I only got to spend a little bit of time in Lisbon, but it had a feel different from any other city.
It was so compacted together, so hilly, and so full of exciting sites around every corner.
The largest city in Portugal, and one of the oldest cities in the world,
it is recognized as a significant global city due to its importance in commerce, international trade, finance, and entertainment.
Setúbal Portugal is a lovely, lively Portuguese city about 30 miles south of Lisbon.
Hike up to the fabulous Forte de São Filipe for incredible views of this active port city.
Explore the path along the water front and find beautiful parks, public sport facilities, and active beaches.
The city has a rich history dating all the way back to the Roman era.
It is filled with wonderful restaurants, shopping, and an awesome classically laid out medieval quarter.
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Salema, Portugal had a sense of a history too vast to even begin to tell.
It was one of the most picturesque beach towns I've ever been to,
somehow rather melancholy and yet content at the same time.
The well preserved traditional character of this tranquil, historical fishing village,
along with the fine sand beach that is bordered by yellow limestone and red sandstone cliffs
make Salema the perfect place to fall in love with the ocean.
See more pictures of Portugal at www.cinizar.com/portugal
The Louvre Museum in Paris, France holds some of the most magnificent artwork humanity has ever created.
What amazed me the most was how even from ancient times the art conveys that people felt
as deeply and emotionally and curiously as we do today. And oh my gosh the skill behind the master paintings!
I loved seeing how different artists chose different scenes from the same Bible stories, legends, etc.
How did they decide to paint it from that angle? Why did they choose that exact moment in the story?
These were people who did not have motion picture to fill their minds and so all of this was created in their imaginations. Incredible.
Want to be amazed, inspired, and humbled all at the same time? Go to the Louvre.
Visiting the Château de Versailles was like the worlds between reality and my imagination collided.
I've been fascinated by the French Revolution since high school, and being able to actually be at the Palace of Versailles
felt like an out of body experience. Full disclosure, I also love the movie ‘Marie Antoinette’
and was thinking about that at least as much as I was the history.
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I made a conscious decision to let ‘Sonoita Rodeo’ be an observational documentary.
Observational documentary is an art form no longer commonly used in the mainstream.
That is okay. Narration and interviews of participants
can all be very valuable for learning about the subject matter.
But I believe that observation (and subsequent solo interpretation)
is an invaluable media literacy skill,
and one that doesn’t get exercised all that often these days.
Of course, inevitably in editing, my “voice” in the form of my decisions of what to cut, what to leave, what to juxtapose together, etc., can still be heard. But I tried my best to keep that voice to a quiet, balanced whisper. You don’t need a narrator telling you what to think. Just observe.
When I went to England, I was considering seeing London then heading up north,
maybe even being able to make it to Ireland, etc.
However, when I arrived in London, I never wanted to leave.
I was overwhelmed with the significance, history, and diversity. I have never been more infatuated with a city.
It was so easy to utilize the public transportation systems (something that I long for here in America!)
and I jammed in more site seeing than I would have imagined possible (and still didn't see it all).
I ended up spending my entire time there and created the London Landmark Series.
It's a series of short photo videos with basic historical facts about some of the world's most renowned landmarks. I can't wait to get back to the UK (and Ireland!) and discover the other wonders of that part of the world.
And, yes, of course, I went to Platform 9 3/4! I even ate a Chocolate Frog while on a train and it was awesome.
See more of my photos from London here: www.cinizar.com/london-photography
A huge part of what Cinizar does is create fitness related content for my fitness division,
Fit For Your Adventure,
as well as for other fitness professionals that I believe in.
I make full length fitness videos, educational and inspirational GIFs, and tons more depending on what
fitness professionals may need to get their message out there.
It has always been my dream to make fitness videos
because fitness videos have had such a huge positive impact on my life.
I decided to become a certified personal trainer
so that I could be qualified to make respectable and high quality videos
that will hopefully help others live their best life.
Check it out at www.fitforyouradventure.com
Hoop Dancing is a speculator demonstration of athleticism, spirituality, meaning, music, and storytelling.
It is a positively dynamic use of artistic object manipulation.
I was honored and thrilled to be able to film the 2018 World Championship Hoop Dance Competition
at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
While my focus was on video, I was surprised to see how well my still images captured the motion of the dance.
I have been even more fascinated with still photography since that time.
What do you think?
If you’ve ever seen hoop dancing, do you think that stills or video better capture the essence of it?
If you’ve never seen it, which intrigues you more?
View the full playlist of Hoop Dancing Highlights here:
Also check out this cool page to learn more about the deeper meaning and significance of hoop dancing:
I've been going to Puerto Peñasco (often called by its English name "Rocky Point") since I was a little kid.
I have always appreciated the vast cultural differences that are only about 60 miles south from the US Border.
It is a beautiful town full of hard working, generous people, amazing food, and wonderful music.
The water (as a kid I called it "the ocean" but it's really the Sea of Cortez) is often warm and the beaches have wonderful tide pool areas and the perfect size waves for a floating inner tube.
Sadly, like many places, Rocky Point has its struggles. It is wise to check whether or not it is currently safe for foreign visitors to go there before you make the trek to the northeastern coast of the Sea of Cortez.
Still, when I'm away from it for too long, I long for the peace of those warm beautiful waves.