Holiday

Travel: Puerto Rico

I took a much needed vacation to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and I even succeeded in not turning my entire trip into a full on photography assignment!  I decided to take one camera (my camera “B” aka Nina) and one lens (Canon 50mm f 1.8).  While I did get to  spend days on the beach soaking up the sun, explore the island and R-E-L-A-X, I also spent an entire day in Old San Juan snapping away.  Puerto Rico is a beautiful island filled with rich culture, delicious cuisine and beautiful (and colorful) architecture.  Check out the photos below!

“Punk Christmas”

Having seen this with my own eyes living in this big ‘ole rotten apple of a city and working at an institute of higher learning, witnessing first hand what students leave in dorm rooms and on the street after the school year ends, I can also confirm that sadly, this does happen.  Tons of shit new or gently used items get tossed every year by these kids.  I did not know that certain schools set up donation areas for this stuff, which is a good start but it makes it even more unfortunate that these kids would rather toss items in the trash than donate them to someone who would appreciate this stuff.  Happy hunting…

Via Gothamist.  

Wishlist: Reflections in Black A History of Black Photographers 1840 – Present by Deborah Willis

‘Tis the season to be jolly and shit and I’d be the jolliest photographer in all the land if someone were to put this book in my Xmas stocking this year!  Ok cut the cheesy holiday talk,  I really want this book.  I’ve had my eyes on it for awhile now but have never gotten around to hunting down a new copy.  It’s out there for sure and I’m sure it is waiting to start its new life on my bookshelf 😉

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Nas Launches Ugly Xmas Sweater in Support of Prison Reform

If you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party this year, do it with purpose!  Nas is selling his “Kneeling Santa” sweaters through his HSTRY clothing brand.  According to the site:

“A portion of proceeds will go to The Center for Court Innovation, which seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system, reducing both crime and incarceration.”

You can read more about the initiative over at Huff Post and pick up a sweater via HSTRY’s website.

 

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Spoiler alert: I purchased the red one.

 

Travel: Niagara Falls & Watkins Glen State Park

I decided to squeeze an end of summer getaway into my extended weekend and I’m so glad that I did!  Having never been to Niagara Falls or Watkins Glen State Park, I was taken aback by the magnitude and beauty of both destinations.  Here are a few pics from the trip and some video of my journey on the famous “Maid of the Mist” boat ride which takes you as close as you can get to the falls, with the added bonus of a refreshing shower along the way…

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And for the sake of experimentation, I decided to add some HDR effects to this picture.  What do you think?

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