I have posted this image before. Since then it has had some minor tweaking. I caught this shot of my wife on top of the Rock in New York. She was tired and cranky and quite over all the walking we had been doing. When I turned around and saw her like this I had to take a photo, but I was taking my life into my own hands when I did, you don’t want to poke the bear when she is angry.
I really like the way she wasn’t looking at the view, but rather sitting there looking sad and alone. It was nicely juxtaposed (A good artsy word there) by the couple on the left who were looking at the view and by chance were holding another M&M bag.
My wife knew I was taking the shot, but thankfully didn’t kill me for it.
We headed north in Times Square and came across M&M world. It is nuts inside there with every conceivable bit of M&M merchandise under one roof. They also have heaps of colours when it comes to M&M’s. There was an entire wall of M&M tubes about 6inches round and two stories high full of M&M’s. I could have gone crazy in there but I managed to control myself. We did get some cool gear and some interesting photos.
One week down, five weeks to go. We still have the Canadian Rockies to travel through, Toronto, New York and the UK. Thank you to all the fantastic people who have been following along with our journey so far. There is a lot more to come so stay tuned.
Sometime before we went away on our honeymoon, I came up with the idea of trying some panoramas. I hadn’t done many in the past and those I did were pretty bad. I figured out that taking the panoramas in vertical/portrait orientation would give me more room above and below the scene. I also figured out that I would need plenty of overlap due to the lens distortion of my 18-200mm lens. I knew this and tried it on a couple of occasions during the trip, but for this shot I completely forgot about the vertical orientation of the camera. I got caught up in the scene before me and shot it horizontal. I gave it more than enough overlap to counter act the distortion, but it would have been nice to get a little more sky in the shot.
I actually submitted this shot to The Grid for critique. It was critiqued in episode #74 back in November 2012. I was pretty stoked that my images were selected for critique and that they got a good review. Their criticism of this shot was that it needed a levels adjustment, which I have since done.
My favourite quote from my critique was from Scott Kelby when he said:
“We’ve got us a good photographer here. Whoever that was, I’m digging you”.
First view of the Grand Canyon as a storm rolls through
For me, the Grand Canyon was always a place I wanted to visit, but I had no idea what it would be like. I had seen it in movies and on television, but that really doesn’t convey the vastness and grandeur of the place. Even now, after I have seen it with my own eyes, I find it difficult to describe to others. The best I come up with is “you really have to see it for yourself”. That’s probably not what they were wanting to hear, but I’m not articulate enough to describe the view and emotions of the Grand Canyon.
As we arrived in the Grand Canyon Village we couldn’t see the Canyon. It wasn’t until we walked up to the edge that we were able to take in the sights. I’m sure the Canyon is something that changes its looks with the weather. On this occasion there was a storm rolling through giving the Canyon a moody feel. I believe my first thought was “wow”!