Photos from our recent trip to Turkey for a friend’s wedding and them some vacation. It was a gorgeous place, and the Turkish people are so amazingly warm and friendly. I can really understand why people have romanticized the country so much and is such a destination for expatriates. Would gladly go back.

I shadowed my first GORUCK event in order to take photos. This was an epic GORUCK Light with a ton of alums, cadre, singing and a lot of fun people. I’ll be doing one or two these this summer and hopefully another full challenge soon.

So the little woman and I went and got ourselves married — to each other of course. Then we went to Hawaii, the island of Maui, for a vacation/honeymoon. It was amazing and lives up to the hype that people give the place. If you ever have a chance to go, don’t hesitate. We did all the things we wanted to do, saw what we wanted to see, ate great food and swam in amazing water. It was, for lack of a less hyperbolic term, perfect.

I wrote a review on TripAdvisor about the place we stayed in, Maui Ocean Breezes. Our host was absolutely wonderful and I can’t imagine staying somewhere else if and when we go back.

I rented a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L lens from and it was amazing. I used it nearly the entire time there and I think I’m going to have to pick a lens of that length/speed up permanently. The Canon is too expensive so perhaps a Sigma offering. Below is about the best of what I captured.

Getting his drink on

Rented a 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye from Good service, lens arrived on schedule. Going to use their service on our upcoming trip.

More photos on the Flickr.

Some photos I took in McPherson Square and of a short march. Between this, some college protests and the RNC in 2008, I’ve gotten pretty good at taking protest pictures.