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Early Spring: Cloudland Canyon ’10

April 9, 2010

canyon sunset peak
What an amazing & magnificent park to visit. Its right here in Georgia, not to far north west off I-75 about 2 1/2 hrs drive from Gwinnett Technical College. This is a must for any hiking enthusiast! Well for Ryan Tyrl’s first visit, he immediately fell in love to say the least, then again what nature park does he not love, right? The weather was warm around 85 degrees and with a cool breeze blowing through the trees down in the canyon, it made the experience very refreshing.
don't forget to look up
It is true what Ryan commented on his experience, that a few clouds would have been nice to “even-out” the highlights on the water for some long exposures, witch is a favorite for most advanced photographers.
refreshing
Well Ryan, I guess we’ll have to make another journey to Cloudland Canyon. I suggest a camping trip and start early for that morning light. In my last experience back in the fall, I found that to be perfect lighting for the main waterfalls.
And don’t forget to visit Ryan Tyrl for more nature pictures and please leave any comments for “us” photographers work for comments! Thank You and have a great day.

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A Wonderful Artisan Smile

March 11, 2010

sketch artist
Great story about this friendly artist. While Jim and I where shooting at a Plaza (square), this local artist began to sketch an image if Jim. While he was sketching, I began to shoot his profile. After he finished with Jim’s picture he began to sketch my picture, which by the way are great and awesome. After he finished I asked him for a direct shot of his friendly and joyous face. He lifted his cap without me asking and I shot away.
sketch artist
I handed him two thousand pesos, ( couple of U.S. dollars) for his kindness and great artisan spirit. Great man and wonderful smile. Jim and I got more than a couple of sketches as souvenirs we got a wonderful artisan smile to last a life time.

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Hello From Bogota, Colombia

March 11, 2010

Hey everyone, it’s been great so far. Everyday has been fun & full of adventures.
getting closer
This shot of Jim and myself was taken over 12,000 feet of elevation!!
Jim overlooking
me overlooking
The City is already over 8,600 ft. so another 2,000 ft made our ears pop and hard to breathe as the air got thinner.
Bogota from higher grounds
But the view was magnificent and one not to miss.

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Trip of A Life Time

March 7, 2010

What an amazing opportunity has come across my path!! I was invited to a trip of a life time when Jim, fellow photo student at Gwinnett Tech, had struck the chance to travel abroad with his family. He contacted me just two weeks ago and asked me, “would you like to travel to Bogota?” I asked him as to make sure we where on the same page… “Bogota, Colombia??” surprised by such a random request I just had to know more detail.

After a few days of thoroughly planing over the details of the trip, Jim locked in on two flights to Bogota. We are scheduled to depart Monday, March 8th and have the exciting time of staying for two weeks. During our stay we plan to capture the richness of the Colombian culture and while experiencing a life style like no other. Luckily Jim speaks good spanish and I’m fluent, so combined we shouldn’t have to much trouble adapting. There’s going to be a lot of ‘telenovelas’ on t.v. for practice which means ‘soap operas’ its going to be insane if you really ask me. We are literally jumping right into it… what an adventure!!!

This is Bogota city, it sites on a high plateau in the Andes Mountains reaching and an elevation of 8661ft above sea level. Well before traveling to such an extraordinary city I read up a few things on a wordpress contact and if you like to read more, read… A Look At Colombia
I will have access to wifi during my stay so stay tune for images as I will keep log with everyone back home. I will be taking my digital and two lenses along with my original baby that goes with me to long trips, Canon AE-1 film camera and two lenses as well. I was able to insure my digital equipment to elevate some worries especially if something does arise. I will stay alert and on my toes for everyone I promise.

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Mossy Oaks

February 28, 2010

deep in the moss
After a gloomy Saturday morning in St. Simon’s Island, off the Georgia cost, a walk through a mossy oak park located in the center of the Island, turned out to be a nice sunset afternoon. This is definitely one of my favorite places to visit. The Island certainly has lots to offer guest and visitors. A must if you’ve never been.

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A Year Ago: One Foggy Night

February 24, 2010

quiet foggy night
Though I shot this just a year ago, the lights that are so bright are no longer on and haven’t been for some time now. I guess even the city had to cut back on extra cost such as highway lights. After all, they do burn a lot of energy to keep them on every night.
On that late foggy evening I was driving home from my brother’s around ten or so when I noticed the whole town cover with this thick fog. I though to my self, how great of a shot if I was to come back out later after traffic had died down and get some night architectural shots of the bridges and this particular stretch of road with the lights glowing thru the fog. Well around 1 a.m. I grabbed my camera and tripod and had my girl drive me and drop me off. It turned out that I got more than good shots, I had two different Gwinnett officers stop to see what I was doing, naturally I had my I.D. ready. I knew that it was a matter of time before I would bring attention to myself and that this is not typically normal activity specially around bridges at 2 a.m. I showed them my I.D. and the pics and told them my intentions… they were a bit wary still and waited by the side of the highway until I was done and got in my car. What an exciting night! Two days later I had a visit from the GBI at my house, following up the two officers that stopped me for more detail info about my intentions that evening. WOW talk about persistent. Though I was doing nothing wrong and just being artistic, I am glad to know that our good police and GBI officers are on alert for suspicious activities, even little ‘ol me and my camera!

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Day Before Departure

February 21, 2010

What a crazy moment that the day before Shiloh and I were to depart to Las Vegas we got 3-6 inches of snow!! Not only were we worried that the flights would be canceled but also disappointed that the day it snows is the same weekend we were leaving and not really enjoy the snowy weekend. But we got lucky and thanked that we live in Georgia and not D.C. (boy did they get some snow). Sure enough the snow had stopped and it warmed up the next day for the roads to clear and the planes to fly! We got lucky twice! For me I grabbed the camera put on my boots and coat and had a friend dropped me off around the area. I walked back home and got some shots in the process.
in the mist of it
Knowing that the snow wouldn’t last very long once the sun came up, I got up early for a sunrise walk and drive. The roads were a bit slippery but not bad enough to stop me from exploring the area for some morning snow shots.
sun rise next day
I really wanted this shot to be a “during” and after shot. I just can’t sleep-in knowing that there’s shots to be taken before its to late and melt away. The next day was very peaceful and quiet. Yes there was people out trying to drive out in the icy roads but It was still nice to be out early without cars roaring by. I can only imagine to be out in the wild with only the sounds of nature waking up.
down & out
After a walk, I got in the car and drove around for a few more shots. I went to a park not far from the house and on the way I saw that the street sign of Old Norcross Rd and Simpson Circle was knocked over. Wow I bet that did some damage.