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Summer Carnivals Are Great For Long Exposure Photography

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

It’s Carnival season around the United States and along with that come the smells of elephant ears and cotton candy! The days are long gone of wanting to ride on any of the whirly, tilting and fast contraptions that are out there for current thrill seekers. So, I opt for capturing the whirls and motion on camera instead. Carnivals are a great place to hone your long exposure skills. The colors and the lights, people moving and rides in constant motion are great subjects for some artistic photography. Items to bring along for long exposure photography are, a tripod, and a neutral density (ND) filter for daytime or twilight shots. Long exposures on bright skies or at twilight will blow out unless you can stop down your lens. Hoya is a great brand for ND filters that have great reviews and are reasonably priced. Midways can be full of people …

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How to Work a Camel

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

After spending a day visiting the Dead Sea and going down some adventurous desert back trails in my rental car, I was heading back to the Old City of Jerusalem and noticed all of the camels sitting alongside the road with colorful scarves wrapped around their heads and tassels hanging off of their reins. I have never been much for riding animals. I am more of a voyeur when it comes to visiting different areas and seeing other cultures. Most of these camels looked quite content relaxing in the sand and the colorful adornments drew me in. I decided to stop at a market (shook) that had about 10 camels lined up along the front of the building by the road. Each camel had their own handler or owner and they were advertising rides for 20 NIS. I thought it couldn’t hurt to ask if I could photograph the camel …

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Wild Horses Right on Cue in The Arizona Outback

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Looking for great experience and a way to cool off in the summer heat? Try the kayaking tour down the Lower Salt River in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was a relaxing and meditational trip floating down this part of the Salt River. We left in the early morning, took the 45 minute van drive to the drop off point and loaded into the inflatable two-person kayaks. The guide was great at explaining the team efforts that both paddlers needed to know to keep the kayak straight on the river. This excursion was a great place to do some scenic photography. You don’t have to worry about camera gear getting wet, they supply dry bags and unless you are planning on dancing in your kayak, it’s a pretty smooth, dry ride. The guides had mentioned that there would be a possibility of seeing wild horses on this trip and right on cue, …

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Passion and Jumping Cactus- Scottsdale, AZ

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Passionate people and jumping cactus! I had been to the desert in the southwestern part of the US but not to Scottsdale, Arizona or the Phoenix area. Sundresses packed and sandals ready to go, I boarded a plane for Arizona, looking forward to feeling the sun on my skin after a long dark winter in the midwest. I had done some research before I left on the area and decided to look up hiking in the desert. I came across a couple of sites that warned of jumping cactus that attach to your skin and embed their tentacles if you try to pull them off! Now I had visions of hiding under my sheets with a flashlight spoofing on the Blair Witch Project, scared of heading out to the trails of the Sonora Desert Preserve. But when I arrived and connected with the Scottsdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the lovely …

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Cosanti- A Unique Desert Studio!

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

When you visit Scottsdale, AZ, a must-see stop should be Cosanti just outside of Scottsdale! This magnificent studio was home to Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri before his passing in 2013. The structures are formed with concrete using the ground as a mold. All of the details were carved in a mound of earth, concrete was poured over and when dried, the earth was removed beneath the concrete. This technique is called earthcasting. Cosanti is also known for it’s wind bells which are created on-site. These bells are know world-wide and are a favorite gift for an Arizona resident to send out on the holidays to people outside of the area. I was lucky enough to be present during a casting with several of the day’s visitors. Molten metal is poured into the sand forms and will set quickly. The forms have been shaped and etched with designs beforehand. Using different …

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Scottsdale, Arizona Invasion! Art, History and Culture.

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Day one of the Scottsdale Invasion in Scottsdale, AZ! Check-in at the retro and funky Saguaro hotel was a treat. Vintage leather furniture and beautiful artwork hangs all around the property. Dinner at The Distrito was a taste experience to die for! From the Duck Fundido to the Pecado a la Veracruz, they have a great menu for the food connoisseur. The ArtWalk in the Downtown Scottsdale was a great way to walk off the evenings dinner and drinks. The galleries are on a street adorned with lights and outdoor sculptures. And who could resist a wall of John Wayne movie posters! Disclaimer: This experience was provided free of charge for review purposes by Scottsdale CVB, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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Grand Rapids, MI Best Little City in The Midwest

In Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Grand Rapids, Michigan is located on the Grand River in western Michigan. This little city has been getting a lot of attention lately with several “best of” nominations and awards. Nestled inland about 35 miles East of Lake Michigan, Grand Rapids is evolving into a creative hotspot with a revitalized urban downtown. Full of festivals and events, there is always something to do here especially in the warmer months. Voted 4th out of 10 Best Cities for Finding Employment by Forbes Voted Best City For Raising a Family Number One Travel Destination in 2014 by Lonely Planet Top 10 Emerging Cities in the US by Global Trade Best Beer Town by USA Today Best Place to Retire by AARP ..and the list goes on and on! Grand Rapids even broke a World Record for most people doing a 5000 person lip dub to Don McLean’s American Pie! The city hosts …