Full moon on the rise over Denver, Colorado on November 28th, 2012. Unbeknown to us, the November full moon was the smallest full moon of the year, yet still you can see a subtle, penumbral eclipse were the moon passes partially through the shadow of the Earth. This was my first time renting telephoto gear for a personal shoot and I’m glad we did! Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L with a 2X EF II Extender (equal to 800mm f/11)
A few weeks ago my girl friend and I decided (on somewhat of a whim) to get away and spend a few days out in the wilds of the Rocky Mountain National Forrest. With winter approaching way too fast, and our tendency to hibernate entirely indoors over the cold months, we decided to rent a little house just a few miles from the entrance to the park. Once again Airbnb came through with an amazing view and a cozy spot for us to chill out. Here are a few shots from the weekend of hiking and enjoying the great outdoors.
Skipping stones…or something like it on the way to Alberta Falls. (more…)
Around two million people annually visit Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. Since many of Gaudi’s plans for the structure were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War, teams of architects have been continually tinkering with the elusive structure since his death in 1926. Because Gaudi seemingly didn’t use regular or repeating forms–relying instead on color, light and organic sculptural motifs–architects working on the completion of La Sagrada Familia have faced many daunting design problems. Though slated for completion by 2007, the building is still very much under construction with the completion date having been pushed back many times. As the structure is dedicated to the holy family, Gaudi would often joke, “The patron of this project is not in a hurry.”
One projection anticipates construction completion around 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death
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Gaudi’s basilica has three facades filled with precise symbolism: the Passion Facade on the west; the Nativity Facade on the east; and the Glory Facade on the south. Each façade has three portals representing the virtues of Faith, Hope and Love. The Passion Facade, dedicated to the suffering and death of Christ, is nearly complete and has the main entrance to the building.
There were hundreds of hidden images and religious items – sacred coins, ancient scripts and holy symbols. One of the most important secret messages placed around the Cathedral is the magic square. A magic square is a 4×4 square of non-duplicating numbers, that when added up in any direction, the constant number equals 33; the age of Jesus at the time of the Passion.
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Antoni Gaudi, one of the most visionary architects the world has ever seen, was also one of the most prolific of the 19th and 20th centuries. So much so that UNESCO has designated seven of his buildings as World Heritage Sites in and around Barcelona. And La Sagrada de Familia, which has been under construction for the last 150 years, is considered the finest achievement of all. . This images with the chandelier (with Christ as the center piece) hanging over the altar in the main central vault looks like you are standing in a forest of light and color. No matter who you are and what you believe, there is a mysteriousness and wonder to this place that is hard not to feel.
To give you a sense of space, this image is a stitched panorama of four images put together from a wide angle lens. A few months back I got to visit this place in person and will revisit it this week with a series of postcards uploaded everyday. Stay tuned!
Football season is in full swing right now and that makes me happy because it’s one of my favorite sports to shoot. This, combined with the recent news of Husker legend Dr. Tom Osborne retiring, I thought I would share a few shots from my assignment shoot last week at the Hastings College 130th homecoming football game. After decades of service to the UNL sports program, Dr. Tom announced today that he is retiring; I felt lucky last week to finally meet him at his alma mater. We both visited the College as they celebrated their 130th Homecoming and the inauguration of a new president, Dr. Dennis Trotter. Here are a few selects from the weekend – and of course, the football game.
The Tour in Aspen seemed bigger and better this year – more vendors, more people with more dogs, and much less rain. Here are a few images from Aspen…
Team RadioShack/Nissan/Trek rider Jakob Fuglsang took 3rd place at the 3rd Stage of the US Pro Cycling Challenge in Aspen.
Here are the fist few images from shooting with the Nissan/Rodale sponsorship team at the Telluride stage this Monday. It was a mostly overcast day with the clouds threatening with a downpour but graciously waited until after the finish to finally let loose. This is the 1st stage of 6 and will make it’s way back to Denver on Sunday for the final leg. More updates to come!
The brand new Acropolis Museum: housing just about everything that has been found in the ancient site in Athens, except perhaps this grand piano.
I was fortunate to get an invite from my cousin to get up close and personal with a local fireworks show on the 4th. Thousands of large and powerful explosives firing off all around us at the same time was intense to say the least. And incredibly loud to say the very least! The fuses were hand lit the old-fashioned way by the pyrotechnicians who had to stay very close to the danger to keep the show going. Here are a few shots from the show…
In one week, after a few more days in Athens and a short stay in Dublin, I’ll will be back on U.S. soil. More than 5 1/2 months of living abroad seems to have stretched out for much longer this time. For me, spending time in a new place (3 months in Spain, 2 months in Croatia) really opened up the opportunity for revelation – not just knowing a city without a map, or learning a few words in the local language, but it’s really the unique and wonderful people that time allows you to connect with. Each and every place continues to show me how we all are inexplicably linked together by so many common threads – and to be there long enough to let these truths naturally unearth (more…)
“Every exit is an entry somewhere else.”
– Tom Sheppard
A broad bean (aka Bob in Croatian) is an ancient ingredient which fed families along the Dalmatian coast and inland for centuries, long before corn was brought there, and recently it was perhaps unfairly forgotten and neglected from daily nutrition. For that reason, this vegetable has a day dedicated to its reintroduction with a modern twist. Perhaps the greatest gourmet event in city of Kaštela, Croatia, the traditional festival of the broad bean – „Fešta o boba“ will give your taste buds something all together different to try.
“Life is full of beauty. Notice it.”
– Ashley Smith
Yesterday we connected with fellow hikers Ivona and Ivo on Couchsurfing for some hiking up the Kozjak mountains near where we are staying in Split. We ended up at this place called the Eagle’s Nest and had lunch. Amazing food (olives, cheese, bread, and Croatian liquor called rakija) amazing Dalmatian sunshine, amazing new friends and of course amazing views. After heading back down they graciously gave us a tour of their hometown of Kastel as well as a tour of the UNESCO village of Trogir then took us out to dinner at their favorite local spot. We all ended up sunburned and exhausted – but it was one of the best days we’ve had so far in Croatia! Hvala to Ivon and Ivo!
“Travel is not really about leaving our homes, but leaving our habits.”
– Pico Iyer
The Thought of a Woman – check out the amazingwork from Conrad Roset
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April 12th, 2012 – Standard Moss covered lava field - Rural Iceland (1280x1024) (338) Wide – Moss covered lava field - Rural Iceland (1920x1200) (330)
Wandering Iceland is like stepping out onto another planet. Nothing seems more dreamlike than the landscape – with slow moving steam rising from thermal vents, never ending sunsets, and moss covered lava fields as far as you can see. We ventured out of Reykjavík only about 30 minutes and we drove right through an ancient lava field. Walking this terrain is both surreal and dangerous as the moss on top is soft and spongy but just underneath it’s jagged lava rock can cut though the sole of your shoe. I am still going through all of the images I took there in only a few short days (actually long days with 20+ hours of sunlight). The sun eventually set around 2am the night this photo was taken.