Architecture

Super Bowl 50 Blue Angels Photos

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The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers competed in Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. I was 15 miles away on the side of a mountain overlooking Silicon Valley.

Levi's Stadium

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II and AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
ISO: 360
Focal Length: 600mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/2000s

Fortunately, 30 minutes before the start of the Super Bowl, the Blue Angels flew over Silicon Valley. Nothing better than a test run before the real deal…for them, as well as for me. 600mm was a bit too close since I wanted to see the Blue Angels in their surroundings, so I removed the teleconverter and waited and waited and waited.
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Looking Up From the Base of the Eiffel Tower

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From the base of the Eiffel Tower, the secrets of this iconic Parisian landmark are revealed. Up close, I can see the iron skeleton that supports the Eiffel Tower. Some parts are purely utilitarian, while others, like the scalloped border that accents the arches, add a decorative flair. Within the staunch legs, the challenging stairs channel climbers up to the higher observation decks of the Eiffel Tower. The climb is not too difficult, and lets you avoid the long wait for the more convenient elevator.

Eiffel Tower

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 17mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/80s

Louvre Museum

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I’m revisiting some photos that I had taken at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. I regret that I had taken these as JPG instead of RAW. However, I could still make some adjustments, which I like better than an earlier edit.

Louvre Paris France

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 29mm
Aperture: f/2.8
Shutter: 1/6s

Memorial Church at Night

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I will have to retry this experiment in a different location. The objective was to take a photo of the stars within an urban environment. For the night sky, the exposure settings were ISO 6,400, f/2.8 and 20.0s. For the church itself, the exposure settings were ISO 100, f/2.8 and 0.4s.

The problem I encountered was all the nearby lights that were pointed at the lens would cause some severe glare, particularly at those settings.

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Canyon de Chelly

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Canyon de Chelly is a testament to the adaptability of human beings. Instead of walled cities, these people built their community into the crevices of the canyon walls. It is almost a cliché to be amazed by the ancient people who wandered the globe before us. But, each of them did whatever they had to do to survive, so that each of us can enjoy the bounties of today.

Canyon de Chelly

Camera: Nikon D7000
Lens: Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR IIs
ISO: 140
Focal Length: 200 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/30s

Boston Skyline at Dusk

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I love cities like Boston that are so pedestrian accessible. Armed with a basic sense of direction, I was able to navigate my way throughout the city searching for delightful places of interest. During the week I was in Boston, the sunsets were quite spectacular. I was looking for a place with some elevation where I could see the Boston skyline at dusk without my view being obscured by all the tall skyscrapers.

So, I headed to Boston Common hoping that the large public park would offer some city vistas. Within the Common, I found a small hill and perched myself along the slope near the top. As sun descended, we were greeted by the office lights of the surrounding buildings.

Boston Skyline

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 38 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/4s

Old North Church

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This statue of Paul Revere commemorates his famous midnight ride to alert the patriot leaders that the British regulars were departing from Boston. Behind the statue is the equally famous Old North Church, from which the “one if by land and two if by sea” lanterns were hung.

Old North Church

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 50 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 1/10s

Zakim Bridge at Sunset

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Boston has a wonderful walkway that follows the contour of the harbor. I was out for an evening stroll when I came upon a gorgeous sunset at the Zakim Bridge. TD Garden is to the left and Bunker Hill is on the other side of the bridge.

Zakim Bridge

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 36 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Shutter: 30.0s

Freedom Trail

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The Freedom Trail Ticket offers discounted admission to the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House and the Paul Revere House.

The Old State House offers several interesting tours and activities. The guides explained the history of the Old State House, and provided insight on the Boston massacre and the War of Independence. Of the three points of interest, I enjoyed the Old State House the most.

Old State House

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 140
Focal Length: 58mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/250s

The Paul Revere house allows visitors to step back into time and see how the Revere family live. This is a self-directed tour with interesting Revere family heirlooms on display.

The Old South Meeting House has some exhibits that cover the history of the premises. Its claim to fame is its association with the Boston tea party. The colonists had met at the Old South Meeting House before heading to dispose of the tea shipments into Boston harbor.

Old South Meeting House

Camera: Nikon D800
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 24mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Shutter: 1/5s