Always Going Somewhere
Staying in one place is not an option!
They say travel broadens the mind. Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” So I guess that makes travelers multi-dimensional beings.
Hooked on Travel
I was born under a wandering star, in Schwäbisch Gmünd Germany. My father was an officer in the US Army and my mother had an 11-month-old daughter when I was born, my sister Terry. My first travel adventure occurred when I crawled out of our apartment window onto the roof. I’ve been hooked on travel ever since.
My husband, Jim, and I get away as often as we can, to various places in the USA. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, which is a great place to get started on lots of adventures.
I love to take photos and I’d love to share them with you. All the photos on my website were taken and are copyrighted by myself. Let me know if you want to buy some by clicking the button above.
What’s Your Focus?
Travel Photography Tips
Backgrounds, backgrounds, backgrounds. Sometimes moving a few inches to one side can make the difference between a great photo and a near miss. Another good tip is to get in really close to your subject — as close as you can, to focus attention on that one idea. The photos to the right were taken a few seconds apart at the foot of Mt Ranier in Washington state. Focus and background make a huge difference.
From the ocean to street puddles, I seem to take a lot of photos of water.
Mountains are fascinating. Whenever I see one I want to capture it or climb it. Or both!
Buildings old and new represent cities to me, wherever people are busy doing people things.
Like that little elephant cooling off in the mud, animals make me laugh.
The mirrorless Alpha is small and light and can be taken anywhere. Changing the lenses gives a lot of options for zooming and wide angles. It’s also quiet and fairly uncomplicated.
iPhones and other varieties of smart phones compete for best camera, to the benefit of the photographing buyer. The iPhone 11 is only beaten by a couple of newer phones, but not by much.
What was your favorite place to travel?
I’ve been to Hawaii twice, and it beats everything for beauty and accessibility to fun.
What place would you avoid in the future?
Although Chicago, Illinois had some interesting sights, the long train ride to get there and back ruined the whole trip for me. It was exhausting!
Is New York City safe?
We were approached by a guy who wanted some money, but it was daylight in a park and he was too picky to take the muffin I offered him instead of money. That was the only risky thing that happened to two females in the city. We felt pretty safe.
What is the trick to getting good photos?
Check your backgrounds, get closer to your subject and learn to do some simple editing. Cropping and lightening can take your blah to hurrah.
Have you heard of the golden hour? When taking photos, especially of people, it can make a huge difference in the quality of the picture.
The golden hour is the time of day just before the sun sets. When taking photos during this time, the color is warm and the angles of light can make amazing things happen to hair and foliage of trees. There are lots of calculators online to help you figure out what time the golden hour happens, and even apps for your phone.
Why Should you Travel?
“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”
– Sir Richard Burton
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.”
– Mark Twain
“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.”
– Samuel Johnson
Duration: 4 days, 3 nights Hotel: DoubleTree Atlantic Beach Budget: $2,000 Miles Travelled: 1,500 It has been three long years since we had an actual vacation, one that wasn't connected to family business or work conferences. We are desperately in need of recreation....