First half of the Year 2013

Well, its July already. I’m not sure how that happened but I’m fairly certain that it did happen. It’s been a crazy-busy year so far, both on the photography and the flight ends of the world (pun intended). I’ve been some amazing places and made huge differences for a lot of people out there. I wanted to say thank you to all my friends and family for putting up with my unpredictable schedule so that I can do this. And thanks to all my photography clients for being so flexible with your scheduling in turn.

Here is a peak at what my flight map looked like for the 1st ½ of 2013. I was quite surprised.

All my flight segments 01 Jan - 01 July, 2013

All my flight segments 01 Jan – 01 July, 2013

Pohutukawa Tree

A Quick Pic from New Zealand

There was so much natural beauty in New Zealand and the people were some of the nicest that I have met anywhere! I’m planning to go back there on holiday sometime soon.

While I was in Auckland I went on a day trip to Rangitoto Island. It is an island that is only 600 years old and has no top-soil, everything there grows in the volcanic rock and sand. It was amazing and beautiful and rugged, … and I got sunburnt. I wanted to share a quick photo from my excursion there. Theres many more that I still have to go through…

Pohutukawa Tree, Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

Shot with: Nikon d700 16mm @f8 1/640 iso200
HDR: 5-1stop brackets. Edited in Lightroom & Photoshop.

Le Torre de Piza
KLM 747-400 at the gate in SXM
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Around The World in 7 Days

As a frequent traveler, an aviation buff, and just someone who likes to fly a lot. I was really excited recently when I had the opportunity to check off several items from my “wish list” all on one trip:

While I was in San Maarten I didn’t have enough time there to actually “ride the fence“, but I did get to fly out of there on a 747-400 and watch all the people charging towards the fence as we turned onto the runway. Hopefully next time I’ll get to stay longer.

My schedule allowed me to extend my stay in Osaka for a few days and it was exceptional! I wandered around town a bit and tried in vain to get to Kyoto. I ate some phenomenal Sushi (see pics) and saw the Osaka Castle. My only regret was not staying longer; I can not wait to get back to Japan!

As an added bonus, while rescheduling my return trip, the available routing changed which put me through Honolulu airport (HNL). While HNL isn’t anything spectacular in itself (it is neat in the fact that it is an open-air airport), it was a great stop-over point because one of my oldest friends had recently moved to the island for a new job. I took the opportunity to catch up with him over a drink and some Poke Salad at La Marina Sailing Club (wiki).

If you ever have a long layover in HNL I strongly recommend heading out to La Marina. Have their Mai Thai, you will not regret it!

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Natalie’s Baby Shower Photos

While it’s not something that I frequently photograph, I have photographed several baby showers. They’re always really interesting events to witness, especially from a guy’s perspective. All of the Mom-to-be’s friends there to support her and give her things to help her on what’s sure to be an amazing and seemingly never-ending journey.

Congratulations Natalie and Chad!!! You guys are gonna be awesome parents!

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Trip Photos: Dublin

Recently, I had the opportunity to fly to Dublin, Ireland for work. Once I took care of my responsibilities, I had the majority of the afternoon to head out and do some sightseeing. I went to check out the Jameson Distillery and walked around town some. As is typical for Ireland, it was raining off and on. Fortunately, it’s the kind of rain that is just enough to be annoying, not the monsoon-like deluge of afternoon showers that we get in Florida.

Besides the distillery tour, I got to experience Aer Lingus’ Business Class product. It was nothing truly spectacular, but it was nice to experience something different from the major carriers on which I typically fly. And, fwiw this was the first trip where I used my Olloclip for most of the photos (all photos shot on my iPhone).