Archive for August, 2010
I’ve certainly gotten more than my fair share of grief as a result of carrying a camera everywhere I go, but it pays off frequently enough to justify the ridicule. Yesterday, as I was making my way up the surface streets in Plano (due to being stuck with a rental car and no toll tag) I noticed what I thought was a rainbow off the the east. I thought “no way” – as there had been no precipitation and the temperature was 106 degrees… But as I made my way north on Midway and kept looking between buildings as I passed them, sure enough, there was a freakin’ rainbow! Hot damn! So now I had a mission. Find something interesting to put between myself and this amazing freak of nature. So off I go, weaving through traffic to try and reach my destination before the clouds to the western horizon can interfere with my target.
Sliding sideways into the gas station off the service road, I jump out of the car with the engine running, adjusting the camera settings as I go, and line up the water tower off Parkwood and Windhaven Pkwy with the rainbow to the northeast. And this is the result. Of course I had to find a couple more vantage points to shoot from, but as usual, the first location and composition turned out to be my favorite shot.
So this is why I always carry a camera. And so should you.
Finally, after all these years (almost three), I have finished sorting, culling and editing my Tuscany collection. We photographed Tuscany in October of 2007 and I have finally completed the process of getting all the images ready for display.
So if you point your browser to warrens-tuscany.com (or just click on the image to the left) you can peruse the galleries of images from our trip. There are just over 400 images in the galleries and all are available for purchase in various sizes.
Currently, a sampling of these images are on display at Market Street in Frisco Square, right here in Frisco.
We covered a number of highlight cities on our trip:
- San Gimignano: Lovely walled city on a hill, overlooking verdant, scenic, rolling hills northwest of Siena. We stayed at an Italian villa just outside the city.
- Volterra: Another walled city on a hill, halfway in between San Gimignano and Siena.
- Perugia: The prime reason for our trip was to attend the Euro Chocolate festival, which is held here every October. If you love chocolate, this is THE place to be.
- San Lucignano: Off the beaten path is this lovely small walled city on a hill. We discovered it by simply wandering the countryside in our Smart Car.
- Cortona: Where we had the best meal of the trip. Lots of photo opportunities in Cortona as well.
- Castellina in Chianti: Gorgeous city, lots to see.
- Radda in Chianti: Also a lovely stop for a few hours.
- Siena: A large city with a lot of history and a breathtaking plaza, great for people-watching.
- Florence: More art per square foot than any other place on earth, this is a dream come true for any art lover.
- Cimque Terra: Arguably the crown jewel of Italy, this cluster of fishing villages on the coast are renowned for their colorful buildings, crystal clear harbors and photo opportunities.
Just to share some useful information on getting good deals on studio equipment. In my search for gear for the studio, I invested in several types of boom stands before I found the ideal stand for the money. This stand is not only solid, but light weight. In addition, it comes with the best sandbag for ballast on the market.
I have several of these in my studio and they immediately became my favorite stands after I bought the first one. Click on the image or the link below to buy this stand from Amazon.com for a heck of a good price.