This is actually my 100th post so I wanted to find one of my favorite photos from our recent trip to Cambodia. This is a gate leading into one of the giant temple complexes. From the workers to the worshipers and now the tourists, it’s kinda crazy to think about all of the people who have passed through this gate since it was built in the 12th century. It certainly puts my trip – and my place in the world – into perspective. And isn’t that one of the best parts of traveling?
This is another photo from our most recent trip to Cambodia. This one is from the temple Ta Prohm taken on our second day exploring. As you can see it’s gorgeous but that meant it took forever for us to get a clear shot of the door without other people in it. But overall, it was well worth the wait and I’d recommend it to everyone.
This picture of a monk was taken on our recent trip to Cambodia. This monk sat on the steps in Angkor Wat and watched as the tourists explored and climbed around on the temple. I approached him and asked if I could take his picture but he didn’t seem to understand me. I gestured to my camera and then to him and he smiled and nodded yes and went back to watching the tourists. In a location of extreme chaos he was a beacon of calm that really stuck with me.
This has been a pretty stressful week and as I was flipping through my photos this one caught my eye and took me back to some great memories in Costa Rica last year. This photo is from the pool of the JW Marriott outside of Tamarindo on the country’s west coast. While it may not be the most authentic experience, it was extremely relaxing.
January 2016 – Tamarindo, Costa Rica
iPhone 6 camera and slight instagram filer
This is from the Church of the Jacobins from Toulouse, France. In particular, it’s a view of a column in the sanctuary of the church. At the top of the column, it radiates out in a palm tree design to support the roof. The photo doesn’t really show the height of the ceiling and how light and airy it makes the room feel along with the huge stained glass panels. This is definitely a must see in Toulouse.
This photo is from St. Emilion, a famous wine growing region just outside of Bordeaux in France. I loved the way the sun was shining through the tree and the great texture in the church tower and the sky. This shot has so much dynamic range that the camera couldn’t capture it all so the highlights are blown out and the tower was deep in shadow. I fixed it as much as possible but the sky still wasn’t working for me – black and white to the rescue!
This is an older photo from my trip to Australia in 2013. This is the Sydney skyline at sunset and I’m really happy with it – especially the God rays shining through the buildings.
This was taken on a recent trip to France. After presenting at a conference in Toulouse, I went to Marseille for a few days to explore. While it wasn’t my favorite city, I did get a few great pictures and got to see the Chateau d’If. The light was hard because it was the middle of the day so I converted to black and white to try to give it some drama.
This was one of my favorite photos taken on a recent trip to France. This was the Chateau Fombrauge vineyard outside of Bordeaux that we saw on a tour with BodoVino.
One of my favorite books is The Count of Monte Cristo. I might go so far as to say that it’s my favorite book not written by Isaac Asimov. If you’ve read this book you know that the first quarter or so takes place as the main character is in prison at the Chateau d’If in the Marseille harbor. One of my favorite moments of this trip was getting to go see the Chateau d’If and even read the book on my kindle while in the prison. This photo was taken as the boat left the island to return to the harbor.