Parisian street photography


Above is one of those street photos at the hip. The ones where you shutter and pray for something.

I don’t do it that often anymore, but I liked the way this turned out, in all of its evil, not-goodness.

I’ll put a few more shots below the fold. As I wrote on my other blog, my goal is to get subjects to look directly at my lens. That way my audience later feels a better connection with them.

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Thoughts on France, Part 1 — conversations, ordering, how to offend the locals, speaking politely and you


This past trip to France in June was probably one of our most successful trips to date. Tina and I have traveled quite a bit together, for work and for pleasure. We  work on all our trips, because there’s such a blurry line between what we find pleasurable and our work.

This trip centered on the idea that we would travel with friends, Becky F.and Luis V.

Tina and I photographed their wedding about a year and a half ago. While at the wedding, we met some of Becky’s friends — other guests at the wedding — who own a countryside home in the Loire Valley of France. There was one of those, “You guys could stay there whenever,” kind of offers.

You don’t say that to Tina and me without the two of us saying, “We’re holding you to that offer.”

A few months ago, I reached out to Becky and Luis and said, “Remember that time when your friend offered her country home … Tina’s itching to travel.”

The Ball was in Motion

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another amazing day in france

day 6

Today was another great day.

We started by shopping in a street market in Loches. We drove to the Chateaux in Chenonceaux this afternoon, and we ate at a lovely restaurant this evening.

I need to write these experiences down. I’ll do it soon. I promise.

Right now, it’s midnight locally and I can’t keep my eyes open. We’ve been filling our days so much with things to do that I haven’t had a chance to go through my photos enough to post anything.



one of those days


Did you ever have one of those days where you stressfully ran around doing errands for the bulk of it. You ate dinner with 300 strangers all facing the same way.

You slept with those strangers for four hours. Then you woke up in another country, and made it till your bed time with little sleep and a lot of adrenaline?

Our first day in Paris was a dream. We’re staying in a beautiful apartment in the first neighborhood. We ate a restaurant tonight that we ate at our first night on our honeymoon, strictly by happenstance.

We walked through the grounds of the Louvre. We passed by pet shops that would melt your heart faster than butter in a microwave.

There were furniture stores with artistic European pieces that were so inspiring I almost got arrested for taking my pants off and rubbing my business on the windows.

The cool thing about Paris is how much it oozes art, diversity, and mind expansion. This place is a melting pot of ideas, visitors, history, etc.

This is one of my favorite places on earth. And the main reason is that the respect artists to the point that they are higher and more admirable than gods. Which is why so many people probably hate this place due to political leanings.



Gay marriage leads to [spit, ding] Eiffel Tower weddins

Because if gay marriage is approved, next thing you know, people start playing Mendelssohn’s Wedding March to themselves and inanimate objects, like cupcakes, coffee makers and … ooo la la come here and let me poke you … Eiffel Towers.

About this video:

Michele Bachmann’s Iowa campaign chair Tamara Scott tells Bob Vander Plaats that legalizing gay marriage will lead to legalizing marriage with inanimate objects, like the Eiffel Tower.

Via Cynical C

Ah shit, the devil’s planting fossils again.

Scientists found a 20 million year old ape skull in Uganda? Yeah, right!

That means the skull is 19,990,000 years older than biblical creation.

The devil is a crafty beaver and he has atheists and scientists wrapped around his slimy little finger. There’s NO WAAAAAY that there’s a 20 million year old skull for reals.

Get out of here, science! Leave the age of things to the experts with the bibles.

Read the fabricated nonsense here.