Fine Art Friday- Up Close and Personal- Botswana

I’ve always had a serious travel bug–my favorite sound in the entire world is having my passport stamped– and I have been feeling a little home-bound lately thanks to my darling one year old.  This often leads me to daydream about recent adventures, and this image has been my desktop wallpaper for the past week.  Today’s photo comes from an amazing trip to a water camp on the Okavanga Delta in the Moremi Game Reserve, BotswanaBaines Camp is constructed entirely out of tin cans and local wood.  The camp teams up with a local guy (a Boston transplant actually), who spent several years training elephants at zoos or for movie appearances.  Over 20 years ago, he adopted 3 elephants that had been orphaned due to culling operations and settled with them on a farm in Botswana.  Because they have been raised by humans since they were babies, we were able to get up close and walk with these truly incredible animals.  It can be hard to capture their sheer size on film, but I think this detail shot (not using much of a zoom lens, just framing what was close to me) of Jabu gives an idea of their size and beauty…just look at those eyelashes and the rough detail of his ear.  Get out there and explore…Happy Friday!

Jabu, Botswana, 2010

Fine Art Friday- Jammin’- Glacier National Park, Montana

Today’s image comes from one of my all time favorite spots, in one of the coolest modes of transportation.  Can you guess where I photographed this lovely azure sky?

1. On this day trip, I needed my passport.
2. In July, there is still snow on parts of the 48 mile main road through this National Park (which just celebrated its 100th birthday.)
3. This image was taken from something built in the 1930’s- and it still runs today.
4.  The sky gets a lot of press in this part of the world.

Post your guesses and I’ll post the reveal by the end of the day.

Happy Friday the 13th (the 2nd out of 3 this year!)
Excellent guesses!  And the answer is…

Red Jammer, Glacier National Park, Montana, 2010

The view is from the seat of a famous Red Jammer, the cool buses that operate in Glacier NP and Waterton Lakes NP (just over the Canadian border).  Each 25 foot long bus cozily seats 17 and the canvas top can be rolled back (quite a lengthy process) to reveal this framework on the roof line. I took this on a chilly August day during a trip with my mom, which included traveling on the famous Going to the Sun Road and crossing into Canada for high tea at the famous Prince of Wales Hotel.  Everyone was huddled under blankets but happy to be cruising the park under a gorgeous sky.  It’s hard to explain, but you can’t stop staring at the sky in Montana- it feels twice as big as anywhere else that I have visited.   I attended photography school in Montana, and I’d highly recommend a trip to Missoula, Flathead Lake, and Glacier National Park if you are looking for a great adventure in a pristine, jaw-dropping spot. Here are a few snaps:

Georgina Cullman - April 13, 2012 - 9:48 am

Is this from Denali?

Kathleen Farrell - April 13, 2012 - 12:23 pm

Lake Louise?

Margaret - April 13, 2012 - 6:45 pm

On the bus from Glacier to Waterton Lake National Park?

Suzie - April 14, 2012 - 1:37 am

Totally forgot about thoses buses! I miss Montana more than usual lately. Thanks for the reminder. And great shot!

Ashley - April 14, 2012 - 3:33 pm

What a great memory Sarah and beautiful shots! I am ready to go back and visit. Nice shots to reminisce!

Keeping Up- New York, NY

The field of photography is always changing.  Just when you’ve conquered Lightroom 3, they come out with 4.0…and so on.  So it’s important to keep learning, adjusting, and adding new skills.  This week I’ve been tuning in to a webinar, The Fundamentals of Photography, hosted by John Greengo and Creative Live.  It included 4 full days of classes that cover things I haven’t thought about in ages– depth of field charts, analyzing histograms, and so on.  It’s always good to brush up on basics and learn new techniques from other photographers.  The accessibility is also incredible- viewers sent live questions from all over the globe in real time.  Someone in Holland was watching in the middle of the night and sending in questions!  The videos can be streamed live on an i-pad or computer. Each evening, the videos and downloadable pdf’s of handouts for each different section are posted and available for purchase.  Pretty cool.  It only proves that you never stop learning.  I can’t wait to tune in over the coming months for tips on post-wedding workflow, lighting, and marketing!

Fine Art Friday- Spring, New York, NY

I’m not usually a huge fan of photographing flowers.  But walking around New York right now you can’t help but stare up and smile at these signs of spring.  I photographed this branch yesterday afternoon at the always gorgeous Riverside Park, where a stunning mix of pink, white, and purple trees frame meandering pathways.  Upon first glance I thought this image was too busy.  But then it started to grow on me- the different layers, the bend of the branches, the spring sky…I’m a sucker for the change of seasons.  Happy Friday!

Bursting Branch, Riverside Park, New York City, April 2012

Fine Art Friday- Color Me Happy, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Happy Friday!  We head VERY far south for today’s image…to Buenos Aires.  Commonly referred to as the Paris of South America, the gorgeous 19th century architecture, delicious food and wine, and charming locals make it a must see.  It’s tempting to spend an entire trip in Buenos Aires, but the Argentine landscape is as stunning and diverse as the U.S.– it’s a short flight from funky BA to beautiful Mendoza vineyards, deep blue Patagonia glaciers, and stark desert.

If you’re not yet aware, I love to photograph buildings.  I drive my husband nuts when we travel because I’m always lagging about 400 paces behind him, framing some random bench and wall that have piqued my interest.  Or I’ve framed out the photo that I want and I patiently wait until the image is void of people.  I love the texture and grit of this photo–I could have removed the garbage, but chose to leave it as it is quite common in this La Boca neighborhood.

What is your favorite city to photograph? Why? Don’t be shy…chime in!

La Boca Bench, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2008

Kathy - March 30, 2012 - 12:28 pm

I recognized the brilliant colors of Boca immediately, and it brought back fond memories of an afternoon drinking beer in an outdoor cafe in Boca and making Courtney dance with the tango dancer on stage. Remind me to show you those photos sometime – she’ll be mortified. BA and Argentina as a whole are a wonderful place to visit. Thanks for bringing back memories of that trip!

JORJ - April 1, 2012 - 10:29 am

I love photographing Paris! Love this photo!