Month: September 2014

Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard

Central Park: The Big Apple’s Backyard

Arches, Bryce, Canyonlands, Canyon Crater Lake, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Guadalupe Mountains, Kings Canyon, Lassen, Mount Rainer, Natural Bridges, Olympic, Point Reyes, Redwood, Sequoia, Yellowstone, Yosemite.

Blazing Stars Kings Canyon DSC04369

Whenever I needed a break far from the madding crowd near my home in the San Francisco Bay Area, those national parks are where I headed to clear my head and commune with nature.

Amsterdam, Berlin, Dresden, Florence, London, Munich, Paris, Prague, Rome, Venice, Vienna.

Big-city Europe with cars, congestion and unrelenting noise is the last place I wanted to go, although I eventually traveled to and enjoyed visiting each of those cities.

In the U.S., Boston, Chicago, Portland, Seattle. Cities that are friendly to tourists captured my heart.

Cloud Gate City Scape

But not New York. Not “The Big Apple.” No way. Too big. Way too big.

Well, not yet. But maybe soon.

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Using “Tech” for a “Smoother” Flight

Using “Tech” for a “Smoother” Flight

Ah, flying. The one thing all travelers have come to hate!

(Emran Kassim Flickr Photo)
(Emran Kassim Flickr Photo)

But here’s some advice from tech guru, David Pogue (formerly with The New York Times, now a “Yahoo” guy) on how technology can make life “up in the air” (or before you get to the airport) “more better.”

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Travel Photo Thursday: Is Black & White “The New Color”?

Travel Photo Thursday: Is Black & White “The New Color”?

Orange Is The New Black is a popular TV series.

But except for the phrasing of its name and the title of this story, the show has nothing to do with photography.

When photographers used film cameras they had to make an important decision before going on a “shoot”: Load the camera with color or black and white film?

But in the age of digital photography, the question of whether to take (or “print”) a photo in black and white instead of color is more or less moot: You can do both with a single image.

One of America’s most renowned landscape photographers, Ansel Adams is best known for his black and white photographs of the American West. But even he shot in color from time to time.

If you had choose between photographing “nature” in black and white or color, which would you prefer?

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