Monthly Archives: June 2012

An Ode To My Lens: 2007-2012

Posted by on June 30, 2012

My old and trusty 18-200mm lens

My old and trusty 18-200mm lens

I am here to say goodbye to an old friend. A friend who has traveled with me for the last five years and has seen most of the same incredible things which I have. A friend who has stuck by me when everything else left. A constant companion who has never left my side though good times and bad.

I am of course talking about my Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens.

The vast majority of photos you’ve seen on this site have been taken with the same lens. The 18-200mm VR Nikon lens is probably the most versatile lens in the world. It can take reasonable wide angle shots as well as zoom up to 200mm. When ever I go out for the day, I know I’ll have a 95% chance of dealing with whatever I come across with this lens.

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Monday Travel Update – Stranded in New York Edition

Posted by on June 25, 2012

Castell group performing in New York City

Castell group performing in New York City

Last Wednesday I visited New York for what was supposed to be a quick 2-night stay to speak at a press event for Catalonia Tourism. The event went smoothly and when I was schedule to fly out on Friday, there was a wall of thunderstorms which hit the east coast. That, coupled with a fire in an air traffic control center grounded everything in New York for several hours. The backlog was enough to fill all the outgoing flights on Saturday and Sunday. Thankfully, I called up my assistant Amy who managed to get me on a Sunday night flight out of Newark.

The two extra nights gave me a chance to see the premier of a documentary film about Catalonian Castell groups called Enxaneta. They create human towers sometimes up to 10 levels high and it is a tradition which has been declared a Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The top levels are usually topped off by small children who are the lightest of the group. The castell group I saw in New York flew 140 members all the way from Catalonia to perform.

Here is a short video I took of them creating a 7-layer tower. Note the music and how it is synched to their progress in the tower. The people on the lower levels of the tower know how far along they are by the progression of the music.
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