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The Back Bay Abstracted

Prudentiall Center

Prudential Center

8 Photos in This Gallery

Non touristy travel photography from a non tourist traveler.  Happy Friday everyone!

 


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Boston II

Reflected Courtyard

Reflected Courtyard

The final installment of my non touristy adventures in the Back Bay area of Boston.


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Dubrovnik in Black and White

Old Town Portal

Old Town Portal

Many of those who follow my photography have an interest in black and white conversions of digital images. The native output of a digital camera is color, enabled by a Bayer filter built into the sensor. What is interesting about black and white conversions is the photographer is able to change the color response of the image after the fact by manipulating color channels prior to mapping those colors to greyscale tones. With film the usual method of accomplishing this task was with colored filters or using film with a different color response. It’s beginning to break down, but there is resistance in the fine art world to digital black and white.

More from Croatia: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/category/croatia/


Dubrovnik, Old Town

Croatian Claustrophobia

Croatian Claustrophobia

Dubrovnik is situated on hills that meet the Adriatic Sea.  It is famous for its large Old Town.  While the area is ancient, most of the roofs were replaced in the 1990’s after the war which erupted over the break up of Yugoslavia.  Because it is a popular cruise port, Old Town is jammed with tourists and people hawking short boat tours.  A beer will set you back $6, the most expensive in Croatia.  As usual, I give you the not usual in photography.  I even let a monochrome shot slip in this time.

Perhaps what I do with travel photography is an illusion.  I feel I have to throw in a few of the more typical shots just to prove I was there.  The entrance to Old Town appears deserted when it was not.  The harbor area is the best place to just hang out with tour boat traffic for entertainment in addition to people watching.  Of course there was water so I grabbed some abstracts.

This is the first of several posts from Dubrovnik.  Stay tuned.


Haunted

Airstream Estate

Airstream Estate

These were photographed on lower Westheimer and along Dowling Street in the Third Ward.


High Seas at Hanalei Bay

Two Boys, Full Speed

Two Boys, Full Speed

On my last full day on Kauai I went up to Hanalei Bay to see the high seas.  Someone tried to go surfing.  Paramedics took him away in an ambulance.  Locals say it is possible to get swept off the dock by a rouge wave.


Wiamea Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

A Cloud Filled Canyon

Here are a few views on the way up and from the top of Wiamea Canyon. I was a bit disappointed when the clouds came rolling in, but managed to make the best of it.


The Way to Hanalei

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay was featured in the movie The Descendants.  It is the location of some of the most expensive beach homes in the world.


Aerials in Black and White

Farmland

Farmland

Taken on my Way to LA, over Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California in the vast Southwest of the USA.


Urban Geometry

Body Shop

Body Shop

These were shot on Harrisburg Street in the East End, on Elysian, North of downtown Houston and EaDo (East Downtown).


The East End

4415 Navigation

4415 Navigation

East of downtown Houston the scene is made up of industrial sites alternating with Hispanic neighborhoods.

 


Austin, At a Small Park

4012

4012

Somehow I found myself at a small park in Austin with a playground full of small children and their mothers.  I decided to walk around and see what else there was to photograph in the area.  After leaving the park our group continued to Town Lake where we walked around and crossed a pedestrian bridge.  The white tree is a memorial to the millions of trees that have died in the ongoing drought.

 


2013 Lone Star Rally Part 2

Ron At Work

Ron At Work

Here is the third set of photos from this past weekend’s Lone Star Rally where tens of thousands of motorcyclists and their howling machines swarmed Galveston Island.  There is a search box on the “About” page if you want to look for last year’s photos from this great event.


2013 Lone Star Rally

Heading Out

Heading Out

This is one of the largest motorcycle gatherings in the world and it is held in Galveston, Texas.  Does anyone notice there is a social commentary here about the rolls women choose for themselves, or are these roles chosen for them?


Chicago Street and Candid Photos, Fall 2013

The Loop

The Loop

Just a few photos here from my foray downtown to the Art Institute on a cold, overcast day.

 


Walk Down Any Street

Fantasy Roof House

Fantasy Roof House

Do you ever walk down the street in an upper class neighborhood and wonder what goes on inside the beautiful homes?  Well, this isn’t just any street or collection of streets.  It is the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district in Oak Park, IL.  Most of the famous homes are on Forest Avenue, just south of Chicago Avenue.  The homes not designed by Wright make better photographic subjects because the famous ones have been photographed a zillion times.  I had good weather, some fall colors and decorations for Halloween in place on some of the homes.


Effluent

Sewage Treatment Plant #1

Sewage Treatment Plant #1

These Photographs were made around a wastewater treatment facility located on South Braeswood Blvd. just East of Loop 610 in Houston, Texas.  The colors are there, but I have amplified them considerably.


Old Point Loma Lighthouse and Other Delights

Lighthouse Spiral Staircase

Lighthouse Spiral Staircase

Old Point Loma Lighthouse is located high on a hilltop offering dramatic views of San Diego.  In the interior of the building there are quarters.  The nearby shoreline is scenic (photographs tomorrow) making this area a must see item for visitors to San Diego.


The Baltic in Black and White

Glyptotek Hallway

Glyptotek Hallway

Mostly I shoot color because that is the native mode of digital photography.  However, I found a few scenes here that looked good in monochrome.  These were shot in five different European countries.


UnBelizeAble

Caribbean Two Story

Caribbean Two Story

I Hope the People Are Healthier Than the Houses


Almost Summer in Chicago

Cloudy Chicago Skyline

Cloudy Chicago Skyline

A cloudy skyline and street Portraits, scenes from Millennium Park and Belmont Harbor in Chicago populate this post.

 


North of Kona

Napoopoo View

Napoopoo View

The Big Island is mostly covered by lava fields and volcanic ash. The beaches are no exception. Few of them are sandy.

While visiting the petroglyphs, I spoke to a lady who said “I don’t do drugs, but there are some trippy looking trees up at the North end of this island. Just drive past Hawi until the road ends.” She forgot to mention the steep trail down to the beach.


Volcanos National Park

Lava Landscape

Lava Landscape

This is a magical place where molten lava and poisonous gases spew forth from the ground. Nature is at its peak of fury here. The message is we are nothing. In minutes one passes from desolate inhospitable areas at altitude to lush rain forests and pacific beaches. The landscape is unreal often covered by lava flows.


Japan Festival and Others in Black and White

Photography Lesson

Photography Lesson

This blog has almost 1,000,000 views. Check on the “Archives-Search” page. Help push me over the top today.  The first two photos were taken at the Houston Japan Festival, the final two at Reality Klash on North Main.


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