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iPad + Velcro = Awesomeness
WHAT: Fun   |   WHEN: May 31, 2010

Some things just go together... like peanut butter & jelly, Abbott & Costello, Lindsay Lohan & disaster... and now the iPad & Velcro.

iPad + Velcro from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.



Thanks to my friend and fellow photographer Karen for sending this little bit of awesomeness my way.


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The Arbuckles [Sneak Peek]
WHAT: Families, Kids   |   WHEN: May 27, 2010
A couple days ago we met this ridicuously beautiful family in Frisco for a family photography session.  I'll post more images after they've had a chance to come in and view them first.  Until then, here's a little preview.

Mom Dana, little Austin and sweet Ava... love the interaction.



The kids didn't have a chance at being anything but cute with good looking parents like Dana & Ashley, right?



Great father-daughter moment.



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In Louvre - A Paris Wrap-Up
WHAT: Cityscapes & Landscapes, Travel   |   WHEN: May 22, 2010

I spent the last night in Paris outside the Louvre, and it truly is breathtaking.  I mentioned on Facebook that few things genuinely amaze me anymore, but the Louvre, especially as night time fell and the lights came on, genuinely amazed me.  The photos below don't do justice to this place.  It's scale is massive, and it's architectural  and aesthetic prowess is even massiver.  Yes, massiver.  It's ornateness is something to marvel; so much so that it's unfathomable to me how it was even designed and built in phases hundreds of years ago.  I mean seriously, we can't even make a roof that lasts 20 years these days.

It started out as a fortress back in the 12th century and was then converted to a royal palace in the 14th century before finally being made into a public gallery at the end of the 18th century.  What's astounding is that the Louvre only occupies 3 wings of the former palace.  Incredible.  Oh, and in case you're interested, the glass pyramid which functions as the main entrance, wasn't added until 1989.  I can't tell you how much I was impressed by this place.

I've included just a few of the images from that evening below.  I got to the Louvre around 9:00 pm and had just over an hour of sunlight left.  It doesn't get dark in Paris until just after 10pm, which works out well for visitors trying to see as much as they can in a couple days.. 

By the way, in case you've never seen it and don't think you'll ever get there, I created a very quick iPhone video to show it to you.  Here's the Louvre in 7 seconds.  In case that's too quick for you, here's some images you can peruse at your own pace.





This next one was actually just outside the Metro station before walking into the main grounds of the Louvre.




Sorry, this was left over from the day before.  Not at all related to the Louvre; just seeing if you were paying attention.



If you look towards the bottom of the middle opening in the arc monument below, you can see the much bigger Arc de Triumph way far away in the distance.




One of the many outside corridors.



I used my 14-24mm wide angle lens at 14mm to get the image below of the intersection of two corridors.




An abstract image of the glass pyramid support structure rods.






I really like this image looking over the water at the base of the pyramid.









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Déjà Vu is Appropriately French
WHAT: Cityscapes & Landscapes, Travel   |   WHEN: May 20, 2010
Feels like I was just in Pari... never mind.  It's been a long week, and I'm lookin' forward to headin' home to see my sweetie tomorrow.  I did see the Louvre (well, at least the outside) for the first time this evening.  As much as I love beautiful images, I'm not really a museum kinda guy.  I get bored quickly and start applying the art blanket rule after about 30 minutes, meaning I admittedly unjustly start saying "Yeah, I know these are great paintings by master artists and all, but they kinda look a lot like the ones we just saw in the last 3 rooms.  Can we go get ice cream?"  That's when I know it's time to hit the door.  Sadly, though, if you take me to any factory tour where they show you how they make Coke bottles, automobile headlights, Twinkies, etc. and I'm in total bliss.  Sorry, Monet.

I'm headin' to the airport in a few hours, so I need to go get reacquainted with my pillow for a bit.  In the meantime here's a few random images from some downtime I had.




This little guy rocked.  Didn't matter what kinda face I made at him, he gave me the same you're an idiot and your blockin' my view look.







I don't know what it is about Vespas, but I'm a fan.  One of these days when Kylie's not lookin', I'm gonna get one.




TONS of people sitting outside on any grass you could find.  Amazing weather.






I kept having birds show up in all my images for a while.  It was cool at first, but got annoying after a while.  Then I realized this was a piece of dust on my camera sensor.





An HDR image with multiple exposures processed from  single RAW file.








This guy was resting in one of the gardens in a patch of sunlight.




No idea who these people were, but I appreciate them starring at me and looking cool for this image.



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Greetings from Paris
WHAT: Cityscapes & Landscapes, Travel   |   WHEN: May 17, 2010
Back in Paris for a couple days this week.  Not much free time so far, so here's just a couple. 

Happy birthday, Kylie!  I love you and can't wait to see you on Friday!  Miss you lots!!






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