Casa Rio

Casa Rio is a wonderful Mexican restaurant situated along the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX.  I have been there many times and always enjoy the food and the view.  I caught this image one morning while walking around down there.  I love the colorful umbrellas and their reflections in the water.

Twilight at Fisherman's Wharf

I always enjoy seeing photos of boats, though I am not a "boat guy".  I don't own a boat, and really have no desire to.  But, I appreciate their beauty and find them interesting.  Rarely though have I taken photos of a boat or boats, and when I have the shots have been disappointments.  So, I found myself at Fisherman's Wharf along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, and it was nearly sunset.  I had spent the better part of the day behind the camera, which is always great fun (especially in San Fran) but I was tired and in need of food.  I found some place serving fish and chips - image that! - and hunkered down for some refueling.  After a bit though I started to notice the subtle changes in the sky and the color and light, and got itchy feet and headed back out to shoot some more.  I walked around Fisherman's Wharf for a while, but it is crowded with tourists and I was looking for something a little quieter.  I meandered around the backside of the wharf and found this marina, which happens to overlook Alcatraz.  It was peaceful and quiet, the sun was setting over distant hills, the light was just right, and it was just me and the camera.  

Cafe du Monde at night

Cafe du Monde is one of those must-visit places in New Orleans, at least to me.  They are well known for their strong chickory coffee and beignets.  Though I do not like coffee, I can speak from first-hand experience and confirm that the beignets are fabulous.  I was walking around the French Quarter, looking for various shots to take, and was at the street corner waiting to cross when I noticed this scene.  I liked all the hustle and bustle of the cafe, and of course the light trails from the passing cars.  This is a single 20 second exposure.

French Market, New Orleans

This is the entrance to the French Market in New Orleans, LA.  It is a cool place.  It is basically a Farmers' Market where you can buy produce and assorted things like that.  I set up across the street from it, trying to wait out all the customers that were shopping.  Finally I gave that up because it is a busy place, and just fired off my shots.  After processing the photo, I was glad that I got the people in the shot, because it adds an interesting human element with all their movement, and it perfectly illustrates the hustle and bustle of the market.

The craziness that is Times Square

Who doesn't like Times Square?  I mean really, I know it is all touristy and stuff, but isn't it fun?  I think it is.  It is crazy, busy, full of tourists and of course lit up with all that neon.  I am sure the collective electric bills are massive.  They probably exceed the GDP of some small countries.  But hey, what the heck?  These companies know folks like me are going to come around with a camera, and maybe they will get some free advertising out of it, and I am sure that works.  But, just to be clear, though I do use Yahoo sometimes you will never catch me with a Budweiser in hand.