6 Photos in This Gallery
I had 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.
I captured this on Ambergris Cay in Belize, a place where it is summer all year long. They are from Guatemala and the woman sells craft items on the beach to make a living.
From this blog post: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/ambergris-caye/
8 Photos in This Gallery
Just wandering around Kihei Beach in the morning with a camera.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Photos in This Gallery
Non touristy travel photography from a non tourist traveler. Happy Friday everyone!
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.
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.
8 Photos in This Gallery
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/
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.
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.
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 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 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/
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 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.
The line for the title of this post is from a movie, Dune. Yes, I confess to being a science fiction fan. I also spend a disproportionate time in coastal areas, wetlands, on, or under the water. These photos are from Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia. As I shot these there were literally thousands of tourists crowding this place. Somehow I managed to work around the crowds. This collection ranges from offbeat landscapes, to semi abstract and totally abstract water images.
Plitvice is a complex of lakes connected by waterfalls. Perhaps the white noise and spray generated by the falls were my favorite sensations, but there was lots to see and photograph. In some of these I imagine the visions of underwater creatures of an alien world. The park gets crowded, but with effort it is possible to work around the hordes of bus tourists.
Here is the first batch of people watching photos from Ljubljana that I promised earlier. As usual, I try to keep things as un touristy as possible. On Fridays except for the winter local restaurants set up a food court to offer their food. A few of these are from that event.
One of the things to do while staying in Lake Bled or Ljubljana is a drive up into the alps and Triglav National Park. There are over 50 switchbacks, each one numbered and with precise distance markings. After leaving the park I made it back to Bled on twisty, narrow mountain roads. For a 20k section the power steering in my rented VW stopped working, rendering the vehicle almost undrivable. I asked the rental company for an exchange car, but they would not give me one without charge, their excuse being the power steering started working again.
“The Bells” reminded me of the famous Maroon Bells outside of Aspen, Colorado. The Skiers were getting ready to hike up the snow covered mountain to make a downhill run. That is dedication.
For a while I took off my trusted 24-120 f/4 VR zoom and shot with an ultra wide 20 f/2.8 AF both on a Nikon D800.