes; I know how important and hard this day is on both of them, having experienced more than once.  I shot a lot of images, most of which are still being uploaded. The image below below is the first one I worked with.  It came out way too over exposed (I had my settings all wrong from shooting at their home, and I wasn’t fast enough to properly set it up for this shot)

I wasn’t expecting anything from this, being as over exposed as it is.  But after some heavy tweaks, what you see below came out.  And it hit me; the emotion of this image, the moment, and memories of my own moments, including sending off my gf to spain for up to 3  years, just hit.  I couldn’t move or think for a little while.  I can’t even go back into LR to finish the rest of them right now.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, crew of the USS Providance!  May God’s hand be upon  you, and the families you left behind!  Return safely and with your mission complete!

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18 mm, 1/20 sec, f/3.5, ISO 100 (Goodbye)

Day 206 (24 July 2012) New London Nights

After a class I’m helping teach I decided to wander the streets of downtown New London with my camera and tripod.  Not a lot of activity, though it’s only Tuesday night, not Friday or Saturday, which was good.  I could shoot w/o having to worry about people getting in my way or me in their way 🙂

I only took time to clean up a couple images, just ’cause of the time.  I’ll clean up the rest and put them on my Flickr page eventually.  Have a great night!

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18 mm, 25 sec, f/18, ISO 100 (Amtrak)

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33 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200 (Bike Racks)

Day 197 (15 July 2012) Going Home. . .

So yesterday’s post wasn’t a work of art, that’s for sure.  What you saw was my reward for 4hr, 8min of grueling Tough Mudder!  It was probably the most awesome thing I’ve ever done, and a TON of fun!  I am defiantly going to do it again next year!!  When I posted that photo, I was at some small pizza joint with my team, reliving the glory of the day and refueling our bodies for the drive home.  If you are interested in a physical challenge, I HIGHLY recommend you go to www.toughmudder.com and finding the nearest event, signing up, and training for it!

On my way home from spending the day with my teammates at a post TM hang out, I noticed all the other people headed home after their weekend’s actives.  I got me thinking, I wonder what they all did this weekend?  Did they have to work?  Did they get to spend it with friends/family?  Was it a terrible weekend?  We all probably had different weekends, but we all had one thing in common: we were all going home.  Home to rest, relax, prepare for the up-coming work-week.

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Going Home)

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Tail Lights)

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55 mm, 13 sec, f/20, ISO 100 (Coming Home)

Day 162 (10 June 2012) Underpass

Long day today, but on my way home I passed under one of the highways and thought the pattern of the support pillars as I drove under the underpass.  So I turned around, set up the tripod up to the white line, and tried a couple shots.  I thought that in black and white the pattern would stand out since there wasn’t really any color (esp. at dusk).  It also seems to reflect the deserted, dark feel it has as I drove through it.

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43 mm, 25 sec, f/5.0, ISO 100 (Underpass Tilt)

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55 mm, 25 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Underpass)

Day 160 (8 June 2012) Going Home

As I write this I’m about 30,000 feet in the air, on leg 2 of 3 of my journey home. This past week has been long, exhausting, but amazing in what I’ve learned, both in skill and in knowledge. Though my mind and body are both tired, I’m filled with excitement about the vision of my future that this past week has solidified!

Today as I travel I’m relying on my iPhone for its camera to share with you. I’m not usually a fan of the filters/etc that most of the photo apps have, but I did tune it a little in Snapspeed, which is probably the best photo app out there, at least according to many pros out there. I have not used it before now, but I am now in 100% agreement with them! (I managed to score it for free!). It’s hard to tell how good this image will look on a full sized screen, but on my small phone, I’m happy with it 🙂

I’ll get back into my normal shooing routine tomorrow!! 🙂

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Day 158 (6 June 2012) Elevator

Well, today I didn’t end up getting the chance to make it to Music City, but I think there is a much better chance tomorrow night (fingers crossed), but I can’t make any promises 😦

Tonight before heading up I set up my tripod in the lobby of my hotel (the Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN) and shot a long exposure of the elevators.  The elevators have a glass back so you can see the open interior as you ascend and descend.  It’s a really nice hotel, but since I’m not doing much more than sleeping (and posting this blog) from my room, it’s not that big a deal.

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18 mm, 25 sec, f/16, ISO 100 (Elevator Motion)

Day 157 (5 June 2012) Nashville, Day 1

I’m totally loving what I learned so far this week (only day one), and I can’t wait till tomorrow to continue absorbing this awesome material!  It was a long day, starting at 3 am Eastern time, and it’s pushing 10:30 Central/11:30 Eastern time.  I’m beat!  But it’s well worth it 🙂

Today after dinner I took a walk around the hotel area; it’s in a business park area (quite nice, it not too suburban), so I was trying to open my mind to what was around me.  As I was walking, trying to see how the buildings, vegetation, traffic, etc looked through the lens, I noticed that the sun was setting over the hills as I crested a freeway over pass.  Taking a lesson I learned from my Carrousel shot, I stopped the appeture way down and tried to hold steady as I shot the last of the sun.

Tomorrow I want to make it to the heart of Nashville for something new and interesting (I’ve not been here before), and I hope to have something great to share with you 🙂  But for tonight, this will work.  Oh, I also shot the cockpit of the airplane, check it out on my Flickr page (I was surprised that I was allowed to do it!)

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18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/22, ISO 100 (Nashville Sunset)

Day 135 (15 May 2012) Bank Street, New London, CT

Tonight I was down in New London for the first session of Work and Learn, where I will be teaching a class on personal finance in a couple months.  Work and Learn‘s mission is to, “… help unemployed and underemployed adults develop their mind, body, social skills, and spirit[i] to be able to contribute to their families and community.”

It was raining all day and night so I took the opportunity before I left for home to shoot Bank Street (during a brief break in the rain).  On the weekend, this street is packed with people visiting the reasutraunts and bars, but on a rainy Tuesday, there were few people out.

Part of my reason for wanting to shoot here was to scout it for a photo challenge hosted by artbycamila.  Keep a look out for that post coming up 🙂

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18 mm, 25 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Bank Street)

Bank Street

18 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 100, 18-55mm kit lens (Bank Street)

I’M PUBLISHED!!!

I am so happy and excited right now that I can barely stand it!  One of my photos was used as the cover of a book currently for sale on Amazon.com.  The author of “Nicky Nighttime” contacted me through this blog about using a photo I posted from my day in Newport, RI as the cover of a book he wrote.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure at first if it was a legit request, but It turned out to be and after creating a use license for his book, he used it for his book!

This is the photo he used:

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Anyway, I just had to share this great moment with all of y’all 🙂  I encourage you to check out his book, I think it’s only about $3 (I haven’t read it yet, but will soon).  He’s a self published local author (local to Newport RI), and is a very nice and considerate guy.  He was a real pleasure to work with on this project 🙂

Good night!

Day 87 (27 March 2012) Spanish Longing

Today in honor of my gf’s arrival in Spain, I dug out some Peseta’s from a port call in Mallorca, Spain while on a naval training exercise. If you would like to follow her missionary activities in Spain, click here. You can also help support her, if you feel led 🙂

Before the Euro, Spain used the Paseta as currency. If you want to read up on the history of the Peseta, click here.

One of my favorite items to collect while traveling outside the US is currency. Most other countries’ currencies make our money look boring. I love the use of color and art in other currencies. I make a point of collecting at least one of each coin denomination, and one each of the lower bill denominations. One day I’ll make a scrapbook of it all.

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43 mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.0, ISO 800, 18-55mm kit lens (Pesetas)

Not my best photo, but I’ve got a big homework assignment due tomorrow, so look for a good one tomorrow, after class 🙂

Day 86 (26 March 2012) Father Daughter Time

Today I’ll be seeing my gf off to Spain for a 3 year tour in the mission field.  It’s a bitter-sweet day as I’m excited for her and proud of what she’s doing, but I’m gonna miss her a lot.  I’ll of course get to visit her and thanks to technology, get to “see” and talk to her often.

Her family and I took a short walk before heading to the airport and I was able to take this shot of her and her father getting some father/daughter time together.

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60 mm, 1/40 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Father Daughter Time)