New website up and running. . .

Website

Fellow photographers who design your own websites from scratch, I feel your pain. As if learning all the technology it takes to be a photographer isn’t enough, now we have to throw in html, cascading style sheets, video frames and all the other little dots, forward-slashes and semicolons that form the behind the scenes architecture of a website (and if you get just one of those little bracket thingies in the wrong place, the whole thing goes to shit!).

However, at long last the new site is finally done and it looks pretty good if I do say so myself. In fact, it should probably be at least three more weeks until all of the technology the web is built upon changes and I have to go back and redesign the whole thing again.

In the meantime, I welcome all feedback from anyone who might like to visit the new site and let us know how we did. If anyone finds any broken links or things that just don’t make sense, please let us know so we can cobble together a fix. Thanks for your feedback!

http://www.sungalleryphoto.com

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A Cozy Merger of Venice and Las Vegas

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

San Antonio River Walk

A Cozy Merger of Venice and Las Vegas

I made my first ever trip to Texas last week for a travel assignment in San Antonio. The city’s historic district serves up a must-see dose of pedestrian culture centered around good times and great food.

The world renowned River Walk is a cozy merger of Venice and Las Vegas. People amble casually along the stone and cobble sidewalks which surround a series of canals that are always abuzz with water taxies.

Evening is the best time to experience this cultural epicenter, as the entire scene is lit up in a vibrant matrix of color, sight and sound. The restaurants serve boisterous, beer-fueled crowds of happy diners who love to eat, drink and laugh (and not necessarily in that order).

From a photographic standpoint, the River Walk can be particularly challenging. You’ll never get anything good without a tripod, as evening hours demand long exposures of up to 30 seconds. If you can manage to stake out a good spot and not get clobbered by the mobs of human traffic, chances are good you’ll come away with some very bright, very rewarding images.

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Cypress | Fine Dining in Charleston, SC

Cypress makes fresh food from the ocean in Charleston SC

Cypress makes fresh food from the ocean in Charleston SC

 

Bratwurst with baked beans style boiled peanuts

Bratwurst with baked beans style boiled peanuts

 

Sashimi tuna with oysters

Sashimi tuna with oysters

Travel writing certainly has its perks, and many of them come in the form of amazing food. I was working on a story about local attractions in Charleston, South Carolina, when I got invited to do a review on one of the town’s premiere restaurants, Cypress. Always up for a chance to sample local cuisine, I found myself standing in an elegant venue on East Bay Street, near historic downtown.

All in all, the food was pretty much a modern take on traditional southern cuisine. The creativity of these dishes is definitely something I’ll be attempting in my own kitchen. And while I can’t get fresh oysters at home in Colorado, I know exactly where to find them in Charleston. The next time you experience this esteemed historic city, put Cypress on your list of places to visit.

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The oldest life form on the planet. . . almost

 

At over 1,500 years old, the Angel Oak is among the oldest living organisms on the planet.

At over 1,500 years old, the Angel Oak is among the oldest living organisms on the planet.

Tree of Wisdom

In the coastal planes of South Caroline there lives a tree which began its life just as the Roman Empire was beginning to fall to the barbarian hoards of the Germanic warlords.

This tree, aptly named the Angel Oak, is speculated to be over 1,500 years old, making it one of the oldest living organisms on the planet. Only a select few of the giant redwoods of California can claim to be its senior.

The tree itself is an incredible specimen, and quite frankly has to be seen to be believed. For a travel photographer, getting to experience this behemoth is a real treat, and a real challenge. Here grows a tree so massive that its likeness cannot be captured by a single wide angle lens (not even a fisheye can take in this vast expanse of tangled foliage in a single frame).

Photographers who visit the Angel Oak are faced with a terrestrial titan of kraken-like proportions. Its soaring branches expand not up, but out, soaring across the land like so many octopi tentacles searching to grapple unsuspecting clams.

If you take the opportunity to visit, make certain you have plenty of time to soak the whole scene in, for here stands a life form which has endured the test of time to become an unspoken wonder of the world.

Blogging only works if you keep it up. . .

Like many artists out there, I’m pretty good at procrastinating. I’ve been neglecting this blog for over a year now and it’s time to get the ball rolling.

 

I’ve been to many amazing places and shot tons of great images, none of which have appeared on this blog. Hopefully, with a little bit of old fashioned discipline we can change that, starting now.

 

In an effort to make amends with my dead blog, we’re going to take a stab at retroactively recapping the last sixteen months in the world of travel photography. So, starting today, and working backwards, here we go. . .

Return of Spring

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At long last, the prevailing chill of winter has receded and given way to an eruption of flowers all across Colorado Springs. Danielle and I didn’t waste any time setting up a shoot to celebrate the return of warm weather. Little Siteris Stanley became our flower girl and we spent the entire day traveling between all the blossoming trees which offered up a spectacular range of colorful environments. There’s nothing like shooting outside! Welcome back spring. . .

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God Bless Japan



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The Japanese have such a wonderful and meticulous culture. I’ve long been fascinated with not only their history but their way of life. In the wake of the recent tsunami disaster, those of us at Sun Gallery were prompted to pay homage to Japan by designing a photo session around the concept of the geisha. Revered for their sharp whit, exquisite beauty and impeccable social discourse, the geishas add yet another cultural element to the mysterious allure of Japan.

This photo session never would have been possible without the talents of our good friend and stylist Jody Bray, who just so happened to be visiting us from Australia. Together, Jody and Danielle transformed our model (who happens to be Latin American) into a living piece of porcelain for the camera. Our hearts go out to the victims of the tsunami, and our creative efforts will never cease to strive for the same perfection that is the spirit of the geisha.

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