Laurel Beach in CT. Just outside Milford, down the road from New Haven. My brother lives near there, but hasn't the room for 5 of us so we rented a house in Laurel Beach for the week.
Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 4): Oooo, how do you like it? I really want to get an ultra-wide-angle fisheye.
It's a very nice lens but you do need to watch where you use it at the wider angles because some of the distortions of straight lines can be quite distracting. It can give some interesting views and effects with the right "lines", e.g. (not in the US)
And another "dawn" shot (at 11mm)
The usual complaint about it is the lens cap isn't very secure on it because it clips over the lens hood (due to the bulging front element) and falls off.
And another couple I forgot to add. Blonde squirrel!
My wrong spelling with the tiled picture of Kamel made me think it was somewhere in Turkey & Kemal Ataturk. Are the people there happy to be photographed?
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 9): and as a tourist you're a novelty and made extremely welcome
Reading that the likes of Barcelona, Rome and Paris are the pickpocket and petty theft capitals of Europe it must be nice to be somewhere off the beaten track where tourists aren't targeted in this way.
Braybuddy From Brazil, joined Aug 2004, 5476 posts, RR: 34 Reply 11, posted (6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4023 times:
Quoting oly720man (Reply 10): My wrong spelling with the tiled picture of Kamel made me think it was somewhere in Turkey & Kemal Ataturk. Are the people there happy to be photographed?
Absolutely, as far as the men are concerned, but I'm not sure about women. You have to be careful where women are concerned in a Muslim country, though any Algerians we spoke to who had English were at pains to tell us they were "modern Muslims", and a lot of women wear western clothes. The tables are actually turned on the tourists there: their tourist industry has been shot the last twenty years, and not helped now by the terrorist attack on the gas plant last January, but the locals actually take pictures of you, which is a refreshing change.
Quoting oly720man (Reply 10): Reading that the likes of Barcelona, Rome and Paris are the pickpocket and petty theft capitals of Europe it must be nice to be somewhere off the beaten track where tourists aren't targeted in this way
It's funny thing about the poorer Arab countries: the people are the warmest, friendliest, most welcoming people you can meet, and you can walk the streets any hour of the day or night and you won't be mugged, robbed or pick-pocketed. In fact you'd be far more at risk in Barcelona, Madrid or Rome. Yet when changing money or buying something you really do have to check your change. I've been short changed in banks, historic sites, taxis etc, without them even batting an eyelid when challenged. Having said that, it wasn't really a problem in Algiers as it happened probably only twice, but then it is the most prosperous of the North African countries. You just have to have your wits about you and don't get annoyed if it happens. You just point out the "mistake" and take it light-heartedly. It seems to be part of their culture: we're rich to them and they assume we can afford it.
Only had that in Barcelona a few years ago, buying train tickets to go back to the airport.
Some from a walk in the woods today. Spring has recently sprung so everything is now green
Bluebells making a colourful show
Horsetails, from when dinosaurs ruled, or so everyone says
The stream through the woods.
A public fruit and vegetable in the back of a derelict hall that later used to be a night club. The glass roofs in the back are on what used to be an indoor garden until vandals gradually broke the ground level windows.
airkas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3913 posts, RR: 56 Reply 17, posted (6 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 3839 times:
I was in South Africa for 10 days recently and I'll be sure to post some of the wildlife photos here (been to the Kruger Park etc.). First one I'd like to share is a bit of an experiment. We were at a bush camp in the park, almost no artificial light and the stars and Milky Way were beautiful. The result isn't 100% satisfactory since I came out blurry (and lost my balance during the exposure), but it was a good evening out nevertheless.
The light you see is from a spotlight they fixed at the waterhole next to the camp.