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The best kind of Friday

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F 8; 1/500; ISO 100; 37mm.

Shot near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Dr. King

Photo of the Week!

F 5.6; 1/100; ISO 100; 87mm.

Shot at the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington, DC.

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What are you looking at?

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F 5.6; 1/250; ISO 100; 135mm.

Shot at the Home Ranch in Clark, Colorado.

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DoubleTree hotels are nice and boring

A recent review on the The Higher Flyer has prompted a few to ask:  “what’s wrong with DoubleTree hotels?” and as a follow up:  “why do you hate them?”  Well, despite what my review of the DoubleTree in Madrid may imply, the answer is a resounding “nothing.”   Nothing is wrong with Hilton’s business-traveler-centric brand and I’d gladly stay in one if presented the opportunity.  That said though, these hotels don’t really lend themselves well to scenes of higher flying; they don’t evoke visions of luxury like Waldorf Astorias do, nor do they offer the incredible value that Hampton Inns do.  DoubleTrees instead are synonymous with bland-yet-practical accommodations for the well-paid road warriors of the world.

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Moonwalking in to 2020

Photo of the Week!

F 8; 1/160; ISO 100; 28mm.

Shot in the fountain at Museumplein Park in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

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DoubleTree Madrid-Prado Review

A Hilton DoubleTree masquerading as a quaint boutique hotel in the heart of Madrid

Hilton as a brand doesn’t have a particularly aspirational reputation.  Sure, its hotels are mostly comfortable and are more than serviceable, but the average Hilton usually lacks the glamour or pizzazz or charm that a mid-level Hyatt or a legacy Starwood property (RIP) might have.  Hilton’s DoubleTrees are some of the worst offenders when it comes to generic corporateness — they’re typically marketed to business travelers, and utilitarian design doesn’t lend itself well to pleasing aesthetics — but the brand’s sole property in Spain is an obvious outlier.  While “DoubleTree” might not evoke images of boutique luxury, the one in Madrid should very well challenge your assumptions.

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A stained glass Christmas

Photo of the Week!

F 1.8; 1/840; ISO 400; 26mm.

Shot at the Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Crozet, Virginia.

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AAnother dAAy AAt the AAirport

Photo of the Week!

F 6.4; 1/100; ISO 400; 48mm.

Shot at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Friendship’s Gate

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F 4.5; 1/60; ISO 1600; 29mm.

Shot in Washington, DC, at the Friendship Archway

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