There's always a picture

I’ve been super busy traveling and shooting and not blogging too much lately. It’s easy to think that as photographer’s we need to visit exotic locations around the world to get good pictures. But there are always photo’s to be made wherever we are, it’s just a matter of seeing them. Returning home to my apartment building from a shoot recently I noticed some decent cloud around the Landmark 81 building, the tallest building in South East Asia, which was recently completed opposite my building and perhaps a kilometer away. I dropped a tripod and shot a long exposure image (below) with a 10 stop neutral density filter. The process took all of five minutes from the ground floor of my building. There is always a picture to be made!

 The Landmark 81 building.  Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The Landmark 81 building. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Portugal and Paris in Long Exposure

I particularly enjoyed making some long exposure pictures in both Portugal and Paris earlier this year. Paris, in particular, using the Seine River as a setting yielded some pleasing results. In an effort to keep my gear and travel weight to a minimum all of these shots were made with a Canon 5D Mark iii body and a Canon 24/105mm f4.0 L series sense. For camera stabilization I mounted onto a large Gorilla Pod with a ball head. This set up worked fine provided there was a stable object nearby to set the tripod on. A selection of my favorite longs are below.

 Porto, Portugal.

Porto, Portugal.

 The super cute town of Tavira, the Algarve, Portugal.

The super cute town of Tavira, the Algarve, Portugal.

 Tavira Salt Farm

Tavira Salt Farm

 Tavira, Portugal

Tavira, Portugal

 Lisbon, Portugal. Shot from the Commercial Plaza.

Lisbon, Portugal. Shot from the Commercial Plaza.

 The Palace of Justice and the Seine River. Paris.

The Palace of Justice and the Seine River. Paris.

 Palace of Justice and the Seine. An alternative perspective.

Palace of Justice and the Seine. An alternative perspective.

 The graceful arches of Ponte Neuf

The graceful arches of Ponte Neuf

 Paris, oh la la.

Paris, oh la la.

 My favorite image from my trip. The Seine River, Ponte Neuf and the Isle De La Citie from Ponte Des Artes Bridge

My favorite image from my trip. The Seine River, Ponte Neuf and the Isle De La Citie from Ponte Des Artes Bridge

Paris

Last stop on my inaugural European Tour 2018 was Paris. Before I left on this trip my daughter told me that Paris would change my life, and it did. To call a place a "shooting gallery" as some photographers do I find distasteful, but in Paris there is a picture EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK. From the sublime architecture expressed in its monuments, museums and notable buildings and parks to the stunning yet every day street scenes to the people with their Parisienne style and openness, to spend time in Pais as a photographer is to be in nirvana. I had a week there and wish that it was longer, in fact, like a lot of people who visit the city of light I'm plotting on how I might live there! I stayed in a hotel in Montparnasse which was a short, downhill ten minute walk to Saint Germain, the Seine River, the Louvre and all that the Ile de la Citi has to offer. I have chosen more photographs then usual and I'm not sure that my selection still gives a cross section of my experience in this beautiful city.

My next, and last, blog post from this trip will include some long exposure photography in both Paris and Portugal. Stay tuned.

 My room with a view. Parisienne architecture. Montparnasse.

My room with a view. Parisienne architecture. Montparnasse.

 A typical French waiter takes a break.

A typical French waiter takes a break.

 Arc de Triopmhe.

Arc de Triopmhe.

 Liberte. Egalité. Fraternité.

Liberte. Egalité. Fraternité.

 Uber cool Metro signs are works of art in themselves.

Uber cool Metro signs are works of art in themselves.

 Coals to Newcastle. Italian lingerie comes to Paris?

Coals to Newcastle. Italian lingerie comes to Paris?

 Self explanatory.

Self explanatory.

 Three red blinds and the Seine.

Three red blinds and the Seine.

 Cafe Society.

Cafe Society.

 Old meets new. Montparnasse.

Old meets new. Montparnasse.

 And a good time was had by all. Musee Rodin.

And a good time was had by all. Musee Rodin.

 Part of the magnificent interior of Sainte Chapelle Church.

Part of the magnificent interior of Sainte Chapelle Church.

 Damed social media updates!

Damed social media updates!

 The Louvre.

The Louvre.

 Two of my favorite places.

Two of my favorite places.

 Is it just me or is the guy on the scooter Mandy Patinkin?

Is it just me or is the guy on the scooter Mandy Patinkin?

 French advertising. Oh lala!

French advertising. Oh lala!

 Sunday morning Saint Germain Chic

Sunday morning Saint Germain Chic

Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is an easy city to love. Straddling the banks of the Tagus River just inland from the coast, it is a city brimming with character and history and charm, and did I mention that the food and the light is to die for?

I spent a blissful week in Lisbon wandering the cobbled streets of this wonderful city, stopping for a coffee or a pastel de nata here and there (and everywhere). Despite the seven hills Lisbon is a great walking city and when your legs finally do give out it is never far to one of the city's atmospheric trams. Who does cities like this?

 The light in Lisbon is beautiful for photography.

The light in Lisbon is beautiful for photography.

 Lisbon architecture reflected.

Lisbon architecture reflected.

 Price do Comercio

Price do Comercio

 25 April Bridge and the Tagus at low tide.

25 April Bridge and the Tagus at low tide.

 Goodness in a can. All manner of canned fish!

Goodness in a can. All manner of canned fish!

 Of cobblestones and reflections

Of cobblestones and reflections

 The Santa Justa Elevator

The Santa Justa Elevator

 Color and texture in Alfama.

Color and texture in Alfama.

 Lisbon on the move

Lisbon on the move

 Typical Lisbon architecture. The outside of a building covered in azulejos tiles

Typical Lisbon architecture. The outside of a building covered in azulejos tiles

 Carmo Convent. One of the few central Lisbon buildings to survive the earthquake of 1755.

Carmo Convent. One of the few central Lisbon buildings to survive the earthquake of 1755.

 Statuary in the square

Statuary in the square

 Anyone for a 1934 vintage port? Make mine a double

Anyone for a 1934 vintage port? Make mine a double

 Tourism happens

Tourism happens

I left my heart in Tavira.

Next stop on my Portuguese journey was the quaint little town of Tavira, in the Algarve region, a few hours by fast train from Lisbon. This was my first small town experience in Europe and it will be a hard act to follow. With a population of around 25,000 people this beautiful little town straddles the Gilao River with the opposing sides of the town connected by an ancient Roman arched bridge.The town is home to many beautiful churches and prototypical colored buildings. Nearby there are beautiful beaches and islands. I just loved this peaceful and picturesque little place and can't wait to return.

 The Gilao River and Roman Bridge at sunset. Tavira, Portugal.

The Gilao River and Roman Bridge at sunset. Tavira, Portugal.

 Peak hour in Tavira, Portugal.

Peak hour in Tavira, Portugal.

 And while I'm at it!!!!! Tavira, Portugal.

And while I'm at it!!!!! Tavira, Portugal.

 Riverfront architecture. Tavira, Portugal.

Riverfront architecture. Tavira, Portugal.

 Tending the salt farm. Tavira, Portugal.

Tending the salt farm. Tavira, Portugal.

 Blue skies smilin at me, nothin but blue skies do I see. Tavira, Portugal.

Blue skies smilin at me, nothin but blue skies do I see. Tavira, Portugal.

 Starting young. Tavira, Portugal.

Starting young. Tavira, Portugal.

 Dinner time (almost). Tavira, Portugal.

Dinner time (almost). Tavira, Portugal.

 The Gilao River and Roman Bridge. Tavira, Portugal.

The Gilao River and Roman Bridge. Tavira, Portugal.

 The Salt Farm. Tavira, Portugal.

The Salt Farm. Tavira, Portugal.

Coimbra, Portugal.

Coimbra is a delightful riverfront city in central Portugal and was once the national capital. It is a beautifully photogenic city that is famous for one of the oldest universities in Europe as well as for medical facilities that draw patients from all over Europe. It is an architecture and street photographers dream.

 The Old Town.

The Old Town.

 Which Wa To Go

Which Wa To Go

 The University is perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.

The University is perched on top of a hill overlooking the city.

 A Break In The Pattern.

A Break In The Pattern.

 Fruit And Flowers.

Fruit And Flowers.