You come across all kinds of windmills in Belgium – old ones from the mid 1700s to new ones towering over the freeway.
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Frost is starting to appear in the morning, making for some gorgeous sunrises over the field behind our house. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
On a recent business trip to St. Louis I took advantage of sunrise to take some pictures on historic St. Charles’ Main Street. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.
Found this gem near Virginia City, an old mining town in Montana:
Canon 7D, 10-22mm EF-S
Long Island Sound at sunset, as viewed from our local beach. And if you haven’t seen ‘Dead Calm’ – I highly recommend this little claustrophobic thriller about a couple on a boat taking on a shipwrecked stranger.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
These birds were heading to the sunset – wish I could have flown along:
Canon PowerShot G12
processed with Nik Color Efex
Took the dog out for a walk around sunset and came home with some great photo material:
Canon 7D, 12-22mm
My son and I visited this old mining town recently. Founded in 1863, it was the capital of the Territory of Montana for 10 years. During that time, miners extracted over $90M ($40B in today’s dollars) of gold in the area, and the city housed about 10,000 people. Now its population is down to 132.
This mushroom looked to me like a sun umbrella for tiny creatures.
Canon 7D, EF 70-200mm
Found this ‘little’ abandoned machine in a field by the side of the road near Bozeman, Montana. Click on any picture to see them in large slideshow format.
Even in Black&White I love the sunrise behind our house, the rays gradually invading the bedroom.
Canon 7D, 10-22mm
I spent a day last weekend in Montana with my son and we spent the entire day taking pictures. Here’s the first batch, of the scenery while driving from Bozeman to Virginia City.
Canon 7D, 12-20mm lens, adjusted with Nik HDR Efex Pro
Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm
HDR, processed in Nik Color Efex
I love going to the Sounders games in Seattle: 40,000+ fans, standing room only, flags flying, choruses echoing through the stadium, fireworks, and some pretty good soccer, too.
On Saturday I participated in Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk by joining one of thousands of group, this one located in Guilford, CT. We spent a couple hours on the shore taking pictures and exchanging photo tips, and enjoyed ourselves despite the overcast weather. Which means it’s a good time for black&white pictures. Click on any picture to see them as a full-screen slide show.
The dad seemed to enjoy the video more than his young son. Still, they were glued to the iphone for quite a while, oblivious to the rest of the world.
lens: John S.
film: Ina’s 1969
This is the second batch of photos I took at the abandoned Winchester Rifle factory in New Haven. A sunny day provided excellent lighting inside. Click on any picture to see them in slide show format.
Here is the previous post about the factory’s exterior.
I spent some time taking pictures at the old and abandoned Winchester Rifle factory in New Haven. Here’s the first batch – the outside. Click on any image to start a slide show.
I took pictures in an old factory today, using it as a giant studio. Got to practice with lighting quite a bit. That’s why I look so pleased.
Canon 7D, EFS 10-22mm
This lady clearly enjoyed checking the menu items at a local bookstore cafe.
edited with Snapseed
Found this Dunkin Donuts totally deserted at night, but still open. Seemed like a good location for a horror movie scene.
Canon 7D, EF 24-70mm
Despite rain delays, the stands were packed for the Federer match. Even people on the other court tried to get a peek of the match:
The stands were full to the very top:
Standing room only:
This little Robin had built her nest in a bush on the side of her house, guarding two blue eggs. Then one day there was only one egg, and the Robin never returned.
Canon EOS 7D, 70-200mm f/2.8
This scene reminded me of a Vermeer, who was an expert at taking a mundane subject (girl filling a jug, woman doing needlepoint) and making it look absolutely stunning. Caught in a local Mexican restaurant (which explains the skull in the background).
Our local beach at the end of the day, after everyone has left. I love it when we have it all to ourselves!
My son and his buddy after finishing the Spartan Sprint in Washougal, WA. One hour and forty minutes of running, jumping, and crawling through mud! I did this race with them as a last hurrah before they go to college in a few weeks.
B&W conversion with Nik Silver Efex
The sign is clearly telling her where to go…
And can you call it ‘Street Photography’ when you shoot indoors?
Canon Powershot G12
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
This bench overlooks our local beach and is my favorite spot to spend time alone.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
Nik Color Efex vintage film filter
NYPD officers at Dunkin Donuts at JFK airport, enjoying a cup of coffee while keeping us safe.
Shot with iPhone Hipstamatic
I’ve seen my share of antique stores in the US and Europe, and the Clinton Antique Center is at the top of MY list. Every time I walk in I lose myself for hours. The selection is excellent and changes quite frequently, so there are always new discoveries.
Click on any of these to see them in slide show view:
Canon 7D, 10-22mm lens
Edited with HDR Efex Pro
78 E. Main Street, Clinton, CT 06413
Google maps location
Many country claim to make great chocolate (Switzerland, Germany, Italy), but none have as much variety as Belgium. Here are just 3 of the dozens of chocolate shop windows I drooled over in Bruges.
That’s what the bumper sticker says on the fuel tank. And it looks like this Harley Davidson has seen quite a bit of road in its lifetime. Photographed in Branford, CT.
Bruges is even more scenic at night (especially after a rain shower, as all the tourists have retreated to their hotels):
Actually, these were locks that control the flow in one of the many canals in the Netherlands. But from afar, I was reminded of the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars (original below):
It was such a beautiful night after a day of 90 degrees that I went to the beach at midnight, only to finally look at my watch and realize I had spent 2 hours taking pictures and playing around with my flashlight.
Even in black and white, the city of Amsterdam is beautiful. Especially at night. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.
This guy won’t get wet when it rains in Amsterdam, but how he squeezes in there is a mystery to me. You can find out more at velomobiel.ne.
Amsterdam had some cool graffiti, these are just a few examples. Click on any picture to see them in slideshow format.
This film museum in Amsterdam opened in 2012, and is across the river from the Central Station. Great architecture!
I didn’t see any strollers in Amsterdam: Kids either walked with their parents or they were ferried around on bikes. And helmets? Didn’t see any of those, either. And pets of course got the same treatment.
Click on any image to see images in slide show format.
I had the pleasure of having a professional photographer named Tom show me around Amsterdam at night, and teach me about night photography. I arranged it through Photo tours of Amsterdam, and was extremely happy with the tour, which lasted from 10:15pm (when it was still light out) until 1:45am. I can highly recommend it. Here are some samples from that night’s work. Click on any one picture to see them in slideshow format.
Amsterdam offered a great opportunity to practice panning, while enjoying the variety of bicycle riders. I’m not sure how romantic all this seems when it rains, but in the summer it is enchanting to see how everyone (and I mean EVERYONE) rides their bike. And no one bothers with helmets – how wonderfully nonchalant!
Click on any image to see them in slide show format.
This little bakery is called Hinkel and is in the ‘Altstadt’ (old town) of Düsseldorf, Germany, where I recently bought some delicious sweets. I wish I had enough room in my luggage to bring back some of that tasty bread. Here’s my last post on bakeries.
After a day of overcast skies, the sun finally managed to get through in the late afternoon, for a beautiful view of one of the many canals in this beautiful city.