Arc de Triomphe Streaming Traffic at Night

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  4 Comments

I’ve already shared how, on our first night in Paris, I foolishly stood in the middle of the road while photographing the Eiffel Tower. I apparently hadn’t learned my lesson a few nights later, because I did the exact same thing while standing on the Champs-Élysées, photographing the Arc de Triomphe.

At first it seemed fairly safe, as there was about 4 feet between the lanes, marked with white lines on the ground. Unfortunately, this area seemed to be the de facto “moped lane” and within a few seconds of setting up my tripod, I was again jumping out of the way as a moped zoomed towards me. (Here’s the long exposure taken while I jumped out of the way!) After that, I decided not to spend too much time trying for this photo…

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Full Moon Illuminates Oconaluftee Valley in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  8 Comments

While it doesn’t have the name recognition of Newfound Gap or Clingmans Dome, I think the Oconaluftee Valley Overlook is the best view in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It actually reminds me a bit of Tunnel View, the most popular viewing spot in Yosemite National Park in terms of the view it offers. It’s […]

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Main Street Electrical Parade Long Exposure

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  6 Comments

Back when I first got into Disney photography, it seemed like I went into each trip with one really ambitious for a difficult/interesting photo. During our August 2009 trip, it was this photo of SpectroMagic. I had never before seen a long exposure done of Walt Disney World’s nighttime light parade, and thought it was […]

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Professional Photographers are an Endangered Species

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  9 Comments

Professional photographers are endangered species. One that, unlike the California Condor, is headed the way of the Dodo. Within five years, I predict that the professional photographer, as we now know the profession, will be largely extinct. Granted, there will still be some in “captivity,” but those will likely only be photographers with such unique […]

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Sunrise Over Monument Cove in Acadia National Park

Posted on Oct 17, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  No Comments

This is Monument Cove, along Ocean Drive in Acadia National Park. This spot is named for its vertical sea stack of granite isolated from the cliff by coastal erosion. I think it’s one of the most iconic scenes in Acadia National Park. Granted, it’s not as impressive as the monuments out west, but how many […]

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Pinnacles National Park Sunrise

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  7 Comments

Pinnacles National Park was “established” in 2013 as the United States’ 59th National Park, elevating it from a National Monument. It is known mostly for its interesting-looking eroded volcano remnants from an “extinct” volcano, some of which are pictured here. It’s also a release site for California Condors. You’re probably more likely to see a […]

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Traffic Streaks Past London’s Big Ben

Posted on Oct 10, 2013 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  1 Comment

One of the great things we did in Europe was get lost. A lot. In London this mostly consisted of wandering around on foot without resources like Google Maps as a safety net. It was really a liberating experience, and something we’d recommend. Instead of rushing from one tourist spot to another, we wandered around, […]

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