Category: Photography

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a feature on Get Busy Livin’ and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Usually in this space I like to share a story behind the photo, the trip I was on, the composition of the shot or something to make the photo relatable.  This update will be a little different in light of the recent events of the past week.

Today’s photo comes from New York’s Grand Central Terminal from a trip I took a few years back.

The events of this past Sunday, the location and killing of Osama Bin Laden, have had a profound effect on this country, and even more so on this state.  New York has been in the spotlight again, 10 years after the attacks on 9/11/01 and the World Trade Centers.  President Obama was at Ground Zero yesterday for a ceremony and chatting with local firefighters and policemen, thanking them for their service and dedication.

For today’s photo, I wanted to post one of the ones I had taken at Ground Zero, however none were to my standards to publish, so my focus then changed to something uniquely New York.  I had a few great photos of the Statue of Liberty, the fire station at Ground Zero, Times Square, but this photo spoke to me with the American flag hanging high overhead, our symbol of freedom.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/50 – F/4.5

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin’ and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Today’s photo is of Atlanta’s Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball team.  The photo comes from one of our many visits to Atlanta, this time in September of 2007 when the Braves faced off against the Washington Nationals for a day game.

Having grown up watching, playing, following, loving baseball, it is a past time of mine that I enjoy to this day.  Juliet and I have been lucky enough to see baseball games at MLB stadiums all over the U.S., including, Atlanta.  This time was special as I have always been a fan of daytime baseball, so much so that whenever the Angels (my team, our home team when we lived in CA) would have a day game, Juliet, myself, friends and coworkers would ditch work to catch the game.  We got to see a day game with two of our best friends, enjoy the late summer/early fall weather, and spend some time in the south.

We had been to Atlanta in 2006 and got to watch a night game from the conference rooms out in left field.  In this picture, you can see them underneath the Delta scoreboard on the left.  This second time, we were seated 1 section back from the field on the first base line.  I walked around behind home plate to get a group of photos, and the weather was definitely cooperating, the shots came out great.

By the time this is posted on Friday, April 29, 2011, Juliet and I will be back in Atlanta and catching a Saturday day game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/320 – F/14

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin’ and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

After my last update squeaking in sometime well after midnight a few weeks ago, I completely missed my entry last week.  Things have been crazy busy lately and we had friends in to visit last weekend, so I was nowhere near a computer on Friday.

Today’s entry into Foto Friday is a photo that I can gladly say required no post-edit.  What you see is how the camera took it.  The photo comes from a trip to Northern California wine country where my aunt and uncle live.  The trip was in August, 2008, about 2 months before harvest, so all of the vines were full and healthy with beautiful leaf colors and plenty of different varietals of grapes.  A small group of us were enjoying a picnic out at a table that was set up just a few yards away from the vines.  Amazing setting and a great trip.

The vineyard is that of Lava Cap Winery in Placerville, CA whose wines are as amazing as their vineyard is photogenic.  As you can tell by my 2nd Foto Friday update with a wine theme, Juliet, myself and all of our friends are definite wine lovers and have had the luxury of visiting every wine region in California and are now expanding our tastes to the New York wineries.

Camera – Canon Powershot SD750 | Exposure –  1/100 – F/8

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

First things first on a *now* Saturday morning. This has been a very hectic week as I have started back doing some IT consulting and have been overwhelmed with work.  I am currently down in Washington D.C. area at a customer for a weekend full of work. So my apologies on the lack of updates, Twitter presence and missed Posterous updates lately.

Today’s photo is a church in Boston, MA.  Taken on one of my epic road trips, this time, in 2009 on our tour of New England.  Mike and I met up with Bryan and took a 9 day excursion from Washington D.C to Portland, ME, with plenty of time to explore everywhere in between.

The story today though is not that of the road trip, rather, one small piece of it.  That piece we affectionately call (#$!*@ Boston, MA.  We arrived into Boston area 3/4 of the way through our trip, with our main goal to visit the Boston Beer Co. Brewery where Samuel Adams beer is made.  After our tour of the brewery, little did we know that it was the drive TO the brewery that would offer the foreshadowing for the remainder of our time in Boston.

After leaving the brewery, our next goal was to locate Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, who just the day earlier had been eliminated from the playoffs by our Anaheim Angels. We set out with a general direction to find the baseball stadium located in the center of the city, approximately 3 miles away.  Little did we know the clusterfuck that is Boston streets.  Even with a map, it was almost 90 minutes before we found our destination of Fenway Park.  We must have driven in circles around the park about 5 times before realizing where it was.

This photo comes from the journey that was the drive between the Boston Beer Co. brewery and Fenway Park.  So much history in Boston, almost all of it evident in the architecture that makes up this town.  This church is just one example of the beauty of the well preserved architecture from a different era.

 

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  1/400 – F/14

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

As I begin to write the 2nd part of the Epic Road Trip 2011 recap, part of the story follows our travels through New Orleans and Mardis Gras, so I figured this photo would add a litlte foreshadowing.

In Part 1 of the recap, I mentioned that I was in California for a few days in order to finish up some work.  I took advantage of one of those evenings and made my way back to Disneyland for a few hours to snap some photos.  Armed with my new (and inexpensive) tripod, I wanted to take some long exposure shots and eventually play with HDR Imaging.

The quick trip to Disneyland yielded a good amount of quality photos, ones I always wanted to capture, but really couldn’t without a tripod.   This one in particular was a combination of 3 photos of the New Orleans Courtyard in New Orleans Square.  For many years, this was the extent of my exposure to Mardis Gras and New Orleans. The beads, the party, the decor.  The typically quiet little courtyard that acted as a photo backdrop for tourists who wandered in, but more times than not, sat completely empty, save the occasional cast member that would use the stairs to go to/from backstage.

 

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Tamron 11-17mm | Exposure –  F/18 – ISO 800

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Andretti Winery

Anyone that knows Juliet and I, knows that we are big drunks wine connoisseurs, and well, how can you not when you live 5 miles from a winery, 60 miles from one of the smaller-but-still-well-renowned wine valleys in California, about 450 miles from Napa/Sonoma Valley and have close relatives that live a few minutes drive from 3 different wine valleys?  Needless to say, we have tasted wine from all over the world and had the fun travels of visiting many of these esteemed regions.

Today’s photo comes from Napa, CA and the Andretti Winery.  Juliet and I were in the area on vacation, just skipping around town in our rental car, trying random wineries and eateries, killing time before a scheduled barrel tasting tour at another vintner’s tasting room.  We stumbled across Andretti Winery on a small cross road between the 2 main roads in Napa Valley.  Nestled in between these very busy wine trails were a few wineries that we took note of as we drove by.  As we checked the time, we realized we had about 45 minutes to kill, and Andretti Winery caught my eye.

We had a small discussion, as we drove up, surrounding the name “Andretti” and its origins.  First thing in my mind was Mario Andretti, the famed race car driver.  I assumed this was a mere coincidence, as we pulled up to the winery and tasting room.  A very quaint tasting room entrance, complete with a fountain and old Tuscan feel (as you can see on the bottle label above), we were none the wiser.  Upon entering, you are greeted with faux painted checkered pattern on the walls.  Miscellaneous books and other Andretti Winery swag gave it away, and we had winery employees validate that this was in fact the winery of Mario Andretti.  Being of Italian heritage, wine was always a hobby and interest of Mario during and after his career as a driver.

We enjoyed a wonderful experience and amazing wines at the tasting room and even left with a wine club membership.  All in all, not a bad place to stumble upon.

Now, I could go on and on about the winery, the wine, the employees, everything, but I think you get the point.  We have been back many times, making the trek from Southern California to Napa on any occasion we got.  If you are at all interested in wine, I urge you to check out the winery if you are in Napa, or if you are not, follow along with the Andretti Winery Twitter feed, as they are constantly running specials for their Twitter followers.

 

Camera – Canon EOS Rebel XT | Lens – Canon IS USM 28-135mm | Exposure –  F/4 – ISO 800 – 1/40th

Foto Friday

Foto Friday is a new feature on Get Busy Livin and will run regularly, you guessed it,  every Friday.  This will be my opportunity to display some of my photography, as well as a short story to go with the photograph.

Today’s photo comes from one of those few places in the world that you have to experience first hand to understand its grandiose.  For years, I had seen photographs of the Grand Canyon, even remembering how beautiful it looked.  It was never a priority to visit, as to me it always seemed like one of those places that you could see on a postcard, why waste your money and time to see a big hole in the ground.  Then I had an opportunity to visit it, and let me be the first to say how wrong I was.  I have now been back to visit 3 times and would love to explore the canyon floor and other various parts of the rim.  It takes your breath away and reminds you of the power and awesomeness that Mother Nature can provide.

This photo was from my 3rd and last journey to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon.  Juliet and I had taken a quick 300 mile road trip from Southern California to Kingman, Arizona in February, 2007, to meet my grandparents who had flown in from Minnesota.    My grandpa had just beaten prostate cancer a year prior, and was looking to move to a warmer climate, closer to their Southern California-based family where my grandma would feel comfortable, should anything happen to him.  Kingman was the town he had decided upon.

We spent Friday and Saturday in Kingman, where we explored the town and all the little old mining town of the Route 66 glory days had to offer.  It was a quaint little town, perfect for my grandparents.  They had been looking at houses and had chosen a new development on the outskirts of town where they found some new homes they loved. I purchased the home that they loved in order to ensure that nothing would come in the way of their dream of moving closer to their kids and grandkids.  I am very close to my grandparents, who I feel were instrumental in raising me as a child, so this was the least I could do for them.

Sunday afternoon, we said our goodbye’s and continued on our journey east, towards the Grand Canyon.  Juliet had never been before, and I was eager to show her how awesome it was.  We were able to make the additional 200 mile journey up I-40 and to the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, at Grand Canyon Village.  We got there an hour before sunset and were able to take a walk along the rim of the canyon and experience the awesomeness of the canyon during the daylight, as well as a sunset through the canyon just a few short minutes later.  Truly an amazing experience and a very fulfilling end to a life-changing road trip.