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Crozant, France

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The ruins of Crozant and La Creuse River

After a hectic last few months, a wedding, and a house full of people all summer long, things are finally winding down in our little village. We were finally able to get out for a breath of fresh air and catch some sunshine on a beautiful day at Crozant this afternoon.

We will be heading out for the next two months on an extended travel through France and Switzerland. I am definitely excited to finally have a chance to get back to traveling for a while and produce some new work… Will be back with plenty of fresh images in the new year!

Les Hérolles Market

A couple of photos from the Foire des Hérolles poultry market this morning. A somewhat surreal and overwhelming experience waking up at 5:00am and ending up surrounded by literally thousands of squawking chickens, ducks, geese, guinea hens, quails, turkeys, and every other imaginable fowl… (all squawking in French.)

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Caged poultry being unloaded

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Young chickens for sale

Four Seasons

The road to my little village though four seasons.

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Spring

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Summer

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Autumn

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Winter

Sarlat, France

 

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Street light and Crêperie Sign on Place du Peyrou, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Dordogne, Aquitaine, France

Lena and I took a short trip to Sarlat-la-Canéda this week. It was good to get out and break away from the computer screen, even if just for a few days. The weather was terrible, and I didn’t have too much time to spend on photos as we were there on other business. I did manage to dust off the camera (only after eating ourselves poor at the morning market) to grab a few shots between rain-showers.

Le Mas Saint-Jean

The small chapel near the village of Mas Saint-Jean. The building with its graceful stone walls and pitched roof with flat tiles, was built around 1115, when the Earl of March donated the land surrounding the monks Aureil. Many will tell you Joan of Arc came to pray in the chapel during a ride with Jean de Brosse, on her way to battle. Some even say it war her who planted the magnificent lime tree which seems to protect the little building with its gnarled arms. The trunk, some centuries old, has a circumference of more than 7m.

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Chapelle du Mas Saint-Jean

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24 Hours with the Fuji x100

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1/60 sec at f/2.0, ISO 200

This is not a review. This is simply a hands-on account of the Fuji x100 based on my very limited use during the first 24 hours using this camera. I am willing to lay all the chips on the line right from the start and go ahead and say that this may be the best digital camera I have ever used. Period. I’ll tell you why after the jump, along with plenty of snaps from my first few hours using this camera. (Keep Reading…)

Archives Online

Well, it only took a month and a half, but finally a portion of my back archives are now online. That included quite a lot of content from a couple United States road trips (more to come eventually from last summer), as well as some photographs from my European travels from Czech Republic, France and most recently, Germany. Of course, there’s a lot more to come when (if) I ever have the time to sort through it all. After all, I realized it has been ten years now since I started traveling and taking photos (which is probably not a coincidence), so there’s literally years of work to go through… One day.

Also, I have added the possibility to buy prints directly from the archive page- This is still in testing, and I’m not sure if it will stick around as a long term solution, but for the time being I will keep it. You should see a link under each photo which will allow you to purchase prints. Print orders are fulfilled through Fotomoto, and I have ordered a couple of test prints and the quality is definitely very nice. The pricing structure is a little on the pricey side however, but if you ACT NOW you can get 25% off. How’s that for a sales pitch? Seriously, use coupon code 64AA04 at checkout. Limited time offer, and all that, so get it while it’s hot. Or something.

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Going forward, I still have a bit of work to do getting the rest of the Peru work finished! I should be able to finish that all up in the next few weeks, and then it’s on to the next big thing

Arequipa

Our visit to Arequipa was dominated by the lovely and wonderfully photogenic Monasterio Santa Catalina (Wiki). We had arrived there late in the day so that we could catch the afternoon light and explore during the one evening per week that the monastery is open at night. Unfortunately, just as we arrived we had to sit through an afternoon rainstorm that left the sky grey and cloudy, and then found out that there was a special even that night, and we were getting kicked out early- After we had paid the thirty Soles entrance. So we were a little more rushed than I would have like to be, but it was still a lovely place to spend the afternoon exploring the tiny, pastel painted alleyways of the mostly complex and I was lucky enough to sneak a few extra minutes after the lights came on to catch some almost night shots.

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Claustro Mayor, or Main Cloister at Santa Catalina Monastery

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Blue Wall and Flowers, Santa Catalina Monastery


Back out on the streets I was still itching to get my night photo fix, so I headed to the Plaza de Armas to set up my tripod there… I was only able to get one single exposure before they turned the lights out on the whole square, leaving the cathedral which was beautifully lit just minutes before dark in front of my lens! It was a slightly frustrating evening to say the least, but I was still able to collect a few shots which I am happy with. Plus, I was able to appease myself with loads of salty Chifa and a carafe of deliciously sweet corn Chica de Maize Morado to ease the defeat.

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Plaza de Armas at night, Arequipa, Peru

Bolivia

I’ve had a little trouble with keeping up with updates lately- Had some rather unfortunate ‘business affairs’ to take care of over the past two weeks which, unfortunately, have kept me from what I really should be doing- Making new photos! Web galleries for Bolivia are now online, including Copacabana and Isla del Sol. Sitting here now Germany- It’s raining outside and about 15º outside- Leaves me wanting some of that beautiful Bolivian sunshine…

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View of Copacabana and Lake Titicaca from Cerro Calvario, Copacabana, La Paz Department, Bolivia

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Panorama of Isla del Sol and Lake Titicaca. Near Comunidad Yumani, Isla del Sol, La Paz Department, Bolivia

Puno and Lake Titicaca

Some of the most rewarding cultural interactions from Peru happened in the area around Lake Titicaca. This area is home to a wide variety of cultural and indigenous groups, each with very distinct culture and traditions. The experience that continues to stick out in my mind (among others) came on Christmas Eve, when we visited the Uros Floating Islands. I happened to bring along my old Polaroid SX-70 instant camera, and one of the woman asked me what it was. When I explained that it took “instant” photos, she begged me to take a portrait of her. Once the other women saw her photo, I was immediately surrounded and quickly blew through the ten-exposure pack. It was really priceless, and it was a great feeling that for that moment I wasn’t just another Gringo tourist ‘taking’ photos, but that I was able to give something (small) back as well.

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Uros women recognizing themselves in their Polaroids.

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A young Uros woman holding a Polaroid photo of herself.


Another highlight was staying with Felix Turpo Coila and his wife in their home in the tiny rural community of Llachon on the Capachica Peniunsula. They were warm and friendly, cooked us wonderful food, and Felix’s smile was always so big as in the photo. When we left Llachon, Felix arrange our transportation to Isla Taquile via a small fishing boat, which was yet another colorful experience that I will remember for a long time.

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Felix Turpo Coila and his wife

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Three children sitting on the stone archway on the top of Taquile Island.