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The Wish List

  Above: Cross it off the wish list!  Amanda hikes the Inca Trail.  Click for a larger version. I haven't always had a travel wish list.  I usually just tagged along at every opportunity that crossed my path.  Countless family road trips, ski vacations, friends' family vacations, camping trips.  Hell,…
Brian Hoffsis
April 30, 2009
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HDR ART ???

For further reading check out HDR Photography: Theory of Usage. I heard a story today where one of my favorite HDR photographers (Stuck in Customs) was disqualified from a Smithsonian photo contest because the photo he entered was generated using HDR (high dynamic range).  The HDR process is kinda complex and to…
Brian Hoffsis
April 23, 2009
PhotographyTravel Journal

MACHU PICCHU: an alternative angle

I really love this view of Machu Picchu.  So much can be seen.  The close buildings are the edge of the eastern residential sector.  In the far distance are the farming terraces with the farmers' houses.  The little building all the way at the top is the guard house to…
Brian Hoffsis
April 15, 2009
Travel Journal

"These Are My Jewels"

I know that Ohio's Presidents are the butt of every side-burns clad political historian's jokes and I felt a little guilty after I joined in and so disrespected 3 of my fine state's contributions to the Executive branch in an earlier post (CAMP CHASE).  But this is the greatest country on…
Brian Hoffsis
April 13, 2009
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The Nikon D90 at Hoster’s

Well I got my new Nikon D90 last weekend and here's one of my first shots.  I'm pretty juiced with the results.  This thing's so easy to use I'm now convinced that Ashton Kutcher could actually operate it.  The marketing team at Nikon must be on to something.  The abandoned…
Brian Hoffsis
March 24, 2009
PhotographyTravel Journal

Krematorium

This is one of the more poignant images from my collection of Terezin photos.  The former garrison town and Nazi concentration camp often appears like nothing more than a sleepy Eastern European ghost town.  But the devil is in the details and the slowly fading scars tell of a spine tingling past. …
Brian Hoffsis
March 18, 2009
PhotographyTravel Journal

Camp Chase

2,260 Confederate Soldiers are buried here.  Richmond? Fredricksburg?  Would you believe Columbus, Ohio?  But wait.  There was no fighting in Columbus, Ohio.  What were 2,000 Rebels doing way up there?  Actually, 9,400 were held in this Civil War prisoner camp by 1865.  It was named for former Ohio Governor and Senator, Lincoln's…
Brian Hoffsis
March 6, 2009
Travel Journal

TOP NORTH AMERICAN SKI DESTINATIONS – Charm

While this may seem very similar to authenticity charm can stray greatly.  Really, who wants an actual old west town with gun slingers, drunken saloon brawls, cattle rustlers and bank robbers.  Ok, so it sounds pretty exciting it's but not the poster for and idyllic vacation. Often charm is an…
Brian Hoffsis
February 17, 2009
Travel Journal

TOP NORTH AMERICAN SKI DESTINATIONS – Authenticity

Ski resorts often spring up in mountainous areas where once thriving mining communities gave way to devastating emigration and boredom.  Skiing was often all these locales had left.  Depending on their location however, tourism can transform ski towns into sprawling theme destinations.  And quickly resorts realize that if they cater…
Brian Hoffsis
February 11, 2009
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