I recently went through my photos from Cuba. When I originally sorted and worked my images from that trip, I did not find these interesting. Or they didn’t represent what I was feeling at the time. I have to admit I don’t remember. But on the revisit, I fell in love with Cuba all over again. Enjoy these “new” images!
Images from a trip through the countryside. We visited a baseball team, a historic coffee plantation and farm restaurant.
A man feeds the chickens at a farm restaurant in rural Cuba
The El Curujey restaurant is a farm restaurant in rural Cuba
The entrance to the bleachers of a baseball field in rural Cuba.
Coffee Flats for drying coffee beans
I found myself fascinated with many different styles of architecture, including Art Deco, Colonial, and Spanish. They would often all be on the same building.
The Santa Clara Libra hotel in Santa Clara, Cuba
Iglesia de Santa Ana Church facade in Trinidad, Cuba
Art Deco style architecture is evident in many of the urban areas
Two people sit at a small table, waiting for the day’s crowds to appear.
A street scene from urban Cuba
Street scene in urban Cuba
I hope you enjoy these images from Cuba as much as I enjoyed taking them! Prints are available of these and other photos from Cuba here.
I have great news! Two of my pieces have been accepted into a gallery exhibition in New York City. The show is going to be held at the Salmagundi Art Club from February 3 – February 16. These are the 2 images accepted into the Glimpses of our World photography exhibition are below.
Taken in New York City in September 2018, this images is one of my all time favorite window reflections.
This was taken while walking around New York City, also in September. I love the juxtaposition of the historic building with the newer, more modern glass skyscraper. The Empire State Building peaks out between the two.
My husband and I will be traveling up on the train for the show. I’m sure I’ll get more pics of New York while I’m there!
At the end of the year, I like to revisit my images. I like to see where I started and where I ended. I usually choose my favorites from the year. But this year, I am going to share a few of my favorites and a few of my least favorites. I will do several of these. Each with a theme, so they don’t get too long. As always, comments are welcome!
The first one will be still life photography. The next will be night photography. Then we will look at travel photography. After that, it’ll be 2019 and time to start again!
Still Life Photography
This was one of the first images I shared in January. In the winter months, I have a hard time going outside (cold, ugh). So, I often do some experimenting with still life images. The camera is an Olympus film camera. The case is an old make up case that I found at a garage sale in Winchester, KY. I have this in color and black and white. I prefer the black and white version because it echoes that sense of antiquity and gives it a vintage feel. Definitely, one of my favorite still life images!
This image was taken for the Weekly Photography Challenge. The theme was jewelry not being worn. I love the dirty, grungy background with the smooth silver and beads. The selective color gives it that pop. I want to do more of these next year!
Another image taken for the Weekly Photography Challenge. I love anything pertaining to time – watches, clocks, hourglasses. I finished this with a sepia tone and a vignette to give it an old, timeless feel.
When I say least favorite, I just mean they don’t speak to me the same way the others do. I don’t hate them, or I wouldn’t be sharing them.
The exact same image as above without the vintage finish. The watches feel too new and it just does not speak to me in the same way.
This is my least favorite still life created this year. It’s boring and just does not speak to me. This was taken on a super bright spring day. I did very little planning and spent almost no time on it. Maybe I should try again. Maybe not.
I hesitated on this one. I like it. I love the black and white finish with the white vignette. The shallow depth of field. And the phone itself is a work of art. But I think I could have done something better with this and will keep trying.
Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to watch for the next installment of my year end review! Do you have a year end blog? Feel free to share in the comments!
As always, the images are available as prints and other products in my shop!
My current obsession is night photography. I love to see city lights after dark or small town lights. I never carry a tripod with me, so I shoot with a super high ISO or try to rest the camera on something. I use a Sony A7rII and it is great for shooting in low light with a minimum of grain. Although, I have night photos from around the world, this gallery is dedicated to America after dark.
Knoxville is my home town, so I have lots of images from here. Here are a few.
New York City
When I visited New York, I went alone. At first, I thought I might be too afraid to spend a lot of time out after dark, especially taking photos. But I got comfortable with it fairly quickly.
Want to see more photos from after dark, click here.
Feel free to comment and share your own images of America After Dark.
This is an interactive blog. I would like your feedback and opinion on this images. I have a hard time deciding if I like the black and white or color versions better. Of course, in the end, I usually offer both in my shop. But it is nice to get feedback. So let me which you prefer and why.
New York Public Library
When on the train to NYC, I met a lady who told me I had to go see the Public Library. She did not lie.
Trefoil Arch Central Park
I love this tunnel. I have seen other photos and was excited when I came across it while wandering the park. I had to wait for a few people to come along and walk through to get this image. I prefer the black and white. It emphasizes the shapes and textures better. What do you think?
The New York Times Building
When I looked up and saw this, I knew that I had to take a picture of it. I am torn on which I prefer. I like the more modern feel of the color version. But I really like the classic touch of the black and white.
Between the Old and the New
The thing I love most about traveling in large cities is this. When modern meets historic and a classic in between. I can’t pick which I like better. Maybe you can!
Glass House Tavern Sign
I found the simplicity of this sign to be eye catching. Shoe horned in with the big showy marquees of Times Square, it caught my attention. The black and white image feels like classic, like it could have been taken in the early days of photography.
I look forward to your input on these images! Also, feel free to link to your own blog in the comments below.
We recently took a quick trip to Johnson City, TN. It has been on our list for awhile because we love Yee-Haw beer. But we finally had a good reason to go. It was work related, so at least the gas was paid for!
Dinner and a Beer (or two)
The first place we went was, of course, Yee-Haw Brewing Company. They have a great in house bar and they share space with White Duck Taco Shop. Yay! Beer and food all in one handy place.
The bar at Yee-Haw Brewing in Johnson City, TN
After eating, we decided to walk around downtown a bit and see what else is happening in Johnson City. As it turns out, not much. But it was a Sunday evening. We will try to go back on a Saturday and catch a show or something. Prints are available of the images below – here.
A classic ghost sign on the side of a building in Johnson City, TN
Numan’s Cafe & Sports Bar is located in downtown Johnson City, TN
Window reflections and a view inside
Ghost sign on a building in Johnson City, TN
Atomik Comics and Blue Moon Theatre Company side by side
Capones in Johnson City, TN
Campbell’s Morrell Music store on the corner of Commerce and Market Streets in downtown Johnson City, Tn.
The Johnson City Tennessee sign located in downtown Johnson City, TN.
Empty buildings on the other side of the train tracks in Johnson City
I had a hankering for ice cream but there did not seem to be any ice cream shops. I admit, we didn’t look really hard. We headed back to the White Duck to see what they had for dessert. They had two desserts and both were yummy!
Coconut Macaroon Pie w/ Salted Caramel
Mexican Chocolate Pot du Creme w/ Pistachio Nut Crunch
We will definitely go back to Johnson City, Tennessee!
SP’s Weekly Photo Challenge was Jewelry Up Close. We got some great entries. We received some super up close and personal images and gorgeous not so up close images. Some of the images told a story and a few were just pretty.
A black and white of jewelry with blue highlights.
Blue beads and crystals with silver.
Sydney’s week in jewelry
Pearls, silver, and gold
Blood red and up close
Sort of up close and personal with jewelry.
A portrait in black and white with collage work
A sepia tone finish on this one
Beads and baubles hanging by Tatiana
Pearls laid out in a shop window by Tatiana Travelways
Stay tuned for images from the next challenge – Some place new.