I fear that every time I go on vacation I end up taking pictures of the same things. Flowers, nature, architecture… I mean, how cliche, right? If I’m lucky, it looks like the photos that come pre-stocked in picture frames. The thing is, this is what I like. If I want photography in my house, this is what I want to see, especially since they’re from my vacations. Here are some photos I took while in Orange County last week.
I recently spend a total of two weeks traveling though the cities of Paris and Prague. I’ve taken trips to Europe before, so I was disappointed when the charm, culture and history of the surrounding streets didn’t strike me with the same magic as it had in the past. It’s not that I didn’t have fun or enjoy the time off, and I definitely enjoyed the excellent food and wine, pastries and chocolates, but remembering how captivated I was with my first trip across the Atlantic, I now question this long time love affair I’ve always thought I had with the old world. Am I so worldly now that, like a spoiled rich kid, I’m just “over Europe”? On to bigger and better things? I hope not. I do have a new found appreciation for my home and normal day-to-day life. A lesson I must not have learned as well as I thought on my second trip abroad. Regardless, one thing did not change – my love of capturing the beauty wherever I visit. Please enjoy some of what I feel were the loveliest aspects of this most recent trip.
This months I spent a week in New Orleans and enjoyed a ton of different environments in which to shoot. The French Quarter, Garden District, the Marigny, the cemeteries and the swamp. It’s why I go on vacation, so enjoy!
AROUND THE CITY IN COLOR
AROUND THE CITY IN BLACK AND WHITE
For the majority of the trip the weather was not in my favor. Clouds, rain and fog made for some really bad photos, but also some good.
FOG IN COLOR
FOG IN BLACK AND WHITE
Though it didn’t feel like it much, I did see some sun, and was able to capture some of the amazing colors of New Orleans.
NEW ORLEANS COLOR
For those who don’t know, I’m a little obsessed with cemeteries (so much so, I bought my house across the street from one). There was no way I was going to miss a couple of Nola’s most famous.
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY IN COLOR
LAFAYETTE CEMETERY IN BLACK AND WHITE
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY IN COLOR
ST. LOUIS CEMETERY IN BLACK AND WHITE
Louisiana is not Washington, and the trip wouldn’t be complete without a swamp tour and visit to Audubon Park.
LOUISIANA NATURE IN COLOR
LOUISIANA NATURE IN BLACK AND WHITE
And let’s not forget the cutest puppy of all time.
IRISH WOLF HOUND PUPPY
Hope you made it through. I apologize for the mass quantity of photos, but editing isn’t my forte. Actually, I did quite a bit of editing and this is what’s left.
All photos copyright – Misty Fried – 2013
A few weeks ago I saw a blast about a fundraiser that was being put on by Photo Center Northwest. The concept was so engaging and simple, and right up my alley. For one day, 24 hours, your job is simply to take photos. It can be of anything, with any type of camera, and in the end one of your photos will be included in gallery show. The fundraising part comes from pledges and sponsorships, plus an entry fee. It was so simple, and the perfect excuse to take my camera and my dog and run wild through Seattle. We started at the dog park to get a little energy out, then headed out to the Belltown Pea Patch, Georgetown, West Seattle (Where I had the worst BBQ sandwich ever), Volunteer Park, a friend’s BBQ and back home. In the end I missed the deadline to turn in my photos so I will post them here instead. Enjoy!