Alejandro

The Cure at Paléo Festival Nyon 2019

As a dedicated The Cure fan since more than 30 years, here are my highlights of their concert at Paléo Festival Nyon, July 25 2019.

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Doha Airport Layover | Every picture has as a story

Doha Airport layover

Not the most exciting airport

This picture was taken during my 8 hours layover in Doha after a flight from Bangkok. I was alone and it was boring as hell to say the least.

My post as to be taken in perspective: I just had an awesome trip in northern Vietnam and all the excitements I just had experienced in this wonderful country.

Most post I read on the forums talked about how cool and fancy this airport was and all the hype and how people get exited about shopping all over the place and so on.. but I’m definitely not that type of person. Besides, this airport is quite expensive, for me at least.

My flight arrived at 11:55PM and had to catch my next fight to Geneva at 8:15AM. I walked all through the terminals from pure boredom. I think now I know all the restrooms location in the terminals. The airport is weird and unpersonal, lots of people connecting from almost all over the world and don’t even bother to talk to anyone. Taking pictures was forbidden in some areas for no reason really…

Doha airport is as new and modern as it is boring and I can’t say anything cool about this place.. really. This picture was taken at 6:31am according the camera EXIFs… that’s all about it and I was happy to leave this airport.. completely exhausted and unimpressed.

The Griffith Observatory | Every picture has a story

Griffith Observatory Los Angeles

This is my first blog post of the “Every picture has a story” series. A picture can say a thousand words but sometimes they cannot say what was involved to take them. Here is the first story behind my pictures.

The plan was to take a picture of the Griffith Observatory park with downtown Los Angeles in the background at sunset. Plain and simple and yet I wasn’t too sure how to get to this location where the observatory and downtown are aligned in the frame. So I planned to be there way before sunset in order to have plenty of time ahead to find it.

I started my journey at the Getty museum and asked the Uber driver to pick me up at the museum and drop me by the Hollywood sign and from there I thought i’d walk on some trail to find a good spot… but poor swiss me, I didn’t expect the traffic to be that bad and even with hours ahead I arrived late! I rushed to find this place and finally made it completely soaked in sweat. I didn’t have my tripod (I know I know… stupid me), hence I put my camera on my bag which is something no photographer recommends, too unstable and too close to the ground. I quickly pulled out bushes to get an unobstructed view for the lens, I had my 70-200mm but I would recommend the 400mm. The sun was already low but I managed to get this one which I think is not too bad after all.

So if you want to know where this spot is located: Mt Chapel trail, not far from the antenna of the LA communications facility. If you happen to have others or better suggestions for shooting locations of the Griffith Observatory I would be glad to know them, just leave a message in the comment section below… 🙂

Shooting location on Google Maps :

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HR Giger Museum Bar

HR Giger Museum Bar - Gruyères - Switzerland

Are you planning a visit to the HR giger bar in Gruyères-Switzerland? Are you a fan of HR Giger’s work? Are you interested in taking pictures inside the bar? This article may be interesting to you! Here are some tips & advices to visit and take pictures in this amazing and unique place !

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North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, England running through the North York Moors National Park. First opened in 1836 as the Whitby and Pickering Railway, the railway was planned in 1831 by George Stephenson as a means of opening up trade routes inland from the then important seaport of Whitby. The line closed in 1965 and was reopened in 1973 by the North York Moors Historical Railway Trust Ltd. The preserved line is now a significant tourist attraction and has been awarded many industry accolades. (Source : Wikipedia)

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Mojave desert

Wind turbine in Mojave

One day out of LA to explore the strange beauty of the Mojave desert with my old swiss friend Florian. We drove from Burbank to Mojave passing through the Angeles National Forest, Palmdale and Lancaster.

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Getty Center

Getty Museum - Los Angeles

The Getty center… where architecture, photography, painting, sculpture and many other kind of arts meet.

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Space Shuttle Endeavour

If you are planning to visit the space shuttle Endeavour hall at the California Science Center in Los Angeles and are looking for some tips and advices to photograph the Endeavour hall, this article might be interesting for you.

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Atacama Desert

Valle de la Luna - Atacama - Chile

The Atacama desert in Chile is a plateau west of the Andes mountains. It is the driest non-polar desert in the world, the average rainfall is about 15 mm (0.6 in) per year. Most of the desert is composed of stony terrain, salt lakes (salares), sand, and felsic lava that flows towards the Andes.

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Bryce Canyon

Hoodoos - Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is located between Zion Park and Kodachrome Basin. It is one of the most beautiful parks in Utah and is therefore more frequented and less wild. Bryce Canyon is not a canyon, but rather a limestone plateau, located between 2’018 and 2’748 m. Once covered by the sea, it is now covered with fairy chimneys, here called hoodoos. Great hiking and photography is to be done in the park, to admire the rocks, ranging from yellow to dark red as well as chipmunks, a kind of small squirrels.

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Death Valley

Zabriskie point - Death Valley CA

Death Valley National Park offers a variety of landscapes for photographers. There is a large range and diversity of scenes. From valleys to sand dunes to canyons to salt flats to colorful wildflowers, you can come away with many photos from one national park yet people will think you visited many different locations.

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Yosemite

Eagle peak

Yosemite National Park exploration

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Zion

Utah State Route 9

Road trip on Utah State Route 9. Taking the twists and turns along the very scenic 14 miles (23 km) passing through the Zion National Park.

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Grand Canyon

South Rim

The Colorado Grand Canyon is certainly the most famous and amazing park in the USA. It is in any case the most visited park of the American West (more than 4 million visitors each year).
Colorado, for millions of years, has dug this fabulous canyon.

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San Fransisco

San Fransisco

 

One day if I go to heaven …
I’ll look around and say, ‘It ain’t bad, but it ain’t San Francisco.
– Herb Caen

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Monument Valley

Monument Valley - Arizona/Utah

Monument Valley (Utah/Arizona) is a true joy for photographers. The mittens, the landscape, the movie souvenirs.. try to spend at least 2 days in this fabulous park.

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San Pedro de Atacama

This is a short movie filmed during the trip I made with my friend Michele back in February 2015 to northern Chile in the small town of San Pedro de Atacama. The film shows the small town of San Pedro overlooking the Licancabur volcano and located in an arid high plateau. And also a tour we took to the Valle de la Muerte (Death Valley) and Valle de la Luna (Moon Valley).

Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple - Hong Kong

I got to visit for the first time a temple in Asia. This one is located between large buildings and I would certainly recommend to anyone interested in visiting a temple in Hong Kong. It’s full of incense smoke in a quiet and welcoming atmosphere. Photographers are welcome, just do not forget to contribute with 2 Hong Kong Dollars 🙂

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Hong Kong – Black & White

New Hong Kong gallery published! Some pictures (in black and white) of my trip to Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong – Colors

New Hong Kong gallery published! Some pictures (in colors) of my trip to Hong Kong.

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