Monday, August 11, 2014


I haven't been shooting much lately (a theme on this blog) but I didn't want to let another full moon pass me by. For anyone interested in photographing a full moon or even just finding a good spot to watch from, there are two indispensable apps that I like to use to figure out just where the moon will be rising and at what time etc. The first one is called the Photographers Ephemeris. It has a desktop version as well as smart phone and tablet apps. I use Macs and iPhones/iPads but I believe that it is also available on Windows/Android. Another similar app which is really a great tool for photographers is called photopills. I won't go into all of the details of these apps but they are extremely handy for determining the points on a map that the sun/moon will rise/set and when. 

I shot this photo along a busy stretch of Route 67 in West Charlton between Amsterdam and Ballston Spa. I didn't want to spend too much time where I was as it was a bit unnerving shooting alongside a highway with tractor trailers going 55+ miles per hour just feet away. As with most of the images I take, I always see things I wish I had done differently after I get the photo onto my computer but there isn't much I can do about that now. Even though I shot this from a tripod, I shot it at ISO 800 because I wasn't confident in the footing of my tripod. I wanted to have a high enough shutter speed to counter any camera shake as a result. While I was happy with the focus of the image, the increased ISO did introduce some noise in the photo, which I removed in Adobe Lightroom. Whenever you remove digital noise, the trade off is a decrease in detail. 

Shot with my D7000 & 70-200 VRII. 

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another One of the Old Barn



This barn has been photographed more than any barn in the Adirondacks, for that I'm sure. The barn even has a Facebook page in an effort to save it. Sadly many barns just like this that aren't on such a well traveled road don't get the attention that this one does. Even with all of the attention, I often wonder when the last time I will see this barn will be. The barn sits on Route 73 in Keene, NY in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondacks. If you've traveled to Lake Placid, you've likely seen it.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fall Day on a Galway Farm

If I had to be limited to photographing one thing and one thing only, I'd be hard pressed not to choose farms. I'm instantly drawn to the old barns that dot the landscape in rural areas such as Galway, NY. Often accompanying these old barns are sprawling fields, old farm tools and animals.

Farms and old barns are disappearing from our landscape. Developers snap up old farms to turn them into characterless houses and housing developments. Barns, many with hand hewn beams cut from trees that were old before early settlers came here, are decaying and lost forever.

Sunsets and sweeping panoramas of fall color make for gorgeous images but usually lack the story component that an old working farm can provide.

Taken in Galway, NY with my Nikon d7000 and 80-400mm VR lens.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Last Days of Summer on the Boquet River

My love of photography really stems from my love for fly fishing. When I started fly fishing, I found myself on all of these beautiful creeks and rivers and found myself wanting to document them. I would almost always have a point and shoot camera on hand on the odd chance I caught a nice fish and I started taking snapshots of the waters that I would fish. More and more I was seeing that these photos weren't doing justice to the areas in question.

Early on I was really taken by the blurred water in the shots I was seeing other photographers take. If I had to point to one single thing as a motivator for getting me into photography, I would have to say it was the slow shutter, blurred water image.

This image was taken on the north branch of the Boquet River. This was probably the first stream I ever cast my fly line into and I like to revisit it from time to time for that reason. I hadn't been here since Irene hit two years ago and I was amazed at how it changed the river. Spots where there were previously pools, were now shallow riffles. trees were scattered everywhere.

The area of the river where this image was taken is pocket water and it was not affected by Irene as much as some of the other sections.

This was taken with my Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20 and Cokin polarizer. In case you were wondering, I did not place those leaves on the rock :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Funny Blog Post for Anyone that Takes Photos in Public

Thought I'd share this from the Photofocus blog about photographers running into security guards. Made me laugh!

http://photofocus.com/2013/07/17/advice-for-security-guards/

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ferns on the Forest Floor

Autumn's color gets all the praise but the greens of spring are more of a welcome site. Just like fall color the splendor fades too quick as everything fills in and summer takes over.

Taken along the Alplaus Kill in Charlton, NY.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Spring Comes to Charlton

I took my nephew fishing Saturday night and saw this scene as the late day sunlight filtered through the trees. I didn't have my camera at the time but planned to come back the next evening as the weather looked promising.

I lucked out and the light was almost a mirror image from the night before. I felt the broken old Hickory was the perfect addition to the photo. I wonder how long that Hickory stood watch over the Alplaus?

Taken with a Nikon 20mm F/2.8D