Thailand Still Life

22 08 2010

Thailand is an electricians nightmare, with aboveground cabling now having been elevated to an art form. Its pretty fascinating to see the evolutionary nature of Thailands technical coming-of-age in the wiring above your head. Modern fiber-optics run alongside cabling that dates back to the 1950’s.

Oh and the scooter is pretty cool too.

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Mighty ‘Mo

17 08 2010

I was able to go out in a boat, closer to the USS Missouri than most tourists get to go. Lucky me! And I knew that thousands of pictures exist of the awe-inspiring USS Missouri, so I wanted to do something different. It was a bland, dreary morning, everything was gray. Perfect time to shoot B&W.

This is a one exposure HDR, as there was no way I was getting three steady shots from that boat! But thanks to RAW, I was able to eke out a little extra soul.

I dont like making photographs and then doing the whole “old photo” thing on them usually, unless it REALLY brings out something extra. In this case it didn’t, however I wanted the Mighty ‘Mo to look as though its been here for years, made history, and still gives the sense that it’ll be here for years to come. Hopefully She looks as timeless in this photograph as she is in reality.

B&W HDR of Mighty 'Mo





North Shore Pre-Sunset

17 08 2010

Everybody makes pictures of the fabulous Hawaiian sunsets. And with good reason! If you have never seen one, then put that on your bucket list immediately!

However I was noticing that hour before the firey sunsets, and I wondered what magic was held there with the right photography. I made a 3 exposure HDR and with the glare of late afternoon removed, the magic of Turtle Beach on the North Shore was revealed. Who says afternoon photography cant be interesting?

"Turtle Beach" North Shore, Hawaii





A New Year, A New Life

16 05 2010

While Travelling in Puerto Rico this last New Years, I happened across a traditional wedding mass in the Catedral de San Juan.

This amazing cathedral is the second oldest in the Western Hemisphere, having been constructed in 1521. It’s located in Old San Juan, and spending the day there is definitely worth the price of the inexpensive plane tickets to get there.

The Christmas decorations were still up, and the mixture of the solemn majesty of the ceremony and the festive air of the holiday combined for one of the most beautiful weddings I have ever witnessed. The 500 or so witnesses apparently agreed with me, for when the couple was presented as husband and wife, the cathedral erupted in applause and tears.

What better way to start 2010!





Lightning Strikes at Sea

10 05 2010

One summer night off the coast of Malaysia, an electrical storm hit. For approximately 5 hours, lightning was striking about once every 30 seconds. I have yet to see anything as remarkable again.





Philippine Clouds

10 05 2010

One of the hundreds of islands in the Philipines, I saw these low clouds and a thousand shades of blue.

Once again I’m glad I carry a camera.





A Lone Dhow

10 05 2010

Throughout the waters of the Middle East, fishing boats called Dhows ply the waters. It’s not uncommon to see hundreds at a┬átime on the waters of the Persian Gulf. Dirty, vermin infested, full of rotting food and fish, they are lousy boats to visit. However, the Navy’s Visit Board Search and Seizure (VBSS) Teams, regular Sailors who have had some pretty intense training, visit up to 20 or so a day, sometimes to search for contraband, sometimes just to say hello and let these fishermen know we are available if they need help.

After seeing hundreds of Dhows day after day after day, one afternoon I saw only this solitary Dhow. The scene was utterly still, hot, and dusty with the sun searing directly overhead and I hope I conveyed that in the photo.