I recently visited Colorado Springs and little did I know, this is where the Star Trek Chapel is located! OK, so I made up the Star Trek name, but can you blame me? This is the chapel at the Air Force Academy and is wonderfully designed building. From any angle, either inside or out, it is breathtaking. The closer you get, the cooler it is. It actually has several separate rooms on different levels to accommodate different religions. Each was beautiful, but the indoor images below are from the main hall.
When you are in the area, make it a point to see this place. As you head in to town, you can’t miss it off to the side of the road set below the majestic Rockies and Pike’s Peak!
I’m a little late to the spooky party…but here is my contribution to this devilish time of year! Believe it or not, this is actually in Hawaii! A forest high on the side of a Volcano in the clouds. It was pretty serene actually, but it came out kinda creepy if you imagine it being Halloween on the night of a full moon and a Werewolf chasing you….
This small piece of grassland was sitting atop a secluded hill overlooking the ocean in Hawaii. Besides being beautiful, the winds coming off the ocean enveloped my body which was incredibly refreshing and one of a kind. For a little while, this felt like my own little paradise as hardly anyone drove by. You can read more about the reason hardly anyone drove by and why it was secluded, from my post The Road Less Travelled, Literally.
I am slowly trickling out photos from my Hawaiian trip as I go through and find the ones that mean the most to me. For me, this photo just brings a smile to my face as I place myself back in that grass atop that hill.
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If you are following me on Instagram, you would have recently seen an image of me prepping my photo gear for a shoot… well, this is the family I was heading out to hang with! Meet the Capes Family. I fun-loving group who pulled together for mom’s birthday present – these photos! We had a good time and the park that we went to had plenty of beautiful fall colors in action.
Check out the pics below and let me know what you think! Clicking on an image starts the gallery viewer. Happy Fall!
This beautiful sunset seemed so much more magical in person than what my camera originally captured. So, to make it look more like how it felt, I made it to have a slightly painted feel to it. A dreamy touch on the already amazing canvas of clouds and ocean. Isn’t a peaceful scene? It sure was when I was taking it. I am happy that this image brings me back to that same feeling that I can visit at any time. This might have to go on my wall…
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On my recent trip to Maui, my wife and I “found” a road that unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favorite adventures of the trip. We were looking to get back to a certain part of the island and the GPS kept taking us back through what looked like the long way. Going the ‘short’ way was never shown as an option…I thought “hmmm, well now I just have to see for myself if there is a road this way, because it just looks closer on the map.” That and I like exploring, so this intrigued me. I soon found out why the GPS never gave this route as an option.
This was a fantastically scenic route, but it was also a fantastically SCARY route! The road quickly turned into a two-way road, but with barely enough room for one car… for miles and miles. Luckily, not many people were on this road, either from all the mainlanders blindly following the GPS’ instructions or because they have taken it once before and swore to never voluntarily take it again! However, there were a few cars on the road and these few were enough to really make me sweat. [The video below is a short clip showing the moment where we faced oncoming vehicles on a very narrow road, rocky cliff side on the right and a straight drop on the left.] Luckily I found a small indentation in the mountainside and backed my perfectly pint-sized Nissan Versa into it, allowing for barely enough room for a couple of cars to squeak by. Mind you that the trusty Versa was not my first car choice, nor my second. Or third. In fact, I literally told the rental car attendant when she came back with my keys and told me my choice that “I hate that car.” Little did I know that it would take me almost 800 miles in a week and through the edge of insanity, above the clouds to the top of a volcano, and miles into “4×4 only” country to see a Hawaiian Red Wood forest. By the end of the trip, I had a deep respect for that little car!
But I digress.
When it was all said and done, I would definitely take this wild road again. There was a spot at the top that just seemed magical. Isolated on the top of a Hawaiian cliff with the ocean and valley surrounding each side of me, along with rolling grassy hills and the best tropical winds you can imagine. All at dusk. Does it get any better? I will save you the guessing, it doesn’t. I think the crazy road allowed for this place to stay special and isolated. The shot above (best viewed large) was taken at this spot as my wife took a moment to take in the scenery. This little spot will stay with me for some time for two reason: It felt totally tranquil, serene even. And almost dying for 2 hours straight has had a strange effect of burning the experience deep into my psyche!!
If you get a chance, take the road less travelled. You
might will be glad you did.
This picture below is when we successfully returned from our experimental off-road journey to the Red Wood forest! Notice the sign…but more importantly notice the thumbs-up!
I happened to stumble across the road to this valley by chance, but boy am I glad I did! It was the perfect time of day with the sun behind the rain clouds that were moving in at dusk. I definitely felt like I was in another time in a land far, far away. What a beautiful place.
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After a good time in Maui recently, I have a few photos I will be sharing. This is a portrait I really liked taken during a beautiful sunset.
This last weekend was the NLI Crossfit competition. Athletes from all over Southern California competed at the Cal State Dominguez Hills campus. The pictures below catch an athlete in a moment of action, or just after as in the first picture. Each picture has a certain emotion to it. As I was going through these, the text you see is what the picture screamed to me. They have turned out to be inspirational to me, really. Can’t you see these on a wall somewhere, encouraging onlookers to PUSH themselves?
Job well done to all the athletes below.
So this is my first attempt at a tilt-shift image. Not the most ideal setting, but kinda works. If you are not familiar with what tilt-shift is, it is a photographic style that manipulates focus to imitate a miniature scene from a full size scene. In the image below i think the scene as a whole kinda looks like a model with little fake trees on the perimeter and little fake cows. This was taken in Central CA from atop a hill. Gorgeous countryside.
Anyways – check out tilt-shift in general and tell me what you think in the comments. I will be trying to find better settings in the future. Clicking on the image twice for full size gives the best perspective.
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Testing 123…whoops! If you are signed up to receive emails, I sent this out a tad prematurely… ANYWAYS, the CA central coast is ridiculously beautiful. Just a few hours above Santa Barbara brings you to the small town of Cambria. This tiny town and the surrounding coastal area is truly a sight to see. Rolling hills that transition between open plains and forests meet the rocky coastline waters. Deer roam freely and abundantly across the grounds while seals of various kinds happily (and not so happily) sleep on the shore. I highly recommend visiting and cruising HWY 1 along the coast in this area, you will not be disappointed. It is so peaceful here, you will want to extend your stay, however long that may be.
The images below were taken over the course of a few days in the Cambria and surrounding areas. Click on them for a bigger version.
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I love this picture. So peaceful, so beautiful.
This chair sits alone in the middle of nowhere, decaying away into nothing. Its current condition speaks to its recent life where all value was lost by those keeping care of it.
But, I cant help but think about this chair’s times past when I look at such a contrast. This chair had a period in its life that saw gratitude from its owners.
Excitement when it was purchased.
Pride when the designer finished his/her design.
Relief and comfort when sat in after a long day’s work.
This car is mean. This car is performance. This car is beautiful.
I came across this piece of art earlier today and had to show it to you. Not only did BMW fine tune this ultimate driving machine, but the owner took it a step further and made some very tasteful and jaw dropping enhancements. As you can see, this car is a showstopper on and off the track. Enjoy.
Hi everyone! I really good buddy of mine, Mandy, has been selling these amazingly fun, handcrafted cards for a while now. She makes each set one card at a time, putting all her attention and energy into each and every card, wow! I recently took a few photos for her website and wanted to share them with you. The detail and overall vibe from her cards are so much more engaging than the store-bought cards. I encourage you to check out her site and hit her up if you have any needs. She does scrapbooks, weddings, special occasions, business events, or just if you need one or two cards. Mandy even did all the invites, announcements, and table cards for my wedding! I can’t recommend her highly enough.
I headed over to Cars and Coffee for my second round last weekend, pretty hard not to like this event with such a diverse showing of autos. This time around it seemed to have more classic cars, although I did get close and personal with a flaming orange Lamborghini Ventador! I love cars, so here is my tribute for this particular week’s showing. I think this may be a recurring theme throughout the blog as I go forward!
I had the pleasure of photographing this lovely young lady a couple of weeks ago. These are not her official senior portraits, but they are portraits…and she is a senior…so…. yeah. Anyways, it was a blast and I am happy to share some with you.
I recently took a trip to Cambria, CA for the weekend, just to get away. While there, amidst relaxing and just taking in the relaxing surroundings, there were these large birds playing in the coastal winds (sorry, I don’t know what kind they were – maybe you can tell me!). They are incredible animals and it was awesome to watch them play in their natural habitat!
Mostly a black and white set, but I liked this color version below and wanted to share that one too.
A sculpture in Laguna Beach, CA.