4th of July

Well, that was the date!

The changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace on July 4th, 2005. I've now seen the changing of the guards twice, and probably don't need to see it again, but if you've never seen it, it's worth braving the crowds just once. No doubt, if I go to London with someone who hasn't been there before, I'll do it again, though.

Just to be thorough, this photo was a jpeg from a cheap camera with a plastic lens . . . and all the attendant problems of in-camera sharpening, etc. processing was done mainly in LightroomCC, but there was a bit of Photoshop, as I recall.

#Travel #England #London #BuckinghamPalace #4thOfJuly

 

Canterbury Cathedral

July 2005

The size of Canterbury Cathedral is small compared to either Westminster Abbey or St. Paul's. Larger, if I remember correctly, than Salisbury Cathedral. Each has its own distinctive features that make a visit worthwhile. I would like to spend a month or more touring all the cathedrals of England.

The camera I used to take this photo was cheap and poor quality- jpeg only. So after the fact (and many times since 2005) you do what you can to rescue a picture that could have been better. Of all the renditions of this shot, I think I like this best. I have learned a few tricks in Photoshop and Lightroom that help.

#Travel #England #Canterbury #Cathedral

 

Yet Another Process

Prague, February 2008.

The morning was cold and bright. The reflection off of the cobblestone plaza was very nearly blinding. And for so early in the day- on a Sunday, in February- there were still a lot of people around.

Although I liked the original photo, I have processed it a few different ways over the years. Occasionally I get lucky and strike some way of processing a photo that people seem to find pleasing. For the most part, though, I'm not exactly a visual thinker. I'm more of a verbal guy. That often makes me the hardest of all to please, when it comes to my own pictures.

I have not played around much with duo-toning in Lightroom until recently. I just don't naturally think of that process when I look at a photo: "Gee, that would look nice if the highlights were this color and the shadows were that color." Nope. Not a natural occurrence.

All I was looking for was something to post on #Instagram last week, and this is what I came up with. I think I nailed it this time! #ShamelessBrag So, I guess the moral of the story is that I should never think of any particular photo as "done," but rather all of my photos continue to be works in progress.

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague

 

Peace & Love

The John Lennon Wall, Prague

Beginning some time before the fall of communism in the Czech Republic young people would paint this wall with graffiti, and the government would paint over it. After all, you couldn't have your "communist" youth idolizing a western artist, now could you?

Nearly twenty years after the communists gave up control, the wall remained a tribute to John Lennon, and local youth as well as visitors from all over the world added their notes and artistic flourishes to the product.

Then, in 2014, some "artists" painted the wall white. They claimed, at least, that it was an artistic expression on their part. How silly. Didn't they know that you don't make art by destroying someone else's art? Some people think graffiti is vandalism, but these "artists" were the true vandals.

Almost immediately the graffiti began to reappear, and today the wall is once again covered with text and symbols in tribute to John Lennon. But for me, it's just not the same. Here, then, is what the wall looked like in February 2008.

Production was done in PhotoshopCC 2015 Photomerge with Topaz Detail and a couple of adjustment layers. The original panorama was way too big to upload, so this is reduced to 5000 px across, and jpeg quality of 25. It still looks pretty good, though, I think.

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague #JohnLennonWall #Graffiti

 

Del Puerto Canyon

It's next to the Bay Area, anyway.

From July 2012

Del Puerto Canyon is between San Jose and the San Joaquin Valley on California State Highway 130, and so I decided it was still technically the Bay Area..

The landscape changes dramatically throughout the year as the winter greens everything up, and late spring begins the drying and browning of the grass. At times in winter or spring the rivulets rage like mighty rivers from the runoff as rain soaks the hillsides.

It is a sight to behold.

#SanFranciscoBayArea #DelPuertoCanyon #LandscapePhotography

 

In Album 2015-07-19

Seal Rocks

Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

This is a view from the ruins of the Sutro Baths, now part of the GGNRA in San Francisco. The rocks are offshore below the Cliff House restaurant. They are so named Seal Rocks because of the seal population that inhabits them much of the time. The vista looking out onto the rocks has been a favorite of locals and tourists for over 150 years.

#SanFrancisco #CliffHouse #SealRocks #GGNRA

 

Collection: Trips to England

2004 – 2007

I first traveled to London for work in November of 2000. Just one week. But I fell in love with it. A few months later, in May 2001, I brought a nephew along on holiday as a combination birthday and high school graduation present. Then from 2004, the first year I had a digital camera, to 2007 I visited each year. I was visiting London on 7/7 2005 when four suicide bombers killed 52 innocent people.

If I could, I would visit London more than just annually. I have yet to see early autumn or deep winter, but I have to say that the first week of May has been my favorite time- just good enough weather, and before the summer tourist crush.

I hope you enjoy these photos. They aren't necessarily the absolute best, but they hold a ton of great memories for me.
Trips to England Collection

#Travel #England #London