Elia Locardi's TOP Google+ Photos for Nov 21 - Dec 5

published December 6 by  
This PERSONAL TOP contains ten of the most popular photos published publicly
by Elia Locardi on Google+ between November 21 and December 5, 2011.

Thanks For The Continued Support || You Guys Rock!

I just wanted to take another moment to express my deep appreciation for all the +1s, all the great comments, and all the amazing support from the G+ community. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

If you’re curious how these photos are created, you can read about my post processing work flow and view HDR before and after comparisons by visiting: www.blamethemonkey.com
  • Photographer Elia Locardi
  • Published November 23
  • Copyright © All rights reserved

The Palace Tunnel || Getting Lost Underground

For the past year, I’ve been putting together a “best of” series of Metro Stations from around the world and I’ve been getting pretty comfortable navigating underground. I’ve been in some pretty complicated line systems before but nothing could have prepared me for Seoul, South Korea. -- Look at this maze, it’s insane. http://goo.gl/WRjY9 -- I knew I was set up for failure from the start so I decided to just wing it. ;)

Here’s one of the most interesting ones I found somewhere near The Gyeongbokgung Palace. (At least that’s what my notes say... I could be completely wrong)
  • Photographer Elia Locardi
  • Published November 30
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La Garita Del Morro || Viejo San Juan

If you’ve been to Viejo (old) San Juan, then you’ve no doubt noticed the garitas (sentry turrets). The Garitas line the ancient wall that surrounds Old San Juan and are so iconic to the culture and history of the Island of Puerto Rico, that they even appear on the license plates.

This prominent cultural representation coupled with the fact that they are extremely easy to approach makes them a popular subject to photograph. Everyone who visits San Juan with a camera has snapped at least a few photos of these iconic structures.

So how do you snap a unique photo of one of the most photographed objects in the world?

1st: Have a healthy portion of Puerto Rican Rum. :)

2nd: Watch the skies.

Puerto Rico is very famous for their sunsets and I spent 3 of them around this location waiting for the right amount of sky drama. It may have been a wee bit obsessive on my part, but I really wanted this shot to work.

. #SanJuan #Sunset
  • Photographer Elia Locardi
  • Published November 28
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Ancient Stone And Sea

I did quite a bit of research on Dubrovnik Croatia before I visited and I knew it was a beautiful place. After seeing it in person though, It really exceeded my expectations.

Here’s another view from the ancient wall that surrounds the city. It’s shot during my favorite time of day, between sunset and blue hour. This soft transition of time always has a calming effect on me. It’s almost like mother nature herself takes a long, deep, and comforting sigh, as another successful day comes to an end.

. #Dubrovnik #Croatia #Travel
  • Photographer Elia Locardi
  • Published November 22
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Insomnia |&| Perpetual Inanity

I’ve been suffering from Insomnia for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it only lasts a few days but sometimes it stretches on for weeks. Thankfully I just broke a (short) 4 day cycle last night be getting some much needed Zs.

The funny thing is that while Insomnia can be frustrating, It can also be highly entertaining. As a full time traveler, I routinely traverse time zones and upset my (already temperamental) sleep patterns. Throw in some chronic insomnia and I become like a mad scientist, complete with crazy puffed out hair. My brain becomes an alchemy lab of interesting thoughts and ideas coupled with strange music and muted laughter. It’s Perpetual Insanity FTW.

I shot this on one of my sleepless nights in Venice last year. I just wandered the lonely streets looking for dramatic lights and angles to fit my sleep deprived mood.

Insomnia - Check
Perpetual Insanity - Check
Camera Gear - Check
Bottle of Wine - Check
Chance for Sleep - not likely

. #venice #insomnia
  • Photographer Elia Locardi
  • Published December 2
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