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#bestcityintheworld (Barcelona…or San Sebastián?)

This series was featured on Hipstography.com!  Read about it here…

First stop on this Spain journey is Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia. It is an important cultural center, renowned especially for its architecture, particularly the works of Antoni Gaudí and Montaner, both of whose works have been designated World Heritage Sites. The people are friendly, the food is spectacular, and the beaches are bustling with activity.  And, it seems, everyone is an art lover (or at least a lover!).

MOVING right along…we took the train to Pamplona (Iruña, in Basque), a wonderful little city in its own right, first stop in the Basque Country and home of the famous Iruña Café–in what’s known as Hemingway Corner–and the ancient Citadel with walls spread throughout.  I believe it’s most widely known as the location of the “Running of the Bulls”, which takes place every July.  Oops, missed it this time around!

Then, we boarded another train to the NEXT best city in the world…San Sebastián/Donostia (in Basque) !  This is truly my favorite place.  It is close to the region which my husband’s family hails from, which is another reason that we are here.  And I’m enjoying seeing familial similarities in the people here.

Honestly, San Sebastián seems to have it all.  Beautiful weather, beaches, ocean bay, picturesque marina, little mountains, a super clean and interesting old city.  The Basque museum is fabulous: San Telmo Museum, contains everything you need to know about Basque culture. It was here I learned about the “Construcción Vacía” (Empty Construction) movement and fell in love with its form, substance and simplicity. I’ve got two examples below, one by Eduardo Chillida, the other by Jorge Oteiza (both Basque artists).

Lastly, folks here are really into fitness, they run, bike, swim, hike–we would fit right in.  Maybe we will come back and stay someday…


Philly, my city of birth…

I WAS BORN HERE (Philadelphia), but my family left shortly thereafter and moved to Paris. Then, as a grade-schooler, we moved back to the Philadelphia area, where I remained through middle school.  So in a way, I could call this home… Philadelphia City Hall Each morning I rise pretty early by Philly standards (that’s what I’m seeing anyway), and take a nice run, walk through center city to the Schuylkill River Trail, armed with my iPhone (Hipstamatic app, John S lens, Blackeys extra fine film). Except last Sunday morning, with no traffic, I shot the above City Hall with ProHDR and edited it a bit in Snapseed.

I’m kind of impressed with Philadelphia.  I love that it seems to have an eating venue for every mood and type of diet…and the coffee ain’t too bad either! Oh, and the gelato is spectacular!  In the next phase of my life I want to live on Sansom Street, eat out every night for dinner, followed by the world famous CAPOGIRO gelato …YUM. GOTHAM? This shot of St. Mark’s was also shot with ProHDR, then converted to B W in Snapseed.  Can’t recall how I got the vignetting, but I like this building–it reminds me of something I would see in the fictional Gotham City. Check out the LOVE sculpture… LOVE selfies


Medieval, Magical Córdoba!

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In the heart of Andalucía, southern Spain, lies the medieval city of Córdoba, with its rich history, culture, and architecture.  I’ve always wanted to visit there but never got around to it until now…and it was worth the wait.

The Mezquita (Great Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba) of course is the destination, visited and photographed by thousands every year.  I found the architectural styles fascinating, but what truly drew me to it was its history.

Here is my traveling partner…I caught her relaxing before we headed out to see the sights.  It seemed to capture the mood of Córdoba.

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Save the date!  October 4 ~ 13, 2014

(meetup in Madrid)


San Francisco, I finally found a way to love you…

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the 2013 MacWorld/iWorld Conference in San Francisco, with fellow friend and photographer Karen Divine.  Ms. Divine was a presenter and that provided her with some pretty cool perks, including a very nice hotel and a lead to the press room for free food and drinks….Karen and Cindy Patrick presented their processes in slide shows that were so captivating you could tell that no one was checking FB or email on their smartphones (I looked).

I met some amazing artists, including Cindy Patrick, Knox Bronson (publishes Pixels at an Exhibition and is a really cool dude), Jack Hollingsworth, Dan Marcolina, Dan Berman (founder, Mobile Photo Awards), Eleonora Ronconi, Rudy Vogel, street photographer Jay Desind, Elaina Wilcox, etc., very talented iPhoneographers.  Cindy and I were trying to make our way to the seedy bar called Hotel Utah, and were so busy gabbing that we went the wrong way and ended up in the bowery.  So we gabbed our way back and finally did arrive at our destination.

MacWorld was presenting its first ever e-compilation of the Mobile Masters (available for download on the iPad), many of whom were there.  My work was not represented in the MM…maybe next time.  I got to talk to an app developer from Germany, Jens Daemgen, who developed ProCamera for the iPhone. We discussed what I look for in photo apps.  I shot some pictures for him with his app, one of which I will include below.  I should mention that I introduced myself to one of my favorite techie icons– Julianne Kost (of Adobe fame)…and made sure she looked at my iPhone portfolio “First Day”.  She liked it and had some insights (they look like a movie–all in one image!) which I will proceed to use in my next portfolio review..thank you, Julianne.

I was also very fortunate to be able to have a nice outdoor lunch with a photography teacher, Jack Fulton, I had back in the 70’s at the San Francisco Art Institute.  That was definitely a highlight, we talked about growing older and finding peace (hey, it’s San Francisco!).

The following images were all shot with the iPhone 4s, Hipstamatic app, EXCEPT for the first image, which was shot with ProCamera…

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Ft. Lauderdale…backroads


Spent a week in Ft. Lauderdale recently, visiting family.  Each morning I would take off for a run along the ocean, fanny pack stuffed with my iPhone and some $ for cappuccino…Not too much into traditional scenics, this time I thought I’d look at my surroundings from an “architectural” perspective.  Of course, I love the way light reveals and conceals little architectural treasures.

Playing with Iris Photo App for the iPhone….I found this barge so interesting, parked along the intercoastal, apparently replacing someone’s boat dock.  Always wondered how they did that.

Loved the way the sailboat masts stuck out above the drawbridge

Hipstamatic!


Hipstamatic! …at Prospect New Town

Out again with photographer David P.  First off, we went to Sandstone Ranch before first light.  I think we had about 30 seconds of “good” light and then it went downhill from there.  So we took a walk, then went out for coffee at Longmont’s Prospect New Town Neighborhood.  We were mulling over my ONE PHOTOGRAPHY RULE TO LIVE BY…which is to always get at least one good photo on a shoot.  At that point we had zilch.  So, as we were driving out, we spotted this old building which had been moved here for some future renovation…it sits amidst some pretty cutting edge architecture.

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