Vast Spaces

There is nothing like standing directly in front a vast open space that is so big it's hard to comprehend.  It can be humbling and frightening and it can be inspiring and profound.  It seems to give you a choice to either think big and realize your place in all of it or to step away and find a place that is within your realm of understanding. To us its all about thinking of something greater than yourself; your family, your life's work, your friends, your community, your country, your way of living.  These vast open spaces remind us to think outside ourselves. They remind us to have big dreams, but also to remember who we are in all of it. 

Motion In Stillness

Cefalu Rocks - Cefalu, Sicily, Italy

We often think of a still image as a fraction of a second frozen in time, as that is most often the case. There are images though, that are much longer than a fraction of a second and can reach lengths of sometimes hours. These long exposure lengths are most often done at night or in dark places as a means of making still images with very little light. As a consequence of leaving the shutter open for so long any movement in the frame becomes blurred. Water can look misty or glassy, lights streak across the frame like lazers, and objects take the shape of their movement rather than their still form. What is interesting is to use this same affect, but in a well lit environment. To do this you must darken the light coming through the lens using a Neutral Density Filter or ND Filter. This is basically like putting a pair of sunglasses on your camera. The end result is a drawn out splice of time that not only gives you an image of an object or scene, but records patters of movement. The image takes on a mood that feels as if time has stood still for all but a few. Waves crashing against rocks near an old village in Sicily gives you the impression that the water of the Mediterranean rushes on as the village stands still against history.  Clouds fly past Big Ben in London as the tower stands firm through the ages as a monument to the British Empire. Trees sway in the wind back and forth again and again as an old bridge stands firm.  Time becomes motion in stillness.

- Cefalu Waves - Sicily, Italy -


We are deeply saddened by the devastating loss of life and the destruction of cultural monuments in Nepal today. It is always hard to see such forces unleashed at the cost of humanity, but Nepal holds a special place in our hearts as it is one of many places we have witnessed first hand the hospitality and kind nature of Nepalese people, as well as their fascinating history. Nepal is truly a wonderful place and full of wonders, people, sights and more. Our thought and prayers go out to all who are affected by the earthquakes of 2015.

On April 25th a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal and at least 2,500 people were confirmed dead after the first day, and more in surrounding areas. That number jumped to over 4,400 after the 3rd day and by the 30th of April the death toll had risen to 6,130 with 13,827 injured. By now that number has risen to more than 8,200 people. It was followed by another magnitude-7.3 quake on 12 May that killed 117 people and injured 2,800.

Numerous historically significant buildings have collapsed around the region, including centuries-old temples and towers.

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 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)

- Sunset Cityscape - Florence, Italy -

Galicia - The Edge of Europe

Tower Sunset

Tucked away in the Northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula is one of Europe's best kept secrets. Galicia's culinary delights, green landscapes, fantastic architecture, rich history and culture is well known to the people of Spain, but when most outsiders think of the riches of European travel, Galicia hardly receives a word. Even when people think of Spain, more often than not they think of places like Andalucia or Barcelona. In all aspects of travel Galicia can hold its own and delight even the most seasoned traveler. Galicia is a very unique region of Spain known for its wet climate and fantastic seafood, and it shares a number of cultural similarities with the British Isles. The Celtic origins of Galicia are evident in many aspects of traditional life, and combined with the rain and green countryside, one might think it's geographically closer to Dublin than to Madrid.

One of the many things that make Galicia so wonderful and very unique is that even though there are hints of its Celtic past, the mix of both Spanish and Portuguese life is on full display. One of many places where the Iberian culture and history takes center stage is the incredible city of Santiago de Compostela. This city can rival any of Europe's best when it comes to beautiful medieval architecture and little stone-paved streets. The Cathedral is among the most inspiring man-made structures we have ever had the fortune to visit, and for the few days we had to be there it was like living in a dream.

- Hercules Tower - A Coruña, Spain -


Long Tail

Thailand is the fulfillment of dreams of far off places, full of vibrant cities, culture, history, relaxing  beaches, and exotic jungles.  It's difficult to see a country that is so beautiful in so little time so we were only able to visit three places. We went first to Bangkok, and on the last day there we went on a trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park, the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Then we went to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat  Our post about Angkor Wat.  And lastly we stayed in Railay Beach and Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.

- Thai Long Tail Boat - Krabi, Thailand -

Angkor Wat

Three Faces

Most of you know that Thailand was one of our summer destinations.  While we were there we took some time to go to Cambodia to see the 7th Wonder of the World.... Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is all part of the "Angkor Archaeological Park" that is situated all around the town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. One word.... FANTASTIC. There is so much history and so much symbolism... we are relying on some internet research to fill you in on just a fraction of it in the description of our photos.
Angkor Archaeological Park, located in northern Cambodia, is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia and reflects themes from both the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

- Bayon Temple - Angkor Wat, Cambodia -


Keukenhof 15

After a good number of years living in The Netherlands, we finally made it to Keukenhof. It's one of those things you don't think about much because it's "right there." It was a warm and sunny weekend in Amsterdam so we got a car and brought out a couple of under-used lenses. As many of you know we love to get large structures and wide open spaces so the 35mm f/1.4 and the 105mm Micro f/2.8 don't come out of the bag much. Keukenhof and the Tulip fields made for a great opportunity to see what these toys can do.

- Keukenhof Tulips -The Netherlands -

Frozen Amstel

Walter Suskind's Bridge

The snow and ice is starting melt as Europe takes a short breath from a very cold winter. The continent has been covered in white powder from the north of Scandinavia to as far south as Rome and parts of North Africa. Here in Amsterdam it not only brought the usual snow covered streets but we had the canals freeze over good enough to engage in the dutch tradition of skating through the canals for the first time in years. Even the Amstel almost froze completely over. As always we had our cameras ready. We haven't had much time lately as our rehearsal schedule has been intense and we are still working on our photos from Israel but we thought we would share a few shots of our daily walk to a work as it's been pretty beautiful. Hope you enjoy and we wish everybody a safe and happy winter.

- Walter Suskind's Bridge & The Amstel River - Amsterdam, The Netherlands -