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andre's blog http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/1 en Now is the Best Time for Photography http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/now-is-the-best-time-for-photography.html <p><a class="autolink-term" href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/travel.html">Travel</a> photography defies common travel wisdom.</p> <p><img alt="Venice Beach" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/travel/venice-beach.jpg" /></p> <p>When most travelers settle down for their dinner, I often try to capture the best light of the day. When other travelers dread the colder weather and declare that it is best to stay home or shop for the holidays, I feel a strong draw to go out and take photographs. Suddenly, my summer slumber is over and I can hardly sit still for a weekend.</p> <p>The onset of winter brings an excitement to pictures that is impossible to capture during the &quot;boring&quot; summer months. Photography between fall and spring is pure excitement. The clouds are back in Southern California, creating the most spectacular sunsets (see above). During the last couple of weeks, I have seen dolphins underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, spotted migrating whales from the shores of Montana de Oro, and seen playful flocks of seals circling the Avila Pier. It is almost as if the animals know my secret and just waited for the crowds to disappear back into their comfortable and warm homes and overcrowded malls.</p> <p><img alt="Egret" width="600" height="399" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/travel/egret.jpg" /></p> <p>Unfortunately, there are still some strange blokes out there. Shortly after I took the photograph of this egret snatching himself a lunch-lizard, a man walked up to me, pulled out his point and shoot camera, took a photograph of the egret, and then shooed it away. However, the reduced amount of travelers during the off-season makes such occurrences rare and tolerable. I assume the lizard would not have minded an earlier rescue and would disagree with me.</p> <p><img alt="Seals" width="600" height="281" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/travel/seals.jpg" /></p> <p>During the course of a single day, we also saw several whales blowing in the distance, the seals that you can see above, and a few fishing pelicans (see below). Here you can see one taking a dive from a high altitude to catch fish below the water's surface. The pelicans are amazing fishers with a grace that you would not expect from the sometimes clumsy-looking birds.</p> <p><img alt="Pelican" width="463" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/travel/pelican.jpg" /></p> <p>We did get several storm systems coming through this area during the last view days. As a friend told me how this would spoil his plans, my thoughts drifted to the incredible opportunities and the fantastic light you can catch with a coming and going storm. Low cloud coverage with a sliver of open sky in the distance to let the sun come through is the perfect condition for dramatic sunsets and I got lucky twice within a few weeks. The first photograph at the start of this article is from Venice Beach. You can see the lifeguard towers in the foreground and the most amazing sunset. Somehow, the sunsets in Southern California are more vivid than anywhere else in the world.</p> <p>The second chance was this sunset at McWay Falls. The falls are located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and plunge onto a secluded beach in a tranquil cove. Fortunately, we stuck around long enough to see the sunset that lit the last remaining clouds of this day's storm.</p> <p><img alt="Waterfall" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/travel/waterfall.jpg" /></p> <p>Do not let a few raindrops or a drop in temperature &quot;drop&quot; your excitement for the outdoors. There is no better time than the coming months for photography in the Golden State of California. Go out and see this magical place. Still not sure where to go? Then try my new iPhone application. It will guide you to the most photogenic locations in California. It is now available on iTunes:</p> <p><a href="http://myphotoscout.com/cpsp.html">California Photo Scout for iPhone</a></p> <p><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/california-photo-scout-premium/id405853324?mt=8&uo=4" target="itunes_store"><img src="http://ax.phobos.apple.com.edgesuite.net/images/web/linkmaker/badge_appstore-lrg.gif" alt="California Photo Scout Premium - Andre Gunther" style="border: 0;"/></p> <p></p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/now-is-the-best-time-for-photography.html#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 19:18:32 -0500 andre 3273 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com On Location: Chaco Culture National Historic Park http://www.aguntherphotography.com/on-location/chaco-culture-nhp.html <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/chaco-bandelier-nm.html"><img alt="Chaco CultureNational Historic Park" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/chaco-pueblo-bonito.jpg" /></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/chaco-bandelier-nm.html">Chaco Canyon</a> is the best-preserved site of early settlement in the United States. Located in New Mexico, miles from paved roads and service stations, the most exiting historic park does not receive the same amount of visitors as other parks. Unlike other spectacular locations like <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/canyon-de-chelly/index.html">Canyon de Chelly</a> or <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/mesa_verde/index.html">Mesa Verde</a>, you can freely explore Chaco and even enter most of the sites. This makes Chaco Canyon much more desirable for photography.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eventually the park service will develop the road to Chaco and limit access to the ruins as more and more tourists will start visiting the park. Currently you can still have many places of the park to yourself. You do not have to wait a long time for a clear undisturbed view of the ruins, thanks to the relatively small amount of visitors compared to other places.&nbsp;</p> <!--break--> <p><img alt="Chaco light ray" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/light-ray.jpg" /></p> <p>The buildings are still in a good state. Many of the ancient walls tower several stories high, showing the impressive skills of the pueblo Indians that lived here many years ago. Chaco was a major cultural and commercial center, a capital city of the ancient civilization. It was located in the heart of the Anasazi Empire, connecting many other nearby sights.</p> <p>Chaco reminded me even of the Andean wonder-city of <a href="http://www.opentravelinfo.com/travel_guide/south_america/peru/andean/machu_picchu_peru_inca_city_in_the_sky">Machu Picchu (Peru)</a>, probably the most famous of all historic places.&nbsp;</p> <p>Coming to Chaco has been a long dream of mine that I fulfilled in 2008, after having to bypass the park due to very bad weather in 2007. Access in winter can be difficult, since the roads are not cleared. Even less people visit in winter and the angle of the sun is lower, making winter my favorite time to visit the National Parks of the west.</p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/chaco-bandelier-nm.html">Chaco Culture National Historic Park</a>&nbsp;is an unforgettable experience. I would love to come back before too much changes.</p> <p><img alt="Chaco Door" width="400" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/chaco-door-light.jpg" /></p> <div>&nbsp;</div> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/on-location/chaco-culture-nhp.html#comments On Location photography Travel Sun, 08 Aug 2010 17:22:28 -0400 andre 3271 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com San Francisco Presidio and Golden Gate http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/san-francisco-presidio-and-golden-gate.html <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san-francisco/presidio.html"><img alt="Fort Point Military Band" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/fort-point-military-band.jpg" /></a></p> <p> <p style="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em; ">We went to San Francisco twice last weekend, in anticipation of a big project I am working on and hope to complete before summer.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em; ">I photographed the&nbsp;<a style="text-decoration: underline; font-weight: bold; color: rgb(16, 74, 145); " href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san-francisco/presidio.html">Presidio and Fort Point</a>. I was very lucky, since Fort Point celebrated Living History Days with civil war actors in period customs. It was a lot of fun and while we were there, I also photographed some of the spectacular views you can find at the Presidio and the Main Post, from where the Presidio grew to its current spread.</p> <p style="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em; ">I parked my car and walked across the <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san_francisco/parks/golden-gate-bridge.html">Golden Gate Bridge</a>&nbsp;to boost my Golden Gate Portfolio.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-top: 0.5em; margin-bottom: 0.9em; ">Both locations are a lot of fun to discover and the pictures really turned out exceptional (all shot with the <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/reviews/canon-eos-7d-field-guide.html">Canon 7D</a>). Check them out and come back for more, the project is far from done.</p> </p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san_francisco/parks/golden-gate-bridge.html"><img alt="Golden Gate South Tower" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/golden-gate-south-pillar.jpg" /></a></p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/san-francisco-presidio-and-golden-gate.html#comments On Location photography Site-related Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:12:09 -0500 andre 3229 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com How much color is too much color http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/how-much-color-is-too-much.html <p><img alt="Color Comparison" width="600" height="296" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/color-comparison.jpg" /></p> <p><b>Which of these do you like best?</b></p> <p>Confronted with an unprecedented range of software programs and sliders, digital photographers sometimes struggle finding the right balance. Browsing through the websites of my esteemed photography colleagues, I get the feeling that the opinions on color treatment seem to diverge, rather than converge. New software companies, like Topaz Labs, satisfy the need of the extreme end of the spectrum, while purists contest the unnatural appearance of these pictures. Composition and lighting alone used to make good photographs, but today it seems that color treatment becomes just as important. Since all our senses are overloaded every day, it becomes harder and harder to make a visual impact. Attracting a viewers attention may require a bold statement, but how bold is too bold and how much is too much?&nbsp;</p> <div>Are you a purist or a color fetishist? Which of the above pictures do you prefer? To make your decision easier, I have put larger versions below. Let's hear your thoughts!</div> <!--break--> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Color Saturation 1" width="400" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/golden_gate_color_1.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Color Saturation 2" width="400" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/golden_gate_color_2.jpg" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="Color Saturation 3" width="400" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/golden_gate_color_3.jpg" /></p> <p>Below is the "consensus image" that I compiled after reader all your excellent comments. I stacked all three images. Image two lies with 50% opacity on Image one, which gives a bridge saturation between Image 1 and Image 2. Then I created a layer mask for the water and used image 3 with 83% opacity for the water. Then I created another layer mask for the sky and the mountains. Thanks to my Wacom tablet it only took about 30 minutes ;-). I put another layer of Image 3 into this mask with 75% opacity.</p> <p>I hope you like it. I saved all layers and masks into a psd file in case we come up with more ideas.</p> <p><img alt="Color Saturation 3" width="400" height="600" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/consensus.jpg" /></p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/how-much-color-is-too-much.html#comments photography Software Tech Talk Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:34:48 -0500 andre 3174 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com New Galleries shot with the Canon 7D http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/new-galleries-shot-with-canon-7d.html <p>I have uploaded two new Galleries of pictures from my recent trip to the Four Courner States and Nevadea. I shot these pictures with my new <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/reviews/canon-eos-7d-field-guide.html">Canon 7D</a>. Since the camera is brand new, I had to change my workflow, mostly because my version of Photoshop does not support it and Lightroom 3 Beta does not give me good results with white balance. I worked things out though and finally learned how to use Silkypix Pro (review coming).</p> <p>Meanwhile, here are some galleries for you to enjoy.</p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/valley-of-fire-sp.html"><img width="300" height="200" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/valley-of-fire.jpg" alt="Valley of Fire State Park" /></a></p> <p>The first Gallery is <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/valley-of-fire-sp.html">Valley of Fire State Park </a>in Nevada. This is a very diverse park with plenty of alien looking rock formations to explore. Had I known how much fun it was to explore this jewel, I would have come here sooner.</p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/colorado-nm.html"><img width="300" height="200" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/colorado-national-monument.jpg" alt="Colorado National Monument" /></a></p> <p>The second Gallery is <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/usa_west/colorado-nm.html">Colorado National Monument</a>. I have been in the vicinity twice before and couldn't make it here either. Colorado National Monument also was a pleasant surprise. Nearby parks in Utah overshadow this little pleasant park.</p> <p>I am working on more galleries and some interesting blog posts. Meanwhile, enjoy these two.</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/new-galleries-shot-with-canon-7d.html#comments Cameras photography Site-related Sun, 17 Jan 2010 03:50:04 -0500 andre 3137 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com Los Angeles again http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/los-angeles-again.html <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california-south/los-angeles.html"><img width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/la-huntington-japanese-drum-bridge-tree.jpg" alt="Huntington Library Japanese Garden" /></a></p> <p>During the Thanksgiving weekend we drove to Los Angeles. I just finished uploading a number of photographs and created a few new galleries in my <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california-south/los-angeles.html">Los Angeles section</a>. The image above is from the Japanese Garden in the <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california-south/la/huntington.html">Huntington Library</a>. It is just one of the magnificent places we discovered. The <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california-south/la/getty.html">Getty Center</a> was fascinating as well. The striking architecture of the Center, sitting on top of a mountain overlooking Downtown L.A. and Westood is a tourist magnet.</p> <p>One our way home we took a small detour through Simi Valley, where we discovered the <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/south-coast/reagan-library.html">Ronald Reagan Presidential Library</a>. Among the fascinating exhibits is the original Air Force One Plane of President Reagan. The library is definitely worth a visit should you ever get to this area.</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/los-angeles-again.html#comments photography Travel Thu, 10 Dec 2009 01:41:30 -0500 andre 3096 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com Computer problems and free pictures http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/computer-problems-and-free-pictures.html <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san_francisco/golden-gate-park.html"><img alt="Golden Gate Park" width="600" height="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/stow-lake-footbridge.jpg" /></a></p> <p>After I suffered yet another computer crash I finally decided to head over to Fry's and walk home with a Quad Processor Computer, 8GB of RAM and Windows 7. Seems like the motherboard on my old computer was finally fried after it refused to recognize any of my hard drives. I added two monitors to the computer and can now enjoy the editing process again.</p> <p>I have not even installed Photoshop on my new computer yet, but I am already editing photos like a champ. I downloaded the new Lightroom 3.0 Beta version from Adobe. It took some time to get used to the interface, but I am coming around to like it very much. I think I am going to write a review of Lightroom, maybe pitching it against another one of my favorite RAW editors, Silkypix PRO.</p> <p>I am completely fed up by the licensing policies of Adobe, which may ultimately keep me from buying Lightroom. I am not sure yet. As my raid array disintegreated, I had to reinstall Photoshop. Then later I decided to build a raid again and install Photoshop again. Apparently the software kept recognizing a new computer each time, possibly because of the raid. Now I have to call Adobe and explain the situation every time I wish to re-install Photoshop again. My requests to erase all licenses from their Servers and let me re-install was simply denied, leaving me frustrated with a useless $600 software.</p> <p>The most recent photographs I uploaded to my <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/san_francisco/golden-gate-park.html">Golden Gate Park Gallery</a> are done with Lightroom only. Those images also do not have any watermarks anymore. For the last few years I have included watermarks that were barely visible, but now they are gone altogether. I am working on an idea to make all images on this website publicly available for free, but I do require attribution (hyperlink on websites and url on prints). Stay tuned for more information on free pictures.</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/computer-problems-and-free-pictures.html#comments blabla Hardware Web Sat, 07 Nov 2009 23:29:53 -0500 andre 3028 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com Fall in the Sierra Nevada http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/easters-sierra-fall-color.html <table cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="0" width="100%"> <tbody> <tr> <td valign="top" align="left"><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/eastern-sierra-fall.html"><img height="600" width="400" alt="Eastern Sierra Fall Color" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/june-lake-loop-creek.jpg" /></a></td> <td valign="top" align="left">&nbsp; <meta content="text/html; charset=utf-8" http-equiv="Content-Type" /> <meta content="Word.Document" name="ProgId" /> <meta content="Microsoft Word 12" name="Generator" /> <meta content="Microsoft Word 12" name="Originator" /> <link 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The countless aspen trees light up the landscape in bright orange hues. I visited the area last weekend and took enough photographs to generate my new gallery on <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/california/eastern-sierra-fall.html">Fall in the Eastern Sierra Nevada</a>. I hope as always that you enjoy the pictures and come back for more soon.</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/easters-sierra-fall-color.html#comments photography Travel Sun, 18 Oct 2009 13:47:30 -0400 andre 3005 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com Photograph Comic-Con http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/photograph-comic-con.html <p> <img height="300" width="213" align="left" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/comic-con-girl.jpg" alt="Comic Con Girl" /> Every year a huge crowd of people gathers at the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate pop culture and movies in an exceptional spectacle called <b>Comic-Con</b>. Many attendees dress up in beautiful costumes, handcrafted in countless hours with an astonishing devotion and attention to detail.</p> <p>For us photographers the colorful figures exert a strong pull to visit and photograph the event. Two years ago, I decided to fly to San Diego to see what the fuzz was all about and of course to take photographs.</p> <h2>How to photograph People at Comic-Con</h2> <p>I find that many photographers are troubled about taking the photograph of a stranger without asking for permission. Street photography is very different from landscape photography. We feel restricted through norms of society and our own inhibition.</p> <p>A large gathering like <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/galleries/street-photography/comic-con-2007-faces.html">Comic-Con</a> with many like-minded photographers makes it very easy to overcome those fears. If you cannot pull the trigger here, street photography clearly is not your game. That is perfectly ok.</p><!--break--> <h3>How to overcome your inhibition and get your subjects to relax</h3> <h4>Look non-threatening and friendly. Smile and behave normally</h4> <p>People usually mirror your behavior right back to you. If you look grumpy, grouchy and tense, others will assume that your intend is not honorable and will automatically take a negative attitude toward you. Smile at a baby and it will smile back, make a sad face and it will cry. Although higher brain functions prevail in adults, our mind still works on this level. People will not like you but won&rsquo;t know why.</p> <h4>Respect your subjects</h4> <p>If you respect people, they will not mind you taking their photograph. If you laugh about a person and then try to take their photograph, they will automatically assume you want to take a funny picture. If you respect a person, they usually do not mind at all and may actually strike a pose. Do not just pretend to respect people. True emotions usually shine through. There is no reason to disrespect another human being.</p> <h4>Loosen up</h4> <p>Relax and enjoy yourself. Your photography is a beautiful thing. See yourself like a news or press photographer. You are here to create wonderful pieces of art. With the right attitude, your inhibitions will disappear.</p> <h3>Composition</h3> <h4>Contrast or Complement</h4> <div><img height="326" width="500" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/comic-con.jpg" alt="Complement and Contrast" />&nbsp;</div> <p>In this picture on the left, the visitor strikes a pose that is very fitting to the movie poster right behind him. They complement each other.</p> <p>In the picture on the right, we have an example for contrast.</p> <p>Here are two more examples:</p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/galleries/street-photography/comic-con-2007-faces/sandwich.html">Girl framed between two trash cans (contrast)</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/galleries/street-photography/comic-con-2007-faces/doppelganger.html">Guy who looks like guy on poster (complement)</a></p> <h4>Color</h4> <p>Look for color contrast (complementary colors) or color uniformity.</p> <p><img height="279" width="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/comic-con-color.jpg" alt="Comic Con Color" />&nbsp;</p> <div>The colors at Comic-Con are simply amazing.</div> <h4>Venture</h4> <p>Once you have successfully shot strangers at Comic-Con, it is time to graduate and move into the nearby Gaslamp Quarter for some city street shootings.</p> <p><img height="400" width="267" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/Image/blog/city-guys.jpg" alt="City Guys" /></p> <p>The same rules apply in the city. Smile and look non-threatening. Use a short <a class="autolink-term" href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/tutorials/lenses/focal-length-visual-space-crop-factor-zoom-prime.html">focal length</a> and leave your paparazzi telephoto lens at home. I have yet to encounter somebody who got seriously mad for being shot with a small lens.</p> <p>If you had enough of the Gaslamp Quarter, you could walk to nearby <a href="http://ca.myphotoscout.com/2009/07/23/how-to-photograph-san-diego-seaport-village/" target="_blank">Seaport Village</a>. Take a break from the nerve wrecking people shots and enjoy some unique skyline views.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/photograph-comic-con.html#comments photography Travel Fri, 24 Jul 2009 01:47:57 -0400 andre 2970 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com Oregon Pictures http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/oergon-gallery-update.html <p><img height="600" align="left" width="400" src="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/files/images/john-day-highway.jpg" alt="Oregon John Day Highway" /><a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/oregon.htm">Oregon</a> is California's rainy neighbor in the north. I like traveling to Oregon. The state is very diverse and full of color, even in summer when California is mostly brownish.</p> <p>But Oregon has much more to offer than wet <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/coast/index.html">coastal regions</a>. Eastern Oregon is also very dry, but the colorful <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/john-day-fossil-beds.html">John Day Fossil Beds</a> and the very different landscape invite travelers seeking for the path less traveled.</p> <p>The incredibly scenic views and deep rich colors <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/crater_lake/index.html">Crater Lake National Park</a> offfer a fascinating introduction into the seismic volcanic history of Oregon. Once you have aroused your curiousity for everything volcanic, check out <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/newberry-national-volcanic-monument.html">Newberry National Volcanic Monument</a>.</p> <p>After a tour through the wonderful landscapes of southern and eastern Oregon, relax in <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/portland_and_area/index.html">Portland</a>, Oregon most populous and lively cities. From here you can explore the <a href="http://www.aguntherphotography.com/oregon/around-portland.html">Columbia River Gorge</a> with its many waterfalls on a casual day trip.</p> <p>I finally found the time to upload new pictures that were on my computer far too long. Enjoy!</p> http://www.aguntherphotography.com/blog/oergon-gallery-update.html#comments photography Travel Tue, 09 Jun 2009 10:42:09 -0400 andre 2969 at http://www.aguntherphotography.com