Hi! My name is Lisa and I love to travel and document my adventures through photography. Currently, I work as a research analyst in several cancer studies, but I am always planning the next trip. I moved to Nashville, TN in 1997 with a friend where I got a job at a travel agency. This enabled me to go places I thought I would never see otherwise. My very first overseas trip was to Australia to see an old roommate. Several trips to Europe followed. In 2003, I met my husband, Jim. Luckily, he shared my love of travel. I would have not married him if he didn’t! While I enjoyed taking several rolls of film everywhere I went, it didn’t occur to me until 2009 to combine travel and photography on a more serious level. I got a second job so I could get a professional-grade camera, and it went everywhere with us. Since then, I have been trying to perfect my skills on location, with a few still-life and my cats thrown in. I would like to share stories behind the photos and hope that someone would like one of my images for themselves. I sell these on www.etsy.com/shop/longworldphotography. My husband is a great photographer also. You can see his work in this shop too. Thanks for taking a look!
Last year at this time, my husband and I took a
Christmas shopping trip to Chicago. Even though I
have done a lot of traveling, I have never traveled during
the Christmas season, and have always wanted to see
Chicago or NY for the decorations. Here are a few
I took of the lights along Michigan Avenue, and
ice skating at Millennium Park. A must do!
We rented an apartment in Positano, where 2 cats
were hanging out in the front courtyard. We have two
cats at home, and when we travel, I miss them terribly.
I decided these were going to be our Substitute
Italian Cats. I even named them. The black one is
Luciano, and the other is Niko. I don’t know if
they were stray, or just belonged to the neighbors.
We were very high up on the cliff, so that’s quite a
We went to Italy last month, and it was one of the best
vacations we ever had! I will start off with the first place we
stayed: Positano. We rented this lovely apartment
had the best view from our balcony. I would make tea
every morning, and just sit out there and enjoy the
boats on the water, or the village below. At night, we
could hear music from one of the restaurants. One
night we even heard a party boat in the water. They
were blasting dance music, and I am sure the whole
town heard it! Positano is a vertical city, with many
levels. One day my husband decided to count the steps
up to our apartment from the main street level (the beach is
a few levels down), and there were 443 steps! I can walk
on flat ground forever, but I was never good with uphill, or steps,
so it was a little challenge for me. But the view was so worth it!
If you go to the Amalfi coast, I recommend this place, or at least
I have done a few posts on my cat, Lou. I realized I never
did the same for my other baby, Max. I love him very much,
but he isn’t as funny as Lou. He is more my husband’s cat. If
Jim is out in the garage, Max will sit on the counter right by the
door and wait for him. But I wanted to give some attention
on my blog to Max. I renamed him “Rambo cat” because the other
day, he was running around like crazy and went to jump on a ledge
at the top of our stairs (on the second floor of our house), completely
missed, and fell to the first floor. He knocked the thermostat off the wall
on the way down. Jim and I were watching a movie, and when we ran
downstairs, he was hiding under the dining room table. He was
playing with his ball a few minutes later. I guess cats really do land
on their feet!
I just got Nik software’s Silver Efex pro 2! The bulk of my
work is black and white, and I got inspiration from another
blogger to improve on my favorite type of photography. The first
photo was done in photoshop, with a sepia filter, as I am quite
fond of sepia also. The second photo is using the software.
There are so many options, I have a hard time settling on the
final image, but this is what I ended up with. Look ok? My
photography club is holding a charity auction at the end of
September, and I am going to contribute it.
I learned something the other day. The famous building in Chicago with the diamond-shaped
roof is called the Smurfit-Stone Building. Who knew? I had just always called it the
Adventures in Babysitting building. Remember that scene where the little girl climbs
down the rope out of the window and is hanging there until her brother rescues her?
I personally think the scene was ruined when after he gets her, she says “Oh Brad”
in this breathy, creepy way no one should ever be saying their brother’s name.
Oh well, I love this movie anyway, and think its one of the classic movies of the
80’s (of course way down on the list from the Brat Pack movies).
I was out late one night and got a shot of an empty Van Buren train station.
The skyline with the Smurfit-Stone building in the background is a bonus,
in my opinion. What do you think of this movie?
Well, not really. But I am proud that I sold my first photo of my kitty, Lou.
I have some pictures of his paws on etsy.com, and someone else will
get to enjoy my photogenic cat. So I have show off other cute photos:)
Continuing Countdown to Italy 2012, I thought I would share a few pics from 2006.
Venice is a very beautiful city. We were surprised to see a lot graffiti in different
places, but that still didn’t affect its beauty. We stayed 3 nights, and it was bright and sunny
every day. A highlight of the trip includes discovering gnocci. Now I make it all the time!
Watching a glass-blowing demonstration on the island of Murano, where I bought my still
favorite earrings, going to the Venice film festival (but didn’t see anyone famous), and taking
a cruise down the Grand Canal. Now being in Venice, they say you should take a gondola ride.
We didn’t. It was really expensive, and just riding boats down the Grand Canal, and to other islands
was enough for us. One of the famous bridges in Venice include the Bridge of Sighs, which was
built in 1602. It connects the prison to the interrogation rooms in the Doge’s Palace. They say
prisoners passing over the bridge on their way to lock-up would sigh, knowing it was the last
time they would see the beautiful sights of Venice. One of the things that really helped me
appreciate the beauty and history of Venice was reading a book by John Berendt, called
there for 10 years and really got to know people in the city, which the characters in his book
are based on. I highly recommend a trip to Venice. It is truly a unique city.
Siena, which is not far from Florence. We wanted a smaller, more relaxing town to stay in, rather than navigating through a large city like Florence. One of my favorite days on this trip was the wine tasting
lunch. We booked it from home with a walking tour before arriving in Italy. I remember having lobster tail, I never eat lobster, but this was the best I ever had. It’s too easy to make it rubbery, but this was
perfect. We were in the Chianti region, so we were to taste 4 wines. Our hostess was Alessandra, and she treated us like we were her family. I apologize, I can’t find the name of the company we used.
I mentioned that I like dessert wine, so she went down to the cellar and brought a red and white up. Yum. We ended up shipping about 10 bottles of wine home, a couple we still haven’t opened!
Siena is a medieval town, surrounded by walls that is famous for its twice yearly horse race, Corsa del Palio, which goes around the main square, Piazza del Campo. One of the most beautiful churches in the town is the
Siena Duomo, which was built between 1215 and 1263. A distinguishing feature is the black and white striped pillars along with the walls of the clerestory. Part of our walking tour included a tour of the
nearby medieval hill town in Tuscany, San Gimignano. Since it is high in the hills, there are beautiful views of the Tuscan landscape. We were going to take a day trip to Florence, but never made it.
Instead, we rented a car and toured the Tuscan countryside, where we ended up in Pisa and Volterra (previous post). First time I had ever seen grape vines! So if you ever decide to visit Tuscany,
I recommend renting a car to explore on your own, if you don’t take part of a tour.
As my countdown to Italy continues, I am looking back at our first trip
together to Italy in 2006. We were staying in Siena for a few days, and decided
to rent a Smart car to explore Tuscany. We headed north to Pisa, and on the way
back, took a route closer to the coast. We were driving along and saw this town
high in the hills. We decided to stop and check it out. Wow, Volterra is a
beautiful little town overlooking Tuscany. We parked in a garage and started
walking around. Above the town, we saw a really cool building and wondered
what it was. It turned out to be the Medici Fortress, a high-security prison.
I found out later, that on Fridays, a gourmet restaurant inside is open to the
public served by inmates! It is quite popular, and reservations are required.
But we ate a different restaurant, and it was one of the best meals I had in Italy.
Volterra is known for selling items made of alabaster. Personally, I was not
interested in those souvenirs, even though they had some really nice things.
My favorite part was being able to see the sunset over the hills of Tuscany.
Some of the best things that happen on a trip were never planned!