Thursday, May 22, 2014

May 22 Photo of the Day: Argentina

Lago Argentino – Santa Cruz Province, Argentina © 2014 Peter Marble

November 13, 2008 – The sightseeing boats at Los Glaciares National Park offer spectacular views of not only Perito Moreno glacier, but also Lago Argentino and the surrounding mountains.

For more about our second day in Argentina, see my April 3 post.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

May 21 Photo of the Day: Prague

Hradčany at night – Prague, Czech Republic © 2014 Peter Marble

September 15, 2013 – During our 23-day trip we travelled about every other day, so I opted not to pack a tripod.

On the evening of our third day in Prague I was determined to get a night shot of the Castle District from Most Legií (Bridge of the Legions).

By resting my camera on the concrete bridge railing and using the self-timer on my D7000, I managed to get a few acceptable shots.

I set the timer to activate the shutter five seconds after I pressed the shutter release. This allowed the vibration produced by pressing the shutter to settle down before exposing the first shot. I also set the timer to expose three shots in a row, with a two-second delay between each.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May 20 Photo of the Day: Osprey

Osprey – Beaverton, Ontario © 2014 Peter Marble

May 18, 2014 – This osprey is nesting on a telephone pole along the railway tracks just outside of Beaverton.

Here's the same “fish hawk” landing on its nest.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

May 15 Photo of the Day: Romania

Tinsmiths' Tower and Musketeers' Passage – Sighișoara, Romania © 2014 Peter Marble

September 25, 2013 – Our second day in Romania was spent wandering around the ancient citadel of Sighișoara.

The Tinsmiths' Tower has a rectangular base, pentagonal bastion, octagonal facade and hexagonal roof.

The Musketeers' Passage, or Gallery, is a corridor with a wooden roof resting on stone arches that enabled musketeers to travel safely between the Tower and the Tinsmiths' and Tanners' bastions.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May 14 Photo of the Day: Hungary

Shoes on the Danube – Budapest, Hungary © 2014 Peter Marble

September 23, 2013 – Shoes on the Danube Promenade honors Jews who were killed by the Arrow Cross Party in 1944 during World War II. They were ordered to take off their shoes and then shot at the edge of the water so that their bodies fell into the river.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 13 Photo of the Day: Ottawa

Reflection of the Confederation Building – Ottawa, Canada © 2014 Peter Marble

May 9, 2014 – On my way to the "Day of Honour" events on Parliament Hill, this reflection presented itself on one of the glass towers at the intersection of Sparks and Bank Streets.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 6 Photo of the Day: Chile

Our trusty Ford Ecosport and Lesa at our hostel – Puerto Natales, Chile © 2014 Peter Marble
November 9, 2008 – The second leg of our 2008 South American trip began with a 2200 km flight due south from Santiago to Punta Arenas. The next day we drove 250 km to Puerto Natales, from which we planned to visit Parque Nacional Torres del Paine.
About an hour into our four-hour plus drive, the fuel gauge was already getting alarmingly low. We were driving into a major headwind, which required that I keep both hands on the wheel at all times just to keep the vehicle on the road.
Eventually we spotted what looked like gas pumps in one of the estâncias we passed, so I pulled in to see if we could score some fuel. Thankfully, even with limited Spanish, we were able to buy a tank of gas.
When we arrived in Puerto Natales, I called the car rental company. The local agent kindly met us at our hostel, the Erratic Rock II, and agreed that the Ford Ecosport had a reputation for crappy fuel economy... You don't say?

Monday, May 5, 2014

May 5 Photo of the Day: Thailand

Cycle rickshaw Chiang Mai, Thailand © 2014 Peter Marble

December 16, 2004 – This was taken the morning of our first full day in Chiang Mai. On the way to the flower market I spotted this cycle rickshaw. They seemed to be the best way to get around town, although we did take a rather exciting ride on auto rickshaw, or tuk tuk, later that day.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4 Photo of the Day: Toronto

Dragon boaters Toronto, Ontario © 2014 Peter Marble

May 4, 2009 – Five years ago today this very accommodating crew of dragon boaters paddled by me inside the break wall along the shore of Lake Ontario's Humber Bay.

I count at least 18 paddlers, plus the steersperson.

Their range of expression, obvious enjoyment in what they were doing, and willingness to be photographed made the shot for me!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3 Photo of the Day: Prague

Fighting giants statues at the Castle Gate – Prague, Czech Republic © 2014 Peter Marble

September 13, 2013 – On our first full day in Prague, we took the #22 tram to the Castle Quarter. We didn't get as early a start as we had hoped, but Prague was so busy every where we went, at all times of the day, that I don't think it really mattered.

For those who can capture RAW images on their DSLRs, but don't, you might want to think again. Here's what the image above looked like straight out of my Nikon D7000 before I was able to breathe some life into it with Lightroom.

For more information, check out my Top 5 Reasons People Don't Shoot RAW.

Friday, May 2, 2014

May 2 Photo of the Day: South Africa

Cape vineyards – Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa © 2014 Peter Marble

February 11, 2012 – The last stop on our full day of wine touring was recommended highly to us by our hotel in Cape Town.

These are some of the vineyards of the Delaire Graff Estate, with what I believe is the Helshoogte mountain pass in the background.

This was by far the most decadent wine tasting we have ever experienced, with live music, beautiful views and sumptuous appetizers and wines by the glass.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 1 Photo of the Day: Manhattan

Rush hour at Grand Central Terminal – Manhattan, New York © 2014 Peter Marble

April 8, 2011 – A full Friday that began with breakfast at the Brooklyn Diner on West 57th, included a walk in Central Park, a ride on the Staten Island Ferry, and a visit to Grand Central.

A wonderful dinner at Amma on East 51st topped off the day.