Sunday, November 11, 2012

Phoenix (AZ) - AZ Highways Workshop Day 2

This is only one of the many classes offered through Arizona Highways.  "dSLR: Focus on Photography" was held at the Desert Botanical Gardens for the full day on Saturday and Sunday.  We had two very full days of lecture (a fun one!), photography field work in the Gardens, plus a critique by professional photographer Jeff Kida.

A lot of the flowers and bushes were in bloom.  Wow, I can't wait until Spring!
 Some cacti look fuzzy.

 Some are menacing!  This seriously says "KEEP AWAY"!

 This is a very cool service cover.
 Wow, a backlit "Old Man of the Andes".  Looks cute and fuzzy, but beware of the sharp spikes underneath.
 The Monarch butterflies are on exhibit.  One of the trip leaders, Suzanne Mathia, was a tremendous help in my education on "Live View".  The technique (and location of the buttons on my camera!) made it possible for me to finally get a sharp photograph of a butterfly.  Thank you, Suzanne! (Click here to see her beautiful professional photographs.)

The " Chocolate and Chilies" festival was held for four days over the long week end. A lot of good food for sale.
 Sunday's entertainment featured a flamenco dance team.

A fun day and the workshops are highly recommended.  Click  here to see the details.

Phoenix (AZ) - Carolina Escobar at Desert Botanical Gardens

Carolina Escobar is a local artist who creates her art in steel, copper screen, and resined cloth.  Her work will be on exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden through May 2013.

I didn't have a chance to walk the entire garden to see if there were any additional pieces of her work.  

The large chilis are hanging from the arch.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Phoenix (AZ) - AZ Highways Workshop at the Gardens

Day 1 with the Arizona Highways Photography Workshop with Jeff Kida was held at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.  Our focus for the workshop was macro photography, up close and personal with the Garden.  This light is hitting the cactus from the side, emphasizing the spikes with shadows.

For some of the close-ups I have included a view of the entire plant.
 The side lighting allowed the shadows to darken portion and serve as a background for other leaves.

This was back lit and the sharp tack edges seemed to glow.

 I liked the back lighting that gave the outline of the cactus a halo.
 Clouds were rolling in.  This is looking east, and the sun was setting in the west, highlighting the cacti.

 Our Dale Chihuly pride and joy with a back ground of approaching storm.

Phoenix (AZ) - Art at Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is filled with art work.  Here are some of the examples:

Phoenix (AZ) - Philip Haas at Desert Botanical Gardens

Whimsical art at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens.  The faces were very fun.  Read more about Philip Haas here.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Giudecca (Laguna Tour)

We started the Lagoon Tour by going on the Giudecca Canal the reverse route that we used to make our Grand Sail-In.  The posts on the sail-in focused on the Dorsoduro side of the canal so as we make the make the turn out of the main stream and in to the lagoon, we can now see Giucecca, the island.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Guidecca Canal at Water Level

I took these to give a different perspective. Water level vs 15 stories high.  I hope that you recognize the buildings from earlier posts.  These views are all of the buildings on the Dorsoduro side of the canal.  See if you can recall. I will post the answers at the end.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Venice (Italy) - The Crown Princess docks

We turn at the end of the island and prepare to dock.  It is amazing to watch them dock the ship.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Dorsoduro - Sacca Fisola

We are near the docks as we sail to the end of Dorsoduro.  The map shows this long building as warehousing.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Dorsoduro - Wide walkways and Zippy Boats

The wide walkways make this section of Dorsoduro a great strolling area. We are now looking at Fondamenta Zattere Al Ponte Lungo.  "The Zattere", with all of its different street names, is a recognized pedestrian section of Venice with its wide walkways.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Venice (Italy) - Dorsoduro Salt Warehouses and Church of the Gesuati

"A particularly calm and beautiful part of the city that enjoys wonderful views, this area has always been favored by wealthy foreigners when staying in Venice. However, when the heart of Venice was at Rialto, this area was rather out of the way and became the site of numerous religious foundations and public buildings; those large warehouses and vast convent and hospital structures are still awaiting reconversion to more functional uses."

This photo was taken as we moved past the large church Santa Maria della Salute and continued our exploration of the section (sestiere) of Venice, Dorsoduro as we enjoy our grand "sail in" to Venice. Keep in mind that deep tones of the Italian singer floats through the air as we take in our first views of this port.