PANAMA


 

The waiting is the hardest part... | iPhone 6

The waiting is the hardest part... | iPhone 6

Homework | iPhone 6

Homework | iPhone 6

Final approach | iPhone 6

Final approach | iPhone 6

Connecting.  Go Hawks. | iPhone 6

Connecting.  Go Hawks. | iPhone 6

Upon boarding the plane, the flight attendant (a 49er's fan) smugly showed me a Packer's score on her phone.  When we lost wifi and TV over the Gulf of Mexico, the Seahawks were down 16-0.  After repeated relays from the captain, we learned how dire the game was getting.  The flight attendant even went so far as to offer up a drink when there was just a few minutes left.  I still believed.  And a few minutes later, she returned with a bubbly beverage for all of us. | iPhone 6, Sony A99 16-50mm

Upon boarding the plane, the flight attendant (a 49er's fan) smugly showed me a Packer's score on her phone.  When we lost wifi and TV over the Gulf of Mexico, the Seahawks were down 16-0.  After repeated relays from the captain, we learned how dire the game was getting.  The flight attendant even went so far as to offer up a drink when there was just a few minutes left.  I still believed.  And a few minutes later, she returned with a bubbly beverage for all of us. | iPhone 6, Sony A99 16-50mm

This trip was my grandpa's first time back to Panama in 34 years.  My parent's both grew up in the Canal Zone as did my grandpa.  It was a bitter-sweet trip for him.  He got to show me his old stomping grounds, and hold court with every tourist, tour guide and cashier he ran into.  But the country has changed a lot since he lived there.  A lot of my family's old homes and hangouts are in ruins now.

This trip was my grandpa's first time back to Panama in 34 years.  My parent's both grew up in the Canal Zone as did my grandpa.  It was a bitter-sweet trip for him.  He got to show me his old stomping grounds, and hold court with every tourist, tour guide and cashier he ran into.  But the country has changed a lot since he lived there.  A lot of my family's old homes and hangouts are in ruins now.

My oldest made the trip with me.  A dad couldn't ask for a better traveling companion.  |  Sony A99  f/4.0  1/400 ISO 100

My oldest made the trip with me.  A dad couldn't ask for a better traveling companion.  |  Sony A99  f/4.0  1/400 ISO 100

Feeding the fish (and mostly birds) at a marina in Amador.  Grandpa managed to feed a couple by hand.  |  Sony A99  f/7.1 1/60  ISO 100

Feeding the fish (and mostly birds) at a marina in Amador.  Grandpa managed to feed a couple by hand.  |  Sony A99  f/7.1 1/60  ISO 100

The left side is the very spot where my dad picked up my mom for their first date.  On the right is a home in which my dad grew up.  |  iPhone 6

The left side is the very spot where my dad picked up my mom for their first date.  On the right is a home in which my dad grew up.  |  iPhone 6

Summit Gardens is a "zoo" and botanical garden just outside of Gamboa.  It's enclosures pale in comparison to modern and stateside treatment in the states.  Grandpa showed my son how to make a whistle out of leaves, and my son found  new "favorite animal": the toucan.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8 1/80  ISO 250

Summit Gardens is a "zoo" and botanical garden just outside of Gamboa.  It's enclosures pale in comparison to modern and stateside treatment in the states.  Grandpa showed my son how to make a whistle out of leaves, and my son found  new "favorite animal": the toucan.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8 1/80  ISO 250

The gazebo behind my parents was home to many family picnics my dad had as a kid.  The pond beneath them used to be stocked with crocodiles, but it's home exclusively to turtles now.  |  Sony A99 f/8  1/100  ISO 250

The gazebo behind my parents was home to many family picnics my dad had as a kid.  The pond beneath them used to be stocked with crocodiles, but it's home exclusively to turtles now.  |  Sony A99 f/8  1/100  ISO 250

88 degrees every day.  Sunrise 6:30 AM.  Sunrise 6:30 PM.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8 1/8000  ISO 250

88 degrees every day.  Sunrise 6:30 AM.  Sunrise 6:30 PM.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8 1/8000  ISO 250

The Golden Altar of the Church of San Jose.  It's home to a massive carved, wooden altar that disassembled and submerged in the bay (what wasn't movable was white washed) in a effort to keep it from being plundered by Henry Morgan in 1668.   |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/50  ISO 3200

The Golden Altar of the Church of San Jose.  It's home to a massive carved, wooden altar that disassembled and submerged in the bay (what wasn't movable was white washed) in a effort to keep it from being plundered by Henry Morgan in 1668.   |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/50  ISO 3200

Cats and a Peruvian kid who followed me into a jewelry story in Panama City near the Arco Chato (a flat arch that was part of the church and convent of Santo Domingo. | iPhone 6

Cats and a Peruvian kid who followed me into a jewelry story in Panama City near the Arco Chato (a flat arch that was part of the church and convent of Santo Domingo. | iPhone 6

We have some family friends in Gamboa who's backyard is right on the Panama Canal. You feel like you can touch the ships as they pass by.  Fun fact:  their home used to belong to my aunt and uncle.  After the US gave control of the canal over to the Panamanian government, most of the homes on the canal were deemed security risks to the canal.  I think our friends were grandfathered in and basically have a whole street to themselves.  Great for storing cayucos.  | Sony A99  f/11  1/400  ISO 250

We have some family friends in Gamboa who's backyard is right on the Panama Canal. You feel like you can touch the ships as they pass by.  Fun fact:  their home used to belong to my aunt and uncle.  After the US gave control of the canal over to the Panamanian government, most of the homes on the canal were deemed security risks to the canal.  I think our friends were grandfathered in and basically have a whole street to themselves.  Great for storing cayucos.  | Sony A99  f/11  1/400  ISO 250

Though the cayuco was piloted by a rookie team, my little guy was the rookiest. | Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1600  ISO 250

Though the cayuco was piloted by a rookie team, my little guy was the rookiest. | Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1600  ISO 250

Plantains for sale.  My kid discovered plantain empanadas and it's created a monster.  |  Sony A99  f/3.5  1/80  ISO 400

Plantains for sale.  My kid discovered plantain empanadas and it's created a monster.  |  Sony A99  f/3.5  1/80  ISO 400

I'd say the tropics agree with him.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1250  ISO 400

I'd say the tropics agree with him.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1250  ISO 400

We took a train ride to the Atlantic side of the country on Thursday.  Amazing to see the Pacific one hour and the Atlantic the next...well...the Caribbean Sea anyway.   The THOR shack was the site of a dynamite explosion many years ago.  My kid got the scoop while he recorded several of his great-grandpa's stories.  |  iPhone 6

We took a train ride to the Atlantic side of the country on Thursday.  Amazing to see the Pacific one hour and the Atlantic the next...well...the Caribbean Sea anyway.   The THOR shack was the site of a dynamite explosion many years ago.  My kid got the scoop while he recorded several of his great-grandpa's stories.  |  iPhone 6

Checking out the scenery from the observation deck on the Panama Canal Railroad.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1000  ISO 400

Checking out the scenery from the observation deck on the Panama Canal Railroad.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/1000  ISO 400

One of the many lakes along the railway.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/8000  ISO 400

One of the many lakes along the railway.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/8000  ISO 400

Fort San Lorenzo; a high point for the boy.   It overlooks the mouth of the Chagres river and once protected a channel that saw more gold and jewels pass through than all other channels combined.

Fort San Lorenzo; a high point for the boy.   It overlooks the mouth of the Chagres river and once protected a channel that saw more gold and jewels pass through than all other channels combined.

Crossing the canal.  |  iPhone 6

Crossing the canal.  |  iPhone 6

My little guy checks out the Panama Canal expansion locks on the Atlantic side.  I started to explain that it wouldn't be using mitre gates like those of the other locks when he stopped me and said, "I know dad, these are sliding, pocket gates."  Wow, kid.  You DO listen.   |  Sony A99  f/7  1/640  ISO 400

My little guy checks out the Panama Canal expansion locks on the Atlantic side.  I started to explain that it wouldn't be using mitre gates like those of the other locks when he stopped me and said, "I know dad, these are sliding, pocket gates."  Wow, kid.  You DO listen.   |  Sony A99  f/7  1/640  ISO 400

Full disclosure: my son took these.

Full disclosure: my son took these.

A small shack near Limon Bay on the Atlantic side.  |  Sony A99  f/4 1/8000  ISO 400

A small shack near Limon Bay on the Atlantic side.  |  Sony A99  f/4 1/8000  ISO 400

Generations apart on the train ride back to Ancon.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/800  ISO 640,  iPhone 6

Generations apart on the train ride back to Ancon.  |  Sony A99  f/2.8  1/800  ISO 640,  iPhone 6

This was taken from the top of Ancon Hill, just behind the house in which we stayed.  It was a decent hike in the mornings.  |  iPhone 6

This was taken from the top of Ancon Hill, just behind the house in which we stayed.  It was a decent hike in the mornings.  |  iPhone 6

An Embera village near Gamboa.  |  Sony A99  f/9  1/250  ISO 400

An Embera village near Gamboa.  |  Sony A99  f/9  1/250  ISO 400

Mr. Water on the left.  On the right, pools a the Gamboa Rainforest Resort which sits on the old Gamboa Golf Club. | iPhone 6

Mr. Water on the left.  On the right, pools a the Gamboa Rainforest Resort which sits on the old Gamboa Golf Club. | iPhone 6

On a canopy ride through the jungle we spotted this iguana.  The darker they are, the older they are.  |  Sony  A99  f/6.3  1/100  ISO 800

On a canopy ride through the jungle we spotted this iguana.  The darker they are, the older they are.  |  Sony  A99  f/6.3  1/100  ISO 800

Gamboa.  The shot on the lower left, middle and right were taken at the Gamboa Church, which holds the distinction of being the church were my grandparents were married.  If that wasn't enough, their wedding was the very first service ever held there.  One the upper left is the old Gamboa movie theater and swimming pool; both of which have seen better days.  You can almost hear the echoes of kids playing in the pool.  |  iPhone 6

Gamboa.  The shot on the lower left, middle and right were taken at the Gamboa Church, which holds the distinction of being the church were my grandparents were married.  If that wasn't enough, their wedding was the very first service ever held there.  One the upper left is the old Gamboa movie theater and swimming pool; both of which have seen better days.  You can almost hear the echoes of kids playing in the pool.  |  iPhone 6

My kid's hero is Teddy Roosevelt.  As important as he was to the construction of the Panama Canal, its tough to find references to him around the city.  We lucked out though at the end of the trip when we explored the rotunda of the Administration Building (where my grandpa once worked).  Outside Miles sang the Animanics' President song to his great-grandpa who listened with amazement.  |  Sony A99   f/4  1/60  ISO 100

My kid's hero is Teddy Roosevelt.  As important as he was to the construction of the Panama Canal, its tough to find references to him around the city.  We lucked out though at the end of the trip when we explored the rotunda of the Administration Building (where my grandpa once worked).  Outside Miles sang the Animanics' President song to his great-grandpa who listened with amazement.  |  Sony A99   f/4  1/60  ISO 100

A few snapshots of the old town on our way to Napoli's, a staple for great woodfire pizza in town.  Pineapples were three for $2.  The pure vanilla I bought home was .85/bottle.  |  Sony A99  f/8  1/100  ISO 100

A few snapshots of the old town on our way to Napoli's, a staple for great woodfire pizza in town.  Pineapples were three for $2.  The pure vanilla I bought home was .85/bottle.  |  Sony A99  f/8  1/100  ISO 100

Panama City on final hike up Ancon Hill with my dad and son.   |  Sony A99  f/13  30"  ISO 100

Panama City on final hike up Ancon Hill with my dad and son.   |  Sony A99  f/13  30"  ISO 100

A gecko sunning himself with tungsten.  |  Sony A99  f/4  1/50  ISO 100

A gecko sunning himself with tungsten.  |  Sony A99  f/4  1/50  ISO 100

SEAN+KYLA | ONEONTA // HOOD RIVER

Sean proposed to Kyla at Oneonta Gorge, so what better place to kick off engagement photos than where it all began?  The moss-covered trees and autumn leaves provided the perfect backdrop -- I mean, this feels like something straight out of A Midsummer's Night's Dream.

I don't typically shoot engagements session for more than an hour or two, but when Kyla told me that our next stop would be a sunset-picnic in Sean's family orchard -- I was all in.  How could you not be?  And these two are meant with each other...as you can clearly see.  After the picnic and some snuggling (them, not me) we capped off our night at Pfriem for some quiet drinks.

I'm super-duper looking forward to shooting Sean and Kyla's wedding next summer and I can't wait to see what they've got planned.

Let the countdown begin.