Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Getting Out, Facing The Weather, and Changing The View Point!

If it's one thing that is probably the most intimidating when it comes to photography it is dealing with weather. We often stay inside or figure eh its crummy out why should I bother to bring my camera? Well I'll tell you that some of the best images come from the worst weather. Nature has a way of revealing her true colors when a storm comes rolling in. While we should always exercise caution, if it is safe to be out, get out there and make some images!

The recent weather promised a plethora of rain and cloudy skies. What did that say to me? Waterfalls! So I hit the road and headed for the Delaware Gap. I was short on time so rather than hike too far I picked a waterfall that had close access and could produce large amounts of flow if the weather hit just right.

I got to the trail and it was just me. No fellow photographers. It's a shame when some fear they may melt. With the fresh air and trail head in front of me I headed out. The trickiest part about this trail is that it is rather dangerous due to ice, narrow cliff side paths and the pouring rain. 

Once you past a narrow turn and start to head down toward the base of the trail Raymondskill Falls reveals itself!

Raymondskill Falls has a tremendous amount of water rushing through it and with the storm just starting to part (got lucky for just the right amount of time to shoot) I went to work. I tried everything from different angles, foreground and close ups.

The best thing you can do as a photographer is to look at things differently. Often times you will be out shooting, especially at a popular destination, and see what most people see, but this may have you miss the photo of a life time. I highly recommend looking closer, changing the view point, or trying something different. Even stepping back for a moment just to take it all in. If it is one thing in life as a photographer I try and remind myself of most is to not always be missing from my images. Take it in and appreciate where you are!

Fun Fact: 'Raymondskill Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state, and only 4 feet shorter than Niagara'

Friday, August 8, 2014

Freshkills In Full Swing!

The Freshkills Development Team and New York City were kind enough to invite me out along with other photographers to this amazing destination. I have had the privilege to visit this location through the seasons as well as through a biological research capacity via the mentorship of Dr. Eugenia Naro-Maciel. This location is a 30 year project to convert, at one point the worlds largest dump, into the largest landfill to park conversion on earth. A park that surely will not disappoint and already has such gems and views seen here. If you would like a taste of what this site will offer do check out their upcoming 'Sneak Peak.'

One great feature is the methane collection wells that you see here. They are all over the site and the methane gas collected is actually used to power 22,000 homes hear on Staten Island!

Views pop up almost everywhere you go. It is so hard not to be a shutterbug here. There was actually a large black pipe between me and this scene. Want to know how I did it? Come to my class this Saturday August 9th at the Staten Island Greenbelt!

Experiencing the sunset was truly fantastic. The haze and clouds couldn't have been more perfect sending those golden rays through the evening sky.

A changing landscape.

Although they say all good things must come to an end this location is just beginning to bloom. I highly recommend taking an interest in this fantastic project learning all about it. I know I can't wait to see the project in 20 years with the wildlife and new habitat it is creating. We saw over 10 deer at once in just one of several locations!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Those Baby Blues

A popular sight this past month and with all the craziness going around I almost missed it! The conditions weren't ideal, but these awesome nesting Great Blue Herons put on a true show. You can see the parents presence really keeps things lively. I hope to have more opportunities to share their likeness before they fly the coop...

Friday, May 30, 2014

One Subject Three Different Ways

If it is one thing I have learned in photography it is that there are always new angles to put on a subject. Even in the same light during the same photo session. This waterfall is close to a special location of mine that I always enjoy spending time at whenever I get the chance to visit. These simple falls I approached at different angles and varying foreground to vary the experience for the viewer. Next time you are out I highly suggest watching how the light falls and finding unique foreground tie it all together. Don't be afraid to get low either!

Being further out from the main falls I wanted to make sure there was enough between me and the falls to keep the viewer engaged.

This was a tighter attempt at the falls, but the use of a small yet sharp and simple subject matter yields a different feel to the image.

I just ventured 'across the pond' to see if it was greener on the other side...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Back in the Saddle!

Hi All!

So it sure has been a while since I have posted to the blog. Shame on me I know. With my recent winning of the SI Premier Grant and my new Nikon D7100 I hit the road in the start of my soon to be photo documentary on the Shores and Marshes of the Northeast and their importance in the light of Hurricane Sandy on July 26th and August 9th at the nature center. Now for a few images from Cape Cod. A location dear and near to my heart.

It was a stormy morning, but the fields stretched for what looked and felt like miles out to the ocean. My goal with this image was to put you right there at the edge of such beauty.

This brackish pond was teaming with life. 

It's important we protect our shores and marshes as they also act as a buffer outgoing as well as incoming. The shores and marshes often catch and filter the waters to help keep the ocean flourishing for these beautiful humpbacks that depend on creatures that are highly sensitive to pollution and runoff (calf breaching.)