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April 13th, 2014 by grant

We took a train from Greenwich to Grand Central Station (forgot to take a photo). Paz met us and immediately whisked us to their favorite Thai Restaurant, Sripraphai. We consumed a whole fried fish & with fishy breath we jetted off to the Queens Museum to watch a press conference where Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed a new commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs. When we arrived, Paz was invited to stand behind the mayor along with select leaders of arts organizations, we were directed to sit in the bleachers.

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Next we had a date at the MOMA where we had a pre-dinner dessert. Then it started to rain which only means… yes, ramen weather! We stumbled into ISE and was not expecting much but the food was great.

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The following day we went to the 911 Memorial. It was a somber experience to say the least. The magnitude of the memorial made it impossible to photograph properly.

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Wall Street

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The bull’s balls are noticeably shiny. That only means that there are a lot of people rubbing them. Disturbing.

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For lunch we met up with Charm an old car poolmate of Sandy’s before we married (14 yrs ago). I wasn’t sure I would recognize her but when I saw a woman running across the street screaming & waving her hands frantically, my question was answered. I was laughing so hard I was in tears. I wish I would have captured that moment on video. Charm brought us to a great soup dumpling place called, Shanghai Asian Cuisine. The food was excellent.

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Okay get dressed we are going to the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival Anniversary Gala at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music. But wait, there is a cool place on the way so we stopped at the High Line to shoot Paz.

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Unfortunately I didn’t shoot many photos at the gala. I missed the moment when Jon was petting the seeing eye dog (bad etiquette).

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Our last day in New York consisted of a last minute photoshoot at Topaz Arts before going to the airport.

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April 13th, 2014 by grant

As we do from time to time, we followed Jon to CT & NYC to play while he works. We stayed at an incredible house that was hosted by Inez & Al, two of the nicest folks ever.

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Lunch was at a little place downtown called, Mediterraneo. I loved the octopus.
For dinner we met up with Barry & Kathy. I haven’t seen Barry in years and I don’t remember the last time I saw Kathy. We dined at Ginger Man, duck tacos yes!

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This was followed up by a short portrait session.

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Breakfast at the house the next day was incredible, Mira did an outstanding job.

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The downtown Greenwich area was nice with plenty to see & do. Sandy was happy to find a Catholic church.

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We attended the Sunday matinee concert where Jon played Rachmaninoff II. That was followed by a party Inez threw at the yacht club. It was hilarious to witness Jon’s rock star status. Everyone wanted a photo with him.

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The following day we headed into New York city!

 

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March 28th, 2014 by grant

My SIL Pinky flew in from Manila on a vacation. It took awhile but we finally got down to a photoshoot.

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March 22nd, 2014 by grant

Work brought me back to Honolulu and as usual all work & very little play.

I did manage to go to Roy’s in Waikiki. It’s a tradition with me. The following night I had dinner with the Asato’s and they took me to a place called HASR Bistro. They own the wine shop next door so you purchase a nice bottle and bring it back to the table, no corkage. Roy & Jane always take me to the best places.

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I was happy to see chickens on the Army Base.

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Took some nightshots on a night when I had some energy.

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I also purchased a Blackbird Tenor from Dan. Not an ounce of wood on that bad boy.

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March 9th, 2014 by grant

Sandy had the great idea to shoot a Kathy Portrait in a chemistry setting.

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I faced obstacles as usual. I forgot to put in fresh batteries in my speedlites (rookie) which gave me inconsistent results & it was the 1st time I used a fog machine.

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March 6th, 2014 by grant

I had to work in Walla Walla Washington. Did you know there are approximately 140 wineries there? Unfortunately I only had time to visit one. I choose the Dunham Cellars. As soon as I exited my vehicle I was greeted by a very friendly dog Maysy.

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The wines I sampled were great so I had a few bottles shipped.

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March 1st, 2014 by grant

I stumbled on a glass blowing studio in Alameda. I asked the owner Prax if I could do a shoot. He graciously agreed.

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February 25th, 2014 by grant

For whatever reason I was obsessed with a small strip of local beach near our house.

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February 25th, 2014 by grant

I got Sandy a nice blue orchid. I thought I should photograph it as it’ll never look this good again.

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February 25th, 2014 by grant

Tried my hand at shooting a few bottles. It’s not a easy as you think.

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February 17th, 2014 by grant

Back in December Sandy made rezzies for Ano Nuevo. The overcast weather worked out quite nicely for taking fotos. I can’t say they are the most beautiful animals I’ve ever seen but, it was interesting to “watch the fighting & mating”.

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January 28th, 2014 by grant

We met up with Jon & Kathy to talk about a New York trip. Jon suggested Naschmarkt Restaurant. We never had Austrian food before so we jumped at the chance. Needless to say the Pork Belly was so damn good. I did have to take 6 Lipitors on the way back to the car though. After dinner I shot a few portraits of Jon.

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January 26th, 2014 by grant

We had a nice reunion this afternoon. It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve seen my former bandmates.

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January 21st, 2014 by grant

We got together with Jim & Kelly again and had a wonderful dinner at Nido. What better opportunity to shoot a portrait.

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January 20th, 2014 by grant

Last night we got together with Mary Ann before she flew home & had dinner at Jang Su Jang in Santa Clara.

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