New Gallery: Sept. 8, 2013
Here are some images of my Road Trip through Norway. For now, this will be images "from the road", and will be either unedited or JPEGs edited on the iPad using the Snapseed App.
I will update the gallery with the final edited versions upon my return to Texas in a few weeks.
Based in Singapore
July 2008 - Current
Here are a few shots from Singapore and a few other select shots of our journeys so far. I'll try to keep this updated with a few shots from the Travel Galleries as they are posted.
Our goal is to visit the following places!
• Australia - Visited Sept. 2008
• Cambodia - Visited Dec. 2008
• Indonesia - Visited Nov. 2008
• Japan - Visited Mar. 2010
• North Korea
• South Korea - Visited April, 2010
• Malaysia - Visited July 2008
• Marshall Islands
• Federated States of Micronesia
• New Zealand - Visited Jan. 2010
• Papua New Guinea
• Philippines - Visited 1983 return planned
• Singapore - Home Base 2008
• Solomon Islands
• Taiwan - Visited 2010 (pics soon)
• Thailand - Visited April 2009
• Vietnam - Visited Oct 2008
• Mainland China - Visited Sept. 2008
• Hong Kong - Visited May 2009
• United States Territories-
• American Samoa
• Northern Mariana Islands
Read more about them HERE.
Playing with water droplet photography, via the Srtobist website.
Try the Slideshow!!
"How to photograph water drops with one speedlight."
Here is the Setup: View Setup
Christmas in Cambodia
Here are some select photos of our trip to Cambodia. We spend about 8 days in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat and traveled via Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I have also posted a larger collection with more photos of our trip in the "Cambodia -Working Gallery", but I figured one can only look at so many temples and bones before getting too bored.
Cambodia was a excellent trip! The weather was just perfect with cool mornings and present days. The people of Cambodia were extremely friendly and the local economy is about 10 years behind what you find in Vietnam. This seems pretty good, considering that it was 1991 (following the genocide of the Khmer Rouge in 1979 and the invasion by Vietnam) which kept the country closed to outsiders.
Almost everyone we met was directly effected by Pal Pot and the Khmer Rouge, and if born before 1980, they were directly involved (either as a prisoner/slave or as a Khmer Rouge member). With that said.. it's amazing that they can work side-by-side (victim and persecutor) with what seems to be, little or no animosity towards each other. Cambodia is about 95% Buddhist which may explain the lack of animosity towards each other, but this also seems very ironic as these "Buddhist" people are the same ones that inflicted such torture on their fellow Cambodians?
Siem Reap is a small township just down the road from the massive Angkor Wat region. Once nothing more than a wide spot in the road, in the last few years Siem Reap has become a tourist enclave. It was startling to see the amount of tourist. I guess there really isn't many isolated spots on the globe anymore? I tried my best to keep the tourist out of my shots, which was fairly easy in the early mornings, but by noon the buses arrived. We very much enjoyed Siem Reap and Angkor Wat. It's amazing that we were able to totally explore and climb any of the temples with little or no restrictions or oversight. And if you visit the more remote temples and locations, you can escape the crowds. Very much an "Indiana Jones" kind of adventure.
Phnom Penh is very much a city on the move. like Vietnam, Phnom Penh is in a race to join the 21st century. Still very much a 3rd world city.. it's remarkable to see how much progress has been made in the few short years since the city was repopulated following the total evacuation in the late 70's & 80's.
All in all it was a good trip.. and we are looking forward to visiting again.
Short History of the Khmer Rouge and Angkor Wat.
The Khmer Rouge was the communist ruling political party of Cambodia - which it renamed the Democratic Kampuchea - from 1975 to 1979 The Khmer Rouge is remembered mainly for the many deaths of an estimated 1.5 million people or 1/5 of the country's total population under its regime, through execution, torture, starvation and forced labor. Following their leader Pol Pot, the Khmer Rouge imposed an extreme form of social engineering on Cambodian society - a radical form of agrarian communism where the whole population had to work in collective farms or forced labor projects. In terms of the number of people killed as a proportion of the population (est. 7.5 million people, as of 1975), it was one of the most lethal regimes of the 20th century.
One of their mottos was:
"To keep you is no benefit. To destroy you is no loss."
While in Perth I was checking the Surf Report and hoping to catch some Aussie beach bums hanging ten on those notorious big waves… but the surf was pretty piss poor the whole week I was there. Although they did report a dead whale had beached up north… near Sorrento Beach, Australia, about 40 Km NW of Perth.
Here are some shots of what was an all day affair. Took the crews about 7 hours and half a dozen pieces of equipment to get this monster hauled away. Apparently it was a adolescent blue whale, maybe 1 or 2 years old. The report said that it had died at sea the night before and they tracked it as it drifted into shore. Makes me ask… why they didn’t hook on to it and drag it way out to sea, before it washed on shore?? I’m sure it would have been easier to dispose of 100 miles out. Oh well.. at least they didn’t blow it up with dynamite like they did on the West Coast of the States years back… can you say raining blubber!
The whale was about 45 feet long… the truck was 30 feet long. You do the math. It sure made for a interesting ride through the neighborhood.
WARNING… some of the pictures may not be what you want to look at before lunch.
As you can see… the place was a hit. By 1pm there were a couple hundred people watching the move.
No worries mate… it’s just nature
Gudday Bruce, waebalonga sheeabdeep!
Vietnam was a wonderful trip, and even thought I picked-up a case of the Bird Flu and was stuck in bed for 48 hours, it was little consequence to the overall trip. Our trip entailed several days in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) with day trips to the Chu Chi tunnels, the floating market of the Mekong Delta, and rural regions of south Vietnam.
While hampered by some "technical problems" with my camera setup, I was still able to capture a few quality shots. This gallery (like many) is still a work in progress, as a filter issue made editing most of the shots a long and grueling process. I should have a few more quality images posted soon. For now.. this will give you a feel.
Vietnam (South Vietnam), was not at all what I expected. Knowing the history and realizing this country has only been open to the outside world for about 15 years, I expected severe third world conditions and an underling resentment towards Americans (or the West in general). I could not have been more wrong! This is a very beautiful country with a passion for progress. The people are the friendless we have met in Asia thus far and one gets no sense of animosity or bitterness towards Westerners.
Like south China, I was surprised to see that even though this is still very much a Communist country, free market capitalism is alive and flourishing. There is no doubt that the people of Vietnam will continue to push forward into the 21st century with great success. (something Indonesia should think about. but that's another story). As you will see, I am in awe with the traffic. Like China, the streets have about 50 motorbikes to every one car. Unlike China, this is not a country I will be diving in soon. It is amazing the volume of uncontrolled streets. During my 48 hour hotel confinement I spend much time watching the traffic from my window, like ants honking and buzzing around the streets and sidewalks! Nothing is off-limits... if you can drive on it, someone will.
I would highly suggest that all consider a trip to Vietnam, as it has earned a gold pin in our map of travels. In fact, our plans are to re-visit Vietnam over the 2008 Christmas holidays and combine it with several days in Phnom Penh & Angkor Wat ,Cambodia.
Hopeful we will get a chance to visit Hanoi and northern Vietnam in the upcoming months.
Jakarta was a good trip. Not the best place we have visited, but interesting none the less. Of all our Asia-Pacific destinations, Jakarta is by-far the dirtiest, most unfriendly, and unorganized place we have visited so far. The Indonesians are not wild about Westerners “bules”, and they are not shy about showing their contempt.
Funny when compared to other places like Vietnam, a communist 3rd world country that has only recently begun to realign itself with the rest of the plant, Indonesia is a democracy (so they claim), with plenty of resources, as well as being a major oil producer who was, until recently, a member of OPEC. Still one gets the sense that until the Indonesians learn that outside investment and tourism helps bring money into their economy, they seem doomed to living just outside the stone-age.
As an example.. I read an article in the local paper which talked about less tourists due to the current world economic issues. The article asked locals about their thoughts… 100% of the replies touted it as a “good thing” that tourism is down. The consensus was, if all the “bules” stay home the hotels will have to lower their price and we “Locals” can take a cheap holiday. Amazing…. To think you will get free rooms when the hotel industry crashes. Not one person expressed worry that hotels (and other tourist focused industries) would close or put tons of Indonesians out of work.
As for the pictures.. like the trip, not my best stuff. I was able to capture a few things but all-in-all we spent most of our time in the Hotel compound. We arrived on the day of the “Bali Bombers” execution and tensions were high (or higher than normal), but overall there were only a few protests and such. We were able to get out to a few places.. the Port, a fisherman’s market, the Botanical Gardens, and a wildlife reserve. But most of these places were the typical tourist traps… but hitting the streets alone, as a “Bule” with $10,000 of camera equipment hanging around my neck just wasn’t an option.
A few night shot of the Singapore Flyer.
The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel in Singapore. The final capsule was installed on 2 October 2007, the wheel started rotating on February 11, 2008 and it officially opened to the public on March 1, 2008. Tickets for rides on the first 3 nights were sold out for S$ 8,888 Singapore dollars (US$6,271)(£3,150.83GBP), an auspicious number in Chinese culture. The grand opening for the Flyer was held on 15 April 2008.
Reaching 42 stories high, the Flyer comprises a 150 m (492 ft) diameter wheel, built over a three-story terminal building, giving it a total height of 165 m (541 ft). This exceeds the Star of Nanchang by 5 m (16 ft) and the London Eye by 30 m (98 ft). Each of the 28 air-conditioned capsules is capable of holding 28 passengers, and a complete rotation of the wheel takes approximately 30 minutes. Initially rotating in an counter-clockwise direction when viewed from Marina Centre, its direction was changed on 4 August 2008 under the advice of Feng shui masters.
Located on the southeast tip of the Marina Centre reclaimed land, it offers broad views of the city centre and beyond to about 45 km (28 mi), including the Indonesian islands of Batam and Bintan, as well as Johor, Malaysia.
Formula 1 in Singapore baby!!
Well we managed to scalp some "walk around"passes for the second day of the Grand Prix. It was a great time with great weather (for Singapore). The sound and speed of these cars is heart stopping.
After walking around the general admission area, it was clear our $200 scalped tickets were not going to let us get a very good view of the action. To really see the race we were going to have to break some rules. Armed with our biggest lenses mounted, and making sure not to look any security guys in the eye, we walked the Grandstand line... confident and with a mission. Spotting a likely opportunity, we walked directly towards some guards... with cameras & equipment in every hand, we looked at them as to say "get out of the way we are coming through and we're official". To which security stepped aside.
The Grandstand was great. We watched several time trials and practice sessions. About 5 mins before the last session ended we were busted... as some very late arrivals complained their seats were occupied. Oh well... no worries, at $500 per seat we figured we had gotten a pretty good bonus on our "walk around"passes!
The pictures are the best we could do under the circumstances. Light was pretty good for a night race, but still these cars are fast. With the Safety fence, the crowd’s heads and the high speed... well you can see that Hi ISO and lack of panning shots made for less than perfect pictures. Still in all, it wasa great event.
Below is some press info.
Already billed as one of the most dramatic and atmospheric races on the calendar, the 2008 FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore GrandPrix was held on an exhilarating street circuit in the very heart of downtown Singapore. The event has already confirmed its place in the history books as FORMULA ONE’s first race to be held night and its first street race in Asia.
The 5.067km long street circuit offers multiple overtaking opportunities and challenging turns as the drivers tackle the circuit in speeds in excess of 300kph. Located at Marina Bay, the circuit is just minutes from exclusive 5-star hotels.
The Dunleith Plantation is a Mississippi plantation home and is a bed and breakfast in Natchez, Miss. These photos were taken while attending a wedding. This is a fantastic place for a wedding!! Thanks for inviting us, Paula & Massimo !!
See all the pitures we took of the wedding in the online collection at :
Dunleith, a stately white colonnade surrounded by forty acres of landscaped gardens and wooded bayous. Dunleith stands on the site originally occupied by "Routhland," a house built by Job Routh and his wife during the late 18th century.
In 1855 lightning struck a chimney, and Routhland burned to the ground. Dahlgren built a new house in its place in 1856, but his young wife died just three years later. In order to settle the estate, Charles sold the house to Alfred Vidal Davis for $30,000, and Davis gave the house the Scottish name of Dunleith.
Sample shots of several Heavy Lift project moves.
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iPhone Only Images
Welcome to my iPhone Project.
For a long time I thought, like all respectable photographers, that Camera Phones were a joke. Truthfully, I don't think I ever used the camera function on my last 3 or 4 phones. Well that change about 6 months ago when I got my iPhone... I was amazed how (if you took your time) you could get remarkably good photos from this little gizmo. Combine that with some cheap editing Apps, and I was amazed at what you can produce.
So after playing with it a while I decided to start this “iPhone Project” Gallery. All of the shots were taken on an iPhone 3Gs. Most were taken with the App. “Pano” and about 90% of the editing was done in the phone with an App called “Photogene”... I did run most of them through a DeNoise program called Topaz (a Photoshop plug-in). But for the most part it didn't do much except on the very grainy night panos.