Powell and Hyde St

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It’s all about the bag and tude!

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35@ 17mm| f8| 1/160 sec| ISO 200| Aperture Priority| Hand-held

San Francisco, CA; cable cars; iconic scenes; black & white;

Best of 2011

I’ve been sorting through the years photos and have selected my best photos. Out of thousands of photos I narrowed it down to just 32.  I based these on technical merit, place, a special memory, friends I was with, or the emotion I felt at the time.

I hope you enjoy looking through them.


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May your holiday be filled with love and laughter!

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Wishing all my  friends in the USA and expats a very Happy Thanksgiving!

My friend Judi aka Mama Z gave me the idea to post my turkey photo when she posted one today. Thank you for the inspiration Judi! I took this photo back in April when in Amador County, CA. This guy was strutting around in this rural neighborhood and a man across the road came out of his house and told me this Tom comes by daily. The man found my friend Dali and I amusing as we snapped several photos of this guy before he ran out of sight.

Nikon D90| Nikkor 70-300mmVR @ 300mm| f5.6| 1/200 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held

Amador County, California, USA, Tom Turkey

St. Ignatius Mission, Montana July 2011

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St Ignatius Mission, Montana, USA

I had read about this mission and wanted to visit it while on my July trip to Whitefish, Mt. It’s only 1.5 hours to the east of where I was staying. When planning things to do with my friend Big Jay who wouldn’t be doing the steep hikes with me I thought this would be a great outing, and we could continue our Mission series that we’d started in Northern California. When I suggested it I delighted that he was interested, and game to go.

The most striking thing to me about this Mission is how different its exterior structure is from the Missions of California. This one is made of brick and mortar, and has the familiar look of a mid-sized Catholic Church , and has no inner courtyard, and large garden verses the Missions in California that are made of Adobe or stucco, with wood beams, and the familiar Spanish arches, and an inner courtyard with a fountain.

Their small garden has a statue of Christ carved by Fr. Anthony Ravalli, S. J. believed to be done during his stay in St. Ignatius in 1863. The statue is next to the Original Log Cabin. The first home of the Jesuit missionaries, built in 1854. Today it’s a museum with a collection of artifacts from various tribes of the Northwest. The clothes, and dolls kept me occupied for sometime. There are several old photographs of the local Indians that would come to the Mission. The man in office was very friendly and shared some facts and stories with us about the Mission.

The Original Log Cabin, and statue of Christ

The chapel is wonderful. The colors are soft and peaceful, and the Frescoes are outstanding in their workmanship, and artistry. There are 58 murals, painted in the early 20th century by artist Brother Joseph Carignano (1853-1919), an Italian Jesuit. He was a cook, and handyman at the Mission. He had no professional training in art.

The paintings depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, as well as some saints. Below you see most of the Frescoes that are painted on the North and South walls, and the Triptych in the Sanctuary which tells the story of “The Three Visions of St. Ignatius Loyola” the founder of the Mission. To the right of the Triptych is a large Fresco titled, ” St. Joseph and Jesus, and the large Fresco on the left of the Triptych is titled, ” The Immaculate Conception.

Chapel, St. Ignatius Mission, Montana, Full view

Below is a piece of statuary that rests next to the Altar, and behind it  one part of the Triptych in the Sanctuary by  artist Brother Joseph Carignano (1853-1919), to the left of that are two smaller round Frescoes, the lower one is “Jesus the Bread of Life”,  and the one above it is “St. Luke Evangelist”.

Statuary in the Chapel - St. Ignatius Mission, Montana

Below in the foreground is the Altar with the depiction of  “The Last Supper”. I really like the soft pastel color palette, and ornate wood carvings that frame it. Behind the Altar another view of the Triptych, and to the right the small round Fresco is “St. Peter the Apostle”.

The Last Super The Altar in St. Ignatius Mission, Montana

The Fresco above the Triptych is titled “The Last Judgement”. To the right of it is a round Fresco titled “Moses receives the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai”,and to the left is a Fresco called “Manna and Water in the Desert”.

The Last Judgement

I shot the whole interior in Natural Light. None of the lights were on inside the chapel except those that lit the Triptych.  I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this Mission. I would love to come back and visit it again. If you happen to be passing near here it makes a wonderful side trip.

For the Historians:

Mission St Ignatius, St Ignatius, Montana, USA

St. Ignatius Mission is in Mission Valley on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Western Montana, about forty miles north of Missoula. It is bounded by the Mission Mountains to the east, and the hills of the National Bison Range to the west.

The Mission and the town that grew up around it were founded in 1854 by Jesuit missionaries and named for their founder, St Ignatius Loyola.

The present day brick church was built in 1891 and is now a National Historic Site, along with two small cabins, the original homes of the Jesuit Fathers and Providence Sisters, and the present rectory. The church took 2 years to build. The Indians, and missionaries together built the church of bricks made from local clay, and trees cut in the foothills, and sawed at the Mission Mill.

The building measures 120 feet by 60 feet with a belfry reaching nearly 100 feet.

The majority of the facts and figures I gleaned from a pamphlet I purchased while at the Mission.

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35mm lens| Benro C1691 tripod| release cable

“Remember the dreams you had as a child and realize it’s never too late to make them come true.” ~ Constance A. DeFlitch

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I got to spend a full day with my friend Big Jay while in Montana. I had read about a Mission in St. Ignatius,MT and wanted to go tour it . Fortunately he was game. While in St. Ignatius we spotted this Barn and pulled over to shoot it.
I was busy photographing it when a young man drove up to the gate and unlocked it to let himself out. Big Jay asked if we could come around the gate to shoot the barn a bit. The young man was very sympathetic. He said he was a painter and was doing an acrylic of the Barn himself. He said he comes out to this very yard with his easel and paints. Wouldn’t I love a photo of that! I also wish I could paint like that. He left the gate open and told us to take our time, and have fun. We stayed about 30 minutes walking through many of the fields getting different angles and views of the barn. I liked this view with all the wildflowers growing over the fences.

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35@ 19mm| f8| 1/40| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod| Self Timer

Ed Hendler Bridge

Ed Hendler Bridge, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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On the way the Glacier National Park I spent the night in Pasco, WA. I was told about this bridge last year and wanted to shoot it then while on my way to Glacier, but arrived late and tired. This year I arrived earlier so wasn’t too tired to scout out a location for a night shot of the bridge.

This is looking south toward the Blue Bridge, and Kennewick, WA. This bridge looks gold at night, but it is white. Last year the people at the hotel called it the White Bridge when I mentioned wanting to photograph it. Keeping it simple I thought since it’s so close to the Pioneer Memorial Bridge which is blue and called the “Blue Bridge”.

For the historians:
“The Cable Bridge, officially called the Ed Hendler Bridge and sometimes called the Intercity Bridge, spans the Columbia River between Pasco and Kennewick in southeastern Washington as State Route 397. It was constructed in 1978 and replaced the Pasco-Kennewick Bridge, an earlier span built in 1922 and demolished in 1990.

At the time, the bridge was thought to be the first in the United States to use a ‘cable-stayed’ design and is constructed almost entirely of pre-stressed concrete (knowledge of the Captain William Moore Bridge, an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge near Skagway, Alaska, which was completed three years earlier, was not widespread outside Alaska. The bridge towers were constructed first, with the bridge deck, which was cast in individual segments, raised up and secured to each other.

The bridge was named after Ed Hendler, a Pasco, Washington insurance salesman, as well as the city’s former mayor, who headed up the committee responsible for obtaining the funding for construction of the bridge. Hendler died in August 2001.

A controversial feature of the bridge was added in 1998, when lights were added to illuminate the bridge at night. Many thought this was unnecessary and a waste of both electricity and money. During a power crisis in 2000, the lights were turned off, but they were turned on for one night to honor Hendler’s passing. Now the lights are turned on at night, and turned off at 2am.”~ Wiki-pedia

Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35@ 17mm| f13| 13 seconds| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod| Cable Release

The Fountain and the Painted Ladies

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From the archives

I wish there wasn’t parking allowed here, but with so few parking spots in the city…
One takes the shot!
This was a fun day. Downhill Dali and I went up to shoot a few of the cities cathedrals, this, and we wrapped up the day at Baker Beach where I discovered lots of naked, pink men hang out. LOL!
Only in the city!

Here’s a link to Prometheus Reflects – one shot I took while at Baker Beach


Nikon D90| Nikkor 17-35 @ 26mm| f8| 1/100 sec| ISO 160| Manual Mode| Tripod| Cable Release