Hong Kong has some of the most ancient and majestic trees I’ve ever seen, located throughout the city, often in the most busiest of streets. They truly are a sight to see!
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Posted in Architecture, Colour, Nature, Travel, tagged architecture, Art, Asia, China, Culture, History, Hong Kong, Life, Photoblog, Photographs, Photography, Photos, Travel, Urban on January 11, 2012 | 4 Comments »
I had the privilege of visiting the exciting city of Hong Kong over the holidays, and I have to admit it is a city that never ceases to amaze me. A futuristic city with a fascinating hybrid combination of east and west, traditional and yet extremely modern at the same time. A city of contrasts, and one that is as vibrant as any I’ve ever visited. Here is a sampling of photos I took in an attempt to capture the many sides to Hong Kong.
Posted in Architecture, Colour, Nature, tagged architecture, Art, Brooklyn, Cemetery, Green-Wood, Landscape, Life, Mausoleum, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Trees on November 24, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
More views of the ancient trees throughout the historic Green-Wood Cemetery. I love how these trees are aging with the mausoleums and grave sites to the point were they intertwine with the Victorian architecture. Trees and architecture, my favorite subjects to shoot!
Posted in Colour, Landscape, Nature, tagged Art, Brooklyn, Green-Wood Cemetery, Landscape, Life, National Historic Landmark, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, Travel on November 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A little bit of history about Green-Wood from their site: Founded in 1838 as one of America’s first rural cemeteries, the Green-Wood Cemetery soon developed an international reputation for its magnificent beauty and became the fashionable place to be buried. By 1860, Green-Wood was attracting 500,000 visitors a year, rivaling Niagara Falls as the country’s greatest tourist attraction. Crowds flocked to Green-Wood to enjoy family outings, carriage rides and sculpture viewing in the finest of first generation American landscapes. Green-Wood’s popularity helped inspire the creation of public parks, including New York City’s Central and Prospect Parks.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a historic walking tour of Green-Wood cemetery, a national historic landmark in Brooklyn. It was a beautiful fall day, and I could not believe the extent and historic value of this famous cemetery, over 478 acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths containing the largest outdoor collection of 19th and 20th century stauary and mausoleums. Our knowledgeable guide, Ruth Edebohls, showed us extravagant mausoleums and grave sites belonging such local celebrities as the first Brooklyn baseball player to become famous, those who perished in the Titanic and Lusitania, as well as many artists and civil war heroes. At one point in history, during the late 1800s, Green-Wood was tied with Niagara Falls as the most popular tourist destination in America! I highly recommend taking in this historic Brooklyn landmark, and it seems there is always some tour going on (they even have their own bright green trolleys!); its public programming is really quite extensive. Stay tuned, more photos to follow!
Here is little blurb from their site: Four seasons of beauty from century-and-a-half-old trees offer a peaceful oasis to visitors, as well as its 560,000 permanent residents, including Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Horace Greeley, Civil War generals, baseball legends, politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors.
Lets be honest it can be quite time-consuming to upload, edit, tag, organize and share your images online. The online photo sharing service you choose is an investment choice, it will be difficult to change your mind later. With the constant surge of digital cameras embedded in every portable device, the online options to share your photos are limitless! I now have accounts with Picasa, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Photobucket, Photoshelter, and MobileMe. I was using combination of MobileMe, Facebook and Flickr. However, faced with the recent Apple Cloud upgrade and the pending demise of Apple’s MobileMe services, as well as my total overhaul of my workflow as a photographer, I am re-evaluating my options.
So I am now faced with a plethora of online services dedicated to photo sharing. Which to choose? Here are some pros and cons:
Flickr: By far the largest and most social of all online photo-sharing sites. Many professional photographers have a Flickr account to create awareness of their work as well as generate feedback. Once you are on Flickr – you tap into a huge online network of professionals, amateurs, and everyone else who has a camera (which is now anyone with a phone). Flickr makes tagging and sharing your photos quite easy. The cons? No desktop application, slide show options could be more stylish, duplicate photographs in your photostream if you upload photos to different sets. However, the pros of Flickr seem to far outweigh the cons – it also syncs with other sites such as twitter, wordpress, blogs, facebook etc.
Picasa: I am relatively new to Picasa, but I have a Gmail account and use google docs, and it seems to me Google is always far ahead of the pack in terms of innovation and technological revolutions. It’s tempting to use Picasa just to see what creative features Google will come up with for sharing and organizing online photo galleries. Plus having a google email account that I already use to share links and photo galleries with people makes it even more convenient to create photo galleries within the environment I’m already using. Apparently, they have a desktop application that makes it easy to edit and upload your photos to picasa, but I already have lightroom so this is not such a big deal for me.
Photobucket: Again I am just learning about this service, but it seems to be wired into our digital use of cameras and constant need for social networking, sharing, and instant ‘likes’. This online site also syncs nicely with your twitter account so you can actually insert the image into your twitter page, instead of just providing a link to it. I have just started exploring this option, but it does not seem to offer as much for advanced photographers as say Apple, Adobe or even Flickr. However, it seems they are going for a different target audience – young amateurs. They also have started developing several Photobucket Apps that apply interesting effects to your iPhone photos and then seamlessly upload them to your Photobucket account.
Apple: And what are the options that Apple will be providing to compete in this online photo networking battle royale? As of next summer MobileMe will be discontinued. Their replacement? Photo Stream a feature in their highly-anticipated Cloud system, which will offer editing, album creation and syncing between all of your devices – as well as the full spectrum of sharing to social networks. At what cost? Well currently its free, so not bad!
Adobe: Adobe has recently created its own version of the Cloud service, the highly anticipated Adobe Carousel, allowing you access and edit your images wherever you travel on both smart phones and tablets for a subscription fee of $5 per month. The pros of Carousel involve the use of editing features that have been taken from the popular Photoshop & Lightroom packages. Adobe has always excelled at offering a plethora of editing options, and Carousel is intended to act as an on the go all in one photo editing package – you can upload, edit, and share, while having the Cloud seamlessly integrate your photos with all of your devices, including a desktop library. Sounds great right? Not so fast – apparently it does not sync or communicate in any way with your Lightroom Catalogue. As someone who has just started using Lightroom, why would I go through the arduous task of organizing, editing, and developing two separate image catalogues? This makes no sense to me as they are both Adobe products, and yet they do not merge at all. Apple Photo Stream is apparently offering a very similar product, but for free! So… remind me why would I choose Adobe?
In the end, the decision you make reflects a certain amount of brand loyalty with mega-tech giants such as Google, Apple, and Adobe. These companies are in heavy competition with each other and for good reason! As technology becomes an ever more central part of our daily lives, these brands are granted a larger role and influence in our every day life. So choose wisely!
Any opinions out there? What online networks do you subscribe to for sharing your photographs?
- Mac 911: MobileMe gallery alternatives (macworld.com)
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- Flickr vs Picasa (notratched.net)
Posted in Architecture, Colour, Landscape, Nature, Travel, tagged Adobe, architecture, Art, Cotswold, England, Landscape, Life, lightroom, Nature, Photoblog, Photography, Photos, Travel on October 25, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
As part of my trial with Adobe’s Lightroom, I have been importing some of my later photography from trips I took in 2009. One of the trips was to the Cotswolds region of England – a beautiful, picturesque countryside steeped in history and barely touched by industrialization. Popular towns such as Bath are located here, and the rich and famous often have cottages in the Cotswolds used as retreats to escape the hectic pace of London (only several hours away). I just loved the old stone architecture combined with English style country gardens – quite lovely and very English!