I took a break from the frozen tundra of NYC to visit Las Vegas over a long super bowl weekend. It is always fun to pal around with locals. Instead of hanging out on the strip, I spent my time there exploring the old grittier side of the city. I saw friends, made some new friends, and just generally enjoyed the desert.
^–My brother and Wally.
I almost didn’t make it out west for Thanksgiving this year. Airfare was a bit outrageous when I first started looking in August. Thanks to Kayak’s price alerts, I was able to snatch up a relatively last minute flight for a decent price. I think that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Interestingly enough, I heard several of my friends echo this sentiment during the weeks leading up to the holiday this year. Various reasons were given.. because it is non-religious, because it is during the fall, etc.. I’m not really sure why I like it so much. I had a really good one this year. I was able to see my parents as well as each of my siblings. I was also able to meet my newest niece. There are few things that are as satisfying as spending time with my peoples.
^—Newest Niece having granny time with Ma B.
Weekend before last, some friends of mine arranged to borrow some bikes from BMW and take a ride upstate. I was lucky enough to be included in the activities. We were all riding various iterations of the GS model. I had a 2014 R1200GS. This is probably the biggest motorcycle that I have ever ridden. For its size and weight, the bike is surprisingly fast and nimble. We left the island of Manhattan around noon on Saturday and rode just under 400 miles to Lake Placid. We left Lake Placid early Sunday AM and returned to NYC by a different and slightly longer route. We came back covered in insect carnage and bearing CF cards full of images from the adventure. I took a Canon 5d Mk III with a 50MM f 1/1.2L and the Fujifilm X100 S. Since I snapped so many photos over the two day ride, I’m going to break them up into a few different posts in chronological order.
I took advantage of the long President’s Day weekend and made my way across the pond. This was only my second time in Paris, and I have to say that I enjoyed it considerably more than the first time I visited. I didn’t really shoot that much while I was there. But here are the few that I did get when I brought my camera out with me.
I’m in Washington DC this week for work. It has been a while since I have been to this town. It is kind of cool to be here on my own, and just to be able to walk around full on tourist-style. I brought the 5D with a 50mm f/1.8. The sensor is dirty as dirt. Normally I would obsess about that. But for this trip, I don’t really mind. I have been snapping some okayish stuff. I have burned out my phone battery 3 times already just hiking around the district listening to Tribe Called Quest Pandora radio and instagram blitzing. DC is a sexy city. The architecture and concentration of power are two strong contributing factors. I don’t think that I could ever live here. But I have really enjoyed experiencing this city again, for the first time in a long while. And, I have really appreciated being able to do it solo. These are a few of the images that I grabbed on the 5D (which, btw, I was rocking around the neck tourist style). If you are one of the kids who follows my insta garbage, then you will recognize a lot of the vantage points to the crap that I posted on there. Anyway, it feels nice to post my own work on here again occasionally. Enjoy…(or not)
This is probably one of my faves-
The horizon if off in this one, and it needs to be warmed up a bit. But you get the idea.
It is always nice to have a Friday on Thursday. This evening we are jumping a flight for Charlotte, to attend a wedding. It should be a pretty nice time. In addition to being excited about the actual wedding and ancillary events, it is going to be really cool to catch up with so many friends that we haven’t see for several years. I’m taking my small computer with me, and hoping to be able to drop in a couple of posts along the way. Have a great weekend!
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