Vieques, Puerto Rico
Taking a shower outdoors is strange, at least the first time. It seems unnatural until you get out of your own way, turn around and see this view. All of a sudden, cleansing takes on a whole new meaning.
This is sunrise from the outdoor shower at Hix Island Hotel on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico. The Hix architecture is all about openness, integration and appreciating nature, which is why there are no TVs or phones in the rooms. No loss, there's plenty to see anyway.
One technical note, I tried to get the sun "sprite" effect by closing down the aperture to f/16 and smaller, but the sun still came out flat. I wonder if this is a limitation of the micro 4/3's sensor or maybe my shutter speed was too fast? Regardless, I still like the photo and it serves as a reminder to get out of my own way and look around every once in a while.
Orange County, NY
Living in the city can be a lot of fun. We are one subway stop from Manhattan and access to pretty much anything we want, when we want it. Be it food, culture, architecture, art or subjects to photograph, it's all there and can be exciting. It can also be a bit stressful with all the non-stop action and pressure. That's why every once in a while, we need to balance the hectic with the peaceful and embrace the nature around us.
This photo was made in the small village Cornwall-On-Hudson about one hour and a half north of NYC. We saw people (and dogs) taking in all sorts of activities and enjoying the bright sunny day. I think it's pretty amazing that we don't have to travel too far to experience a different environment and change our perspective a bit, it helps to clear the mind.
We drove through the night from NY to Maine for 8 hours to visit Acadia National Park for a long weekend. The sun rises early and sets late here, which is awesome for extending the photographic day! By 5am this morning, the sun was peaking through and with a brisk 32 degrees out, a heavy morning mist was building in all sorts of different places. We pulled over for our first Maine shot. If this is any indication of what's around here, this trip should be amazing.