Month: February 2013

Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Travel Photo Thursday: Signs of Culture

Signs, big and small, can tell you something important about the culture of a place. Keep your eye out for them during you travels so you can capture them with your camera.

Store Mural 1 Petersburg

This mural painted on the side of a store in Petersburg, Alaska, denotes the important of commercial fishing to this small community founded a century ago by a Norwegian immigrant who established a cannery here, and today often referred to as “Little Norway.”

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The Trabant—perhaps better known by its nickname, “Trabi”—was manufactured in East Germany during the “Cold War” period, and for a about a year after the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the destruction of the famous Berlin Wall earlier that year.

Today you can drive this “classic” (if not classy) car Pot Starter Kit IMG_4113through the streets of Dresden (where this photo was shot) or Berlin on a “Trabi Safari.” The Zebra stripes presumably were not painted on this Trabi at the factory in East Germany.

Sometimes you’ll find a “sign of culture” on packaging.  This “Dutch Cannabis Seed Starter Kit” on sale in an Amsterdam canal-side flower market loudly proclaims Netherlanders fondness for “home grown weed,” not just their country’s famous tulips.

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Best “Travel Movies” Ever

Best “Travel Movies” Ever

At the end of this week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will hold its annual “Oscars” award ceremonies, and millions of eyes will be glued to millions of TV sets around the world, watching who walks away with the little gold statuettes.

For at least some of the nominees for this year’s Best Picture Oscar—such as Argothe place in which the story is set is crucial, even if the actual filming location differs from where the story actually took place.

Here are trailers from five movies from my list of “Best Travel Movies” where the place played an important role.

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Travel Photo Thursday: To Be or Not to Be (Shooting Color)?

Travel Photo Thursday: To Be or Not to Be (Shooting Color)?

“To be or not to be shooting color”?

Kodachrome BoxThat’s the question Hamlet would have asked if he had been a real person and not merely a character in a Shakespeare play, and if he would have lived in the Age of Photography.

Famed photographer Ansel Adams is noted for his stunning black and white landscape photos taken in places like Yosemite National Park. But he, too, shot in color, although he apparently never decided if that medium ought to transcend black and white.

Twenty or more years ago, we amateur photographers normally owned by a single camera,Kodak B and W Film and had to decide whether to load it with either color or black and white film. But today, nearly all of us tote digital cameras along with us when we go on vacation and can have the best of both worlds of photography.

So we don’t face the same dilemma that Adams or—hypothetically—Hamlet would have confronted. But we must determine whether a photo would be a more compelling image in black and white rather than color.

Here are six photos, each in both a color and black and white version. Decide which you like best, and then leave your comments at the end of this post.

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