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Photos: Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, 2015

Egyptian badminton player in match against Palestine on Monday at the L.A. Convention Center. This was my best shot of the day -- a simple, uncluttered composition that hints at the international breadth of the Games. I'm not sure I've nailed the processing yet (might be a little dark). But it's close. 

Some of these I like better in black-and-white -- especially the ones taken in low light. Even though I was shooting with a camera good in low light (Nikon Df), I was using my cheapo and slow telephoto, a Nikon 70-300.  
Other photos do better in color because -- hey! -- it was a pretty colorful event. 

Here's an essay I wrote for Zocalo Public Square about the Special Olympics, along with some of these pics.

Photos from the past week that I like: 

More after the jump! 

Big Western Road Trip

Freighter, Columbia River
The peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains are in the distance.
Horse pasture near Stanley, Idaho
Sawooth Lake, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho
Fourth of July, Hailey, Idaho
Mule deer, Petit Lake, Sawtooth Nat Rec Area
I-84 ramp, eastern Oregon

Kayaking Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park

A woman kayaker gazes at the Grand Teton peak and other mountains while paddling near Colter Bay.
A kayaker on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton N.P. last week
Above is one of my favorite photos from my recent road trip. It was taken a few minutes outside Colter Bay on Jackson Lake in Grand Teton N.P. This was my second paddle of the day -- I first hit the water at 6:30 a.m. that morning when there was still some fog on the water and clouds over the mountains and the temperature was in the low 40s. It was great -- with calm water and I had the lake pretty much to myself. 

I highly recommend paddling in Grand Teton if you get the chance (permit details here if bringing your own boat; kayaks are also available for rent at Colter Bay). Next time I visit Jenny, String and Two Oceans lakes are on the agenda, among others. I had no idea there were so many paddling opps in the park. If camping, the Colter Bay campground is huge and apparently doesn't fill most days until late in the afternoon. It's a short drive and/or walk to the lake from many campsites -- the reason I was able to get my ass on the water so early in the a.m. It's a nice campground, although the sites are close together. 

I'm still processing pics from my big western road trip -- here's the work-in-progress gallery. And here's a previous post of the big road trip via iPhone/Hipstamatic pics.

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Road Trip on Hipstamatic

Loaded tots from the Dog House cart on Division Street in Portland.

Cupcakes in the Pearl District.

Powell's City of Books, Portland.

Fort Clatsop, near Astoria.

Old shipwreck, Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon.

Beach art, Fort Stevens.

Just got back from a drive that began in Portland and then visited Boise and Ketchum in Idaho, Pinedale and Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and then wound through Logan, Utah, before heading south to L.A. If we had arrived home one day earlier, my Subaru might have been fried in a wildfire that engulfed a truck and several cars on the 15 freeway in the Cajon Pass yesterday -- proving that L.A. is still finding innovative and novel ways to try to kill people and/or destroy their property.

I'm still working my way through the pics I shot with my Nikon (many of the same things seen below), but I also made a bunch of photographs using mostly the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone6. In fact, I like a lot of the shots more than some of the DSLR shots -- road trips demand a snapshot approach and that's exactly what the iPhone does best.

Here are some of my favorites above and below in chronological order....

Freighter, Columbia River near Fort Stevens.

Multnomah Falls, Oregon.

Bridge of the Gods, Cascade Locks, Oregon.

Full Sail Ale Pilsner, Hood River, Oregon.