Off into the sunset

We visited Santa Marta, Columbia on our vacation back in May. This shot of the lighthouse on Isla El Morro was one of the last frames of the day as we set sail for our next port.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 18-55 @50mm 1/1000th @f7.1, ISO 200

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July 2017

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What a colorful world

We just returned from a vacation – a cruise through the Panama Canal (LA->Ft. Lauderdale) and it was, as you might expect, quite incredible. We had stops in Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Columbia and Aruba.

While in Costa Rica, we visited the Natuwa Macaw Sanctuary where they work with injured and otherwise vulnerable birds. Its good work these guys do and you can find out more on their website.

In addition to having Macaws recovering in huge aviaries, many are rehabilitated and released back into the wild. There are a bunch that hang around the sanctuary – perhaps it’s the presence of so many of their brethren that makes them comfortable with staying. Either way, they’re beautiful birds.

These two scarlet macaws were keeping an eye on our group as we toured the grounds.

The details: FujiFilm X-E2/Fuji XF 55-200 @120mm 1/40th @f4.2, ISO 400 (This baffles me a little bit – I thought I had set the camera to increase the ISO if the shutter speed dropped below 200. So that wasn’t working or I had it set wrong. Aside from that, I have no idea how this is a clear shot. I simply shouldn’t have been able to hand hold 120mm @1/40th of a second exposure. Oh well – I’ll take it)

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June 2017

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Liberty

On my recent trip to the East Coast, my wife and I spent a day in Philadelphia seeing the sights.

Visiting Independence National Historic Park took up most of our day. The exhibit for the Liberty Bell taught me a lot about the origin of the iconic bell and how its legacy and symbolism remains relevant today.

The tour of Independence Hall was amazing – made even more impactful by the tour guide’s passionate oration. To stand in the room where the Declaration was signed was pretty amazing.

For more information about these National Treasures (see what I did there?), visit https://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htm

The details: Fujifilm X-E2/XF18-55mm @55mm, f/4.0, 1/60 sec ISO 800

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July 2016

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Lincoln

Spent a day tromping around Washington D.C. and ended the day at the Lincoln Memorial. This was kind of a powerful moment for me, standing off to the side of the central chamber, it was quiet and uncrowded.

The details: Fujifilm X-e2/xf 18-55mm @18mm, f/3.6, 1/60 sec ISO 2500

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June 2016

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Ginger Sprite

Went for a walk out in Delaware’s Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge the other day. I was hoping to see an egret or two, maybe a great blue heron. As I came around the corner, I saw movement off the trail out of the corner of my eye, and was suddenly very glad I had the 55-200 mounted on my camera.

These two foxes seemed to be hanging out near their den and were curious but wary of me. They obligingly held the pose long enough for me to snap off a couple frames and then dashed away, leaving me wondering if I actually saw what I thought I saw.

I could have left right then and been a happy man, but I explored the rest of the Refuge and did indeed see an egret and about a dozen herons.

The details: Fujifilm X-e2/xf 55-200 @200mm, f/4.8, 1/200 sec ISO 2000

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May 2016

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Cypress Mirror

A couple weeks ago, I went on a business trip to Tampa, Florida for some training and for some face to face time with my peers.

The weather was consistently hot and humid, to the point where my glasses fogged up every time I left a building or got out of the car. I was hoping for some time to explore, but I ended up splitting most of my time between the office and the hotel, which were less than a mile apart.

Fortunately, there was this pond alongside the road between the two that totally captured my attention one morning. I parked, got out and waited 15 minutes for the fog to clear from my camera lens. I like how this is totally a landscaped pond and manicured trees alongside a busy road, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at the picture.

The details: Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55mm lens @55mm. ISO 200, 1/80th @f4.

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October 2015

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