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Ron’s San Francisco

Green Chevy Wagon

Green Chevy Wagon

5 Photos in This Gallery

I spent the morning walking around taking pictures, most of which don’t look the way people think of San Francisco.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

Sunset at Sea

Sunset at Sea

4 Photos in This Gallery

Collected from Ron’s WWW, world wide wanderings.

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Lake Tahoe

Shed

Shed

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The view of Emerald Bay is visible from the road.  Van Sickle Park is right behind the Marriott.   The socks are manufactured by Sock it to Me, a company owned by a young woman I met on my last trip to Kauai, early in 2014.  Number 8 is typical of the older cabins around Tahoe.  If you visit Lake Tahoe when school is out, expect to see a lot of children.

 


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Heavenly

Little Thief

Little Thief

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Heavenly is the main ski area at Lake Tahoe.  In summer the trails are strewn with rocks and logs.  Tons of snow must fall before the slopes are open.  A gondola runs from right next to the Marriott to the 9,150 foot level and a chair lift adds about another 1,000 feet.  Further small elevation gains are possible with a short hike.

To reach lake Angora follow a complex set of directions from South Lake Tahoe.  The final turn is not marked and the first 100 yards of that road looks impassable.  Along the way signs warn the parking lot may be full.  You will need $7 in cash or a check to place in an envelope for parking.  Follow that with a short hike up the hill and you reach Lane Angora.


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Genoa, Nevada

Saw in the Window

Saw in the Window

8 Photos in This Gallery

Genoa is the oldest settlement in Nevada boasting the oldest saloon and oldest home, the pink house.  It seems the saloon is so old that it has lost its original name.  The bloody Marys are supposed to be famous.  The guys on Harleys started in Reno and would circle Lake Tahoe before returning to Reno that evening.


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Oakland First Friday

 

The Angels of Broadway

The Angels of Broadway

 

On the first Friday of the month Oakland has a street festival.  There are bands, food trucks, crafts for sale and lots of people.  Since this is in the Bay Area, the folks are a little more interesting than average.  For the entire evening I used a Nikon D800 and 28mm f/1.8 G lens.

 

 

 


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One Fine Morning

Koi

Koi

In the morning I was just wandering around Kihei Beach with a camera.  Later that day I checked out of the hotel and had several hours before the rental car would be returned so I cruised over to Maalaea Harbor.  In a corner of the ocean where the jetty meets iron shore there were at least six large sea turtles feeding among the waves and rocks.  I took some liberties with the colors.


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The Other Road to Hana

Not For Sale

Not For Sale

The better known road to Hana has a 30 mile stretch with 550 curves and over 50 one lane bridges through the rain forest. However, there is a  back way, but the car rental companies don’t want you to drive there.  The road is dry and relatively straight.  A few sections are a little bumpy or of graded gravel.  It is a series of narrow blind spots that have the car rental companies spooked.  You come to the top of a short steep hill on a one lane wide road and there is zero visibility with the possibility of oncoming traffic.

Eventually you arrive at Kipahulu, the lesser known side of Haleakala National Park. It will take another 20 minutes to reach Hana making it one of the hardest places to reach on Maui. Kipahulu is famous for its waterfalls and fresh water pools.

 

 


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Inside Haleakala

 

Crater #1

Crater #1

I have visited the crater previously, but this was the first time  I hiked down into it any real distance.  It might be a mile, but that takes one to an overlook providing a  different perspective than what is viewed from the rim.  My thanks to the girls for their volunteer modeling job.  They were photographed before the hike.  Remember, in only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).

 

 


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Iao Valley

Swimmer

Swimmer

This scenic spot is tucked away on West Maui.  It is not well known and usually skipped by those on the island for only a few days.

 

 


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Lahaina and Other Delights

Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  Other photos are from various beach locations.


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Finding Maui

World Cup Sunset

World Cup Sunset

You can start anywhere to find Maui, but my story starts at LAX before crossing 2600 miles of the Pacific Ocean to land on this island paradise in time to watch the sunset from Kihei beach.  These are all new photographs, captured yesterday.

 

 


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Art Houston Weekend

 

Door in a Green Wall

Door in a Green Wall

Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings in the hottest part of the year.  These photos were taken at, outside of, or near the galleries.


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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

Kids at a Fountain

For the last few days I have been at a convention in Boston.  Rather than go to the canned programs I have been wandering around the streets with my camera.  Yesterday the tail end of hurricane Andrew blew through here and it rained for hours.


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Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other

Rust and a Window

Rust and a Window

This post takes its title from a show at Diverse Works, a Houston non-profit that supports visual arts.  Diverse Works specializes in installations, and this multiple artist show was no exception.


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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/


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Jazz Night On 19th

Street Violinist

Street Violinist

5 Photos in this Gallery

The Houston Heights is a neighborhood with its own commercial district located on 19th street.  The merchants there stage several events each year to generate traffic.  Last night they had Jazz bands and a few offered free wine at their businesses.  Food trucks were parked nearby.  After about 6:30 PM our wickedly hot summer weather becomes tolerably hot, but it doesn’t matter because everyone is used to it.

 

 

 


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From the Rooftops

Old Town Keyhole

Old Town Keyhole

One of the most interesting things you can do in Dubrovnik is to walk the wall around Old Town.  They charge a steep $20 to go up there and there is no shortage of takers.  It takes about 1.5 hours to complete the circle while enjoying great views of the area.  The Kayaks were photographed from just outside of Old Town.  The final five photos were taken at locations away from Old Town, several were from my hotel balcony.


Dubrovnik Street Life

Two Girls at the Cathedral

Two Girls at the Cathedral

I was in Dubrovnik for 4 nights and had a lot of time to take photographs there. When I wasn’t looking out over the Adriatic from my hotel room, I was walking around looking for street scenes. My style of travel is to take things slowly. You will never find me in the 9 countries in 14 days mode.  Every time I see an interesting wall the doors and windows remind me of the colored rectangles in a Mondrian painting. The tights the two girls are wearing are typical. They are too thin to be called stretch pants.


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.


Comicpalooza Houston 2014

Cute Ninja

Cute Psylocke

Comicpalooza is a science fiction and fantasy expo. It offers participants an escape from reality. Most of those in costume were young women, although a few guys came dressed up along with their girlfriends.

Link to Comicpalooza 2013: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/comicpalooza/


Split, Croatia Scenes

Mystery Mirror

Mystery Mirror

My wanderings took me up the hill above Split to visit the Jewish Cemetery.  Nobody has been interred there in about a century. I returned past the harbor and wandered through the claustrophobic alleys of old town.


Split, Croatia Street Shots

Split Harbor at Night

Split Harbor at Night

Split is a coastal city in Croatia.  Because of its old town featuring Byzantine architecture, Split gets a lot of tourist visits.  My hotel was in old town and about a block away from the waterfront, making for a perfect location.  Most of the dining in Split is in outdoor cafes, which unfortunately, are on the smokey side.  Traditionally street photography has been presented in black and white.  This trip, I have been shooting almost entirely in color.  Digital cameras capture in color by default, and I have been happy with the results my Nikon D800 is providing with its 36 MP sensor.  It is possible that I may do a selection in monochrome after all the color images are published.


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