Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC: Blog https://www.ericwessman.com/blog en-us (C) Eric A. Wessman (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:27:00 GMT From the Journals… Koda Belud, Sabah, Malaysia. March 2, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-koda-belud-sabah-malaysia-march-2-2019 Private IslandPrivate IslandSmall tropical island view from Dragon Pearl Beach Resort, Koda Belud. Sabah, Malaysia. It was a bit warm during the night, but I had a good rest. I had breakfast overlooking the bay. I was talking to one of the small group of divers who showed up. He said that box jellyfish have been seen on this side for the island for the first time ever. There goes my idea of doing a swim workout in the nice calm bay!

I took a shower and then did some laundry. This place is about 2 notches up from camping. Instead of “resort”, it should be called “camp”. I have vacated my room, but am hanging out on my hilltop perch enjoying the breeze and the view. There is a large group here with a DJ making some noise. I’m not sure of their plans for tonight, but that’s not my problem.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Island Malaysia Ocean SE Asia Southeast Asia Tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-koda-belud-sabah-malaysia-march-2-2019 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kundastang, Sabah, Malaysia. March 1, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-kundastang-sabah-malaysia-march-1-2019 Mountain in the MorningMountain in the MorningMount Kinabalu (4,095M), Kundastang. Sabah, Malaysia. The walls are thin in this place! A very large and loud family group is above me. I was up around 6 and walked to the view point for the mountain, but the light wasn’t very interesting at that time, so I went back to my room.

I went back out before breakfast and took a few photos, but there were a lot of shadows. I tried some HDR. Breakfast was either noodles, rice, or toast. I did the noodles and toast. The coffee was good.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Malaysia Mount Kinabalu Mountain SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-kundastang-sabah-malaysia-march-1-2019 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. February 28, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-more-from-sepilok-sabah-malaysia-february-28-2019 Fresh BananasFresh BananasBanana tree in Sepilok Forest Edge Resort, Sepilok. Sabah, Malaysia. As I continued my walk around the grounds of the resort, I came to this very full and healthy-looking banana tree. Most banana trees seem to be in some sort of decay, but this one was so green and robust. Yes, I did increase the vibrance a bit to try to convey what I felt when I saw it.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Malaysia SE Asia Sepilok Forest Edge Resort Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-more-from-sepilok-sabah-malaysia-february-28-2019 Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysia. February 28, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-sepilok-sabah-malaysia-february-28-2019 The Tropical Day BeginsThe Tropical Day BeginsSepilok Forest Edge Resort, Sepilok. Sabah, Malaysia. An early morning walk around the grounds of the resort before breakfast was a very peaceful way to start the day. Lots of bird songs and unidentified jungle sounds.

This is an HDR, or High Dynamic Range, photo. I took 3 frames at different exposures. In the computer I combined those to capture the entire range of light that the human eye can see but the camera’s sensor can’t. I boosted the sharpness, contrast, and saturation then smoothed it out again to give it a more painterly look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Malaysia SE Asia Sepilok Forest Edge Resort Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/10/from-the-journals-sepilok-sabah-malaysia-february-28-2019 Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Golden MorningGolden MorningA gentle mist hovers in the morning, Kinabatangan River, Bilit. Sabah, Malaysia. A little while after the photo in my previous posts was taken, the sun came up. Its golden glow changed the look completely and gave a hint of the heat to come as the day progressed.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Golden Kinabatangan River Malaysia Morning SE Asia Southeast Asia Sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Fri, 27 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-more-from-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Misty MorningMisty MorningA gentle mist hovers in the morning, Kinabatangan River, Bilit. Sabah, Malaysia. I played around with the image from my previous post to give it a more contemporary painterly feel. The mist adds so much to the mood. It’s a great time to be on the water.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Kinabatangan River Malaysia Mist Morning SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-more-from-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Fri, 20 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Bilit, Sabah, Malaysia. February 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Paddling Back in TimePaddling Back in TimeA gentle mist hovers in the morning, Kinabatangan River, Bilit. Sabah, Malaysia. Up at 5:30 to face a long queue for the 6 toilets. We had a 6:00 boat ride on the agenda. The sun was almost rising and the sky was sort of orange when we boarded. There was a mist over the water and some of the trees-very atmospheric. I did pull out the camera to capture some shots. We saw a crocodile, macaques, proboscis monkeys, hornbills, and giant kingfisher, Malaysia’s largest. 

Back for breakfast, then had a short break to get ready for our 9:30 jungle walk. I am glad that it is not the wet season, so no need to traipse through the mud or deal with leeches. Again, worked up a sweat with very little activity.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Kinabatangan River Malaysia Morning SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-bilit-sabah-malaysia-february-25-2019 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Mabul Island, Sabah, Malaysia. February 21, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-mabul-island-sabah-malaysia-february-21-2019 Island RetreatIsland RetreatMabul Beach Resort, Mabul Island. Sabah, Malaysia. Up at 5:20, happy to beat my alarm so as not to wake my roommates. Bread, jelly, and coffee for my first breakfast, then off on the boat at 6:30 headed for Pulau Sipadan. 

We had four nice dives there, with breaks (food and coffee) between each. The diving is interesting because of the 600M drop off to open ocean. You never know what critters you might find. We found a bunch, all of which I can remember are in my dive log. Another good day of diving with great dive masters and new friends. 

It would be in my top 3 sites, but in my opinion is not as good as Bunaken. Still, I’m glad to have had the opportunity to dive here to see for myself.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Borneo Mabul Beach Resort Malaysia SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/9/from-the-journals-mabul-island-sabah-malaysia-february-21-2019 Fri, 06 Sep 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-more-from-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-12-2019 Market RunMarket RunTraffic by the market, Dawei. Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar (Burma). This is another image from the market by the river. To get a more painterly look I boosted the saturation, contrast, and sharpness, then smoothed it down again in different software.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Burma Market Motorbike Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Tractor https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-more-from-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-12-2019 Fri, 30 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 12, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-12-2019 Early ShopperEarly ShopperWoman in the market, Dawei. Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar (Burma). We went for a walk through the market again, then down to the market by the river. I found that more interesting and took a bunch of pix. When I emerged from there at 8:46, I was dripping with sweat. We had a leisurely walk back to the hotel, and it was nice to hit the air-conditioned room. I took a cold shower, and again here I am hiding from the heat in my room at 10.

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Burma Market Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Woman https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-12-2019 Fri, 23 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Dawei, Myanmar (Burma). February 11, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-11-2019 Peaceful MorningPeaceful MorningTemple Top and Palms, Shwe Taung Za Paya, Dawei. Tanintharyi Region, Myanmar (Burma). Up at 6 and out at 6:15. I walked to the Shwe Taung Za Pagoda. Even though it felt like 75 degrees, the humidity was enough to get me sweating after my 20-minute walk. I sat for a while to cool down. There weren’t very many people there, but I got some okay sunrise shots, I think. 

I walked back, to the room, happy to be hit with AC as I entered. After a few minutes I went up for breakfast on the fourth floor terrace. The view was okay, but I chose a seat out of the sun. Myo soon joined me. She was trying to convince me to join them on a pagoda run in a public van, but I declined. It sounds like a longer trip just to see one more pagoda. Apparently this is one of nine special pagodas in the Dawei area that if you visit all nine you get special merit. We’ve already been to a couple, but they aren’t going to get to all nine.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Buddhist Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Shwe Taung Za Paya Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-dawei-myanmar-burma-february-11-2019 Fri, 16 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kyaing Ywar, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-kyaing-ywar-myanmar-burma-february-5-2019 Take a BreakTake a BreakRiverside restaurant at Kyaing Lakoiw Paya, Kyaing Ywar. Mon State, Myanmar (Burma). After 30 minutes we arrived at Kyaing Ywar, a village which is the departure point for boat excursions upriver. There is a comprehensive bamboo structure built on a gravelly sandbar that houses a bunch of snack stalls. I’m pretty sure this is a seasonal construction that gets swept away during the rainy season. 

We hired a boat here and headed upriver for about 15 minutes. For most of the way the water wasn’t deeper than chest-deep for me, and it was fairly clear. We arrived at Kyaing Lakoiw Paya, which, in addition to more snack stalls and some tables in the river, had a tower with a Buddha image on it that is joined to land by a high bridge. It served as a good vantage point for some pix. 

After about an hour of hanging out and exploring, be boarded the boat for the return trip. It was starting to get warm.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma HDR Myanmar Restaurant River Rural SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-kyaing-ywar-myanmar-burma-february-5-2019 Fri, 09 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Ye, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-ye-myanmar-burma-february-5-2019 Magical MorningMagical MorningMorning at Ye Lake, Ye. Mon State, Myanmar (Burma). Soon after waking up, I stepped out the door to feel the fresh air and see this beautiful view of Ye Lake. The sky that had been empty last night was now full of these interesting clouds.

Of course I had to grab my camera to capture the scene. I shot 3 frames at different exposures and combined them in my computer to be able to show the wide range of contrast that our eyes can see, but the sensor can’t.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma HDR Lake Myanmar SE Southeast Ye https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/8/from-the-journals-ye-myanmar-burma-february-5-2019 Fri, 02 Aug 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Near Thaton, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-near-thaton-myanmar-burma-february-3-2019 Farm SceneFarm SceneFarm scene on train ride to Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). The train arrived at 9:15. It was a much slower train than yesterday. I would guess top speed was about 30 mph. It was much more quiet than yesterday’s ride, with a lot less shaking and dust. It’s funny because I remember this ride from 2014 as being very shaky. 

We rode through more beautiful countryside, first with mountains way in the distance, then getting closer. Plenty of farm fields and small villages. 

There was no shortage of food on the train, and Myo stopped almost every vendor to sample their goods. There were some tasty surprises like a fried coconut, jaggery and peanut crispy cake. Lunch was chicken and rice served in a banana leaf. 

We arrived in Mawlamyine at 5:45 and discovered that there was a bus leaving for ye at 6. We took a taxi to the bus station and got tickets. I was pleased that we could move on to our destination without having to spend the night in Mawlamyine.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Burma Farm Myanmar Rural SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-near-thaton-myanmar-burma-february-3-2019 Fri, 26 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Yes, It's FreshYes, It's FreshProduce for sale in 5-Day Market, Nampan. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After a snack, I continued to prowl the market for photo ops. It’s always a challenge in a busy, crowed market. I have to stand out of people’s way without blocking traffic so they can go about their business. I usually stand or sit in a place for a while so people get used to my presence, or perhaps don’t notice me at all. When I find the right people or activity in the right light, I have to catch my shot between the people walking in front of me.

 

This shot was enhanced in post production to give it a painterly effect. I increased the saturation, sharpness, and contrast, then toned it down again.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) 5th Day Market Burma Inle Lake Market Myanmar Nampan SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Fri, 19 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-more-from-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Marionette MonksMarionette MonksMonk puppets for sale in 5-Day Market, Nampan. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). I got a bunch of good shots at the 5-Day Market, and the girls stopped at 2 food stalls for snacks. Both were pretty good—fried tofu and rice and scallions at one, then Shan sticky noodles at the other. 

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) 5th Day Market Buddhist Burma Inle Lake Market Myanmar Nampan Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-more-from-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Fri, 12 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Nampan, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Need Enlightenment?Need Enlightenment?Buddha images for sale in 5-Day Market, Nampan. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma).

We then went among the extensive floating gardens and houses on stilts. From then it was on to the 5-Day Market at Nampan. This was much larger than I expected, but from disembarking the boat we had to run the gauntlet of souvenir dealers.

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) 5th Day Market Buddhist Burma Inle Lake Market Myanmar Nampan Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/7/from-the-journals-nampan-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Fri, 05 Jul 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-more-from-inle-lake-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 I Caught YouI Caught YouFisherman on Inle Lake. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). My session with the fisherman continued. He was working it for the camera, and we came up with this different view, shooting through the net. A good way to start the day.

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Burma Fishing Inle Lake Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Traditional Fisherman https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-more-from-inle-lake-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Fri, 28 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-inle-lake-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Working the WatersWorking the WatersSunrise silhouette of traditional fisherman on Inle Lake. Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). I woke up a little before five, which was ahead of the alarm. We were going to have breakfast at 6 and our boat guy was to come by the hotel at 6:30. All went as scheduled, but we discovered that it was the brother of the boat guy, whose English wasn’t as good, who was our captain. 

 

It was chilly out on the lake, but the PFDs and blankets provided helped a lot. We found fisherman soon—I had been asked if I wanted real fIsherman or models who would want t be paid. I went for the model because that is the traditional style, even though it isn’t used so much these days. This guy was a pro and knew all the poses. Just when I thought we were set, he came up with another pose. I got front and back light.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Fisherman Fishing Inle Lake Myanmar SE Southeast Traditional https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-inle-lake-myanmar-burma-january-29-2019 Fri, 21 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 28, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-28-2019 Daybreak at Temple #761Daybreak at Temple #761Sunrise Silhouette of Temple #761. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). I was up at 4:40, well before my 5:15 alarm. Ko Shine, our driver, was ready for me at 5:45 am as promised for another sunrise photo. This time I knew where I wanted to go, and we were able to get there directly. I set up and waited for the sky to do its thing. It did, and I got some good shots. I didn’t stay until the actual sunrise because we had a bus to catch.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bagan Buddhist Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Silhouette Southeast Asia Sunrise Temple #761 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-28-2019 Fri, 14 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-27-2019 Day Slips into NightDay Slips into NightSunset Silhouette of U Yen Gin Temple. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). I rented an E-bike and stopped at the Bagan Umbra Hotel to get pricing info for our tour. It turns out that we stayed here in 2003 when it was known as the Golden Express and was more of a basic place. 

 

I rode on for a little way and ended up at the U Yen Gyi Temple for sunset pix. I was pleased with the results. I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility the bike gave me and wish I had more time to explore.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bagan Buddhist Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sunset U Yen Gin Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/6/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-27-2019 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 26, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-26-2019 Golden SunriseGolden SunriseSunrise Silhouette of Minnanthu Paya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). Up at 5:15 to be ready for my tuk tuk driver for sunrise pix. We went to an area that I had identified on the map as possible good angles, the Minnanthu group. We arrived just in time to catch the dawn glow and get some good colors. I shot several temples and stupas as the color lasted for about 10 minutes. 

 

We moved slightly up the road and were hanging around waiting for the sun to rise. It was at this point that many hot air balloons were drifting overhead. I got the sun coming up between a couple of stupas, and just as I finished my shot a couple of cars pulled up and parked right in front of those stupas.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bagan Buddhist Burma Minnanthu Paya Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-26-2019 Fri, 31 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 Buledi SunsetBuledi SunsetSunset Silhouette of Buledi Paya. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). We pulled in around 4:15, about an hour earlier than expected. We walked the skinny gangplank and up the sandy bank and found a taxi. We drove to the New Park Hotel, where I had made a reservation yesterday. It’s a pleasant but basic place, and it fits our budget.

 

We dropped our stuff off and quickly regrouped for a sunset photo expedition. After a bit of searching I found an acceptable stupa that would provide a mostly unobstructed silhouette view. As usual, the best light happened about 20 minutes after sunset, and I was rewarded with some good shots.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bagan Buddhist Buledi Paya Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Silhouette Southeast Asia Sunset https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-bagan-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 Fri, 24 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from the Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-more-from-the-ayerwaddy-river-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 A Quiet Morning on the RiverA Quiet Morning on the RiverView of Sagaing from Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). As we continued down the river, I spotted this boat out fishing. I isolated it, then boosted the contrast, clarity and vibrance.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ayeyarwady River Burma Fishing Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-more-from-the-ayerwaddy-river-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 Fri, 17 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). January 25, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-ayerwaddy-river-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 Riverbank SceneRiverbank SceneView of Sagaing from Ayerwaddy River, Myanmar (Burma). Up slightly before my 5:15 alarm. I packed and had a cup of coffee. We were in the car and off by 6:13, not bad for a targeted 6:00 departure. We had a real vehicle, a Toyota minivan took us to the “pier”, which was a few boats tied up at the edge of the river. 

 

It was a nice ride, and felt good to be on the Ayerwaddy again. It was chilly with the lower temperatures, shade, and wind. I dug out my fleece and put that under my Gore-Tex parka. I got some nice shots of Saigang soon after we departed. The rest of the journey was spent looking at the countryside and enjoying the fresh air.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Burma Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-ayerwaddy-river-myanmar-burma-january-25-2019 Fri, 10 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 Jade PagodaJade PagodaJade Pagoda, Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma).

We stopped at a newly-built jade stupa on the way back from Sagaing. We had lunch at a restaurant in town, then we were dropped off at the hotel for a siesta. 

 

We didn’t get out again until 4:30. The goal this trip was to check out 7 hotels that might sell my book or that we might want to use for our photo tour next year. I think the most promising for the latter would be the Ayerwaddy River View Hotel at the western edge of the city, right by the river. 

 

We got dropped off at a slightly different part of the night market, near food stalls, but actually at a proper restaurant. I had a hot pot that was very good, apparently a Mandalay specialty. We were all beat when we got back to the hotel and went to bed at 9.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Blog Buddhist Burma Jade Myanmar Pagoda Religion SE Southeast https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/5/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 Fri, 03 May 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/4/from-the-journals-more-from-sagaing-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 Buddha ImagesBuddha ImagesU Min Thonze Caves, Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). At the U Min Thonze Caves, I found the curving line of Buddha images to make for some good pix. I worked it for a while, enjoying the shade and the light coming in through the multiple doorways.

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Blog Buddhist Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia U Min Thonze Caves https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/4/from-the-journals-more-from-sagaing-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 Fri, 26 Apr 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2019 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/4/from-the-journals-sagaing-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 U Min Thonze Caves, Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma).Many ChoicesU Min Thonze Caves, Sagaing, Myanmar (Burma). Myo had arranged for a tuk tuk to take us to Saigang. It was a bit a chilly ride in the open air, especially for May May. We first went to Kaunghmudaw Paya, which was having its coat of gold paint ordered by Than Shwe removed and changed back to the original white. I took some pix of the men working on the stupa. Myo bumped in to a high school Classmate from Bago. She and her family were visiting from Seattle, where they have been living for ten years. 

 

Our next stop was Soon U Pon Nya Shin Paya. It had some beautiful views of the surrounding temples on hills and there was Buddhist chanting drifting up fro one of them. The Ayerwaddy River was in the background. It was very peaceful and would have been good to photograph in early morning light. Now the light was too harsh and there was a lot of haze or pollution. We couldn’t even see Mandalay, which was only a half hour away across the river. 

 

We then went to U Min Thonze Caves, which had interesting entrance that needed to be photographed.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Ayeyarwady River Burma Fishing Myanmar SE Asia Southeast https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/4/from-the-journals-sagaing-myanmar-burma-january-23-2019 Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:17:03 GMT
From the Journals… Havana, Cuba. February 22, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-february-22-2017 Evening Settles InEvening Settles InCatedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana, Plaza de la Catedral. Havana, Cuba. Back out around 4:30, this time headed north, searching for the restaurant where I got the sausages my first day in town. I vaguely remembered where it was, and I did find it without too much difficulty. I had sausages and fresh bread for my dinner and it was pretty good. Yes, I could have done with some veggies too, I guess. 

I took a couple of shots in the Plaza de la Catedral at dusk, then wandered over to the Plaza de Armas for a few more pix. I walked down Mercaderes and planted myself in Plaza Vieja, listening to music and admiring the colonial architecture of the entire square. I shifted position a couple of times, changing bands or dodging raindrops. Yes, again. Very unsettled weather today. I figured I should head home just in case it might rain harder.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Catedral de San Cristóbal de la Habana Cuba Dusk Havana Plaza de la Catedral https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-february-22-2017 Fri, 29 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Santa Clara, Cuba. February 19, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-santa-clara-cuba-february-19-2017 My RideMy Ridec. 1960 Cadilac wagon used as a shared taxi, Colón. Matanzas, Cuba. After a slightly smaller breakfast than yesterday, I walked over the the corner of the park where I met the guy from last night with the colectivo. He told me to get my luggage and come back because there was a taxi leaving in around 10 to 30 minutes. 

When I returned, I sat in the park and waited for about 45 minutes. Another guy had approached me before, and said that his taxi was now ready. I would be the eleventh and final passenger. I walked across the park with him, and within five minutes the 1954 Cadillac (I think) pulled up. My pack and I were put in the back, and off we went. I sat with a young couple from Austria, and a third woman who was from their same small town joined in the conversation. 

I got dropped off at the traffic circle outside Varadero, and found another colectivo towards Matanzas and was off within 15 minutes. This one was a well-maintained Chevy BelAir with 

AC! The ride was quick, but I was pissed off when he dropped me off just outside town, despite having said he would go to the casa. He wanted to charge me an additional 2 CUC, when the entire ride from Varadero only cost 3 CUC.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Car Caribbean Colectivo Cuba Shared Taxi Taxi https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-santa-clara-cuba-february-19-2017 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Baracoa, Cuba. February 12, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-baracoa-cuba-february-12-2017 Final RoundFinal RoundCockfights, south of Baracoa. Guantánamo, Cuba. At 9 I met Dignatario as planned. We negotiated for a taxi, and soon got underway towards the south of town. We drove about 5 miles on the paved road, then headed west for about a mile on a rough dirt road. We got dropped off at a stony river bed of the Rio Miel. The only way to cross was via a coconut tree trunk that had been laid across the river. The water wasn't too deep, and I contemplated wading, but Dignatario just walked right across, so I attempted the same. I was losing my balance after a few steps, so tried to turn around to recover. I managed to get back on the stones, but lost my balance and fell. Embarrassing! There was a young guy there who helped me cross the log.  

Dignatario led us on a trail along the river's edge. I could hear shouting and roosters crowing, so I knew it was close. It was a chaotic scene, with small groups of men all over the place, prepping their roosters, gambling, selling food, and of course, gathered around a big ring to watch the cockfights. We found a spot where Dignatario could sit and I could stand so as to be able to move around. It was overcast, and that really helped me tame what could have been a contrasty scene. 

I got a bunch of shots of the fights and of people's reactions. They do this every Sunday, and it is definitely Guys Day Out. Of the 800-1000 people gathered in these clearings, about 99% were men. There were a few women staffing the concession stands, but I only saw 2 women actually watching the fights. It's a bloody business, with fights lasting from 10-45 minutes, until one of the cocks is down. Fascinating to watch and see how wrapped-up so many guys get in this, especially when they have bet on a fight. It was my first time attending one. I am glad I did to see what goes on, but I won't be in a hurry to go again.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Baracoa Caribbean Cockfight Cuba https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-baracoa-cuba-february-12-2017 Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Baracoa, Cuba. February 11, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-baracoa-cuba-february-11-2017 Private ConcertPrivate ConcertPortrait of 84-year-old musician, Dignatario Mato with his guitar in his home, Baracoa. Guantánamo, Cuba. The wind continued throughout the night, and there were clouds in the morning. I was told it is usually sunny and hot in the morning. 

I went for a short walk along the Malecón, watching the waves crash over in a couple of places. Since my casa is exposed to the wind, it feels cooler, but as soon as I have buildings blocking the wind, I can feel the warmth. There is a market of sorts by the Malecón with a few people selling things from their trucks or a couple of booths. There are crowds around these vendors, who are selling tomatoes, onions, some kind of huge sausage, and other stuff I couldn't see because the lines were too deep. //

I met Dignatario (my new musician friend whom I had met last night) at 10 as planned, and we walked to his house. I was going to ask him if I could take his photo, but he beat me to it. He sat down on his couch, I opened the front door to get a bit more light, and it was perfect. It didn't take long at all to get shots I was happy with. He played and sang for a while, philosophized a bit, then played some more. After about an hour it dawned on me that I should get this on video as well, so I recorded a couple of songs. He is extremely talented. 

He suggested we go for a walk around town. We kept bumping into his friends and he was introducing me to everybody. We ended up by the Malecón and he asked me to photograph him with the water in the background (he had carried his guitar with him). Of course I was happy to oblige. We walked to the Dorado Cafe and I invited him for lunch. What a morning it has been!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Dignatario Mato Guitar Musician https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-baracoa-cuba-february-11-2017 Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. February 9, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-santiago-de-cuba-cuba-february-9-2017 Guarding the HarborGuarding the HarborCastillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro. Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Luisito, my casa host, surprised me when he showed up with breakfast at 7:30 instead of 8-ish. It was already hot on the terrace even then. 

We left in his car around 8:30 and headed for Castillo San Pedro de la Roca. It is a fort with a strong defensive position and awesome views at the narrow entrance to the Bahia Santiago. I shot some pix, and quickly got hot in the sun. There were some shady spots with great breezes coming through, and I enjoyed those. 

He drove along the bay, and we stopped briefly across from Cayó Granma. We continued on to San Juan Hill, where there is only 1 brief mention of T.R. The Cubans are quick to point out that their army provided great assistance to the American forces to win this battle against Spain. (Only to become a colony of the US instead of Spain.) Right next to the monument is an amusement park. I am very glad that I did not attempt to walk here, because it is about 1.5 miles from my casa and very hot.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Cuba Fort Santiago de Cuba https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/3/from-the-journals-santiago-de-cuba-cuba-february-9-2017 Fri, 01 Mar 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Trinidad, Cuba. February 6, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-6-2017 La Boca SunsetLa Boca SunsetSunset silhouette of tree, La Boca. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. I took the short ride to the small village of La Boca, at the mouth of the Rio Guaurabo. I walked down to the actual mouth of the river, and saw some people on the beach. I got some shots of small fishing boats lined up on their docks. It looked like the rain I saw across the river in the mountains might come over to my side, so I staked out some shelter if necessary. Fortunately it wasn't, and there was even a decent sunset. I was photographing it until the moment the bus pulled in to view. I stuffed my camera in the bag and boarded the bus. 

Matilda, the casa owner, cooked up a very tasty lobster dinner for me soon after I got back. Afterwards I went out to look for some music. I sat by the Casa de Música for a bit, but wasn't inspired to go in. All 3 of my other music sources were dark..I was tired, so I came back and showered. I have an early start tomorrow.

 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Silhouette Sunset Tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-6-2017 Fri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 5, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Making MusicMaking MusicStreet musicians perform in Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. Around noon I found a restaurant behind the Casa de Música and had a ham and cheese pizza (they were out of chorizo, my first choice). I came back to the casa and took a nap. I am now in the hammock writing this. //

I went down to the Cubatours office to enquire about the local minibus, but the line was long and I didn't bother to wait. I walked up the block to investigate the Cafe Dulcinea. It looked promising for the future, but they didn't have iced coffee, so I passed for now. I ended up back at yesterday's cafe for an iced coffee and a chance to read some of the National Geographic magazine i have on my iPad. 

Finally, on my third attempt in Cuba, I found a good massage! He worked for 30 minutes on just my back, getting in moderately deep and into the right points. I felt very much loosened up afterwards. 

It was almost sunset time when I finished, so I went on photo patrol. The best I could do were the palms in Plaza Mayor. I got some okay shots before sunset and the post-sunset colors just fizzled away.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Music Musician Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 5, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Bird's Eye ViewBird's Eye ViewLooking out over town towards the Sierra del Escambray from Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. I walked back to the center of town, sat in a Plaza for a while, then decided to enter the Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos, not because I wanted to see the museum, but because I thought I might get some good vantage points fro the bell tower. I did get some good shots from there. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Museo Nacional de la Lucha Contra Bandidos Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 5, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Taking a BreakTaking a BreakTrinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. For a different approach, a couple of times I stationed myself where I had a nice background, and then waited for something interesting to enter the foreground. I might have gotten a shot or two. It was fairly warm, so I tried to stay in he shade. Fortunately the climate here is not humid, so as soon as you are in the shade it is very comfortable.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Horse Horse-drawn carriage Pencil Sketch Sketch Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/2/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Fri, 01 Feb 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Trinidad, Cuba. February 5, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 HUV--Horse Utility VehicleHUV--Horse Utility VehicleTrinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. There was a contest during the night to see who could make the most noise. The dogs were winning over the roosters, but the couple of cat fights that punctuated the night were the winners. I prepared some fresh earplugs for the next onslaught. 

Breakfast at 7:30 under clear skies. I was tempted to just hang out on the terrace for a while, but I figured I should do some work and reward myself later. I started walking the streets behind my casa looking for activity to shoot, and ended up climbing the hill towards the radio tower. It was already warm at 9:30. I changed directions and ended up at the entrance to a cave discotheque, much to my surprise. (I discovered in reading LP that there is also a cave hotel.)

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Horse-drawn Cart Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-5-2017 Fri, 25 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 4, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-even-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 A Seat in the SunA Seat in the SunResaurant patio, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba.

This inviting little courtyard is part of a restaurant that also has bands performing at times. It is one of those hidden gems that requires poking my nose into the gate to discover.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Café Caribbean Cuba Patio Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-even-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 4, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Painted PalmPainted PalmCasa Padrón, Plaza Mayor, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. Back to the casa for a siesta, I took a short nap, then went up to the hammock to read LP. That lasted for about 15 minutes, until the rain started. The roof up there is only for shade, which I suspected. However, I discovered that the terrace roof on my level was not watertight either. I did some more reading in bed. 

During a break in the rain I walked down to a cafe I had seen this morning. It started raining lightly, but I got here before I got too wet. The only problem is that there is a power outage in town, so they can't make coffee for me! I started talking to a retired Dutch couple who asked if they could share my table, one of 3 in the cafe.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Palm Tree Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 4, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Museo de Arquitectura ColonialMuseo de Arquitectura ColonialTrinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. I then went to the Architecture Museum. It was a nice building with a moderately interesting display. They charge an extra CUC 5 for using a camera, so I kept it in the bag. 

I walked to the interesting cafe that I had seen yesterday for lunch. It is a peaceful place under a large tree. I had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2019/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Fri, 04 Jan 2019 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 4, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 The View OutsideThe View OutsidePalacio Ortiz, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba.

Nearby, the Art Gallery was free, had some interesting work, and more importantly provided me with views looking out over the Plaza. I used some of the latticework on the windows as framing devices. It was nice to have the luxury of time to wait for the right moments.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Trinidad Window https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Trinidad, Cuba. February 4, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Old But ElegantOld But ElegantMuseo Histórico Municipal, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba.

Roosters starting early, then a very pleasant breakfast on the terrace this morning.//

My first stop was the bus station to buy a ticket to Santiago de Cuba for Monday. It was already sold out, so I bought one for Tuesday. I really like this town, so staying an extra day shouldn't be a hardship. 

I went to the Museo Histórico Municipal, a mansion a bit south of the Plaza Mayor. It was nice inside with the courtyard, and I took some pix, including HDR. I climbed to the top of the tower and got views (and photos) in all directions.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Museo Histórico Municipal Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-4-2017 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 3, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 The Afternoon GameThe Afternoon GameTrinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. Sunset was brilliant, but I hadn't located a suitable foreground subject, so just had to watch. I will be better prepared tomorrow. I walked down to the LP- suggested Guitarra Mía Restaurante and had a nicely presented and tasty ropa vieja of lamb. 

I walked back up the hill to the Cas de la Música and sat on the wall at the bottom of the steps. There was a band playing nice music and a good internet connection, so I spent about 50 minutes deleting most of the 450 emails waiting for me, and responding to the few that required my attention. A new and more lively band came on and turned up the energy a couple of notches. Loads of people were coming in to this open air area, and many were dancing near the band. When they finished at 10 I decided to leave.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Dominos Friends Game Passtime Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Trinidad, Cuba. February 3, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 Museo RománticoMuseo RománticoTrinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. I went out about 4:00 with the goal of doing the walking photo tour as suggested by LP. The old Plaza is really nice, as are many of the colonial buildings. I discovered a very inviting cafe under some large shady trees that I will have to visit. I got a bunch of photos out of the deal, plus had the opportunity to explore the town.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Museo Romántico Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/12/from-the-journals-more-from-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 Fri, 07 Dec 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Trinidad, Cuba. February 3, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 Wash DayWash DayView from terrace of casa, Trinidad. Sancti Spíritus, Cuba. I walked to the bus station and went to the Viazul ticket office. When I told him what bus I wanted, he asked if I was on the list. WTF!! Yesterday when I arrived and the office was closed for lunch, the woman told me to come back 30 minutes before my departure. So today I was there one hour before and they tell me this! The man told me to have a seat until the bus arrived.  Started standing right by the door 10 minutes before departure. At departure time,  he told me the bus is full, and so is the next one, did I want to put my name on the list?

I walked out to the street and found a colectivo leaving soon at only a bit more than the bus charges. While looking for a bathroom in the bus station I found an Etecsa office without a line, and they had wi-if cards. It was an agonizingly slow transaction while she had to enter my passport number! into the computer and the codes of each of the two cards I was buying. 

The colectivo soon got underway, and it was 1.5 hours to Trinidad. My main concern for the delay was knowing that the casa owner was going to be waiting for me in the bus station. Fortunately the timing worked out, and she found me before I even had a chance to enter the station. 

Matilda guided me through the cobblestone streets up the hill to her house--good exercise. I had a choice of two rooms, so I took the larger suite upstairs so as to have the terrace directly outside my room. It is a large airy room with great ventilation, and there was a nice strong breeze. The shaded terrace is extremely pleasant, and I was served coffee here, so ended up taking my siesta here. Also, there is a rooftop terrace with a small shaded area with a couple of chairs and a hammock in which I had a nice little nap.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba EATS Laundry Trinidad https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-trinidad-cuba-february-3-2017 Fri, 30 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Caletón, Playa Larga, Cuba. February 1, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-calet-n-playa-larga-cuba-january-28-2017  

Old FaithfulOld FaithfulOld car, Caletón, Playa Larga. Matanzas, Cuba. When we returned around 1:30 my first task was to change money. I grabbed a tiny sandwich thinking that I didn't want to take to much time so that I could find a colectivo to Cienfuegos.  After a bit of waiting and asking around I realized that wasn't going to happen. I went back to the casa and left a note for my Italian friends suggesting we meet at the casa to go out for dinner. 

I walked back in the heat to the Kiki restaurant with the idea of having a coffee and relaxing for the afternoon. Much to my surprise, I found Giovanni and Delphina. I had my coffee while they had lunch. We spent a while there because it was very pleasant and they were enjoying the food. 

As we were leaving we made a reservation at the restaurant across the street for grilled lobster for dinner. We then walked down towards the end of the Caletón beach to relax. I found a guy doing massages on the beach, so I did 45 minutes for my back. Despite him telling me before we started that I want a strong massage, once he got me on the table he said that a strong massage was not good for the neck. I said I would prefer strong, and he attempted, but it was not very good and he didn't know his trigger points. 

We went around the corner from the beach to find piña coladas and discovered that the sand flies were just starting to bite, so we relocated into the restaurant. Giovanni is very inquisitive and talkative, and started talking to the chef, stuck his nose in the kitchen, and discovered some amazing lobsters. We were told that it would only cost 15 CUCs for a complete lobster dinner. We placed an order and Giovanni walked back to he other place to cancel. 

We were enjoying our drinks and talking, and eventually dinner was served. The lobster was prepared a la mariposa, split and spread out like a butterfly. They said it was 1 kilo for the tail, and it was huge, taking up ⅔ of the plate. I've never seen so much meat from one lobster! The only problem was that it was a bit tough and the natural flavor wasn't quite enough. Apparently it was cooked in butter, but I didn't taste much. 

As we were working our way through our lobsters, a group of musicians walked in and started to set up. After a few minutes they started playing, opening with Chang Chang. They did salsa cubana, son, and gurumba, or that's what I think the waiter told me. It was a lot of fun, and they were so enthusiastic. I shot some video, and realized as I was panning that the waiter was dancing with the customers and having a great time and was eventually joined by the chef. I took some stills as well. It was an awesome evening that I would have missed if I had found a ride to Cienfuegos. I love Cuba!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs) Car Caribbean Cuba https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-calet-n-playa-larga-cuba-january-28-2017 Fri, 23 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Viñales, Cuba. January 28, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-more-from-vi-ales-cuba-january-28-2017 The Road HomeThe Road HomeFields and countryside, Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba. By chance we met up with another small group of tourists, and were put together for a cave tour.  It was moderately interesting, but I had to wait as 2 of our group wanted to go for a short swim in the pool in the cave. 

On the way back we stopped at a small cafe and had a tiny discussion of the coffee harvesting process. The beans smelled very good, so I ordered a cup. Surprisingly, it was not impressive.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Countryside Cuba Farm Rural Viñales https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-more-from-vi-ales-cuba-january-28-2017 Fri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Viñales, Cuba. January 28, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-vi-ales-cuba-january-28-2017 Cuban CountrysideCuban CountrysideFields and countryside, Viñales, Pinar del Río, Cuba. The roosters started at 4am. With earplugs and a pillow over my head, I was able to tough it out, and got up around 7. I went for a short walk around the neighborhood, hoping for pix, but didn't get any. 

I had a nice breakfast at the casa, then was picked up promptly at 9 by my guide and his horse. It was a very relaxing morning riding the trails around the farms, seeing people at work in the fields, and admiring the beautiful scenery in the background. The mogotes are karst outcrops the size of small mountains. 

Our first stop was at a drying house for a tobacco farm. I had a private explanation of the cultivation of tobacco and a demo of rolling a cigar. I got some good pix. When I turned down his offer to purchase some cigars, I did not get the heavy sales pitch I was expecting.

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From the Journals… Havana, Cuba. January 27, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/11/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-27-2017 Heads Up!Heads Up!Ceiling, Museo de la Revolución, Havana, Cuba. I did some email when I woke up, then had breakfast, again making a sandwich for later. I arrived at El Museo de la Revolución a bit early, and read LP for a bit. 

The museum is in the former presidential mansion that is currently having some renovation done. It is a thorough presentation of the revolution, going into depth on almost every battle, it seems. It definitely helps in understanding what makes Cuba tick. 

Zaria couldn't believe that I didn't have a casa reservation in Viñales, nor a bus ticket purchased but I just made my decision yesterday. I walked to the Hotel Seville to find a taxi to the bus station and it cost $15! The bus ticket for the 4-hour ride costs $12. The taxi driver set me up with a colectivo driver who was asking for $20 for sharing the ride with 2 other people. He said it would only take 2 hours instead of 4, and that we would arrive about the time the bus was departing.

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From the Journals… More from Havana, Cuba. January 26, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-more-from-havana-cuba-january-26-2017 Inviting CourtyardInviting CourtyardMuseo de la Ciudad in the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Havana, Cuba. I had my sandwich in a park then went to the Cafe Santo Domingo. I bought pastry downstairs and took it upstairs to enjoy with a coffee. 

I went in to the City Museum in a beautiful historic building and took some photos there. I headed towards the tunnel to find a local bus to take me to the forts. It was along wait for a short ride. I walked some more to the Castillo de 3 Moros de las Cabañas. 

After a walk to the fort, I explored around, then met an American couple from Alaska, Aaron and MaryAnn. I had dinner in the fort, and am waiting for the ceremony of the canon firing, a tradition that goes back a few centuries.

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From the Journals… Havana, Cuba. January 26, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-26-2017 Arches and CourtyardArches and CourtyardMuseo de la Ciudad in the Palacio de los Capitanes Generales, Havana, Cuba.

I slept through until 8. They still served me a large breakfast, but I didn't eat it all, and instead made a sandwich for later. I had a nice talk with Zaria and got some sightseeing suggestions from her. 

My first order of business was to find a room for myself for the last 2 nights of my trip. It took a little while, but I think I am all set. I then went looking for a guy named Eduardo who does massage, but couldn't find him. 

More walking, some interesting places and some not. The Alexander Humboldt Museum is now closed. I stumbled on to a lecture by a Cuban photographer at the Fototeca.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Museo de la Ciudad Palacio de los Capitanes Generales https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-26-2017 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Havana, Cuba. January 25, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-even-more-from-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Resting in the ShadeResting in the ShadeCars in the shade, Agramonte, Havana, Cuba. I walked some more then had to rest in the Plaza de Armas, listening to a salsa band at a restaurant. I walked some more, then went to Nau Bar Paladar for a dinner of sautéed pork with rice n beans. It was good, but the portion was large, and I had had too much food for the day. 

It was a long walk home with tired legs and a very full stomach. When I returned to he casa around 7:30, I was too tired to do any laundry or write in my journal. I showered and read LP until I crashed at 9:30.

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From the Journals… Still More from Havana, Cuba. January 25, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-still-more-from-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Sing It Loud!Sing It Loud!Muscian Sergio de lis Saboli performing in Plaza de Catedral, Havana, Cuba. I found a restaurant for lunch and just had the appetizer of grilled sausages, which I enjoyed. I had a brief siesta in a small park, then a hot cocoa at the Chocolate Museum. Scattered throughout the day were many photo ops, including an encounter and nice conversation with a musician named Sergio in the Plaza del Catedral. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Guitar Havana Musician Plaza de Catedral Sergio de lis Saboli https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/10/from-the-journals-still-more-from-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Havana, Cuba. January 25, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Let It All Hang OutLet It All Hang OutStreet scene with laundry, Trocadero, Havana, Cuba. I went back out, starting at the Museo de Bellas Artes. There was some nice work in there, and some modern stuff that didn't do anything for me. I spent most of the day walking all over the place, visiting a bunch of things listed in Lonely Planet (LP). Some of the museums were legit, and some do not qualify to be called museums. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Caribbean Cuba Havana Laundry https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Fri, 28 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Havana, Cuba. January 25, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Morning CalmMorning CalmEl Morro with boats in foreground in morning, Havana, Cuba. I got up early and went for a walk along Colón towards Plaza del Catedral. I went down by the waterfront and took a few pix. Back at the hotel, the women had cooked up a large breakfast for me. I ate too much, thinking it would last for a good chunk of the day. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Americas Boats Caribbean Cuba Havana https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-25-2017 Mon, 24 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Havana, Cuba. January 24, 2017 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-havana-cuba-january-24-2017 Cruisin' in My AutomobileCruisin' in My AutomobileEl Morro with boats in foreground in morning, Havana, Cuba. No problems getting into the country. I was surprised to see most of the women security agents were wearing fishnet stockings! That's a new twist. I changed some money at a rate of $1 = .87 CUC (Convertibles Cubanos) even though it is pegged to the dollar. We get hit with a big tax. 

 

The taxi driver who drove me the 30 minutes into town told me everything here is tranquilo, and it does seem to be. I arrived earlier than expected and my room was not ready. Zaria, the hostess, was very apologetic, but I wasn't too bothered. I sat and looked at LP for a bit to map out plans for my visit. Zaria offered me a delicious cup of coffee while I waited. 

 

Once I got into my room, I got my stuff sorted out and went out for a walk. I started by the fort and then went along the Malecón for a few blocks. The waves were crashing over the wall. 

 

I cut back towards Havana Vieja and walked down Paseo Jose Martí. There are tons of really worn and crumbling buildings here, as well as some nicely restored ones. I took some photos and felt totally comfortable with my camera out. There are tourists here, but not in crazy numbers. There are lots of locals out, sitting and shooting the breeze, playing chess, etc.

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From the Journals… Yet More from Singapore. February 27, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-singapore-february-27-2016 Singapore SkylineSingapore SkylineDramatic view over Marina Bay from the Helix Bridge, Singapore. At 8:00, only about an hour after I took this photo, I got on the MRT and headed back to Changi. I had dinner, then retrieved my pack. I found a large enough stall in a men's room that was clean, and I changed my wardrobe into my flight clothes. I was ready to check in when the gate opened at 11:00pm. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cityscape marina bay se asia singapore skyline southeast asia sunset https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-singapore-february-27-2016 Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Singapore. February 27, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-singapore-february-27-2016 They've Landed!They've Landed!Dock and ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay, Singapore. I had a productive late afternoon session, and got some good pix around Marina Bay and Gardens by the Bay. I found a spot on the Helix Bridge where I could get a very wide shot with my 17-35 at 17mm. As usual, there was a lot of waiting until the light levels and color of the sky were good. For a while, I wasn't sure if that was going to happen.

 

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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 27, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-27-2016 Sailing Through the Gardens.Sailing Through the Gardens.Stunning architecture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino seen from Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. Back in the Gardens by the Bay, I found yet another angle that gave me a great view of the dramatic Marina Bay Sands Hotel & Casino. I cranked my aperture to f/22 to create a starburst, then captured multiple exposure brackets to blend together for this HDR image.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia gardens by the bay marina bay sands se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-27-2016 Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 27, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-singapore-february-27-2016 Lilies and SkylineLilies and SkylineView of lily pond outside ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay, Singapore. I dropped my pack off at Changi Airport and had a mango and sticky rice for lunch. It's really supposed to be a dessert, so was not that filling but it was delicious. 

 

I took the MRT to Bayfront with the idea of scouting around for a sunset shot tonight around Marina Bay. I took a short nap underneath the Helix Bridge in the shade. After a short walk down to the Esplanade Theatres by the Bay, I am enjoying an iced coffee and the AC. I like the motto here in the food court of the theatres: "Art Meets Life. Diverse tastes from the East to the West. Life, like art, can be a journey.”

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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-26-2016 Evening Settles InEvening Settles InSunset view of Marina Bay and CBD from deck of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. I took some normal shots, some HDR, and a couple of panoramas. While I was waiting for the right balance of light in the sky, I was just absorbing the view and looking at all the buildings and places we have visited on this trip. Since I couldn't use my tripod, I had to use higher ISOs than I normally do. I think I got good shots at ISO 3200.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cityscape marina bay sands se asia singapore skyline skypark southeast asia sunset https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/9/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-26-2016 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-26-2016 Singapore SunsetSingapore SunsetSunset view of Marina Bay and CBD from deck of Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. We took the MRT to Marina Bay (Bayfront station) again (it seems to be our favorite destination). After checking the sky one last time to confirm we might get a good sunset, we made our way to the Skypark entrance. I invested SD$23 in the hope of getting some good pix. Myo didn't want to spend the money, so she stayed below. 

 

It is an awesome view from up top, just as I imagined it would be. I took some pix of Gardens by the Bay and the ships in the harbor. There was a great view up the entire East Coast Park, so I could see where we had just biked today. I then turned my sights on the city, and staked out a place by the railing for pix. No tripods allowed, so I was counting on bracing the camera on the top of the glass that goes around the edge.

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From the Journals… Singapore. February 23, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-23-2016 Singapore Skyline SunsetSingapore Skyline SunsetSun sets over CBD (Central Business District) from Marina Bay, Singapore. Most days found me at Marina Bay, and today was no exception. It is a fascinating place, with so much to see and do. Sunsets are especially dramatic from this viewpoint with the CBD (Central Business District) in the foreground.

 

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From the Journals… Yet More from Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 They've Landed!They've Landed!Gardens by the Bay at dusk, Singapore. We spent the afternoon walking all around Gardens by the Bay. I knew I wanted to capture some of the otherworldly-looking “trees”. My opportunity came around twilight when the lights were turned on.

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From the Journals… Even More from Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Ship in the SkyShip in the SkyStunning architecture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino seen from Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. I keep being drawn to Marina Bay and the impressive architecture that surrounds it. As I was exploring around the Gardens by the Bay, I caught a glimpse of the showcase building, the Marina Bay Sands Hotel and Casino. This is a dramatic building that looks so cool from many different angles.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia gardens by the bay se asia singapore southeast asia sunset https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Mon, 20 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-still-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Year of the MonkeyYear of the MonkeyChinese new year decorations hang over New Bridge Road in Chinatown, Singapore. I was visiting Chinatown again, which is where I had stayed 2 years earlier. Again, I happened to be here close to Chinese New Year. I saw these decorations hanging above New Bridge Road, and I had to take a few shots.

 

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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Prayer ServicePrayer ServiceMonks lead prayer service in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore. While I was inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, people started filing in around the perimeter and then filling up the middle. A ceremony was beginning, and they didn’t seem bothered by having outsiders observing. I tried to be unobtrusive as I walked around and quietly took some photos.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia buddha tooth relic temple chinatown se asia singapore southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-22-2016 Mon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 22, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-22-2016 Buddha Image TrioBuddha Image TrioSmall Buddha images in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple, Singapore. I had poked my nose in here on a previous trip, but there wasn’t much going on then. Today, however, there was a festival of sorts. I was aware of a parade of worshippers building outside around the building. I got a few details shots inside while I was waiting to see what happened.

 

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From the Journals… More from Singapore. February 19, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-more-from-singapore-february-19-2016 Pretty PathPretty PathFountain and sculptures on path in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. We spent a few hours in the garden walking around. There is some beautiful landscaping with dramatic views of the city, as opposed to when I was here 2 years ago and from a distance couldn't see much more than the funky supertrees. We finished at an exhibit called The Future of Us, which is looking at the Singapore of the future. These people are dreamers, planners, and doers!

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From the Journals… Singapore. February 19, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/8/from-the-journals-singapore-february-19-2016 Window to a Green WorldWindow to a Green WorldChinese gardens in Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. We took a bus and the MRT to Gardens by the Bay. Since we were hungry again, we walked through the park headed towards Satay by the Bay, a food court with good reviews. It had been raining lightly, but there was a downpour while we were enjoying lunch (I had a laksa and tried chendol for dessert) and we were happy to have the shelter of the food court. It was great to be able to look out and see a pond and lots of greenery and the rain coming down, all while staying dry. 

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From the Journals… More from Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Watery CommuteWatery CommutePeople in boat on Sangker River, Battambang, Cambodia. We spent most of the day looking, talking with our fellow travelers, and resting. We stopped for a lunch and bathroom break around 1. After that, the river got narrow and shallow and our progress slowed considerably. That's okay, it's all part of the adventure. At one point the captain and assistant were both in the water pounding the propeller back into shape with a mallet. 

 

There were several times when they were out pushing the boat. Two of the British guys on board hopped in the water to help. I didn't expect to be on the boat so long, but we were there for the nice afternoon light. We arrived at 6:00 and shared a tuk tuk to the center of town. 

 

I had been applying sunscreen 4 or 5 times during the day, and had been using my umbrella for shade since 12:30, but I got burned and was red and a bit sore at the end of the day. I was really dehydrated as well, so as soon as I checked into the 333 Guest House, I headed out looking for drinks and food. I ended up at the noodle shop recommended by LP. I had fried dumplings which were very good.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia sangker river se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Mon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Sangker River, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-sangker-river-cambodia-february-15-2016 Taking a BreakTaking a BreakMan rests in bow of his boat on the Sangker River. Battambang, Cambodia. Eventually we were picked up by a couple of vans and driven for about 30 minutes to the docks. We boarded our boat, a long, thin, high-speed ferry, similar to what I had been on when I was here before. Those who wanted to were able to sit on the roof, and that's what I chose to do. I like the sun, wind and the view for photos. 

 

We followed the river out to the Tonlé Sap. Even though it is just the narrower northern section, we could still not see all the way across. Suddenly our boat felt small. There were a bunch of floating houses and businesses, but we soon had passed them and were by ourselves. 

 

We eventually entered the mouth of the Sangker River, which we would be following for the rest of the day. We passed a settlement of floating houses, and I took some pix even though the light was fairly intense by then. We got seriously bogged down by the fields of floating green plants, which is cultivated but got out of control in some places.

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From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Ruins Getting RuinedRuins Getting RuinedThe jungle takes over the ruins of Banteay Kdei. Angkor, Cambodia. I moved on to Ta Keo, but it was quite hot there and the light was harsh. Nevertheless, I climbed a good part of the way up for a look around. My last temple was Banteay Kdei. I took a couple of pix of the big trees growing into the stone walls. I called it quits at noon and drove my Scoopy motorbike back to town.

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From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 The Jungle is WinningThe Jungle is WinningThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Restoration work has been done here, which I guess is good so things don't completely fall apart. However, it takes away from the "my discovery in the jungle" feeling. 

I moved on to Ta Keo, but it was quite hot there and the light was harsh. Nevertheless, I climbed a good part of the way up for a look around. My last temple was Banteay Kdei. I took a couple of pix of the big trees growing into the stone walls. I called it quits at noon and drove my Scoopy motorbike back to town.

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From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Stepping StonesStepping StonesThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Things were okay early, but when the groups of tourists started arriving around 9 it got to be overwhelming. Lots of Chinese and Japanese tourists. One person gets an idea to be photographed between big tree roots, then the other 15 people in the group feel compelled to have their photo taken in the same spot. It gets played out quickly.

 

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From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 15, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fading Into the PastFading Into the PastThe jungle takes over the ruins of Ta Prohm. Angkor, Cambodia. Another early start for sunrise at Angkor. Still not early enough to get a good spot for pix at 5:40. I squeezed in where I could and another photographer claimed I was blocking his spot. He could have shifted over a foot to his right, but instead his wife was determined to stand in front of me to block my shots. Good thing she was short. 

 

I had breakfast there after the sky did its thing, then moved on. I made brief stops at the South and Victory gates of Angkor Thom and the Bayon for pix. My main destination was Ta Phrom, the site where the trees have taken over.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia ta prohm tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-15-2016 Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Battle StoriesBattle StoriesReliefs on stone telling of history, Angkor Thom. Angkor, Cambodia. In addition to the “big picture” scale of the ruins, there are lots of smaller details that should not be overlooked. I find the carvings on the walls depicting historic events to be very interesting. When you consider the number of ruins around the entire temple complex and figure that there is loads of room for these smaller carvings, we must be talking about hundreds of thousands of these. Just my guess—nothing official here!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom asia bayon cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Bayon GuardiansBayon GuardiansFaes in the stones, Angkor Thom. Angkor, Cambodia. I went to the West Gate accidentally as I was searching for Baphuon. I had to back track and park near the Terrace of the Elephants. It was too hot and the light was too harsh. I walked around with my umbrella for shade but didn't take any more pix. 

 

I was quite hot and ready for an iced coffee and lunch when I got back to town at 1:00. Now I am just finishing up a siesta and will head out again.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom archaeology architecture asia bayon cambodia religion ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Fri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Deep SleepDeep SleepMysterious stone face on the Bayon ruins. Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia. It was getting hot around 9 when I finished at Angkor Wat, so I had an iced coffee at one of the many restaurants on site. I next went to Angkor Thom to check out the Bayon. It was also very crowded, and the heat and harsh light kept me from going too crazy with pix. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor thom asia bayon cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/7/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Temple CompanionsTemple CompanionsApsaras adorn the walls of Angkor Wat. Angkor, Cambodia. Although Lonely Planet says sunrise and early morning are time to beat the crowds, that certainly wasn't the case here. Since I was here I decided to explore the temple despite the crowds. It is impressive, but I preferred yesterday morning's quiet exploration of Preah Kahn. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor wat apsara asia cambodia carving ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Fri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 14, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 New Day, Old BuildingsNew Day, Old BuildingsTemple of Angkor Wat at sunrise with lilies in foreground. Angkor, Cambodia. An early start today to catch sunrise. I left the hotel on my motorbike at 5:15 to head to Angkor Wat. I was amazed at the crowds there. There are enough to visitors to warrant breakfast and drink bars, which I was pleased to patronize. However, I was not prepared for the thousands of people who had walked up close for sunrise viewing. I don't remember for sure, but I think when I was here last time there were only about a half dozen people around for sunrise. It blows me away!

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor angkor wat archaeology architecture asia cambodia religion ruins se asia southeast asia sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-14-2016 Mon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Ta Som, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-ta-som-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 The Jungle is GainingThe Jungle is GainingTree takes over stone entrance gate, Ta Som. Angkor, Cambodia. This is such a cool thing to watch the buildings get sucked up by the jungle. Although this is an HDR image (see previous post), the hardest part about this one was waiting for all the tourists to get out of my way!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia ta som tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-ta-som-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Sinking TempleSinking TempleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. This is one of many images I took using a technique called HDR, or High Dynamic Range. It involves taking multiple frames of a subject at different exposures. These are then combined in the computer to capture the wide range of brightness levels that our eyes see, but could not be otherwise controlled in a single photo.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Sunlit DevataSunlit DevataRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Here is another devata carved into the stone blocks of the ruin. I like how the sunlight was spotlighting this one.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/angkor-asia-cambodia-preah-kahn-ruins-se-asia-southeast-asia A Long BattleA Long BattleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Tree by tree and wall by wall, the jungle is slowly winning.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/angkor-asia-cambodia-preah-kahn-ruins-se-asia-southeast-asia Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Preah Kahn, Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Seen Better DaysSeen Better DaysRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. I definitely prefer walking around the ruins that have not been restored. It gives me the feeling of discovering it for the first time. It also shows the power of nature and how the jungle reclaims everything.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-preah-kahn-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Devata DetailDevata DetailRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. This is one of thousands of sculptures carved into the stone walls all around Angkor. This is a devata, the Hindu term for deity. The temples at Angkor were originally Hindu before most of this part of the world became Buddhist and the temples were used by the Buddhists.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-more-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 04 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Gone Explorin'Gone Explorin'Ruins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It is fun to explore around these extensive ruins, especially when I was alone and didn’t have to wait for people to get out of my frame.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/6/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 ObstaclesObstaclesRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. As I was exploring, I would often be drawn down a hallway to check out what was behind each new doorway. In this case, that option was not available and it was time to turn around.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 28 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Lifesize PuzzleLifesize PuzzleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. Some of the ruins at Angkor have been restored and others have not. I think it’s more fun to poke around in the ones that haven’t been because it feels like I am discovering them for myself.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia preah kahn religion ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-again-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Temple in the JungleTemple in the JungleRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It seemed that everywhere I turned there was something else to photograph. I had been here in 1999 and loved it. On of my goals for this trip was to use new equipment, techniques, and knowledge gained in the ensuing 17 years to see how I could improve upon my work.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 The Jungle ReturnsThe Jungle ReturnsRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. I just love the way the roots of the trees were slowly winning the battle with the ancient walls, leaving the crumbled stones to tell the story.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor archaeology architecture asia cambodia hdr preah kahn religion roots ruins se asia southeast asia tree https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 18 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Empty HallwayEmpty HallwayRuins of Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. It was a crazy productive day! I started out exploring Preah Kahn. Early in the morning it was a comfortable temperature, and fairly tourist-free. That changed around 9:30 when the tour busses started rolling in. At least until then I felt like I was experiencing the thrill of discovery.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Jungle TempleJungle TempleRuins of Ta Som. Angkor, Cambodia. At about 8:30 I could actually see the steam in the air as the sun hit the forest and I could feel it warming up. Next up was Preah Neak Poan, the monument surrounded by 4 pools. I didn't think it was that great. We continued on a clockwise circle, visiting Ta Som, East Mebon, Pre Rup, and Sras Srang. The later it got, the fewer photos I took.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia cambodia ruins se asia southeast asia ta som https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Fri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Angkor, Cambodia. February 13, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Guardian of the BridgeGuardian of the BridgeAsura sculpture on bridge, Preah Kahn. Angkor, Cambodia. We headed out towards Preah Kahn by way of Angkor Wat. The sun was a pinkish red ball just behind Angkor, so we stopped for a few pix. Preah Kahn was really impressive, and I took a bunch of photos, including a lot of HDR shots. It was nice and cool and there were interesting bird calls in the surrounding forest. Not too many tourists out at 7:15, but that picked up as time went on.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) angkor asia asura sculpture cambodia preah kahn ruins se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-angkor-cambodia-february-13-2016 Mon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Grazing HorsesGrazing HorsesHorses grazing on the bank of the Mekong River, with Bamboo Bridge in background. Kampong Cham, Cambodia. I walked back towards, and then a bit past my hotel to the Smile Restaurant where I am now writing this. I had a very tasty beef loc lac sitting on the sidewalk watching life go by. 

From what I have seen so far, I'm not really impressed by this town. If I can avoid an overnight when I pass through in a day or two, I will.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bamboo bridge cambodia se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/5/from-the-journals-more-from-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Fri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kampong Cham, Cambodia. February 9, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Bamboo BridgeBamboo BridgeA seasonally-built bamboo bridge across the Mekong River connects an island to Kampong Cham, Cambodia. We departed on schedule and arrived inKampong Cham shortly after 3. A tuk tuk driver offered to take me to the appropriate bus station to purchase a ticket for Kratie, then to the Mekong Hotel. The hotel is very large, with a lobby on each floor large enough to host a soccer game. 

After checking in, I went to the nearby Destiny Cafe for an overpriced iced coffee. (It had been recommended by LP. After that if went for a walk along the roadside park overlooking the Mekong. Again, plenty of families out enjoying the holiday. I took a few pix by the area near the Bamboo Bridge to Koh Paen island.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bamboo bridge cambodia se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-kampong-cham-cambodia-february-9-2016 Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Into the UnknownInto the UnknownBoat trip up the Kâmpôt River, Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I like the feeling of entering uncharted territory that this image conveys. I boosted the sharpness and contrast to show more fine details.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat cambodia kâmpôt river morning palm trees river se asia southeast asia tropical tropics https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-and-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 River ManRiver ManBoat captain poses with his trusty craft on the Kâmpôt River, Kâmpôt, Cambodia. My boat captain proudly poses with his trusty craft. He took me for a nice tour up the Kâmpôt River which led to this series of images from my last few posts.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat cambodia kâmpôt river man morning se asia southeast asia tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Buddha Greets the Day.Buddha Greets the Day.Detail of stucco carving on gate to Buddhist temple. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I stepped off the boat for a bit so I could explore a very quiet wat, or Buddhist temple. This photo is the top of the gateway arch leading in to the way.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) architectural detail asia cambodia gate kâmpôt river morning se asia southeast asia temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-again-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Tropical MorningTropical MorningPalms along the Kâmpôt River. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. We rounded the corner into a small tributary of the Kâmpôt River and I found myself looking at this very tropical scene. I boosted the contrast and added a bit of a glow to this image.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia green kâmpôt river morning palm trees se asia southeast asia tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-even-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Riverside RestaurantRiverside RestaurantRestaurant on the Kâmpôt River, Kampot, Cambodia. Does this look like the perfect place to hang out?! I added a bit of a glow to give it a more romantic and dreamy feel.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia kâmpôt river morning se asia southeast asia tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-even-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Paradise FoundParadise FoundLush vegetation and thatched houses along the Kâmpôt River in the morning light. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I loved the lush color in this with the morning haze partially hiding the mountain in the background. I pumped up the contrast a bit and added the borders to give it an old-time postcard look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia kâmpôt river morning se asia southeast asia tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 8, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Riverside Wharehouse 2Riverside Wharehouse 2Colorful plants line the dock of a wharehouse on the Kâmpôt River. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I woke up before the alarm and got myself to the designated meeting place for my boat trip by 6:10. My boatman arrived on schedule at 6:30 and we started upriver, pretty much duplicating last night's trip. Obviously, the light was different and I did get some shots along the way, but I don't think anything spectacular. We stopped off at a mostly deserted wat. 

 

This was early in my morning cruise. I did a couple of variations using Nik software, and like the colors in this one.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia kâmpôt river morning se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-8-2016 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 7, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-7-2016 Sunset CruiseSunset CruiseSunset reflected in the Kâmpôt River. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. Since the light was rather subdued on my cruise up the Kâmpôt River, I decided that I would play around in post-production for this image and the one from my previous post.

I boosted the contrast and saturation, then smoothed everything out. I added a texture screen to this photo.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia colorful kâmpôt river se asia southeast asia sunset https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/4/from-the-journals-more-from-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-7-2016 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Kâmpôt, Cambodia. February 7, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-7-2016 Kâmpôt SunsetKâmpôt SunsetPalms along the Kâmpôt River at sunset. Kâmpôt, Cambodia. I had signed up for the sunset/firefly tour up the Kâmpôt River so I got picked up at 4:45 for that and was driven all of 2 blocks to the waiting boat. 

 

By chance I took a seat next to a talkative and opinionated American woman from the west coast. It was a pleasant cruise, but I only took a couple of pix. The wind picked up, and it was a bit chilly on the way back.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia kâmpôt river palms se asia southeast asia sunset tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-k-mp-t-cambodia-february-7-2016 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-and-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Gate GuardianGate GuardianDecoration on wrought-iron gate entering the Silver Pagoda. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This is a wrought-iron gate decoration going in to the Silver Pagoda. There is lots of detailed work everywhere I look.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia gate se asia silver pagoda southeast asia wrought-iron https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-and-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-more-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 A Place to ReflectA Place to ReflectBuddha image in shady garden of the Silver Pagoda. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Another Buddha image in this peaceful oasis garden between the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia buddha image cambodia se asia silver pagoda southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-more-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Peace in the GardenPeace in the GardenBuddha image in shady garden of the Silver Pagoda. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. To escape the heat even at this early hour of 10 am, I took refuge in a shady garden. There were many Buddha images in there and it was very peaceful. I sat for a while and enjoyed the moment.

I used a texture screen on this image in post-production to give it a little more age and character.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia buddha image cambodia se asia silver pagoda southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-again-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… And Yet More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-and-yet-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Decorative PalmDecorative PalmRoyal Palace. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. For this image of a palm near the Royal Palace, I played around in post processing. I increased the contrast, sharpness, and saturation, then smoothed it back down using a different plug-in to give it a painterly effect.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia royal palace se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-and-yet-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Palace GardensPalace GardensRoyal Palace. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Next up was the Royal Palace and Silver Pagoda--no photos permitted in the main hall of either as I discovered once I was inside. I got a few pix of the exteriors. It was hot by this point, and it was only about 10. I had a drink break while there.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia royal palace se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-even-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 The Morning RoundsThe Morning RoundsMonks collect alms in Pasar Kandal Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The monks in their colorful robes are something that I find visually interesting and culturally fascinating. Each morning they walk their rounds and people are happy to give them rice and food to sustain them. They are highly respected in SE Asia, and when people donate to them they feel they achieve merit.

I bumped up the contrast and saturation in this image in post production.

 

 

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From the Journals… Still More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Rolling Through the MarketRolling Through the MarketTuk tuk drivers takes goods to Pasar Kandal Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Continuing with the motorbike theme from my last post, it’s not just what they carry on their bikes, but what they can attach to their bikes. Here is someone with a very large load driving in the middle of the market.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia motorcycle pasar kandal market se asia southeast asia tuk tuk https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Sweet JobSweet JobMan arranges sugar cane, Pasar Kandal Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. This young guy had the unenviable task of taking these large bunches of sugarcane and somehow attaching them to his motorbike. It’s amazing what these folks can fit on a bike!

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia pasar kandal market se asia southeast asia sugar cane https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/3/from-the-journals-more-from-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Phnom Penh, Cambodia. February 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 ScallopsScallopsClose-up of scallops in Pasar Kandal Market. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I started the day with a walk through the nearby Kandar market. I took some pix, then ended up putting together a patchwork breakfast from what I found along the way. The big find was the fried dough things the Burmese call ejagwe.

 

I found these scallops in the market. It’s fun to stick my lens up close to something to see it from a different perspective. It gets me to notice the small details and patterns that might otherwise get overlooked.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia pasar kandal market phnom penh se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-february-1-2016 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Phnom Penh, Cambodia. January 31, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-january-31-2016 Morning with BuddhaMorning with BuddhaBuddha image in quiet of early morning, Wat Ounalom. Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I woke up at 5:15 and did some journal entries. At about 6:30 I went for a walk out to Wat Ounalom, and shot a few pics, but nothing special. I then went looking for breakfast and enroute checked in on a couple of hotels for possible openings. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia cambodia phnom penh se asia southeast asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-phnom-penh-january-31-2016 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 WeaverWeaverWeaver spinning on the porch of his home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourselves in and started shooting. Here also, we got some good material. (Minh did pay these folks a little something for putting up with us. 

 

We stopped for lunch supplies including iced coffee and took them back to the hotel to consume in our air-conditioned room. A very productive morning!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia se asia southeast asia spinning vietnam weaver https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Again from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016  

Weaver BWWeaver BWWeaver spinning on the porch of his home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back up this road we stopped to photograph an older couple spinning and weaving. Again, we just invited ourselves in and started shooting. Here also, we got some good material. (Minh did pay these folks a little something for putting up with us.) 

We stopped for lunch supplies including iced coffee and took them back to the hotel to consume in our air-conditioned room. A very productive morning!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia se asia southeast asia spinning vietnam weaver https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-again-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Yet More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Young GirlYoung GirlPortrait of a young girl in her home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one street searching for somebody making sugar from a particular type of palm tree. I was hot and willing to give up the hunt, but Minh was determined to find it. He finally did, and we invited ourselves in to their home to watch and photograph. It is a hot job with the fire and the steam coming off these 3 huge vats as the sap is getting boiled down. The light was amazing, and the steam in the background made for some very dramatic shots. I was very excited and think these were the best shots of the trip. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sugar palm boiling vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Taking a BreakTaking a BreakWoman sits inside her home, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. On the way back we stopped by a Cham area, populated by people of Cambodian descent. We cruised up and down this one street searching for somebody making sugar from a particular type of palm tree. I was hot and willing to give up the hunt, but Minh was determined to find it. He finally did, and we invited ourselves in to their home to watch and photograph. It is a hot job with the fire and the steam coming off these 3 huge vats as the sap is getting boiled down. The light was amazing, and the steam in the background made for some very dramatic shots. I was very excited and think these were the best shots of the trip. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sugar palm boiling vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Lovely LiliesLovely LiliesWater lilies grow in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. When I photographed this image, I kept a somewhat narrow zone of focus to have the flowers in the background go soft in order to draw the viewer’s eye to the main subject.  As I worked this image in post-production, I wanted to give it an impressionist feel.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-even-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Star of the ShowStar of the ShowWater lilies grow in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. I took one of my many images from this session (see previous post) and did some post-production work. I enhanced the sharpness, contrast, and saturation. Then I gave it a painterly look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Fri, 02 Feb 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 29, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 The Morning HarvestThe Morning HarvestWoman harvests water lilies growing in pond, Châu Dôc. An Giang Province, Vietnam. Breakfast buffet at the hotel at 6, then we hopped on the motorbike to drive to the lily pond we had been to last night. We arrived at 7:30. We got in one boat and our model got in another boat. 

 

We spent the next hour shooting this woman "harvesting" water lily flowers. It was all staged for us--she was using flowers she had cut earlier. We really worked the scene and shot from different directions using different backgrounds. I was a sweaty mess and my glasses were fogging up. I thought I overshot at almost 200 pix, but Minh got over 500 shots! I told him he better learn Lightroom to help him get through the his edit.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) agriculture asia harvest se asia southeast asia vietnam water lily https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-29-2016 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Gone Fishin'Gone Fishin'Fisherman quietly paddles boat in canal, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. Minh’s friend then hired a fisherman on a boat and directed him into position for dipping his net. It was amusing to see him get so excited directing these strangers. Minh says his friend does this to get the perfect setup for competition prints. I wish the sunset had been a bit more cooperative for this, but it was a challenging lighting situation. 

 

We dropped off our cameras at the hotel, then Minh and I (his friend took off) drove the motorbike into town to find some dinner. More noodle soup.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fisherman fishing mekong river delta se asia southeast asia sunset vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Fri, 26 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Châu Dôc, Vietnam. January 28, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Biking in BeautyBiking in BeautyChildren ride bikes along canal at sunset, Châu Dôc. An Giang, Vietnam. We checked in to the Dong Nam Hotel and were met by Minh's friend at 4:45 to go on a shoot. Minh rented a motorbike from the hotel. We drove outside of town, first stopping to make arrangements for tomorrow morning's shoot. We drove through some pretty countryside with very green rice growing in the fields. At an appropriate location on a dike with a canal next to it we set up our cameras. Minh's friend is a doctor who is a serious amateur photographer. He drove to the road to find some subjects for us. We started out using 3 kids on bikes, who he directed to go back and forth along our selected area.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia bicycle bike canal children se asia southeast asia sunset vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-ch-u-d-c-vietnam-january-28-2016 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 27, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-27-2016 Wessman_160127-7168Wessman_160127-7168Eric and friends at dinner in Cà Mau, Vietnam. Back in Cà Mau we picked up bus tickets for tomorrow and then went to visit Van's boss, who is a friend of Minh. He is the owner/publisher of Cà Mau's largest newspaper. He invited us to dinner, so  we went back to the hotel to shower. 

We met him in a very large and nice beer garden type restaurant where he apparently is a frequent customer. It was a fun dinner and the food was great. Minh did all the translating because none of the others spoke English. 

I am still dealing with jet lag and early starts, so I crashed at 8:30.

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From the Journals… Still More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mending the NetsMending the NetsWoman mending fish net, Rach Tàu. Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. We stopped for an iced coffee, where I was the center of attention because some of these folks have never seen a tourist. We walked around a bit more, then had some lunch. 

After that we got back on our boat to start the return journey. The wind had picked up by this point and the wider stretch of the river was a bit rough. I really enjoyed the day and feel that I got a sense of the delta and how the people live on the river.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fish nets fishing village mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Woman Mending NetWoman Mending NetWoman mending fish net, Rach Tàu. Mekong River Delta, Vietnam. We got to our intended destination, and soon hired a private boat to take the 3 of us to Rach Tàu. It is a town just 2 miles from where this branch of the Mekong opens up into the sea. We arrived around 10 and started to photograph people repairing fishing nets. After that we looked around for some daily life stuff and found that a number of the activities we had hoped to shoot don't happen this time of year. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fish nets fishing village mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Rach Tàu, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Sorting ShrimpSorting ShrimpWomen sort shrimp in baskets in fishing village of Rach Tàu. Minh Hai, Vietnam. Up at 4:45 to get picked up by Minh's contact, Van, by taxi. We took a short ride to the water taxi station and soon were underway. It was supposed to be a 1-hour ride, but was about 1.75 hrs. We started at 5:30 in the dark, and got to see day break on the river. No sunrise because of some clouds and rain.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia fishing village mekong river delta prawns se asia shrimp southeast asia vietnam women work https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-rach-t-u-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fast FoodFast FoodStreet food vendor wheels cart along busy road at night. Cà Mau, Vietnam. On the way back to the hotel we stopped and had a bowl of noodle soup for our dinner which was quite good. It's early, about 7 o'clock now and we have been in the hotel for an hour. I wanted to get some more rest and be ready for our 4:30 departure tomorrow morning. I am hoping that the party in the hotel restaurant ends fairly soon. I saw all the motorbikes in front when we came home and I thought there might be a problem with a loud band and the party. There doesn't seem to be a loud band but they're doing karaoke so that's almost as bad.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia food food vendor mekong river delta night se asia shutter drag southeast asia street vendor traffic vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 In the MarketIn the MarketBoy walks through riverside produce market. Cà Mau, Vietnam. I was poking around the market, and really playing with the backlight coming in from off the river. I got a few shots that I liked. I decided to take this one a couple of steps further and give it a painterly looked in post-production.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia market mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2018/1/from-the-journals-more-from-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Cà Mau, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Got Fruit?Got Fruit?Colorful produce for sale in riverside market. Cà Mau, Vietnam. At 4 o'clock we were picked up by a taxi and went to an area near the market and hired a boat and got on the river. After about 20 minutes or so we turned around because there was not that much interesting to photograph. The light was great but the subjects weren't  there for us. We went back to the market and photographed for a little while.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia colorful fruit market mekong river delta produce se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-c-mau-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 29 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Yes, We Have No BananasYes, We Have No BananasMan paddles boat with bananas through crowded Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng, Vietnam. Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photographing and jumped into the fray in the river going up the canal photographing all kinds of activities. I do think we got some good photos from there, but have not had a chance to look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia boat floating market se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 25 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Paddling in the MarketPaddling in the MarketWoman paddles boat in Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng, Vietnam. Our next location was to shoot from a moving boat so we hired one right outside the building where we have been photographing and jumped into the fray in the river going up the canal photographing all kinds of activities. I do think we got some good photos from there, but have not had a chance to look.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia floating market mekong river delta se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mekong Morning MarketMekong Morning MarketA busy scene at Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market in Phung Hiép. Sóc Trâng Province, Vietnam. When I was setting up for our morning shot with my tripod, I realized that not only did I forget the quick release plate, but the more important thing is that I forgot the ball head itself. A tripod without the head is not very useful.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia floating market se asia signs 365 competition winner southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Phung Hiep, Vietnam. January 26, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Biking to SchoolBiking to SchoolSchoolgirls in boat crossing Chợ Ngã Năm Floating Market, Phung Hiép, Sóc Trâng, Vietnam. We left the hotel at 4:30 this morning and were picked up by a motorbike driver who shuttled us over, one at a time to our shooting location. I had told Minh that I thought 4:30 was very early because there wouldn't be any kind of light yet, but we still went because he thought the lights of the boats might be interesting. The lights of the boats were not that interesting, and mother nature did not cooperate with a beautiful sunrise. We did have a good vantage point from second-floor balcony at the confluence of the five Rivers.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia b&w bike black and white boat commute floating market mekong river delta river se asia southeast asia vietnam water https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-phung-hiep-vietnam-january-26-2016 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Sa Dec, Vietnam. January 25, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-sa-dec-vietnam-january-25-2016 Green and GrowingGreen and GrowingPlant seedlings in baskets for sale, Sa Dec. Dòng Tháp, Vietnam. We got back to the hotel around 10:30 to shower and pack. At 11:15 our driver--Hue's nephew picked us up. We went to a very pleasant place for lunch. There were several little shaded platforms built out over a tiny fish pond. The food was delicious. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia baskets green mekong river delta plants rows se asia seedlings southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-more-from-sa-dec-vietnam-january-25-2016 Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Sa Dec, Vietnam. January 25, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-sa-dec-vietnam-january-25-2016 Motorcycle Man BWMotorcycle Man BWReflection in mirror of a man on a motorbike, Sa Dec. Dòng Tháp, Vietnam. We were up for breakfast before 7. There was a good breeze at the hotel's outside restaurant and it was 70 degrees. Minh's friend Hue joined us, and then took us to an area where flowers are grown. There were lots of people out enjoying themselves and taking photos of each other. We had barely arrived when a woman came up to me to take a selfie with me. Everyone is really friendly and happy to pose for us. Minh says the Mekong delta is known for the friendliest people in the country. I got a number of good shots, I think. 

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) asia driver man mekong river delta motorbike motorcycle se asia southeast asia vietnam https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/12/from-the-journals-sa-dec-vietnam-january-25-2016 Sat, 09 Dec 2017 01:58:08 GMT
From the Journals…Key Largo, Florida, USA. December 17, 2005 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-key-largo-florida-usa-december-17-2005 Great Egret Close-UpGreat Egret Close-UpGreat Egret (Ardea alba) with blue sky background. Key Largo, Florida, USA. I went out for a bit of exploring along the water’s edge. I watched this great egret for a while, and spent some time waiting until it moved to an area with a clear background.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) birds fl florida north america united states usa wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-key-largo-florida-usa-december-17-2005 Fri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Roman Bridge 1Roman Bridge 1Córdoba, Spain. It seemed that wherever I was looking I was finding photographic possibilities in this fascinating historic city. I wandered across to the other side of the river, and was intrigued by the Roman Bridge from this view.

Although it was the middle of the day and the light was strong, a time usually not best for photography, I liked the strength of the stone and the contrast of the clouds and sky.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Roman Bridge Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Niagara Falls, New York, USA. March 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Niagara FallsNiagara FallsAmerican Falls, facing Goat Island. Niagara Falls, New York.

I was camped nearby, and spent a couple of chilly days exploring the falls. The falls are an impressive site, made more enjoyable because the weather kept away the hordes of tourists.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Falls Niagara Falls North America Northeast US US USA United States United States of America Water Waterfall https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. October 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Cape Cod SunriseCape Cod SunriseBirds on sandbar at sunrise, Head of the Meadow Beach. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts. I was driving around New England in search of beautiful fall foliage. I got a bit sidetracked, and ended up by the water. I camped near here and got up before sunrise to photograph this calm scene by the sandbar.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Beach Birds Cape Cod Copy Space Exterior MA Massachusetts New England No one Nobody North America Northeast US Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Sandbar Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
More from the Mezquita, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/more-from-the-mezquita-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Mezquita Cathedral 1Mezquita Cathedral 1Mezquita Cathedral 1, Córdoba, Spain.

A stunning example of Mudejar architecture that was originally a mosque, this incredible structure was spared when the Catholic Monarchs took over southern Spain. Instead, a Catholic cathedral was added on to the existing building and is in use to this day.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Arches Architectural Detail Cathedral Catholic Cordoba Mezquita Mosque Mudejar Musical Instrument Pipe Organ Religion Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/more-from-the-mezquita-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Narrow Alley Variation, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/narrow-alley-variation-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Alleyway 2Alleyway 2Alley, Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This alley kept me entertained for a while. I played with different lenses and compositions, and ended up with several that I liked. For the version here, I brought up Clarity in Lightroom to bring out the texture in the stones.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alley Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Spain Stone Wall Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/narrow-alley-variation-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
More from Times Square, New York City, USA. October 28, 2013 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/more-from-times-square-new-york-city-usa-october-28-2013 The City That Never SleepsThe City That Never SleepsTimes Square at Dusk, New York, New York, USA. There is always something happening in Times Square. Usually I pass through in a hurry, but this time I went there specifically to photograph, so I had my camera and tripod with me. I was trying to capture the chaos.

I tried some different exposures dragging the shutter to get some blur. I also tried some HDR photography, or High Dynamic Range, to try to capture the full range of light in the scene. This requires multiple exposures, some of them as slow as ½ second. These are then combined in the computer and refined from there. Not only did they capture the light, but there is some ghosting as people were walking by. I like it because it shows the motion I was after that gives the sense of activity.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Dusk Evening HDR Lights Manhattan NY NYC New York New York City Night North America Times Square Tourists USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/more-from-times-square-new-york-city-usa-october-28-2013 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Seasonal Transitions. New Rochelle, New York, USA. November 12, 2013 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/seasonal-transitions-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 Autumn Abstract 2Autumn Abstract 2First snowfall on autumn leaves, Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve. New Rochelle, New York, USA.

As I was looking out the window, the light rain changed to light snow--the first of the year. The dusting of snow on the colorful leaves was beautiful, and I knew I needed to move quickly if I wanted to capture it.

I walked a couple of blocks down my street and entered the Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve. There were interesting compositions all around, so I got to work. The snow on otherwise normal Fall scenes added that extra something. 

As one of my photographic heroes, Galen Rowell, pointed out, the edges, or transitions, are places to watch for interesting things to happen. Water and land, meadow and forest, storm and calm. Here the edge is between seasons and there was indeed plenty to see.

I did some serious post-production work to this image to make it look more like a painting. How do you like it?

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Autumn Foliage Landscape Nature Snow Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/seasonal-transitions-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. January 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 New Day, New Year, New YorkNew Day, New Year, New YorkLower New York City Skyline just before sunrise. New York, USA. I got up early so you didn’t have to! This is a photo of lower Manhattan taken from Jersey City, New Jersey.

This was 30 minutes before sunrise, and was more interesting than sunrise. It’s always a gamble with this weather situation. Sometimes the clouds are lit up beautifully by the sun at the horizon, sometimes clouds at the horizon block the sun from getting through, as was the case today.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Big Apple Dawn Lower Manhattan Skyline Manhattan NY NYC New York New York City Sunrise Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. May 3, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 City SunsetCity SunsetSkyline of Lower Manhattan featuring Freedom Tower at sunset. New York City, New York, USA. In my continued efforts to update my NYC skyline photos I drove out to Jersey City, New Jersey with my wife to get this angle of lower Manhattan. When we got there I knew I had the right viewing angle, but the light was very flat. It was just a matter of sitting around for a while to see what happened.

 

As I had hoped, the sun broke through the clouds on the horizon just before it set behind me. This provided a stronger and more directional light, which is just what I needed.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Skyline Skyscraper Sunset US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-8-2014 Bumpy RideBumpy RideGirl sits in back of bicycle rickshaw. Bago, Myanmar (Burma). With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated on a hill, with some pleasant views.

On the way over there I saw this young passenger in another bicycle rickshaw. I had to time my capture in between the bumps on the road to get a sharp image.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bago Bicycle Rickshaw Bike Burma Girl Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Transportation https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-8-2014 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-7-2014 Revered MonksRevered MonksLine of monk statues, Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery. Bago, Myanmar (Burma). After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I was able to get pix of monks studying. I felt an energy there with so many voices chanting. This photo shows a line of monk statues along the entrance corridor.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bago Buddhist Burma Gold Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery Monks Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-7-2014 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March, 1995 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Palm Trees at SunsetPalm Trees at SunsetSunset silhouette of palm trees, Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco, Mexico.

As an escape from the cold New York winter and a self-assigned stock photography project, I was working my way down the Pacific coast of Mexico. My goal was to explore and photograph beaches and small towns along the way.

Strolling around the waterfront at sunset I came across these palms, and they looked very inviting, the antithesis of winter back home. Colorful skies and palm trees—life is good!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Dusk Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Palm Trees Puerto Vallarta Resort Sunset Tourist Destination Tropical Tropics Twilight Vacation https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Palenque, Mexico. March 15, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Temple of InscriptionsTemple of InscriptionsTemple of Inscriptions, from Palace, Ruins at Palenque. Chiapas, Mexico.

I arrived at the ruins around 2, and spent the next 3 hours exploring, climbing, resting, shooting, and sweating profusely. It smells and feels like being inside a greenhouse. Running  around in this humidity is almost enough to make me think about a desk job in an air-conditioned office. Almost…

At 7:30 I went out for dinner. I’m healthy again! I found a taqueria right around the corner, opposite the zócalo. I filled up on tostadas and a taco, and rehydrated myself with water, lemonade, and a pineapple shake. Good deal.

I sat in the zócalo for a few minutes listening to the marimba music from the hotel across the street.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Chiapas Mexico North America Palenque Temple of Inscriptions https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Courtyard, Sevilla, Spain. April 22, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/courtyard-sevilla-spain-april-22-2012 Gate and CourtyardGate and CourtyardCourtyard, Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, Spain. As much as I liked the patios in Andalucía, I felt that even they were surpassed by the beauty of the courtyards. Perhaps it is the larger scale, or maybe because they were in palaces, but there is something special about the relaxing nature of the places and the sense of calm they bestow. 

The image posted here is from the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or the Fine Art Museum, in Sevilla. This is the site of a former monastery that now houses a collection of religious art. It seems the Church was not lacking in funds when this was built. 

I did some HDR, or high dynamic range, photography. I took several frames at different exposures and combined them in post production, allowing me to capture the entire range of brightness in the scene. (Our eyes can see it, but the camera sensor can’t capture the full range in 1 frame.)

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Fine Art Museum HDR Museo de Bellas Artes Sevilla Seville Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/courtyard-sevilla-spain-april-22-2012 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Córdoba, Spain. April 16, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-c-rdoba-spain-april-16-2012 Friendly AlleyFriendly AlleyCórdoba, Spain.

I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This shot captures a cute little alley leading up to a restaurant. I really liked all the potted plants hanging from the walls. I increased the clarity and structure to bring out all the details.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Gardening Iberia Iberian Peninsula Patio Plants Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-c-rdoba-spain-april-16-2012 Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Even More from Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY, USA. July 16, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Papyrus in Garden 2Papyrus in Garden 2Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Canandaigua, New York. This was taken during a workshop that I often attend in the summer. In this case, all the participants carpooled to this museum and gardens, then had a couple of hours to wander and photograph. There were a lot of interesting things to see and shoot.

The fun stuff came afterwards, as I had a chance to apply some of the post-production techniques we had been learning. In this one, I bumped up the saturation and structure, or sharpness.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) PPSNYS Workshop Papyrus Sonnenberg https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Isla Española, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 15, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Marine Iguana on RockMarine Iguana on RockMarine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on rock, Isla Espanola. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador.

A very productive walk on Isla Española’s Punta Suárez this morning. A “wet landing” (barely wet) and sea lions on the beach. Galapagos hawk, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, waved albatross. We finished up at a blow hole before returning to the beach. I shot 8 or 9 rolls--cloudy bright at first, turning in to full sun. This investment might even pay off. And, I’m having a good time. I just wish my throat wasn’t sore.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Biology Ecuador Evolution Exterior Galapagos Islands Latin America Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) National Park No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Reptile Science South America Tourist Destination Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Ancient TemplesAncient TemplesAncient temples, Bagan, Myanmar. I was out the door by 6:00am on a rented bike from the hotel. (Too low, and the seat kept falling back.) It’s scary riding in the dark when I can’t really see or be seen. I rode north searching for possible temple silhouettes that were not disrupted by telephone lines.

I found a place and set up. I got some okay pre-dawn sky, but then some much better shots with the rising sun just behind the temple.

I continued north to explore a bit, but the soft sand was too difficult to pedal in. I went back to the hotel for breakfast.

When I got back to the hotel after my morning shoot, Myo Myo was just waking up and eventually joined me at breakfast. She was feeling lazy so we hired a horse cart to take me around for a couple of hours.

It was too late for good light (about 9:15 am) and the scenery was not interesting. It was a bit of a ride up to the temples. Some okay stuff, but nothing of photographic merit. It was hot when I got back at noon.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Pagan Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Granada, Spain. April 19, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-19-2012 Arch DetailArch DetailNasrid Palaces, La Alhambra. Granada, Spain. I was enjoying my second day of exploring at the Alhambra. (The weather was not cooperating--cold and rainy--on the officially scheduled day of my visit, so I am very glad I had come to explore the grounds of this complex yesterday when it was sunny.) I was admiring the craftsmanship that went in to building this palace. Such intricate and beautiful details!

This was the interior of the Nasrid Palaces, and because of the volume of people that want to see it, we are required to have a ticket and report at the precise hour to visit. It is challenging trying to photograph and get good angles while amongst a crowd of people being herded along. (And to keep people out of my compositions.) Anyway, it was definitely worth seeing.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Arch Architectural Detail Carving Granada La Alhambra Mudejar Nasrid Palaces Plaster Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-19-2012 Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Even More from Granada, Spain. April 18, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Garden WallGarden WallGarden Wall, Granada, Spain. Although my reservation to tour the palaces was for tomorrow, I took advantage of the good weather today and was able to explore the grounds of the Alhambra. It is a beautiful place with great views from its perch on the mountain ridge.

I played with this image in post-production, adding saturation, contrast, and sharpness, then I smoothed it out to give it a painterly look.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alhambra Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia España Europe Garden Granada Iberia Iberian Peninsula La Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Mon, 15 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Still More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Castle Wall B&WCastle Wall B&WAlcázar de los Reyes Católicos. Córdoba, Spain. It’s good to be the king. That’s what I was thinking when I was visiting the Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos (Fortress of the Christian Monarchs) on a beautiful spring day. There were interesting buildings, lovely gardens, and plenty of fountains. The King would have been able to enjoy it without crowds.

Alas, I am not the King, so I had to wait patiently until my various compositions were mostly free of people. (Photoshop helped me remove a few troublemakers!) I was inspired to experiment that day, both in-camera and with my post production.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Fortress of the Catholic Monarchs Iberia Iberian Peninsula Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Madrid, Spain. October 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/madrid-spain-october-1992 Retiro Park, MadridRetiro Park, MadridBoaters on pond, Monument to Alfonso XII in background, Retiro Park. Madrid, Spain. I had a couple of days in Madrid before I traveled to northern Spain. It was fun to walk around the city to see what visual treats it had in store for me. I liked Retiro Park, and was drawn in to this composition by the red umbrella and the boats in the background leading the eye to the Monument to Alfonso XII.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Boats Europe Exterior Female Girl Iberia Lake Outdoors Outside Park People Pond Recreation Red Umbrella Rowboat Spain Teenager Tourist Destination Travel Water Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/madrid-spain-october-1992 Mon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Ubud, Bali. February 5, 1998 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-ubud-bali-february-5-1998 Raising Rice ReflectionRaising Rice ReflectionSunrise and reflection in rice paddy (field) at dawn, Ubud. Bali, Indonesia. I was out at 6:00 am on a rented bike, and headed east to search for rice paddies and good photo ops. It was an impressive sunrise, with the clouds all red and gold, but I didn’t have my tripod. Those same clouds then blocked the early sun, so I only had a few good minutes of light.

I took a spin through town, and explored some different roads. The bike is good for increasing the distance covered. Unfortunately even the maximum seat height wasn’t high enough, so uphills were a challenge. The camera bag didn’t make it any easier.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Agriculture Bali Dawn Indonesia Landscape Oceania Rice fields Scenic Sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-ubud-bali-february-5-1998 Fri, 05 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mezquita WindowMezquita WindowStained glass window in the Mezquita, Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This is a stained-glass window in the Mezquita. A stunning example of Mudejar architecture that was originally a mosque, this incredible structure was spared when the Catholic Monarchs took over southern Spain. Instead, a Catholic cathedral was added on to the existing building and is in use to this day.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Architectural Detail Cathedral Catholic Cordoba Mezquita Mosque Pattern Religion Spain Stained Glass Window https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mon, 01 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bhamo, Myanmar (Burma). January 27, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-bhamo-myanmar-burma-january-27-2011 PeanutsPeanutsPeanuts for sale in market. Bhamo, Myanmar (Burma). Our friend Zikola (sp?) and his mother were so kind to us today. After my buffet breakfast on the hotel roof, I went to the market to take some photos.

When I got back they were waiting at the hotel. It took some time for him to switch motorbikes, but then he took me on a ride west to a monastery. We walked around some farm fields and crossed a long bamboo bridge across the Tarpein river.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Banmaw Bhamo Brown Burma Close-up Design Food Market Myanmar Pattern Peanuts Produce SE Asia Shells South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-bhamo-myanmar-burma-january-27-2011 Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bodhi Tataung, Myanmar (Burma). February 10, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-bodhi-tataung-myanmar-burma-february-10-2014 Quiet Moment at the TempleQuiet Moment at the TempleEnormous Buddha Images. Bodhi Tataung, Myanmar (Burma). I met my motorbike driver for my afternoon tour. It didn’t start off too auspiciously, as we discovered that because of my additional weight on the bike, that the tire was very low. He left me on the side of the road outside of Monywa, explaining to me in Burmese and sign language that he would get the tire fixed and return for me soon.

We went out to Thanboddhay Paya and then to Bodhi Tataung. The standing and reclining Buddha images are huge and very impressive.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bodhi Tataung Buddha Image Buddhist Burma Monks Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-bodhi-tataung-myanmar-burma-february-10-2014 Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Buddha Images 2Buddha Images 2Close-up of Buddha image. Shewdagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning  and took my jet-lagged body to the Shwedagon Pagoda to peacefully begin my trip. I had been here 7 years earlier, and find the temple to be a fascinating place.

It is the most revered Buddhist temple in the country, and attracts worshippers from all over. It is a beautiful place that always has plenty going on.

This morning started at a very pleasant 75℉ and we wandered around slowly, taking it all in. My camera was shooting away, and I was shocked that I actually filled a 2GB memory card--about 150 pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Burma Gold Holy Myanmar Paya Rangoon Religion SE Asia Shwedagon Pagoda South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Produce Vendor in MarketProduce Vendor in MarketProduce vendor in market. Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fair amount of fog. I was walking along the main road north of town and observing all the activities of daily life.

We walked to the morning market and I was able to get some good pix of people and products. I liked the light created by the fog slowly burning off. We also spent a little time at the park next door.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Cabbage Food Hsipaw Market Myanmar Portrait Produce SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Street Scene Thibaw Vegetables Woman https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Golden Rock NightGolden Rock NightGolden Rock at night. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar (Burma). We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was no room for my knees and nowhere to put my daypack where it wasn’t bothering me or others. I had to pay for 2 seats because I took up too much space, and the driver’s assistant was still complaining.

Too many people and too fast—not safe and not comfortable. It was a narrow, windy road with lots of ups and downs. We stopped after about 10 minutes when they took our fares, and then waited. Nobody told us, but it’s a one-way road and we had to wait until the trucks coming down got through. Very uncomfortable and not the way to treat tourists. No option for a more expensive but less crowded vehicle…

It’s a great setting on the mountain ridge, with views in all directions. In the distance to the west we could see an orange sliver of the river we had crossed. The initial views of the Golden Rock were not that impressive, perhaps due to my state of mind after the truck ride.

I started shooting from a distance and then changed lenses as I got closer. It is more impressive upon closer view, and I walked around and got all angles as the light changed during sunset. I think I got some good pix.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Balancing Boulder Burma Golden Rock Holy Kyaiktiyo Myanmar Pilgrimage Site Religion SE Asia Shrine South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-still-more-from-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Man on Ox CartMan on Ox CartMan on ox cart. Shwesandaw Paya, Bagan, Myanmar. We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for stupa silhouettes, and sunset fizzled out, so I didn’t get any great pix. 

I try to be flexible and open to opportunities that present themselves, even if they weren’t what I had planned. Such was the case with this ox cart that happened to come along at the right time and place. Go with the flow!

In an attempt to portray the timelessness of this scene, I gave this image a sepia treatment. It could have been taken ten years ago, or one hundred.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Ox Cart Pagan Pagoda Religion SE Asia Shwesandaw Paya South Asia Southeast Asia Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Hué, Vietnam. February 1, 1999 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-hu-vietnam-february-1-1999 Washing ProduceWashing ProduceTwo women wash produce in baskets in Perfume River. Hue, Vietnam.

Feeling very rushed on trip in general—trying to fit too much into a short trip.

Up at 6:20, then breakfast. Walked to bank. Bank moved. Cyclo to new bank location because we need money. Back to hotel at 7:55 to ask if we can stay until 4:00. Okay. Run to room, brush teeth and grab cameras. Get to Sinh office at 8:01 for 8:00 tour. Not a good way to start the day.

Very hot and humid and no breeze as I write this on the boat waiting for others to return from pagoda.

I know I’m part of the problem, but I don’t like the huge crowds of tourists. Busloads and boatloads being herded to the same places to see the “must see” sights. There is a lot going on outside these places—daily life can be interesting to observe.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Asian Circle Exterior Hats Outdoors Outside People River SE Asia Southeast Asia Vietnam Water Women https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-hu-vietnam-february-1-1999 Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Seville, Spain. April 21, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-21-2012 CourtyardCourtyardCourtyard, Real Alcázar, Seville, Spain. I was wandering around in the Real Alcázar, or Royal Palace, in Seville. There were many impressive things to see here. One of the most inviting places was this courtyard.

This photo utilizes a technique called HDR, or High Dynamic Range photography, which allows a very  wide range of light values from the darkest darks to the lightest lights to be compressed into a single image which makes the final photo appear closer to what our eyes actually see. I took several different images and then merged them together using software.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia HDR Mudejar Real Alcázar Royal Palace Sevilla Seville Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/4/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-21-2012 Mon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Seville, Spain. April 22, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-22-2012 They Don't Make 'em Like They Used ToThey Don't Make 'em Like They Used ToCarved wood ceiling detail, Museo de Bellas Artes. Sevilla, Spain. Although I am not a fan of religious art, I was traveling with my 81-year-old mother and decided to accompany her to the Museo de Bellas Artes, or the Fine Art Museum, in Seville. As expected, the art on the walls didn’t do anything for me, but the building was amazing. 

This is the site of a former monastery and it seems the Church was not lacking in funds when this was built. It is a beautiful design with several courtyards, and some very impressive ceilings.

I was playing with a few images as I was trying out some new software. Macphun’s Intensify Pro let me really bring out the details like I didn’t know was possible. What do you think?

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Carved wood ceiling Fine Art Museum Museo de Bellas Artes Sevilla Seville Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-22-2012 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Still More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-pindaya-caves-myanmar-burma-february-5-2011 Man in MarketMan in MarketVendor in market. Pindaya, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma).

It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5th day market. (Every 5 days the market sets up in a nearby town.) I was using the long lens for variety. I had competition from a couple of other tourists.

We then headed up the hill (via taxi) to the Pindaya Caves. It is a very impressive temple inside a cave system. There are over 8000 Buddha images inside. Great for photography! We looked around for about 2 hours.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) 5th Day Market Asia Burma Myanmar Pindaya SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-pindaya-caves-myanmar-burma-february-5-2011 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-even-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Chrome ReflectionChrome ReflectionShewdagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning  and took my jet-lagged body to the Shwedagon Pagoda to peacefully begin my trip. I had been here 7 years earlier, and find the temple to be a fascinating place.

It is the most revered Buddhist temple in the country, and attracts worshippers from all over. It is a beautiful place that always has plenty going on.

This morning started at a very pleasant 75℉ and we wandered around slowly, taking it all in. My camera was shooting away, and I was shocked that I actually filled a 2GB memory card--about 150 pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Background Buddhist Burma Chrome Holy Myanmar Pattern Paya Radial Rangoon Reflection Religion Round SE Asia Shine Shiny Shwedagon Pagoda South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple Texture https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-even-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 17, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-isla-santa-cruz-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-17-1993 Giant Tortise Head 2Giant Tortise Head 2Giant Tortise (Geochelone elephantopus) rests head on ground, Isla Santa Cruz. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador.

Up at 6:30, breakfast at 7. We left for the Charles Darwin Station at 8. We had a look at the museum first, and then at some of the pens for the young tortise hatchlings.

Then we went to some of the pens for larger giant tortises, and they were big. They can live for 150-200 years, and weigh up to 500 pounds. Despite their reputations, those things can move quickly. They are constantly moving their heads, and often walking around.

I got some shots with an overcast sky, and then hung around until the weather got better. I shot 4 or 5 rolls, so I was happy. We viewed “Solitary George” from a distance.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Biology Ecuador Evolution Exterior Galapagos Islands Giant Tortise (Geochelone elephantopus) Latin America National Park No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Reptile Science South America Tourist Destination Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-isla-santa-cruz-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-17-1993 Mon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. July 1990 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-even-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Bryce Point Sunrise 3Bryce Point Sunrise 3Rock formations at sunset from Bryce Point. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA.

After driving from New York to Las Vegas with my brother on a drive-away mission, we rented a car for a few days to explore some of the awesome parks in this part of the country. We were able to enjoy the sunset here in all its glory. This is a bizarre landscape that I really enjoyed.

The following morning we hiked a trail in the park called Wall Street, which couldn’t have been more different from the New York version! It was fascinating to be inside this park and to see some of these rock formations up close.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American West Bryce Canyon National Park Geology Hoodoos National Park North America Red Rock Country Rock formation Southwest US Sunrise US USA United States United States of America Utah https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-even-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Still More from Granada, Spain. April 18, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Hall of the AbencerrajesHall of the AbencerrajesHall of the Abencerrajes, La Alhambra, Granada, Spain. Although my reservation to tour the palaces was for tomorrow, I took advantage of the good weather today and was able to explore the grounds of the Alhambra. It is a beautiful place with great views from its perch on the mountain ridge.

I played with this image in post-production, adding saturation, contrast, and sharpness, then I smoothed it out to give it a painterly look.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia España Europe Granada Iberia Iberian Peninsula La Alhambra Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Twilight 2Twilight 2Córdoba, Spain. It seemed that wherever I was looking I was finding photographic possibilities in this fascinating historic city. I wandered across to the other side of the river, and was intrigued by the Roman Bridge from this view.

I scouted for a good location, then set up my tripod and waited. There were some interesting cloud formations drifting over the city. I think this dark cloud, balanced with twilight and the lights on the bridge, makes for a dramatic image.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Dusk España Europe Evening Iberia Iberian Peninsula Mezquita Roman Bridge Spain Twilight Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-mawlamyine-myanmar-burma-february-3-2014 In The MarketIn The MarketWoman sells produce at morning market. Mawlamyine, Myanmar (Burma). This is the view outside the market, taken before 7am. It is getting me to revise my thoughts from yesterday about timing for photos. The sun wasn’t even up yet, but there is action on the street and enough light for photography.

Okay, so the new routine will be up at 6 and out on the street by 6:30 to prowl for photo ops. Breakfast will have to wait.

This image was worked on in post-production. I added texture and saturation, then smoothed it all out.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma EATS Food Market Mawlamyine Myanmar Produce SE Asia Southeast Asia Strand Road Vegetables https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-mawlamyine-myanmar-burma-february-3-2014 Mon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-4-2014 Hpan Pu ViewHpan Pu ViewView from Hpan Pu Mountain in morning haze. Hpa-an, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). I woke up about 7 and quickly got dressed and moving. I went to the White, a breakfast place mentioned in Lonely Planet, and had a quick breakfast. A Burmese guy, Naing Tun, asked if he could join me, not for breakfast, but to  practice his English. I politely said yes, but really didn’t want a conversation because I was in a hurry to do my hike before it got too hot.

I explained what I was doing, and he offered to take me on his motorbike to the waterfront at no charge. It would save me about 10 minutes walking, so I said yes. He helped me negotiate a fare with a boat man to cross the river, and then we said goodbye.

Two minutes later he was back with an idea. Since he had never been to Hpan Pu Mountain, and since he didn’t have to be at work until 10, could he join me on my trip? I said “sure.”

It was a quick ride across the river, and we started walking at 8. It was already hot and humid, and I started sweating right away. We had nice talks at our rest stops and reached the top in about 25 minutes. The views are really nice, but it was very hazy.

In fact it was so hazy that when I was working on this photo, I had forgotten that the mountains were in the background until they popped out while I was using Nik Software to make some contrast adjustments.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Hpan Pu Mountain Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Thanlwin River https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/3/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-4-2014 Fri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Bagan, Burma. January 31, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-january-31-2011 View from Shwesandaw Paya.View from Shwesandaw Paya.View from Shwesandaw Paya. Bagan, Myanmar. We hired a horse cart, and decided that enroute from Nyaung U, where the bus arrived, to New Bagan we would stop for sunset pix at Shwesandaw Paya. Unfortunately we were not the only ones to go to this location.

Buses had brought a couple hundred people here, and everyone with a camera (which is just about everyone) was jockeying for position. It was not fun, but it was a good sunset and I got some worthwhile pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Pagan Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Temple Travel https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-january-31-2011 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Ayeyarwady River. January 29, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ayeyarwady-river-january-29-2011 Bullock Cart on the BankBullock Cart on the BankAyeyarwady River, Myanmar. The boat stayed anchored the whole night, which put us behind schedule (or at least my idea of the schedule). I was unable to sleep for part of the night, so I listened to more music. Even though I wanted to sleep through sunrise, I forced myself to go to work. I think there was a payoff with a couple of good shots.

 

This is a typical scene of farming along the banks of the river.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Ayeyarwady River Beach Bullock Cart Burma Irrawaddy Myanmar Ox Cart Rural SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-ayeyarwady-river-january-29-2011 Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Produce for SaleProduce for SaleProduce for sale in market. Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma).

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Central Market Food Mandalay Market Myanmar SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Zeigyo https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 3, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-3-2014 Temple at TwilightTemple at TwilightYe Kyaung Buddhist Temple at twighlight. Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). I spent most of the afternoon hiding from the heat and talking to my fellow travelers on the balcony just outside my room. I walked down to the waterfront pagoda in hope of  sunset pix, but the stupa was blocked by palm trees. I took a few pix of boats, then changed my position to get the setting sun.

 

On the walk back, I came across the Ye Kyaung pagoda. The light was fading and flat by this time, so during post processing I added some contrast, sharpness, and saturation, then smoothed it out again.

 

Back at the hotel balcony, everybody was hanging out and swapping stories. It is an interesting international group here, ranging in age from mid-20’s to mid-60’s. Everybody here seems to be a veteran traveler. And here we are, just thrown together by chance. Part of the fun of travel for me is meeting cool, like-minded people.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma EATS Hpa-An Myanmar Pagoda Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sunset Temple Thanlwin River Twilight Ye Kyaung https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-3-2014 Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). February 4, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-4-2014 Smooth Trails 1Smooth Trails 1Long-tail boats leave gentle wake on the Thanlwin River at sunset. Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). I met my new-found friend, Naing Tun at 5:15, and he took me on his motorbike to a pagoda on the river, Pher Mel Taung. I wasn’t able to isolate a stupa, but I got some good sunset pix of passing boats.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Boats Burma Myanmar Panorama Pher Mel Traung Pagoda SE Asia Southeast Asia Sunset Thanlwin River Wake https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-hpa-an-myanmar-burma-february-4-2014 Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 View from North Guni TempleView from North Guni TempleView from North Guni Temple. Bagan, Myanmar. We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. 

I try to be flexible and open to opportunities that present themselves, even if they weren’t what I had planned. Such was the case with this image. As I was waiting for sunset, I tried to take advantage of the late afternoon light and play with different compositions.

We were a bit too far for stupa silhouettes, and sunset fizzled out, so this was all I got. Anyway, it was a  fun and interesting afternoon exploring this temple.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Pagan Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Temple Travel https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/2/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Hong Kong. February 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hong-kong-february-1992 Blue and Gold SkyscrapersBlue and Gold SkyscrapersBond Center glass skyscrapers. Central Hong Kong Island. Hong Kong, China. Back in the day I had the opportunity to fly as a courier to a number of exotic destinations for very little money. Hong Kong was one of those. 

There is a lot going on in this city. Lots of old, traditional things, and plenty of modern things. I like the contrast of the blue and gold in this image of some contemporary architecture.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Architecture Asia Bond Center Buildings China City East Asia Hong Kong Skyscraper https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hong-kong-february-1992 Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
More from New York City, New York, USA. April 5, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Manhattan MorningManhattan MorningThe Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline at dawn. New York City, New York, USA. Since the opening of the Freedom Tower, I have been thinking that it was time to update the NYC skyline photos in my library. It was an early start one morning to drive to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and get myself situated before sunrise.

I got my camera and tripod set up and waited until Mother Nature started to turn on the lights. I find that some of the best light happens just before sunrise, so I was using longer exposures to capture this lower level of light.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Brooklyn Bridge Cityscape Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Seasons Collide. New Rochelle, New York, USA. November 12, 2013 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/seasons-collide-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 As I was looking out the window, the light rain changed to light snow--the first of the year. The dusting of snow on the colorful leaves was beautiful, and I knew I needed to move quickly if I wanted to capture it.

I walked a couple of blocks down my street and entered the Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve. There were interesting compositions all around, so I got to work. The snow on otherwise normal Fall scenes added that extra something. 

As one of my photographic heroes, Galen Rowell, pointed out, the edges, or transitions, are places to watch for interesting things to happen. Water and land, meadow and forest, storm and calm. Here the edge is between seasons and there was indeed plenty to see.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Autumn Foliage Landscape Nature New York North America Snow Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve US United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/seasons-collide-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-kalaw-burma-myanmar-february-6-2011 Beans in MarketBeans in MarketBeans for sale in market. Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs.

I went for a walk, camera in hand. I walked a short distance away from town, then circled back into the central market and took a few pix.

I found a decent spot to sit down and capture the action with a long lens, but there was not much action. I left after about 30 minutes.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Beans Burma Food Inside Interior Kalaw Lentils Myanmar No one Nobody Peanuts Peas SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Soya beans W3 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-kalaw-burma-myanmar-february-6-2011 Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Pindaya Caves, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-pindaya-caves-myanmar-burma-february-5-2011 Woman in MarketWoman in MarketWoman in market. Pindaya, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). It was a one-and-a-half hour taxi ride from Kalaw to Pindaya. When we arrived we explored and photographed the roving 5th day market. (Every 5 days the market sets up in a nearby town.) I was using the long lens for variety. I had competition from a couple of other tourists.

We then headed up the hill (via taxi) to the Pindaya Caves. It is a very impressive temple inside a cave system. There are over 8000 Buddha images inside. Great for photography! We looked around for about 2 hours.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) 5th Day Market Asia Burma Myanmar Pindaya Portrait Produce SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Woman https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-pindaya-caves-myanmar-burma-february-5-2011 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/1/from-the-journals-even-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Painted GongPainted GongDecorations on a gong, Kakku Pagoda. Kakku, Shan State, Myanmar. I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then headed for Kakku.

I had the impression that it was a large place, like a town. It is just a large temple complex. It is interesting and I think I got a few good pix.

At Myo Myo’s (my wife) insistence some workers let me climb on a stupa they were repairing. It’s a good angle from up there.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma Gong Kakku Pagoda Myanmar Paya Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/1/from-the-journals-even-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Fri, 20 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). February 2, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-myanmar-burma-february-2-2011 Temple SunsetTemple SunsetYinmana Paya, Bagan, Myanmar. Our driver came by at 4:00 to take us out for sunset pix. We went to Yinmana Paya. It’s an interesting complex that is off the beaten path. There was only 1 family there. I got good pix of the ruins in late light with the warm sunlight on the red bricks, then sunset silhouettes of Yinmana at post-sunset.

On the way back, Myo Myo suggested we stop at Swezigon Paya. It’s an actively used pagoda in Nyaung U. I got some pix of the gold dome at night.

We had dinner at a tourist restaurant near the hotel. Everything was reasonably priced. I even had a whisky sour to celebrate the successful. day.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Pagan Pagoda Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Sunset Temple Yinmana Paya https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-more-from-bagan-myanmar-burma-february-2-2011 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
More Skyline at Night, Sevilla, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/more-skyline-at-night-sevilla-spain-april-2012 Skyline at NightSkyline at NightSeville, Spain. I always like to find an elevated area where I can get a good view of my surroundings. These photos were taken from the top of Sevilla’s latest, and somewhat controversial, piece of public sculpture, Metropol Parasol, otherwise known as “Las Setas” (The Mushrooms).

This is an impressive architectural work that has undulating pathways on top that are open to the public. There are views in every direction, but I was most interested in the downtown area featuring the Cathedral and the Giralda.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Las Setas Metropol Parasol Sevilla Seville Spain The Mushrooms https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/more-skyline-at-night-sevilla-spain-april-2012 Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Seville, Spain. April 20, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-seville-spain-april-20-2012 Horse-drawn CarriagesHorse-drawn CarriagesPlaza de España. Seville, Spain. I was wandering around the Plaza de España in Seville having a great time capturing the colors, light, and architecture. When I saw this scene with the old architecture and horse-drawn carriages, it gave me a feeling of what it must have been like in the past. To add to that feeling, I gave it a sepia tone  to match what the photography of those times looked like.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia España Europe Horse-drawn carriage Iberia Iberian Peninsula Plaza de España Sevilla Seville Spain Tourist Destination Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/12/from-the-journals-still-more-from-seville-spain-april-20-2012 Mon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Shwegu, Ayeyarwady River Trip, Burma (Myanmar). January 26, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-shwegu-ayeyarwady-river-trip-burma-myanmar-january-26-2011 Misty Morning Boat-YellowMisty Morning Boat-YellowBoat in morning mist. Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar (Burma). I woke up with sore hips and lower back. The mattress in the bunk is thin, but for some reason I wasn’t bothered the first night. We had been docked at Shwegu for some time, but loading operations didn’t start until around 6:00. I again forced myself to get out of bed and today was rewarded with some good shots of a fisherman in his boat casting his net in the sunrise mist.

Once we got underway, I had some coffee and cake for breakfast. I was watching the scenery for most of the trip, some from up by the bridge, and some at the lower level by the bow. We went through a couple of gorges that were a dramatic change from most of the flat riverbed we had seen most of the way up.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Ayeyarwady River Boat Burma Dawn Irrawaddy Myanmar SE Asia Shwegu South Asia Southeast Asia Sunrise Transportation Water https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-shwegu-ayeyarwady-river-trip-burma-myanmar-january-26-2011 Fri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 12, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Shiny Buddha Image HeadShiny Buddha Image HeadGold head of Buddha image. Shewdagon Pagoda, Yangon, Myanmar. Having just arrived from my long flight from New York, I woke up on my first morning  and took my jet-lagged body to the Shwedagon Pagoda to peacefully begin my trip. I had been here 7 years earlier, and find the temple to be a fascinating place.

It is the most revered Buddhist temple in the country, and attracts worshippers from all over. It is a beautiful place that always has plenty going on.

This morning started at a very pleasant 75℉ and we wandered around slowly, taking it all in. My camera was shooting away, and I was shocked that I actually filled a 2GB memory card--about 150 pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Burma Close-up Gold Holy Myanmar Paya Rangoon Religion SE Asia Shwedagon Pagoda South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-12-2011 Mon, 02 Jan 2017 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-even-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Hot Stuff 2Hot Stuff 2Peppers for sale in market. Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after a while.

She was feeling lazy, so I went on my own to the nearby Zeigyo Market, a sprawling place over many blocks. Lots of stuff for sale. I took some pix of people, and also of various items offered for sale.

I don’t know what it is, but there is a growing collection of peppers in my image library. I’m not a fan of extremely hot food, but I do find peppers to be visually interesting. Maybe it’s the color, maybe the repetition of shapes.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Central Market Close-up Food Mandalay Market Myanmar SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Zeigyo https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-even-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Family on Bicycle RickshawFamily on Bicycle RickshawFamily on bicycle rickshaw. Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to the nearby Shwekyimyint Paya (Pagoda). It was peaceful inside, even though there were about 150 people praying together. I think it was a silent meditation. There were a number of nooks, crannies, and shrines to explore.

On a nearby street, I came across this typical scene. Bicycle rickshaws share the roads with cars, and definitely add to a sense of what life was like before the automobile became so prevalent.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Family Mandalay Myanmar Rickshaw Road SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Transportation Tricycle https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Mon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 18, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-18-2011 Nuns Collect Alms 2Nuns Collect Alms 2Nuns asking for alms, Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar. As I was wandering the streets after just arriving in town, I came across this group of young nuns asking for alms. It is fairly common to see groups of monks or nuns making their rounds in the morning. Not considered begging, the average person is happy to contribute food to people who are devoted to the study of their religion. Eighty-nine percent of the population of Burma is Buddhist.

 

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Female Monk Hsipaw Monk Myanmar SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Street Scene Thibaw Women https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-18-2011 Fri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Granada, Spain. April 18, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 B&W, Palace of Charles V, La Alhambra.B&W, Palace of Charles V, La Alhambra.B&W, Palace of Charles V, La Alhambra. Granada, Spain. Although my reservation to tour the palaces was for tomorrow, I took advantage of the good weather today and was able to explore the grounds of the Alhambra. It is a beautiful place with great views from its perch on the mountain ridge.

This is the Palace of Charles V. I thought the architecture was very interesting, but had to wait a long time until the area was clear of visitors. I played with this image in Nik Silver Effects Pro to bring out some of the detail and texture in the stonework of the building.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Architecture Granada La Alhambra Palace of Charles V Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Mon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Purple Flowers, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/purple-flowers-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Purple Flowers, Blue Pots, White WallPurple Flowers, Blue Pots, White WallPurple Flowers, Blue Pots, White Wall. Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

I liked the simplicity of this composition and the contrast of the colors against the clean, white wall. There were more pots on the wall, but I cropped in to keep it simple.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Flower Pots Purple Spain Wall White https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/purple-flowers-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Fri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Tay Ninh, Vietnam. January 22, 1999 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-tay-ninh-vietnam-january-22-1999 Worshippers 3Worshippers 3B&W, Worshippers in prayer service, Caodai Great Temple. East of Tay Ninh, Vietnam. Our tour bus driver was very candid about life today in Vietnam. It isn’t the rosy picture the government would have us believe. We were moved by how open he was, and how tough life here is.

We got to the Cao Dai temple in Tay Ninh at 11:20, and had an hour to look around and observe their celebration of mass, 1 of 4 per day. Very interesting, and I think I got some great shots in color and B&W.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Asian B&W Indoors Inside Interior Men People Praying Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Temple Vietnam Women Worshipers https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-tay-ninh-vietnam-january-22-1999 Mon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Phan Thiet, Vietnam. January 24, 1999 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-phan-thiet-vietnam-january-24-1999 Woman Carrying BasketsWoman Carrying BasketsModel Released. B&W , Woman carrying baskets (don ganh) on sand dunes, Mui Ne. Phan Thiet, Vietnam Up at 4:20 to depart at 4:40. Too early! Lots of stars

We drove back to the dunes, and spent a few minutes waiting for our home-grown models to appear. I was surprised that the souvenir and cold drink stalls were already setting up at 5:20 am.

We got tired of waiting , and set off before they caught up with us. We basically had 4 set-ups, the first of which had the 2 models (with conical hats and carrying baskets) on a dune, silhouetted by the pre-dawn sky. Then we moved to the others which, due to lighting or too many tourists in the background, weren’t as strong. All in all, it was quite successful. We took a coffee break at 7:30, and I was even able to get releases from our subjects, a mother and daughter, I think.

We drove to Mui Ne, the fishing village, and got shots of the very active beach, where the morning’s catch was being brought in and sorted. Minh (my photographer friend who had been introduced to me by my agent) was at times the center of attention, getting people to do certain things, even paying 1 girl after she held a dripping basket of shrimp over her head.

A very productive morning--I shot about 7-1/2 rolls! We returned to the hotel after 9, and had a shower and breakfast, before departing at 10:15.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia B&W Baskets Black and White Mui Ne Phan Thiet SE Asia Sand Dunes Southeast Asia Vietnam Woman Work https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-phan-thiet-vietnam-january-24-1999 Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Mui Ne, Vietnam. January 23, 1999 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-mui-ne-vietnam-january-23-1999 Follow the LeaderFollow the LeaderChildren play and walk on sand dunes, Mui Ne. Phan Thiet, Vietnam. After a large lunch and siesta, we drove into Mui Ne to take pix at a fishing village, but we were told that the action happens in the morning. We drove to the large sand dunes, mainly to scout for our sunrise session tomorrow morning, but took shots of some kids running at Minh’s (my photographer friend) direction.

We sat and waited to see if we wanted to direct some models into position for silhouette shots. The sky was looking okay, but the wind was fairly strong, blowing sand around and potentially causing camera shake on a long exposure, so we gave up.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Children Leader Line Mui Ne Phan Thiet SE Asia Sand Dunes Southeast Asia Vietnam Walking https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-mui-ne-vietnam-january-23-1999 Mon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Binh Duc, Vietnam. January 20, 1999 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-binh-duc-vietnam-january-20-1999 Drying IncenseDrying IncenseBundles of Incense Sticks Drying, Binh Duc Mekong Delta, Vietnam We walked around a small Moslem settlement, and got to watch some weaving. Also had a brief visit to a mosque before returning by boat to town.

Next came a short (10 minute) trip to Sam Mountain, which we drove up and walked down. We were able to see the Cambodian border from here.

A 45 minute drive to lunch, on a circular restaurant above a fish pond. A brief drive to a small village where incense is made by hand. It’s getting hot!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Incense Mekong Delta SE Asia Southeast Asia Vietnam Yellow https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-binh-duc-vietnam-january-20-1999 Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Chang Mai, Thailand. February 17, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-chang-mai-thailand-february-17-2003 Gold Buddha ImageGold Buddha ImageCarving of Buddha image painted gold, Wat Dok Ueng. Chiang Mai, Thailand I went out to Bo Sang, and viewed factories for lacquerware, silver, umbrellas, and woodworking in the hopes that I might get some pix. I only took a couple in the umbrella place. (And bought table place settings.)

Lunch at Aroon Rai again. Khao soi, and a delicious mango with sweet sticky rice for dessert.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Chiang Mai Gold Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Thailand Wat Dok Ueng https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-chang-mai-thailand-february-17-2003 Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Manang, Nepal. December 18, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-manang-nepal-december-18-1988 Seat With a ViewSeat With a ViewOuthouse, Manang, Nepal We took today off from trekking, and I enjoyed it. I was up shortly before 7, and went outside to photograph the snow scenes. It was really magical. I had breakfast (with coffee) and then took more pix. I shot about 2 rolls today. There was lots going on.

I think this outhouse is one of the most dramatically located outhouses I have seen. There is an impressive view of the Annapurna massif on the other side of the valley. 

While there is just a dusting of snow in this image, about a week later we had 3’ of snow. That made for a lot of effort trudging through with a case of the trots!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Annapurna Region Asia Mountains Nepal Outhouse Snow Toilet Trekking West Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-manang-nepal-december-18-1988 Fri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Dukkanthein Temple 2Dukkanthein Temple 2View of Dukkanthein Temple from Shittaung Temple. Mrauk U, Myanmar. We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The others just looked like old temples. I would probably enjoy them more if I didn’t have to take my shoes off and walk barefoot on the dirt.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Buddhist Temple Burma Dukkanthein Temple Historic Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-still-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Mon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Botshabelo Village, South Africa. January 29, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-more-from-botshabelo-village-south-africa-january-29-2002 Ndebele ColorsNdebele ColorsPainted Designs on Ndebele Buildings, Botshabelo Village, Mpumalanga, South Africa After our homemade breakfast, we bought spare car keys and a new battery for the truck’s remote. We then went to Botshabelo for a display of Ndebele culture. Not much of a display, but perhaps got some good pix of 1 woman in traditional dress.

Another long day of driving south, then north again towards Ndumo. Some beautiful terrain around Lake Jozini. Made it into camp just as it was getting dark.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Botshabelo Village Mpumalanga Ndebele South Africa Southern Africa https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-more-from-botshabelo-village-south-africa-january-29-2002 Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Salamanca, Spain. June 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-more-from-salamanca-spain-june-1992 Arches and CourtyardArches and CourtyardUniversidad Escuelas Menores. Salamanca, Spain. As I was wandering around Salamanca exploring all the nooks and crannies, I came across this view. This enticing glimpse into the courtyard invites you in to come in and take a closer look.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Arches Architecture Courtyard España Europe Historic Iberia Salamanca Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/10/from-the-journals-more-from-salamanca-spain-june-1992 Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Venice, Italy. November 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-venice-italy-november-1992 Gondola DecorationsGondola DecorationsClose-up of decorations on a gondola. Venice, Italy. This trip came up as a last-minute courier flight to Milano. I had my sights set on Venice, and I was able to spend 10 days there. It was the off-season, but there were still a good number of tourists. I had the luxury of time and was able to explore many nooks and crannies of the old city.

I didn’t have the best weather during my time there, but there were some moments. The sun broke through the clouds briefly for this one. I wanted to get a detail shot of one of the icons of this beautiful city, and a gondola certainly falls into the icon category.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Canal Copy Space Europe Exterior Gondola Historic Italy No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Tourism Tourist Destination Transportation Travel Vacation Venice Water Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/11/from-the-journals-more-from-venice-italy-november-1992 Fri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Groton State Forest, Vermont. October 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-groton-state-forest-vermont-october-1996 Swamp Sunset 2Swamp Sunset 2Near Stillwater camping area, Groton State Forest. Vermont, USA. Once again I found myself chasing the Fall foliage in one of the prettiest parts of our country. In this area, I was a bit too late for the foliage, but I found this swamp not too far from my camp and thought I would stick around to photograph the sunset.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Clouds Forest Landscape New England North America Northeast US Rural Sky Sunset Swamp US USA United States United States of America Vermont Water Woods https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-groton-state-forest-vermont-october-1996 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Shafter, Texas. March 14, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-shafter-texas-march-14-1996 Mountain Sunset 1Mountain Sunset 1Mountains and orange/red clouds at sunset, Route 67. North of Shafter, Texas. I drove out via Study Butte, along Route 170 west to Presidio. A very beautiful road, with lots of ups and downs, and quick turns Some nice views of the Rio Grande, and plenty of mountains.

Headed north on Route 67 to Marfa, stopping enroute for mountain sunset pix. I just finished a mediocre Mexican dinner at Carmen’s Cafe. I didn’t feel like cooking.

Stopped for the night at a roadside picnic area east of Alpine.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Clouds Copy Space Dusk Exterior Mountains No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Silhouette Sky Southwest US Sunset TX Texas US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-shafter-texas-march-14-1996 Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Shiprock Peak, Four Corners Area, New Mexico, USA. July 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-shiprock-peak-four-corners-area-new-mexico-usa-july-1992 Shiprock Sunrise 2Shiprock Sunrise 2Shiprock Peak (7178') silhouette at sunrise, New Mexico. I was exploring around this fascinating part of our country for a couple of weeks, poking my camera into all kinds of interesting places. I saw Shiprock in the evening, but the light wasn’t great. I calculated where the sun would rise in the morning, then looked for an interesting angle to determine where I needed to be.

I camped nearby, then got myself up very early and drove to that spot. All it required from that point was some waiting and some luck. Mother Nature did her thing and provided me with nice light and nice clouds.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Dawn Landscape North America Scenic Shiprock Peak Southwest US Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-shiprock-peak-four-corners-area-new-mexico-usa-july-1992 Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March, 1995 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Palm Trees at SunsetPalm Trees at SunsetSunset silhouette of palm trees, Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco, Mexico. As an escape from the cold New York winter and a self-assigned stock photography project, I was working my way down the Pacific coast of Mexico. My goal was to explore and photograph beaches and small towns along the way.

Strolling around the waterfront at sunset I came across these palms, and they looked very inviting, the antithesis of winter back home. Colorful skies and palm trees—life is good!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Dusk Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Palm Trees Puerto Vallarta Resort Sunset Tourist Destination Tropical Tropics Twilight Vacation https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Guadalajara, Mexico. March, 1995 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-guadalajara-mexico-march-1995 Church PlazaChurch PlazaPlaza de los Laureles, Guadalajara, Mexico After a scenic drive through the chilly mountains in my rented VW Beetle (during which I learned that not all cars are equipped with heaters), I arrived in Guadalajara. I did some exploration on foot, then came to the Cathedral. 

This is the Plaza de los Laureles in front of the Cathedral. I liked the fountain and was working that a bit, then this man stepped in to my frame to give it some scale and sense of place.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Blog Cathedral Church Exterior Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico Midday North America Outdoors Outside Religion Steeples https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-more-from-guadalajara-mexico-march-1995 Mon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Palenque, Mexico. March 15, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 The PalaceThe PalaceThe Palace, from Temple of Inscriptions, Ruins at Palenque. Chiapas, Mexico. I arrived at the ruins around 2, and spent the next 3 hours exploring, climbing, resting, shooting, and sweating profusely. It smells and feels like being inside a greenhouse. Running  around in this humidity is almost enough to make me think about a desk job in an air-conditioned office. Almost…

At 7:30 I went out for dinner. I’m healthy again! I found a taqueria right around the corner, opposite the zócalo. I filled up on tostadas and a taco, and rehydrated myself with water, lemonade, and a pineapple shake. Good deal.

I sat in the zócalo for a few minutes listening to the marimba music from the hotel across the street.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Chiapas Mexico North America Palace Palenque https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. July 1990 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Bryce Point Sunset 2Bryce Point Sunset 2Rock formations at sunset from Bryce Point. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. After driving from New York to Las Vegas with my brother on a drive-away mission, we rented a car for a few days to explore some of the awesome parks in this part of the country. We were able to enjoy the sunset here in all its glory. This is a bizarre landscape that I really enjoyed.

The following morning we hiked a trail in the park called Wall Street, which couldn’t have been more different from the New York version! It was fascinating to be inside this park and to see some of these rock formations up close.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American West Bryce Canyon National Park Clouds Geology National Park North America Red Rock Country Southwest US Sunset US USA United States United States of America Utah https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Playa San Juan, Michoacán, Mexico. March, 1995 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-playa-san-juan-michoac-n-mexico-march-1995 Beach and Blue SkyBeach and Blue SkyEmpty beach, with surf, sky, and mountains, Playa San Juan. Michoacán, Mexico. I was driving a rented VW Beetle along the Pacific coast of Mexico, exploring the backroads and enjoying the scenery and solitude. There were a lot of really nice beaches, and I was surprised at how many were undeveloped. There were some people, but no major hotels or tourist infrastructure to ruin the beauty. I wonder what it’s like today.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Beach Blue Sky Copy Space Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Pacific Ocean Playa Room for Copy Surf Water Waves https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/9/from-the-journals-playa-san-juan-michoac-n-mexico-march-1995 Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, USA. April 4, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/brooklyn-bridge-new-york-city-usa-april-4-2015 Brooklyn Bridge SunriseBrooklyn Bridge SunriseSunrise silhouette of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Manhattan Bridge in background. New York City, New York, USA. I felt it was time to update my NYC skyline photos, so I hauled myself out of bed at a very early hour and drove down to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge. It was rather chilly that morning! 

I got some shots of the lower Manhattan skyline, then turned around to see this. I love the colors in the pre-sunrise sky and the juxtaposition of the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Blog Brooklyn Bridge Cityscape Dawn Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Silhouette Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/brooklyn-bridge-new-york-city-usa-april-4-2015 Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
More from Seneca Falls, New York. July 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/more-from-seneca-falls-new-york-july-2012 Red Geraniums, Red HouseRed Geraniums, Red HouseSeneca Falls, New York. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I try to attend the Professional Photographers Society of New York State Workshop each summer. One of the destinations used by classes and individuals for subject matter is the nearby historic town of Seneca Falls. 

Each time I go I try to find something new, or apply a new technique I have learned. This year I was playing around with enhancing saturation and sharpness, then smoothing it all out to create a painterly effect. I thought the colors of this house would be just right for this technique.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Exterior New York State No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside PPSNYS Workshop USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/more-from-seneca-falls-new-york-july-2012 Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-more-from-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Golden Rock AfternoonGolden Rock AfternoonGolden Rock in the afternoon. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar (Burma). We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was no room for my knees and nowhere to put my daypack where it wasn’t bothering me or others. I had to pay for 2 seats because I took up too much space, and the driver’s assistant was still complaining.

Too many people and too fast—not safe and not comfortable. It was a narrow, windy road with lots of ups and downs. We stopped after about 10 minutes when they took our fares, and then waited. Nobody told us, but it’s a one-way road and we had to wait until the trucks coming down got through. Very uncomfortable and not the way to treat tourists. No option for a more expensive but less crowded vehicle…

It’s a great setting on the mountain ridge, with views in all directions. In the distance to the west we could see an orange sliver of the river we had crossed. The initial views of the Golden Rock were not that impressive, perhaps due to my state of mind after the truck ride.

I started shooting from a distance and then changed lenses as I got closer. It is more impressive upon closer view, and I walked around and got all angles as the light changed during sunset. I think I got some good pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Balancing Boulder Burma Golden Rock Holy Kyaiktiyo Myanmar Pilgrimage Site Religion SE Asia Shrine South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Sunset Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-more-from-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Lampang, Thailand. February 11, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-lampang-thailand-february-11-2003 Interior Hall with Teak PillarsInterior Hall with Teak PillarsWat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. Lampang, Thailand I got a songthew to Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. It was okay, but not as good as I thought from the description in Lonely Planet. I took a few pix, but decided it wasn’t a candidate for sunset shots as I had hoped.

I took a songthew back to Lampang, and had dinner by my hotel, at the Heuan Chom Wang. It was okay. Coconut shrimp with oyster sauce.

I’m in the lobby of the hotel writing this because the light in my room isn’t bright enough. Teak buildings are dark!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Gold leaf Red Carpet Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Teak Thailand Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-lampang-thailand-february-11-2003 Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Sukhothai, Thailand. February 10, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-sukhothai-thailand-february-10-2003 Figurine at ShrineFigurine at ShrineWat Pra Phai Luang. Sukhothai, Thailand I had a second round of breakfast, then rented a bike and rode to Wat Si Chum, in the northern section of the park. I took a few pix, checked out another wat (with a friendly resident cat), then went back to the central section of the park.

I don’t think the light was any better than yesterday, so perhaps it’s just that I’m in a better frame of mind, but I have been taking lots of pix this morning. I’m finding good compositions (and fewer tourists in the way). It’s 11:10, and I’m in the same shady spot as yesterday, enjoying and iced tea.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Candles Incense Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sukhothai Thailand Wat Pra Phai Luang Wax https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-sukhothai-thailand-february-10-2003 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bangkok, Thailand. January 18, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-bangkok-thailand-january-18-2003 Architectural Detail of RooftopsArchitectural Detail of RooftopsWat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand. We took a ferry across the river to do a walking tour centered around the Grand Palace. We wandered into Wat Pho, and had a look around. We went to their off-site massage school, and had an aromatherapy massage. It was pleasant, but I don’t know that the aromatic herbs add any benefit.

As we walked north, we did a lot of grazing for lunch. There were all kinds of goodies including pork buns, coconut sweets, fried veggie something, dumplings, mangosteens, and rambutans. 

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Architectural Detail Asia Bangkok Decorative Roof Rooftops SE Asia Southeast Asia Thailand Tiles Wat Pho https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-bangkok-thailand-january-18-2003 Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Seneca Falls, New York. July 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/seneca-falls-new-york-july-2012 Better DaysBetter DaysAbandoned Senceca Knitting Mills. Seneca Falls, New York. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I try to attend the Professional Photographers Society of New York State Workshop each summer. One of the destinations used by classes and individuals for subject matter is the nearby historic town of Seneca Falls. 

I have photographed this abandoned factory several times. Each time I go I try to find something new, or apply a new technique I have learned. This year I was playing around with Nik filters, and the photos here were worked on with Nik HDR Effects Pro.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Abandoned HDR Historic PPSNYS Workshop Seneca Knitting Mills Factory https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/seneca-falls-new-york-july-2012 Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Niagara Falls, New York, USA. March 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Icy FallsIcy FallsAmerican Falls with ice formation at base, Goat Island in background. Niagara Falls, New York. I was camped nearby, and spent a couple of chilly days exploring the falls. (Note the ice in the foreground.) The falls are an impressive site, made more enjoyable because the weather kept away the hordes of tourists.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Falls Niagara Falls North America Northeast US US USA United States United States of America Water Waterfall Winter https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. July 1990 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Bryce Point Sunset 3Bryce Point Sunset 3Rock formations at sunset from Bryce Point. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. After driving from New York to Las Vegas with my brother on a drive-away mission, we rented a car for a few days to explore some of the awesome parks in this part of the country. We were able to enjoy the sunset here in all its glory. This is a bizarre landscape that I really enjoyed.

The following morning we hiked a trail in the park called Wall Street, which couldn’t have been more different from the New York version! It was fascinating to be inside this park and to see some of these rock formations up close.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) American West Bryce Canyon National Park Bryce Point Clouds Exterior Geology North America Outdoors Red Rock Country Southwest US Sunset Tourist Destination Travel US USA United States Utah https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Chichén Itzá, Mexico. March 20, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-chich-n-itz-mexico-march-20-1991 El CastilloEl CastilloEl Castillo pyramid, Ruins at Chichen Itza. Yucatán, Mexico. I got up shortly after 6, and had breakfast at the bus station. I packed my stuff and stored it in the hotel office. I walked the 2 kilometers to the ruins in under 20 minutes, arriving 10 minutes before it opened.

I got in right away and grabbed a few shots of El Castillo before climbing it for a good view of the site. While more extensive than other sites, it isn’t that impressive aesthetically, but quite an achievement when size and scientific knowledge are considered. I wandered all around and took some pix, finishing close to noon.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Chichen Itza El Castillo Mexico North America Yucatán https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-chich-n-itz-mexico-march-20-1991 Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. August, 1994 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-quebec-city-quebec-canada-august-1994 Quebec City SunsetQuebec City SunsetSilhouette of Chateau Frontenac and Quebec City skyline at dusk, from Lewis. Quebec, Canada. On this solo road trip I was visiting our neighbors to the north. Although I liked Montreal, I felt there was something very special about Quebec City. It is so different from other cities in North America. It felt like I was in Europe—the language, architecture, and food all contributed to that.

I wanted to capture the iconic Chateau Frontenac hotel. I scouted out where my best angle to get a silhouette at sunset would be. I got myself situated early, set up the camera and waited. I was bracketing my exposures to make sure I got the perfect color in the sky. The camera was on a tripod, and this was probably an 8- or 15-second exposure.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Canada Cityscape Copy Space Dusk Evening Exterior Historic No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Quebec Room for Copy Skyline Tourist Destination Travel Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-more-from-quebec-city-quebec-canada-august-1994 Mon, 05 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Koh Panyi, Thailand. March 11, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-koh-panyi-thailand-march-11-2003 Mosque Below MountainsMosque Below MountainsGreen minarets of mosque, Koh Panyi fishing village. Phang Nga Bay, Thailand. I disembarked from the boat at Koh Panyi, the Muslim fishing/tourist village. It was hot as I was lead to my “hotel” room. I am the only one who is doing the overnight tour. 

I took a break for a bit, then walked around in the heat looking for pix in the late afternoon light. I didn’t get much as everything is quite confined. All of the homes are built on stilts on basically 1 large dock which is connected at one end to an island consisting of an imposing vertical karst formation, with no flat land for homes or fields.

I sat on the pier for an hour, just observing life around me, and keeping an eye on sunset conditions. People seem to have plenty of time to sit around and talk. It’s a totally different lifestyle. There are probably only a couple hundred families here, all within the equivalent of two football fields. Everybody knows everybody, and I already recognize certain individuals.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Koh Panyi Moslem Phang Nga Bay Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Thailand https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-koh-panyi-thailand-march-11-2003 Fri, 02 Sep 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yet More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mezquita Interior 9 ArchesMezquita Interior 9 ArchesMezquita Interior 9 Arches, Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This is the Mezquita. A stunning example of Mudejar architecture that was originally a mosque, this incredible structure was spared when the Catholic Monarchs took over southern Spain. Instead, a Catholic cathedral was added on to the existing building and is in use to this day.

This is an HDR, or high dynamic range photo, meaning that there is a wide range of light values from very dark to very bright. I used specialized software, NIK HDR Effects Pro, to tame these light values and bring them together to enable our eyes to see details in those light and dark areas. I also brought out some of the structure to make it appear very sharp.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Arches Architectural Detail Cathedral Catholic Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Mezquita Mosque Mudejar Religion Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bergen, Norway. July 28, 1987 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-bergen-norway-july-28-1987 Clipper ShipClipper ShipClipper ship in harbor at sunset, houses in background. Bergen, Norway. A nice day today. The usual breakfast of museli, with the addition of bread and honey. I went with some new-found friends from the YMCA dorm on the funicular up Mount Fløyen. We got a nice overview of the city, and I got a few pix.

We walked down to the center of town and took care of our banking business and some shopping for bread and cheese for lunch. We were heading to Nordnes Park to eat, but we were too hungry, so we sat down in front of a church and ate in the sun.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bergen Boat Clipper Ship Dock Europe Harbor Hillside Northern Europe Norway Sailboat Scandanavia Ship Transportation Trees Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-bergen-norway-july-28-1987 Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Burano, Italy. November 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-burano-italy-november-1992 Burano HouseBurano HouseArchitectural detail of facade of house. Burano, Italy. This trip came up as a last-minute courier flight to Milano. I had my sights set on Venice, and I was able to spend 10 days there. It was the off-season, but there were still a good number of tourists. I had the luxury of time and was able to explore many nooks and crannies of the old city.

I didn’t have the best weather during my time there, but there were some moments. The sun broke through the clouds briefly for this one as I was exploring the nearby island of Burano.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Architectural Detail Dwelling Europe Exterior Historic Home House Italy No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Residence Tourism Tourist Destination Travel Vacation Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-burano-italy-november-1992 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…London, England. October 29, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-london-england-october-29-1988 Big BenBig BenBig Ben clock tower, Palace of Westminster. London, England Another sunny day, but not as mild as yesterday. In fact, rather cool in the shade. Because of the weather, I figured I should work instead of play today. 

The light was good—I got shots of Big Ben from Victoria Street, and then had some lunch. Kept on shooting in the afternoon in the same area. I just walked around, hopped on a bus, and got off and walked some more. Went back to river to get shots of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament at dusk.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Big Ben England Europe London U.K United Kingdom Victoria Street Western Europe clock time https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-london-england-october-29-1988 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Lizard from Isla Española, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 15, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-lizard-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Lava LizardLava LizardLava lizard (Tropidurus delanonis), Isla Espanola. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador. A very productive walk on Isla Española’s Punta Suárez this morning. A “wet landing” (barely wet) and sea lions on the beach. Galapagos hawk, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, waved albatross. We finished up at a blow hole before returning to the beach. I shot 8 or 9 rolls--cloudy bright at first, turning in to full sun. This investment might even pay off. And, I’m having a good time. I just wish my throat wasn’t sore.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Biology Ecuador Evolution Exterior Galapagos Islands Latin America Lava lizard National Park No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Reptile Science South America Tourist Destination Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-lizard-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Baja, Mexico. March 1984 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-baja-mexico-march-1984 Sandstone ErosionSandstone ErosionErosion detail in sandstone wall, Sea of Cortez. Baja California Sur, Mexico. On my sea kayaking trip in the Sea of Cortez with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), we came across some interesting patterns on the sandstone caused by erosion. I remember this day as a nice leisurely paddle with very little wind as we were trolling for fish for our dinner.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Baja California Sur Erosion Geology Golden Mexico North America Sandstone Sea of Cortez https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/7/from-the-journals-baja-mexico-march-1984 Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-20-2003 Shwedagon Entrance GateShwedagon Entrance GateGold and green temple rooftop, Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda). Yangon, Myanmar. Although the plan was to go to the Shwedagon Paya before breakfast while it was still cool, and although we woke up on time (I finally slept through 7 hours), this did not happen. A view from our rooftop told us that it was hazy, and the sun was being filtered through clouds.

We had breakfast first, and then took a taxi to Shwedagon. It’s a large and interesting place. Despite all the people milling around, it is peaceful. Very colorful as well. Like the city, it was full of people of all races who seem to get along. I took some photos.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma Exterior Historic History Myanmar No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Rangoon Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Temple Tourist Destination Yangon https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-20-2003 Mon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa. January 31, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-more-from-kalahari-gemsbok-national-park-south-africa-january-31-1997 Desert PlantsDesert PlantsKalahari-Gemsbok National Park, South Africa Up at 6, and on the road at 6:30.Saw lots of fresh lion tracks in the sand on the road, but no lions. Saw ostriches, gemsbok, black-backed jackal cubs, bat-eared foxes, tawny eagle, many weaver nests, etc. Pix of springbok.

The road alone the Nossob River had been partially reopened, so we took that. A couple of challenging sections. Finally saw the red dunes I had been expecting along the road crossing back to the Auob River.

Had lunch back at Twee Rivieren Camp at 1:30. Now in car en route to Uppington.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Desert Kalahari Southern Africa https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/8/from-the-journals-more-from-kalahari-gemsbok-national-park-south-africa-january-31-1997 Fri, 05 Aug 2016 12:24:45 GMT
From the Journals…More from Tanatoraja. Sulawesi, Indonesia. February 23, 2004 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-tanatoraja-sulawesi-indonesia-february-23-2004 Tempting GardenTempting GardenWood slats for windows, flowers in background. Rantepao, Toraja. Sulawesi, Indonesia. At 6 am, right on schedule, Semuel picked me up with his motorbike for a ride in the countryside. We first headed for Batu Tumonga, the highest “village” on the mountain northwest of Rantepao.

It took about 1 hour, with beautiful scenery on the way. We rode through a layer of clouds, and by the time we got to Batu Tumonga, we were above them, looking down over the valley.

I had breakfast at a restaurant on the hillside, enjoying the view. Semuel and I were briefly joined by 2 Indonesian women, one of whom is a photographer in Jakarta.

Our ride continued through plenty of terraced rice paddies as we contoured along the mountain. We stopped a number of times for photos, and I probably shot 3 or 4 rolls. It was great scenery, and fun to be on the bike.

We came back through Rantepao, and I used the opportunity to get more film and eat lunch at Manbo.

At 11:30 we headed out again, first south on the main road, then west through Mandandon. We rode past the airport, down into another pretty valley, and then up over a hairy rocky road at a steep angle. I was impressed with Semuel’s driving, but my butt was still sore. It was good to be back on pavement. We took the road less traveled to get back.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Backgrounds Celebes Flowers Garden Indonesia Oceana Oceania Patterns Rantepao Sulawesi Toraja Window https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-tanatoraja-sulawesi-indonesia-february-23-2004 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Ceilings, Sevilla, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/ceilings-sevilla-spain-april-2012 Details, Details, Details!Details, Details, Details!Tiled ceiling detail, Museo de Bellas Artes. Sevilla, Spain. As much as I liked the patios and the courtyards in Andalucía, looking up to the ceiling also showed some impressive architecture. Many of the ceilings were intricate works of art in themselves.

The image posted here is from the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or the Fine Art Museum, in Sevilla. This is the site of a former monastery that now houses a collection of religious art. It seems the Church was not lacking in funds when this was built. 

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Architectural Detail Ceiling Decorative Carving Fine Art Museum Museo de Bellas Artes Sevilla Seville Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/ceilings-sevilla-spain-april-2012 Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Granada, Spain. April 18, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Wall and Window Reflection.Wall and Window Reflection.Palace of Charles V, La Alhambra. Granada, Spain. Although my reservation to tour the palaces was for tomorrow, I took advantage of the good weather today and was able to explore the grounds of the Alhambra. It is a beautiful place with great views from its perch on the mountain ridge.

This is the Palace of Charles V. I thought the architecture was very interesting, and I really liked the reflections in the windows as a counterpoint to the textured stones.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Granada La Alhambra Palace of Charles V Reflection Spain Stone Wall Window https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-18-2012 Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
La Alhambra, Grananda, Spain. April 17, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/la-alhambra-grananda-spain-april-17-2012 La Alhambra Palace ComplexLa Alhambra Palace ComplexLa Alhambra Palace Complex, Granada, Spain.

Upon arriving in Granada, one of my first objectives was to get an overview of the entire palace complex of La Alhambra. This is a large and beautiful area set in the foothills of the mountains.

I found a bus going up to the top of the hill on the opposite side of the valley. I was not the only person with this idea—there were many others gathered in the plaza enjoying the view. This was a great way to whet my appetite for my visits to the complex in the following days.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Granada La Alhambra Palace Spain Travel https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/la-alhambra-grananda-spain-april-17-2012 Fri, 22 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Another Narrow Alley, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/another-narrow-alley-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012  

Alleyway 3Alleyway 3Alley, Córdoba, Spain.

 

I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This alley kept me entertained for a while. I played with different lenses and compositions, and ended up with several that I liked. For the version here, I brought up Clarity in Lightroom to bring out the texture in the stones.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alley Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Dead End Obstacle Spain Stone Wall Trapped https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/6/another-narrow-alley-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Oxen with Ceremonial DecorationsOxen with Ceremonial DecorationsOxen with ceremonial decorations. Bagan, Myanmar (Burma). We went to the temple of North Guni for sunset photos. There were only 2 other tourists there. We were a bit too far for stupa silhouettes, and sunset fizzled out, so I didn’t get any great pix. 

I try to be flexible and open to opportunities that present themselves, even if they weren’t what I had planned. Such was the case with these oxen, who happened to come along at the right time and place. Go with the flow!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bagan Burma Myanmar Ox Cart Pagan SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Fri, 15 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Kyaiktiyo, Burma (Myanmar). January 14, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Golden Rock DuskGolden Rock DuskGolden Rock at dusk. Kyaiktiyo, Myanmar (Burma). We got herded into a cattle truck is the best way to describe it. Slats of wood for seats, so close together there was no room for my knees and nowhere to put my daypack where it wasn’t bothering me or others. I had to pay for 2 seats because I took up too much space, and the driver’s assistant was still complaining.

Too many people and too fast—not safe and not comfortable. It was a narrow, windy road with lots of ups and downs. We stopped after about 10 minutes when they took our fares, and then waited. Nobody told us, but it’s a one-way road and we had to wait until the trucks coming down got through. Very uncomfortable and not the way to treat tourists. No option for a more expensive but less crowded vehicle…

It’s a great setting on the mountain ridge, with views in all directions. In the distance to the west we could see an orange sliver of the river we had crossed. The initial views of the Golden Rock were not that impressive, perhaps due to my state of mind after the truck ride.

I started shooting from a distance and then changed lenses as I got closer. It is more impressive upon closer view, and I walked around and got all angles as the light changed during sunset. I think I got some good pix.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Balancing Boulder Burma Golden Rock Holy Kyaiktiyo Myanmar Pilgrimage Site Religion SE Asia Shrine South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Sunset Temple Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-kyaiktiyo-burma-myanmar-january-14-2011 Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Buddha Image in Forest SceneBuddha Image in Forest SceneBuddha Image in painted forest scene. Mandalay, Myanmar. I read for a while, but then felt guilty for not trying to do anything while in Mandalay. I decided to take a walk to the nearby Shwekyimyint Paya (Pagoda). It was peaceful inside, even though there were about 150 people praying together. I think it was a silent meditation. There were a number of nooks, crannies, and shrines to explore.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Burma Mandalay Myanmar Pagoda SE Asia Shwekyimyint Paya South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Lashio, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-lashio-myanmar-burma-january-20-2011 Bags of RiceBags of RiceSacks of rice for sale in market. Lashio, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). I really enjoy exploring local markets. There is so much stimulation for the senses--sights, sounds, smells. It’s a great way to throw myself in with the locals and observe. The Burmese people are so warm and welcoming, and rarely refuse having their photos taken.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Food Lashio Market Myanmar Rice SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Street Scene https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-lashio-myanmar-burma-january-20-2011 Mon, 04 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Shallots, Garlic, Ginger in MarketShallots, Garlic, Ginger in MarketShallots, garlic, ginger, and peppers in market. Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fair amount of fog. I was walking along the main road north of town and observing all the activities of daily life.

We walked to the morning market and I was able to get some good pix of people and products. We also spent a little time at the park next door.

 

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Food Garlic Ginger Hsipaw Market Myanmar Peppers Potatoes SE Asia Shallots South Asia Southeast Asia Street Scene Thibaw https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Fri, 01 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Ubud, Bali. February 5, 1998 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-ubud-bali-february-5-1998 Rice PaddyRice PaddyYoung, green rice shoots grow in paddy (field), Ubud. Bali, Indonesia. I was out at 6:00 am on a rented bike, and headed east to search for rice paddies and good photo ops. It was an impressive sunrise, with the clouds all red and gold, but I didn’t have my tripod. Those same clouds then blocked the early sun, so I only had a few good minutes of light.

I took a spin through town, and explored some different roads. The bike is good for increasing the distance covered. Unfortunately even the maximum seat height wasn’t high enough, so uphills were a challenge. The camera bad didn’t make it any easier.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Agriculture Bali Indonesia Landscape Oceania Rice fields Scenic https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-ubud-bali-february-5-1998 Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Kalaw, Burma (Myanmar). February 6, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-kalaw-burma-myanmar-february-6-2011 Buddha Images for Sale in MarketBuddha Images for Sale in MarketBuddha images for sale in market, Kalaw, Shan State, Myanmar. I slept in today—until 7:00! No bus or taxi to catch, no sight to see, no sunrise pix. I had breakfast downstairs.

I went for a walk, camera in hand. I walked a short distance away from town, then circled back into the central market and took a few pix.

I found a decent spot to sit down and capture the action with a long lens, but there was not much action. I left after about 30 minutes.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Burma Kalaw Myanmar SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-kalaw-burma-myanmar-february-6-2011 Fri, 24 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Kakku PagodaKakku PagodaKakku Pagoda. Kakku, Shan State, Myanmar. I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then headed for Kakku.

I had the impression that it was a large place, like a town. It is just a large temple complex. It is interesting and I think I got a few good pix.

At Myo Myo’s (my wife) insistence some workers let me climb on a stupa they were repairing. It’s a good angle from up there.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma Kakku Pagoda Myanmar Paya Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Mon, 20 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Twilight 1Twilight 1Roman Bridge at dusk, Córdoba, Spain. It seemed that wherever I was looking I was finding photographic possibilities in this fascinating historic city. I wandered across to the other side of the river, and was intrigued by the Roman Bridge from this view.

I scouted for a good location, then set up my tripod and waited. There were some interesting cloud formations drifting over the city. I think this dark cloud, balanced with twilight and the lights on the bridge, makes for a dramatic image.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Dusk España Europe Evening HDR Iberia Iberian Peninsula Mezquita Roman Bridge Spain Twilight Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Durham, England. May 6, 1985 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-durham-england-may-6-1985 Prebends Footbridge ReflectionPrebends Footbridge ReflectionRiver Wear, Durham, England. Durham is a nice place, and I had an enjoyable time there. I was able to leave my pack at the tourist information office, so that was a big help. 

I went for a walk along the banks of the River Wear. I probably would have taken more pix, but the light wasn’t too good. The cathedral was good for walking around in (and also it was free). I could help but wonder why all the time and money was put into building the cathedral rather than to feed the peasants—I’m sure there were some back then. What a waste.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Arch Architecture Bridge Durham England Europe Great Britain Prebends Footbridge River Wear U.K. United Kingdom Water Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-durham-england-may-6-1985 Mon, 13 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Sukhothai, Thailand. February 9, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-sukhothai-thailand-february-9-2003 Lotus Blossoms and StupaLotus Blossoms and StupaWat Chanasongkham. Sukhothai, Thailand It has been a nice day so far. I rented a bike and drove around, getting off to view the temples. I had an early lunch of pad Thai, and am now sitting in the shade writing this. It is 12:30.//

I did a little more exploring, then went for a second round of pad Thai. I visited the museum, then rode up to the northern section of the park. It was getting hot, so at about 2:45 I decided to call it a day.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Lotus Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sukhothai Thailand Wat Chanasongkham https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-sukhothai-thailand-february-9-2003 Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Dukkanthein Temple 2Dukkanthein Temple 2View of Dukkanthein Temple from Shittaung Temple. Mrauk U, Myanmar. We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The others just looked like old temples. I would probably enjoy them more if I didn’t have to take my shoes off and walk barefoot on the dirt.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Buddhist Temple Burma Dukkanthein Temple Historic Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/5/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Mon, 06 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Texas, USA. Spring 1984 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-texas-usa-spring-1984 Tire Tracks in SandTire Tracks in SandTire tracks in wind-blown sand. Western Texas, USA. I was doing some exploring in western Texas which included hiking in Big Bend National Park and canoeing the Rio Grande. Somewhere along the way I  saw these tire track leading to who knows where…

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Dry North America Sand Sand Dunes Tire Tracks Tracks US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-texas-usa-spring-1984 Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. October 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Cape Cod SunsetCape Cod SunsetSilhouette at sunset of sailboat at mooring, Cape Cod. West Falmouth, Massachusetts. I was driving around New England in search of beautiful fall foliage. I got a bit sidetracked, and ended up by the water. I stayed around after sunset and photographed this calm scene by the marsh.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Copy Space Dusk Exterior MA Massachusetts Mooring New England No one Nobody North America Northeast US Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Sailboat Silhouette Sunset Twilight US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Mon, 30 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Chame, Nepal. December 14, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-chame-nepal-december-14-1988 Mountain FarmMountain FarmSmall farm in mountains. Above Chame, Nepal. It was a leisurely morning, with many rest stops and photo stops. Excellent views of Annapurna II and Manaslu to the rear. We took a tea break at 10, and at 11 or so we stopped for pix and lunch at Lattermarang. I pigged out on tomato soup, veg and cheese chowmein, and Tibetan bread. Maybe a bit too much— walking afterwards was a chore. The terrain changed—less open farmland and more heavily forested. We walked through a nice pine forest along the Marsyangdi Khola and saw a couple of yaks.

I walked into Chame at 3:30 or so with Maggie and Steve and found the others at the Shangri La Hotel. There’s even hydroelectric power here, so I have a light in my single room. 

We’re at 8,900’ elevation, and it is noticeably cooler here. I got a bit chilled-off this afternoon, and sat around the fire for a while with hot chocolate and chicken soup. I asked for boiled water for my bottle, and now have that shoved under my jacket. I’ve got my Gore-Tex pants on. It’s 6:30, and I hear dinner cooking. Hopefully I’ll get plenty of rest tonight.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Chame Farm Green Mountains South Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-chame-nepal-december-14-1988 Fri, 27 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Tal, Nepal. December 13, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-tal-nepal-december-13-1988 Mountain ValleyMountain ValleyFacing north to valley and village in background, mountains in distance. Tal, Nepal. I left at 10:10 after saying goodbye to Roy, my hiking partner who was turning back because of serious blister problems. I had a really good day, going at my own pace. When I arrived at Chamje, I had a second breakfast. My appetite has definitely increased. I hiked to Tal in 2 hours, again right at the book’s pace. I heard that a party of 5 or 6 had just left as I arrived. I was encouraged, thinking it was probably the Danes and the Australians. I will feel better if I am closer to them.

At 2:13 I headed out of Tal. The basin is fascinating, and the sun came out a little to make it more interesting. It’s the widest and most mellow bit of the Marsyangdi Khola. It  was a good 2-hour walk  to Dharapanai, where i discovered my prospective hiking partners at a hotel.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Countryside Mountains River Rural South Asia Valley https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-tal-nepal-december-13-1988 Mon, 23 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Bhaktapur, Nepal. December 2, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-bhaktapur-nepal-december-2-1988 Bhaktapur StatueBhaktapur StatueDetail of statue outside Buddhist temple, Dattatreya Square. Bhaktapur, Nepal. After a long walk to the bus station, we took a bus to Bhaktapur, a town 12 kilometers from Kathmandu. It is full of interesting architecture, and we enjoyed looking around. I got some good pix, especially of some of the kids, with whom we had some fun. They liked looking through my camera. As Roy held their attention with his knife and his pliers, I snapped some candids. Very sneaky.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bhaktapur Buddhist Dattatreya Square Religion South Asia Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-bhaktapur-nepal-december-2-1988 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Isla Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 17, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-isla-santa-cruz-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-17-1993 Giant Tortise Head 1Giant Tortise Head 1Giant Tortise (Geochelone elephantopus) head, front view, Isla Santa Cruz. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador. Up at 6:30, breakfast at 7. We left for the Charles Darwin Station at 8. We had a look at the museum first, and then at some of the pens for the young tortise hatchlings.

Then we went to some of the pens for larger giant tortises, and they were big. They can live for 150-200 years, and weigh up to 500 pounds. Despite their reputations, those things can move quickly. They are constantly moving their heads, and often walking around.

I got some shots with an overcast sky, and then hung around until the weather got better. I shot 4 or 5 rolls, so I was happy. We viewed “Solitary George” from a distance.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Biology Ecuador Evolution Exterior Galapagos Islands Giant Tortise (Geochelone elephantopus) Latin America National Park No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Reptile Science South America Tourist Destination Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-isla-santa-cruz-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-17-1993 Mon, 16 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Isla Española, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 15, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Galapagos Hawk 1Galapagos Hawk 1Galapagos Hawk (Buteo galapagoenis) on rock, Isla Española. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador. A very productive walk on Isla Española’s Punta Suárez this morning. A “wet landing” (barely wet) and sea lions on the beach. Galapagos hawk, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, waved albatross. We finished up at a blow hole before returning to the beach. I shot 8 or 9 rolls--cloudy bright at first, turning in to full sun. This investment might even pay off. And, I’m having a good time. I just wish my throat wasn’t sore.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bird Ecuador Galapagos Hawk Galapagos Islands Nature South America Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Fri, 13 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA. January 2001 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-grand-canyon-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Grand Canyon Winter   SunriseGrand Canyon Winter SunriseWinter sunrise with snow, Bright Angel, South Rim. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. Poor planning on this one! I thought I would do a trip to the southwestern US to avoid the cold of a New York winter. What I didn’t take into consideration was that one needs to go very far south to find warmth. I was also traveling through some mountainous areas in New Mexico and Arizona. Higher elevations mean lower temperatures. At the South Rim the elevation is around 7,000’.

 

Oh yes, I was car camping for this trip. I think I was the only car in the campground at the Grand Canyon--there were a couple of RVs, but they have heating. I had one cloudy and overcast day, so I couldn’t shoot much. The next morning I woke up to a foot of fresh snow on the ground and clearing skies. I reluctantly got out of my warm sleeping bag and got to work.

 

It was a beautiful sunrise and the snow gave a unique counterpoint to the red rocks. There were interesting compositions everywhere, so I had a lot of fun running around trying to photograph them. This image is one of my favorites.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Grand Canyon National Park Landscape North America Scenic Southwest US US USA United States United States of America Winter https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-grand-canyon-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Mon, 09 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Zihuatanejo, Mexico. March, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-zihuatanejo-mexico-march-1991 Orange Sky and Palm TreesOrange Sky and Palm TreesSunset silhouette of palm trees in Playa de la Ropa, Zihuatanejo. Guerrero, Mexico. I was driving along the Pacific coast of Mexico with the goal of getting photos of beautiful beaches and inviting tropical scenes. I found these coconut palms just before sunset, so I set up my tripod and waited for Mother Nature to start her light show.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Copy Space Dusk Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Palm Trees Resort Room for Copy Silhouette Sunset Tourist Destination Tropical Tropics Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-zihuatanejo-mexico-march-1991 Fri, 06 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico. March 10, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-tuxtla-gutierrez-mexico-march-10-1991 White Church, Blue SkyWhite Church, Blue SkyExterior of San Marcos Cathedral, Tuxtla Gutierrez. Chiapas, Mexico. I walked to the Parque Madero complex, and had a look at the Chiapas Regional Museum, which was okay. After that I took a walk through the botanical garden, which was pleasant, but not that exciting.

On the way back, I stopped in the market and bought a cantelope. At the bakery I bought pastries, and that was my lunch, consumed in the hotel courtyard.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bells Blue Sky Chiapas Church Church bells Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Religion Tuxtla Gutierrez https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-tuxtla-gutierrez-mexico-march-10-1991 Mon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. February 4, 1998 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-ubud-bali-indonesia-february-4-1998 Raising RiceRaising RiceSunrise and reflection in rice paddy (field) at dawn, Ubud. Bali, Indonesia. My alarm went off at 5:15, but it was still dark out, so I stayed in bed a bit. Too tired from a late night and 1 hour time change.

Took some predawn pix across the street from the Green Fields Bungalows, then went walking through rice paddies south of there. By the time I returned to my room, I was in need of a shower. It’s really humid around here.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Agriculture Bali Dawn Indonesia Landscape Oceania Rice fields Scenic Sunrise https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-ubud-bali-indonesia-february-4-1998 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Moorea, French Polynesia. February 26, 2000 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-moorea-french-polynesia-february-26-2000 Tropical ParadiseTropical ParadiseTropical beach with turquoise water and blue sky, Hauru. Moorea, French Polynesia. I had a nice dive at the head of Opunohu Bay. On the return, we detoured to Cook’s Bay to get gas. Beautiful turquoise water just beyond the dive center.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Beach French Polynesia Landscape Midday Moorea Noon Oceania Scenic Society Islands South Pacific Ocean Tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-moorea-french-polynesia-february-26-2000 Mon, 25 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Moorea, French Polynesia. February 25, 2000 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-moorea-french-polynesia-february-25-2000 Sunset SilhouetteSunset SilhouetteSilhouette at sunset of palm trees, with beach and ocean, Hauru. Moorea, French Polynesia. We returned to camp, and the ground had dried sufficiently after the rain to set up the tent. Our first choice, we discovered as we were almost done, was right next to an ant nest, and I was getting bitten. We moved it back, and are probably 20 meters from the beach.

 

We were sweating profusely during this easy activity, as the humidity is so high. The mountainside behind camp is so green. We were going to go for a swim, but the sun on the clouds was screaming to be photographed, so I had to do that first.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Beach Evening French Polynesia Landscape Moorea Oceania Scenic Society Islands South Pacific Ocean Sunset Tropical https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-moorea-french-polynesia-february-25-2000 Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Terracotta TilesTerracotta TilesTerracotta roof tiles, Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos. Córdoba, Spain. It’s good to be the king. That’s what I was thinking when I was visiting the Alcázar de los Reyes Catôlicos (Fortress of the Christian Monarchs) on a beautiful spring day. There were interesting buildings, lovely gardens, and plenty of fountains. The King would have been able to enjoy it without crowds.

 

Alas, I am not the King, so I had to wait patiently until my various compositions were mostly free of people. (Photoshop helped me remove a few troublemakers!) I was inspired to experiment that day, both in-camera and with my post production. I love patterns and textures, and was able to capture both in this shot of terracotta roof tiles.In this image I cranked up sharpness and saturation, then eased them back down a bit to get this painterly effect.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Background Cordoba España Europe Fortress of the Catholic Monarchs Iberia Iberian Peninsula Pattern Roof Spain Terra Terracotta Texture Tiles Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mezquita ExteriorMezquita ExteriorMezquita Exterior, Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This is the Mezquita. A stunning example of Mudejar architecture that was originally a mosque, this incredible structure was spared when the Catholic Monarchs took over southern Spain. Instead, a Catholic cathedral was added on to the existing building and is in use to this day.

This is an HDR, or high dynamic range photo, meaning that there is a wide range of light values from very dark to very bright. I used specialized software, NIK HDR Effects Pro, to tame these light values and bring them together to enable our eyes to see details in those light and dark areas. I also brought out some of the structure to make it appear very sharp.

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From the Journals…More from Venice, Italy. November 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-venice-italy-november-1992 Old WallOld WallWindow in doorframe arch with flower boxes, Campiello Barbaro. Venice, Italy. This trip came up as a last-minute courier flight to Milano. I had my sights set on Venice, and I was able to spend 10 days there. It was the off-season, but there were still a good number of tourists. I had the luxury of time and was able to explore many nooks and crannies of the old city.

I was drawn to this doorway partly because of the color palette, and partly because of the story told by the various layers of bricks, plaster, paint, and water stains.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Arch Canal Door Frame Europe Flower Pots Italy Old Venice Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-more-from-venice-italy-november-1992 Mon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Oslo, Norway. August 1, 1987 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-oslo-norway-august-1-1987 Construction CranesConstruction CranesConstruction cranes silhouetted at dusk. Oslo, Norway. I took the subway back to the Y and had pickled herring for dinner. I saw a few familiar faces of fellow travelers. I guess we’re doing the same circuit.

I went out looking for the grocery store and ended up taking pix of silhouettes of some construction cranes. I wandered back via Karl Johans Gate and saw a crowd of people gathered around non other than my fellow hosteler Michael doing his street performance routine.

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From the Journals…More from The Alcázar, Segovia, Spain. November, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-the-alc-zar-segovia-spain-november-1991  

Alcázar TowerAlcázar TowerLooking up to tower of Alcázar (castle). Segovia, Spain.

 

The Alcázar of Segovia is a dramatic structure, and it captured my attention as soon as I saw it. I challenged myself to photograph it in as many different ways as I could during my few days in Segovia. 

 

I was up before dawn a couple of times to see what the morning light had to offer. I did some work in the late afternoon from the top of the hill at the entrance to to building. I caught it with moody clouds drifting across the sky after sunset.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alcázar Architecture Castle España Europe Historic Iberia Segovia Spain Tower Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/4/from-the-journals-more-from-the-alc-zar-segovia-spain-november-1991 Mon, 04 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bhaktapur, Nepal. December 2, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-bhaktapur-nepal-december-2-1988 Nyatapola TempleNyatapola TempleNyatapola Temple in Dattatreya Square. Bhaktapur, Nepal. After a long walk to the bus station, we took a bus to Bhaktapur, a town 12 kilometers from Kathmandu. It is full of interesting architecture, and we enjoyed looking around. I got some good pix, especially of some of the kids, with whom we had some fun. They liked looking through my camera. As Roy held their attention with his knife and his pliers, I snapped some candids. Very sneaky.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bhaktapur Dattatreya Square Kathmandu Nyatapola Temple Religion South Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-bhaktapur-nepal-december-2-1988 Fri, 01 Apr 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 20, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-20-2003 Shwedagon PagodaShwedagon PagodaGold zedi (stupa) dome, Shwedagon Paya (Pagoda). Yangon, Myanmar. Although the plan was to go to the Shwedagon Paya before breakfast while it was still cool, and although we woke up on time (I finally slept through 7 hours), this did not happen. A view from our rooftop told us that it was hazy, and the sun was being filtered through clouds.

We had breakfast first, and then took a taxi to Shwedagon. It’s a large and interesting place. Despite all the people milling around, it is peaceful. Very colorful as well. Like the city, it was full of people of all races who seem to get along. I took some photos.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma Gold Myanmar Paya Rangoon Religion Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-20-2003 Mon, 28 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yangon, Myanmar (Burma). January 19, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-19-2003 Floating Karaweik Palace Restaurant at Night,Floating Karaweik Palace Restaurant at Night,Karaweik Palace Restaurant at night, with lights. Yangon, Myanmar. The late afternoon destination was the Shwedagon Paya, just to get some photos from the western side. We took another taxi to the east side of Kandawgyi Lake, with the idea being to get sunset silhouette shots of Shwedagon. We missed on 2 counts—we are at the wrong angle, and the clouds are blocking the sun.

Instead of photos, we stumbled on to the Karaweik Palace Restaurant, a huge dragon boat-like thing extending out onto the lake. We only went to look, but are now sitting here about to attack the buffet for just $5.00. Got to go with the flow!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Food Karaweik Palace Restaurant Myanmar Night Rangoon SE Asia Southeast Asia Tourist Destination Yangon https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yangon-myanmar-burma-january-19-2003 Fri, 25 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yes, More from Hammerstein Guest Farm, Maltahohe, Namibia. March 6, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yes-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Lazy LeopardLazy LeopardLeopard (Panthera pardus) (captive) relaxes on tree branch, Hammerstein Camp. Maltahohe, Namibia. Matthew, the owner, took us out to the leopard. Her name is Liza, and Matthew has had her since she was 1 month old. She is completely used to people. He introduced us, and we spent most of the afternoon playing with her and getting some really great photos. I even got her to go up on the tree twice. An amazing experience!

 

Her idea of a good time is jumping on someone’s back and nuzzling. She is in heat and was very amorous , presenting herself to me several times…

 

My back is still sore from the horseback incident, and perhaps aggravated by being jumped on by a leopard.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Captive Hammerstein Camp Leopard Panthera pardus Safari Southern Africa Southwest Africa Tree Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/3/from-the-journals-yes-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Mon, 21 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland. July 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-enniskerry-county-wicklow-ireland-july-1996 Powerscourt GardensPowerscourt GardensItalianate Garden, Powerscourt Gardens. Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland. Although my trip to Ireland was short, I am glad I squeezed in the time to visit Powerscourt Gardens in Enniskerry. The grounds were beautiful and well-maintained. The brooding clouds made the greens of the grass and trees even more saturated. It was a fun day out from Dublin.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Europe Exterior Garden Green Historic Ireland No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Scenic Tourism Tourist Destination U.K. United Kingdom https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-enniskerry-county-wicklow-ireland-july-1996 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Galway, Ireland. July 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-galway-ireland-july-1996 Red WindowsRed WindowsArchitectural detail, red window frames and flower boxex, Middle Street. Galway, Ireland. I enjoyed walking around the streets of Galway, looking at the old buildings, shops, pubs, and people. This visual treat caught my eye. I like the contrast of the red against the stone facade.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Architectural Detail Exterior Flowers Ireland No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Red Stone Wall UK United Kingdom Western Europe Windows https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-galway-ireland-july-1996 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Connemara, County Galway, Ireland. July 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-connemara-county-galway-ireland-july-1996 Heather, Bogs, and PondsHeather, Bogs, and Ponds12 Bens (Pins) in background, Connemara. County Galway, Ireland. Another misty morning in Connemara. This region has a rugged beauty that reminds me of being above treeline in the mountains, which is a place I really enjoy. I guess the northern latitude and the terrain add to this feeling.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Bogs Connemara County Galway Europe Heather Ireland Pond Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-connemara-county-galway-ireland-july-1996 Fri, 11 Mar 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Sukhothai, Thailand. February 9, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-sukhothai-thailand-february-9-2003 Wat Sorasak with Elephant CarvingsWat Sorasak with Elephant CarvingsRuins of Wat Sorasak with elephant carvings. Sukhothai, Thailand. It has been a nice day so far. I rented a bike and drove around, getting off to view the temples. I had an early lunch of pad Thai, and am now sitting in the shade writing this. It is 12:30.//

I did a little more exploring, then went for a second round of pad Thai. I visited the museum, then rode up to the northern section of the park. It was getting hot, so at about 2:45 I decided to call it a day.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Buddhist Historic Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Sukhothai Thailand Wat Sorasak https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-sukhothai-thailand-february-9-2003 Mon, 07 Mar 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Ayutthaya, Thailand. March 10, 1989 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-ayutthaya-thailand-march-10-1989 Chedis at AyutthayaChedis at AyutthayaAncient palace chedis. Ayutthaya, Thailand. We had a good day at Ayutthaya. We started out with a Wat and then the Ancient Palace complex. They are nice ruins—old and partly covered with weeds, but not too much overgrown. There were enough walls, pillars, and chedis standing to give us a good feel for what it must have been like, unlike some ruins where there is only a tiny bit of the foundation remaining. Lots of trees for shade filled with singing birds gave it a very pleasant atmosphere.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Ayutthaya Buddhist Chedi Historic Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Thailand https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-ayutthaya-thailand-march-10-1989 Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Singapore. February 24, 1989 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-singapore-february-24-1989 Mandarin DucksMandarin DucksMale Mandarin ducks (Aix galericulata) in water, Singapore We slept until 8:30, then went to the same Chinese restaurant and pastry shop as we went to yesterday.

It was a long bus ride (almost 1 hour) out to the Jurong Bird Park. Of course we got there not at 9 as planned, but at 11—just in time for the heat of the day. It is a well-designed park, utilizing the natural landscape where possible and attractive cages where necessary. Many of the areas are open, including a huge aviary, so it is possible to get good pix. I shot 1 roll. We were worn out after 2.5 hours of walking and standing in the heat, but it was worth it. We broke down and submitted—we had lunch at the Burger King at the park—no other options.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Birds Ducks Exterior No one Nobody Outdoors Outside SE Asia Singapore Southeast Asia Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/from-the-journals-singapore-february-24-1989 Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Braga, Nepal. December 15, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-braga-nepal-december-15-1988 Snow on MountainsideSnow on MountainsideRock formations covered with snow. Near Braga, Nepal. Last night was the first time this trip I needed to zip my sleeping bag up all the way, and even seal the neck cord. After another large breakfast, I set off at 8:50, all bundled up. After 20 minutes of hiking, and hitting sunlight, I stopped and stripped down to shorts and short sleeve shirt.

Some nice walking today, along the river through a pine forest in the morning to Bhratang, where I had tsampa (wheat porridge) and Tibetan bread for lunch. This area reminds me of the Rockies (except for Annapurna II!)

The afternoon was through another pine forest—my favorite kind. I met up with Steve, Maggi, and Paul, who were stopped at a beautiful overlook brewing tea. We sat facing a huge bowl of smooth rock, at least 2,000’ vertical. We got chilled off and put on some warmer clothes before hiking.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Annapurna Region Asia Exterior Midday Mountains Nepal No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Snow South Asia Travel Winter https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-braga-nepal-december-15-1988 Fri, 26 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Dallas, Texas. March 18, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/2/from-the-journals-dallas-texas-march-18-1996 Dallas at DuskDallas at DuskSkyline facing NE at dusk, with sky colors reflected in buildings. Dallas, Texas, USA. Heavy clouds with patches of blue sky have given way to mostly blue. I’m sitting on a levee facing northeast with a great view of the skyline. I found a wind block, so I’m all set. All I have to do is wait and let Mother Nature do her thing.//

And what a show it was! An incredible light show with a slow fade over 1 hour. It kept getting better and better, and I kept on shooting. Four-and-a-half rolls! I wish it were always this easy.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Big D Cities Dallas Legacy North America Skyline Sunset Texas USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/2/from-the-journals-dallas-texas-march-18-1996 Mon, 22 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-4-2003 Temple SilhouetteTemple SilhouetteSilhouette at sunset of Buddhist temples. Bagan, Myanmar. Our horse cart took us to many temples today, more than I needed to see. There are 2,278 temples listed by the Archaeological Dept. It finally got interesting (photographically) in the afternoon when the sun broke through the clouds. 

I got shots from a couple of different places, and then found my subject for the silhouette shot. Myo Myo (then girlfriend, now wife) was very helpful in getting us where I wanted to be. The sky was not great colors, but there were some interesting clouds.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Bagan Buddhist Burma Myanmar Pagan Silhouette Southeast Asia Sunset Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-4-2003 Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Shafter, Texas. March 14, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-shafter-texas-march-14-1996 Mountain Sunset 2Mountain Sunset 2Mountains and orange/red clouds at sunset, Route 67. North of Shafter, Texas. I drove out via Study Butte, along Route 170 west to Presidio. A very beautiful road, with lots of ups and downs, and quick turns Some nice views of the Rio Grande, and plenty of mountains.

Headed north on Route 67 to Marfa, stopping enroute for mountain sunset pix. I just finished a mediocre Mexican dinner at Carmen’s Cafe. I didn’t feel like cooking.

Stopped for the night at a roadside picnic area east of Alpine.

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From the Journals… More from Mountain Home, Texas. March 10, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-mountain-home-texas-february-1996 Longhorns Sign 2Longhorns Sign 2Silhouette of "Registered Texas Longhorns" sign at sunset, Route 41. West of Mountain Home, Texas. I finished the LBJ ranch tour at 5, and knew there was no way I would make Amistad NRA, my intended destination. So I just headed off in that direction to see how far I could get.

I stumbled on to great sunset pix of the “Registered Texas Longhorns” sign. Carried on to a picnic area north of Rock Springs. Made dinner and camped out. Great starry sky!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Dusk Evening Exterior No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Sign Silhouette Southwest US Sunset TX Texas Texas Longhorns Twilight US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-mountain-home-texas-february-1996 Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. February 16, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-new-orleans-louisiana-usa-february-16-1996 The afternoon was spent wandering around the French Quarter. The entire town is a party—it doesn’t matter where you are. Bourbon Street especially is a zoo. Everybody is begging for beads, and some women are baring their breasts just to get some. Quite a show! Mardi Gras Time!Mardi Gras Time!Mardi Gras banners decorate balcony in French Quarter. New Orleans, Louisiana.

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From the Journals…Austin, Texas, USA. March 9, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-austin-texas-usa-march-9-1996 Texas Capitol BuildingTexas Capitol BuildingSilhouette at sunset of State Capitol building. Austin, Texas. I retraced my route from yesterday to a closer section of Zilker Park for river and skyline pix. Then on to sunset silhouette pix of Capitol. Okay colors, no dramatic clouds.

Cooked dinner at the hostel, then found a Swiss guy and 3 Japanese hostelers who wanted to hear the Blues. We went to Antone’s, supposedly the place to go for Blues. Instead, it was Killer Bees, a reggae band. Very funky, very tight, very enjoyable.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Austin Dusk Exterior Government No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Silhouette Southwest US State Capitol Sunset TX Texas Twilight US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-austin-texas-usa-march-9-1996 Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…San Antonio, Texas, USA. March 5, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-san-antonio-texas-usa-march-5-1996 Remember the Alamo!Remember the Alamo!The Alamo at night with moon. San Antonio, Texas. On my way back to the car I noticed the moon rising , and thought it would add to my shot of the Alamo. As I was shooting, a returning San Antonian told me that tomorrow was the 160th anniversary of the fall of the Alamo, and there would be events during the day to commemorate it.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America History Moon Night North America San Antonio Texas USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-san-antonio-texas-usa-march-5-1996 Mon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Marrero, Louisiana, USA. February 22, 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-marrero-louisiana-usa-february-22-1996 Cypress SwampCypress SwampBald cypress knees in swamp. Barataria Unit, Lafitte National Park. Louisiana, USA. A very productive morning shooting in the Barataria Unit of Lafitte National Park. I spent about 3 hours on the Ring Levee trail and shot about 3 rolls of swamp material. I saw a barred owl and a piliated woodpecker.

I watched a film on the Mississippi delta region in the park’s Visitor Center. Very interesting as a scene-setter. Also good to get off my feet.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Green Louisiana North America Swamp USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-marrero-louisiana-usa-february-22-1996 Fri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Annapurna Trek, Manang, Nepal. December 19, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-annapurna-trek-manang-nepal-december-19-1988 Lenticular Cloud Over Tilicho PeakLenticular Cloud Over Tilicho PeakLenticular cloud over Tilicho Peak (7132m). View west from Manang, Nepal. Another day off, rather productive. I’m spending an extra day here at 11, 650’ to acclimatize to the altitude before moving higher. I took some pix this morning during a walk through the village with Larry, a fellow trekker. We walked halfway up the hill to Tengi.

 

When I returned from that and was waiting for lunch, I compiled a list of things to do when I return home. Now I have a more formalized game plan. Time away is good--it allows me to put things in perspective, and to come back and make a fresh start.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Lenticular cloud Mountains Snow South Asia Tilicho Peak Valley https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-annapurna-trek-manang-nepal-december-19-1988 Mon, 25 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Dukkanthein Temple 1Dukkanthein Temple 1View of Dukkanthein Temple from Shittaung Temple. Mrauk U, Myanmar. We visited 4 temples in the morning, including Shittaung, which is reminiscent of Borobudur on a smaller scale. The others just looked like old temples. I would probably enjoy them more if I didn’t have to take my shoes off and walk barefoot on the dirt.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia B&W Buddhist Temple Burma Dukkanthein Temple Historic Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/12/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Fri, 22 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Yet More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Statue of King FerdinandStatue of King FerdinandAlcázar de los Reyes Católicos. Córdoba, Spain. It’s good to be the king. That’s what I was thinking when I was visiting the Alcázar de los Reyes Catôlicos (Fortress of the Christian Monarchs) on a beautiful spring day. There were interesting buildings, lovely gardens, and plenty of fountains. The King would have been able to enjoy it without crowds.

 

Alas, I am not the King, so I had to wait patiently until my various compositions were mostly free of people. (Photoshop helped me remove a few troublemakers!) I was inspired to experiment that day, both in-camera and with my post production.

 

Speaking of the King, this is a statue of King Ferdinand located inside a small courtyard as you enter the castle complex.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Fortress of the Catholic Monarchs King Ferdinand Spain Statue https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Mon, 18 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yet More from Hammerstein Guest Farm, Maltahohe, Namibia. March 6, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Leopard on TreeLeopard on TreeAfrican Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in tree. Maltahohe, Namibia. Matthew, the owner, took us out to the leopard. Her name is Liza, and Matthew has had her since she was 1 month old. She is completely used to people. He introduced us, and we spent most of the afternoon playing with her and getting some really great photos. I even got her to go up on the tree twice. An amazing experience!

 

Her idea of a good time is jumping on someone’s back and nuzzling. She is in heat and was very amorous , presenting herself to me several times…

 

My back is still sore from the horseback incident, and perhaps aggravated by being jumped on by a leopard.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Camouflage Leopard Southern Africa Spots Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yet-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Fri, 15 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina, USA. November, 1993 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-cape-hatteras-national-seashore-north-carolina-usa-november-1993 Bodie Island LighthouseBodie Island LighthouseSilhouette at sunset of Bodie Island Lighthouse. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. On one of my many drives along the east coast of the US, I wanted to explore Cape Hatteras. I seem to be pulled in by lighthouses, as they make for interesting silhouettes.

Once I found the lighthouse, I based my position on where I knew the sun would set. I put the camera on my tripod and waited. This was probably shot at f/8 around ⅛ second.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Bodie Island Lighthouse Cape Hatteras National Seashore Evening North America Silhouette Southeast US Sunset US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-cape-hatteras-national-seashore-north-carolina-usa-november-1993 Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Groton State Forest, Vermont. October 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-groton-state-forest-vermont-october-1996 Swamp Sunset 1Swamp Sunset 1Near Stillwater camping area, Groton State Forest. Vermont, USA. Once again I found myself chasing the Fall foliage in one of the prettiest parts of our country. In this area, I was a bit too late for the foliage, but I found this swamp not too far from my camp and thought I would stick around to photograph the sunset.

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From the Journals…Daniel’s Pond, Vermont. October 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-daniel-s-pond-vermont-october-1992 Curious CowsCurious CowsHolstein cows lined up at fence, field in background. Near Daniel's Pond, Vermont, USA. On a Fall foliage trip zig-zagging around New England, I found myself on a back road outside of Daniel’s Pond, Vermont. I liked the leaves and the clouds, and was trying to compose a shot. 

The cows must have been wondering about this strange human holding a device to his eyeball. They all gathered around for a look, and I think I got a more interesting shot than what had been in my mind.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Cows Dairy Cows Farm Farm Animals Foliage Holstein Cow Livestock New England North America Northeast US Rural US USA United States United States of America Vermont https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-daniel-s-pond-vermont-october-1992 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
Happy New Year! New York City, New York, USA. January 1, 2016 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/happy-new-year-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 The New Year DawnsThe New Year DawnsPhoto painting just before sunrise of lower New York City Skyline. New York, USA. Here’s a bonus post for you today. I got up early so you didn’t have to! This is a photo painting of lower Manhattan taken from Jersey City, New Jersey.

This was 30 minutes before sunrise, and was more interesting than sunrise. It’s always a gamble with this weather situation. Sometimes the clouds are lit up beautifully by the sun at the horizon, sometimes clouds at the horizon block the sun from getting through, as was the case today.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Big Apple Dawn Lower Manhattan Skyline Manhattan NY NYC New York New York City Sunrise Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2016/1/happy-new-year-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 Fri, 01 Jan 2016 17:15:43 GMT
From the Journals…Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. July 1990 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Bryce Point Sunset 1Bryce Point Sunset 1Rock formations at sunset from Bryce Point. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, USA. This was part of the same journey with my brother mentioned in my previous post. We were able to enjoy the sunset here in all its glory. This is a bizarre landscape that I really enjoyed.

The following morning we hiked a trail in the park called Wall Street, which couldn’t have been more different from the New York version! It was fascinating to be inside this park and to see some of these rock formations up close.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American West Bryce Canyon National Park Geology Hoodoos National Park North America Red Rock Country Southwest US Sunset US USA United States United States of America Utah https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-bryce-canyon-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Fri, 01 Jan 2016 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Zion National Park, Utah, USA. July 1990 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-zion-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Kolob CanyonKolob CanyonMountains of rock in Kolob Canyon, Zion National Park. Utah, USA. After driving from New York to Las Vegas with my brother on a drive-away mission, we rented a car for a few days to explore some of the awesome parks in this part of the country.

Zion was the last of the parks we visited. We knew that this trip would be more of a preview of the parks and that we wouldn’t have time to to fully immerse ourselves the way we would have liked. We considered it to be more of a scouting trip for future adventures. We weren’t disappointed—it is a beautiful area, and so different from the landscape of the northeast US that we call home.

Our only regret is that we didn’t have more time…

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American West Geology Kolob Canyon Mountains National Park North America Red Rock Country Southwest US US USA United States United States of America Utah Zion National Park https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-zion-national-park-utah-usa-july-1990 Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
Peace on Earth… https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/peace-on-earth United Nations Building and FlagsUnited Nations Building and FlagsUnited Nations Building, New York, New York It’s an admirable goal, anyway. 

 
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From the Journals…East of Woodstock, New Hampshire. October 1996 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-east-of-woodstock-new-hampshire-october-1996 Forest FloorForest FloorMoss-covered tree roots with fallen leaves. East of Woodstock, New Hampshire. It’s always great to be in New Hampshire, especially in the Fall. The colors can be really spectacular, and I enjoy the hunt for the best foliage.

This was taken not too far from the parking area. The freshly-fallen leaves against the green moss caught my attention.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Close-up Foliage Hampshire Leaves Moss Nature New North America USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-east-of-woodstock-new-hampshire-october-1996 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Kakku, Burma (Myanmar). February 5, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Stupas and CountrysideStupas and CountrysideKakku Pagoda. Kakku, Shan State, Myanmar. I was up just after 6. The hotel owner had found us a taxi driver. We had a quick breakfast across from the hotel, then headed for Kakku.

I had the impression that it was a large place, like a town. It is just a large temple complex. It is interesting and I think I got a few good pix.

At Myo Myo’s (my wife) insistence some workers let me climb on a stupa they were repairing. It’s a good angle from up there.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Burma Kakku Pagoda Myanmar Paya Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Stupa Temple https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-kakku-burma-myanmar-february-5-2011 Fri, 18 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Saddar Cave, Kayin State, Myanmar (Burma). February 5, 2014 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-saddar-cave-kayin-state-myanmar-burma-february-5-2014 Cave Guardians 3Cave Guardians 3Buddha images guard entrance to Saddar Cave. Near Hpa-An, Myanmar (Burma). A new-found friend with a motorbike took me here as part of his tour. This was a large cave that actually went all the way through the mountain. The main entrance was here, lined by these Buddha images. As one progresses into the cave, there are various altars at which to pray. 

 

The path is dimly lit by electric lights, and guides you to the other opening after about 20 minutes. From here, you are looking down about 100 feet into a small valley with a lake. 

 

I hired a canoe to take me across this lake, into a cave with very low ceilings, and out onto another small lake.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Burma Myanmar Religion SE Asia Saddar Cave Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-saddar-cave-kayin-state-myanmar-burma-february-5-2014 Mon, 14 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Amboseli National Park, Kenya. March 19, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-amboseli-national-park-kenya-march-19-1997 Mount Kilimanjaro with Acacia TreesMount Kilimanjaro with Acacia TreesAmboseli National Park, Kenya. The road wasn’t as bad as yesterday’s, but it’s no picnic. Inside the park is even dustier than out, with huge clouds of dust, as well as towering dust devils. The place looks like the apocalypse, with a  brown haze of dust revealing a few trees here and there, and the remains of the grasses, now less than stubble.

My plan is to camp, but I checked out each of the 3 lodges to see about lunch possibilities and avoid the heat of the day. Each of these is a green oasis which is avoided by the dust clouds. I settled on the Serena. They, too, have a lunch buffet, but in addition, they have snacks available. I had a generous cheese plate, with more cheese than I eat in a week. For $3, it’s good value, plus I need the protein considering my diet for this safari.

I have an opportunity, as I sit here on the verandah overlooking the plains, to observe how the other half lives. (A single room with full board lists for $163 US, but I was offered $92--not bad for what you get, but still way out of my budget.) A variety of nationalities here, many looking like they stepped out of a Banana Republic catalog. Definitely not covered in dust the way I am, but probably spending as much money in a week or 2 as I have in 2 months.//

A pretty good drive this afternoon, not so much for game, as for bizarre scenery with all the blowing dust. Got some pix of a Maasai girl. Checked out Observation Hill, and then just before getting to camp, I found the acacia I was looking for--for my famous sunset silhouette. It wasn’t perfect, but close.

After setting up my tent, I had my cold, non-cook dinner of tomatoes, avocado, bread, and chocolate. I was observing the other campsite, and decided that their fire under the acacia tree with moonlight might make an interesting time exposure. Then I switched over to pix of Kilimanjaro. I’ll be interested to see if my exposure guesses were accurate.

To sleep with the sounds of the African night.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Acacia Tree Africa Amboseli National Park Blue Sky East Africa Kenya Mount Kilimanjaro Mountain Volcano https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-amboseli-national-park-kenya-march-19-1997 Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Botshabelo Village, South Africa. January 29, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-botshabelo-village-south-africa-january-29-2002 Ndebele Design 3Ndebele Design 3Painted design on Ndebele building, Botshabelo Village. Mpumalanga, South Africa. After our homemade breakfast, we bought spare car keys and a new battery for the truck’s remote. We then went to Botshabelo for a display of Ndebele culture. Not much of a display, but perhaps got some good pix of 1 woman in traditional dress.

Another long day of driving south, then north again towards Ndumo. Some beautiful terrain around Lake Jozini. Made it into camp just as it was getting dark.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Design Ndebele Painted design South Africa Southern Africa https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-botshabelo-village-south-africa-january-29-2002 Mon, 07 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Pilanesburg National Park, South Africa. March 13, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-pilanesburg-national-park-south-africa-march-13-2002 Grazin' in the GrassGrazin' in the GrassProfile of white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum) pair in grass at water hole. Pilanesberg National Park, South Africa. It was clearing a little, so we went to a couple of dams looking for hippos. We found them, but at a distance.

 

We did a big loop around the park, including the view from Lenang. Nice view, but no pix because of the weather. On the way back, we saw 4 white rhinos, and got some close pix in mediocre light. Back to camp at 1:30—a 5-hour game drive.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) (Ceratotherium simum) Africa Legacy Pilanesberg National Park South Africa Southern Africa Wildlife white rhinoceros https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-pilanesburg-national-park-south-africa-march-13-2002 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Cape Town, South Africa. February 8, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-cape-town-south-africa-february-8-1997 Cape TownCape TownView of city and Table Bay from summit of Table Mountain. Cape Town, South Africa. Up at 5:30 to hike Table Mountain, and this time the weather was perfect and stable. It was uphill all the way, even enough to get Mark realizing that if he is going to do Kilimanjaro, he better start training.

Nice views on top of the city. This really is a beautiful city and the location is  very dramatic. I got some pix. The hike down was tough on the knees, and the temperature was noticeably higher. Still, there were many people heading up, even just starting their hikes. We were thirsty and hungry, and stopped at a grocery store to buy lunch materials.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Copy Space Exterior Outside Room for Copy Scenic South Africa Southern Africa Table Bay Table Mountain Tourist Destination https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-cape-town-south-africa-february-8-1997 Mon, 30 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…South of Dhanet, Algeria. January 30, 1986 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-south-of-dhanet-algeria-january-30-1986 Sahara ViewSahara ViewOverlooking canyon in Sahara Desert. Yesterday I was thinking that Algeria wasn’t too different from many other countries in terms of terrain. That all changed as we suddenly came into the Sahara, of which we only had a taste of yesterday afternoon. In addition tho the desolation, the most overwhelming thing is the dirt. We showered and did laundry this morning and we are already dirty. There is a fine dust everywhere and it never seems to let up. The wind is blowing the sand around like crazy. 

As I’ve been writing this, I have been brushing off the fine film that forms every few minutes. It is impossible to keep gear clean because as soon as it comes out, it’s covered. I put my cameras into my waterproof bag which should protect them, although it makes them rather inaccessible. I don’t think I’ve ever faced the prospect of coping with this much dirt, and this is only the beginning. We will be living with these conditions for at least the next 2 weeks. We’ll either get used to it or go insane.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Exterior Midday No one Nobody North Africa Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Sahara Travel https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-south-of-dhanet-algeria-january-30-1986 Fri, 27 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Darien, Georgia. April 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-darien-georgia-april-1992 Sunrise MistSunrise MistSunrise through mist and trees. Darien, Georgia. I caught this sunrise one morning as I was waking up. Although it can sometimes be tough, waking up early does have its benefits.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Copy Space Dawn GA Georgia Mist Morning Nature No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Southeast US Sunrise Trees US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-darien-georgia-april-1992 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…US Capitol, Washington, DC, USA. 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-us-capitol-washington-dc-usa-1991 U.S. CapitolU.S. CapitolDome of U.S. Capitol Building at night. During a productive session photographing around DC, I headed over to the Capitol. I was able to get a few shots off before I was confronted by the police for the evil crime of…Horrors!…using a tripod. This image was used on a poster for Continental Airlines.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Architecture Capitol Cities Dome North America USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-us-capitol-washington-dc-usa-1991 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Beaufort, South Carolina. April 1992 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-beaufort-south-carolina-april-1992 Dogs WantedDogs WantedWhite picket fence with red and silver fire hydrant. Beaufort, South Carolina. On one of my many journeys up and down the east coast of the US, I stopped off to explore Beaufort. It is a pretty area, with some interesting architecture and beautiful homes.

 

So why did I photograph this hydrant? Perhaps I liked the graphic lines and colors, perhaps it is my strange sense of humor.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Exterior Fire hydrant North America Outdoors Outside Picket Fence SC South Carolina Southeast US Southern US USA United States United States of America White Fence https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/10/from-the-journals-beaufort-south-carolina-april-1992 Mon, 16 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Death Valley National Park, California, USA. February 2001 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-death-valley-national-park-california-usa-february-2001 Zabriskie PointZabriskie PointEroded hills and gullies, Zabriskie Point. Death Valley National Park, California. I had always heard about Death Valley being the hottest place in the US, so I was hoping to find some warmth here as I attempted to escape the cold of  a New York winter.

 

Well, I learned February was not the time to experience heat here. It might have hit 50℉ during the day, but it was closer to freezing at night at the lower elevation of the campground.

 

Nevertheless it was a fascinating place to visit. I did a lot of hiking, and remember one hike exploring up a narrow canyon, encountering new vistas with each turn.

 

This photo of Zabriskie Point was taken fairly early in the morning so as to take advantage of the shadows to emphasize the ridges and the texture of this unique landscape.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Death Valley National Park Erosion Geology Landscape North America Scenic US USA United States United States of America Western US Zabriskie Point https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-more-from-death-valley-national-park-california-usa-february-2001 Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC, USA. 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-vietnam-veterans-memorial-washington-dc-usa-1991 Loving Hands 1Loving Hands 1Hands rubbing a name from stone, Vietnam Veterans; Memorial. Washington, D.C. As part of my exploration of Washington, I had to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. It was an emotional experience to see so many people paying their respects to fallen friends and loved ones.

For many, a visit here has become a way to find closure to this period of our history, whether on a personal or collective level. Despite our political views, we owe a debt of gratitude to those who served.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American D.C. District of Columbia Hands Mid-Atlantic North America People US USA United States United States of America Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Washington https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-vietnam-veterans-memorial-washington-dc-usa-1991 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC, USA. 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-lincoln-memorial-washington-dc-usa-1991 Lincoln MemorialLincoln MemorialLincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool at night. Washington, D.C. I was exploring our capital for a couple of days. I had in my hands a new toy—a 300mm loaner lens from Canon Professional Services. I was having fun using this lens to see things from a new perspective.

This image was taken from the far end of the Reflecting Pool, at a distance that really compressed the subject. It allowed me to crop in very tight to get just the building and its reflection.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Lincoln Memorial Night North America Reflection US USA United States United States of America Washington D.C. https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-lincoln-memorial-washington-dc-usa-1991 Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Yosemite National Park, California, USA. August 18, 2005 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yosemite-national-park-california-usa-august-18-2005 Yosemite Valley ViewYosemite Valley ViewYosemite Valley view of Merced River and El Capitan. Yosemite National Park, California. Yosemite had been on my wish list for years. For someone who appreciates natural beauty and the amazing photos of Ansel Adams, I knew I had to get here someday.

It finally happened in 2005. My wife and I took a trip to California to drive the Pacific Coast Highway and to see some of these epic parks. 

Yosemite Valley is absolutely gorgeous, and certainly lives up to its reputation. Almost everywhere I turned was a perfect composition for a photo. We were only able to spend a couple of days here, but I know I want to go back!

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Landscape Merced River North America Scenic US USA United States United States of America Western US Yosemite National Park Yosemite Valley https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/11/from-the-journals-yosemite-national-park-california-usa-august-18-2005 Mon, 02 Nov 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA. January 2001 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-saguaro-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Red Sky and MountainsRed Sky and MountainsSilhouette at sunset of mountains with red clouds. Saguaro National Park, Arizona. Another night during my stay at Saguaro (see previous post) I was treated to this sunset. I was a bit further from my camp, and had to hustle back before it was too dark to see the trail.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Landscape North America Saguaro National Park Scenic Southwest US Sunset Twilight US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-saguaro-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Fri, 30 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA. January 2001 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-saguaro-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Saguaro SilhouetteSaguaro SilhouetteSilhouette at sunset of saguaro cacti. Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA. This was another image taken on a trip to the southwestern US as I tried to escape a New York winter. I was visiting some of our national parks and camping along the way.

 

I really enjoyed these parks, as the vegetation is very different from what I have in the Northeast. I did a lot of hiking and poking about with my camera. 

 

This image was taken fairly close to my campsite. I metered for the sky, then bracketed my exposure to make sure I nailed it. This is probably about 30 seconds at f/8 at ISO 100.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Arizona Cactus North America Saguaro Cactus Silhouette Sunset USA United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-saguaro-national-park-arizona-usa-january-2001 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March, 1995 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Palm Trees at SunsetPalm Trees at SunsetSunset silhouette of palm trees, Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco, Mexico. As an escape from the cold New York winter and a self-assigned stock photography project, I was working my way down the Pacific coast of Mexico. My goal was to explore and photograph beaches and small towns along the way.

Strolling around the waterfront at sunset I came across these palms, and they looked very inviting, the antithesis of winter back home. Colorful skies and palm trees—life is good!

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Copy Space Dusk Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Palm Trees Puerto Vallarta Resort Room for Copy Sunset Tourist Destination Tropical Tropics Twilight Vacation https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Fri, 23 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Uxmal, Mexico. March 18, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-uxmal-mexico-march-18-1991 Pyramid of the MagicianPyramid of the MagicianRuins at Uxmal. Yucatán, Mexico. The bus ride from Mérida took slightly under 1-½ hours, during which I read. I arrived shortly after opening and before any tour buses, so I was able to get some pix without any tourists.

I climbed the Pyramid of the Magician, which was easy enough to get up, but scary up on top because of the steep angle and the height. I cautiously made my way around the top, then spent close to ½ hour shooting pix of the site—it’s a good view. I tried to remain calm for the nerve-wracking trip down. I used the chain for support, but didn’t fell as secure as I would have with proper climbing protection.

I did some more exploring around the site, including a short trip on a trail out to the disappointing Temple of the Phallus. I finished up in the air-conditioned theatre of the tourist center watching a couple of videos of the area. I left at 11:10 when it was too hot for me, but more tourists were filtering in.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Mexico North America Pyramid of the Magician Uxmal Yucatán https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-uxmal-mexico-march-18-1991 Mon, 19 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Palenque, Mexico. March 15, 1991 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Ancient TempleAncient TempleTemple of Inscriptions, Palenque, Mexico I arrived at the ruins around 2, and spent the next 3 hours exploring, climbing, resting, shooting, and sweating profusely. It smells and feels like being inside a greenhouse. Running  around in this humidity is almost enough to make me think about a desk job in an air-conditioned office. Almost…

At 7:30 I went out for dinner. I’m healthy again! I found a taqueria right around the corner, opposite the zócalo. I filled up on tostadas and a taco, and rehydrated myself with water, lemonade, and a pineapple shake. Good deal.

I sat in the zócalo for a few minutes listening to the marimba music from the hotel across the street.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Chiapas Mexico México North America Palenque Temple of Inscriptions https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Nova Scotia, Canada. June 1994 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-nova-scotia-canada-june-1994 Lobster PotsLobster PotsLobster pots stacked on dock, Peggy's Cove. Nova Scotia, Canada. I was on a car camping trip with my friend, Roy, driving all around Nova Scotia. One of the “must-see” sights is Peggy’s Cove, so we went to see it. Very picturesque—no wonder it’s on the list. In addition to the Lighthouse, I was able to get some other nice shots of the fishing shacks and lobster pots.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Atlantic Ocean Canada Coast Fishing Lobster Pots Maritime North America Nova Scotia Peggy's Cove Rural Seacoast Seafood Traps https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-more-from-nova-scotia-canada-june-1994 Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa. February 1, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-augrabies-falls-national-park-south-africa-february-1-1997 Augrabies Falls National ParkAugrabies Falls National ParkWaterfalls of Orange River at sunset. Augrabies Falls National Park, South Africa. I spent a little time reading and planning our itinerary, then started to cook dinner. I figured we could be done before the best light, and then not have to deal with cooking in the dark. This camp is remarkably insect-free, considering the proximity to water.

I went to the High Falls for some shots, but I’m not sure if the pix were that spectacular. The alpenglow on the mountains lasted less than 5 minutes.

Back in the site, I showered, then watched the stars for 45 minutes.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa African Dusk Exterior National Park No one Nobody Orange River Outdoors Outside South Africa Southern Africa Sunset Tourist Destination Water Waterfall https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-augrabies-falls-national-park-south-africa-february-1-1997 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Royal Natal National Park, South Africa. February 16, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-royal-natal-national-park-south-africa-february-16-1997 Drakensberg MountainsDrakensberg MountainsDrakensberg Mountains, Royal Natal National Park, South Africa Woke up to clear skies and alpenglow on the peaks surrounding the campsite—a crowded campsite because of the weekend. I got up at 6 and shot for about an hour. I didn’t move much, but everywhere I looked had a great view. Shot 2 rolls.

I had some breakfast, then left for a hike on my own up to the Cascades. For a short distance (approx. 2 miles max) and little effort, the rewards were great—beautiful views in every direction.

It was hot, so I splashed some water on my head, and sat in the shade by the river for a while.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Drakensberg Mountains Royal Natal National Park South Africa Southern Africa https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-royal-natal-national-park-south-africa-february-16-1997 Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Lampang, Thailand. February 11, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-lampang-thailand-february-11-2003 Interior Hall with Teak PillarsInterior Hall with Teak PillarsWat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. Lampang, Thailand I got a songthew to Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang. It was okay, but not as good I thought from the description in Lonely Planet. I took a few pix, but decided it wasn’t a candidate for sunset shots as I had hoped.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddhist Gold leaf Red Carpet Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Teak Temple Thailand Wat Phra Tat Lampang Luang https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-lampang-thailand-february-11-2003 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Braga, Nepal. December 15, 1988 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-braga-nepal-december-15-1988 Snow on MountainsideSnow on MountainsideRock formations covered with snow. Near Braga, Nepal. Last night was the first time this trip I needed to zip my sleeping bag up all the way, and even seal the neck cord. After another large breakfast, I set off at 8:50, all bundled up. After 20 minutes of hiking, and hitting sunlight, I stopped and stripped down to shorts and short sleeve shirt.

Some nice walking today, along the river through a pine forest in the morning to Bhratang, where I had tsampa (wheat porridge) and Tibetan bread for lunch. This area reminds me of the Rockies (except for Annapurna II!)

The afternoon was through another pine forest—my favorite kind. I met up with Steve, Maggi, and Paul, who were stopped at a beautiful overlook brewing tea. We sat facing a huge bowl of smooth rock, at least 2,000’ vertical. We got chilled off and put on some warmer clothes before hiking.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Annapurna Region Asia Exterior Mountains Nepal Outdoors Outside Snow South Asia Travel Winter https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-braga-nepal-december-15-1988 Mon, 28 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 29, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-29-2003 Mandalay PalaceMandalay PalaceGrand Palace compound from watch tower, Mandalay Fort. Mandalay, Myanmar. In the morning, we went to the Palace compound at Mandalay Fort. The fort is enormous, roughly 2 miles by 2 miles. Inside, in addition to a museum, is a reproduction of the palace as is was before it was destroyed in World War 2.

We were able to climb a tower to get this view. I was trying to imagine life as it was back in its heyday, full of people in exotic clothes going about their daily business taking care of the royal family and running the kingdom.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Grand Palace Historic Mandalay Fort Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/9/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-29-2003 Fri, 25 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Still More from Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY, USA. July 16, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-still-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Red Bridge 2Red Bridge 2Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Canandaigua, New York. This was taken during a workshop that I often attend in the summer. In this case, all the participants carpooled to this museum and gardens, then had a couple of hours to wander and photograph. There were a lot of interesting things to see and shoot.

 

The fun stuff came afterwards, as I had a chance to apply some of the post-production techniques we had been learning. In this one, I bumped up the saturation and structure, or sharpness, then went and softened everything to make it look like the brush strokes of a painting. Or at least that’s what I tried to do.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Bridge Exterior Japanese Garden New York State North America Outdoors Outside PPSNYS Workshop Red Sonnenberg USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-still-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Mon, 21 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Seville, Spain. April 21, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-seville-spain-april-21-2012 A Sunny DayA Sunny DayPlaza de España. Seville, Spain. I was wandering around the Plaza de España in Seville having a great time capturing the colors, light, and architecture. This wide view caught my eye. Out of curiosity I wanted to see what would happen if I pushed the colors and the texture a bit and then smoothed it out to give it a painterly look.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Plaza de España Sevilla Seville Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-seville-spain-april-21-2012 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA. February 25, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-merritt-island-national-wildlife-refuge-florida-usa-february-25-2012 Great Egret at SunsetGreat Egret at SunsetGreat Egret (Ardea alba) in trees at sunset. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, USA.

I spent a few weeks driving around Florida visiting a number of state and national wildlife areas. Merritt Island is a large park that adjoins the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Having the high tech space center as a neighbor to the primitive park is a strange juxtaposition, but it works.

As I was driving along one of the park’s wildlife drives late one afternoon, I stopped many times to observe the different birds I saw along the way. This great egret was by himself and I thought made a nice contrast to the leaves. It was sunset, so the light was very warm. 

I played with this image in post-production, adding contrast and saturation, then smoothing it down to give it a painterly effect.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America Ardea Bird Florida Great Egret Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge North America US USA United States United States of America alba https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-merritt-island-national-wildlife-refuge-florida-usa-february-25-2012 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Mkuzi Game Reserve, South Africa. February 1, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-mkuzi-game-reserve-south-africa-february-1-2002 Thirsty ZebrasThirsty ZebrasZebra (Equus burchellii) drink at water hole, Kumasinga Pan. Mkuze Game Reserve, South Africa. Upon arriving in Mkuzi Game Reserve, we checked out the campsite, and then stopped in at a hide for a look. Saw a white rhino and zebra. Drove up to reception, and ended up booking huts again in Mantuma Camp, mainly for the convenience. Also, at $11.66 per night per person, it can’t be beat.

Drove to Kumasinga Hide, which turned out to be fantastic. It started with 2 white rhinos, and had brief visits from vervets, hadeda ibis, nyala, wildebeeste, impala, warthogs, more rhinos, and others.

Anderson made a great dinner with sliced steak marinated in ginger, and cooked with black soy beans, red peppers, and garlic. On the side--small dried fish done with the same ingredients.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Animals Drinking Equus burchellii Kumasinga Pan Mkuze Game Reserve Safari South Africa Southern Africa Water Hole Wildlife Zebra https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-mkuzi-game-reserve-south-africa-february-1-2002 Fri, 11 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Hammerstein Guest Farm, Maltahohe, Namibia. March 6, 2002 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Leopard in Tree BWLeopard in Tree BWAfrican Leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) in tree. Maltahohe, Namibia. Matthew, the owner, took us out to the leopard. Her name is Liza, and Matthew has had her since she was 1 month old. She is completely used to people. He introduced us, and we spent most of the afternoon playing with her and getting some really great photos. I even got her to go up on the tree twice. An amazing experience!

 

Her idea of a good time is jumping on someone’s back and nuzzling. She is in heat and was very amorous , presenting herself to me several times…

 

My back is still sore from the horseback incident, and perhaps aggravated by being jumped on by a leopard.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Camouflage Cat Leopard Namibia Southern Africa Spots Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-even-more-from-hammerstein-guest-farm-maltahohe-namibia-march-6-2002 Mon, 07 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Sonnenberg Mansion, Canandaigua, New York, USA. July 16, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-more-from-sonnenberg-mansion-canandaigua-new-york-usa-july-16-2012 Bathroom Sink B&WBathroom Sink B&WStill life, Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Canandaigua, New York. I visited this museum with a workshop class that I was attending. Having learned some new techniques, and just finished a rapid-fire shoot-all-you-can-in-15-minutes exercise, the creative juices were flowing!

As I walked through the mansion and the grounds, I was opened up to seeing many things and trying new approaches that I hadn’t previously considered. This old sink caught my eye. In this version, I added texture and grain, then softened it slightly to try to create a dreamy feeling of the past. This is the black and white version.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Antique Bathroom Black and White PPSNYS Workshop Sink Sonnenberg Still Life https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-more-from-sonnenberg-mansion-canandaigua-new-york-usa-july-16-2012 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Córdoba, Spain. April 15, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Royal Gardens 3Royal Gardens 3Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos. Córdoba, Spain. It’s good to be the king. That’s what I was thinking when I was visiting the Alcázar de los Reyes Catôlicos (Fortress of the Christian Monarchs) on a beautiful spring day. There were interesting buildings, lovely gardens, and plenty of fountains. The King would have been able to enjoy it without crowds.

 

Alas, I am not the King, so I had to wait patiently until my various compositions were mostly free of people. (Photoshop helped me remove a few troublemakers!) I was inspired to experiment that day, both in-camera and with my post production. In this image I cranked up sharpness and saturation, then eased them back down a bit to get this painterly effect.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alcázar de los Reyes Católicos Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba Fortress of the Catholic Monarchs Fountain Garden Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-15-2012 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Horton River, Northwest Territories, Canada. July, 2003. https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-horton-river-northwest-territories-canada-july-2003 Red CanoeRed CanoeRed canoe beached at river's edge, trees and hills in background, Horton River. Northwest Territories, Canada.

This image was taken during a break one day on our 3-week expedition paddling 400 miles down the Horton River to the Arctic Ocean. This part of the Northwest Territories is beautiful, something very unfamiliar to me. It is so expansive—our 3 canoes were dwarfed by the landscape. We were blessed with excellent weather for most of the trip.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Adventure Arctic Canada Canadian Arctic Canoe Horton River Isolation North America Northwest Territories Red Remote Sport Water https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-horton-river-northwest-territories-canada-july-2003 Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. August, 1994 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-quebec-city-quebec-canada-august-1994 Quebec City SunsetQuebec City SunsetSilhouette of Chateau Frontenac and Quebec City skyline at dusk, from Lewis. Quebec, Canada. On this solo road trip I was visiting our neighbors to the north. Although I liked Montreal, I felt there was something very special about Quebec City. It is so different from other cities in North America. It felt like I was in Europe—the language, architecture, and food all contributed to that.

I wanted to capture the iconic Chateau Frontenac hotel. I scouted out where my best angle to get a silhouette at sunset would be. I got myself situated early, set up the camera and waited. I was bracketing my exposures to make sure I got the perfect color in the sky. The camera was on a tripod, and this was probably an 8- or 15-second exposure.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Canada Cityscape Dusk Evening Exterior Historic No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Quebec Skyline Tourist Destination Travel Twilight https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/from-the-journals-quebec-city-quebec-canada-august-1994 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Sukothai, Thailand. February 8, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-sukothai-thailand-february-8-2003 Buddha Image and StupaBuddha Image and StupaWat Mahathat. Sukhothai, Thailand I rented a bike and rode to Wat Si Chum, in the northern section of the park. I took a few pix, checked out another wat (with a friendly resident cat), then went back to the central section of the park.

I don’t think the light was any better than yesterday, so perhaps it’s just that I’m in a better frame of mind, but I have been taking lots of pix this morning. I am finding good compositions (and fewer tourists in the way). It’s 11:10, and I’m in the same shady spot as yesterday, enjoying my ice tea.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Buddha Image Buddhist Buddhist Temple Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia Sukhothai Thailand Wat Mahathat https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-sukothai-thailand-february-8-2003 Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 4, 2003 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-4-2003 Bagan SilhouetteBagan SilhouetteSilhouette at sunset of Buddhist temple. Bagan, Myanmar. Our horse cart took us to many temples today, more than I needed to see. There are 2,278 temples listed by the Archaeological Dept. It finally got interesting (photographically) in the afternoon when the sun broke through the clouds.

I got shots from a couple of different places, and then found my subject for the silhouette shot. Myo Myo (then girlfriend, now wife) was very helpful in getting us where I wanted to be. The sky was not great colors, but there were some interesting clouds.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Asia Bagan Buddhist Burma Myanmar Pagan Silhouette Southeast Asia Sunset Temple Travel https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-4-2003 Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Mrauk U, Burma (Myanmar). January 24, 2004 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Golden Buddha ImageGolden Buddha ImageBuddha Image, Mrauk U, Myanmar (Burma). We did two more temples before sunset, and I got pix of local color in good light. We watched the sunset from the top of a hill, then went to Moe Cherry’s for a curry dinner.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Myanmar Religion Southeast Asia https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/from-the-journals-more-from-mrauk-u-burma-myanmar-january-24-2004 Fri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
More from New York City, New York, USA. May 3, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Moonrise Over ManhattanMoonrise Over ManhattanSkyline of Lower Manhattan featuring Freedom Tower at night. New York City, New York, USA. Building on my previous post, the other reason I chose this day and position to photograph the skyline was that I knew the moon would be rising just behind lower Manhattan right around sunset. (I used an app called The Photographer’s Ephemeris.)

 

I can usually count on interesting light to happen just after sunset when the ambient light levels closely match those of the lights in the buildings. That did indeed happen, and the moon came up on cue!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Dusk Evening Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Skyline Skyscraper Twilight US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/8/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Mon, 10 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
New York City, New York, USA. May 3, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Freedom Tower PanoramaFreedom Tower PanoramaSkyline of Lower Manhattan featuring Freedom Tower at sunset. New York City, New York, USA. In my continued efforts to update my NYC skyline photos (see previous post) I drove out to Jersey City, New Jersey with my wife to get this angle of lower Manhattan. When we got there I knew I had the right viewing angle, but the light was very flat. It was just a matter of sitting around for a while to see what happened.

 

As I had hoped, the sun broke through the clouds on the horizon just before it set behind me. This provided a stronger and more directional light, which is just what I needed. 

 

I photographed 6 or 7 frames across the skyline with the camera in a vertical position. In post production, I used Lightroom to merge the images into a panorama and then used Intensify Pro software to increase sharpening and contrast.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Panorama Skyline Skyscraper Sunset US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Fri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
More from New York City, New York, USA. April 5, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Brooklyn Bridge SunriseBrooklyn Bridge SunriseSunrise silhouette of the Brooklyn Bridge with the Manhattan Bridge in background. New York City, New York, USA. I am always looking around me when I am on location. Although my photographic objective was the lower Manhattan skyline, I couldn’t resist this shot of the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges just before the sun came up.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Brooklyn Bridge Cityscape Dawn Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Silhouette Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/more-from-new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Mon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 GMT
New York City, New York, USA. April 5, 2015 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Manhattan Morning PanoramaManhattan Morning PanoramaThe Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan skyline at dawn. New York City, New York, USA. Since the opening of the Freedom Tower, I have been thinking that it was time to update the NYC skyline photos in my library. It was an early start one morning to drive to the base of the Brooklyn Bridge and get myself situated before sunrise.

 

I got my camera and tripod set up and waited until Mother Nature started to turn on the lights. I find that some of the best light happens just before sunrise, so I was using longer exposures to capture this lower level of light.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Brooklyn Bridge Cityscape Freedom Tower Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Sunrise US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/7/new-york-city-new-york-usa-april-5-2015 Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, USA. Jan. 2001 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-organ-pipe-cactus-national-monument-arizona-usa-jan-2001 Don't Touch!Don't Touch!Close-up, Thorns of organ pipe cactus (Stenocereus thurberi). Organ Pipe Cactus National Mounument, Arizona. This was another image taken on a trip to the southwestern US as I tried to escape a New York winter. I was visiting some of our national parks and camping along the way.

 

I really enjoyed these parks, as the vegetation is very different from what I have in the Northeast. I did a lot of hiking and poking about with my camera. 

 

This image was taken around my campsite. You have to be careful where you pitch your tent around here!

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Close-up Green North America Organ Pipe Cactus Sharp Southwest US Stenocereus thurberi Thorns US USA United States United States of America https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-organ-pipe-cactus-national-monument-arizona-usa-jan-2001 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Cape Breton National Park, Nova Scotia, Canada. June 1994 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-cape-breton-national-park-nova-scotia-canada-june-1994 Spring Green MountainsideSpring Green MountainsideEvergreens and trees with pale green leaves. Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Nova Scotia, Canada. What a beautiful place this is! If you like mountains and rugged seashore, it can’t be beat. I was on a road trip exploring Nova Scotia, and this was certainly one of the highlights. 

I really liked the various shades of green as these trees were just at the start of the growing season.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Canada Cape Breton Green Hillside Legacy Mountain North America Nova Scotia Trees https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-cape-breton-national-park-nova-scotia-canada-june-1994 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. February 21,1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-hluhluwe-umfolozi-game-reserve-south-africa-february-21-1997 Giraffe DuoGiraffe DuoTwo giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) face each other, white rhinocerous in background. Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve. Up at 4 am, and at park gate by 4:30, which is when the guard had told us we could get out. No go. We got stuck waiting until the gate officially opened at 5. What a waste. I was so tired. I was more or less up since 2—couldn’t sleep.

Made it to Memorial Gate, the northern entry to Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve by 5:30. Lots of game immediately. Saw rhinos, zebras, southern ground hornbill around first water hole. During the day saw lots of rhino dung and white rhinos, impala, nyala, wildebeest, warthogs, elephant, and giraffe. The light was good early on.

About 8:00 I noticed the left front tire, which has had a slow leak all along, had gone flat. We changed it, but just had a mini spare, os have to take it easy.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa African Copy Space Exterior Giraffe Mammal National Park Outdoors Outside Recreation Room for Copy South Africa Southern Africa Tall Tourism Tourist Destination Travel Wildlife https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-hluhluwe-umfolozi-game-reserve-south-africa-february-21-1997 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City, South Africa. January 27,1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-pilanesberg-national-park-and-sun-city-south-africa-january-27-1997 Sun CitySun CityEntrance to the Palace Hotel, Sun City Casino. South Africa. Up about 6 for game drive. Still problems sleeping—jet lag, getting adjusted to foam pad/sleeping bag? 

Good animal viewing, including 2 white rhinos, lone bull elephant, kudu, sable, hippos, croc, and all kinds of birds. Some nice hides for game viewing. Took a nap in one.

Lunch and shower in camp. Great birds in camp watching us eat.

Life is rushed—no time for proper journal entry. 

Drove out through park to Sun City. Sun City is a small scale Las Vegas.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa African Casino Copy Space Exterior Gambling Gaming Hotel No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Recreation Resort Room for Copy South Africa Southern Africa Tourist Destination Travel Vacation https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-pilanesberg-national-park-and-sun-city-south-africa-january-27-1997 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from the Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. March 5,1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-the-selous-game-reserve-tanzania-march-5-1997 Palm Trees at SunsetPalm Trees at SunsetPalm trees along Rufiji River at sunset. Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania. Lunch and siesta passed quickly and before we knew it, 4:00 came and it was time for our boat trip on the Rufiji River. 

This started out extremely hot at first, until we got going fast enough for the breeze to cool us down. Got some pix of hippos, crocs, and palm trees. The light was good. After 5, in the vicinity of Mbuyuni Camp, the birdlife was extraordinary--bee eaters, giant egrets, goliath herons, various plovers, fish eagles, vultures, yellow-billed- and open-billed storks, etc.

The return trip, with the sun not in my face, the breeze and temperature just right, and the great light, was absolutely perfect!

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa East Africa Exterior Landscape Nobody Remote Safari Selous Game Reserve Tourist Destination Water Wild https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-the-selous-game-reserve-tanzania-march-5-1997 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma). January 23, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Novice MonksNovice MonksNovice Monks with alms bowls. Mandalay, Myanmar. I had breakfast downstairs in the hotel restaurant and got caught up with my journal. Myo Myo (my wife) joined me after a while.

She was feeling lazy, so I went on my own to the nearby Zeigyo Market, a sprawling place over many blocks. Lots of stuff for sale. I took some pix of people, and also of various items offered for sale.

These young monks were friendly so I was able to get a couple of photos of them.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Central Market Mandalay Market Monk Myanmar SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Zeigyo https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-mandalay-myanmar-burma-january-23-2011 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Hsipaw, Burma (Myanmar). January 19, 2011 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Vendor in MarketVendor in MarketVendor in market. Hsipaw, Shan State, Myanmar (Burma). After breakfast at the hotel, Myo Myo (my wife) and I finally got going about 8:30. It was cool and there was still a fair amount of fog. I was walking along the main road north of town and observing all the activities of daily life.

We walked to the morning market and I was able to get some good pix of people and products. I liked the light created by the fog slowly burning off. We also spent a little time at the park next door.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Burma Hsipaw Market Myanmar Portrait SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Street Scene Thibaw Woman https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-hsipaw-burma-myanmar-january-19-2011 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. July 11, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-mont-tremblant-quebec-canada-july-11-2012 Charlie MusselwhiteCharlie Musselwhite2012 Tremblant International Blues Festival, Quebec, Canada. This image of Blues harpist Charlie Musselwhite was captured onstage at the Tremblant International Blues Festival in Quebec. I love this festival and attend almost every year. In fact, as you read this post, I am driving up to Tremblant right now for this year’s festival.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Charlie Musselwhite Music Musician Tremblant International Blues Festival https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-mont-tremblant-quebec-canada-july-11-2012 Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Seville, Spain. April 20, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-20-2012 ArchesArchesPlaze de España. Seville, Spain. I was wandering around the Plaza de España in Seville having a great time capturing the colors, light, and architecture. For this image, I captured 3 frames to combine the wide range of light values, then put them together using specialized software.

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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia HDR Plaza de España Sevilla Seville Spain https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-seville-spain-april-20-2012 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Roman Bridge 3Roman Bridge 3Córdoba, Spain. It seemed that wherever I was looking I was finding photographic possibilities in this fascinating historic city. I wandered across to the other side of the river, and was intrigued by the Roman Bridge from this view.

Although it was the middle of the day and the light was strong, a time usually not best for photography, I liked the strength of the stone and the contrast of the clouds and sky. I converted the image to black and white, and further increased the contrast to get this result. I was quite happy with it. What do you think?

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Roman Bridge Spain Western Europe https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals...Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa. January 31, 1997 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-kalahari-gemsbok-national-park-south-africa-january-31-1997 Trees and Desert Grasses in Red SandTrees and Desert Grasses in Red SandKalahari-Gemsbok National Park, South Africa Up at 6, and on the road at 6:30.Saw lots of fresh lion tracks in the sand on the road, but no lions. Saw ostriches, gemsbok, black-backed jackal cubs, bat-eared foxes, tawny eagle, many weaver nests, etc. Pix of springbok.

The road alone the Nossob River had been partially reopened, so we took that. A couple of challenging sections. Finally saw the red dunes I had been expecting along the road crossing back to the Auob River.

Had lunch back at Twee Rivieren Camp at 1:30. Now in car en route to Uppington.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Africa Desert Grass Kalahari Kalahari-Gemsbok National Park Landscape Nature Red Earth South Africa Southern Africa Trees https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/6/from-the-journals-kalahari-gemsbok-national-park-south-africa-january-31-1997 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Rolleston, Queensland, Australia. February 11, 2000 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/5/from-the-journals-rolleston-queensland-australia-february-11-2000 Wind PowerWind PowerWind-powered water pump at bore hole, Rolleston. Queensland, Australia. Another attempt at calling RACQ for road conditions heading north. I got through at 9, and the word was still no good for passenger cars due to flooding. That settled it—no Cairns, no diving on the Great Barrier Reef. Too bad.

Still no sailing out of Airlie Beach due to 30-knot winds. Okay, I guess we drive south.

We left the hostel at 9:30, and had a long day of driving, with a short shopping stop in MacKay.

At 6, we pulled into Rolleston, a tiny town outside Carnarvon Gorge National Park. We were told it was 1.5 hours to the park on a partially unsealed road. We didn’t want to risk hitting a kangaroo, so we camped at the caravan park in town.

It was a very basic place, but we cooked ourselves a good dinner, and met a friendly Aussie couple.

The main problem with the site, we discovered, was the proximity to all kinds of domestic stock. It was a cacophony which began with cows all evening, and roosters chiming in at 2:10 am. I didn’t wear my earplugs because I wanted to hear my alarm to get us up for an early drive. The end result was that I only got 4.5 hours of sleep. That sucks!

Comfortable temps, with shorts in camp. Nice and dry.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Aluminum Australia Blue Sky Oceania Rural Water Hole Water Pump Wind Power https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/5/from-the-journals-rolleston-queensland-australia-february-11-2000 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:00:00 GMT
Details in Gardens of the Alhambra. Granada, Spain. April 2012 https://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2015/5/details-in-gardens-of-the-alhambra-granada-spain-april-2012 Vines On WallVines On WallPalace of the Generalife, La Alhambra. Granada, Spain. In addition to looking at and appreciating the larger view of the gardens in the Generalife, I am easily distracted by the little details. In this case, I found the plant life on the decaying walls to be interesting, so I went in that direction for a while.

 
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(Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Background Design Generalife Granada Green La Alhambra Leaves Spain Vines Wall