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Monico Havier
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Photographer and Graphic Designer
Photographer and Graphic Designer

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Total Solar Eclipse | Aug 21, 2017

It's hard for me to believe it's already been a year since I made the drive to Charleston, SC, to see (and photograph) the total solar eclipse. What an amazing adventure!
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Cherry Blossoms at Civil Twilight | 2010

Washington, DC is known as many things. For some it's a place of politics and others it's home to some of the most moving monuments to our nation that exist. The city itself is populated with architecture that is unlike any other city in the USA and it's layout is like the great European capitals. It's a city with monuments just about everywhere you look.

And every year Washington, DC becomes a place of unparalleled beauty when the famous Yoshiko Cherry Trees bloom throughout the city.

My favorite place to experience the cherry blossoms is on the Tidal Basin and I think they look best in the brief moments just before the sun comes up and the sky includes incredible pink and orange colors.

Here's a shot of a cherry blossom tree I took back in 2010.
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The London Eye at Night

If there's one style of photography I love most it's probably nighttime/long exposure. I've always been fascinated by a camera's ability to capture a fraction of a second or several minutes and the results of either are completely different.

For my travel shooting I often take a tripod with me so I can get a long exposure shot or two. More often than not the resulting images are among my favorites.

In the case of the London Eye I thought it was going to be a big challenge because I knew it was built to move slow enough to allow passengers to board without the ride stopping. That meant it was probably going to look blurry if I took any kind of long exposure shot.

But somehow I lucked out because when I arrived on the bank of the Thames to take my night time shot it wasn't moving. I ended up getting a two minute and 41 second long shot that smoothed out the water and still got me an incredibly sharp looking Eye.
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Collegiate Church of St Peter at Westminster (Westminster Abbey)

As a lover of history I always knew I was going to love visiting London. I saw several extremely historic places, buildings and monuments on my visit but Westminster Abbey was particularly special for me.

This was my first time seeing such an amazing cathedral (although it's technically no longer a cathedral). The history of the abbey dates back more than a thousand years and it was pretty humbling to just stand in it's presence. This royal peculiar has seen royal coronations, weddings and funerals. It's also the final resting place for past kings and queens along with historic figures like Issac Newton, Charles Darwin and Stephen Hawking.

I first visited Westminster Abbey on the day I arrived in London and it looked incredible. On my last evening in London I decided to visit one last time to see if I could get a nighttime shot to forever remind me of the feeling I had when I was there.
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Pyramide du Louvre (the Louvre Pyramid) at Night

In a visit that took me to several famous locations across Paris the one stop that will always stand out for me is the amazing Musée du Louvre (Louvre Museum). It was another night time visit and it was more incredible than I was expecting.

Because it was at night the museum was closed but there was complete access to the beautiful Louvre Pyramid. I spent a lot of time capturing the view with different lenses and shutter speeds but mostly I stood in amazement of where I was. It was like stepping into a Dan Brown novel. The only thing missing at the time was Hans Zimmer's Chevaliers de Sangreal playing in my earbuds.

Here's one of my favorite shots of the pyramid. This is another printed and framed shot that hangs on a wall in my home.
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Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile at Night

My second favorite shot I took in Paris was this shot of the incredible Arc de Triomphe.

Standing in the center of the wildest traffic circle I've ever seen was this towering monument built to honor those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

I've seen pictures and movies with the incredible arch but standing in front of it is a totally different experience. It's bigger than I expected and the traffic around it was totally mind blowing. I still can't believe I didn't witness an auto accident (or several).

This is another shot I've printed and framed to hang in my house. It's another reminder of the time I had in Paris and how much I need to return.
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Washington Monument from 15th St. NW

I've spent a considerable amount of time in Washington, DC taking pictures and most of them include the famous Washington Monument.

The reason I try to include shots of the iconic obelisk is that it instantly lets viewers know where the shot was taken. I know it's a cliché way to take travel pictures, but someone once said "they're clichés for a reason".

Here's a night time shot of the Washington Monument captured near the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben) at Night

Here's one of my favorite images from my visit to London, England. It was my last night in London so I set out by myself for a photo walk and ended up at Parliament Square Garden. It was an awesome place to get some long exposure shots of the famous clock tower that houses the great bell we call _Big Ben.

I went out looking to get a night time shot of Westminster Abbey but on my walk back to my hotel I was walking through the park and saw this amazing view. I ended up spending quite a bit of time taking pictures and just sitting down and enjoying what little time I had left in this incredible town.
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Eiffel Tower on the Seine

I know that collections have existed for a while now but since my time on Google+ decreased I never got serious about building up some collections of my own.

In an attempt to correct that I'll start adding pictures to some collections and see if this works out to be a better way for me to share some images from my many travels.With any luck this will get me back in to the swing of adding content on a more regular basis.

This first image happens to be one of my favorites from my visit to Paris, France and I liked it enough to get a framed print of it to hang on my office wall. This shot is my constant reminder that I've got to get back to France for another visit.
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My Newest Addition to my Portfolio | Food & Drink

I've always really enjoyed photographing food, but I almost never share the images I've made over the years. I've also never included my food photography in my online portfolio - until now.

I've updated my portfolio and picked a few of my favorite food shots taken in my many travels. Check it out and be sure to let me know what you think of them.

https://monico.myportfolio.com/food
Monico Havier - Food & Drink
Monico Havier - Food & Drink
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