Trip to St. Louis

DSC01985.jpg St. Louis Arch ... Click image for larger file.

DSC02033.jpg muddy Mississippi ... Click image for larger file.

DSC02054.jpg Bridge across Mississippi ... Click image for larger file.

DSC02129.jpg St. Louis Arch at night ... Click image for larger file.

Click any image for a larger 640 pixel view. Swain writes: “Trip to St. Louis. A very pretty place, I think.

#1. The St. Louis Arch close up.
#2. The muddy Mississippi as seen from an old time river boat.
#3. Bridge across Mississippi: from a sailing perspective.
#4. St. Louis Arch at night with full moon. Yes, it really looks that.”

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Terry White of Thailand

Two galleries of images from Terry White of Thailand.

We’re delighted to be able to offer two folders of images by Terry White of Thailand from a road trip he took there. Our thanks and gratitude to reader and correspondent Terry for graciously letting us post them.

For most of us, these are just as close as we are ever going to get to Thailand. While few of us will ever go on assignment for the National Geographic, ascending the Himalayas or documenting the endangered Macaw in the Amazon, I see a very special and personally rewarding value in a collection of well-composed travel photos that relates to what you or I might see, were we able to travel to Thailand ourselves.

Images are newly assembled (3-6-2009) into galleries using the JAlbum utility.

Link: Terry White Gallery

All images are of course copyright by Terry White, who writes:

These 39 shots are from a trip with a difference. I decided on this trip to think that I was on a Photographic shoot. Therefore I approached my picture taking from a whole new angle. The days where I took my camera out became a sheer pleasure. I rented myself a small Motor Bike and got to places that I would not normally have ventured to, and I experienced more of the countryside than you would normally do with a Beach Location Holiday.

The camera I took on this trip was a Nikon EM which I had purchased on EBay just before the trip, for the princely sum of £29, including a 50mm E Series lens, I am more than pleased with the Camera.

I asked Terry how he got the film from the fine old Nikon digitized. He replied:

I simply put the film into a Fuji Photo Lab shop asked them to develop only and to put the negatives as a JPG on a CD for me, the cost of each roll of film was 30Baht for develop and 120Baht to then have it put onto a CD, which is approx only $4 per roll of 36.

I also wrote Terry that it isn’t the equipment that counts – here I have recently purchased a high end Canon, but some of the best shooting I ever did was with a 35mm half-frame Rollei the size of a pack of Pall Malls. Terry wrote back:

You know something that I have learned from all this is: Bigger is not always better, what I mean is that I have finally stopped looking at all the most expensive gear and realized that it is your eye for composition than means more than any expensive equipment, also when you are carrying around a camera that hasn’t cost you a arm and a leg you are just more comfortable to just take it any and every where with you.

I couldn’t agree more. And when you look at Terry’s photos, I think you will too!

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Galleries from Terry White of Thailand

On route to Wat Yan May 2007002.jpgWe’re delighted to be able to offer two folders of images by Terry White of Thailand from a road trip he took there. Our thanks and gratitude to reader and correspondent Terry for graciously letting us post them.

We’ve posted the Terry White Galleries links page in our regular Photography department, indexed as “Terry White – NEW!” under Friends Gallery.

You can also get to Terry’s page directly.

It’s not often that we can see images of a road tour of Thailand, shot much as you or I might take them. Terry is an excellent photographer and has done some really rewarding work here. Thanks Terry!

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The Name of That Flower …

DSC_1456.jpg The name of this flower? ... Click image for larger file.

I can never remember the name of this flower. I have taken so many photos of it you’d think I’d never forget, but it has one of those “mental block” names that gave me trouble 30 years ago. So I’m not worried about Alzheimer’s.

I saw a silhouette-image decal of this flower on a car window, and I recognized it as Hawaii’s State Flower, but still couldn’t think of its name all the way home. Have you got it yet?

This exceptional photo was taken on the island of Kauai on October 17, 2004. The downloadable 1024×768 image makes a fine desktop picture. Color contrast and resolution are great. This closeup was taken with a Nikon D-100 using a big 72mm 24-120 lens. The flower’s name is Hibiscus.

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The zoo

DSCF5998a.jpg Aquarium at the zoo ... Click image for larger file.

Swan writes: “Aquarium at the zoo …” Note there are a couple of manatees in this large tank. Click image for larger file.

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New York New York

DSC00304.jpg New York New York ... Click image for larger file.

We stayed in the New York New York hotel in Las Vegas for a couple of days. The view was spectacular from the 19th floor, but the windows are heavily tinted. I did not think this one would come out, but it is interesting. The scene is shot to the east in late afternoon with a Sony DSC-S85.

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