September 4, 2017

Travel | Montreal, Canada

A handful of photos from a work related trip to Montreal a couple months ago.  Much different than our trip to Banff, Alberta the week before.  Montreal is unmistakably French and I felt like I was in the heart of Europe.  The city features some wonderful architecture both new and old.  One unique feature that fascinated me was the series of underground pedestrian tunnels which are basically streets during the winter months.  You can traverse a pretty large area of the city without having to step outside.  Each section has its own unique identity to act as a landmark.

August 29, 2017

Solar Eclipse 2017

What an experience August 21, 2017 was. The Great American Eclipse was hyped up for sure, and it did not disappoint.  Our planning began a couple weeks before, initially thinking of traveling to Clemson, SC.  I rented a long lens but waited too long to get a solar filter.  Amazon and B&H were selling outrageously priced filters the week before.  Luckily, Aperturent came through and told me they had a solar filter come available for rent and I jumped on it.  A couple days prior to the Eclipse, my office decided to close and get as many people as we could up north to see totality.  So, we planned on carpooling to Clarkesville, GA about 70 miles north and had our sights set on a series of soccer fields.

Our first car left at 8:15am and headed north, and it took about 1.5 hrs to reach Clarkesville.  The sky was clear and nobody was around.  Because the second car was about an hour behind, Leslie from our group spotted another series of fields further north at Rabun, which would give us another half minute of totality.  We decided to race up there and see if that spot was better.  The traffic got very thick as we approached Rabun Arena.  Fortunately the giant covered outdoor arena was virtually empty, so we pulled right under the shade and the rest of the group joined us.

Right on time, the Moon started to cross in front of the sun.  With my lens and filter I could see sun spots and the sharp outline of the Moon.  This initial process was very slow, and the drama did not start until very close to total eclipse.  We sweated through one small cloud which obscured the sun about 10 minutes before totality but it passed just in time.  The light dimmed slowly, and then completely disappeared in an instant.  TOTALITY.  All of us were completely awed by what had happened.  We had a 'sunset' on all sides during totality, a very eerie sight.  Two and a half minutes went by very quickly, and then the brightness returned.  An awesome thing to witness!  Earlier this year I saw the Northern Lights for the first time and this was just as powerful.  The 4.5 hour, 100 mile detour drive home was completely worth it.

Images shot with: 1)Fuji X-T2, 55-230mm, Solar Filter 2)Fuji X-E2, 16mm

August 23, 2017

Ponce City Market Book!

Thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of my first book - Ponce City Market: The Rise, Fall, And Rise of Atlanta's Largest Building. It will be produced by Schiffer Publishing with an anticipated release date of June 2018. Stay tuned for updates, and thank you to all that made this possible!

July 23, 2017

Argentina | El Calafate

After a couple days in Torres Del Paine National Park, we returned to Puerto Natales for one night to gather the rest of our gear and rest. Early the next morning, we boarded a bus to El Calafate, Argentina. After 3 weeks in Chile, we were now on the last leg of our trip, this time in Argentina. The border crossing was easy, but slow for a bus full of people. El Calafate was a pretty town, and exclusively catered to tourists. The major attraction of course, was Perito Moreno Glacier. We booked a full day "mini-ice" trek that turned out to be pretty fantastic. After an early morning pick up, we drove to the glacier about an hour away and spent time on raised boardwalks overlooking a giant wall of ice slowly creeping towards us. In the distance, you could hear the cracks and low rumbles of falling ice. The boardwalks were great place to see the sheer size of the glacier. It seemed to stretch on forever, and the wall was as tall as a 30 story building. We then proceeded to cross the lake where we were fitted with crampons and an ice axe. It was the same process we experienced in Iceland in 2015. The glacier walk was approximately 1 hour, and ended with a glass of whiskey over ice straight from the glacier. We stayed in El Calafate just two nights, and this tour took up the bulk of one day but of course it was worth it!