The famous orange gates of Kyoto, Japan. Unfortunately, I only had about 30 minutes to see the gates. I had dinner reservations that night and decided try and see the gates before I ate. I didn’t realize how far the gates stretched and didn’t budget nearly enough time. I think I only saw the first 1/4 mile. Something to see when I go back.
As the signs of Spring arrive here in Colorado and flowers begin to bloom, I am reminded of my visit through Holland and seeing flower production on an industrial scale. The country has shifted its focus from growing flowers to trading them. Now most flower productions occurs in developing countries like Kenya and Colombia.
Hong Kong as viewed from the peak. An incredibly dense city with amazing topography. To get to the top you have to take a tram up a steep hill. It drops you off at the peak mall where you are forced to take a circuitous path up five flights of escalators to the rooftop. The view is worth it.
The Cistern in Istanbul, Turkey is somewhat lesser known than the nearby Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque. It was built in the 6th century by the Romans. So much of the experience is lost in the photograph: the damp, moldy smell of the air, the echoing drops of water, the coolness of being underground. I didn’t have a tripod so I had to steady my camera on the nearby walkway railings. Not ideal but it worked.
During the peak of tourist season in Paris, France it is nearly impossible to visit any famous site and not be surrounded by crowds. This makes it difficult to photograph a monument without capturing tourists milling about. I decided to make the crowd the subject of the photo, taking a time lapse in front of the Arc De Triomphe. The long shutter time created a ghostly effect of the tourists loitering in the frame. The longer someone stood still the clearer and more opaque their figure became. When someone’s photo was taken with a flash, their clear but transparent figure became etched on the scene.