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Greenville, SC In Photos

I've recently moved to South Carolina and my new home is now Greenville, SC. I've lived here a few weeks and so far I really enjoy this city. So here is a few photos I've taken of my new home over the past year or so of preparing for our move. 



Expect to see some reviews of the new area, restaurants and more in the future.

Downtown Greenville

Downtown Greenville

Reedy River - Downtown Greenville

Reedy River - Downtown Greenville

PHL to SAN

As this post goes up, I'm on my way to San Diego, California from Philadelphia. The plane was scheduled to take off at 7:40 am this morning with a direct transcon flight o San Diego. This trip is for work and I will only be in California for a few days to visit a supplier.



During the trip I will have the opportunity to take some photos and get back into the DSLR camera. For the past few trips, I have seemed to chronically forget my DSLR camera. While my camera phone does a great job now, it still can't properly replace a good camera. While in San Diego, the DSLR camera will make a great bit of difference.

The only remaining question is what do I take photos of in San Diego?

San Diego looks to have a wonderful beach front opportunity for photos. My cousin actually lives here and takes part in the surfing scene. He may be uniquely qualified to point me in the direction of some great beaches. The waterfront of the city seems like a natural place to shoot from. No matter where I end up in the city, I anticipate that some great shots will come out of it. So keep you eye on the blog and gallery here for some great new photos.

If anyone out there has any suggestions for great photo locations, or even some great restaurants, let me know and I'll try to get to both while in town.

Photo Adventure - Oregon

Last week was a chance for me to leave Philadelphia, head to the west coast and explore the area around where my Aunt and Uncle live. It had been many years, something like 15 years, since I was last out to visit them. It was definitely time to change that.



My Aunt and Uncle live on a grass airfield. Houses are located along it and multiple people have hangars on their property. Open the hangar, pull out the plane, jump in and fly away. It's a great idea, one I might want to take after in the future.

Anyways, it was a very enjoyable trip... enjoy my photo run through of my trip to Oregon.

The Morning Light Approaches the Plane

The Morning Light Approaches the Plane

US Airways A321 in Phoenix (PHX)

US Airways A321 in Phoenix (PHX)

Landing in Portland (PDX)

Landing in Portland (PDX)

Stearman Biplane My Uncle and I Flew To An Airshow

Stearman Biplane My Uncle and I Flew To An Airshow

In Flight Over the Columbia River

In Flight Over the Columbia River

Flying to the Airshow Over the Columbia River Dams

Flying to the Airshow Over the Columbia River Dams

Driving Back from the Airshow - Multnomah Falls

Driving Back from the Airshow - Multnomah Falls

An Old Railroad Bridge

An Old Railroad Bridge

Touring Covered Bridges of Oregon

Touring Covered Bridges of Oregon

The Propeller on a Staggerwing Aircraft

The Propeller on a Staggerwing Aircraft

Taking Off from Portland Very Early in the Morning... Homeward Bound

Taking Off from Portland Very Early in the Morning... Homeward Bound

Until my next trip in a week, hope you enjoyed!

The Last Few Weeks

   

The New Website

 

  First off, welcome to the newly revamped website. I switched hosting platforms back to Squarespace. Whenever anyone comes to me for advice on where to make a website, Squarespace is always my go to answer… and no this is not a paid endorsement.



 

     Last year I chose to do my own website, out of some interest in learning how to program HTML5 and CSS3. If any of you have been to my website in the past, you may have seen the fruits of that labor. Blogs become a difficult thing to manage however and I am not a huge fan of the WordPress engine that I was forced to use, as a result it laid dormant and I eventually removed it.

 

     Now that I am back on Squarespace, hopefully this will allow everything to run a little bit smoother and keep everyone up to date. It will also allow the gallery pages to stay up to date with new photos with far more ease than I had before.

 

 

     So on to the topic at hand. After life took me in a different direction for the beginning of this year, I had fallen away from photography to focus on other things. Now I am back at it, quickly reminded of why I love photography and how important it is to keep this in my life. With major changes in my life over the past few months, I knew I had to get back into photography, since it is such a big part of who I am.

 

     Starting a few weeks ago I made some last minute decisions to travel extensively for a few months. Having a new job, this limits me to weekend trips, but weekend trips can be just as exciting.

 

San Francisco

      My first choice for a trip was to fly to San Francisco for a weekend. Never having been to California, this was one of those places I've always wanted to visit. Let’s just say, the Golden Gate Bridge does not disappoint. Driving across the bridge in my newly acquired Zipcar and stopping at a number of overlooks around the bridge afforded me the opportunity to get some amazing photos up close and personal with this icon. The photo above, and also my opening photo on the website, was even pushed to the popular page on 500px, a very flattering experience. The city has so much to do, I couldn't pack enough into one day, but it was an great trip.

 

Washington D.C.

 

      This past weekend I was facing another boring weekend at home. Instead of letting that happen, on Thursday, I pulled out my phone and made reservations on a late Amtrak train for the next day. The train took me to Union Station in Washington D.C. where I stayed for the weekend. All day Saturday was a nice day out and gave me the chance to wander around some of the streets I hadn't yet been down on my previous trips to the nation’s capital. Mid-morning saw some clouds roll in and gave some great backdrop to some photos of the capitol building. The one above I edited to give a more ominous feel to because it just seemed to fit with the photo I was working with. It did also mirror what most people feel right now with the government shutdown, but it was never planned that way during editing.

     Once again welcome to the new Nate Allen Photography website. Stay tuned, I will be updating this regularly as I take new photos. Keep an eye out on the website in two weeks. My latest trip is planned for Columbus Day weekend, when I get an extra day off from work. Taking advantage of that time, I will be visiting New York City for the first time in my life and I have some pretty awesome photos planned for that weekend.

     Until next time…