Digital Photography

New Year, New Post

2017 wasn't my year. Shortly after my last post I was diagnosed with colon cancer which derailed all of my plans. But it's 2018, and 12 rounds of chemo and two surgeries later, I'm hopefully cancer free and getting ready to pick up where I left off, if I can remember exactly where that was. But I'll start my return with a new post! This photo is already on Instagram, but at least here you can see it in higher quality!

I shot this in San Francisco City Hall. As you can see, it's a popular place to go to get your marriage license. 

Jantar Mantar

After a rainy and windy time in Udaipur, including an ill advised trip up to a temple on top of a mountain during a wind storm that was in the process of slowly tearing apart said temple, we took another long train ride to Jaipur. While there, we visited the Jantar Mantar monument there, which is an old school observatory, and features the world's largest stone sundial, which I just learned from Wikipedia. Neat.

Not pictured here is the world's largest stone sundial

Me trying to be edgy

Brave New Pigeon: The Movie: The Experience in IMAX 3D

I guess that's the world's largest stone sundial to the right

I guess that's the world's largest stone sundial to the right

A World Away

So I went on this trip...

Departure from SFO

My journey began in London with a friend.

That's a mighty rectangular garden.

That's him down there.

Pictured right before he casts away his camera.

Returning to London after a couple years was quite a nice experience. I really missed it from the semester I spent studying there.

Look at that big ol' building!

The last time I carried a less capable camera, and perhaps a less experienced eye for photography.

Neat!

Not to say I'm any more experienced now, of course.

So moody.

We naturally went about looking at all of the sites. Churches, monuments, things, etc. The weather was quite pleasant.

Oh, look at that! Wow! Train station!

After a few days in London, we boarded the Eurostar and made the two-and-a-half hour ride to Paris.

Golly! Look at that field!

An image from out the window of the Eurostar while we were rolling through the French countryside. Mighty pretty out there, and boy is that train quick.

That's tall! Yowzah!

I feel like I've seen that thing somewhere before, but I'm not totally sure where. It sure was tall and quite metallic.

"Quit that"

Ever grumpy.

Neiiighhhh

I wasn't totally sure about this horse and its significance, but it sure looks intense.

Shortly after the above image, we met with a friend of my friend who just happened to be in Paris at the same time. What a small world!

"Aww!" That's perhaps your first impression. Or perhaps it's, "Eww!" The latter would be more accurate. Almost immediately afterwards they started making out quite passionately.

After meeting in that royal park or some such nonsense, we acquired macaroons from supposedly the best macaroon place in Paris (and also a macaroon ice cream sandwich because there was a minimum purchase). I'd describe them as reasonably good. Afterwards, we made for some mall with a dome.

Those clouds.

So there we were atop this mall with a dome. Turns out it had a pretty decent view too.

We then parted ways with his friend, and the next morning, France. The next stop: Marrakech, Morocco. But those photos will be up in a second part.


Yesterday was the birthday of a friend, recent graduate, and fan of this blog, and I will embarrass him by posting this along with an image of him. It is a day late, and I'm sorry for that. If it makes it any better, I started this post on Tuesday. Anyway, happy belated birthday!

Life in the Clouds

This was taken on a very poorly planned backpacking trip that I took a couple of winters ago. We planned it approximately two days before we left, we arrived so late on the first day that we were ultimately unable to complete our planned route, it was raining nearly the whole time, and there were feral pigs that roamed around our tents at night.

It was a lot of fun. 

Taken while backpacking in the Ventana Wilderness, near Big Sur in California. Yes, he's peeing.

You might have noticed that I've added a size option for prints as well as made the pricing scheme more reasonable/more (or perhaps less) sustainable.

You'll also notice below that I've added a new email subscription option. This is because I'm struggling to get people to actually see my content because Facebook, my primary means of sharing new posts only shows the posts to ~10% of my page followers on a good day so I'm trying new methods of outreach. I recommend that you add your email to the list to receive friendly (and poorly designed) updates for new blog posts!

The Final Frontier

Guys, guys. Look! It's the Milky Way! Our galaxy! We're part of that! SPACE! IT'S SO COOL.

I know this isn't even a great shot of the Milky Way or anything, but I don't care. I'm so excited that I finally got something that turned out.

Winter Isn't Coming

I was camping for the last few days up in Northern California at Mattole Beach, the North trailhead of the Lost Coast trail. I was finally able to get a picture of the Milky Way that actually sort of turned out, but I'm still working on getting it to look presentable, so tonight, I present to you a standard picture of a setting sun over the ocean. 

I do quite like sunsets

And for bonus points, a GIF of some waves or something, I don't know.