4th of July weekend – Queen Wilhelmina Lodge trip

Sunset bliss

We decided to take a relaxing road trip on a whim, based on recommendations from my Boss.  We drove across the border to Oklahoma, and then headed east on on Scenic Route 1.  This is a sampling of the pictures from this weekend.  For those who like scenery, and like driving, I cannot think of a better extended weekend trip than this.  for $80 a night it is also cheap.  One day when I have a really sweet set of wheels, I will take this drive again.

Before Fathers day rolls round…

Selp-snap

40 years later.

It still works.  sadly the original owner is not around to use it.  I recently did some research on the Minolta only to find some amazing reviews.  It has been used by famous photographers such as Anne Leibovitz and W. Eugene Smith.Its a heavy camera, with all metal construction. Despite being dropped on a concrete factory floor, it came out of the camera repair shop with a clean bill of health.  not something you could achieve with todays equivalent camera.

My dad bought this camera with the intent of taking good record of his family in the years to come.  40 years later, this camera has become part of our family history.

I learned how to use it in high school when I took photography classes.  It has a satisfying mechanical sound and is, apart from the metering system, completely mechanical.  In the next couple of weeks I am going to post some of the photos taken with this camera. watch this space.

Ford F150 Alternative

Its hard not to fall in love with the macho romance of trucks.   They’re big, they’re loud, they haul stuff (when that rare occasion occurs) and have big engines, and give you the chance to pretend you are wearing Stetsons and a Resistol hat or going to a construction site.  My first vehicle that I owned when I moved to Texas was a ’98 Dodge Dakota.  They are overall fun and unless you’re into “mudding”, they don’t get you into too much trouble without giving you a chance to get out of trouble.  I have a open desire to own one again.  Although having a sporty sedan is not a complaint (especially with today’s gas prices) that too gets old sometimes.

Anyway, here’s a F150 I sketched up a while back.  Throwing in some retro into a modern shape.  What would J. Mays think?

Hamburg ’09

While I was at the Hamburg Aircraft Interiors Exhibition I had the chance to take some snaps of the city.  Unfortunately my chance to really get to know the city was far too short.  I will be going back this year, hopefully I will be able to take more pictures then.

See my behance page:

http://www.behance.net/gallery/Hamburg/1025301