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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.

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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.

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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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Lovely London

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2017 by squintphotographyart

Oh lovely London! There is no place quite like it. Last November I finally got to explore the charm of England’s capital city. Of course, being on the island, we were greeted with chilly rains and grey, monotone skies. But that was to be expected and it certainly did not dampen my spirits about being in the land of Shakespeare and the Beatles!

While, there were moments during the trip when the sun did shine through, they didn’t last long and the clouds were back again. But mostly, this was a good thing, keeping harsh shadows out for my images.

We did most of the touristy stops, Parliament (which I had to go back and capture on another day since our first outing there was washed out by hard rain), Tower of London, St. Paul’s, Westminster, Tower Bridge, etc. But what I wanted mostly was to capture the eclectic energy of the city. The variety of architecture, the variety of cultures and people was quite exciting to me. I instantly felt comfortably at home in this place. I could explore for days and never get tired of it. If only there was the time! Time to see more pubs, more street art and more fashion….I can’t wait to get back there.

I’ve since picked out my fave images from the trip, but in doing so, realized how much more I would’ve liked to capture. I suppose that’ll be for next time. Until then….

Below are a few of the images I captured from lovely London…

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Big Ben Blue / Squint Photography

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London Reds / Squint Photography

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Millenium Echo / Squint Photography

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Royal Post / Squint Photography

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St Paul Blur / Squint Photography

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Union Jack / Squint Photography

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Union Proud / Squint Photography

 

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B&W or Color City?

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2017 by squintphotographyart

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Hello all. So, black & white city life? Or color? What do you think?

This is actually an image that I sort of forgot about from my New York trip well over a year ago. I just came across it last week and thought: Oh, yeah, I liked this one.  I haven’t seen it in a while. How did I forget about this one?

Kind of like when you are cleaning out your closet and come across a gorgeous blouse you used to love to wear, but hasn’t seen daylight in years. Sometimes with the never-ending cycle of shooting, creating content and post processing and sharing, some images get left in the dust. Some, because I’m not sure if they are quite “worthy”, others simply because another “shiny bright object” took my attention away from what was a piece with potential. I definitely think this one has potential and I’m glad I discovered it again!

So, I know I want to go forward and develop this image further, my big question now is…black & white or color?…

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In black and white, the monotones really highlight the silhouetted shapes and add a bit of mystery with the intensity and the contrasts.

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In the color version, the subtle shades add life, vibrancy and gives it a heartbeat that softens the hard edges.

So, what do you think? Color and vibrancy or stark, elusive contrast? Let me know what you think!

Til next time!

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