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Seasonal Transitions. New Rochelle, New York, USA. November 12, 2013

June 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Autumn Abstract 2Autumn Abstract 2First snowfall on autumn leaves, Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve. New Rochelle, New York, USA.

As I was looking out the window, the light rain changed to light snow--the first of the year. The dusting of snow on the colorful leaves was beautiful, and I knew I needed to move quickly if I wanted to capture it.

I walked a couple of blocks down my street and entered the Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve. There were interesting compositions all around, so I got to work. The snow on otherwise normal Fall scenes added that extra something. 

As one of my photographic heroes, Galen Rowell, pointed out, the edges, or transitions, are places to watch for interesting things to happen. Water and land, meadow and forest, storm and calm. Here the edge is between seasons and there was indeed plenty to see.

I did some serious post-production work to this image to make it look more like a painting. How do you like it?

From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. January 1, 2016

June 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

New Day, New Year, New YorkNew Day, New Year, New YorkLower New York City Skyline just before sunrise. New York, USA. I got up early so you didn’t have to! This is a photo of lower Manhattan taken from Jersey City, New Jersey.

This was 30 minutes before sunrise, and was more interesting than sunrise. It’s always a gamble with this weather situation. Sometimes the clouds are lit up beautifully by the sun at the horizon, sometimes clouds at the horizon block the sun from getting through, as was the case today.

From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. May 3, 2015

June 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

City SunsetCity SunsetSkyline of Lower Manhattan featuring Freedom Tower at sunset. New York City, New York, USA. In my continued efforts to update my NYC skyline photos I drove out to Jersey City, New Jersey with my wife to get this angle of lower Manhattan. When we got there I knew I had the right viewing angle, but the light was very flat. It was just a matter of sitting around for a while to see what happened.


As I had hoped, the sun broke through the clouds on the horizon just before it set behind me. This provided a stronger and more directional light, which is just what I needed.

From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014

June 16, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Bumpy RideBumpy RideGril sits in back of bicycle rickshaw. Bago, Myanmar (Burma). With my wife and her cousin Hain, we traveled across town in rickshaws to Shwe Aung Yu Pagoda for sunset. It is situated on a hill, with some pleasant views.

On the way over there I saw this young passenger in another bicycle rickshaw. I had to time my capture in between the bumps on the road to get a sharp image.

From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014

June 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Revered MonksRevered MonksLine of monk statues, Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery. Bago, Myanmar (Burma). After a lunch of noodle salad at my mother-in-law’s house, I went to Kha Khat Wain Kyaung. It is a large monastery and I was able to get pix of monks studying. I felt an energy there with so many voices chanting. This photo shows a line of monk statues along the entrance corridor.













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