Bench

Woman in Atlantic City

As I have mentioned previously, I think about stories a lot. I wonder what benches the stories on the boardwalk tell. The vacationers, the lovers, the criminals, the storms. When people are sitting on benches I wonder what their story is. In this case, I was walking around Atlantic City with my telephoto lens trying to take pictures that were not typical. I spotted this person sitting on the bench and the look on her face caught me. I still can’t tell if it is peaceful or distraught.

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Placid Lake

Placid Lake

I love the serenity of this placid lake and the seemingly solitary man in a rowboat. This picture was taken with a telephoto lens and cuts out the others on the lake, the factory nearby, and the busy highway. To me, it represents the idea that no matter the hustle and bustle in your life, we can take some quiet time for yourself. Finding peace is important. Even if it is just 5 mins of quiet, we all need to make the effort, even in the middle of a busy modern life.

This was an easy daylight snapshot from a balcony zoomed in fully at 250mm. The shot came out much more dramatic than I expected, but I am very happy with the result. I changed the contrast just a bit in Lightroom, but didn’t do anything further.

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF-S55-250 mm at 250mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/800
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

Where the Money Is

Where the Money Is

The idea of currency, of money, always fascinated me. I remember collecting foreign coins as a child. I was excited when my grandparents brought me back Lira after a trip to Italy. One of the most exciting aspects of a childhood trip to Niagara Falls was paying with Canadian dollars. Money is a weird concept if you think about it. Something that is only worth anything because everyone tacitly agrees on it. As a student of business and economics, I think money and currency are some of the most interesting aspects of the field. For people like me, the euro experiment was very interesting. It is very unsettling to have one currency replace another. It changes your perception. Suddenly you pay more attention to the price of things and notice changes in price. It feels like you are spending foreign money. More than the transition to the euro, it took a long time for me to stop thinking in US dollars and switch to calculating in euros in my head. Only after years of earning in euros did I start thinking in Euros.

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Cheshire Cat

Solar Eclipse Maximum March 20, 2015

When I was little (and there were 9 planets) I was very interested in astronomy. I had a telescope, a number of books, a start chart, and VCR tapes of astronomy shows. Eclipses especially intrigued me. I made my parents stand outside and film a lunar eclipse, and I have seen several of them since. One thing I had never seen was a solar eclipse. In my astronomy book, it listed August 21, 2017, as the date of the next total solar eclipse in the USA – an eternity to a 10 year old. Since then I have been waiting for that day. Over the past 25 years, we used the telescope to project an image of a small partial solar eclipse, which was interesting. When I arrived in Germany in August 1999 I was thrilled to learn that a total eclipse would be taking place in just a few days’ time. Unfortunately it was cloudy and rainy that day and I did not see the eclipse, although it was still thrilling to experience the darkness of totality.

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