Category Archives: Street Photography

Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet 35

For years I have been wanting a Lensbaby. I first heard about them when I noticed a college’s new twist on portraits. When I asked how she took the images, she said, “with a Lensbaby!” I thought, “what the heck is THAT?”

Needless to say, I immediately looked into it and ever since, have been waiting for the day when I would own my own. Well, that day has come, and I must say, this fun, creative lens was worth the wait! It takes some getting used to (all manual focus on a tilt!), but what better way to crash course yourself than with highly spirited, fast moving Arabian horses?

Once a Home, Built in 1907

There aren’t many buildings in Tucson, AZ that are more than 100 years old. This week my photography students and I were granted special access to one of Tucson’s oldest buildings, the Manning House. Once a private residence, what sits at 450 West Paseo Redondo is now El Rio Health‘s headquarters.

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I Don’t Have Much, But I Do Have…

The monsoon season is just upon us here in Tucson, AZ, bringing with it awesome clouds and fresh, sweet-smelling air.

…a place to sit and watch the sunset.

a place to sit and watch the sunset (my backyard)

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I Don’t Have Much, But I Do Have…

As a homeowner in Tucson, AZ, I know what it’s like to wait for the season’s first monsoon, that giving of life that your plants so desperately need. Not only does it bring relief to dry, yellowing cactus that, by July, are shriveling up upon themselves, but it also brings a cool breath of air after months of what feels like a hot blow Continue reading I Don’t Have Much, But I Do Have…

Young Love

Wow! Has it really been a month since I’ve last posted here? As a quick fill in, I’ve accepted a position as a history teacher at Desert Christian High School in Tucson, AZ and am super pumped about it! That said, preparing to be a teacher is a consuming task and I’ve been lost in thoughts of how to be the very best teacher I can be rather than in how to best compose my next image. Also, I went on a two-week vacation this summer which included three national parks, the beach and a family reunion. I’ve been busy, to say the least. With that, here’s a photo I took at Mission Beach in CA. Ahhhh, young love!DSC_6603c

Tombstone!

I’m back in Arizona and I’m not moving away! We had so much fun in Korea but it is so very nice to be back in our hometown of Tucson, AZ. Last weekend we went to Tombstone for “Wyatt Earp Days.” Here are some of my favorite photos.

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Ulleungdo, Korea’s Island Paradise

Dare I say a stay on this island is better than Jeju? I’ve been to both now, and while Jeju is unbelievably gorgeous, Ulleungdo will make you feel like you are a thousand miles away from the hustle of the “real world.”

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The stars on the map annotate places I’ve been.

The island is about 217 kilometers from the ferry port in Pohang (one of the terminals that services trips to Ulleungdo) and is located in the East Sea between Korea and Japan. From Pohang, expect a three-hour ferry ride out at 9:50am. This is the only departure time. Returns to Pohang are at 3:30pm daily.

We spent two nights and two days on Ulleungdo, just barely enough time to do everything we wanted to do. I suggest at least another day on the island if you can swing it. There is one road that goes almost all the way around tDSC_2951che island. It takes 1.5 hours to make it to the end of the road, but not because the island is large. The road is small and meanders through scenic scapes that even a man who likes to get from point A to point B will want to stop and soak in. Multiple one lane tunnels wind themselves through the volcanic rock; you’ll have to wait your turn to go through if traffic is coming from the opposite direction. But no worries, you’re on island time here. Continue reading Ulleungdo, Korea’s Island Paradise