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6 Tips to Create a Starburst Effect in Your Photos

6 Tips to Create a Starburst Effect in Your Photos

A few years back when shooting a sunset I got a really cool starburst effect, I admit it, by accident :-). But then it became my obsession to recreate it and learn more about it. So, after doing a ton of research and testing, I narrowed tips down to six key things. In case you’re wondering, you cannot get starburst effect on your phone, at least not as good as an a camera. I’ve tried and looked into it, but…

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The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

The Ultimate Oregon Coastline Roadtrip

Recently, I had an opportunity to drive the Oregon coastline from California to Washington. It stretches for 363 magnificent miles and is one of the most scenic and relaxing drives I’ve ever done. While Central/Northern California coastline is still my all-time favorite, Oregon is a close second. The two coastlines are also very different, Oregon has more sandy beaches, giant sand dunes, interesting rock formations, fantastic tidal pools and lush greenery. Coastal communities vibrate with character, artistry and great fresh…

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Architectural Tour of Chicago

Architectural Tour of Chicago

If you’re like me and love seeing intricate architecture and historical buildings, you should definitely plan a trip to Chicago on the Architecture Foundation’s (CAF) of Chicago Open House weekend. The 2018 Open House will be October 13-14. This free event provides behind-the-scenes access to more than 200 buildings in 22 communities across Chicago. The list includes skyscrapers, historic theaters, private clubs, offices, churches, re-purposed mansions, etc. You can check out previous years’ sites here for full listing. The 2018…

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Top 10 places to visit in Ireland

Top 10 places to visit in Ireland

Ireland is full of rich history, old glory and natural beauty. Recently, we got to spend 10 days exploring the entire island and it was a wonderful trip. We saw so many amazing places that picking top 10 was truly a challenge. From amazing cliff ocean views, to fairy tale castles and ruins, Ireland is a truly magical place with rich and vibrant history. Here is a list of my favorites for various reasons: 1. Rock of Cashel The Rock…

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Driving in Ireland – Keep your Instincts in Check

Driving in Ireland – Keep your Instincts in Check

On our trip to Ireland we decided to rent a car for most of the trip, except for our time in Dublin. We looked at different options and because we were there in September, outside of the tourist season and I have lived/driven in Europe before, we thought we could handle the left-side driving and narrow roads. We definitely made the right decision for us, but we had our adventures with it too. Here are a few things to keep…

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Weekend in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

Weekend in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula

We booked a trip to Seattle and then started researching surrounding areas to check what was worth seeing. Right away Olympic Peninsula came on our radar and the more we looked into it, the more we wanted to explore it. So, our city trip to Seattle turned into a nature trip to the Olympic Peninsula – that happens a lot to us :-). We flew into Seattle in the afternoon and drove 2.5 hours to Quinault Valley area for our…

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Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

Three Days in Tahoe in Summertime – Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    Our three days in Tahoe area were part of a larger roadtrip that included visiting Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Mountain. Lake Tahoe was the last stop on our roadtrip. Day 4 | Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay Total drive time: 3 hours and 15 minutes* Lake Tahoe is a large lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. At a surface elevation of 6,225 ft, it straddles the border between California and Nevada. Lake Tahoe is the largest alpine lake…

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One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

One Day in Mammoth, California in Summertime – Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This day-trip to Mammoth Mountain was part of a longer roadtrip that included Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe area. We stayed in Bridgeport and ventured to Mammoth for a day of hiking and sightseeing. While Mammoth Mountain is known as a winter paradise for skiers, it’s also amazing in the summertime. Day 3 | Mammoth Total drive time:  4 hours and 30 minutes* We spent a day at Mammoth Mountain. It’s a lava dome complex west of…

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Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

Two Days in Yosemite in Summertime – Part 1

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Epic Yosemite, Mammoth and Tahoe Roadtrip in the Summer

    This trip started as an addition of a few days in Yosemite during a business trip to San Jose. But, once we started researching the area, we kept adding new attractions and days. So all in all, we spent 6 days in three unbelievably distinct spots – each with its own beauty. We started in Yosemite National Park, then spent a day in Mammoth and finally three days in Lake Tahoe area. While Yosemite is still my favorite…

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Iceland Packing Essentials – Traveling in Spring Time

Iceland Packing Essentials – Traveling in Spring Time

Iceland is the land of unpredictable weather so your packing list has to include lots of layers. In addition, the heated indoors are really warm and outside is really cold and windy, so you will be putting on and removing your layers a lot. To be honest, we didn’t pack efficiently for this trip. We both ended up with huge check-in suitcases and never wore half of the stuff we brought. So, we have lots of lessons learned. Here are…

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