been there, shot that: Blog en-us Stephen Kent (been there, shot that) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT been there, shot that: Blog 89 120 Costa Rica, Southwest Parks, Florida In February I spent about 3 weeks in Costa Rica photographing birds. The results are now available in a new gallery: I encountered lots of very colorful birds, over 300 species during this trip, although I did not manage to photograph all of them. Here are a few examples:


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Blue-crowned Motmot (m) 9944Turquoise-browed Motmot (m) 9944Turquoise-browed Motmot (m)

Quetzal (m, j) 8312Quetzal (m, j) 8312Quetzal (juvenile male)

In March/April I spent about 3 weeks shooting landscapes in national parks (Death Valley, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches) plus Monument Vally (a Navajo tribal park), and in Arizona slot canyons. This trip provided an opportunity to make good use of my new Canon 16-35mm f4 L IS lens. The most recent photos appear as later entries in each of these galleries in the U.S. Parks group:  

We spent more time in Capitol Reef than previously, and enjoyed generally good weather. A hike to the top of the Chimney Rock area provided a lot of exercise, and number of nice images, like the one below.

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We also spent more time in Death Valley than previously, and had better weather, although the wind was an issue some days. The shot below is at one of the most famous sites there, Zabriskie Point, at dawn, on one of those windy days.

Zabriskie Point 5889Zabriskie Point 5889Zabriskie Point @ Sunrise


Although many photo guides suggest shooting Mesa Arch at sunrise, I prefer an afternoon view, as below

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Finally, I had a great 2.5 week trip to Florida in April/May, which has resulted in a new gallery in the Birds/Florida group: This year yielded a nice set of images of a White Morph Reddish Egret at Fort DeSoto park, as well as a lot of flight shots.

White Morph Reddish Egret 1572White Morph Reddish Egret 1572White Morph Reddish Egret


Tricolor Heron 5436Tricolor Heron 5436Tricolor Heron in flight

Roseate Spoonbill 4000Roseate Spoonbill 4000Roseate Spoonbill about to land Purple Gallinule 4898Purple Gallinule 4898Purple Gallinule


I hope you enjoy these new additions to the site.



]]> (been there, shot that) Fri, 19 May 2017 02:04:54 GMT
Food "Porn" in Spain In later September and early October my wife and I were joined by two friends from Puerto Rico (Luis & Jackie) for two weeks of eating and drinking in various cites throughout Spain. We enjoyed a wide range of dishes, primarily at Michelin-starred restaurants. We spent a few days in Barcelona at the beginning and end of our trip, and travelled to Madrid, Segovia, Elciego, San Sebastian, and Girona in between. Consistent with our previous trips to Spain, we enjoyed very impressive, imaginative dishes that were beautifully presented, and which are considerably less expensive that comparable (Michelin star rating) restaurants in Italy and France. Most ion the wine lists were extensive and attractively priced, for both Spanish and French wines. Restaurants in very fancy hotels in Barcelona tended to demand higher prices for wines, but overall wine prices were excellent.

All but one of the galleries in Spain (2016) are identified by a copy of the menu from the restaurant, sometimes autographed. Akelare was the most challenging gallery, as they offered three tasting menus, and our group of four managed to cover all the bases, resulting in more food photos that any other restaurant!

Although several of the restaurants offered very impressive dining views, Alkimia (in Barcelona) wins the prize for for the most unusual foyer art, as show below:

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DiverXO, the only 3-star restaurant in Madrid, wins the prize for the oddest art in then dining area:

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If you enjoy the images in the new Spain (2016) group, you may want to examine the images from other dining trips in the BeenThereAteThat! section of the site.

Have fun,


]]> (been there, shot that) Sun, 13 Nov 2016 20:52:14 GMT
Epic 80º North Expedition Just back from almost three weeks in the Arctic aboard the National Geographic Explorer.

Our expedition visited the northern east coastal areas of Canada (around Baffin & Ellesmere Islands) and several spots along the west coast of Greenland.

Makinson Inlet 3452Makinson Inlet We enjoyed great weather for most of the trip, and were fortunate to have a number of marine mammal (polar bear, seal, walrus and whale) sitings. 

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Visit the "recently added" galleries on my home page to see images from this trip.

As always, comments and questions are welcome.

]]> (been there, shot that) arctic bearded seals bears humpback icebergs polar walrus whales Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:08:35 GMT