Photo: Into the Beyond

La Sainte-Chapelle is really an amazing place. I can’t believe it took me so many trips to Paris to finally see it. It wasn’t exactly a blind-spot, but I knew it was some place that I had to visit at some point, and I finally got there.

Tripods were forbidden, so I decided to use a tripod to get a shot.

I did manage to squeeze off several rounds until security came up to make me stop. Of course, the only reason I ignore their rule is because I think it is does not have a solid foundation in logic or rational thought. I wasn’t bothering anyone. I wasn’t going to trip anyone because of the configuration of my tripod and body. Everything was cool.

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Photo: Chicago Thaws into Spring

I was lucky enough to be in a helicopter over Chicago at sunset. A big thanks to Fiona and our pilots Bill and Jeff. They took the door off the helicopter for me, which sounds like a good idea until you are experiencing 100 MPH of chopper backwash while hanging out trying to get this kind of shot!

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Photo: Sleeping Inn - (exploring a remote fjord in Iceland) -
I espied an old house up the side of one of the valleys. It was partially obscured by a hand-built stone wall. I stopped the car and started hiking up the side of the valley to investigate. Once I got up there, I began to think that maybe this place was actually occupied! There were new lace curtains hanging in the windows and everything seemed to be in pretty good repair. So then, I felt like I was intruding, and not just exploring an old ruin. But, it was 3 AM in the morning, and I figured if anyone was indeed inside, they must be fast asleep. So I set up for a shot and then made a hasty elf-like egress. -- from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial
Photo: The Snow Monkey Reflects

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Photo: Prambanan Sunset 

You can imagine what it was like to find this amazing temple in the hot, steamy jungles of Indonesia.  The day had been very stormy, so I spent that time exploring the temple while getting soaked... quietly hoping that the storm clouds would break on the horizon to allow the sun through.

Sometimes the lighting is best right after the sunset.   And sometimes this is right when the police come to get you.  Maybe they were security guards.  But it was hard to tell in the dark - and, besides, I didn't know the difference between the clothes of a security guards and a policeman in Indonesia.  I had Will with me when these guys approached us, and he was no help at all.  He did manage to keep them busy for a while so I could take some final shots, but we could tell that we had worn out our welcome.  So then the guards started to escort us right out of there. 

- from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com
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Sleeping Inn - (exploring a remote fjord in Iceland) -
I espied an old house up the side of one of the valleys. It was partially obscured by a hand-built stone wall. I stopped the car and started hiking up the side of the valley to investigate. Once I got up there, I began to think that maybe this place was actually occupied! There were new lace curtains hanging in the windows and everything seemed to be in pretty good repair. So then, I felt like I was intruding, and not just exploring an old ruin. But, it was 3 AM in the morning, and I figured if anyone was indeed inside, they must be fast asleep. So I set up for a shot and then made a hasty elf-like egress. -- from Trey Ratcliff at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com - all images Creative Commons Noncommercial
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