Monday, February 19, 2018

Panorama Week: Golden Gate

I'm posting panoramas this week. I love taking these because they show the breadth of scene you can often find in nature. Today it's the Golden Gate Bridge, with San Francisco in the background. I was there last June on one of the those crisp, clear summer days that northern California specializes in. This photo was taken at the excellent viewing area on the Marin Headlands Lookout.

Click on the photo to see a larger version.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Dakotas

This is another view of the North Dakota countryside in west-central part of the state. This is just an old stone barn, probably built by some of the first white settlers.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Dakotas: Pierre

Here is a panoramic view of Pierre, the capital of South Dakota, on the Missouri River. With just over 13,000 people, Pierre is the second smallest US state capital city, only larger than Montpelier, Vermont. The state capitol building is in the center.

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Dakotas

North and South Dakota are wide open places that I find fascinating. As someone who likes to wander on back roads and take photos of the countryside, the Dakotas are heaven. This photo was taken on the Enchanted Highway in western North Dakota, east of Dickinson.

Friday, February 9, 2018

The Eiffel Tower

Here is a final view of the Eiffel Tower for this week. This was taken in the garden of the wonderful
Musée Rodin in Paris in June of 1990.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The Eiffel Tower

In the summer of 1965, when I was seven, my family moved from a town in Iowa to the center of Paris, France, where we lived for a year. The change couldn't have been more stark. The photo above is the view from the kitchen window of our apartment in Paris.

Before the move my parents bought me a camera, an old Kodak Brownie box camera, and through it I fell thoroughly in love with photography. I took many of the photos you would expect from an American boy living in Paris, like many photos of the Eiffel Tower, but I also took some photos that were more experimental in nature. An example of this, that I still like, is the photo below.

These photos excited me greatly, but were not welcomed by my parents, who thought I was wasting film. As a result they restricted how much film they would buy me. It wasn't until I was a teenager and could earn money to buy my own film that I really got to start to explore photography in the ways that I wanted to. Still, the experience in Paris got me started on a hobby that has been my passion for over 50 years.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most photographed places on earth, but it played a seminal role in my own love of photography, starting way back in 1965. More on that in my next post. This is a photo of the Eiffel tower from June of 1990.