Instagram Favorites May – September 2016

Less, but Longer Travels

With the demise of some of my favorite travel schemes, I find myself in unknown territory as of late. In years past, I would have had to make a HUGE number of these instagram favorites posts, but this year I have only been on three international trips. I realize to many thing sounds like a LOT, but when you are used to doing six to ten, three is peanuts! The future for me seems to involve less loyalty to one airline (they seem to no longer care about this as a business decision) and less frequent, but longer trips. As always things change so maybe a new scheme will soon present itself to me! Pamela and I just returned from Beijing, China so here are a few of my favorite photos!

Chicago Stock Exchange Building

Troves of Treasure

It not an inexpensive prospect to visit The Art Institute of Chicago. One of the best options is Bank of America’s Museums on Us program (assuming you are an account holder and the museum is participating). This arch from the Chicago Stock Exchange Building is but one exquisite piece of history contained inside. If you do go plan on at LEAST a half day for a quick breeze through. If you love art and history, be prepared to spend as much time as you can!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 12 October, 2012
  • Focal length: 25mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
  • Title: Chicago Stock Exchange Building

The NBC Rainbow Room

Surreality

The first time you visit New York City, I think you can’t help but feel like you are in a television show (or movie). So much of film and television history is set in The Big Apple, it’s a bit like a world that is only in the fantasy box called the television is somehow magically brought to life. Spending most of the early 90’s watching SNL, I am always excited going to Rockefeller Center. First because of the amazing Art Deco archatecture and second because its the home of NBC studios! On one trip, the street was shutdown and Tracy Jordan was outside filming a scene for 30 Rock. Again, NYC is at time EXACTLY like a television show…because it is!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 22 October, 2012
  • Focal length: 28mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/160s
  • Title: The NBC Rainbow Room

Neiman Marcus Skylight in Chicago

Nautical Skies

I say it time and time again, look up! I was wondering Michigan Avenue in Chicago with Pamela on one of our first visits to Downtown Chicago together and we walked by Neiman Marcus and I thought…oooh swanky department store! I didnt really need anything, but I did as I often suggest and was rewarded by a quick look around. What a wonderful skylight!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/13
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Taken: 6 August, 2008
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Title: Neiman Marcus Skylight in Chicago

Cheese in France

Bring on the Cheese!

We made a very important discovery on our first trip to France. Not all cheese is created equal.

In the U.S.A. cheddar is basically cheddar. Gouda is good and Brie is…well, not so great (my personal preferences). Sure they are varying qualities, more expensive and less expensive, more or less sharp, but you can count on cheese being cheese. Until you go to France and realize that good they call brie in the United States is emphatically NOT brie! Your options are nearly limitless and they quality is, as is all cuisine in France, and art form. This is just one small cabinet outside a fromagerie to entire patrons into the shop. It’s a cheese lover’s paradise!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 10 October, 2011
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s
  • Title: Cheese in France

Welcome to The Sears Tower

DA BEARS

When I was in High School we (the band) took a trip to The Windy City. SNL was one of my favorite things back then so Chicago held a particular fascination simply for the accent people sometimes have in the home of da bears. I was to my disappointment that MOST people I encountered had not one iota of the accent…until I went to the Sears Tower. The lady who hosted the film on the building’s construction sounded like she WAS the original Super Fan! “Welcome to Da Sears Tower. Please watch your step,” she intoned. It stopped me dead in my tracks in the door of the theater. I looked at her opened mouthed and finally asked if she could please say “DA BEARS” for me. She didn’t skip a beat and in the same wonderful accent said, “No…Move along sir! Welcome to Da Sears Tower.” Somehow that was even better than I could have anticipated and something I will never forget.

P.S. To me, it will always be The Sears Tower!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 28 October, 2011
  • Focal length: 50mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
  • Title: Welcome to The Sears Tower

Price Tower Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Master Architects

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of those architects I would drive out of my way to see. Price Tower is an extremely unique in that it is to my knowledge the only “sky scraper” Wright ever created. On a trip to Oklahoma City for a basketball game, Pamela and I decided to make a detour to see this wonderful building. Sadly it was amazingly strong sun when we were there. Photos of the inside are off limits (BOO). Even in the strong sun, even denied interior photos, the building is still amazing. Everywhere you look you see more and more little details that on first inspection you miss. If you love architecture like I do, and you are even close to Bartlesville, OK stop by and take the tour (be sure to check for times)!

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
  • Title: Price Tower Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Performers on the Streets of Barcelona, Spain

Taking to the Street

One of the things I love when traveling is how I tend to stumble on odd happenings. I am frequently in tourist sorts of areas during my first visit to a place, and I always expect something like this is designed to entertain and empty the pockets of visitors, but it’s still fun none the less! When I arrived in Barcelona I walked up and down La Rambla (a very large pedestrian thoroughfare) and came upon a VERY noisy parade. There were colorful costumes and bands and noise makers of every kind you can imagine. I caught this group of jovial dancers as the whirled and jingled loudly on by.

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 17 February, 2013
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
  • Title: Performers on the Streets of Barcelona, Spain

Looking Back at Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto Japan

Looking Back

Hiking up the mountain at Fushimi Inari-taisha brings to you a near endless expanse of torii gates. This view is more simple, but still expresses the vast infinity you feel hiking through the mountains. This is early on and the deeper into the mountains you get the more the gates begin to thin out. The more too does nature take over and you less and less see other hikers. This is one of my favorite places in Japan, but please go early and be prepared to hike a long way to find some peace this wonderful place has to offer visitors.

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 15 November, 2015
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 3200
  • Shutter speed: 1/80s
  • Title: Looking Back at Fushimi Inari-taisha, Kyoto Japan

Waving to People in a Peruvian Motocar

Locals

It’s hard to encapsulate my feelings on Peru, hard to sum up how I felt visiting this beautiful country. Perhaps most, it was the feeling that we are so incredibly privileged. There is poverty so pervasive and so insidious it will be an insurmountable force for untold generations. I was constantly confronted with guilt and humility seeing local people from our transport (getting to Machu Picchu is a serious JOURNEY). Yet, in spite of it all you find and equally pervasive humanity and joy. In this case, a small child waved to Pamela and I sitting in our comfortable train to the ruins. Just after this photo, I waved back to the small child who in turn smiled.

Photo Technical Info

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Taken: 4 September, 2015
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • Title: Waving to People in a Peruvian Motocar