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The trip that almost didn’t happen

The email Olympus Super Fan Experiential in San Francisco

 

It was late afternoon on Tuesday, Dec 19th that I received an email indicating I was invited to attend a “once-in-a-lifetime experience” entitled  ‘Olympus Super Fan Experiential in San Francisco’.  Unfortunately, this almost didn’t occur because I thought it was a scam.  I researched the email originator of the email but didn’t put too much effort into it since I had a very early flight the next morning and had to begin getting ready for the flight and put this out of my mind with no thought to return to the email.

 

Thursday afternoon when driving from North Carolina to Pittsburgh, I received an Instant Message from Olympus Visionary, Jamie McDonald asking if I got an email from Olympus earlier in the week.  Since I was driving, I didn’t respond immediately.  A few hours went by and I reread his IM then responded. “Yes, I received a note but I thought it was SPAM.” – Do you have time to chat? He responded – Yes, call me.  I did and he confirmed not only was it true but I needed to respond quickly since the deadline to respond was the next day. – Ouch! Was I going to blow the chance of a lifetime?

 

I immediately called the number on the email and began the adventure of a lifetime that would begin on my 61st birthday.  Yes, the trip would start on January 25th and I would get to meet new folks who love photography, ‘play’ with new gear and meet people whom I admired for a long time.

 

I was selected as one of ten photographers in the United States to attend the “Olympus Super Fan Experiential” fully paid for by Olympus.  To state I was excited is an understatement and as the date approached, I was filled with anticipation taking me back to my childhood when either my birthday or Christmas was close and I ‘knew’ my parents bought me something I wanted but I had to ‘pretend’ I didn’t know I was getting that ‘special’ toy. Yes, I felt like a kid again and loved every minute of it.

 

The journey to selecting Olympus as my gear of choice

 

A few years ago I purchased my first OMD camera, it was a used OMD-EM5 and my ‘love’ for mirrorless technology began.  I used this for some of my macro work during weddings and it became my exclusive ‘travel’ camera along with the Olympus 17mm f/1.8 lens and 60mm f/2.8 macro.  Over time, I sold this camera, bought a different micro 4/3 mirrorless but when the Olympus OMD-E-M1MarkII was announced, I pre-ordered it along with the 12-100 f/4 (more on these two items in a different article) and purchased a few more used Olympus lenses beginning my full migration to Olympus from Nikon.  There were many people along the way who kept fueling my interest but there was one person who stood above the rest, Olympus Visionary Scott Bourne. (Plus, I would get to meet him and another longtime favorite of mine – Derrick Story who wrote an article on our trip.  I started my selling off of Nikon gear and fully moved to Olympus in early 2017 telling everyone and anyone I photographed how much ‘funner’ shooting with Olympus was than Nikon. (No doubt, some thought I was annoying :D.)

 

As the date approached, our group connected on a ‘private’ Facebook group and group instant messaging and connect we did.  The IM seemed non-stop in anticipation from one of the members indicating this was the first time they were flying while another lived near and worked in San Francisco.

My birthday

The day finally arrived, my 61st birthday on this great planet earth and I was off to SF with my backpack of Olympus gear to my standard travel ‘food’. It was going to be a long flight and my body was more than juiced for the trip.  I sat by the door (I was ready many hours early) of our house as I waited for a limo to pick me up and drive me to the airport.  Yes, Olympus had a limo pick us up ensuring there was no expense on our part and that we would arrive at the airport with plenty of time for the flights across the country.

 

When we arrived in San Francisco, a limo picked us up and took us to our Hotel, where we hooked up with the others in our Super Fan group, great folks from MullenLowe U.S, and Olympus USA. and given some new toys that we would play with during our trip.  For me, the two items I wanted to play with was the new Olympus Pro line of f/1.2 lenses.  The 17mm and 45mm, both lenses I was ‘eyeing’ up since they were announced. To me, the 17mm f/1.2 (FF equivalent of 34mm) is the perfect event and street photographer’s lens.  The 45mm (FF equiv 90mm) is perfect for event and portraits.

 

After going to dinner where I was surprised with a nice ‘vegan’ desert and birthday celebration, a few of us went to a local park high above the city to capture the cityscape at night.  We walked back to the hotel via Chinatown and continued playing with the 17mm lens where I was amazed by the feel of the lens.  (I knew it would be difficult to return it to Eric from Olympus in a few days.)

E-M1MarkII 12-100

San Francisco Cityscape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To state I stayed up too late is an understatement but I wasn’t going to miss one minute of opportunity to photograph San Francisco. Add in the time difference, excitement, and joy, I finally went to sleep nearly 24 hours after I started the journey on Wednesday.  However, I wasn’t tired and according to my Fitbit, I averaged 2-4 hours of sleep each night the entire time I was in San Francisco. 😀

 

Chinatown Wall Art
Olympus E-M1MarkII and 17mm f/1.2 Pro Lens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Gate Opportunity

The next morning we met in the lobby and headed out to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge from atop a mountain.  It was very foggy but we came away with iconic images.  From there we went to Muir Woods and had lunch and continued photographing everything and anything.  Derrick Story was with us and documented the journey on his blog.

Golden Opportunity – Olympus E-M1MarkII and 12-100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect sunset

We had ‘free time’ and a few of us took an Uber trip to Treasure Island and captured a magnificent sunset and blue hour.  When we returned from our trip to Treasure Island, the Olympus Visionaries began arriving and a few went to the park from the previous day.

Sunset and Street Photography
E-M1MarkII 12-100

Sunset and Street Photography
E-M1MarkII 12-100

Blue Hour
Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100

 

Sleep why?

 

Sunrise over San Francisco
E-M1MarkII 12-100

The next day our adventure continued but a few of us rose early (why not :D) and went back to the mountain and photographed the Golden Gate bridge again and this time there was no fog but we were given a beautiful sunrise.

We returned to the hotel and hooked up with the rest of the group heading off to Alcatraz (stay tuned for a story in a future post) and Baker Beach where I could have spent hours taking in the view of the Golden Gate bridge, excitement from the kids playing on the beach, and the unique feel of the sand unlike the sand from the east coast of the country.

 

We stayed out late again knowing our journey was coming to an end and I didn’t want it to stop.  Along the way we ate at some of the finest restaurants, traveled in a limo bus, laughed and talked until our voices where fading.  We didn’t want the trip to end but it did end sealing lifetime memories and relationships.

 

I could write for thousands of more words and my gratitude to Olympus, MullenLowe, the other Olympus Super Fans, and the Olympus Visionaries could not be expressed more than these words – “Thank you! Not only was this a tremendous experience, but I couldn’t have asked for a better 61st birthday gift!”

Beach Fun Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100

Everyone got along well, talking, laughing, and enjoying this once in a lifetime experience.  We gained more than an experience but a lifetime of friends, a connection to tremendous people, and a unique bond with an amazing company (Olympus).

 

All of the images in this post were taken with the Olympus OMD-E-M1MarkII, the Olympus 12-100 f/4 (the very sharp, perfect ‘general’ purpose and travel lens), Olympus 7-14 f/2.8, and the new Pro 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 lenses.

 

To find the images taken but the Visionaries, Super Fans, and me during the trip, search this hashtag on Social Media:

#CapturingSanFrancisco

 

I posted the majority of my images on my portfolio site here.  Watch this blog for a write-up on the Olympus 17mm f/1.2 lens.

 

Me on Facebook and Instagram

 

As I state often, ‘photography is too much fun to be legal’ and using Olympus gear is like ‘cheating’ for it is almost impossible to make a bad image.

Alcatraz Island Lighthouse
Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100

Tranquility
Olympus E-M1MarkII 12-100

 

Links to Olympus on the net

 

http://getolympus.com

http://facebook.com/getolympus

http://instagram.com/getolympus

http://twitter.com/getolympus

http://youtube.com/getolympus

http://flickr.com/groups/getolympus

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World of Wheels 2018

The World of Wheels is always a fun show to attend but ensure you put your walking shoes on and be ready for great looking cars, trucks, and bikes.  There were many fully custom vehicles with ‘paint jobs’ that were unreal.  To me, the World of Wheels 2018 in Pittsburgh is a great way to tickle the car cruise enthusiast and take away the winter blues for those who enjoy great looking cars, trucks, and bikes.

There were many that caught my attention (complete gallery of images here) including the coffin car to the cars from Fast And Furious but one that stuck with me is what I titled “Laughter”.  This image was taken with the Olympus E-M1MarkII and Lensbaby Sweet Optic 35. creating the fun out of focus look.

 

Laughing Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another image that immediately caught my attention was the very ‘high’ truck. I don’t think it would make it into most parking garages. 😀

Monster Truck

 

Monster Truck

Monster Truck

Monster Truck

 

Used Cars

There was a display – parody – Used Car Lot | featuring the 90-second warranty and shady salesperson

Shady Sales Person – 90 Second Warranty

Used Cars

Shady Sales Person

Vendors

There were many vendors ranging from fudge to car parts to shirts and hats.

Pictures for sale

Hand Drawings

Candy and more

Motorcycles

There were so many beautiful bikes with some of the most amazing paint designs that I could spend hours looking at them.

Airborne

I highly recommend visiting the World of Wheels 2018 at the Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Plan to spend hours, stay hydrated, and wear comfortable shoes. Stop by and visit the Victory Family Church – Car Cruise Booth

Victory Family Church

 

All images were taken with the Olympus E-M1MarkII and a variety of lenses including the Olympus 17 f/1.8 and 7-14 f/2.8

 

Video of images

 

 

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Beaver County Boom July 2016

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While waiting for the Beaver County Boom to start, we were presented with an amazing sunset! The colors were amazing painting the river with a tremendous array of colors.

 

Sunset over the Ohio River

Once the sun set, Zambelli Fireworks presented an amazing display of lights and color.

Monaca Fireworks 2016 Show from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

Images created with a Nikon D750 and Lumix GX8.

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Ducky Tours | Pittsburgh

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Celebrating life in the city on a ducky tour.

 

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” Michael J. Fox

 

We celebrated my wife’s birthday with our two eldest grandchildren, one of our brother in-laws, and my sister at multiple restaurants, a ducky tour of Pittsburgh, plus a ride up the incline.  After purchasing the ducky tickets, we went to the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch.  I am always hesitant for different restaurants since I am a “health nut” and often find it challenging for healthy alternative lunches.  However, the Hard Rock Cafe in Pittsburgh did an amazing job.  I asked for a ‘special’ salad, describing what I wanted and they delivered to the letter.  Now to my main point, if you buy tickets for DUCKY and decide to eat at the Hard Rock Cafe, look at the tickets.  They include a 15% off coupon for the Hard Rock Cafe and no I didn’t notice the coupon until we were getting ready to board the DUCKY. 🙁

We rode the white bus and were ‘entertained’ by a fun tour guy with a serious amount of hair (which I don’t have).  The weather was near perfect with slightly overcast skies and temperatures in the high 60’s to low 70.

DUCKY that we rode

DUCKY that we rode

The tour starts in Station Square and crosses the Smithfield Street Bridge into the city making its way to the North Side via the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Passing by his statue and PNC park, the DUCKY heads toward the access way of the river past the war memorials (which are amazing and are a visit in of their own). Entering into the river is fun and exciting as the kids cheer with the tour guide and captain of the ship.

The water motor kicks on and off we go into the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh.

 

 

 

 

 

DUCKY Tours

Passing by another DUCKY

 

 

We drove a short time on the water then the captain asked if any children wanted to drive the boat. One little boy raised his hand (so did I) and he had the opportunity to drive. Then the captain asked if anyone else wanted to drive and no other children wanted to drive. I kept asking 😀 – they then stated okay and I had the opportunity for a front and center view of the city and was able to get some amazing images.

 

 

 

 

Ducky Tours

I drove the ducky boat

Amazing view of the city from Ducky Tours Captain’s Seat

Ducky Tours Pittsburgh

Taken from the Captain’s Seat of a Ducky Tour in Pittsburgh

After floating along the water, we traveled past the war memorials and into the North Side of Pittsburgh. Since my grandkids never rode an incline nor traveled to Mt Washington to view the city from the overlook, I felt it was a must do! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Time to travel to Mt Washington via the incline

Just passing by

Just passing by

Just passing by

View from the incline car to Mt Washington

View from the incline car to Mt Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our amazing city of Pittsburgh from the first overlook near the incline.

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington

Pittsburgh from Mt Washington

 

Must see Mural

There were many cars in the parking lot next to this mural but it is located near the road by the first overlook in Mt. Washington and is a must visit for pictures!

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

Beautiful Mural in Mt Washington

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Weber Insurance Car Cruise Pittsburgh Area | Victory Family Church

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Summer is here, cars are cruising, and the time for fun amazing times meet.

Weber Insurance Car Cruise at Victory Family Church in Cranberry Twp

Slick vehicle by weber insurance

Slick vehicle by weber insurance

Many years ago I owned a 1968 white corvette convertible with a 427, 390 HP, and ‘4 on the floor’.  I doubt I will ever forget that car and for many reasons.  I was a teenager with a few thousand dollars to spend and left the house looking for a 1967 corvette with the tear drop back and unique look.  However, I quickly found out that the $3k I had to spend wouldn’t buy a 1967 corvette (at least not one that ran).  This was long before the internet and all of the options for buying cars of today existed.  However, I found a white 68 corvette that I purchased and immediately enjoyed.  A few of us ‘guys’ had various muscle cars.  A buddy had a SS and another a camera, while a third had a very nice Cadillac. We would meet at the various locations in the area to show off our ‘ride’ and there was something about driving slow to show off the car. I bought many books on corvettes learning about their styles and unique look.  Over the years I have not kept up with the newer corvettes but my love for ‘old’ cars never died.   The Shelby Mustang, SS, Z28, and many other muscle cars with their unique look and class.

Car Cruise Pittsburgh Area

There is nothing like visiting a car cruise knowing you have the opportunity to photograph cars and trucks from various eras.  There was a beautiful 1934 Ford and I immediately commented to the owner. “That is the year my dad was born.”  Grills, grills, and more grills.  No not the kind you cook on but the beautiful grills on older vehicles.  I am not sure what happened over the years but most grills produced today are ‘boring’.  Don’t get me wrong, there are some cars that have a unique look to its front (like the Mini Cooper S) but the grills on some of the older cars had ‘class’.  No doubt at the time, the designers looked at the grills as a symbol and were not concerned with wind resistance (since they seemed to have lots of it) or energy conservation (since they didn’t) and focused on style.

 

Car Cruise Pittsburgh Amazing Car Grills

Amazing Car Grills

I am not a car enthusiast in the true sense of the word but an artist who looks at cars, trucks, etc for the aesthetic value.  Thus, my opinion of these vehicles is based solely on aesthetics only.  ps I love the emblems on many of the

First Car Cruise Pittsburgh area of the year

This is my first Car Cruise of the year and if its like previous years, I will not attend too many. (This is wedding and portrait season and car cruises are on the same days of weddings usually.)  However, there are future car cruises on my calendar with two at Victory Family Church.

 

Link to a gallery of images for the Weber Insurance Car Cruise at Victory Family Church.

For more information on upcoming car cruises in the Pittsburgh Area please visit the sites below.

 

 

 

 

Love the look of this corvette!

Love the look of this corvette!

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Bridge over waterfall | Seven Springs

Bridge over waterfall

Bridge over waterfall

I am not sure why but I love photographing bridges over water falls. Maybe it is a throw back to when I was in high school and a popular song was “Bridge over Troubled Water” Simon And Garfunkel

Oh, if you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind

Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

I was in Seven Springs photographing the PA TSA (scholastic) event and came upon this familiar bridge and enjoyed how the water looked as it flowed under the bridge and couldn’t pass up sharing it with everyone.  Enjoy my rendition of a black and white Bridge over a waterfall.

 

Technical Specs:

Nikon D600 | Nikon 24-120 f/4 40mm – f/22 – .6 seconds ISO 100 | Tripod – multiple images merged

 

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Springfield Ohio | Long Exposure Photography

Springfield Ohio | Long Exposure Photography | 20 second exposure

Springfield Ohio | Long Exposure Photography | 20 second exposure

Long Exposure Photography

Springfield, Ohio

While approaching the hotel I was staying at for the night, I noticed a beautiful old building with the sky turning deep blue.  As the master light painter added a few different colors to the paint brush, the light started to set behind the building and the blues deepened.  Judging from the angle of the sun, I realized I had 20-30 minutes to check in and return to the parking lot for a beautiful image of this grand building.

The parking lot and street in front of the hotel had minimal traffic and the small park in front of the building a few people sat talking while a table to my left a man working on his laptop.   The air was warm providing a welcome relief after a long harsh winter.

Before setting up my tripod I looked for a good position to frame the building with the lamp posts. Hoping they would turn on as the sun set.  My plan was to frame the building and using a long exposure capture the star bursts coming from the lamp posts.  They didn’t disappoint.  As I positioned my tripod, all of the lampposts turned on and not one was burned out.  (Unlike some people I know.)

I set the camera on the tripod in a vertical position and focused mid-range into the building for maximum depth of field.  In post, I utilized a square crop to eliminate the area directly in front of me.  Since I was using a long exposure (20 seconds), the cars that traveled in front of me disappeared as ghosts in the image.

 

Springfield Ohio | Long Exposure Photography | 30 second exposure

Springfield Ohio | Long Exposure Photography | 30 second exposure

After taking a few images from this vantage point, I packed up and walked into the town looking for other interesting buildings.  However, following a trick I learned years ago, I turned around and noticed the sky and lights on the building from a different vantage point and couldn’t pass up trying a different look. In the second image, the exposure is 30 seconds pulling in even more of the star burst and turning the sky deep blue.  Very little post processing was done in the color images and in the black and white, contrast and clarity was adjusted bringing out some of the mid-range.

 

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New York City What to see | Reflections

 

Reflective Buildings in New York City

Reflective Buildings in New York City

 

Walking around New York City brings many sights, smells, and sounds. It is nothing to smell meat cooking from a street vendor while walking past an organic juice and smoothie shop. As you turn the corner admiring the architecture of years gone by you encounter some of the most powerfully lit signs you will ever encounter. Horns blaring from taxi drivers as pedestrians ignore the no walk sign walking into the path of oncoming traffic while street musicians play jazz from their saxophone.

New York City What to See

Reflections what to see in New York City

 New York City What to see – Observe the protection

Tourists walk with an overwhelmed look while others stand with a wide-eyed look of delight. It seems on nearly every street corner there are police officers protecting the city with a watchful eye. I have traveled to multiple countries and countless cities but New York always draws me into its wonder. Never do I feel ‘scared’ or fearful of harm while walking the streets of NYC. Maybe it is because of the number of people but I think it is due to the ‘organized’ chaos. While in a few other cities, I was very concerned and did not want to spend time walking along the streets.

 

New York City What to see – Reflections and Parks

New York City brings the city park next to the busy department store (Macy’s) and within feet of some of the most beautiful reflective buildings I ever saw.

 

Enjoy the reflections while admiring the beautiful park in New York City.  Do not be intimidated by the lights, sounds, and smells.  Enjoy the visit but plan on walking and walking.

 

 

New York City Park and Rest Stop

New York City Park and Rest Stop

All images were taken with the Olympus OMD E-5 and Panasonic 20mm f/1.8. {This camera quickly became my travel camera due to its size, weight, and performance.}

Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer | Kendralla Photography

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A walk in the park | New York City | Times Square

New York City is one of my favorite cities to visit. I doubt that I will ever forget the feeling the first time I visited. Overwhelmed? Scared? Excited? All of these feelings plus more combined into one crazy rush of emotion. It was years ago when I first visited and I didn’t enjoy the visit as much as I do now. I love visiting Times Square and watching the people. Visitors from all over the world fill the area known as Times Square and most are carrying a camera and point it at everything. Just watching the people with cameras is as funny as any sitcom. They point, shoot, run, shoot, turn, shoot. It appears that many do not have a plan. I am not mocking nor making fun, I experienced similar feelings the first time I visited. I wanted to get pictures of everything and was afraid to miss something.

 

When I visit Times Square and surrounding streets, my initial plan is to document activity, architecture, then ‘time’. What does it look like today. On a recent visit I was disappointed to see that most of the architecture is covered by scaffolds due to endless renovations and construction. However, in the space of time, this is a great thing for the city. No doubt on my next trip, the architecture will ‘shine’ in its beauty.

 

Decorated Scaffolding in Times Square

Scaffolding Decorated

Some shop owners do not let the scaffolds ruin their look but decorate the poles and building adding to the look.

 

When I walk the streets, I look for reflections in the beautiful glass. The reflective glass creates a unique ‘picturesque’ look.

 

I hope you have the opportunity to visit Times Square and enjoy everything it has to offer.

 

 

 

 

A few tips from a traveler when visiting Times Square:

 

  1. Wear great shoes
  2. Dress for the weather but don’t over dress. The temperatures in Times Square seem 5-10 degrees warmer than the surrounding areas. {My thought is due to all of the people and lights/signs.}
  3. Bring a camera but put it away on the first night and just enjoy the city.
  4. Sit/stand in the bleachers provided and watch people.
  5. Bring a small bag vs a large bag.
  6. There are so many people that anything larger than a small messenger style bag hits everyone you walk by and hinders your enjoyment
  7. Water
  8. I carry at least two bottles of water in my messenger bag and go through it easily. All of the walking dries the mouth
  9. Enjoy the view
  10. Favorite Hotel
  11. My favorite Hotel is The Tryp
  12. It is operated by the Wyndham chain and is ‘affordable’ and nice
  13. Ask for the family suite
  14. Its on the first floor and it looks like you landed in Ikea
  15. Laminate floors with a pull out bed for the family
  16. Sky light
  17. The room has ‘room’
  18. The Tryp isn’t ‘in’ Times Square but it is close enough to walk. It is on W. 35th Street and between 8th and 9th Avenue. There are cheaper hotels further away and more expensive/nicer. However, I find for the money, it is a nice place to use for ‘rest’.
  19. My second favorite but very expensive is the Doubletree – Very nice and security prevents ‘non-guests’ from entering the hotel.
  20. I have stayed at the Hampton on 6th Avenue, Hilton Garden Inn, and multiple others. However, all of them are either very small/cramped and noisy.

 

 

Below is a show I created in ProShow Web / Producer for your enjoyment.   All of the images were taken with the Olympus OMD – E 5 mirrorless micro 4/3 camera.  The main lens used is the Panasonic 20 mm f/1.7. It is not the fastest focusing lens but it produces very rich colorful images.

NYC – A walk in the park – October 2013 from Frank Kendralla on Vimeo.

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We will never forget | Pittsburgh Wedding Photography

We will never forget!

{Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. }

I remember like it was yesterday concerning the events of 9.11.01.  I can remember where I was and the unbelief that filled my heart as I watched the events on t.v..  As I was watching the events, I heard the announcer state that one plane went down in PA but he did not provide any details.  I was out of state and my heart raced not knowing if my family or friends were impacted.  I remember watching the smoke pour out of the buildings and the countless acts of heroics displayed in an attempt to help those in need during this tragic day in the history of the United States.  Throughout the week, the events unfolded on t.v. and for those of us that were out of state, airplane travel did not exist.  We couldn’t race home to be with our family but we could believe that our nation would rally and lift up those in need.  We could believe as we saw thousands of people pour out their love, compassion, and support.

We will never forget those who gave up their lives supporting and helping those in need.  We will never forget those who gave their lives before this tragic event and gave their lives helping and protecting others after 9.11.01.

In honor of those who gave and continue to give their lives to serve and protect.

We will never forget!

We will never forget! Composite image created using light painting. Remembering those who gave their lives and in honor of those who continue to serve and protect!

{Tech Notes}

This image was created using items on our property.  The flag flies daily near this magnificent statue of an eagle.  Using light paining (in the middle of the night), I painted the flag and eagle.  The fog is from me breathing into the scene (it was cold).


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