Tag Archives: travel theme

Travel Theme: Mountains

As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, this is an extremely busy time of year at work. My brain is working much more than full-time right now, so I have not had the brain power to do much more than the Tunes Tuesdays series here lately. But Third Eye Mom’s post on the Where’s My Backpack Travel Theme of mountains grabbed me, since mountains are my happy place.

I didn’t get to share any photos from our trip South yet, so I will use this opportunity to do just that. Here are my favorite recent mountain photos from El Chalten and Calafate, on the Argentine side of Patagonia.

My husband at the beginning of our adventure...Copyright JC Politi Photography

My husband at the beginning of our adventure…
Copyright JC Politi Photography

El ChaltenCopyright JC Politi Photography

El Chalten
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Perito Moreno Glacier, Calafate, ArgentinaCopyright JC Politi Photography

Perito Moreno Glacier, Calafate, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Perito Moreno GlacierCopyright JC Politi Photography

Perito Moreno Glacier
Copyright JC Politi Photography

 

What do you think? What is your favorite mountain location? Do you prefer the mountains or the sea? What do mountains mean to you?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

13 Comments

Filed under International, Photography, Photos, travel, Travel Challenge

Travel Theme: Circles

Ailsa over at Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme this week is circles. I recently realized I have a strong affinity for circles and rounded edges. There is something soothing about circles – something about going with the flow and not having to make sharp turns. I don’t know how exactly to describe it – I just know that I am more of a circle kind of gal than a square. 😉

So, without further ado, here are some recent favorite shots of circles:

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

What do you think? What are your favorite circles? Are you drawn more to circles or squares? Why do you think that is?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

29 Comments

Filed under Photography, Photos, Travel Challenge

Travel Theme: Bright

Ailsa, at Where’s My Backpack, has issued a fun travel theme this week: bright. I happen to love taking photos of bright colors and am excited to share a few of my favorites here.

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Fall in Colorado

Copyright JC Politi Photography
More Fall Colors

Copyright JC Politi
Joan Miro Sculpture, Barcelona

Copyright JC Politi Photography
A Taste of Summer

What do you think? What is your favorite bright thing to photograph? What is something that, when you see it, automatically brightens your day?

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

Other Interpretations on the Theme:
http://goomfh.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright-2/
http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://managuagunntoday.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://ledrakenoir.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://windagainstcurrent.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://sheladyanne.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-brights/
http://juliedawnfox.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright-shiny-portugal/
http://theeclecticeccentricshopaholic.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://annarashbrook.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://lucidgypsy.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://kattermonran.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://imissmetoo.me/2012/11/02/2145/
http://patriciaddrury.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://beyondpaisley.net/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://the-serenity-space.com/2012/11/03/travel-theme-bright/
http://etolbagam.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://learning2hear.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://shaanthz.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/travel-theme-bright/
http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://photovignettes.wordpress.com/2012/11/02/travel-theme-bright/
http://theretiringsort.com/2012/11/02/big-bright-fireworks/
http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/bright/
http://quotidianhudsonriver.com/2012/11/02/11-2-12-travel-theme-bright/
http://seamlessstyle.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/weekly-travel-theme-brights/

 

 

 

33 Comments

Filed under Art, Colorado, Environment, Food, Photography, Photos, Travel Challenge

Photos Galore! Travel Photo of the Year Contest, Travel Theme – Silhouette, Weekly Photo Challenge – Urban

I love the juxtaposition of the photo challenges this week, at least in my photos.

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme this week is Silhouette. You should really go check out her spectacular photos. She has definitely inspired me to take more photos of silhouettes. My silhouette photos are mostly found in nature, but after looking at Ailsa’s photos, I may need to change that.

Here are some of my favorite silhouette photos:

Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge this week is Urban. Most of my photos are of nature, but I was able to unearth a few urban ones, a few of which which I am sharing here:

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Phototgraphy

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Baltimore, MD
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Baltimore, MD
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Please don’t forget to vote in the Bucket List Publications Travel Photo of the Year Contest! There are 18 finalists and I have some stiff competition. I would love your help!

Perito Moreno Glacier – Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

You can vote every day for the next few days. All you have to do is go to see all the finalists and click on this picture and click “like” or share to mark it as your favorite! You can send it to friends and family to encourage them to vote though Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and lots of other ways. It would mean a lot to get your vote!

I would love to hear your thoughts. Thank you for reading!

Other Interpretations of the Theme Silhouette:

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Wind Against Current

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Lucid Gypsy

Travel Theme; Silhouette « So where’s the snow?

Travel Theme: Silhouette « East of Málaga

Travel Theme: Silhouette | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity

Travel Theme: Silhouette | Autumn in Bruges

Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Silhouette | Stephen Kelly Creative

Travel theme: Silhouette | tahira’s

Travel Theme: Silhouettes | Spiritual World Traveler

Travel Theme: Silhouette | mothergrogan

Travel theme: Silhouette | thirdeyemom

travel theme: silhouette | catbird in america

Waiting « primo piano

Travel challenge: Silhouette – dawn in the mist | Have you ever…

Travel theme: Silhouette « Healthcare Updates

Travel Theme: Silhouette | The Retiring Sort

Silhouette in Piazza San Marco | Beyond the Brush

Travel theme ‘Silhouette’ | Campanulla Della Anna

Travel Theme: Silhouette « A year in the Life

Travel Theme: Silhouette « Hunters Holidaying

Urban Silhouettes « Ink.

 

Other Interpretations of the Urban Theme:

 

54 Comments

Filed under International, Photography, Photos, travel

Travel Photo of the Year Contest: I’m a Finalist and Need Your Vote!

Perito Moreno Glacier, Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

I am so excited! Bucket List Publications has chosen this photo as a finalist for their Travel Photo of the Year Contest! There are 18 finalists and I have some stiff competition. I would love your help!

You can vote every day until the contest ends. All you do is go see all  the finalists and click on this picture and click “like” or share to mark it as your favorite! You can send it to friends and family to encourage them to vote though Facebook, Twitter, e-mail and lots of other ways. It would mean a lot to get your vote!

As I have mentioned here many times, I have a lifelong dream of becoming a “real” photographer some day. This blog has inspired me to focus even more on this, through fun photo challenges like Ailsa’s Where’s Your Backpack and WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenges.

I turned 40 earlier this year and am dedicating my 40’s to my more creative side. My intellectual self has been well exercised in the past 30 years and it is time to give more attention to creative pursuits. I have invested in a “real” camera and am taking every class I can find.

The Canon in the National Park Series helped me learn a few more technical skills and has taken my photography to another level. Really, the sky’s the limit and I am going to put on my wings and get there! I would love your help.

What do you think? What have you dreamed of doing for years? What is stopping you? What is the next step to reach that dream?

I would love you hear your thoughts….and get your vote! Thanks so much for reading.

If you liked this, you might also like:

Canon Photography in the Parks and You Are Invited to a Photo Blog Party! 

Tuesday Tunes and Canon in the National Parks: Kodachrome

Travel Theme: Flowers and Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside and Purple

84 Comments

Filed under Awards, Blogging, International, Love, Photography, Photos, travel

Weekly Travel Photo Theme: Signs

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Remote border crossing between Argentina and Chile – Patagonia, Argentina

Signs, signs, everywhere a sign! I have to combine my weekly photo challenge with some Tunes Tuesday worthy lyrics this week. Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack has issued a weekly travel challenge about signs.

I love taking pictures of signs to capture where I have been, so it was hard to choose which photos to include, but here are some of my favorites, followed by the lyrics of a great oldie but goodie song.

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Chalten, Argentina – Trekking Capital of the World

Copyright JC Politi Photography
A famous road stop on the way to Chalten – Patagonia, Argentina

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Rockies Game – Denver, CO

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Pearl Street Mall – Boulder, CO

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Boulder, CO

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Small Village Outside Granada, Nicaragua

Copyright JC Politi Photography
Fells Point – Baltimore, MD

And now, for the Tunes Tuesday worthy lyrics:

Signs
Five Man Electical Band

And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply” So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do” So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!” Whoa-oh-oh

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

And the sign said anybody caught trespassin’ would be shot on sight So I jumped on the fence and-a yelled at the house, “Hey! What gives you the right?” “To put up a fence to keep me out or to keep mother nature in” “If God was here he’d tell you to your face, Man, you’re some kinda sinner”

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Now, hey you, mister, can’t you read? You’ve got to have a shirt and tie to get a seat You can’t even watch, no you can’t eat You ain’t supposed to be here The sign said you got to have a membership card to get inside Ugh!

And the sign said, “Everybody welcome. Come in, kneel down and pray” But when they passed around the plate at the end of it all, I didn’t have a penny to pay So I got me a pen and a paper and I made up my own little sign I said, “Thank you, Lord, for thinkin’ ’bout me. I’m alive and doin’ fine.” Wooo!

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind Do this, don’t do that, can’t you read the sign?

Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Sign Sign, sign

What do you think? Do you have any funny travel stories about signs? Have you ever been grateful to see a sign?

I hope you will share your thoughts! Thank you for reading!

38 Comments

Filed under International, Music, Photography, Photos, Travel Challenge

Travel Theme: Flowers and Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside and Purple

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

Carl Jung

Where’s your backpack’s travel theme this week just happens to be one of my very favorite things to photograph – flowers! And WordPress’ Photo Challenge last week was inside and this week is purple. I thought I would combine the three and look at flowers and their insides – especially purple flowers!

What do you think? What is your favorite thing to photograph? And what is your favorite flower?

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

 

67 Comments

Filed under Photography, Photos, Travel Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge

Canon Photography in the Parks and You Are Invited to a Photo Blog Party!

Copyrght JC Politi Photography

Yesterday, a neighbor told me about an exciting opportunity for budding photographers to take free digital photo walks in National Parks with professional photographers who will offer tips and strategies to improve photography skills. Participants can borrow Canon equipment for the walk or bring their own camera.

They will be in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado in two weeks and I will not not miss it. I can’t wait to share my photos here!

Invitation to a Photo Blog Party

I was inspired last week by Truth and Cake’s post Freshly Press Yourself, where Rian offered readers the opportunity to highlight their blogs and introduce there blog to new readers. You should check out the comments on her post when you have moment. I found a few wonderful new blogs to follow in the process.

While I do not have anywhere near the number of readers that Truth and Cake has, I loved the idea and would like to do something similar here.

What do you think? If you have a photo blog, I invite you to tell readers a bit about yourself, your style, and perhaps share your best photography tip in the comments. Then, I hope you will share your favorite post so that readers can go visit your blog to check out your work.

The only rule is that anyone who posts their blog for folks to see must go visit and comment on at least three others that posted here.

Rocky Mountain National Park – Before the class, just wait until after!
Copyright JC Politi Photography

I am excited to find a few new photographers to follow and hope we will have lots of fun with this. If readers have other things they would like to know from the photographers, feel free to include that in your comments as well.

I hope readers will consider forwarding this opportunity to your favorite photo blogs, so we can get a robust list going.

I will follow Truth and Cake’s template and pick three photo blogs that rose to the top to be highlighted in a future post.

I am excited to see what we come up with! Thank you for reading.

If you liked this, you may like:

Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer

Travel Theme: Secret Places

Weekly Travel Theme: Parks

Travel Theme: Food

46 Comments

Filed under Photography, Photos, travel, Weekly Photo Challenge

Travel Theme: Food

Where’s My Backpack’s Travel Theme this week is – one of my favorite things – food! So, without further delay, here are some of my favorite food photos:

 

Home, sweet home

With my Dad
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Handmade Pasta: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

An unbelievable, but typical dispay of meats in Buenos Aires
Copyright JC Politi Photography

El Cuartito Pizza, Buenos Aires aka the best pizza in the world!
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Remote Village in Nicaragua

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Local Bakers in remote Nicaraguan Village
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyrght JC Politi Photography

33 Comments

Filed under Culture, Food, International, Photography, Photos, travel

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement and Travel Theme: Night

I thought I would use one post to respond to both the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement and the Where’s My Backpack Travel Theme: Night.

First, movement:

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.
– Muhammad Ali

Coyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Copyright JC Politi Photography

Next, night:

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lucerne, Switzerland
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Patagonia, Argentina
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Granada, Nicaragua
Copyright JC Politi Photography

Venice, Italy
Copyright JC Politi Photography

24 Comments

Filed under Culture, International, Photography, Photos, travel, Travel Challenge, Weekly Photo Challenge