Europe

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!

How Long Must I Wait?

Forgive my lack of posts. Trying to edit all of these photos in such a short amount of time really burnt me out. I promise to bring you a lengthy post with many photographs within a week. I have a couple things to say about this photo which I've organized into nice bullet points for your convenience:

  • This is one of the reasons I haven't posted anything. I finished it the other day and if you look closely you can tell I didn't really finish it, but rather just called it a day.
  • It is many many many photos and is a very very large file on my computer. Taking this many photos in almost a complete circle meant my camera was up to my face for rather a long time. This draws attention to you. After I finished, a man came up to me and asked me to take a picture for him, then asked me to teach him how to use his camera.
  • If you want to download it to see it in its full glory, life sucks for you. You can't! You see, if I wanted to upload this at its full size, it would take approximately the rest of time.
  • If you wanted to purchase it (hahahahaha!), I would actually finish editing out the lines which may not be apparent in this small version, but would definitely be apparent on a print on a wall.
  • Napoleon's apartment is ludicrous.

It was a good day for a panorama

Did I mention I have a Tumblr? Yes, yes I did, but I'm going to mention it again. Kyle Cameron Photography on Tumblr!

Why did I bring this up again? Because I'm about to bring up another person on Tumblr, inkyletters. I'm starting the first part of a collaborative project today with Inky Letters that will involve lettering, people, stories, photography, and video!

Where the Sky Begins

Forgive my laziness over the last couple months. I haven't been posting much at all, and I've been shooting pictures even less. I was planning on going to SF to take some pictures yesterday, but it was raining most of the day, so I ended up not going. I did however see The Grand Budapest Hotel. It was wonderful, and might be my new favorite Wes Anderson movie. Around the middle, I actually found myself wondering why people think of his movies as pretentious hipster trash. I thought about all of his other movies and I'm honestly not sure what qualifies them as pretentious. They are all comedies and feature big name actors. The dialogue is generally straight forward and the plots are the same and aren't particularly convoluted or hard to understand. There isn't any underlying message, or dark and moody tone. Honestly. I hate to fall on this (all too common) speculation, but do people think of it as pretentious hipster trash because it's a little different than everything else you see in the theatre? 

Shot in London, 2011. I'm pretty sure I've never posted this before. Pretty sure...

Sunsets Suck

I'm cheating today. Many of you have already seen this photo because I've posted it on my Facebook photography page, it's my main page cover photo, and I even posted it on my website back in September, but I'm quite a big fan of it so I hope nobody minds me sharing it. It's also not in the store so I suppose I can change that. I'm also working on the new email subscription thing, so I need daily posts for a bit to get that whole thing figured out and working properly. So uh, enjoy. 

Venice. Which is in Italy. Which is in Europe. Which I guess also has sunsets. 

I also have this video that I made and uploaded a while ago. It was for a contest but I never submitted it because I was kind of dissatisfied with it. I just watched through it again and felt very self-conscious because of my very poorly executed use of the After Effects warp stabilizer. Whenever I see other people so obviously using it, I harshly judge them, yet here I am doing the same. So anyway, watch this video and feel free to harshly judge me for my poor attempt at making my absurdly shaky video slightly better.   

Flight

I took this at sunset from Alexandra Palace on one of my first days in London. I'm pretty certain I've shared this before, but I don't think anyone has seen it in two years, so I'll share it again because it's pretty.  

Also, I saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug last night. It was cool, but if you don't like having fun at a movie, I wouldn't recommend it. There was also a teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan's Interstellar which is coming out next November. The trailer really, really excited me because it looked like the movie might depict humanity's transition to interstellar spaceflight, which is something that I've always wanted to see in a film. I mean, sci-fi movies usually show a distant future in which we've already been flying around in space for a while. 

Photo a Day - Eilean Donan Castle

The lovely Eilean Donan Castle in the Western Highlands of Scotland. It was originally built in the thirteenth century, but destroyed in 1719 during the Jacobite rebellions. It was the rebuilt in 1919 by Lieutenant-Colonel John Macrae-Gilstrap. The interior was rather cozy despite the dreary appearance of the exterior. 

Castles are okay I guess.

Original post (with full sized photo) can be found at kylecameronphotography.com

Photo a Day - Germany

Here is an unpublished (at least I'm pretty sure I never put it up) photo from Frankfurt, Germany. The river is called the Main River. What is the English translation of the Main River you might find yourself asking? The Main River is the English translation.  

Sunset over Frankfurt and the Main River.

Original post (with full sized photo) can be found at kylecameronphotography.com