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The Amazon Jungle: Tambopata National Reserve & Lake Sandoval

October 1, 2012 2 comments

This is my second post in a series on my recent trip to Peru. In my first post, I talked about hiking Huayna Picchu at Machu Picchu. Stay tuned for thoughts on Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Lima, and more.

When my girlfriend and I were planning our trip to Peru, we had a big decision to make: Spend our final three days at Lake Titicaca or spend them in the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. We chose the latter.

Why? We thought it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the reviews of the Inkaterra Hacienda Concepcion lodge were stellar. I’m hoping to go into more detail about the wonderful lodge, its employees and our other excursions in the Amazon in another post. But for now, I wanted to detail our experiences on a day-hike inside Tambopata National Reserve to Lake Sandoval.

Lake Sandoval Water Peru

Lake Sandoval in Peru’s Tambopata National Reserve.

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Machu Picchu: Hiking Huayna Picchu

September 21, 2012 13 comments

This is my first post in a series on my recent trip to Peru. Stay tuned for thoughts on Cusco, the Sacred Valley, Lima, the Amazon, and more.

As of November 2014, this post now lives on my new blog and photography website. For previous comments and discussion, please see below.

Photography: Landscapes

March 10, 2012 1 comment

Trying to organize my photos, so here’s a post of landscapes I’ve taken in the past year. You can also view the set on Flickr.

Gas Works Park Silhouette

Gas Works Park Silhouette

Lake Cushman Reflections

Lake Cushman Reflections

Shilshole Bay Marina Blue Hour

Shilshole Bay Marina Blue Hour

Colorful Bellingham Dock

Colorful Bellingham Dock

Deception Pass

Deception Pass

Mount Rainier in the Distance

Mount Rainier in the Distance

A Peaceful Green Lake Night

A Peaceful Green Lake Night

Shoot a Hole Into the Sun

Shoot a Hole Into the Sun

Sunrise Over the Puget Sound

Sunrise Over the Puget Sound

Autumn Colors

Autumn Colors

Summer Boat Reflections

Summer Boat Reflections

A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

Lonely Sunrise

Lonely Sunrise

Photography: Vancouver

January 16, 2012 1 comment
Downtown Vancouver SkylineYou're My WonderwallWater, Boats & CityBritish Columbia SkyLike a PaintingColorful Aquabus
University of British Columbia Clock TowerBC Place ReflectionWest End Sunset

Vancouver, a set on Flickr.

My girlfriend and I took a trip up north to Vanouver this weekend to celebrate our one-year anniversary. Besides absolutely falling in love with the city, here are some photos I shot. Click the photos to enlarge!

More Photography: Traffic Trails Experiment

November 22, 2011 2 comments

Went out looking for a spot the other night to experiment taking photos of traffic trails. I’d always been fascinated by the view of Seattle from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass, so I thought it would be a decent location to setup. These types of photos have always entertained me, so I’m happy I’ve taught myself how to capture them (not that it’s overly difficult or anything). Still lots to improve upon.

The first shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass in Seattle, looking towards downtown. On the left and in the middle (express lanes) is traffic heading north on I-5, while the right side shows traffic heading south on I-5.

The second shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass in Seattle, looking towards downtown. On the left and in the middle (express lanes) is traffic heading north on I-5, while the right side shows traffic heading south on I-5.

The third shot from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass, looking north past downtown Seattle. On the left is traffic headed south into downtown Seattle, while the middle (express lanes and right side shows traffic heading north on I-5.

A close-up of traffic heading north past downtown Seattle on I-5, viewed from the Lakeview Boulevard East overpass. The right side of the photo shows both an on-ramp and express lanes.

For larger views, visit my Flickr page.

An Autumn Day on Green Lake

November 15, 2011 5 comments

I walked down to Green Lake on a beautiful autumn day in Seattle. Here’s what I came up with!

Trees can't block the sun from peaking through.

Looking across Green Lake at some fall foliage.

This duck brought its beak back up from the water as I snapped the photo.

Some more fall foliage at Green Lake.

Another duck makes its way across the water.

A cloud reflected on Green Lake.

Beautiful animals seen here on Green Lake in Seattle. Love them as long as the word 'Oregon' isn't in front.

Some mushrooms growing on an old tree near a bench on Green Lake.

A duck wades through the water.

The sun hits the water on Green Lake.

The sun begins to set over Green Lake in Seattle.

A family enjoys their photo shoot on Green Lake.

I was lucky enough to capture this great blue heron on Green Lake, right as I was about to call it a day.

Another Photography Post (Architecture)

November 7, 2011 2 comments

Yikes! Seems like I’m kind of getting into this photography thing. Today I went into downtown Seattle and tried to get some skyscraper photos. Here’s what came out best — plus a few other architecture shots. If you like what you see, please check out my Flickr!

Columbia Center: The tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi when it was completed, Columbia Center is the tallest building in the state of Washington. Standing at 932 feet, it's located in Seattle and was completed in 1985. The building is black, but combining some HDR techniques in Photoshop and thanks to the sun hitting the building, I was able to get these great colors.

Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue Skyscraper: This residential skyscraper in Seattle stands 440 feet tall and was completed in 2008.

Smith Tower: Located in the Pioneer Square district of downtown Seattle, Smith Tower was built in 1914 and was the tallest office building west of the Mississippi River until 1931. It stands 489 feet tall. With this photo, I tried out some interesting HDR effects in Photoshop.

Gas Works Park: Part of an old gasification plant.

University of Washington's Suzzallo Library (HDR): This is my first real attempt at HDR photography. I combined five photos to create this image of Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington in Seattle. One of my favorite buildings I've ever laid my eyes on, Suzzallo Library features collegiate gothic architecture and was built in the 1920s.

Washington State Capitol: The Legislative Building on the grounds of the Washington State Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

University of Washington Entrance: The entrance to the University of Washington off of Northeast 45th Street.