Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chasing the Sun

St. Ives, England was a lovely surprise. While I was backpacking around England I asked friends, locals and fellow travelers where I should go in Cornwall, and this small little port town was high on the list. I was greeted at first by what I thought was a sleepy little village, but it turned out to be very active place with live music shows, a festival, bustling tourist activity, and a brilliant local art scene. The little art studios were my favorite part of this town. Around every corner were small studios where you could walk in, peruse the art and chat with the artists while they worked away at their next piece. I bought my mom some small stained glass pieces of a sailboat and three small fish. They now hang beautifully in her kitchen window and sway with the breeze when it's open for fresh air. A delightful memory from this delightful English town.

Shot handheld at f/22, 1/80 sec, ISO 200 on August 19, 2010.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hard Battle

Chasing the Sun

At nearly 900 years old, the Cathedral of Cefal├╣ in Sicily stands tall as a testament to the Norman empire, once a conqueror and ruler of Sicily. I can't expound on the history or architecture of cathedrals, but I love to photograph them. They were so often the grandest buildings built by a reigning party and loom tall over their cities. Home to not only the spiritual heart of a culture, but some of its greatest works of art, architectural achievements, political power and contemporary styles. Upon entering these old cities one can learn an awful lot about the people who once lived there by looking at their churches and cathedrals.

Shot on handheld at f/20, 1/100 sec, ISO 200 on June 1, 2010.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chasing the Sun

Okarito is a small village on the western coast of New Zealand's south island. People travel here for two reasons, to paddle out by kayak into this pristine estuary and to see wild Kiwis in their natural habitat. Wet, wild and seemingly untouched, this area of New Zealand is a rain forest of immeasurable beauty, solitude and home to some of the most exotic animals on the planet. Almost exactly 3 years ago, my brother and I stumbled onto this place by accident because we saw a sign for Kiwi Tours on the side of the highway. While we waited for night to fall to set out on the Kiwi tour we paddled out into the lagoon and were treated to some of the most amazing colors like what you see here in this sunset picture.

Shot handheld at f/11, 1/250 sec, ISO 400 on November 18, 2008.


Head Above The Rest

Friday, November 11, 2011

Evening Chores

Micheal Jackson and Paul McCartney just doin' the dishes.

Jail Birds

Beyond the obvious greatness of style and hair in this photo I love how the key hole on the jail door looks like an oversize cartoon drawing on paper. Never mind if you are booked overnight, you can always escape by crumpling the lock and throwing it into the waste paper basket.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Keeping the Streets Clean

Ha, this is a "safety device!" Perhaps it is a street-sweeper for the town drunks?


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Chasing the Sun

It was sunny the day I set out on foot into the heart of the Swiss Alps. I was able to camp and photograph in utter delight as I explored the peaks above Grosse Scheidegg. But as I arrived at my destination, the Bachsee, the sky began turning grim. I pitched my tent, alone on the shores of the lake, and went to sleep. When I awoke in the morning there was nothing to see but fog and rain and my own breath. I had come all this way to make photographs of the lake at sunrise and sunset, so I waited. And I waited. And I waited. After two days of snow and freezing rain I sought refuge in a rescue shelter. Then, after reading every word of the one book I brought, the storm broke. I awoke at 7 am to these rays of sun peaking thru the clouds upon the Bachsee and I ran with my camera to shoot every angle and part of the lake I could while the weather held out. But it didn't last and the snowstorm hit once again, so I packed up and trekked out.

Shot on a tripod at f/22, 1/30sec ISO 200 on July 23, 2010

Love Bug

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Chasing the Sun

To follow my post from last week here is another image I made just down the road in Banff National Park. A short hike in from Highway 93 in Alberta, Canada, is Glacier Lake. We camped here one night, on the shore of this frigid lake, in the fresh spring air of May. The skies were clear, the sun was shining, the icy surface had melted and the snows higher up were now before us. It didn't stop us however from shedding our clothes and skinny dipping in the icy waters, plunging into that chest clenching cold, and freezing our buns off! Come sunset we were greeted by these beautiful colors and calm waters. The serenity was magical and one I'll never forget.

Shot on a tripod at f/22, 5 sec, ISO 100 on May 18 2008.
for more pictures visit www.glenndouglass.com

blogger templates |