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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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Have any photos or stories of Philly? Please share!

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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!

Sonja/Squint Photography

Hello 2017

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2017 by squintphotographyart
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Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

 

Hello readers! And hello to 2017!!

Can’t believe it’s already here. Where did 2016 go? I’m as mystified as most of you are. Did your year go as planned? For me, it was a year of mixed emotions, of trying to “go with the flow”, of struggling to find a promising path and trying not to get so fixated on either and just let it go!

My definite highlight of 2016 was our trip overseas in November to London and Paris. We spent a wonderful 10 days exploring the cities. I tried to balance just being in the experience and being in the moment with capturing photos I felt celebrated these iconic places.

Seems like it’s been a whirlwind since we returned the week before Thanksgiving. The holidays were swiftly upon us and my time to even review my images has been minimal, to say the least. With the new year chugging forward, though, I am making it a resolution to really dig in and make some magic happen!

As for this blog, it has been awhile since I’ve been here and in all honesty I am not sure how much time I can dedicate to it moving forward. Writing has never been a strong suit of mine. I struggle finding the right words that I think my audience would want to read. However, in 2017 I am hoping to find a way to push through my trepidations and find a voice and a rhythm that works for me and helps me to continure to share some of my thoughts with you in a way that, hopefully, you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

So, to say “goodbye” to 2016 and “hello” to 2017, I’d thought I would share with you the trip images I have worked on so far. Lots more of these to come and I hope to be able to share them with you in the not-too-distant future.

 

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Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

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Underground / Sonja Quintero

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London Cabbies / Sonja Quintero

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Harrod’s / Sonja Quintero

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Paris Cafe / Sonja Quintero

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The Eiffel / Sonja Quintero

Happy 2017!

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