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Photo Gallery: Puerto Rico

In the midst of a prolonged Winter spill in Oklahoma, and the rest of the United States for that matter, I didn’t need much convincing to go to Puerto Rico for a gravity survey. Though it was mainly for work, we did get a chance to stop by the beach near the Aguadilla airport.

Puerto Rico 2010

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Photo Gallery: China Revisited

The year started off with a return from Hawaii, and another visit to China. The trip was a great scientific endeavor, but I could say less for my photographic ventures. I saw my third solar eclipse, but was working that day so I didn’t bring my camera (RATS!). The setting was surreal as the pollution made viewing the eclipse possible without the need for optical doohickeys such as a pinhole projector. Oh, how I regretted not taking my camera that day.

I try to expand my photographic boundaries every trip I make. Although, I didn’t take much photographs this time around, I did learn a lot about photography. One that comes to mind is the importance of tripods. I took a light-weight tripod for the convenience of traveling, but sacrificed (what could have been) a good shot because of it. Lesson learned. Never again.

Bird's Nest

At least a few of the shots came out passable… Maybe.

Photo Gallery: Testing the waters in Hawaii

Hawaii 2010Hawaii, so many beautiful things to see. BUT, I was too busy stuffing my face with local food that I didn’t have much time to take photos. Coming back to the islands has become somewhat routine. I come home, stay at my mom’s house, and gain 20 pounds while I eat my way through island favorite (more on this late). This time around, I wanted to do something different.

Mainly due to the great influence of Chinese culture, I believe the state of Hawaii is the only state in the union to welcome each new year with ridiculous amounts of fireworks/firecrackers. The flares, smoke, and noise are ubiquitous at the stroke on midnight – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I remember the weather report on New Year’s Eve: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers on the windward side throughout the day, with heavy patches of smoke appearing after midnight. Seriously, if you think dropping a ball in Times Square is exciting, come and stay in Waimanalo for new year celebration.

With that said, I took the opportunity to try firework photography. I’ve never done it before – “How hard can it be?”, I thought. Well, I’d say 2 of about 80 shots turned out well – but you be the judge. For that, I’d like to thank my anonymous neighbor for setting off the beautiful aerial fireworks. Note: aerial fireworks are not exactly legal in Hawaii (unless you have a commercial permit or something), so shhh…

I also tried capturing some high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, but these were hand-held ventures due to my lack of a tripod at the time.

Photo Gallery: China & Alcatraz

I had completely forgotten that I updated the photo gallery to include some shots from my December trips to China and Alcatraz. D’oh! I’ll leave the pictures below without captions, hopefully they’ll be self-evident as to which is which.

China 2009

Alcatraz 2009

Christmas Eve Dinner

24 December 2009 1 comment

Thanks to La Quinta Moore for keeping their vending machine well- stocked.

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Santa is also stranded at the airport!

Will Rogers Airport (OKC)

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The world is just… awesome!

26 November 2009 4 comments

In the spirit of my travels these coming weeks (Beijing to Inner Mongolia, San Francisco, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico), I’m reminded of this Discovery Channel promo. The lyrics are below, just in case you’d like to sing along. Happy holidays!

Astronaut 1: It never gets old, huh?
Astronaut 2: Nope.
Astronaut 1: It kinda makes you wanna…
Astronaut 2: Break into song?
Astronaut 1: Yep.

I love the mountains.
I love the clear blue skies.
I love big bridges.
I love when great whites fly.
I love the whole world,
And all its sights and sounds.

Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da!

I love the ocean .
I love real dirty things.
I love to go fast.
I love Egyptian kings.
I love the whole world
And all its craziness

Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da!

I love tornadoes.
I love arachnids.
I love hot magma.
I love the giant squids.
I love the whole world.
It’s such a brilliant place.

Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da,
Boom-de-ah-da…