Sunny San Juan

These are some photos from my day in San Juan, Puerto Rico back in March that I rediscovered in the past few days. I forgot all about them, and was pleasantly surprised to see these.

I hope you enjoy the tropical photos!

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If the weather where you are is anything like it it here in New York, stay out of the heat!
Spencer

Photo of the Week: Tribal Day Sail in St. Thomas, USVI

The Photo of the Week is back on Saturdays, so to start it off today, I have some simple shots from the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Trimaran sail we took there with Tribal Day Sails. It was an excellent day out on the water, and one of the highlights of our spring cruise to the Eastern Caribbean.

Don’t worry, the little boat in the first photo is the dinghy we used to get to the island in the background. The boat (a Trimaran) is like a catamaran, but with one main hull, and two smaller outrigger hulls. I unfortunately did not get a good photo of the trimaran.

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One of the three large cruise ships docked in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas that day.

I hope you enjoyed the photos just as much as I enjoyed being there (that’s a hard one to accomplish)

-Spencer

Posing in Cape May

What better day to make a comeback to my blog than the day our country got a fresh start, Independence Day.
Last week, nearing the end of my family’s week at the shore in New Jersey, we visited Cape May and the Washington Street Mall in particular. They had the basic shops, but my real point in mentioning it was the ‘experiment’ we held that afternoon. Much like what you would find on Posing With Friends, a website where people take pictures next to tourists taking pictures, but with slight modifications. I had my brother, Liam, and his friend, Jack, sit next to unknowing tourists and shoppers in the same position as them, and try not to let the innocent people in these photos find out what we were actually doing. It worked, and we never raised any eyebrows.

Here we go…

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I am going to make it a goal to keep the blogging up, much like it was until last fall.

Enjoy the day of our Nation’s Birth, and you will hear from me again, very soon.
-Spencer

Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards Winning Photos (Mine!)

For the third year in a row, I entered the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, which starts out on a regional level as the Hudson Valley Art and Writing Awards.
Awards are given in a variety of categories, 18 to be exact, and I entered 14 of my best photos, selected with the help of my art teacher.
On the regional level, I won a Gold Key for the 3rd year, the top prize, along with three silver keys, the second best prize. Here are my award winners

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My Gold Key Winner- Positano and the Amalfi Coast of Italy from above

The Silver Key Photographs:

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The Hummingbird at the Feeder

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Looking out at the Water

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The Happiest Place on Earth

Now, my Gold Key Photo goes on to the national level for judging.

For the second year in a row, I think that my silver key photos are better than gold, but the art community thinks else wise.

Remember, the 12 Photos of 2012 Poll is still open, so if you have not yet voted, there is plenty of time. It is a heated race this year, and I am surprised that there are no standout winners. There are seven contenders out of the twelve that could pull ahead with just a few more votes.

Keep the votes coming!
Spencer

12 Photos of 2012 Photo Poll

For the past two weeks, I have compiled a selection of my best photos taken in 2012. You may wonder what makes then the best. Well, many of them were selected by you! The readers of my blog. The most viewed blog posts contained many of my favorites, which means there is a relation between views and incredible photographs.
There are twelve photos, which came out of a collection of over 3,000. If that doesn’t sum up 2012 as a photographic year, nothing does!

They are numbered, so keep that in mind when I speak about voting below.
Here they are:

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Photo 1

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Photo 2

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Photo 3

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Photo 4

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Photo 5

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Photo 6

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Photo 7

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Photo 8

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Photo 9

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Photo 10

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Photo 11

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Photo 12

Think about which of the photos is the best in your mind, even go back and look through them again, as your decision is important to me. Once you have decided which of the numbered photos you like the most, you can do a number of things to vote. You can vote anonymously in the poll below, leave a comment on this blog post, also below, or you can send an email with your selection to swhphototravel@yahoo.com

Here is the poll if you choose to vote this way.

Whichever way you choose to vote, please do so!

Spencer

The Last Day of 2012

Today, as you can see, the blog is under renovations.

I will be getting caught up with what I have missed over the past few days because of some saddening events in my family.

In the mean time, you can enjoy the annual blog report put out by WordPress.com

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,300 unique viwers in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I feel very bad that I did not yet introduce the 12 Photos of 2012 Poll, due to some technical difficulties, however, as promised, the site will be back to it’s original reliability, with a Photo of the Week every week, starting December 29, 2012.

Here we go, although it’s been said, many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you!

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