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This is Africa: Arrival and First Impressions PDF Print Email

That was a long series of flights! I took off from Washington Dulles around 10am and flew directly to Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. This was a 12 hour flight. Addis Ababa is on the eastern side of Africa, and the first thing I noticed in the airport airport was the number of Chinese tourists. About half of the people there were African, then maybe 35% were Chinese, with some Indian, European, and Americans as the rest. Interesting!

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Adventures in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina PDF Print Email

We arrived in the evening. The bus ride was actually quite nice and the scenery was just amazing! Bosnia is a really beautiful country. Reminded me of Bolivia, Virginia and Pennsylvania all mixed into one. The mountains were beautiful, the roads were very smooth, and the views were just amazing. Anyway, we finally arrived only to find out that the bus station was not actually in Sarajevo!

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Running the Mad Dash in Belgrade, Serbia PDF Print Email

It was a lovely spring day in Belgrade. I found Belgrade to be so quiet, calm, and peaceful. And very clean and beautiful. Also had all these intriguing soviet vestiges. One thing I did notice here though were all the refugees sleeping in parks. When I first got off the train and was walking trying to find the hostel, I was walking through a park and noticed all these blankets strewn about everywhere.

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Exploring Sofia, Bulgaria PDF Print Email

Sofia was a nice, peaceful place. Very Soviet and a lot of eastern orthodox elements there. Compared to Istanbul, Sofia seemed nearly deserted as the population of Istanbul rivals places like Delhi, India or some big cities in China. Lots of people there, so Sofia was very laid back, chill and relaxed. It was a breath of fresh air :)

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Surviving a Suicide Bomb Attack in Istanbul PDF Print Email

It was early Saturday morning when a blast went through the air. We were out by the popular Sultanahmet square which is the center of the historic part of Istanbul. An attack had occurred here before as it is usually packed with tourists. However since it was early on Saturday, a lot of shops were still closed.

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Visiting Istanbul, the Heart of the Ottoman Empire PDF Print Email

Spent several weeks in Istanbul. It's such a huge city and so many people! It's quite incredible. I had never been in a mosque before and here there were mosques in just about every corner! Of course, it was the capital of the Ottoman Empire so they had some of the most distinguished mosques here too.

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Ephesus, the Ancient Capital of Asia Minor PDF Print Email

Traveling through Turkey, we stopped by Ephesus, the ancient Roman capital of Asia Minor. It was incredible walking through the ruins and seeing just how much emphasis the Romans put into architecture, sculpture, their columns and temples. Truly a spectacular sight!

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Israel, 2016: Visiting the Holy Land PDF Print Email

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to visit Israel! It was an incredible experience. It was especially nice because my parents also came along as part of their 50th wedding anniversary celebration :) We toured the Holy Land and learned a lot about history, wars, conflicts, and why there's so much turmoil in the Middle East.

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Remodeling My Studio, A Before and After PDF Print Email

Even though all the remodeling is now complete, here are some photos of the studio in progress. It's been quite a project, but I'm thankful it all turned out!

South Bend Photo Studio Remodel

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Learning The Tintype Process PDF Print Email

One of the highlights this summer for me was learning the tintype process. This process was one of the earliest photographic processes invented, pre-dating film and was widely used during the Civil War.

Several photographers and assistants have died while working on this kind of photography. The chemistry involves highly flammable chemicals and deadly potassium cyanide is used as a fixer. Keeps one on his toes that's for sure.

Making a Tintype

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