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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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Back in the UK

Posted in art, fine art photography, travel photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2017 by squintphotographyart

Been a bit since I’ve been here. My blog has kinda become the red-headed stepchild of my life. I am torn between devoting more time to it or simply cutting back to a few posts a year. But I thought I would rear my head here today and share my giddiness about my latest trip.

It’s coming on two weeks now since returning from my London visit and I’m still on a high about it. My first solo trip overseas since I was a teen (many years ago!). And it was great. I realized I am just as intrigued with London as I was the first time. As I walked down the street from my hotel, the Fall leaves crunching under my feet, I felt an easy excitement of being where I belonged. This is similar to how I feel about NYC. London is such a mecca of cultures, style and beauty. It is definitely a world unto itself.

Big Ben-3Thames

My sole goal was to immerse myself in the surroundings and to photograph whatever I gravitated towards. True to my nature, I planned out an itinerary for each day, but only listed areas, not specific places. This allowed me the freedom to venture out and simply explore those areas.

ShoreditchBrick Lane

London is such a vibrant city, full of life. The city just oozes a cool energy and vibe, it’s hard not to feel there is a bit more swagger in your step by simply being there. This time around, I got to delve more into Camden Town and Shoreditch. Both places are teeming with street art and vintage fashions. Some of my fave things.

Leeke

Leeke Street Tunnel was on the top of my list to check out. I’d seen lots of photos of the tunnel on the web, but my first sighting of the place still sent my heart a flutter. I love to see graffiti splattered walls! And I don’t mean crude tagging and profanity laced images, I mean art….with spray paint. The colors always fill me with joy and Leeke Street did not disappoint. In fact, the only thing that did disappoint me was that the tunnel wasn’t long enough!

Beatles

I also did a day trip to Liverpool. This day wasn’t really about photography, it was more about discovering the place where my beloved Beatles came from. I saw the places they grew up, the infamous Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields and got to hear some music in The Cavern Club, where the magic began. Just being there brought tears to my eyes.

Highgate

A visit to Highgate Cemetery, which I wanted to see on the last trip, became a reality this time around. A place of such eerie beauty. Old tombstones, many leaning and askew and covered in ivy, created a darkly romantic scene. I could think of no better way to usher in the month of October.

So much to see and photograph in London, it was almost overwhelming, just being in the middle of it all. Sometimes, I had to put the camera away and let myself absorb it with all my senses. Five days was hardly enough to take everything in. Which most likely means, another trip will be planned soon!…

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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…

big-ben

Big Ben Blue / Squint Photography

london-reds

London Reds / Squint Photography

millenium-bridge

Millenium Echo / Squint Photography

royal-post

Royal Post / Squint Photography

st-pauls

St Paul Blur / Squint Photography

union-jack

Union Jack / Squint Photography

union-jack-2

Union Proud / Squint Photography

 

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