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Recent images from Tony Fiorini

Jenny + Mike

This past weekend I traveled to Maryland to photograph the wedding of two former co-workers. It was the first day of Spring and turned out to be gorgeous weather. They are both laid-back and easy-going which made things easy for me. Their friends and family couldn't have been nicer and Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick, Maryland was such a cool venue. Mike and Jenny, thanks for having me be a part of your wedding, I had an amazing time. Have a wonderful cruise, and a happy marriage!

Here are some images from the day, enjoy!

Merry Christmas 2009

I shot very few images this Christmas, maybe a result of all the traveling we did. San Francisco -> New Haven -> Chelmsford, MA -> South Berwick, ME -> Chelmsford -> New Haven -> South Williamsport, PA and back to New Haven. It is good to be home. Hope your 2010 is all you hope for!

Maeve getting excited for Christmas!

I didn't wear the antlers all night.

Connor.

Connor and Audrey.

Steven and Ryan.

Steven and Ryan again.

Quick trip to San Francisco

My wife goes to San Francisco for a week right before Christmas every year for the American Geophysical Union conference. I have never been to San Francisco before, so I went out at the end of the week and we had a nice weekend together. I had to ride a cable car, and see Alcatraz, we also went to Golden Gate Park, and the bridge. Here are a few images form the weekend, my favorites are from the rock.

You have to be there to understand how steep the hills really are.

Glad the brakes were working.

Almost to the top.

Irish Coffee was introduced to the US here. It was really crowded, so we will have to visit again sometime.

Fisherman's Wharf and Alcatraz.

Prison uniforms await new inmates.

The famous bridge shrouded in fog.

Meet Connor Thomas

I had the joy of welcoming Connor Thomas Long into this crazy world yesterday. He was just under 12 hours old, a brand new nephew. Danielle did a great job, and the kid is very healthy. Here are a few images of the newest Long:connor-08

C.T.L.

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Proud Grandma

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He was a little guy.

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Still sleeping.

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Grandma can't stop looking, neither can daddy.

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Aunt Maureen.

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Aunt Betsy.

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Grandpa arrived as we were leaving.

Well, congratulations Pat and Danielle, he is perfect in every way. See you soon, Connor, your Uncle Tony!

Science in the High Lava Plains

Maureen began working on the High Lava Plains (HLP) Geophysical and Geological Project while a post-doc at the Carnegie Institution of Washington back in 2007. She spent three weeks in Eastern Oregon and came back with great stories of cattle, flat tires and barbed wire fences. I was most interested in The Meat Hook, a restaurant featuring local, free-range, grass fed cattle. She went out several more times servicing the 100+ seismic stations and each time upon returning said "you should come out sometime". Well, my former work schedule made that tough, but I am now footloose and fancy-free. The project ended earlier this month and they needed help in the demobilization of the stations and I was glad to provide some labor. Here are some images, with detailed captions underneath, hopefully explaining what was going on in the photo.

I also have a full gallery of images , here is the link: http://tonyfiorini.zenfolio.com/hlp

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Along the main road in Jordan Valley OR.

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The J-V Club Cafe where a few breakfasts and a dinner were had in Jordan Valley and desert.

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The motel in Jordan Valley all the trucks belonged to the HLP crew, notice how clean and shiny, this was the morning of our first day in the field.

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Getting geared up and loading supplies.

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It was flat and everything was tan. I am not sure what I was expecting, but the lack of trees was the most striking. Sagebrush was everywhere.

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More sagebrush and some sort of shack.

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Our crew on a lunch break. Maureen brought her class out to work, we had Hobart and Brad on our team.

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More Sagebrush.

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Here Brad is getting the seismometer out of the vault. The vault is a big blue barrel buried in the ground with concrete at the bottom. After the instrument was out and packed away, we had to get the vault out too. That was usually the hardest part.

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View from near the top of Steens Mountain. Very cool to drive up to the top and see this.

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Self portrait at the top of Steens.

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The only thing alive up there was some lichen on the rocks.

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Back in Burns, OR is where all the equipment was being staged for shipping. Here solar panels are lined up waiting to be boxed. Each station had 1 panel, so this is about 60 stations worth.

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Here are the actual seismometers that record the ground movement. There are about 100 in this photo.

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This is some of the assorted electronics that go along with the seismometers. Each station had a seismometer, GPS system, power system and data logger, among other electronics.

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Maureen and her class. I was lucky to have a great group of grad students (and their professor) along for the ride to the HLP.

Sanden + Kate

Wednesday, 09-09-09 was the wedding of my sister-in-law Kate and her partner - now wife! - Sanden. It was a lovely ceremony on the Lexington in Boston Harbor. My first wedding on a boat! Family and friends had a great time celebrating with them, and we even got to see a few planes land at Logan! Congrats Kate and Sanden, so happy for you, and so glad Massachusetts recognizes the love of two people with marriage.

Here is the link to the full gallery: http://tonyfiorini.zenfolio.com/kateandsanden

Here are just a few images:

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Boston skyline.

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The wedding party, including 3 cute kids!

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The happy couple.

a new sister-in-law

Maeve Yan Shi came home last week. She was abandoned the day she was born more than a year ago. The orphanage took very good care of her, and now she is with her new mom and dad in Maine. I am so happy for Joe and Jessica. Maeve's big sister is very proud. We went up for a very short visit to meet Maeve and welcome her into the family. I am looking forward to watching my sister-in-law grow up. Here is a link to the full gallery: http://tonyfiorini.zenfolio.com/maeve-01

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Yale class of 2030

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Almost walking

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Fiona is new to the family too!

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Already reading about her homeland.

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Fun on wheels

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Science in Virgina

As many of you know, I spent last week helping my wife install seismometers in Virginia and North Carolina. She and her colleage Maggie Benoit of The College of New Jersey have begun a project called The Test Experiment for Eastern North America (TEENA). It is a pilot project designed to probe the structure and dynamics of the eastern US passive continental margin and to understand the connections between the surface geology and deep crustal and mantle structure. The instruments are being deployed during the summer of 2009 from the coast in North Carolina to eastern Ohio and will remain in the field for approximately 8 months. These seismometers detect earthquakes all over the world and record them, then the data is collected and analyzed to learn more about the structure of the earth where the instrument is located. I really don't understand much of how that happens, so don't ask. What I do know is how to construct solar panel frames form PVC and steel rebar, dig holes, glue PVC, thread cables and drive 1800 miles. Because that is really all I did. She did all the hard stuff like drawing a very exact north-south line on the concrete pad using a compass. Not just any compass, but a Brunton, the camera of a equivalent of a D3 or 1Ds Mark III. Placing the instrument on that line, EXACTLY, and leveling it. All this in the bottom of a barrel 4 feet in the ground. We also had to run all the wires through PVC and into a waterproof box. Inside the box are the battery, which is recharged by the solar panel and data logger, which collects and stores the data from the seismometer. Oddly enough, the data is stored on compact flash cards, just like the ones I use in my cameras. The 4GB cards can hold about 3 months of data.

Here are some photos of the installation, I will try to explain each photo in a caption underneath it.

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Here you see the blue barrel buried in the ground, the concrete has been poured into it and PVC is being fitted to the barrel lid.

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That north-south line I was talking about.

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Here the seismometer is in place and lined up.

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My expertly constructed solar panel frame.

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The battery and data logger in the electronics box.

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Electronics box on the left, instrument vault (aka blue barrel) and PVC piping.

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Another view of my solar panel frame, isn't it pretty?

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Maggie's husband and son joined us on the last day, he is a cute kid.

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And he knows how to act!

Abandoned in Connecticut - part 2

The more you look for these places, the more you see. Huge buildings empty. Weeds growing from the parking lot, holes in the windows, such a waste. Here are some more empty buildings.

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Linens'N Things, Orange CT

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Linens'N Things, Orange CT

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Linens'N Things, Orange CT

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Linens'N Things, Orange CT

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No name on this place, North Haven, CT

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No name on this place, North Haven, CT

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No name on this place, North Haven, CT

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Today Cleaners, North Haven, CT

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Today Cleaners, North Haven, CT

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Playbook Sports Bar and Grill, North Haven, CT

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Today Cleaners, North Haven, CT

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Elegance Tile, Marble, and Granite, North Haven, CT