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Mexico in November

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I just got back from a life-changing photographic workshop in Mexico! Run by Jose Villa with guest photographer Jessica Claire, it was 3 days of discussion on photography workflow and and event strategy with some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. Passing comments blew my mind, such as Jessica saying “why would you spend a lot of time post-processing? If you want a computer job, go get a computer job.” As much as certain concepts seem obvious, it’s so easy to get caught up in details when you’re busy running a business. This workshop helped me to step back and look at the big picture, both in terms of my general business practices and the way I spend my life!

All of this, while enjoying three meals a day of amazing Mexican food!!

Here are a few photos of the Hacienda Del Carmen, where we stayed:

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November 23, 2009 at 5:49 am

Posted in Landscapes, Mexico, Travel

Trip to Barcelona

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I’m sitting here on the last morning of our trip, watching a view of the sun rising over the northeastern portion of Barcelona, Spain. There is a large, informal courtyard formed below our window by perfectly placed apartment buildings and many balconies, each encased in abundant plants or glass. Three or four mountain tops separate a pink sky from the brown and red clay of the Spanish rooftops. What a perfect morning! Alas, back to the States…

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A view from Park Güell.

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Our first hotel, right in the heart of Barri Gòtic (the Gothic Quarter).

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October 4, 2009 at 10:02 pm

Posted in Europe, Travel

Denver in April

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Last week, I went to Denver with UVa’s Child Study Center to attend a conference for the Society for Research in Child Development, possibly the biggest child development conference in the world!

Despite the conference, these photos mostly involve eating. I’m not sure how else to say this, but Denver has good meat!

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Multiple people recommended going to El Chapultepec, though by the time we got there we were in severe food comas…

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On Saturday, we went to the Berkshire, where they specialize in bacon and bottomless mimosas…

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They also specialize in cures for hangovers:

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April 7, 2009 at 10:06 am

Posted in Denver, CO, Travel

The Inauguration of Barack Obama

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A few of these pictures can be purchased or seen in large format here.

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Georgetown.

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The metro was packed from the moment we got on at Huntington Station, which is at the very beginning of the yellow line.

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The view from the L’Enfant Plaza Station balcony, around 9:20 am.

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Birthing from L’Enfant.

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Meandering to the mall – my lovely friend Marisa!

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Kids in a pack, with hats (smart move, chaperones!).

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Marisa in the crowd.

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This child’s mother (on who’s shoulders he’s sitting) was incredibly sweet. EVERYONE was incredibly sweet!

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Victory!

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January 23, 2009 at 2:43 pm

The Olympic Peninsula

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A couple days ago, we visited the Olympic Peninsula and went on an intense hike during an epic downpour. The only other people out on the trail were an elderly couple from New Zealand who just looked at us through the rain and squinted as we passed them on the trail. I took the picture below after the first half of the hike.

Later, after trudging and crawling through wet, muddy, uncut trail that reminded me of a scene I had recently read from Mailer’s wartime novel, The Naked and the Dead, I ended up falling viciously on my knee while attempting to rappel down a wet cliff side. What a bummer!

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I found the rain forest incredibly beautiful, complex, and almost pensive during the rainstorm. It was as though we were seeing it simultaneously consume, grow, and birth as the rain was falling – nothing stopped as it does in civilization when it rains – instead it overtly flourished, right in front of us.

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November 9, 2008 at 10:59 pm

Posted in Seattle, WA, Travel