My job allows me to do some traveling that’s not part of our road trip so I’m in Dallas currently. The jump from Pacific Time to Central has not gone unnoticed, but I did enjoy a nap at my hotel before venturing out to the city to get some amazing vegan food at Spiral Diner, a couple beer samples at Deep Ellum Brewing, and this shot over the freeway that I really love. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten any good city shots; especially any longer exposures. Considering I was handholding the camera and balancing on a rail with it, I’m extremely happy with how it turned out.
This is a shot of my hometown, Millville, New Jersey, during a foggy night after midnight. There wasn’t much traffic, and everything looked a little more soft, so I set up a long exposure to catch the street light with all three lights lit up. I was happy with the result and a little portrait of a place I know very well.
Cleveland is a city I had no preconceived notions about, but I had a nice time there both times I visited. It’s a compact city with wide streets that are great for biking, which is my favorite way to get around and explore new places. The waterfront is beautiful, and Great Lakes Brewing is not far from downtown. After a day of biking, sampling beers, and watching the sunset over Lake Erie I found this great overlook across the river. While the skyline is small, it really is a pretty sight when the sun goes down.
Southern Utah has some of the most unique and incredible rock formations in the world, and Arches National Park is one of my favorite places to see them. Wall Street is lined with huge, narrow rocks that climb up on either side of the trail. I came a couple hours before dawn to catch the stars still hanging in the sky one morning. I had the park to myself and the silence was amazing. My eyes never adjusted to the point that the long exposure of my camera was able to see, but I could still feel the presence of the great structures that surrounded me.
I took this shot at a slight long exposure on the side of a small trail off of a mountain road in Colorado. The best part about it was getting to spend some time with my friend outside. In the new year, take a couple seconds to appreciate the people you have and the beautiful nature that surrounds us. Happy new year!
Keeping it brief for the holidays. This photo just made me think of how even when you’re in the place where you live and you know a lot of people, it doesn’t always feel like home. There’s a feeling of constant search for a place to belong and a way to get there.
Whenever I’m up for a beautiful sunrise I start thinking I should be getting up early every day to witness the beautiful light that appears before the sun arrives. Union Lake in Millville is the perfect place to see sunsets and sunrises, and even though I live a few minutes away, I often miss them. We never know how many more we’ll get, so I should start making an effort to see more of these.
The night sky is one of the most mesmerizing and fantastic natural wonders we have the opportunity to view on a regular basis. The downside is that most of us live so close to major cities (or even minor ones) that the light pollution hides a ton of stars from our view. Living in southern New Jersey I am close to plenty of light pollution sources like Philadelphia and Atlantic City to name the closest ones. I also have hundreds of square miles of farmland, forest, and not much else in between the two that allow me to get away from it a little. This was taken near Salem, NJ, where it gets pretty dark and allows me to see a lot of stars that might otherwise be hidden. Star trail photos always remind me that we are just falling through space at a speed that we can’t even fathom while our little planet spins unknowingly as we sleep.
It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. so everyone is saying or thinking about what they’re thankful for. Despite the American tradition of gluttony and self-delusion about pilgrims and Native Americans being buddies, we can all get behind the idea of taking some time to think about the people that make our lives better. I’m lucky to have a few of these people, namely my mom, who has encouraged me for as long as I can remember to do what I love so I’m extremely thankful for her support in everything I do. And of course I’m thankful for my traveling companion who has been with me for almost every awe-inspiring moment I’ve had as well as so much more. Even if things look dark sometimes, any amount of light lets us see that the future might be bright.