From South Beach in Miami where you can find some sweet hotels lit up at nite along the strip. This is Breakwater Hotel. Looks broken down on this day. Doors might have been closed for renovations…but lights still work!! I checked out their site…all remodeled and they state it is the sexiest hotel in South Beach! Looks nice! $209/nite for a November stay. Time to hit Miami!!
From the colorful Miami Beach here is the the Colony Hotel. I awoke this day around 5 AM and went down to the main strip to catch the lights. It was quiet…luckily! Typically its crazy. I must say being middle aged…Miami is def a place for youth and the party people! The women are dressed up at 10 AM and you can find all kinds of odd folks there as well. One time me and the family stayed at a hotel on the strip and had to check out the next morning. Everyone was partying in the hotel at 2 AM. Too much for me…my party days are over. And I also needed my rest to get up in a few hours to catch photos of the sunrise! LOL
It was summer at this time and the standard Florida camera situation arose this AM. I came from a nice cool air conditioned hotel room. Parked on the strip. Grabbed my camera, took it out and due to the high humidity…it fogged up right away. Just wiping it does not help. You have to wait about 10 mins for it to adjust. I had forgot about this and had to wait it out. Just in time before the sun rose…I grabbed the shot above. Enjoy your weekend!
It seems almost like winter arrived into Austin on Thursday nite! We dipped down to about 60 degrees with a cold 20 mph wind. Just the day before it was near 85 degrees. I had wanted to take this photo above for some time. It is located at our local mall…the Hill Country Galleria. The City Hall and Library are located in the mall as well. One entrance has this wonderful waterfall and I targeted a nasty nite to photograph it…Thursday was perfect! You can tell the wind was blowing by looking at the flags and some of the flowers. I took these shots to help support local business. I occasionally supply pictures to our local magazine newsletters for covers. I did a vertical version of this shot and maybe you will see it soon on the Bee Cave Messenger? Here is one of my photos on the cover from last month.
I have been traveling for many years and always enjoy photographing locations around the globe, but sometimes you can find wonderful shots close to your home. Have fun and stay warm!
Florida is one my my favorite places to visit. I lived near Orlando for a couple years and enjoyed every minute of it. The top 3 cities to see in FLA are Orlando, Miami and Tampa. Now Tamps does not have a ton of stuff to do in the city, but still has some great views! …and many sweet beaches near! This is a shot downtown from my last visit. I sat on the bridge and as it became darker I had to watch my back. Ah the things we do to get that one shot! I grabbed a few pics and it was time to get back to the hotel.
Vegas at nite…what a visit to this little city is all about. My favorite hotel to stay at is the Bellagio. We were heading in for the nite and I grabbed this shot. I know Photoshop World just finished in Orlando…but the next one is September 7-9 in Vegas. I have always wanted to attend…maybe this year? Hope my schedule opens up!
Tokyo at night is one of the best cities in the world to photograph. The shot above is from my hotel room window last year. So I apologize for a bit of window dirt/noise. The new Tokyo Tower is due to open in May, so this old one will turn quiet…not sure what the future holds?
Some info from the web: In the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan was looking for a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as a global economic powerhouse. Looking to the Occident for inspiration, the Tokyo Government decided to erect its own Eiffel Tower. It was completed by the Takenaka Corporation in 1958 at a total cost of ¥2.8 billion. At the time it was built it was the tallest structure in Tokyo, but it has since been superseded by several buildings in the Shinjuku and Ikebukuro districts. Although it chiefly functions as a radio and television broadcasting antenna, the Tower is best known as a tourist destination, though it is decried by some as overpriced and inconveniently located, and as having poor amenities.
Its been a while since I last posted my Bats of Austin shot. I get tons of requests to use that for all types of products. Thanks everyone for your interest! I think that older photo will be a cover of an Austin Field Guide this upcoming year as well (thanks to Getty Images). Getty owns that image and I recently tried to find one that is different. Here it is above!! Version 2! I knew I had taken a few extra shots from this evening. Always nice to go back in time and search photos…you might find a great shot!
For those that do not know…The bats of Austin take off from under Congress Street Bridge (downtown) during the summer months and it is an amazing sight to see! We went up a few times this past summer, but did not see any bats. I heard rumors of sickness, winds, etc… Not sure what to believe. Hope they come back next year. I have only been in Austin a few years, so if anyone has details on this past season…please post it in the comments…thanks!
Porto at nite is stunning. One of the better views of the city can be from the Luis Bridge. In the middle of the bridge railway cars travel in each direction. Walking paths are on either side. This shot above is from walking across at nite and enjoying the view ahead.
Info from the web: The Luís Bridge (Ponte Luís I) is a metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. At the time of construction its span of 172 m was the longest of its type in the world. The Government held a competition for the construction of a metallic bridge over the Douro River on a site that was adjacent to an existing bridge and would replace it. Téophile Seyrig had already engineered the D. Maria Pia Bridge project nearby, whilst working as a partner of Eiffel. He now took sole responsibility for the new, major Luís 1st Bridge. The construction was begun in 1881 and the bridge opened on 31 October 1886.