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! Sadly, I lost nearly all of my images of my Turkey and Israel trip due to a damaged hard drive. These photos I had copied to my parent's laptop. They came with me for this part of the trip! Ephesus in its heyday must have been rather spectacular. Walking through the ruins, we were able to get just a glimpse as to what the city was like. This city used to be a port city but the ocean receded. Along with powerful earthquakes that destroyed large parts of the city, the fact that it was no longer a port city was part of the reason why people left. Here is the theater, which was their form of television. Can
I recently had the opportunity to visit Israel! It was an incredible experience. It was particularly special 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. The photo above is a sunrise over the Dead Sea. Swimming in it felt like swimming in oily water, almost had like a sticky film to it because of the salt. But it was pretty cool, of course I had to taste it a little bit to see just how salty it was. And yes it was super salty! We stayed in a hotel with this as our view. An amazing experience! Ceaseara was a port city built to honor Caesar by King Herod. Of course, he was crafty politician so he needed to kiss up if he wanted to stay in good terms with
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! So during the trip I had been talking to my two Italian friends (in my previous post I explained how we barely made it on the bus and the bus driver was just being mean and we weren't able to communicate with him) Usually everyone is so nice but this guy was just not in a good mood or something. Anyway, getting on the bus in Belgrade I was hot, sweaty, hadn't shaved in a couple of days and was generally a mess. I had run the mad dash trying to find an
I always like a challenge and photographing fireworks can be challenging. The standard, common fireworks photo isn't so hard to achieve, but the more creative and interesting approach is much more difficult. For one, I only see fireworks once a year really so there's not a lot of practice to be had. And the ones I see aren't even the biggest shows around. In any case, it's always fun to try to guess where the firework will explode since it's always dark and there's not way to really predict where the next firework will explode. That's the fun part, all of the calculating, focusing, settings and adjustments have to be done instantaneously. And you only get 10 minutes or so, time to get on your game!
Arequipa, Peru is known as the Ciudad Blanca, or White City, because all the early buildings were built with white volcanic rocks. There are still buildings being built with these white rocks today. The huge volcano, Misti, is a trademark icon of the city of Arequipa. This is a short behind the scenes video of our shoot. We photographed in the historic Plaza de Armas in downtown Arequipa, then headed to the Yanahuara Cathedral for some photos with the famous Misti volcano in the background. Shooting on Calle Mercaderes near the center of town. The Plaza de Armas in downtown Arequipa. In the Plaza Yanahuara overlooking the city. This maestro played for us. The cathedral entrance. With the Cathedral of Yanahuara in the background. Congrats Xavier and Janira!