Looking down the bundle of cables that hold the Royal Gorge suspension bridge up near Canon City, CO.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
So while this isn't technically photowalking, it IS a photo I took this weekend at a new place I'd never been in Colorado. This is the Cheesman Pavilion at Cheesman Park in Denver. A very cool place!
I have some more photowalking type shots I did while at the wedding, and I'll be sure to post those soon.
Monday, July 6, 2009
The Charles de Gaulle museum attached to Napoleon's Tomb in Paris was one of the most technologically advanced museums I've ever visited. It was very cool.
And it was empty. Absolutely empty.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This dog was responsible for the term "fido".
The legend goes like this: this pooch stood by his master's grave for 14 years after his death. He became so well known, people started calling him "fido", short for "fidelity". Ever since, dogs have been nicknamed "fido".
Monday, June 29, 2009
So we got this new golden retriever puppy, and he's just the right age to look like the movie posters from Marley & Me (even if not a yellow lab). So we decided to do our own version. Here's Talisker portraying the world's worst dog (though he's FAR from it).
Friday, June 26, 2009
This was our view down the stairs whenever we left our hotel room in Paris. Getting our luggage up those stairs was an adventure all it's own. I probably did a lot of wall damage trying to get my suitcase full of Scotch whisky up and down.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Graveyards in Scotland are the coolest! There were many, many graves here older than the U.S.
This was a three exposure HDR taken in Edinburgh, just off the Royal Mile.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Now this is what I call the life. Hundreds of people hang out on the shores of the Seine River in Paris. I could get used to their kind of lifestyle, especially the food!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The world famous Mona Lisa painting at the Louvre museum in Paris. Suffice to say the painting is quite the disapointment when seen in person. I can't be more than 2 feet wide.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Noisy as hell thanks to an insanely high ISO. No flash allowed. Shot at 3200 ISO.
What a beautiful cathedral though. It wasn't Westminster Abbey in London, but still very impressive.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Getting back to some Colorado photowalking, I went to a new place last weekend with a friend, not too far from my house. While there we discovered some old abandoned vehicles, including this old truck.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
While in Europe we saw a lot of palaces. After a while it got a little old, and we found ourselves speeding through them a little faster. Then we got to Versailles, just outside of Paris. This is the grand pappy of all palaces. I went nuts there with my camera.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On July 18th, 2009 I'll host the Fort Collins edition of Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk. We'll be cruising around the Colorado State University campus. The walk starts at 4 PM and goes until we're all wore out.
If you live in the area, please come join us! It will be lots of fun. For more, and to register for the walk, visit the photo walk's web site:
I took this shot from underneath the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You see so many cliche photos of the tower, but rarely do you see any from underneath. I wanted to come away with both the cliche photos and some neat shots showing some of the different views you have.
Friday, May 22, 2009
Welcome to the National Monument of Scotland in Edinburgh. It began construction in 1822 up on Calton Hill, just east of downtown Edinburgh.
The monument was intended to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens. Popular knowledge is that the monument was never completed due to lack of funding. There's even a sign in front that states this. But apparently the original plans survived and only show the 12 existing columns that you see.
So it begs the question, did the city really run out of money? Or did the designer really plan the monument to look this way? Or maybe, he never finished the plan, possibly due to the funding issue.
We'll likely never know. So it ended up being a cool place for locals to spend time on nice sunny days. And it's got a great view of Edinburgh.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Not much to say here really. This is beautiful Loch Ness, Scotland's largest lake. We were driving along the loch on our way out west to the Isle of Skye, and stopped to take a quick photo. I climbed down over lots of moss covered rock and found a nice spot for a photo.
Monday, May 18, 2009
While you may be tempted to pronounce this like the woman's name Eileen, it's actually Gaelic for "island". Just pronounce it "eelan" (go ahead, say it aloud) and you'll instantly see the connection.
We found that Gaelic is VERY similar to English, you just have to sound things out. I think given some time in Scotland you could actually understand the language.
This was taken on Scotland's west coast, on our way out to the Isle of Skye. This whole area speaks Gaelic fluently, and on the Isle of Skye, it's the first language.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Westminster Abbey cathedral in London was probably the most incredible man made structure I've ever been to. Simply amazing.
Not only is the church itself impressive, but there are some impressive residents. Such greats as Charles Darwin and William Shakespeare are buried here, right in the middle of the church. There were countless other historical figures buried here. Quite the experience.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Meet my new friend Harold. We named him that. They say the hairy highland cattle of Scotland are friendly, and it's no joke. This guy followed us around like a puppy and would not leave us alone.
We became quite fond of the guy, and stuck around feeding him fresh green grass he couldn't reach for about a half hour.
We found him just outside the Cardhu distillery, who makes the bulk of the whisky that goes into the Johnnie Walker blended whisky. Cardhu is in Speyside, in the north east of Scotland.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This is Scotland's smallest whisky distillery. There are three employees and they only make one barrel of whisky per week. To put this into perspective, Glenlivet distillery produces that barrel in just a few minutes.
However, these guys do it with gusto, and produce what I believe to be the finest Scotch whisky in Scotland. I plan to do MUCH more research on this though. You know, so that a can know what I'm talking about *wink*.
As an aside, I found on my tour of Scotland that nearly all the distilleries were in far out locations and were surrounded by lots of natural beauty. This is because Scotland went through a period of prohibition, and the only distilleries that survived were hidden, tucked deep into the countryside. You can see from this photo that they ended up in some beautiful locations.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
More Scotland coming your way.
On our second day in the highlands of Scotland, we drove west out to the Isle of Skye. The landscape here is completely different from the rest of Scotland. Ever seen those "Aerial Tour of Scotland" type videos that show the jagged and jutting coastlines? Skye is it. I'll post more photos of Skye as I continue the tour.
This is the Skye Bridge, which connects mainland Scotland with the island. We stopped here for dinner before heading back to Loch Ness. We got a beautiful sunset the whole time we ate dinner (since sunsets last about three hours this time of year).
Of course one of the highlights of Skye for me was going to the Talisker whisky distillery, the only distillery on the island. Good whisky.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So since life has been so busy lately and I haven't been photowalking much, I thought I'd start putting up a series of shots from a recent trip to Europe.
Stops in London, Paris, and throughout Scotland. Came away with some great memories and photos.
For this shot, we pulled over to go for a walk. We never expected to find this, and I'll bet no one even knows it's there besides locals. And they probably don't care, considering this view is nothing special in Scotland.
Taken in Invermoriston, Scotland, just a few hundred yards off Loch Ness.
3 exposure hand held HDR.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
OK, continuing the "Flying Around Texas" theme, here's an aerial view of my apartment when I first moved to Texas. The following month I moved into my new house, but caught this shot before I moved.
To answer Rob's question: First off, if you've always wanted to fly, then go for it! It's the coolest thing ever. You'll need a minimum of 40 hours before you can test for your certificate (though usually it's more like 60-70 hours).
Once you're licensed, renting an airplane is usually a simple process. The FBO (fixed base operator) who owns the airplane will usually want you to do a quick flight with an instructor to make sure you're okay to rent. This is for insurance purposes. They'll go up with you and just observe. You'll do a few maneuvers and a couple landings, then you're cleared to rent whenever you want from them.
Back in 2001, a Cessna 172 ran around $85-95 an hour for an older plane ($125+ for a new bird). Plane rentals are usually "wet", which means the fuel is included. Also, when you rent an airplane, you pay by the time on the Hobbs meter, which records engine running time. So you don't pay for the airplane while you're sitting in the terminal having the cheeseburger you flew in for. I don't think hourly rates have changed much from back then.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I'm going to go a little old school today and show you a photo that I took back in 2001, shortly after I moved to Texas.
I took this photo just a few weeks after I moved to Texas. I went to Circuit City and bought my first digital camera so that I could document exploring my new home state.
I went down to the nearest airport and rented a Cessna 172 and went exploring. I snagged an aerial shot of Grainger Lake just outside of Austin.
Even though these photos were nothing special, I still like seeing them, because they remind of another life changing event.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I was the official photographer for the Rocky Mountain Regional Science Bowl 2009. Before the final round began in a large hall, I decided to set up and grab a few detail shots before the people arrived.
Lighting: 430EX camera left fired through a translucent umbrella. Vivitar 275HV fired into the banner, snooted with a roll of printer paper, and gelled blue.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Next up we have Patches. Also my dad's dog. She's a sweet old girl. We have no idea what breed she is. Just mutt.
I got a new lens, the Canon 85mm f/1.8 USM. Wow, I really love this lens. This is one of the first photos I took with it.
This is Chloe, my dad's yellow labrador. Easily the most beautiful lab I've ever seen, and she'll have puppies soon. And I get one!