Sunday, October 16, 2011

Scavenger Hunt Sunday–Stockholm


This week’s Scavenger Hunt Sunday themes give me the perfect excuse to show off more photos from our recent trip to Stockholm, Sweden!

Round – Part of the Marie Curie exhibit at the Nobel Museum.Stockholm-13-1

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Abstract – Art from the Nordiska Museet (museum)Stockholm-215-1

Seeing faces in strange places – In the Stockholm Subway stations.Stockholm-195-1-2


Stars – I had to dig deep for this one.  This is from our trip to Chamonix last winter and shows my favorite star…the sun!Chamonix 060-1

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Hay Stockholm!

I love the way the Swedish say hello, “hay hay”!  It sounds just like “hey” and comes off as very casual and friendly, which is exactly the feel of the city of Stockholm.  Brandon and I spent Columbus Day weekend visiting Stockholm and while fall weather had definitely set in, we had an incredible time visiting this beautiful city.  The city of Stockholm is on a collection of islands with gorgeous waterways, buildings and people.  Our time was spent wandering through this fabulous city, its incredible museums and eating some delicious food.  We definitely plan to head back up for another visit, hopefully in the summer so we can take advantage of the gorgeous waterways!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

More from Versailles–Marie Antoinette’s Estate

I don’t know why I keep going back to my photos from our trip to Paris this summer.  Even as I upload and edit my photos from our trip to Stockholm, Sweden, I couldn’t resist posting another couple photos from Paris.  These two are from Versailles and Marie Antoinette’s beautiful Estate.  While I love the big palaces and ornately decorated staterooms, these little cottages were absolutely gorgeous and we loved wandering around the ponds and cluster of adorable buildings.



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Paris at Night

I don’t know how I forgot to post these night shots from our trip to Paris, Brandon actually had to remind me to do it.  I guess I got too excited about our next trip to Berlin or maybe, as usual, life and chaos just got in the way.  Anyway, here are a couple of night shots at the Louvre from our last trip to Paris.  The Louvre is amazing during the day, but it is even more beautiful at night when most of the tourists have abandoned it. 



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Experimenting with HDR


I took this photo from the second tier of the Eiffel Tower looking down at one of the legs of the base.  Instead of fighting the long lines to ride the elevator up, Brandon and I took the stairs up (don’t worry, we didn’t go all the way to the very top) and I think we both realized how out of shape we are.  With our burning lungs, the only thing that made us feel better was the fact that no one passed us.  The climb was definitely worth the gorgeous view of the city.  I also loved being able to see the tower from a different vantage point; it really is an amazing structure.


This is my favorite photo of this week from our trip to Berlin.  This was taken at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin at sunset.  These concrete blocks vary in height and in the center are around 12-15 feet (?).  Looking from the outside the memorial doesn’t look like anything really spectacular, but as we walked through I was really taken by the enormous size of these blocks.  Walking through the 2,711 concrete blocks was pretty powerful.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Amazing Berlin!

Brandon and I headed to Berlin for Labor Day and were greeted by amazing weather, a wonderful city and some truly memorable sites.  Due to the history of East and West Berlin, the city is fairly spread out, but we just put on our comfy shoes and had a great time walking all over the city to the various Platz’s (city squares), sites and monuments. 

Berlin-44-1No trip to Berlin is complete without a trip to see the wall.  This portion of the wall is still standing near the Topography of Terror, which is a place I would highly recommend visiting.  The photos and displays were incredibly interesting and very eye-opening.

Berlin-194-1I love the contrast in the architecture of the Reichstag Building which holds the German Parliament.  The dome was damaged by fire and was rebuilt in a more modern style.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to tour the inside because you have to schedule a tour in advance due to security, but it was still really remarkable from the outside.

Berlin-216-1I guess this is the Berliner version of hanging out at the beach.

Berlin-209-1The inside of the Sony Center.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Finding inspiration…

I’ve been in a slump these past few weeks and have hardly picked up my camera.  I’m feeling a bit homesick lately and even though I am grateful for the opportunity to live overseas, I am ready to move home and be closer to family.  Homesickness, lack of inspiration, and other life events had gotten the best of me lately and photography was not on my priority list. 

But, what better way to get out of the photography slump then to head to Paris to celebrate our 2 year anniversary!  Both Brandon and I have been to Paris before, but this was the first time that the two of us have gone alone.  We hit most of the major tourist attractions, but decided to make this Parisian vacation a relaxing one.  The first photo pretty much sums up our vacation.  We wandered around Paris and made several stops along our adventure to lay on the grass, chill in the park or dip our feet in the fountains.  This was exactly what I needed.


I’ve been playing around a bit with HDR and decided to try it with the scene below.  The lighting and shadows were extremely harsh with the mid-day sun so I was hoping that the HDR would bring back some of the detail lost in the blown highlights and dark shadows. 


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No matter how many times I go to Paris, I always love to visit the Louvre.  Even if we don’t go into the museum, I love the scene outside.  The gorgeous architecture and pyramids still amaze me with their beauty; and I absolutely love watching all the people relaxing and walking around outside. 



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Things that make me happy…

Kitty paws

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and cat naps.

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