March, 2007 Archives

Big World, Little Eyes

March 29th, 2007 Permalink

During Photowalk 7, I met Andrew Lighten, a photographer from Australia. I’ve been subscribed to his flickr photostream since. Yesterday, this photo caught my eye. When I took a closer look, I discovered that it was actually taken by his 4 year old daughter! She was using a simple Canon point and shoot, and getting […]

During Photowalk 7, I met Andrew Lighten, a photographer from Australia. I’ve been subscribed to his flickr photostream since. Yesterday, this photo caught my eye. When I took a closer look, I discovered that it was actually taken by his 4 year old daughter! She was using a simple Canon point and shoot, and getting some really neat photos. In fact, Andrew created a Flickr account for her, and she’s got some really great shots in her photostream.

This is so great! It really shows how interesting photos can be taken by simply shooting things that catch your eye, without a lot of preconceived ideas and rules that dictate what and how you should shoot. It also made me think about the benefit of changing your angle — things look different from the height of a child.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the future photos from Big World, Little Eyes. It will be interesting to see things from her unique perspective.

Lafayette

March 28th, 2007 Permalink

Lafayette, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. This may be my favorite neon capture to date.



Lafayette, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

This may be my favorite neon capture to date.

Travel Inspiration

March 26th, 2007 Permalink

One of the more enjoyable things about traveling is the opportunity to try new food. In Spain, we had delicious paella, tapas, and pixtos (another style of tapas). We discovered the wonderful Rioja wines and had the best sangria anywhere. In France, I had an incredible version of sauerkraut and sausages. And of course, the […]

One of the more enjoyable things about traveling is the opportunity to try new food. In Spain, we had delicious paella, tapas, and pixtos (another style of tapas). We discovered the wonderful Rioja wines and had the best sangria anywhere. In France, I had an incredible version of sauerkraut and sausages. And of course, the croissants in Spain and France were wonderful.

Yesterday Melissa went to Spanish Table in Berkeley and picked up the necessary ingredients and a pan to make paella. Tonight was her first attempt. It came out quite good. It had zucchini and chorizo, and some spicy peppers. I am looking forward to the next try!

No visit to Spain is complete without trying jamon Iberico, the amazing cured ham made only in Spain. The flavor is rich and complex, and the texture is wonderful. This is what ham is meant to be! It used to be impossible (short of risking fines and prison) to get this ham in America. However, that is all about to change. A small producer has obtained USDA approval to export their product to the USA. So watch your favorite Spanish specialty store, or head over to La Tienda.com and pre-order a hunk of heaven.

Goodbye, London

March 22nd, 2007 Permalink

Tower Bridge, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. Today was our last day in the UK, and we woke up to snow! That was a nice surprise. We fly home tomorrow. It’s been a good trip. Lots of good food, good photos, and good times. I actually feel relaxed, so I guess the vacation worked.



Tower Bridge, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

Today was our last day in the UK, and we woke up to snow! That was a nice surprise. We fly home tomorrow. It’s been a good trip. Lots of good food, good photos, and good times. I actually feel relaxed, so I guess the vacation worked.

Four Stooges

March 22nd, 2007 Permalink

Four Stooges, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.



Four Stooges, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

Spare Parts

March 20th, 2007 Permalink

Spare Parts, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. This photo was taken after the finish of Paris-Nice. It was really cool to see the start and finish of stage 7 of this race. Cycling is so different from other sports. You can get really close to the teams and riders, and after the race everybody is […]



Spare Parts, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

This photo was taken after the finish of Paris-Nice. It was really cool to see the start and finish of stage 7 of this race. Cycling is so different from other sports. You can get really close to the teams and riders, and after the race everybody is just kind of hanging around, watching the teams pack up and seeing the gear.

McAuto

March 17th, 2007 Permalink

McAuto, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. The little differences are so funny when traveling. In Spain, a McDonald’s drive through is marked “McAuto”.



McAuto, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

The little differences are so funny when traveling. In Spain, a McDonald’s drive through is marked “McAuto”.

Death of a Camera

March 17th, 2007 Permalink

I really am not very good with electronic things. I drop my cell phone constantly. I have dropped my laptop, which required expensive, non-warranty repairs. And I did something to my camera the day we left Spain for France. I don’t know what I did — I don’t remember dropping it — maybe I sat […]

I really am not very good with electronic things. I drop my cell phone constantly. I have dropped my laptop, which required expensive, non-warranty repairs. And I did something to my camera the day we left Spain for France.
I don’t know what I did — I don’t remember dropping it — maybe I sat on it or something. But the LCD screen is cracked, and no longer displays anything. And since the camera does not have a viewfinder, this makes it rather difficult to frame a shot. I can’t even adjust the settings, since that also requires an active display, which of course I don’t have.
We stopped at a Mega Media (I think that is what it was called; picture Best Buy with 1000x more cell phones, nasty florescent lighting, and loud music) and purchased a new camera, a Canon A630. I just could not get used to it though, and it had lots of annoyances. The ISO metadata did not get embedded in the photos, and the time zone was set to Madrid (GMT+1) and I could not figure out how to change the time zone. So I quit using it, and I’m back to using the broken Panasonic. I am just resorting to taking lots more photos, and some of them are turning out okay. You will see eventually. I have not had any internet connectivity for several days, so I’m doing a lot of catchup right now.
Hopefully they will let me return it. We will stop by on our way back to Barcelona. I guess this means I am in for another expensive electronics repair bill. Bummer.

A Bad Idea

March 11th, 2007 Permalink

A Bad Idea, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. Whew! We have been in Barcelona for a couple of days now, and this is the first chance I have had to post something. Our hotel supposedly has internet access, but it was not working. So I found where the wireless router was and discreetly reset it […]



A Bad Idea, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

Whew! We have been in Barcelona for a couple of days now, and this is the first chance I have had to post something. Our hotel supposedly has internet access, but it was not working. So I found where the wireless router was and discreetly reset it by unplugging it. Now it works!

We have had some great food here. Paella last night, and great croissants for breakfast. Why can’t Americans make decent croissants? Even at the boutique bakeries in our area they are not even close. And we are not in France yet!

I have a ton of photos to sort through, and will be posting them on flickr as I can.

Which brings me to the photo above. Why, why, why did Europe keep the 1 and 2 euro coins when they switched currency? You would think that they could have learned from the British, who have had 1 and 2 pound coins for long enough to know better. You see, what would you rather carry around: A few bills that weigh next to nothing that you can keep tucked in a wallet, or a bunch of heavy coins that are inconvenient to carry and fall out of your pockets on the underground? I thought so! Really, this is not the middle ages. We have figured out how to make paper that is durable. Why are we still forced to carry around coins for whole units of currency? Coins are for the fractions.

Okay, that’s the end of my rant. Now it’s off to the waterfront and then tapas and wine.

Big Ben

March 9th, 2007 Permalink

Big Ben, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks. We got to London just fine. Spent some time walking around at night before crashing. We’re in Stansted airport now waiting for the flight to Barcelona and enjoying some free wifi in the airport.



Big Ben, originally uploaded by Jeremy Brooks.

We got to London just fine. Spent some time walking around at night before crashing.
We’re in Stansted airport now waiting for the flight to Barcelona and enjoying some free wifi in the airport.