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Travel Photos 2017

Posted in fine art photography, travel photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 7, 2018 by squintphotographyart

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Hello everyone! I’m so glad to be back here. I know I’m a bit late to this party. Oh well, so be it, I’m still gonna throw it. I wanted to share photos of the places I captured and traveled to this past year. My goal was to go somewhere every season and I pretty much accomplished that. Of course, there were many other places I had wanted to go, but alas, money and time are always an issue.

I had dreams of traveling to the Pacific North West and visiting Seattle for the first time. Spending some time in New York over Christmas was also on my wish list. And while I did get back to New Mexico for a few days, I didn’t get to see the White Sands, like I had hoped. That all being said, I did venture to some great places in 2017. Saw the birthplace of the Blues, walked among the cobblestones of America’s Founders and listened to a band play in the most famous club in the world.

Come see where I’ve been…

 

My first trip of the year was by car. I drove the 7 or so hours from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis is a cool, but somewhat sleepy town. Of course I had to visit Graceland and Beale Street. And a trip to Memphis wouldn’t be complete without some BBQ! Some of the best brisket I have ever tasted!

This is my fave shot from the trip. Visiting Sun Studios on a cold, rainy morning. I didn’t get to do the tour, but I hope to get back there and do so. It was very cool being so close to where legends recorded.

Sun Studios

 

Next up: going to Philadelphia was quite an exhausting trip. I spent a whirlwind of three days there and did a ton of walking, taking lots of photos along the way. That is definitely the best way to explore the city, but if you’re on limited time like I was, it feels like you’re racing against the clock constantly! However, I enjoyed every minute of it. The mixture of its rich history and modern vibe was ripe for city exploration.

I took this image from the top floor of the PSFS building in center city. I think the iconic Liberty Place buildings are absolutely gorgeous and framing them just like so…

Philly

 

In the Summer my husband and I finally got back to New Mexico and spent some time both in Albuquerque and the Jemez Mountains. There is nothing like those blue skies and fluffy clouds. This was more of a laid back, relaxing trip, than a time to take photos, but I did snap some while I was there. I couldn’t resist!

Jemez

 

The big trip for me last year was getting overseas to London again, in the Fall. This was the first time in many, many years that I had been overseas on my own. I was surprised not to feel a lot of trepidation. Instead, I just felt an eagerness and excitement to be in that amazing city again. The energy and melding of cultures is

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite picture from this trip. Plus, I’m still working on a lot of them! But, overall I think this image epitomizes the London spirit. A classic red phone booth, with a Big Ben photo bomb!

I See Big Ben

 

My last trip of the year was just an extended weekend to celebrate my moms 75th birthday. She had always wanted to go to Las Vegas, so off we went for a fast weekend of neon and 24 hour gambling.

We stayed in the old, downtown part of town. I have to say I liked it better than the Strip. But, honestly, now that I’ve been to Vegas twice, I realized that I have no reason to go back. Well, except maybe to visit the Neon Boneyard. But I doubt that will happen, they are just too strict about photography there.

Flamingo

 

As 2018 gets underway I am busy planning my next photo trips. I’ve already gone to San Francisco, so I’m thinking next up is Toronto, then another West Coast venture and hopefully Amsterdam in the Fall.

Traveling is a great love of my life, but it can take a lot out of you, both physically and financially. However, I’ve learned that I’m willing to fork up a bit more dough to stay somewhere that is closer to the sights I want to see. Since time is usually short, I now realize it makes more sense to stay at a place that’s more convenient for my photo excursions. That’s when good planning really helps!

I’d love to hear of your travel plans. Until next time, Happy Travels!

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

 

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Taking in Philly

Posted in art, fine art photography, travel photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 7, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I spent a few days in Philadelphia two weeks ago and really enjoyed getting to know the town. The obviously cool thing about Philly is its significance in American history as the birthplace of our Declaration of Independence, but beyond that astounding importance there is also the fact that it is just a really cool city, full of history, fab architecture and amazing art collections.

It feels somewhat like a small town, with the cobblestone streets, row house and walk ability. I found it quite easy to get around the center of the city and even beyond (even if my feet were screaming!) Their public transportation was also quite convenient and easily navigated. Although, walking was my preferred mode of transportation, because I didn’t want to miss a thing.

Upon my arrival, I was disappointed to find out that the clock tower on City Hall was closed for renovations and the famous William Penn bronze statue was shrouded in scaffolding. Not quite the level of disappointment I felt when the Trevi Fountain was under renovation during my Italy trip, but still, deflating, considering how iconic that figure is to the Philadelphia landscape. Bummer, indeed.

Philly

 

I visited the places that are essential to really learn and appreciate Philly, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I even ran up the “Rocky Steps”! Eye of the Tiger, and all!….

The importance of the historical sites had a profoundly moving effect on me, considering our current political climate. I saved these visits for my last day there, so that I could give them my full attention.

Philly_2

 

To see the views looking in, I ventured across the Ben Franklin Bridge into Camden, New Jersey to take some skyline shots looking west. If I had been truly smart I would’ve gotten out earlier that morning to take advantage of my one sunny day on my Philly trip! I also got evening views looking in from the west, but as the clouds and rain settled in, I wasn’t too happy with the results.

Below are some of my fave images so far. Some of them a bit processed, some not.

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A NYC Vantage Point

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I am getting ready to go on another photo trip in a few weeks. And amongst all the preparations and excitement, it gets me thinking about the places I’ve been and the places I love the most.

In recent times, my most favorite location to shoot was on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center. As many times as I’ve been to New York, I had never taken this trip to the “top of the rock”.

Skyline Romance

Skyline Romance / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

This photograph was taken there on a cool, September evening. Among many others taken that beautiful night, this was one of my faves. This isn’t the typical view that people share from this vantage point. While hordes of tourists gathered around the “binoculars” to get glimpses of the Empire State and One World Tower in the distance, I found myself trying to escape the crowds and….walking over to the fringes to capture images like this. I love the dramatic skyscraper shapes jutting towards the sky. The windows and various materials on the buildings create texture and variety, in an otherwise fairly monotone view. The city is portrayed as alive and energetic as it is in real life.

While my DSLR captures great images, sometimes in situations like this, where you are dealing with crowds and vying for the “perfect spot” to take in the view, it would be wonderful to have a “point & shoot” compact type camera with capabilities to match that of my DSLR. The ease and flexibility would allow me to shoot and capture images comfortably, quickly and without sacrificing quality. The camera to tackle the job just might be the Light 16 by Light Co. This smartphone sized camera uses multiple apetures to capture light and fuses the images to create a high resolution, low noise, 52 megapixels photo. Power like this, all in the palm of your hand. Incredible. Sure could use that on my travels!

In bringing you this post about my favorite travel spot, I also partnered with Light Co on their #vantagepoint project to share with my readers this exciting new technology. Just think of what it can do for you on your travels here and abroad! To learn more about the company and this compact, revolutionary camera, check out the L16 here.

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