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Mumm’s Champagne Cellars, Reims, France, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

MUMM’S CHAMPAGNE CELLARS, REIMS, FRANCE: The tour at Mumm’s in Reims is excellent.  It’s centrally located, about a 5 minute drive from the Cathedral.  Even in mid-summer, the deep chalk tunnels maintain their fairly constant 52F / 11C temperature.  Like every well-run tour, it ends in the gift shop!  Mumm’s shop has many logo’d items– from pens to Champagne stoppers– all reasonably priced. As for the bubbly on offer, the shop prices are not discounted.  So the only advantage of buying there instead of near home is the thrill of getting it at the source.  Fun Fact:  Mumm’s is pronounced “Mooom’s”, not “Mum’s.”  Shooting without flash in the dim tunnels is next to impossible.  Shot handheld/braced, Nikon D300, Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm lens at 65mm, f 5.6, 1/8 sec, ISO 4000.  Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography


Winston Churchill Statue and Big Ben, London, England, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

WINSTON CHURCHILL STATUE AND BIG BEN, WESTMINSTER, LONDON, ENGLAND:  In Parliament Square is the wonderful 1973 statue of Winston Churchill by artist Ivor Roberts-Jones.  Churchill was Britain’s WWII era Prime Minister certainly its greatest 20th century leader.  In this bronze Churchill, aka, ‘Winnie’ and the ‘British Bulldog’ faces Big Ben (actually, it’s St. Stephen’s Tower; Big Ben is the largest bell in the clock tower).  A visit to the nearby Churchill War Rooms is a must stop for any fan of Churchill and student of World War II history.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X, Nikkor 18-200 lens, at 60mm, 1/30 sec, f7.1, ISO 1600. Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

Pagoda, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

PAGODA, GOLDEN GATE PARK, SAN FRANCISCO: In 1981, the Chinese government gave this pagoda on Stowe Lake in Golden Gate Park to the people of San Francisco.  The pagoda was shipped in over 6,000 pieces and  assembled on the site.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, 18-200 VR lens, focal length 85mm,  f/36, 1/60 sec, 1250 ISO.  Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

Timber Frame Buildings, Troyes, Francephoto by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography,

TIMBER FRAME BUILDINGS, TROYES, FRANCE:  The rain that day provided even lighting for this shot of Timber Frame buildings in the old French city of Troyes.  I was driving along the narrow street when I was captured by the vibrant sequence of red, yellow and green painted homes.  Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens,at 127mm,  f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600. 

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Boats, Capri, Italy, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

BOATS, CAPRI, ITALY:  Capri is a small island south of Rome in the Tyrrhenian Sea.  It’s a short ferry trip from Naples and easily one of the most picturesque places in all of Italy.  It’s just over 4 square miles but its highest elevation is almost 2,000 feet above sea level.  The trip to the peak via the single seat cable system is sublime.  From the top, the views are magnificent. These boats are found on beaches all around the island.  Shot handheld, Nikon S700, 90mm, f.4.8, 1/70 sec., ISO 64. 

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Haight and Ashbury, San Francisco, photo by John Ecker, Pantheon Photography

HAIGHT & ASHBURY, SAN FRANCISCO: Legs hang out the second floor window of this shop near Haight and Ashbury. More that forty years after the “Summer of Love” this neighbourhood still has some of the feel of the old “Hippie Haight.” Pipes, tie-dyed shirts and vinyl records can still be found in the shops of this must-see community. It’s located en route from downtown to Golden Gate Park, one of the best urban parks anywhere. While in ‘the Haight’ cruise by the former homes of Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and… Charles Manson.

Shot handheld with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 70 – 300 AF-S VR lens; ISO 1250, 1/800 sec., f20, focal length 225mm. Photo by John Ecker    |     pantheon photography