Standing Watch

I do enjoy this angle whenever I’m in a situation where an official or honor guard is in place.

Standing Watch

Tomb of the Unknown, Arlington National Cemetery.

Compare to this one, taken a few years ago at the Horse Guard Headquarters in London, England:

At the Ready

As images go, I have a preference.

Which is yours?

London Nightline

Well, it’s the year’s end.  And there will be plenty of year’s end lists.

Just not here.

Instead, I’ve been looking back at the year’s RAW images and seeing what I’ve missed or what needs to be reworked.

I guess you could call it a bit of nostalgia.  But not in the typical sense.

I’ve mainly thought of the three photographers that I’ve been able to meet in person over the past 13 months.  Photographers that I’ve known online for quite a few years.

In December 2011, Goddess and I had the pleasure of meeting Shimon Z’hevi, who after an arduous in-person screening process, decided we passed muster and spent the next week showing us the back alleys and culture of Jerusalem as well as the landscape of Israel.

It was an amazing experience!  And thanks to his blogging, he continues to draw us into the culture and events there in Israel with is vibrant first-person accounts.

Skip ahead to July 2012 and we were able to work with Michael Kaiser and find a common weekend free.  Mind you, we actually had to coordinate that weekend some five months in advance, but at least we were able to nail it down.  Michael was gracious enough to have Goddess and I visit and stay in his home.  Pretty gutsy considering we had never met in person.  But we’ve conversed virtually for many years and grew to know each other, so we were quite comfortable.  It was amazing to sit with him and flip through albums of his years working as a writer and photographer for his local paper, where his reportage took him to many places, including Afghanistan in the early 2000’s.  Trust me, his experiences in that country were far different than mine in 2011.

And the third, which is actually back a few months to the end of May 2012, we finally got to meet the lovely Susanna Hauru, a Finnish transplant to London, while Goddess and I were on a trip to the UK.  I was nervous meeting her (as well as Shimon and Michael), as she’s quite the accomplished street and wedding photographer (both Shimon and Michael are very accomplished in their own rights).  But she was as gracious as could be and we had a wonderful time walking the back alleys and haunts of London as she introduced us to her favorite views.  And we accidentally introduced her to a new one.

For that I earned a manly hug.

(gotcha Susie!).

But on our walkabout, while Goddess and Susie were chatting, I set up the tripod and grabbed this shot soon before Big Ben struck midnight and the lights went off in the tower and the Palace of Westminster.

A pretty magical view.

And not too shabby for my 23 year old 50/1.8.

London Nightline

Go ahead and click on that picture.  It will open up in a new tab/window on a black background.  That way you can enjoy the lines and lights.

As far as every post here, if you click on the picture, there will be different behaviors.  Play with them and figure out what they are.  😉

But back to the three photographers.  This past year has been an amazing year on many different levels.  But on the photography front, the fact that we were able to meet these three in person was fantastic.  These three are my toughest critics when I ask them to be.

And I appreciate that.

And them.