Squeezed in a bit of a quick trip to New York; it had been a while. Instead of spending most of my time in Manhattan, which I've done in the past, I spent most of this trip in Queens. I have a friend there, and she knew I'd be looking for great opportunities for street photography. To that end, she took me to Jackson Heights, a neighborhood I'd never visited. It's got a large immigrant population, and it shows in the incredible number of ethnic restaurants, seemingly several on every block. I could easily have followed my nose all day, but I managed to keep clicking and come back with some shots I love. So many great faces everywhere I turned. Just for kicks, there's a few architecture shots at the end (and just a couple street portraits from the Manhattan side of the Brooklyn Bridge). I hope you enjoy these.
So, I was lucky enough to get to spend a week (or so) in Italy. It was, in fact, the never-ending series of photo-ops I'd always heard about. Traveling during the low season was amazing as far as the absence of other tourists, and I'd do it again the same way. The possible trade was that it was fall in the north, and who knew what the weather might bring. As a photographer, it didn't really matter; I was there for the street scenes (post to follow). But, the tourist in me was a little concerned that I might not get to come home with those shots full of all the amazing colors Italy has that I see again and again. Fortunately, the weather was more than cooperative given the season. We did encounter a few clouds, some fog and haze, but hardly enough to speak of. Anyway, I got the snapshots I wanted, and here they are. This is my playing tourist, I hope you enjoy a little of all that we saw.