Bird, man, of Alcatraz

Sometimes you just get lucky. I was snappy shots of the island when this gull came across and the focus locked in on it. The Rock is a fascinating place to visit and shoot.

Katz Building, Penn State

The law school building on Penn State University’s University Park Campus.

Pink Dogwood

The blooms have now faded, but this spring the dogwoods by Atherton Hall were gorgeous.

Where I work

The corner of Heister and College, the Schreyer Honors College, Penn State University.

Pacific Surf

This was taken on a trip with students to San Francisco and the coast. Beautiful day with brunch at the famous Cliff House.

Old Main Bell

Fortunately Penn State’s University Park campus is a beautiful location, with lots of wonderful opportunities for photos. This was just a quick snapshot, really, on the way to a meeting.

Sports

I mostly take pictures of my son’s soccer games and rarely post those publicly, only when I have permission from the other parents (as with “Teammates”) but being at Penn State there is a LOT of sport to see. We often attend softball games in the spring. Beard Field is a wonderful ballpark and we can sit right down by the bench, behind the on deck circle. 

Sea Fortress of Helsinki

This is another one of my favorites and Sally gives it a vote for the office wall. What I like about an image like this or the image below are the simple, geometric shapes. You have to look at them for a minute to realize what it is you are seeing.

Moss & Siding

Color Explosion

Fireworks after a Pirates win in Pittsburgh.

Rain on leaves

I am mostly testing out sharing from flickr to WordPress [doesn’t work with the Minimatica theme I am using now, well it does, but then I do not get the image on the home page], but I also quite like this shot. My son is particularly fascinated by the way the water beads up on the hosta leaves.

By the way, if you are looking to set up a self-hosted WordPress blog with flickr sharing, this post is particularly helpful. The pertinent comment:

read Flickr FAQ: Which blogging services does Flickr support??

This bit specifically

**If you use a WordPress self-hosted blog, in your WordPress dashboard under Settings > Writing > Remote Publishing be sure to check both Atom Publishing Protocol and XML-RPC. Then, in your settings on Flickr for that blog, enter your WordPress API Endpoint; for example: yourdomainame.com/xmlrpc.php

…and it still doesn’t work?

“Teammates”

Last weekend my son’s team played in a tournament and did very well. The lighting under the trees was perfect for portraits after the games but…trying to get 6-8 year olds to cooperate is a bit of a challenge.

In this photo my boy is in the middle with two brothers on either side. I really love the expressions in this shot. It looks like something from a Rolling Stone shoot of the new up and coming something. Look for it in ESPN the Magazine soon!

Welcome to my PhotoBlog

If you follow Targuman then you know that I love to take pictures and often post them there. I likely will continue to do so, but this week I saw a lovely WordPress theme called “AutoFocus.” I thought it would be great for showcasing images on the blog, but it didn’t work well for my text entries. Then it occurred to me, why not create a separate blog, just for photos. So I have! Let me know what you think (I am open to other themes as well, so feel free to make recommendations on that as well.)

I am still debating about what image to post in my office, but this one is a favorite of mine and I think it would look great in large format. (It also works well as my first post on Targuman’s PhotoBlog!)

Translating my thoughts into images.

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