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I always struggle with Photo of the Week when I’m in Albany. It’s true that great photography can happen anywhere, but I rarely so much as pick up my dSLR when I’m here. And this week, the weather hasn’t left me very inspired. A heavy cloud cover that hasn’t budged has me feeling like I’m living under a gray tarp. That said, it is great to be back in my hometown and see all the people I love who live here.

I’m staying put here for the coming week and need to shift into productivity hyper-drive as the last three weeks of May are going to see me hopping all over the United States on some exciting trips I can’t wait to announce! So basically I’m hoping to magically obtain some super powers overnight that allow me to complete a months worth of work in a mere seven days. Stay tuned for those developments, and in the meantime, onto the Photo of the Week candidates…

Photo A

Hoffman’s Playland, an soon-to-be closed relic of my childhood

Photo B

Tucker saying hi to a friend at The Crossings

Photo C

The Malt Room in Troy, one of the Capital Region’s new speakeasies

Which photo is your favorite?

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24 Comments...
  • Emily
    May 4 2014

    When we aren’t travelling I feel the same way as far as photos (my Instagram totally rocks when we travel!), but I like your shots. For a favourite, I would go with C šŸ˜‰
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  • Silvia
    May 4 2014

    Photo B for the puppies, duh! And I’m the same about photos when I’m not traveling, though sort of to a stupid extent because my home base is Chiang Mai and we all know Thailand is super photogenic. But I’m leaving for Egypt on Tuesday, so soon my camera can get some playing time again, phew!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      I know! I wish I was better too about bringing out my camera when I’m just hanging with friends. I want to remember those silly dinners and fun nights out when I’m home, too. But I think since I’m so “on” with my camera when I’m traveling I just can’t stand to look at it when I’m home, ha.

  • Sarah Somewhere
    May 4 2014

    Those pups!!! I cannot go past them. But the others are great too! I seriously cannot imagine what ‘Hyper productive’ looks like for Meihoukai in Wanderland and am having an anxiety attack just thinking about it šŸ˜‰ Good luck!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      Well, I have recently cut a post a week out of my posting schedule and it has made a huge difference! I feel a lot better about it, for now and thus far no one has complained šŸ™‚ But basically I’m going to try to pre-schedule as many posts as possible and also get my freelance stuff in before I go.

  • Sarah Smaje
    May 5 2014

    Hi! I have never commented before but I love your blog and find it very inspirational in many ways… Thank you for brightening up my inbox! I love number photo B! Very cute and great timing šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for this lovely comment. You made my morning! I hope you’ll keep commenting šŸ™‚

  • Janice Stringer
    May 5 2014

    I like the dogs. They seem to be having a moment!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      They were šŸ™‚ They’ve been buddies since they were pups!

  • Lucy
    May 5 2014

    Wow, I’m so excited to read about your plans for the States! I’m sure I remember you saying that you experience lighter traffic when you post from the US, but I really love reading blogs about that side of travel – being home!

    Anyway, I really love photo C. Having worked in a bar for years, I appreciate a good array of drinks!

    Enjoy your time! xx
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    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      I actually have a lot of posts coming up about traveling in the US… my next stops after Costa Rica were Louisiana and California, so hopefully everyone sticks around for those šŸ™‚

  • Rick
    May 5 2014

    Gray skies make great pictures. Think outside the tropical box and show us Albany or anywhere USA.

    I love all three photos:
    The clown is freaky ’50s
    The dogs are communicating
    The wine on the bar is relief

    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      I think some gray skies make great pictures, but you have to have the dramatic lighting. The gray it’s been here lately is just, how can I describe it…. yuck. Things have been picking up the last few days though, it will be spring here someday soon!

  • Steve
    May 5 2014

    I’ll choose photo A. It is sad when images of childhood disappear.
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    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      Agreed. Heartbroken about the Playland closing, and I’m sure they’ll just replace it with yet another strip mall.

  • Dad
    May 5 2014

    Like duh??……B

  • linda
    May 5 2014

    B is so cute, but I remember A well. So I vote for A.

    • Meihoukai
      May 6 2014

      I’m so sad to hear this is the final season. I always loved that place so much.

  • I’m a dog person, so I vote for photo B. Tucker is such a cutie! His “friend” in the other car looks a bit angry though… šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2014

      Ha, french bulldogs can be quite fierce šŸ™‚

  • Jade
    May 6 2014

    Photo A. So nostalgic!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 7 2014

      I hope I get one last spin on the merry go round before they close this summer! x