Monday, May 23, 2011

Digging Out

Street along the river in Hoi An, Vietnam

Spent the day trying to get a start on digging myself out of the massive pile of editing I am buried in. Slow, but steady progress is being made. No shooting tonight, thought I should play a little catch up instead of piling even more on the to do stack. Added a few new Vietnam photos to the Southeast Asia Gallery.

Also added a couple more to the Midwest Photo Gallery

Dam on the Fox River, Appleton, WI

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Electric.

Appleton saw a couple lines of strong storms move through Sunday evening, I was not back in time to witness the first, but felt it was my duty to take full advantage of the second. After the storms were just about past I headed out, where to? Shockingly, the river again. Shooting lightning is probably not the safest of endeavors, but sometimes you need to take a little risk. Spent some time hoping to not get struck down and walked away with one decent shot.

Spent most of the weekend down in Milwaukee visiting the sister. Saturday's weather left much to be desired, rainy and dreary, but Sunday's weather more than made up for it. Sunny and 80 degrees, finally the shorts awoke from hibernation to greet the summer sun. We headed to the Milwaukee Zoo to enjoy the weather and shoot some animals.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

That's alot of Dam power.

Last night I found myself wandering around the river again to do some shooting. While shooting the dam from the bridge, the dam operator asked if I would like to come shoot on the dam itself, of course I said yes, anything to get something a little different.

I donned the provided hard hat and carefully went out on the dam. I'm not sure what the real purpose of the hard hat is on the dam, I did not really feel an imminent head trauma threat, but more so the trip and fall off the dam and drown threat. Its definitely a unique perspective watching the water rage right underneath, you can definitely feel the raw power of the water. Spent some time, took some photos, chatted with the dam operator and learned a little about the workings of the dam. There is a lot more hydro-electric power being generated here than I had previously thought. All in all a pretty neat time, will have to think of a unique approach to shooting from there and go try again. I only had time to get one photo from the evening edited, perhaps more soon should I find the time to work on them, but for now I have places to be.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer? Are you here yet?

No work today, and no work yesterday, had some time to sit and tackle some editing. There are some new photos up in the Southeast Asia gallery to feast your eyes on, they will continue to trickle in as I find the time to edit, so check back.

Last night the weather was warm and calm, summer is finally within sight. I headed down to the river to a spot I just recently became aware of. The small park is secluded and quiet, and best of all you can get down to water level right next to the spill way. When I left home the clouds were nice in the east, I was hoping for them to light up nicely around sunset, but, nature doesn't follow a script, so it just means I will have to return to try again. Nothing spectacular, but here are a couple from the evening.

After some time at the dam, I headed back to the usual spot along the river to shoot a bit more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sunrise at Angkor

The enormous task of sifting through thousands of photos has begun. Editing and retouching photos is a long and tedious process, I would much rather be out shooting, but it has to be done.

I have yet to sit down and write up a good reflective piece about the trip. Brian has posted an excellent reflection of our time in Vietnam over on his blog. His covers pretty much everything we observed and discussed while over there, I now feel anything I write will look like plagiarism. Go read.

I plan to post photos as I make way through the editing process. Here is one I worked on today, taken at sunrise on our first morning in Cambodia.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia