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Tag Archives: travel
It’s fun at the end of the year to look back at photographs that had a special meaning for me personally. No ranking this year, just sharing an image a day.
Carole and I had a wonderful experience at the London Olympics. We spent much time in the London Underground or Tube, which had a life and culture all its own.
On this particular day, I experimented by setting the camera on the handrail and blurring the walls. This English gentleman was an unwitting model for what was one of my most memorable images of the our time in London.
This image is one of my favorites for 2012. You can checkout more on my Flickr Photostream.
The first time we went to the Soldier Hollow Classic years ago we had no idea what to expect. Sure, we had seen Babe. But this was the real deal. The intelligence of the border collies is mind boggling.
If you haven’t seen a sheep dog event, it goes like this. A border collie starts at the bottom of the hill, running up to greet five sheep. The sheep dog then leads the five sheep through a series of gates – in sequential order – before ultimately splitting the group into two (three and two), bringing them back together and into a pen. Whew, can’t imagine doing that myself.
In this photograph, the border collie has his sheep on the run, heading for the next gate near the bottom of the course, all in near perfect unison.
It’s a fun event to photograph. This image was made with a Nikon D300 using a 70-300mm lens. It’s part of an exciting sequence with the sheep dog hot in pursuit of a record time.
Our last morning in Paris and I hope to find just one more memorable photograph. In the pre-dawn hours I grabbed a Velib bicycle and cruised down along the Seine. It was much quieter than it had been just a few hours earlier.
It was not a brilliant morning. Grey clouds blocked much of the sun. But as I rode past the Pont de l’Archevêché and looked back at Notre Dame, I was struck with the pastels in the sky and just a glint of dawn light touching the cathedral.
I made a few initial photographs with the D300 and super wide Nikkor 10mm before switching to the D700 at about 24mm on the zoom. I propped the camera up as best I could on a railing for stability, with no tripod available.
It was okay, I though, and rode away.
Just a few days later I brought the image into Photoshop and saw just how wonderful the light had been. Beautiful pastel skies with grey morning clouds whisping over Paris. Very little direct light but the splash on the east side of the cathedral really helped to make the photograph work.
It was a great way to end a weekend in Paris, spending a morning on the Seine. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly
Living in the Utah desert, we’re not accustomed to the breadth and scope of vegetables we found at the Portland Farmer’s Market in early June.
It was a rainy, dreary day as we walked through the stands on a mall at Portland State University. But amidst the gray, overcast haze that hung over the city, the vegetables spoke to us in vivid colors.
At first I made a few photographs just to record the scene. But I quickly found the vegetables to be engaging models, forming mysterious lines and radiating wonderful, full color.
These parsnips and carrots are just one of many photographs from the market, all handheld with a Nikon D-700 with a Nikkor 24-120 mm lens. (c) 2012 Tom Kelly Photo
A trip to San Francisco is never complete without visiting the sea lions at Pier 39. So as I cruised route 1 south of Half Moon Bay searching for a good sunset cove, imagine my surprise when I spotted a dozen sea lions resting on a rock.
It was a challenging light situation. The easiest spot to photograph them from shore was directly backlit â€“ you could hardly see the seals. So as stealth as I could, I tried to sneak around a small peninsula to get a slightly better light angle.
Well, it didnâ€™t work all that well. While mommy and daddy just shrugged off my presence and remained on their rock, the smaller seals (such as the ones in the photograph) made tracks for the water, sliding off the rock and into the Pacific.
While I had only seconds before the rock was evacuated, it was time enough to craft a few images with some help from Mother Natureâ€™s waves, crashing over the rock as the sea lions headed into the water.
Just noticed this old picture on Flickr tonight. It’s one of my all-time most viewed Flickr pix. What’s especially amazing to me is the quality given it was photographed in 2004 with an old Canon G2 point and shoot. I always got great stuff from that little camera!
This is one of the reasons you want to walk around a bit at Delicate Arch. This is a series of monuments and domes just north of the main viewpoint. It can be absolutely stunning in the sunset light.