Bimini Shipwreck, Bahamas

Posted 11.12.16 in New Photos Blog

I loved history as a child and as I travel I experience different places and I learn more about the history that once was in hopes to learn more about the future. They say history repeats itself and I not only believe it the more I travel but you can start to see history repeating itself. 

Prior to permanent settlement in 1840, Bimini had been the haunt of pirates in the 1600 and 1700s. Its location on the edge of the Gulf Stream made it a perfect place to engage Spanish galleons laden with treasure on their return route to Spain. Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan and Blackbeard all knew of Bimini. Also, the fresh water pools on South Bimini were useful to the pirates and privateers.

By 1919 Bimini, with its 600 persons, was an island struggling with poverty. The population, both black and white, was locked in an economic depression. However, in 1919 the United States enacted the Volstead Act and the era of prohibition dawned. Now that liquor was illegal in the United States many Americans still wanted to drink. Consequently, alcohol was smuggled into the USA through Canada and The Bahamas.

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Fire in the Sky

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Some sunsets in your life you just never forget. After days full of major thunderstorms I watched the sky turn to fire along the Wilmington River just outside of Savannah, GA. As the sun set the clouds lit up like something out of a dream.

The Coastal islands just north of Charleston, SC to Savannah and down the Golden Isle of Georgia have become one of my most beloved regions to explore. I am in love with this area and I know it. The history and the locations are endless and I know some of the best images I capture will be from these adventures. I just feel blessed to be alive at this time in the world with a wonderful family and a love for what I do. Thank you for coming along with me on my journey...... Cheers to the future, thank you for the past as we live in the present.

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Dragon's Eye

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.


Stairway to Heaven

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Bramante Staircase Vatican -Vatican City State ( Black & White version )

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

The modern double helix staircase, also in the Pio-Clementine Museum, and commonly referred to as the "Bramante Staircase", was designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932 and was inspired by the original Bramante Staircase. This staircase, like the original, is a double helix, having two staircases allowing people to ascend without meeting people descending; as with the original the main purpose being to allow uninterrupted traffic in each direction. 


Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

Harvest Moon at the the Colosseum

Walking the night streets of Rome after a nights rain and seeing the Fullmoon expose itself from behind a massive cloud cover was beyond me. I acted like a fool and starting howling at the moon. Cheers to experience and never loosing that lust for travel. 

This is a giant massive file that can max out any printer! This can be printed at full 300 res 8 feet tall by 10 feet long!! 8 photo stitched panorama shot with a #canon Mark 3!

The Colosseum or the Flavian Amphitheatre is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy. Built of concrete and sand, it is the largest amphitheatre ever built. The Colosseum is situated just east of the Roman Forum. Construction began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir Titus. Further modifications were made during the reign of Domitian (81–96). These three emperors are known as the Flavian dynasty, and the amphitheatre was named in Latin for its association with their family name (Flavius).


Cycling Trivialities of the Casa Milà

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

 

Photography by @douglasstrattonphotography 
Architect: Antoni #Gaudí

The Casa Milà aka "La Pedrera"

The building was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of the undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Structural innovations include a self-supporting stone front and columns, and floors free of load bearing walls. Also innovative is the underground garage.

In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Currently, it is the headquarters of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, which manages the exhibitions, activities and public visits at Casa Milà.

Casa Milà is probably one of the most famous buildings of the Catalan Modernisme or Catalan Art Nouveau period and one of the architect Antoni Gaudí’s most ambitious works. It is a container that is a work of art in itself.

Blessed to discover the world with my wife!


Willow

Posted 10.27.16 in New Photos Blog

 

Camargue horses are the oldest living breed of horses in all the world. With their characteristic grey color and love of salt water, photographing these wild horses in Southern France will be an experience I will never forget .  Not only are these horses strong and able to withstand extreme elements, they are even tempered. The Camargue wild horses are indigenous to the Wetlands of Camargue along the French Southern Coast. The wetlands are located in a marshy natural reserve formed by a fork in the Rhone River at the City of Arles, France where the Rhone and Le Petit Rhone split and empty into the Mediterranean Sea. The area is a mostly protected area divided into the Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and the Reserve Naturelle de Camargue.


New York State of Mind

Posted 08.29.16 in New Photos Blog

About 10 years ago I new photograph was in my future but I didn't have any idea of where it would take me and how it would change my life. I grew up as a Jersey boy in the small town of Ocean City. As a kid I would experience the city of New York but I didn't  have the chance to really get to know it back then. I have been back to the Big Apple more times then I could count but on this trip I never touched the state of NY. I stayed in Frank Sinatra old hometown of Hoboken, NJ. This was captured at 9pm just as the blue hour finished and the night became dark. Standing high above the city streets this location was scouted out months ago. New York New York you really never sleep!

This photographic print was commissioned by someone who grew up in this area. The final print will be face mounted to acrylic glass at 60"x120" or 5 feet by 10 feet! This is the Largest print I can currently make... Once its finished I will make this good friend the happiest man alive.

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Time Will Tell

Posted 08.29.16 in New Photos Blog

Captured during a full moon roaring up behind a massive driftwood tree on a deserted beach. After around midnight I put up a hammock up and slept on the beach among the driftwood trees.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

-Albert Einstein

 

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Lost Souls

Posted 04.06.16 in New Photos Blog

Along the barrier isles of South Carolina rests Live Oaks that once thrived by the sea. During the right lighting conditions you can witness colors that take your breath away. Life is good on these beaches and your soul feels connected to the creator.

I'll never forget this morning as long as I live. Brooks Julius and I went out to witness sunrise together... What we saw was magical!

The sunrise clouds have a S shape in them like the name Stratton. 

This morning was the morning my father went to the hospital. He passed away a day later…...

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Aspens on Fire, Maroon Bells

Posted 10.14.15 in New Photos Blog

I believe that tomorrow isn't promised to you so you better live each day to it's fullest! We are but a dot on this planet and we live such short lives so I try to live each day as it could be my last.

I am blessed to be able to travel a lot and as I experience new locations I try and wakeup before the sunrise. That's my time of peace and I am normally by myself. I am always looking for amazing locations so I planned to be here at Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO as the fall colors where changing. Aspen trees are truly amazingly unique trees and this day their fall colors where at their peak. When most people think of the largest living organism on the planet, they usually think of a blue whale or a giant sequoia red wood tree. But the fact of the matter is the largest living organism is the aspen grove. Aspen trees are connected to each other by a massive roots system creating a large biomass. As one tree changes color so do all of the trees connected to the same root system.

Every morning while in Aspen I would wake up at 4am and make it up to Maroon Bells for that sunrise. There's a spiritual feeling that fills a need I have that's hard to explain. I need pure pristine nature in my life like you would need air or food. There's something inside of me that desires it and that natural high is something I am always in search of. I know now that I'll never fill that craving as long as I live. I am 33 years young now so I have a long life to live.  I hope you will follow along my journey.... It will be filled with views like this one... Peace be with you... I hope you enjoy my passion for these locations... I'll never stop exploring this beautiful world!

Cheers and Blessings
Douglas Stratton

 

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Stardust

Posted 08.24.15 in New Photos Blog

There are some moments in your life that you put yourself in the right place and at the right time. Photographing this remote beach this night was pure bliss. I knew everything was coming together! The moon had just set and I had reached the beach as it dipped below the trees. My eyes refocused to see stars scattering the sky like that of the ancient times. I love what I do and I hope you enjoy my passion for capturing the natural beauty around all of us at all different times of the day. This was just my imagination running away with me.

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