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Iao Valley

Swimmer

Swimmer

8 Photos in This Gallery

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

Couple with Tattoos

Couple with Tattoos

8 Photos in This Gallery

Lahaina was once a whaling town, but today it is a tourist trap, its streets lined with souvenir shops and restaurants.  I was lucky enough to find some volunteers for street portraits.


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Haleakala

 

Eroded Valley

Eroded Valley

8 Photos in This Gallery

Haleakala is the go to landscape photography site on Maui and one of the best in the world.  In only 90 minutes you can drive from the beach to the summit at 10,000 feet (3,000 Meters).     The colors start to emerge around 11 AM  and become more vibrant as the day goes on.  The volcano has not erupted in over 200 years, but you never know.  Air temperatures are mild or even on the cold side when it is hot at sea level.

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On the Beach

Paddle Boarding

Paddle Boarding

8 Photos in This Gallery

On Maui, one never really has to leave the beach, and there are so many beaches.

 


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Maui Scenes

 

Confluence

Confluence

8 Photos in This Gallery

The adventure on Maui continues with views from my somewhat unexpected perspective.

 


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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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Finding Maui

Toddler Sunset

Toddler Sunset

8 Photos in This Gallery

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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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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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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Edgy Beauty and Tattoos 2014 II

Girl Blowing Bubbles

Girl Blowing Bubbles

More photographs from Houston Gay Pride 2014.  This is the third and final set.  Click on the “Home” button in the header to see the others.


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Edgy Beauty and Tattoos 2014

Redhead

Redhead

Yesterday I photographed these people at Houston Gay Pride 2014.  Five of them I have photographed previously, including the idiot preachers who were saying things so explicitly sexual and disgusting that I can’t repeat any of it here.  “Petite Tattooed Girl” acquired most of her ink in the last 12 months.  This year instead of the usual insufferable heat, it rained on and off.  Look for more photos tomorrow morning.


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Dubrovnik in Black and White

Old Town Portal

Old Town Portal

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/


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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.


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Comicpalooza

Redhead with Goggles

Redhead with Goggles

Costumed Characters at Comicpalooza in Houston


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ISO: The Perfect Wine in B&W

Wine Barrels

Wine Barrels

8 Photos in This Gallery, please click through to the original post to view them.

On my second day in Napa perfect weather prevailed and I visited a few more wineries. I have to say after tasting about 10 wines my palate goes to hell and I have no idea what is going on. There seems to be a trend here towards giving all the wines a buttery taste which comes from oak.

 


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The Road to Hana

Girls in Yellow and Orange

Girls in Yellow and Orange

Just another day in paradise.


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Kihei Beach Adventures

Kihei Beach Looking West

Kihei Beach Looking West

5 Photos in this gallery, click on the clock icon or “more words” to view the original post from the reader.

Flying from Houston to Maui makes for a long day because of the 5 hours gained.  Over the desert of the Southwestern US one views a rugged, mountainous, inhospitable landscape.  It almost looks like sandpaper.  Next is the much softer profile of the Big Island of Hawaii from the sky, viewed from the Kona side.  Land, jump into a rental car and head straight to the beach in Kihei for R&R and photography.  That was my day.  Two of these photos were previously published in black and white.


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Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t

 

Unicorn Whisperer and Her Goods

Unicorn Whisperer and Her Goods

12 Photos in This Gallery

This installation was created by a collaboration of Lisa Chow and Ms. Yet (Y.E. Torres) in Houston, Texas.  When I arrived Lisa Chow greeted me and said, this is Yet’s world.  Indeed, for Yet, it was a dream come true.  Here was a lush space populated with fantasy characters, bad unicorns, bad rabbits, and real rabbits.  Yet is an accomplished  oriental dancer who has developed a unique style.  Lisa Chow is a visual artist.  Jo Bird is a professional musician who plays the viola.  Jessie is Yet’s long time dance performance partner.  This performance took place in August, 2012.

This was from the closing, the opening is here: http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com/2012/08/18/sunday-afternoon-tea/


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Sunday Afternoon Tea

Lisa Chow and Ms Yet

Lisa Chow and Ms Yet

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What better time is there to have a tea than on a Sunday afternoon in the excessively warm summer weather of Houston, Texas.  This was a performance installation.  The visual art of the installation and the performances of many artists weere integrated and dependent upon each other, resulting in a very rich experience, both visually and emotionally.  This work was produced by the collaboration of  Lisa Chow and Ms. Yet.  Live rabbits and other performers rounded out the ensemble.  Delicious tea sandwiches, sweet tea vodka and sweets were served.


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Michigan Fun Part II

Corn is King

Corn is King

This collection of photos was captured in rural areas of Northern Michigan during August of 2012.  It is pastoral with three barns, a country store and roadside produce vendors.  “Beach at the End of Time” was inspired by the movie “Tree of Life”.


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Michigan Fun

The End of the Earth

The End of the Earth

I toured Michigan for two weeks in August of 2012. A few days were spent in Dearborn.  There is one photo from the Henry Ford Museum of a steam engine. From Dearborn I motored North to Traverse City and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Recreational Area. The dunes are spectacular and some are steep. In one place climbers descend about 1,000 feet (300 M) to the lake with no way to return but to climb back up. There is a fee for rescue. The view of Lake Michigan from that spot demonstrates its vastness. It looks more like an ocean than a lake. Traverse city sits on a narrow bay and is a favorite destination of young families living in the Midwest. Next I went to Mackinac Island where horses substitute for cars. The trip ended in Ann Arbor where I photographed the graffiti alley.


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