Archive for January, 2011

San Antonio – Imaging USA

January 23rd, 2011

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

 

It’s hard to believe that just 4 days ago I was walking around San Antonio in 70 degree weather. I got home Thursday night to 8 inches of snow and my outside thermometer showed 8 degrees – wow what a difference a 3 hour plan ride can make. Anyway, it’s still great to be home, nice and cozy inside, as the snow continues to fall.

Imaging USA, the photography convention I attended was amazing. I can’t wait to put the new skills, ideas, and props I bought into use.

The trade show – shopping heaven for photographers.

My hotel was about 7 blocks from the convention center – a beautiful walk in 65-70 degree weather on the River Walk along the San Antonio River.

These boats gave tours all day up and down the river.

The restaurants were prepared for the chili evenings (around 45) where tourists still sat outside for dinner.

It feels a lot like Mexico here.

Then you walk past the occasional restaurant that makes you go hmmm. Italian food, jazz, and belly dancing?

There are American flags everywhere.

And just as many lone star flags.

In fact, there are stars everywhere. I shot this through a star in the bridge railing.

Stars on the chairs and even the napkins shaped like a star.

There are beautiful and unique fountains and waterfalls all along the River Walk.

And if you look closely you’ll see little critters along the way.

As I look out my window at all our snow, it’s hard to believe I shot this little bug in a rose just 4 days ago.

I walked past so much rich history and architecture every day – it was amazing.

This walkway into The Alamo was another area I walked past on my way to classes each morning.

On the last day I was able to spend a little time actually touring The Alamo.

The walk back to my hotel each evening was just as beautiful as the morning walks.

I loved the last part of my walk on this tree lined street in front of my hotel.

I stayed at the historic Sheraton Gunter. Supposedly there’s a room on the 6th floor that’s haunted by a woman murdered there in 1965. They say you can sometimes see her in pictures, but I never got that lucky.

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The Circus and The Symphony

January 10th, 2011

The Floating Palace, a collaboration of Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall this past weekend can only be described as “Magical”. The story is about a circus showboat that played up and down the Mississippi River just before the Civil War. I spent most of the day Saturday capturing images of the rehearsal and performance.

 

Members of The St. Louis Arches with coach and director Jessica Hentoff. The group is a part of Circus Harmony, a St. Louis circus school and social circus organization that can be seen almost every weekend at City Museum.

Featured Clown, Tom Dougherty, greeting audience members before the show.

Elliaire Duet performed by Elliana Hentoff-Killian and Claire Kuciejczyk-Kernan. The girls, both 18, are members of the St. Louis Arches. Elliana has been with Circus Flora since she was six months old and performed her first trick in the ring with Nino, the clown.

Johnny Peers with his menagerie of dogs, each rescued from a pet shelter. I love how this little guy is looking at the Orchestra looking back at him.

Duo Voltart – Beautiful!

Alesya Gulevich began performing in the circus in Russia at the age of five. She currently is a two time Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously spinning the most hula hoops at one time.

The St. Louis Arches

They aren’t kidding when they say “Watch Out for Flying Children”.

Andrew Adams and Erika Gilfether, ADAMO, in a moving and romantic performance to Ballade from Karelia Suite, op.11

The Flying Wallendas/The Great Wallendas – WOW!

What a wonderful show – I hope they do it again!

Not sure how to respond to Johnny Peers who seems to have gone to the dogs.

Ever think you might want to run away with the circus? You can actually do just that in St. Louis. The classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum are open to all ages. Elizabeth Bunny Herring, center, is a student at Circus Harmony doing trapeze at age 82! Also Pictured St. Louis Arches member Iking Bateman and Director Jessica Hentoff.

Lastly, I have to share my moment of fame in the circus. I performed with Gamma Phi Circus as a college student at Illinois State University in 1978. I don’t have many pictures, but here are a couple I found.

 

The Floating Palace, a collaboration of Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall this past weekend can only be described as “Magical”. The story is about a circus showboat that played up and down the Mississippi River just before the Civil War. I spent most of the day Saturday capturing images of the rehearsal and performance.

 

Members of The St. Louis Arches with coach and director Jessica Hentoff. The group is a part of Circus Harmony, a St. Louis circus school and social circus organization that can be seen almost every weekend at City Museum.

Featured Clown, Tom Dougherty, greeting audience members before the show.

Elliaire Duet performed by Elliana Hentoff-Killian and Claire Kuciejczyk-Kernan. The girls, both 18, are members of the St. Louis Arches. Elliana has been with Circus Flora since she was six months old and performed her first trick in the ring with Nino, the clown.

Johnny Peers with his menagerie of dogs, each rescued from a pet shelter. I love how this little guy is looking at the Orchestra looking back at him.

Duo Voltart – Beautiful!

Alesya Gulevich began performing in the circus in Russia at the age of five. She currently is a two time Guinness World Record holder for simultaneously spinning the most hula hoops at one time.

The St. Louis Arches

They aren’t kidding when they say “Watch Out for Flying Children”.

Andrew Adams and Erika Gilfether, ADAMO, in a moving and romantic performance to Ballade from Karelia Suite, op.11

The Flying Wallendas/The Great Wallendas – WOW!

What a wonderful show – I hope they do it again!

Not sure how to respond to Johnny Peers who seems to have gone to the dogs.

Ever think you might want to run away with the circus? You can actually do just that in St. Louis. The classes with Circus Harmony at City Museum are open to all ages. Elizabeth Bunny Herring, center, is a student at Circus Harmony doing trapeze at age 82! Also Pictured St. Louis Arches member Iking Bateman and Director Jessica Hentoff.

Lastly, I have to share my moment of fame in the circus. I performed with Gamma Phi Circus as a college student at Illinois State University in 1978. I don’t have many pictures, but here are a couple I found.