Cuba is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It is full of life, culture, and the architecture is incredible. This is one of my favorite places to visit so much that I want to take you there. You can come with me to one of my photography workshops and let me take you to Havanas most epic places.
I have heard about this place for years now, and I have always wanted to make it up here. Yes I said up here for 2 reasons, 1. it is north of Miami (about four hours) and 2. It is one of the highest points of peninsular Florida, estimated to be 295 feet above sea level, that’s really high for Florida :)
Bok Tower Gardens is an incredible place, as soon as you enter this place you feel like you are in a dream, in some sort of magical place. Let me tell you that you are. I started walking toward the tower and was immediately surrounded by greenery, massive trees and beautiful flowers. Something came over me and I felt this sense of piece, a very spiritual experience. It took a while to take it all in when all the sudden the music started. That’s right music coming from the tower, it was crazy (in a good way). The music coming from the tower is some sort of fairy-tale tune, and you feel like you are in one. The music plays every half hour and once you hear it for the first time, you are always waiting for it from that point on.
I’m really lucky this place is so close to home, it goes to show you that there are hidden treasures all over the place, you just have to go look for them. The Bok Tower is one of Florida’s hidden little secrets. If you want to experience it with me, I am doing 2 workshops there in June, click on this link for more details.
If you are not from around here and visit Florida some day, I highly suggest you come the the Bok Tower Gardens, it is a must see and you will be happy you did. Below are some photos of this magical place.
London Tower Bridge
I was in London in the summer of 06, and the Tower Bridge stole my heart. I remember sitting there mesmerized by this incredible piece of architecture, I couldn’t stop staring. I remember my friends went into a bar right below the bridge, but I followed about 30 minutes later because I couldn’t lay eyes off of it. I have never forgotten this bridge and I had to go back.
The entire purpose of this trip to London was to photograph The Tower Bridge, the plan was to get there about half hour before sunset and stay well past it. I did just that, the weather was terrible, it kept raining and raining, I was soaked from head to toe and freezing my butt off and after 10 hrs of shooting and walking around London I was a bit tired.
I was hoping for a break in the weather, the clouds were really good but my camera and lens were soaked, I kept wiping my lens down but the rain kept coming destroying every hope I had for a decent shot. Determined to get a good shot I kept walking across the bridge and all around it trying to put the rain behind me so it wouldn’t get my lens wet and ruin any chance at a good photo, and when the rain would slow down for a few I would take a shot or two.
My mom has a photo of this bridge on her wall I took with a point and shoot back in 2006. Every time I see it I would just want to be back there and get a great shot. I think I got what I was looking for… Mom you have a new photo coming for your wall, it can sit next the the old one. I’m not done just yet. I still have future plans to photograph this awesome bridge.
Camera settings: 30 second exposure f/18 ISO50 24mm lens shot about 30 minutes after sunset in the freezing cold on a very rainy day.
About the bridge:
Tower Bridge (built 1886–1894) is a combined bascule and suspension bridge in London which crosses the River Thames. It is close to the Tower of London, from which it takes its name, and has become an iconic symbol of London.” Wikipedia.
Here is a black and white I shot in Dallas. Can you guess how I got this shot? Let me tell you, I was actually at a red light, and when I looked out the window there it was, this is what I saw, so I reached for my cam and SNAP!!! Downtown Dallas is a beautiful place, the architecture is just awesome. Next time your there remember to take it all in, even at the stop lights. Happy Shooting peeps…
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This is the Barcelona Airpot, I had 2 hours to kill at the end of my trip so I walked around getting photos of the airport. This is a very modern and beautiful airpot. Everywhere I looked was an incredible shot so it made it very easy for me. Ricardo Bofill, Architect. Have a great weekend peeps and keep shooting…
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Long Lines at Barcelona Airport