A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. ~ Moslih Eddin

There is more to Minnesota than just the Mall of America and more to South Dakota than just Mount Rushmore.  Likewise, there’s more to Jamaica than just white sand and coastal resorts.

To each their own and there are benefits to both.

Holiday life in Jamaica:
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2014Jamaica-1060133kpcrMy ultimate achievement:  Finding clotheslines to photograph in Jamaica

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Muscles…

As a photographer, it is necessary to analyze what is really going on below the surface and utilize lighting that communicates this mood, feeling or message.

These well-toned muscles are the result of many hours spent sweating and grunting in the humid, odorous high school weight room.  Flat lighting would not do the subject justice since it would minimize the lines and curves of the muscle sets. Give credit where credit is due by adding a back light to accentuate the hard, strong look and portray a more dramatic image.

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Canon 5D Mark 2, Canon 24-70 L lens, Alien Bee lights with umbrella bounced left of camera and through a softbox from behind subject and to the right of frame. Converted to black and white with bronze god Kubota Action added.

Is the image perfect? No. I am never totally satisfied with an image and always analyze to see what I could have done to improve it. I’d maybe add two back lights from each side and one front flash a little to one side. Or, add a little fill with a large reflector to bring a little definition to the torso. Hmmm…

It’s Photo Friday…A moment in time

Why do I take so many photographs?  Why do I bother taking pictures of seemingly mundane, everyday scenes? The answer is that I love reliving my experiences and it helps me remember that “moment in time.”

Matthew 27:50  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.
Aperture 3.0 ~ Shutter 1/25 ~ ISO 3200 ~ Panasonic FZ150

Aperture 3.0 ~ Shutter 1/25 ~ ISO 3200 ~ Panasonic FZ150
This image of a sculpture of the crucifixion is doing double duty today as it freezes the moment of time when I visited the San Millan church in Segovia, Spain, as well as reminds me of the day of ultimate sacrifice we Christians call “Good Friday.”

Have you ever wondered why it is called Good Friday when it commemorates such a painful, excruciating day in the life of our Lord? The historical reasons remain unclear but the theological reasons are that as terrible as the death of Christ was, the result led to the Resurrection which means eternal life to all who believe.
~ Baltimore Catechism.

It’s Photo Friday ~ Panasonic Lumix FZ 150 Review

My (new to me) travel camera purchased on Ebay was put to the big test the past couple of weeks.   Panasonic Lumix FZ 150 with 24x optical zoom and image stabilization.  I found the controls and features easy and quick to access with dials and buttons right on the camera.  No fumbling deep into the menu to change settings.  I was able to switch between aperture priority, shutter priority and manual quickly and efficiently.  Its compact size made it easy to pack and carry in a fanny pack even with carrying a 16 pound backpack. It handled cold, wet conditions well and the battery was long-lasting even with heavy use. I was able to shoot in raw format and was pleased with the noise level of images at 3200 ISO which is the highest ISO of this camera. Image stabilization worked well as I had sharp images even down to 1/20 of a second, hand held, while zoomed in.   I’d recommend this camera to anyone looking for a good travel camera with professional features.

Eye above the altar in the Santiago Cathedral.

Eye above the altar in the Santiago Cathedral.

Above image shot at 3200 ISO / Aperture 3.8 / Shutter 1/320 of a second.

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The above image of the nun leading singing during the Pigrims’ Mass was shot at 1600 ISO / Aperture 3.5 / Shutter 1/20 of a second.

Birds nesting at the top of a church in Segovia, Spain.

Birds nesting at the top of a church in Segovia, Spain.

Birds nesting in the above image really tested the zoom and image stabilization.  I was fully zoomed to the 24x .  Shot at 200 ISO / Aperture 6.3 / Shutter 1/1600 of a second.

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Completed 130 miles of the Camino de Santiago (135 if you count detours!) and this image was taken at the end of our walking/hiking experience. March is a cold, rainy month to attempt the Camino but that was the time that worked out with our occupations. Wonderful experience since we were able to meet people from all around the world tackling this amazing journey in a parallel realm.  A huge thank you goes out to my sister, the travel organizer extraordinaire.