Opportunity Knocks?

Versailles Chapel Ceiling

There is that old saying that opportunity only knocks once. We're not sure that's entirely true... however, it's a good thing there are lots of doors for opportunity to knock on. We are celebrating doors of opportunity with photos from some of our travels.

Here's to many opportunities for us all in 2015.

Happy New Year Everyone!!

The Longest Night

Bryce Canyon Sky  -  Utah, USA

A late dawn and an early sunset marked the 21st of December 2014 the shortest day of the year to those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. At the same time the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night, meaning no matter where you live on the Earth there is a solstice.

The winter solstice is marked every year by celebrations, many of them with pagan roots, the most famous one at Stonehenge, England. And in many other places, for many kinds of celebrations, friends gather to celebrate the longest night.

If for no other reason, we can be happy that we will be seeing more sunlight starting tomorrow, and in the meantime we can celebrate the beauty of the longest night of the year.

Smithfield Canyon

Property 1

This summer, as I traveled around the American West, I had a little time to stop in and snap a few photos of a little spot in Northern Utah called Smithfield Canyon.  It's not my best photography, but it was an amazing day and the landscape offers enough natural beauty, it's hard to not take a nice photo.    This is a little piece of the American pie that my family has owned for generations. I have always loved traveling to this place and now that I live so far away it felt incredible to spend just a few short hours there this summer with my dad and brother. I really hope to return someday soon and spend the amount of time it takes to really do this little canyon the justice it deserves in the eyes of the camera, as well as spend more quality time with the people I share so many wonderful memories with. Until then, I hope you enjoy this little peek at some of my earliest memories of adventure.

      - Casey   

Back to China

Chinese Empire  -  Shanghai, China

After four long years we have returned to China!  This time was a much tighter schedule so there was very little time to shoot but we managed to get a few fun one as always. On this trip we not only revisited Beijing but also had some time in Shanghai. Here is just a little peak at what we absolutely love about this amazing country.

The Fatal Charm of Italy - Florence

Florence Postcard

We are captivated by what Luigi Barzini in his book, "The Italians", calls the fatal charm of Italy. Barzini writes that the allure of Italy is that people are attracted to a certain quality in Italian life, whether they know what it is or not. He explains that we visit some places and try to re-create in our minds a life of long ago, of royal splendor, furnished palaces, knights, liveries, servants, and good cooks. We see shadows of distant characters out of novels and crusades. "Sunny Italy" is written into songs and poetry and to the average tourist the Italians seem happy, therefore we are drawn to the illusion that Italy is always sunny and happy and we want to go and relax in la dolce vita, (the good life).

"The pleasure of Italy comes from living in a world made by man, for man, on man's measurements."
(Luigi Barzini)

Amsterdam Glass

AMS-ND18 -///- Amsterdam, Netherlands

We live in an amazing city!  These are all photos we did recently using our new toy, an ND Filter.  This filter restricts the amount of light coming in through the lens allowing for longer exposures in light situations.  With the shutter open for sometimes up to 2 minutes the movement of the water is smoothed out giving it a glassy look.  Amsterdam is the perfect city for this with so much water in and around the city. Hope you enjoy.

Old and New

Bangkok Towers

There are some interesting contrasts of old and new everywhere, so we are taking a look at a few of them.... just for fun.  For instance, this is Bangkok, Thailand where the new buildings in the background are in contrast to a part of the (Temple of Dawn) Wat Arun.

The temple was present in the Ayutthaya era according to a French map of Thonburi (the capital of Siam from 1768–1782) but there were architectural additions during the Rama II-period (1809-1824) in late-period Ayutthaya style. 

Winter Blues

Vilnius Skyline

Here we are a little past the middle of the winter season (in the northern hemisphere), and its just about the time some of us get a little too anxious for spring. Combine that with a lack of sunshine and you can find yourself with a case of the "winter blues."  This winter the blues have been staved off for us by enjoying the Olympics with friends.

We love the the colors of winter and the glistening ice and snow, and are reminded that winter has been described as being the warmest season.  Picturesque blankets of snow, warm wooly mittens, wrap-around scarves, and hats with ear-flaps warm in our imaginations, if not in deed. We love cozy nights with fires burning in fireplaces and candles in window sills, and there is nothing like being under a warm comforter with a book or newspaper in hand and hot chocolate at your side.

With those descriptions in mind, we hope you will enjoy our style of "Winter Blues" and are enjoying this once every four years, winter spectacle that is happening in a relatively warm, Sochi, Russia.