Travel Photography – Guanella Pass, Colorado

As much as I love traveling, Colorado is a pretty awesome place to live.    So many incredible places to hike with my dog, Chaco.   I shot this photo yesterday near Guanella Pass.

 

I usually carry a Sony RX100 with me when I’m hiking.  It’s the best P&S camera on the market – great autofocus and nice files…and fits in my pocket.   I’ll probably be upgrading soon to the latest model, the Sony RX100 III.  The latest version has a tiltable screen and a wider aperture.

 

Hiking on Guanella Pass with Chaco.    I almost always have a camera on me when I'm in the backcountry.

Hiking on Guanella Pass with Chaco. I almost always have a camera on me when I’m in the backcountry.

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Travel Photography – Paris

Notre Dame, Cathedral, Paris.

 

Climbing the steps up the tower of Notre Dame may be my favorite thing to do in Paris.    It is definitely one of my favorite vantage points from which to photograph Paris.

Walking up the steps that have been worn down by 700 years of use and thinking of Victor Hugo and his masterpiece make for an awesome day.   And then to emerge from the staircase to gargoyles and the best views of Paris…pretty amazing.

 

 

The view from the top of the towers of Notre dame is amazing.

The view from the top of the towers of Notre dame is amazing.

Notre Dame on a stormy day.

Notre Dame on a stormy day.

The front of Notre Dame Cathedral.
The front of Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The inside of Notre Dame is stunning...and crowded!

The inside of Notre Dame is stunning…and crowded!

Every time I do the tour of the towers, I'm always the last one to leave...so much to see.

Every time I do the tour of the towers, I’m always the last one to leave…so much to see.

The view from one tower looking down on the other tower.

The view from one tower looking down on the other tower.

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Travel Photography – Paris

 

Here’s some of my favorite photos from my early morning walks in Paris last month.   I love the light right before the sun rises and I’m usually out the door at least an hour before sunrise.

 

 

 

 

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral on  Île de la Cité Island, Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral on Île de la Cité Island, Paris.

Eifel Tower.
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Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris.

Palais de Justice, Paris.

Palais de Justice, Paris.

The Seine, Paris.

The Seine, Paris.

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Travel Photography – Colorado

As much as I love traveling the world, there’s something pretty special about Colorado.    There are still places within an hour of Denver where I can get away from the city and hike with my dog and not see another soul.    Feeling pretty grateful to have Colorado as my home base.

 

I shot this image earlier today above Idaho Springs, CO.

Loch Lomand.

Loch Lomand.

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Travel Photography – Paris

Notre Dame Cathedral, Île de la Cité island, Paris.

 

My absolute fav thing to do in Paris, other than eat, is to wander the streets before dawn and see all the incredible sites before the crowds descend on them.    So peaceful…and odds are that the light will be magical in that time right before the sun rises.  And the boats will be out shortly after sunrise, creating wakes that destroy the cool reflections in the Seine.  It’s the perfect time to meander around with a camera in hand.

 

Île de la Cité island with Notre Dame rising up.

Île de la Cité island with Notre Dame rising up.

 

 

 

 

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Travel Photography – Normandy D-Day Beaches

Being a history geek, I’ve read quite a bit on WWII and the D-Day invasion but I wasn’t prepared for how beautiful the beaches and countryside in Normandy are.   The light was pretty incredible for photography, too!

 

We only had a few days in Normandy and I’m already looking forward to a return trip to do more hiking and sightseeing.

 

I was most struck by the beauty and peacefulness of the American Cemetery in Normandy.   I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a cemetery in a more verdant location.

 

A little boy flying his kite on the beach in Arromanches, France. (Gold Beach during D-Day) This scene seems like a pretty appropriate memorial to the Allies who liberated France.

A little boy flying his kite on the beach in Arromanches, France. (Gold Beach during D-Day) This scene seems like a pretty appropriate memorial to the Allies who liberated France.

Two French girls running to be beat the storm that's rolling in.   Arromanches, France.

Two French girls running to beat the storm that’s rolling in. Arromanches, France.

The British built a temporary harbor when they landed on D-Day.  Parts of it are still scattered along the water in Arromanches.
The British built a temporary harbor when they landed on D-Day. Parts of it are still scattered along the water in Arromanches.

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Arromanches, France.

Arromanches, France.

Pointe Du Hoc, France.   Hard to imagine climbing these cliffs into relentless German machine gun fire.

Pointe Du Hoc, France. Hard to imagine climbing these cliffs into relentless German machine gun fire.

A monument on Omaha Beach to the Allies.

A monument on Omaha Beach to the Allies.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France.

The American Cemetery In Normandy, France.

The American Cemetery In Normandy, France.

 

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