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October 2016

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#ThanksPapi

Written by , Posted in Baseball, Boston, Canon 7D, Massachusetts, Sports, Travel

David Ortiz prepping to bat edit 2 - photo by Renel Holton

David Ortiz aka Big Papi will easily go down as one of Boston’s best players.  You already know I’m a Red Sox fan so I made a trip to a trip to Fenway to see the Big Papi before he retired.

The 3-time World Series champion and 10-time All-Star is having one of the best years for a retiring player, helping clinch the American League East.

David Ortiz aka Big Papi on deck edit 2 - photo by Renel Holton

David Ortiz standing in the on deck circle.

David Ortiz walking to plate edit 1 - photo by Renel Holton

I went to a late season game against the Tampa Bay Rays.  This is the closest I’ve ever sat at a game!  My seat was behind home plate looking down the first base line.

David Ortiz at bat edit 2

Thanks Papi!!! Now lets get another World Series!

David Ortiz standing alone at plate edit 2 - photo by Renel Holton

Wednesday

14

September 2016

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Seneca (IL) Barns

Written by , Posted in Canon 7D, Illinois, Seneca

I visited these three barns while on a production shoot in Seneca, Illinois.

Secena Illinois barn #1 - photo by Renel Holton

Love the wood textures here!

barn in Seneca, Illinois - photo by Renel Holton

I found the stacked wood after crawling in a little nook inside the barn.

stacked wood in a in Seneca, Illinois barn - photo by Renel Holton

I noticed this one while driving.  I went back the next day as the storm clouds rolled in.

weathered barn in Seneca, Illinois - photo by Renel Holton

Wednesday

27

January 2016

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Inside the Washington Monument

Written by , Posted in Aerial, Canon 7D, Washington DC

Washington Monument / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_3089

After all these years living in the Washington, DC area I finally took the opportunity to go inside the Washington Monument.  It’s been reopened to the public for about seven months after being closed for 32 month of repairs due to damage from 2011 5.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the area.

I went on one of the coldest days of the year but was able to stand in the lodge to keep warm.  After going through security there’s a small hallway where you wait for the elevator.  After a short wait I was on my way up 500 feet to the observation level.

East: US Capitol

The National Mall is currently under maintenance  but it’s still a great view towards the Capitol.  The buildings on the left with the red tops house the US Treasury Department.US Capitol / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_3010

Here’s a closer view with the Supreme Court behind to the left and the Library of Congress to the right.

US Capitol / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_3030

US Capitol from the Washington Monument facing east.

NMAAHC / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_3041

National Museum of African American History and Culture Museum from the Washington Monument.

West: Lincoln Memorial

The Lincoln Memorial is one of my favorite memorials!

Lincoln Memorial / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2982

Lincoln Memorial / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_3049

Tip: Same-day tickets are on a first come first serve basis at the back window of Washington Monument Lodge.  You can also reserve tickets in advance online for a small service fee and shipping costs.  The tour wasn’t crowded when I went but during spring and summer months tickets go quickly.

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Wednesday

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August 2015

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VIDEO: My First Stearman Flight

Written by , Posted in Adventure, airplane, Bealeton, Canon 7D, Samsung Galaxy EK-GC110, Transportation, Video, Virginia

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

I went to the Flying Circus Balloon Festival (see photos here) thinking I would take a balloon ride, but worked up the courage to take a flight in the open cockpit Stearman biplane (also known as a PT17).  The one I flew in was built in the 1940s, and is the same style plane the Tuskegee Airman used to train on for World War II.

I was nervous since this was my first time in an open cockpit plane, but I’m so glad to have had this experience!!  It was better than riding a roller coaster.

Have you ever taken an open cockpit flight?  Let me know your experience in the comments.  Here’s a quick video I shot during the flight.

My pilot got me as close as possible to the balloons so I could get great shots.
view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2368

It was about a 10 minute ride at 3,000 feet with an amazing view!

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2320

view from 1940s Stearman flight at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival / photo by Renel Holton / www.renelholton.com / IMG_2345

Steven Glintz, one of the other photographers at the meet up, was kind enough to snap this photo of me as I was taking a photo of my pilot in the mirror after I landed.

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

My first open cockpit flight in a BT17 Stearman at the Flying Circus Balloon Festival in Bealeton, VA. (Photo by Steven Glintz.)

(Featured photo by Steven Glintz)
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