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When you call for an Uber and she only wants to take you to Washington D.C with a quick stop in Philly.

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Your turn to be Photo Editor: Watching the Election returns

Even though I had plenty of time to think about how I was going to do this project, I always seem to have extra photos let over.  Editing photos is always a difficult thing to do, esp when they are your own.

These photos didn’t make the cut for one reason or another.  It was just something about them that didn’t work IMHO. Wondering what I choose?

What do you guys think?

Pope Francis is in the house, the White House that is

Pope Francis shakes hands with Vice President Joe Biden along with U.S. President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and other political and Catholic church leaders after arriving from Cuba September 22, 2015 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Francis will be visiting Washington, New York City and Philadelphia during his first trip to the United States as Pope.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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Fox News Republican Debate

The Republican candidates take to the stage:

 

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Five Fab Fotos with Susan Angstadt, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Many of you may remember that our friend Susan was featured in “Five Fab Fotos” last year and now she has just started a new blog titled “Reading Revealed“.

Here’s a little bit from her “About me” page:

I’m a photographer at the Reading Eagle. I grew up in Spring Township, moved to New York City for 14 years, and now have lived in Reading, Pa., for the past 12 years.

With this blog I photograph the people of Reading and get to know them by having them answer one intimate question about themselves. I ask questions such as:

  • What is your greatest achievement?
  • What was the happiest moment of your life?
  • What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
  • What is your greatest struggle?

Looking forward to some great posts!

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Meet Susan Angstadt, Staff Photojournalist for the Reading Eagle:

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I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania – in the backyard of Amish country – and have worked as a photojournalist at the Reading Eagle newspaper since 2001. After earning a degree in film production from Hunter College in New York City, I studied photography at the International Center of Photography, also in NYC. My love for journalism started while living in the Hasidic area of Williamsburg Brooklyn where I was fascinated by the culture. This was further enhanced by a class I took at ICP called “documenting a community” where I went to Columbus Park in Chinatown nearly every day for weeks to document the people who practiced Tai Chi or played poker. As a photojournalist I have won numerous awards, including four Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors awards. In my spare time, I enjoy photographing anything cute and furry, older…

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Cleopatra’s Needles

After living in New York City for almost 2.5 years, I finally made out to visit the obelisk in Central Park.  I was running an errand on the UES, and figured since I close by I should stop.  The obelisk known as “Cleopatra’s Needle” is one of a pair.   The other half-lives in London.   While working in Covent Garden, I would visit the other “Cleopatra’s Needle” usually after work.  I also have visited the needle in Paris, which is not part of this NYC/London pair, but is part of a pair that marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple.

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The Central Park obelisk is located behind the MET or basically E. 82nd street. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

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The surface of the stone is heavily weathered, nearly masking the rows of Egyptian hieroglyphs engraved on all sides. Photographs taken near the time the obelisk was erected in the park show that the inscriptions or hieroglyphs, as depicted below with translation,[15] were still quite legible and date first from Thutmosis III (1479–1425 BC) and then nearly 300 years later, Ramesses II the Great (1279–1213 BC). The stone had stood in the clear dry Egyptian desert air for nearly 3000 years and had undergone little weathering. In a little more than a century in the climate of New York City, pollution and acid rain have heavily pitted its surfaces. In 2010, Dr. Zahi Hawass, sent an open letter to the president of the Central Park Conservancy and the Mayor of New York City insisting on improved conservation efforts. If they are not able to properly care for the obelisk, he has threatened to “take the necessary steps to bring this precious artifact home and save it from ruin.” Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra's Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII - HISTORY OF OBELISK.  Wikipedia Commons

Translation of NYC Central Park Cleopatra’s Needle hierglyphics “Egypt and its Betrayal” by Elbert E. Farman, 1908. Chapters XIV-XV documents the history of the New York City obelisk from its origins to how it came to rest in Central Park. E. E. Farman was the US Consul at Cairo who secured the obelisk for the United States and New York City Graphic from Page 191, Chapter XVII – HISTORY OF OBELISK. Wikipedia Commons

Paris, France

The Paris Needle (“L’aiguille de Cléopâtre”) is in the Place de la Concorde. The centre of the Place is occupied by the giant Egyptian obelisk decorated with hieroglyphs exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II. Along with its twin (still in situ), it once marked the entrance to the Luxor Temple. The ruler of Egypt and Sudan, Muhammad Ali, presented the 3,300-year-old Luxor Obelisk to France in 1826. Wikipedia Commons Photo by Arturo Fernandez

I couldn’t find any of my photos of Cleopatra’s Needle in London, so I leave you with the next best thing.

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Cleopatra’s Needle Wenlock, located in Victoria Embankment Gardens, London. Photo by Arturo Fernandez

To learn more about the obelisks be sure to visit Wikipedia.

Five Fab Fotos with Jon Williams, A Visual Conversation with Imaginative Professionals

Meet Jon Williams, Outdoor Sports Photographer and Filmmaker:

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Jon’s passion for photography and video comes from his father’s influence as a professional photographer (Jeremy Williams) and he grew up surrounded by cameras and photos. The combination of this and living on the North Wales coast inevitably led to a love of outdoor sports and landscape photography which feature heavily in his portfolio.  Jon graduated from the University of Bath in 2010 and has since done various work for companies including Apple, Red Bull, Sky Sports and N-Photo Magazine.

All Photos © Jon Williams

For more info: www.jon-w.com

Jamie Cliff Drop

1. I took this photo of Team GB snowboarder Jamie Barrow on a University ski trip to Val Thorens in France. He was only 17 at the time and a rising star in the world of snowboard racing. We happened to be sharing a room on the trip and I could tell that he was not only a great snowboarder but he had a real passion for pushing his limits. I think Jamie liked this photo as we have been working together ever since and the projects I have done with him have really helped shape my career.

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2. This is a photo I took of my younger brother Harry riding his mountain bike in North Wales where we grew up. I was very lucky to grow up here and I spent my childhood mountain biking and climbing in Snowdonia. I am at my happiest when I’m in the mountains, doing something active and ideally capturing it with my camera!

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3. This is my dad, Jeremy, when he was about 25, holding his first SLR camera. He worked as a professional photographer for most of his 20s in London and I grew up surrounded by his cameras and photos. My dad particularly likes the technical side of photography – having a real understanding of the camera’s settings and the way it works. This appreciation for the technology behind photography has rubbed off on me and I’m proud to say I’m a big camera geek!

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4. In late 2010 I’d graduated from University and was working in Australia as a forensic psychologist, doing photography only as a hobby. Whilst I was looking for an upgrade to my old Nikon D100, I came across this video of Chase Jarvis road testing the new Nikon D7000. I was instantly hooked on Chase’s YouTube channel and it’s fair to say his videos changed my life. Within a few months, I had bought the D7000, quit my job and was following my passion for photography and video.

5. My latest video was the biggest and craziest project I’ve worked on so far – I filmed snowboarder Jamie Barrow setting the world snowboard speed record with electric jet engines on St Moritz Lake in Switzerland. I filmed the majority of the video with my Nikon D7000 showing just how impressive the video mode is on this Nikon DSLR camera. The video has gone down very well on the internet thanks to some major websites picking it up and I’m really hoping it’ll mean I can continue to make these fun and interesting films in the future.