Travel Photo Thursday

Travel Photo Thursday: Shooting at Libraries

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At home, a library is place to borrow books. On the road, such as in Seattle during a two-night stopover on the way to Southeast Alaska, a public library can present a compelling “photo op.” And while wandering the streets of Carmel-By-The-Sea on Monday morning, looking for places that might have existed when I lived […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Southeast”

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A mere 75,000 humans are scattered across 35,000 square miles of the Alaska Panhandle, living in widely dispersed pockets of civilization unconnected to each other by road. In summer, their ranks temporarily swell by a million or more souls who arrive by ferry, plane, but mainly on cruise ships, to marvel at and photograph the […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Lake in A Rain Barrel

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Nearly 8,000 years ago, Mount Mazama, in what is today the State of Oregon, “did a Mount St. Helens.” Like its cousin to the north in the Cascade mountains which “blew its top” in 1980, Mount Mazama sent huge chunks of itself flying into the sky in a cataclysmic eruption. But while Mount St. Helens […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: A Desert’s “Sense of Place”

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On Tuesday I wrote about the Ruth Bancroft Garden, and oasis of sorts for arid-land plants. And that set me to thinking about plants as defining a desert, giving it “a sense of place.” And in, turn, that thought prompted me to look back at photos that I had shot during past trips to Arizona’s […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Classic Railroad Hotels

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Many hotels today are simply boxes made of concrete, glass and steel. There’s nothing eye-catching or memorable about their architecture. But a few classic hotels built by railroads still welcome guests seeking lodgings with an enduring style. Republish This Article

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Travel Photo Thursday: Going to Church

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No matter where you travel, there’s usually one type of building that you’re likely to encounter: A church. Some churches are immense and ornate. Others are small and simply decorated. Some are open to all to enter. Others are closed unless a service is taking place. Here are a few that I’ve run across during […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: How Now, Moo Cow?

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Two weeks ago, “Travel Photo Thursday” featured “Seeing Seals by The Seashore.” Last week it was “Seagulls by The Seashore.” The week it’s “Moo Cows in The Meadow.” Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Dick Jordan Republish This Article

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Travel Photo Thursday: Seagulls by The Seashore

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1,473,981. That’s probably the number of “seagulls” that I’ve seen during my lifetime. What’s the easiest way to lure one into range for a “photo op”? Put human food within their reach. Gulls will calmly wait for a chance to pounce on your victuals. So don’t leave your picnic table unattended, and bring a baseball […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Seeing Seals by The Seashore

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Point Reyes juts out into the Pacific Ocean along the west coast of the United States about thirty nautical miles north of San Francisco. (Wikipedia map.) Since 1962, the Point has been within the boundaries of Point Reyes National Seashore, a federal reserve under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. In late winter and […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: I “Heart” San Francisco

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Tony Bennett isn’t the only one who left his heart in San Francisco. Countless millions have done so, especially on Valentine’s Day. Republish This Article

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Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Kids at Play

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“Children should be seen and not heard” was something my mother would say to me when I was misbehaving as a child. When you’re traveling away from home it’s not unusual to encounter children playing. But when I walked the streets of Ribeauville and Hunawirh in France’s Alsace during mid-week afternoons in September, I only […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Visual Storytelling

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Ever since Kodak introduced the “Brownie” camera back in 1900, rank amateurs have been able to create photographic souvenirs of their travels. My family had one of these popular film cameras, and I still have an album filled with photos taken with it or similar, easy-to-use models. But while taking photos was simple, sharing them […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: North, To Alaska!

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Last Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle Travel section include stories by the section’s editor, Spud Hilton, on cruising Alaska waters on both small and large vessels. On Mother’s Day, 2009, the paper ran my first published travel story, a piece about glacier touring in Southeast Alaska. A similar story ran about three months later in […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Head Shots”

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You’ve shot a photo, but does it truly depict what you saw with your own eyes? Well, that might depend on whether you left the image as it came out of the camera, or if you cropped it to cut out some of what appeared in the “full frame.” Here are four different images, three […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Winter Sunsets

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Ask most people when sunsets are most dramatic and they would probably say “Summer.” But what often makes a sunset worth photographing is not the sun itself, but the nature and extent of clouds in the sky as the sun goes down. And that’s why in Northern California where I live and where summer skies […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Paradise Lost”

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(This story has been made available to Tales Told From The Road by the news syndication service Repost.us.) Paradise Lost (via A.D.Wheeler Photography) I have lived in the Southern Tier of New York state for over 4 decades. There pretty much isn’t anything here that I haven’t seen or photographed. Or, so I thought. As […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Getting “Smart” about Cameras

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Nearly a year ago in “Travel Photo Thursday: Junk Your Camera!” I suggested that travelers might well throw away their digital point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras in favor of using the cameras built into their smartphones. A few months later, I did just the opposite: I bought a new Sony DSC-RX100 digital camera to replace my […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Keeping People in Focus

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In the last installment of “Travel Photo Thursday,” we learned some of the secrets of “street” photography by London-based pro, Antonio Olmos, including how to pre-set exposure on your camera so you’re also ready to capture the fleeting street scene before you. While you can’t change the lighting of a scene after you shot it, […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: Secrets of “Street” Photography

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In “Travel Photo Thursday: If You’re Not Fast, You’re Food” I stressed the importance of always having your camera “at the ready” when you’re walking busy city streets so you don’t miss the opportunity to capture a great image. In other TPT stories, I’ve explained why it’s important to have people in your travel photos […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Moving” Instagram Photos

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The Instagram photo shoot-and-share app has become immensely popular with amateur and professional photographers. Sunset and National Geographic magazines use it. Tales Told From The Road does, too. And back in June, Instagram added the ability to shoot and share 3 to 15 second video clips, the longest of which could be two-and-half times as […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: JFK in Photos

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(Usually “Travel Photo Thursday” features photographs taken by Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan. But today we present public domain photographs from the JFK Library of the life and death of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States, who was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas, fifty […]

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Travel Photo Thursday: “Sunset” on Instagram

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Usually “Travel Photo Thursday” stories on Tales Told From The Road are based on photographs I’ve shot while on the road. But once in a while, the work of other photographers, such as those who shoot for National Geographic, is showcased here. Instagram, the photo-sharing social networking site, has become wildly popular with amateur and […]

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