On the way into Mt. Rainier we passed through the small town of Elbe for a bite to eat. Nearby the restaurant sat this small edifice, The Elbe Lutheran Church. This church was listed on Ripley's Believe it or Not as the world's smallest functional church. This church is often described as being "on the road to paradise" since it is on the highway that travelers use to access Paradise, a developed area in Mt. Rainier National Park.
If you have been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed that I like to shoot wide. My go to lens is almost always the 14-24mm giving me a very open view of everything, much like I see the world. This shot was taken with my 18-300mm zoomed in a lot. I am still experimenting this lens and learning how to create interesting angles from far away. This shot was taken from Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, a great place to watch the sun set behind the city.
Devil's Lake February 20, 2012 |
Still having momentum from the recent Seattle trip, I made way up to Devil's Lake Wisconsin with my friend Bryan yesterday. It's about a 3 and a half hour trip from Chicago and it didn't dissapoint. This shot was the very first one that I took, with the sun still high enough to peak through the trees.
Nothing beats stitching together a huge pano like this. Unfortunately, due to a width limitation on the blog, you only get about 900px across, which means for a pano, you only see a couple hundred pixels in height. For this shot it might be worth clicking the image that takes you to the flickr page. From there you can click Actions->View All Sizes, then click Original. For all the pano lovers out there, here is a collection of all of mine:
As I mentioned in the previous post, I spent this past weekend in Seattle. Any time I travel to a new place I will search flickr for the most interesting photos from that location. For Seattle, one of the first places that usually comes up is Mt. Rainier National Park which is where the below photo was taken.
During our day trip to Mt. Rainier I had a minor accident in which I tumbled from atop a steep slope luckily avoiding big rocks on my way down. I lost my shoes, and had to hike up a log back to the top barefoot. I managed to escape this ordeal with just a few cuts and bruises, and the trusty Nikon prevailed with barely any noticeable damage. There is a lesson to be taken from this incident somewhere and I'll be sure to post that when I figure it out. This shot below was very close to where I had my tumble.
Today's post is from Discovery Park in Seattle, Washington and was taken about 2 hours ago. I am currently in Seattle and will be here for the remainder of the weekend, so if you know of any other great photo spots be sure to let me know. My dream is to one day operate the blog like this, posting photos of my adventures while simultaneously enjoying them. Just need a few more followers to make that happen...
Cinque in the Day February 06, 2012 |
Today's shot is from Cinque Terre, Italy. This along with 5 Lands and Cinque Terre Sunset are all my shots from this photogenic place.
As promised here is the Great Hall or headhouse of Union Station. This place is massive and was constructed more like a church than a train station. Bonus Fact: Union Station is the only inter-city train station in Chicago.
My friend suggested that I shoot the interior of Union Station, and I headed over there to do so last night. As I approached the 87 year old building, I was very intrigued by the columns outside of the building. I spent about 20 minutes waiting for the Canal St. stop light to turn green and the traffic to pass by so that I could go on the street and compose what I thought was the right composition for this place. I was often interrupted by oncoming traffic, and had to retreat to the sidewalk. It wasn't until I was on the way out of the station that I took the picture below which I find much more interesting than any of the other angles I was playing with from the street.
After catching an epic Paris sunset we headed back to the hotel on what was about a 45 minute walk. The timing worked out great and I was able to snag the image below after sunset while the light was great.
The day was not over, both literally and photographically speaking, just before returning to the hotel, we discovered this parisian cafe.