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Author Archives: Stan Pengelly

About Stan Pengelly

I used to be an engineer and found that a very boring, uncreative pursuit.  So in 2005 I quit, walked away from the career and the college degrees.  Now, I own a small business and do a lot of foreign travel.  I love photography and mixed with my traveling I get to be as creative as I  want.

Iguazu Falls Trip

For our 25th wedding anniversary, my wife and I visited Buenos Aires and Mendoza, which were lovely and fun.  However, the big surprise was visiting Iguazu Falls.  I guess I’d hadn’t done my homework about the falls because it was more majestic and impressive than I’d envisioned.  What’s more, the Argentine and Brazilian governments had … Continue reading »

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The Tampa Bay Comic Con: a Photographer’s GOLDMINE

I’m always looking for new and unusual subjects to photograph, so when I saw billboards advertising the Tampa Bay Comic Con 2016 I knew I found what I was seeking.  I had read of other comic cons (comic book  conventions) and knew that this place would be a goldmine for a photographer.  Imagine a place loaded with people … Continue reading »

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A clever way to use flash

I deeply admire the foreign travel photographer Nevada Wier.  Her photography is beautiful, elegant and innovative.  I’ve traveled with her five times and have taken two photography seminars from her. The most recent seminar, among other techniques, she taught me how to use flash in a very clever way.  She stresses that a camera flash shouldn’t … Continue reading »

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My Camera, Horse Drawn Carriages, and Cartagena

Probably one of my best experiences doing travel photography was when I was in the historical district of Cartagena, Colombia.  Our tour leader, a woman with world-class skills both as a photographer and as a teacher, brought us to a quaint street to watch and photograph horse drawn carriages as they strolled by.  There were some tables and chairs … Continue reading »

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My Walk on the Wild Side

I think it is safe to say that many people travel so they may see and experience something new; at least that is my motivation. The fact is, though, we travelers don’t need to go thousands of miles to do this. Instead we can visit something completely beyond our usual experience and not travel but a few miles.   … Continue reading »

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Dog Meat

I am serious when I say that if my dogs and me were trapped in a burning building and my wife could only save me or them that she had better rescue them first. I love dogs, especially our “children”. I grew up with dogs as family members. I can watch a movie where dozens of … Continue reading »

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An Hour Well Spent

In Sacramento, California there is an art gallery I love to visit.  It is not huge and it doesn’t have a lot of big-name artists, but I think that is why I like it more than, say, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.  Yeah, sure that is a crazy thing to … Continue reading »

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Not Because It’s There

I think the most important thing to know about mountain climbing is the motivation for doing it. A greater man than me said he climbed a mountain because it’s there. In August 2000 when I climbed Mt Shasta in northern California my desire was to disobey my aunt. You see, when I was about seven … Continue reading »

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Field Identification of the American Redneck

          In this blog, I am not the tourist but the tour guide and ethnographer. I was on my way back from ten days of doing Vipassana mediation in Jesup, GA with a fellow meditator from Canada. He needed a ride to the Jacksonville airport and since I was going that … Continue reading »

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I went with Plan C

Sometimes even Plan B won’t work.  Sometimes ya gotta go with your dead-last choice when traveling. During my trip to Nepal a year ago, I met two very pleasant people from Canada who invited me to visit them.  They knew I was a photographer and that I liked to do night and landscape photography.  Joel … Continue reading »

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