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NCAA Tournament at UD Arena: First Four

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

In March, the University of Dayton and UD Arena were privileged to host not only the NCAA Division I First Four but also the second and third rounds. With UD Arena being my home arena, I got to shoot it all. What an opportunity to shoot a lot of basketball!

For the start of this year’s tourney, UD Arena hosted North Carolina A&T vs Liberty, Middle Tennessee vs St. Mary’s (Calif.), LIU Brooklyn vs James Madison University, & Boise State vs La Salle. While they weren’t the most talented teams in the country, it was fun to have four games over the two evenings with the arena all NCAA’d out.

Here are my favorites from the eight hours of games from March Madness’ First Four.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Liberty's Andrew Smith catches a pass for an alley-oop during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Middle Tennessee State's Neiko Hunter shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against Saint Mary's at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Middle Tennessee State's Tavares Speaks (14) tries to shoot as a Saint Mary's defender pressures during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Saint Mary's won 67-54.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders shoots during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's Tavares Speaks covers his face as he walks off the court following a one point loss to North Carolina A&T during an opening round NCAA tournament game at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

Liberty's John Caleb Sanders lays on the baseline after he missed a game-winning shot with less than two seconds remaining during an opening round NCAA tournament game against North Carolina A&T at UD Arena, March 19, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. NCAT won 73-72.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Boise State's Anthony Drmic reacts after the final seconds expire during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

LIU Brooklyn's Jamal Olaseware walks off the court after a loss during an NCAA tournament first round game against James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

General view during an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio.

Combo of shoes during  an NCAA tournament first round game between La Salle University and Boise State at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. La Salle won, 80-71.

JMU's Andre Nation (15) blocks LIU's C.J. Reed during an NCAA tournament first round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison University at UD Arena, March 20, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. JMU won, 68-55.

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Atlantic 10 basketball at Barclays Center: Part I

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

In March, I had the opportunity to go to Brooklyn to cover the Atlantic 10 tournament at the brand new Barclays Center. The University of Dayton got knocked out in the first round, but I stayed around through the championship and made pictures. The facility is amazing– the media work room, the media meals, the court, the architecture, etc. I’m really looking forward to going back in March 2014. After a busy semester, here is part 1 of 2:

University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) trips during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) grabs a rebound during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) closes his eyes as he came off the floor late during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) hides his face as the final seconds expire during a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) reacts after the final seconds expired after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

From left, University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson and redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard hang their heads during a post game press conference after a game against Butler University at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York. Butler won, 73-67, and advances in the Atlantic 10 tournament.

Xavier University junior Isaiah Philmore reacts to losing to Saint Joseph's in the Atlantic 10 tournament, 58-57, at Barclays Center, March 14, 2013, in Brooklyn.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Melvin Johnson lays a ball in during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

The Virginia Commonwealth University bench reacts to a 3-pointer during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

Virginia Commonwealth University's Justin Tuoyo tries to grab a ball being inbounded during a game against Saint Joseph's during the Atlantic 10 tournament at Barclays Center, March 15, 2013, in Brooklyn. VCU won, 82-79.

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© 2013 Ethan Klosterman


Dayton falls at Xavier… yet again

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) shoots while getting pressure from Xavier University's Isaiah Philmore during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

The Xavier University student section holds up posters of the presidents who have been in office since the University of Dayton men's basketball team won against Xavier in Cincinnati during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

UD hasn’t won against Xavier on their on turf since Jan. 10, 1981. Jimmy Carter was president then. The streak continued last night as they lost, 66-61.

From left, junior electrical engineering major Wade Schroeder and junior pre-medicine major Alex Bertke look over the court before a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) passes during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University forward Jeff Robinson goes up for a dunk over University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller yells to his team during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) shoots while getting pressure from Xavier University's Isaiah Philmore during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) drives to the basket during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton redshirt senior guard Kevin Dillard (1) is blocked by Xavier University forward Justin Martin during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) shoots during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

Xavier University guard Semaj Christon gets pressured during a shot by University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) and freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) during a game at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

The University of Dayton bench reacts after a Musketeer basket late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) reacts as the seconds tick down late in the second half during a game against Xavier University at Cintas Center, Jan. 30, 2013, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Xavier won 66-61.

© 2013 Ethan Klosterman.


Dayton snaps Murray State’s 16-game streak

Murray State University senior guard Isaiah Canaan (3) dunks after a fast break during a game against the University of Dayton at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

The University of Dayton brought Murray State University’s 16-game road winning streak to a skidding halt, Dec. 22. The Racers came in as favorites considering its 75-58 win against UD last year and its advancement to the round of 32 in this past NCAA tournament. UD, coming off a one point loss to Illinois State four days earlier, played all out and surprised a lot of people with a 77-68 win. It was easily the most exciting game the Flyers have played at home thus far this season. The 12,500+ fans inside UD Arena were as loud as I’ve heard them in many games. It was electric!

Tech note: I set up a post remote with a D300s and a 17-35mm f/2.8 set to 17mm (thanks, Erik!) and got lucky a few times. I was also shooting with the Nikon D800e and some different glass for the game (thanks, Isaac!). Word to the wise: if you’re shooting the D800 for sports, make sure you have big CF/SD cards. Those ~37mb RAW files fill up cards very quickly, but the 36 gorgeous megapixels are a welcome change from the usual 12! Cropping heaven!

Murray State University senior guard Isaiah Canaan (3) dunks after a fast break during a game against the University of Dayton at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt senior forward and center Josh Benson (2) pumps his fist as he comes off the floor late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1) battles for rebound with University of Dayton freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre (21) during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) dunks during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton freshman forward and center Jalen Robinson (12) holds up his hands as UD junior forward Devin Oliver (5) falls down after Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) tried to put up a shot during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller pulls freshman forward Dyshawn Pierre off the court during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays in a ball as Murray State University senior forward Ed Daniel (2) puts on pressure at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) grab at a rebound during a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

The University of Dayton student section cheers late in the second half during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

Murray State University senior forward Stacy Wilson (1), senior forward Ed Daniel (2) and University of Dayton freshman forward and center Devon Scott (40) vie for  a rebound during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) shoots over Murray State University freshman forward Erik McCree (14) in the first half of a game at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) lays a ball in during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton head coach Archie Miller talks to assistant coach Kevin Kuwik, left, on the sideline during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

University of Dayton junior forward Devin Oliver (5) and redshirt junior guard Vee Sanford (43) react after the final buzzer during a game against Murray State University at UD Arena, Dec. 22, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. UD won 77-68.

© 2012 Ethan Klosterman


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden campaign in Dayton, Ohio

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

On the afternoon following the final debate of the 2012 election season, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden held a joint rally in Dayton, Ohio, on Oct. 23 at Triangle Park. This was the first time the president and VP campaigned together at the same public event all year.

A crowd of approximately 9,500 people came out to see the duo in the park just a few minutes outside of downtown Dayton. The speeches by Biden and Obama were full of zingers about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s performance in Monday’s foreign policy debate.

An Obama/Biden supporter holds up a sign during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama waves to supporters as he walks on stage during a rally in front of an estimated 9,500 people at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Supporters hold signs and take photos during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama displays a pamphlet that outlines his plans during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama gestures during a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

A young woman holds up a sign reading "Iranians against Iran's nuclear proliferation" as President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally in front of an estimated 9,500 people at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

A young woman takes a photo of President Barack Obama as he greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

President Barack Obama greets supporters after speaking at a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

Supporters wave to President Barack Obama and Vice President at the end of a rally at Triangle Park, Oct. 23, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. This was the first public event to feature both the president and the vice president anywhere in the country this year.

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First lady Michelle Obama campaigns in Dayton

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.
Ohio’s a battleground state. We all know that. Lucky for me that Dayton always seems a stop on the campaign bus tours. When I heard that Michelle Obama would be visiting Dayton, actually less than two miles from my house, I knew I should probably get there. I sent off a credential request on Friday, and by Monday morning, I was confirmed and given instructions.

Last time I saw a part of an election year campaign, I was a senior in high school.  I was able to snag tickets to the McCain rally at the Ervin J. Nutter Center in Fairborn, Ohio, where the senator surprised the crowd and country by introducing Sarah Palin as his running mate on the Republican ticket. A few weeks later, I was able to sign myself out of school for a self-led “enrichment activity” (a rally) for Barack Obama that was held just blocks from my school, at Fifth Third Field.

The first lady’s visit didn’t mean near as much campaign-wise as the previous rallies I’ve been to. This is more of a practice run. I know Obama and his opponent Mitt Romney will be visiting Dayton at least once before November. I’m planning on doing everything in my control to be at those events. This is a practice run. A little less security (I presume), a lot less buzz, a lot less people, and a lot less media.

Part one of the day was dropping my gear off so that bomb-sniffing dogs and extra-thorough Secret Service agents could rummage through my bag to make sure I didn’t have any bazookas modded to fit in my 70-200. Rest assured, I didn’t.

The doors opened to the media at  1:15 p.m. The press releases indicated that the event may begin around 3:10 p.m. I was a bit doubtful of that. Considering it’s not the president, I arrived at 1:45 pm. which is a half hour before the doors for the general public were supposed to close. A quick, no-line, easy check by security, and I was in. Still over an hour away, I had nothing pressing to do since I wasn’t on deadline. I live-tweeted photos and info, looked for angles, and generally wandered around before things finally started up. Thank God for iPhones.

Cameramen sit and wait for First Lady Michelle Obama to arrive at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio.

The first speakers took the stage a couple minutes past 3 p.m., but it wasn’t until 3:49 p.m. that FLOTUS emerged from behind the curtain. I’m not complaining about her being late. I’ve heard stories of some politicians over the years being multiple hours late for events.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to a crowd of about 1,800 at a campaign stop at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

President Obama supporters wait for First Lady Michelle Obama to arrive at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to supporters at a campaign event at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama hugs a child after her speech at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

First Lady Michelle Obama reaches out to a child after speaking to a crowd of about 1,800 at the Dayton Convention Center, July 24, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. The First Lady was introducing her "It Takes One" mobilization program for supporters and volunteers in preparation for the November presidential election.

She was done working the rope line at 4:34 p.m., and it was my time to head home. Overall, it was a solid, small-scale warm-up to when the president and Romney roll into town in the coming months. Now if only next time I can get access to the open area immediately in front of the stage like AP and others…

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Beginning of the EuroTour: Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal boat The Netherlands

Amsterdam canal boat The Netherlands After all of my exams were taken and essays submitted, it was time to begin a big adventure. A few months before, my dad accepted my invitation to come to Europe to visit me after classes were done. We decided to do a big European tour by train. The specific Eurail pass we got allowed us to travel unlimited miles and through any of the 23 countries in which the pass was valid during ten 24-hour periods within 15 days. With that constraint in mind, we planned a long route through Europe beginning May 29 and ending back in Madrid from where we would both fly home on June 15.

First city: Amsterdam

Our first travel day was spent flying (the only airplane leg of the journey) from Madrid to Brussels, Belgium on May 29. From there, we would start our train adventures and end the day by arriving in Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

ryanair

We flew from Madrid to Brussels Charleroi on Ryanair. It my first experience with one of the discount airlines. The 3-hour flight north was different. From the minute that the doors to the cabin were secured, a team of flight attendants were on the loud speaker informing passengers about different kinds of things we could buy during the flight. This wasn’t the typical “we have sandwiches and liquor” pitch. They tried to hawk things like magazines, food, water, perfume, smokeless cigarettes, and lottery tickets. To add on to the annoyance of the constant sales speeches, I was sitting in the middle of two people (one being my Dad). Ryanair definitely doesn’t give any more legroom that is likely mandated by law. As a 6-foot 5-inch guy, I had zero room to move or stretch out. Thankfully, the flight was so short.

Rain falls on a commuter train station, May 29, 2012, in Charleroi, Belgium.

After arriving at rainy Charleroi and catching a bus to the train station, we began what would be a journey filled with train ride after train ride in city after city.

After a brief layover-turned-photowalk in Brussels proper, we were on our way to see the Belgian and Dutch countrysides on our train to The Netherlands. It was interesting to see the landscape change from flat farm fields to watery canals as we made our way farther north.

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A parking lot is seen from train tracks, May 29, 2012, in The Netherlands.

A line of trees is seen, May 29, 2012, in The Netherlands.

A mother and her child ride a bike through downtown Amsterdam, May 30, 2012, in The Netherlands.

We arrived in Amsterdam late, so we found our hotel and grabbed a quick bite to eat, and called it a night.

The first things I noticed in Amsterdam were bicycles. Men, women, old, young–all riding bikes. It was amazing to see a place where bikes greatly outnumber cars by such a large margin. I’ve seen estimates of the number of bikes in the city around 550,000. It’s amazing considering the population is around 720,000.

People walk through a street market, May 30, 2012, in Amsterdam.

Escalator Centraal Amsterdam

I found some great lines in Amsterdam Centraal (yes two As) station.

Amsterdam Centraal Station Ceiling

A car is seen parked on the sidewalk, May 30, 2012, in Amsterdam.

fashion handbag in a window Dam Square Amsterdam

Amsterdam canal boat The Netherlands

This is one of my favorite frames from the whole trip. It was amazing how much light there was at 10 p.m. even with the clouds!

Bike blur, photography panning

HIV sign

This is one way to attract customers to a store.

Amsterdam was a great place to start our adventure. I loved the canals running through the city and the gazillions of bikes around every turn. This visit was a good warm up to a longer stay that I hope to have there in the future.

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El Rastro

bean bags

bean bags I went to the El Rastro, the weekly flea market and walked around a bit. Here’s what I saw.

El Rastro Madrid Spain Vendors set up tables and racks all along this tree-lined street in addition to a couple surrounding ones. I wasn’t going for the shopping, but there were a few thousand roaming among the hundreds of tents.

newspaper man costume What!? He’s reading a newspa-what? Newspaper?  Is that one of those things that come from trees and have yesterday’s news? How’d he find one of those? That’s definitely worthy of tossing a few coins in his cup.

Flags hang from a tent at El Rastro, May 6, 2012, in Madrid.

The following frames are from various outings from previous weeks, not El Rastro.

A bird goes in to grab a piece of food Madrid I was taking a break in front of the Prado museum during a walk and noticed some pretty tame, hungry birds hopping around. I set up my camera with a MF 55mm f/3.5 macro lens and attached a cable release. While on continuous high speed, I lined my hand up with where I had the focus set. Once one of my feathered friends slipped into the sliver of in-focus area and came in to grab the food from my fingers, I hammered down on the release. This is the result.

Customers walk in Alcampo in Madrid Snap from my grocery store, Alcampo, in Madrid.

Comillas Pontifical University clock tower This is Comillas Pontifical University’s most recognized architectural feature. It’s equivalent to UD’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.


Walking the line

Arches on blue sky Madrid

I went out for a walk around town looking for lines. I found some.

Arches on blue sky Madrid

These arches were one block away from my flat in Madrid!

Puerta de Atocha trains

This is the Puerta de Atocha train station in downtown Madrid. It was the site of the terrorist bombing back in 2004 that killed 191 people.

I saw a picture online of this station when I first came to Madrid, and it took me months to finally get to the area. The station and surrounding buildings have lines, lines, and more lines. I highly recommend it to photographers visiting Madrid. And I didn’t even get talked to or stopped by any overzealous, First Amendment-trampling rent-a-cops or police officers like I would surely have encountered in the States! Fantastic!

Sky through the Puerta de Atocha Renfe station ceiling in Madrid.

Puerta de Atocha Renfe station in Madrid

Atocha Renfe station Madrid

Puerta de Atocha Renfe station Madrid

walking black and white Congreso de los Diputados Madrid

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Semana Santa (Part 4 of 4)

Plaza de Espana boats

Easter Sunday Mass at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral? OK, I guess so.

After staying up late with my friends (coincidentally ran into them at the hostel), we were out the door before the sun was even through its last REM cycle. The mission objective: (good) seats. Our recon reported that Mass started around 9. We figured we’d need lead time of maybe an hour to beat the crowd on the most important day of the year at the third-largest church in the world within a very Catholic country. We wound our way through the streets of Sevilla and made it to the cathedral with plenty of time. By this time, the maintenance man was still doing his last-minute power washing of the side entrance.

Lamp at Cathedral

By 8:05 a.m., our side entrance finally opens. We’re there in plenty of time. We walk in and boom. This place is huge! While I haven’t seen the other biggest churches in the world, this one was certainly not your grandmother’s church.

It even is the home to Christopher Columbus’ tomb? Not too shabby.

After a few minutes of ohh-ing and ahh-ing at the tall, vaulted ceilings and seeing the processions pass through the church (see below), we started to think something was up. Why haven’t any priests been seen? There are only 40 people coming to Mass? It is Easter, right? After some murmurs move through the small congregation, we finally get word that our Internet-recon was bad. God gave us bad intel!? Mass starts at 11?! You mean we didn’t have to wake up at 5 a.m.? Awesome.

Brotherhood in costume

After blowing some time by filling our grumbling bellies with food and coffee at a restaurant around the corner, the time had finally come.

This time around, a familiar incense fragrance floated throughout the church as people were packing in and the organ began to bellow.

This time the two girls (two of our friends bailed after breakfast for naps back at the hostel) and I got seats in the second row on one of the wings. Not too shabby.

After songs- some familiar, some not- a few bows, a handful of handshakes, and a few faintly muttered Spanish phrases, I made it. First Spanish Mass= mission accomplished. Bonus points for it being on Easter… even if it does perpetuate the “Christmas and Easter Catholic” stereotype. If only Fr. Gene was still leading Sunday Mass at UD…

After some lunch and relaxing, I decided I had to find a place called Plaza de España that everyone was raving about. (I had hoped to stumble upon it the day prior.)

Plaza de Espana boats

Plaza de Espana arches

Plaza de Espana silhouette

Plaza de Espana from above

Spanish Flag

I could have spent hours there watching the light and shadows change. So many great lines, colors, and architecture. You might have recognized it from Star Wars Episode II.

After sweating it out in the Plaza, my friends and I had reservations for a flamenco show at a museum. Yes, the purists out there will scream and shout about that not being real flamenco, but hey, finding the authentic stuff was harder than it seems. While it probably wasn’t the world’s greatest, it was still an enjoyable way to finish up our last evening in Sevilla.

Flamenco dancer in motion

Flamenco dancers in Sevilla

After a pleasant dinner at an Italian restaurant near the cathedral, we ended up walking to Plaza de España again. I was only able to squeeze off maybe a couple dozen frames while trying to cradle my camera on the curved, colored, ceramic railing before a security guard scooted us out of the park due to closing time. I would have really liked to have had time to run to the hostel for my tripod and spend some quality time playing with the lights and water reflections. Next time, perhaps.

Plaza de Espana at night

With that, it was back to the hostel for some sleep, packing up and riding the high-speed AVE through the beautiful southern countryside to Madrid.

Spain = superb.