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SXSW Tattoo Culture

 

Blond, Tattoo on Thigh

Blond, Tattoo on Thigh

8 Color Street Photos in This Gallery

I love taking pictures of people with tattoos.  SXSW was a target rich environment.  If you are looking for other tattoo photos, try one of my trips to Chicago.

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Ron Does SXSW III

Sandwich

Sandwich

8 Black and White Street Photos in This Gallery

Ron’s coverage of SXSW continues.  Austin’s 6th Street is one of my all time favorite places for street photography.  It has atmosphere, bars and loud music spilling out into the street.  Frequently, it is closed to auto traffic.  One feels the intensity of Bourbon Street without the seedy, unfriendly underpinnings.

Stay tuned as I have 3 more galleries of photos from SXSW.  They are in color and have a somewhat different emphasis.

 

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Ron Does SXSW II

Girl on an Electric Skateboard

Girl on an Electric Skateboard

8 Black and White Street Photos in This Gallery

SXSW is a two week event in Austin, Texas.  The first week is a tech company conference, the second a music festival.  The venues are distributed around Austin, but I hung out on 6th street, famous for its bars and live music.

I would like to thank everyone who viewed the blog yesterday and especially those who left comments.  It was my busiest day in over a month.  There will be more black and white street photography tomorrow.

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Ron Does SXSW

Skipping For Joy

Skipping For Joy

8 Black and White Street Photos in This Gallery

Yesterday, I had the good fortune to be on 6th street in Downtown Austin, TX during SXSW.  It took me half an hour to find a garage to park my car for only $15.  Beer usually $3 for a 16 ounce can was $5 for a 12 ounce can.  The place was packed.

Since last August I have seen a steady decline in viewers of this blog, despite adding followers and having many to start with.  Since the start of 2015, I published a lot of new travel photography, some of it from exotic locations like Hong Kong and Macau.  I wonder if it is worth the work.  If you like what I am doing, please visit the blog and view the thumbnails on the carousel instead of just leaving a like in the Reader.

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Hilo

Lili`uokalani Gardens

Lili`uokalani Gardens

6 Photos in This Gallery

Hilo is a town on the wet side of the Big Island.  It is across the bay from Mauna Kea and surrounded by rainforest.  Not that many tourists from the US mainland go there, but it is a regular stop for buses full of Asians.

A few of these photos were taken at locations North of Hilo on the final leg of the trip driving back to Kona.

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Akaka Falls and Hakalau

Sugar Mill Door

Sugar Mill Door

10 Photos in This Gallery

Akaka falls is about a 35 minute drive North along the coast from Hilo.  The park has a short paved loop through lush rainforest with the main attraction being a long waterfall.

Further North,  soon after the turn off for Hakaka Falls you will see a bridge across a ravine.  Turn left just before the bridge and the road will take you under it eventually.  The area used to be the site of a sugar mill.  It was destroyed by a tsunami.  The foundation and some heavy steel parts remain.  People swim in the estuary because the beach is rocky.  Tourists from the mainland do not get to see this place.  I saw no other rental cars there.

 

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Chain of Craters Road

Lava Field #3

Lava Field #3

8 Photos in This Gallery

Chain of Craters Road starts at 4,000 ft elevation and descends to sea level over 20 miles.  It leads through lava fields and craters all of which are relatively recent by human time, not geological time.  The road has been connected to Puna to provide access to the area for residents only.  Skies were particularly beautiful that afternoon, amazing considering the bad weather earlier.  The last two photos were made back at the hotel in Hilo that evening.  Getting on the elevator with a load of those girls was an experience.

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