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Monico Havier
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Photographer and Graphic Designer
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Independence Hall Time Lapse Video

While I was in Philly I had an amazing view from my hotel room. The view was so good I set up my backup camera body in the window and captured 9 hours of still images (1 shot every 30 seconds). The plan was to create a time lapse video so I was hoping for interesting skies and lots of tourists. I ended up capturing over 1,100 images and the change from perfect weather to rain storms looked pretty cool in the finished video.

You can check out the video over on my YouTube channel here:

https://youtu.be/vLze8V2nMBs

And I put up a quick blog post here:

http://bit.ly/2vNk2Tm


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I just added a quick blog post about the shot I took of Independence Hall in Philly. If there's one thing I've really got to do it's get myself back in the habit of writing...

http://monicozphotographyblog.com/2017/07/25/featured-image-of-the-week-11-25-2017/

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Independence Hall | Philadelphia, PA

I've traveled to Philly once before (back when I worked for Ford Design) but it was very specifically for a week long market research study so I didn't do any sight seeing.

Over the weekend I finally made it back to Philly to visit some historic locations, take some pictures, eat some cheese steak and even go to a concert.

I took this shot of Independence Hall on the first night of my visit:


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the Palais de Chaillot Esplanade | Paris, France

I took a train from London to Paris so I didn't see much of the city when I arrived. Our plan was to take a Metro from the train station to a stop close to our hotel so we were pretty much inside the station or underground for the beginning of our trip.
The stop closest to our hotel was the Trocédro stop and it was super close to the awesome Palais de Chaillot. From the exit of the Metro we didn't see much except the outside of the Théâtre National de Chaillot so I had yet to see the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Instead of going directly to our hotel we wandered over to the esplanade (I had looked this area over on Google Maps) and it was my very first sighting of the amazing Eiffel Tower and it was glorious! The feeling I had at that moment was a lot like the first time I emerged from DC's Metro and saw the Washington Monument for the first time. It's truly breathtaking to say the least...
Because we had our bags we didn't stay long but I did snap a few quick pictures so I could remember the exact spot that I first laid eyes on the Eiffel Tower.
This is a super wide-angle shot of the Eiffel Tower from the Esplanade.

note: you can also see this shot over on my +500px page here:
https://500px.com/photo/220370963/
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Tiffins - a Review in Photos | the Resort Loop blog

My latest blog post for the Resort Loop podcast is now up and it features a whole lotta pictures. It's all about my favorite restaurant in Walt Disney World, Tiffins, and I'm already working on a "part II".

You can check it out here:

http://resortloop.com/tiffins-a-review-in-photos/

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the Tree of Life (HDR) | Disney's Animal Kingdom

It's been a while since I've stretched my HDR legs - but when I saw the three bracketed shots I took of the Tree of Life (at Disney's Animal Kingdom) I thought I'd give it a go.
Here's my Tree of Life HDR image from my recent visit to Walt Disney World Resort:
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Eiffel Tower (black and white) | Paris, France

Today I'm channeling my inner +Steve Kalman by sharing a black and white image from my trip to Paris.
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Westminster Abbey at Night | London, UK

Here's a shot from my night time walk around London, England. This is Westminster Abbey and it was magnificent! I first visited the Church of England (Royal Peculiar) on my first day in London and got to see the North and East exteriors. I've seen some pretty nice churches and cathedrals in the US but I've never seen anything like this.

With so little time in London I didn't get a chance to go inside but I did get to return on my last night to take a few long exposure pictures. I'm not sure when I'll get to return, but this incredible landmark is high on my list of places to come back to and really explore.

I've also posted this shot to my +500px page here:
https://500px.com/photo/209118239/


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Washington Monument | Washington, DC

Here's the companion shot to yesterday's National Museum of African American History & Culture image.

I took this shot from the exact same spot as the NMAAHC image but turned my camera towards the iconic Washington Monument instead. I love the highly reflective marble wall that stands outside the Smithsonian Museum. It's one of the only things I know of that gives me such a clear reflection for the bottom half of my shot (the lake at Constitution Gardens gives a nice reflection but you can't see the entire Washington Monument because of the trees).

Another nice plus for this shot was the flaring from the inexpensive 16mm lens I used. Sometimes I like flare and sometimes I don't, but I thought it worked well here. The Sony 16mm f2.8 (pancake) lens is tiny and can be had for less than $250. It's not overly sharp, doesn't deal with flare very well and it has enough distortion to make most pro photographers cringe - but when you know what you're dealing with it's not difficult to take advantage of what it does well - capturing a decently wide angle of view while being super tiny and light. Additionally, most of the lenses shortcomings can easily be dealt with in post so this lens is one of my favorite "walk around" lenses to keep attached to my camera.
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Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture | Washington, DC

Last night I took a walk around the National Mall (in Washington, DC) and just enjoyed what a beautiful city this is. It was perfect weather to be out for a walk and, since it's early April, it wasn't very crowded at all. Just a perfect night to be out enjoying this amazing city.

Here's a new shot from last night's walk of the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History & Culture:
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