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.



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)



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

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

The Silver Key Photographs:

The Hummingbird at the Feeder

Looking out at the Water

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!

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!


Photo of the Week: October 21-27, The Sights of Fall…

The Fall season is upon us, and with tradition, comes a visit to Soon’s Orchard, home to the World’s Best Apple Cider donuts!

During our visit, I took a few artistic photos. Unfortunately, no photos of the Apples and Donuts though.




If you go out to enjoy the Fall or Foliage, take some photos! It is the most photographed time of year for a reason.


Interesting things in Nature… Photos of the Week, September 30- October 6, 2012

Over the past week or so, when I wasn’t doing some sort of homework, I went outside to enjoy the beautiful Fall weather. It seemed as though rather than seeing just a normal spider or a normal caterpillar, it had to be an unusual creature.

Take a look at this!


What kind of spider is that? Look at the design on its back!



The Caterpillar of the Hickory Tussock Moth. According to what I have read, beware! Don’t touch one if you see it as the white and black hairs that stick out get into your skin, and can cause a severe allergic reaction.

While I’m on the topic of cool creatures, my Cousin Keegan is in the Gal├ípagos Islands studying the behavior of the island’s lava lizards, which are very cool creatures! He is enhancing his skills of the Spanish language, and learning about the local culture in the process. This is all thanks to the Global Gap Year Fellowship.
Check out his blog, Don Quixote de Los Carolinas.

Have a great week!

Photos of the Week- September 16-22

This week, I have some photos that involve keeping the shutter open for multiple seconds, therefore letting in more light.

In the late summer and early fall when the air gets chilly at night, we begin to use our fire pit to roast marshmallows and just get some nice warmth.

Here are the photos that I am speaking of:





Why does the last photo look like a wildfire?
Well, as the shutter was open, I moved the camera horizontally in order to get that desired effect.

I hope you have enjoyed these photos, and maybe even learned something new about photography!


Photos of the Week, September 9-15

I have been busy over the past week with the start of school, but this week’s photos will make up for the gap!

I have been experimenting with Photoshop Express for iPad before purchasing the full version of Photoshop for iPad. Normally, I don’t edit my photos, besides slight changes in color or contrast. This weekend, I thought that I would try out some artistic editing on some of my favorite photos.
First, I will share the original photo, followed by the heavily edited version. Enjoy!


The Amalfi Coast


The Cliffs of Santorini, Greece


The Parthenon, Athens, Greece


Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy

Have a Great Week!