Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC: Blog http://www.ericwessman.com/blog en-us (C) Eric A. Wessman eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:00:00 GMT From the Journals…Key Largo, Florida, USA. December 17, 2005 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-key-largo-florida-usa-december-17-2005 Great Egret Close-UpGreat Egret Close-UpGreat Egret (Ardea alba) with blue sky background. Key Largo, Florida, USA. I went out for a bit of exploring along the water’s edge. I watched this great egret for a while, and spent some time waiting until it moved to an area with a clear background.

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From the Journals…Still More from Córdoba, Spain. April 14, 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Roman Bridge 1Roman Bridge 1Córdoba, Spain. It seemed that wherever I was looking I was finding photographic possibilities in this fascinating historic city. I wandered across to the other side of the river, and was intrigued by the Roman Bridge from this view.

Although it was the middle of the day and the light was strong, a time usually not best for photography, I liked the strength of the stone and the contrast of the clouds and sky.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Roman Bridge Spain Western Europe http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-still-more-from-c-rdoba-spain-april-14-2012 Mon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Niagara Falls, New York, USA. March 1996 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Niagara FallsNiagara FallsAmerican Falls, facing Goat Island. Niagara Falls, New York.

I was camped nearby, and spent a couple of chilly days exploring the falls. The falls are an impressive site, made more enjoyable because the weather kept away the hordes of tourists.

 

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Falls Niagara Falls North America Northeast US US USA United States United States of America Water Waterfall http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-niagara-falls-new-york-usa-march-1996 Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…More from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA. October 1991 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Cape Cod SunriseCape Cod SunriseBirds on sandbar at sunrise, Head of the Meadow Beach. Cape Cod National Seashore, Massachusetts. I was driving around New England in search of beautiful fall foliage. I got a bit sidetracked, and ended up by the water. I camped near here and got up before sunrise to photograph this calm scene by the sandbar.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Beach Birds Cape Cod Copy Space Exterior MA Massachusetts New England No one Nobody North America Northeast US Outdoors Outside Room for Copy Sandbar Sunrise US USA United States United States of America http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/from-the-journals-more-from-cape-cod-massachusetts-usa-october-1991 Mon, 10 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
More from the Mezquita, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/more-from-the-mezquita-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Mezquita Cathedral 1Mezquita Cathedral 1Córdoba, Spain.

A stunning example of Mudejar architecture that was originally a mosque, this incredible structure was spared when the Catholic Monarchs took over southern Spain. Instead, a Catholic cathedral was added on to the existing building and is in use to this day.

 

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Arches Architectural Detail Cathedral Catholic Cordoba Mezquita Mosque Mudejar Musical Instrument Pipe Organ Religion Spain http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/more-from-the-mezquita-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Fri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Narrow Alley Variation, Córdoba, Spain. April 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/narrow-alley-variation-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Alleyway 2Alleyway 2Córdoba, Spain. I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This alley kept me entertained for a while. I played with different lenses and compositions, and ended up with several that I liked. For the version here, I brought up Clarity in Lightroom to bring out the texture in the stones.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Alley Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Iberia Iberian Peninsula Spain Stone Wall Western Europe http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/7/narrow-alley-variation-c-rdoba-spain-april-2012 Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 GMT
More from Times Square, New York City, USA. October 28, 2013 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/more-from-times-square-new-york-city-usa-october-28-2013 The City That Never SleepsThe City That Never SleepsTimes Square at Dusk, New York, New York, USA. There is always something happening in Times Square. Usually I pass through in a hurry, but this time I went there specifically to photograph, so I had my camera and tripod with me. I was trying to capture the chaos.

I tried some different exposures dragging the shutter to get some blur. I also tried some HDR photography, or High Dynamic Range, to try to capture the full range of light in the scene. This requires multiple exposures, some of them as slow as ½ second. These are then combined in the computer and refined from there. Not only did they capture the light, but there is some ghosting as people were walking by. I like it because it shows the motion I was after that gives the sense of activity.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Dusk Evening HDR Lights Manhattan NY NYC New York New York City Night North America Times Square Tourists USA United States United States of America http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/more-from-times-square-new-york-city-usa-october-28-2013 Fri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Seasonal Transitions. New Rochelle, New York, USA. November 12, 2013 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/seasonal-transitions-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 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?

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Autumn Foliage Landscape Nature Snow Twin Lakes Nature Study Reserve http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/seasonal-transitions-new-rochelle-new-york-usa-november-12-2013 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. January 1, 2016 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 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.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Big Apple Dawn Lower Manhattan Skyline Manhattan NY NYC New York New York City Sunrise Twilight http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-january-1-2016 Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… New York City, New York, USA. May 3, 2015 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 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.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) America American Big Apple Lower Manhattan Lower Manhattan Skyline NYC New York New York City North America Skyline Skyscraper Sunset US USA United States United States of America http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-new-york-city-new-york-usa-may-3-2015 Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 8, 2014 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-8-2014 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.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bago Bicycle Rickshaw Bike Burma Girl Myanmar SE Asia Southeast Asia Transportation http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-8-2014 Fri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... More from Bago, Myanmar (Burma). February 7, 2014 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-7-2014 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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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Asia Bago Buddhist Burma Gold Kha Khat Wain Kyaung Monastery Monks Myanmar Religion SE Asia Southeast Asia http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-more-from-bago-myanmar-burma-february-7-2014 Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. March, 1995 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Palm Trees at SunsetPalm Trees at SunsetSunset silhouette of palm trees, Puerto Vallarta. Jalisco, Mexico.

As an escape from the cold New York winter and a self-assigned stock photography project, I was working my way down the Pacific coast of Mexico. My goal was to explore and photograph beaches and small towns along the way.

Strolling around the waterfront at sunset I came across these palms, and they looked very inviting, the antithesis of winter back home. Colorful skies and palm trees—life is good!

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Dusk Exterior Mexico No one Nobody North America Outdoors Outside Palm Trees Puerto Vallarta Resort Sunset Tourist Destination Tropical Tropics Twilight Vacation http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-still-more-from-puerto-vallarta-mexico-march-1995 Fri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Palenque, Mexico. March 15, 1991 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Temple of InscriptionsTemple of InscriptionsTemple of Inscriptions, from Palace, Ruins at Palenque. Chiapas, Mexico.

I arrived at the ruins around 2, and spent the next 3 hours exploring, climbing, resting, shooting, and sweating profusely. It smells and feels like being inside a greenhouse. Running  around in this humidity is almost enough to make me think about a desk job in an air-conditioned office. Almost…

At 7:30 I went out for dinner. I’m healthy again! I found a taqueria right around the corner, opposite the zócalo. I filled up on tostadas and a taco, and rehydrated myself with water, lemonade, and a pineapple shake. Good deal.

I sat in the zócalo for a few minutes listening to the marimba music from the hotel across the street.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Ancient Ancient Ruins Archaeology Chiapas Mexico North America Palenque Temple of Inscriptions http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/from-the-journals-even-more-from-palenque-mexico-march-15-1991 Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
Courtyard, Sevilla, Spain. April 22, 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/courtyard-sevilla-spain-april-22-2012 Gate and CourtyardGate and CourtyardCourtyard, Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville, Spain. As much as I liked the patios in Andalucía, I felt that even they were surpassed by the beauty of the courtyards. Perhaps it is the larger scale, or maybe because they were in palaces, but there is something special about the relaxing nature of the places and the sense of calm they bestow. 

The image posted here is from the Palacio de Bellas Artes, or the Fine Art Museum, in Sevilla. This is the site of a former monastery that now houses a collection of religious art. It seems the Church was not lacking in funds when this was built. 

I did some HDR, or high dynamic range, photography. I took several frames at different exposures and combined them in post production, allowing me to capture the entire range of brightness in the scene. (Our eyes can see it, but the camera sensor can’t capture the full range in 1 frame.)

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Fine Art Museum HDR Museo de Bellas Artes Sevilla Seville Spain http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/6/courtyard-sevilla-spain-april-22-2012 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Córdoba, Spain. April 16, 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-c-rdoba-spain-april-16-2012 Friendly AlleyFriendly AlleyCórdoba, Spain.

I had a great time exploring this city. Not only are the must-see attractions worth visiting, but there is so much more. As I walked around town, I had a great time accidentally stumbling on to cool things and visual tidbits. After photographically experimenting with a scene, I would move on to the next. Every so often I would rediscover the same scene in different light, and would have to work it a bit more with my camera.

This shot captures a cute little alley leading up to a restaurant. I really liked all the potted plants hanging from the walls. I increased the clarity and structure to bring out all the details.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Cordoba España Europe Gardening Iberia Iberian Peninsula Patio Plants Spain Western Europe http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-c-rdoba-spain-april-16-2012 Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals... Even More from Sonnenberg Gardens, Canandaigua, NY, USA. July 16, 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Papyrus in Garden 2Papyrus in Garden 2Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion. Canandaigua, New York. This was taken during a workshop that I often attend in the summer. In this case, all the participants carpooled to this museum and gardens, then had a couple of hours to wander and photograph. There were a lot of interesting things to see and shoot.

The fun stuff came afterwards, as I had a chance to apply some of the post-production techniques we had been learning. In this one, I bumped up the saturation and structure, or sharpness.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) PPSNYS Workshop Papyrus Sonnenberg http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-sonnenberg-gardens-canandaigua-ny-usa-july-16-2012 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Even More from Isla Española, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. August 15, 1993 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Marine Iguana on RockMarine Iguana on RockMarine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on rock, Isla Espanola. Galapagos National Park, Ecuador.

A very productive walk on Isla Española’s Punta Suárez this morning. A “wet landing” (barely wet) and sea lions on the beach. Galapagos hawk, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, waved albatross. We finished up at a blow hole before returning to the beach. I shot 8 or 9 rolls--cloudy bright at first, turning in to full sun. This investment might even pay off. And, I’m having a good time. I just wish my throat wasn’t sore.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Biology Ecuador Evolution Exterior Galapagos Islands Latin America Marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) National Park No one Nobody Outdoors Outside Reptile Science South America Tourist Destination Wildlife http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-even-more-from-isla-espa-ola-galapagos-islands-ecuador-august-15-1993 Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals…Still More from Bagan, Burma (Myanmar). February 1, 2011 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Ancient TemplesAncient TemplesAncient temples, Bagan, Myanmar. I was out the door by 6:00am on a rented bike from the hotel. (Too low, and the seat kept falling back.) It’s scary riding in the dark when I can’t really see or be seen. I rode north searching for possible temple silhouettes that were not disrupted by telephone lines.

I found a place and set up. I got some okay pre-dawn sky, but then some much better shots with the rising sun just behind the temple.

I continued north to explore a bit, but the soft sand was too difficult to pedal in. I went back to the hotel for breakfast.

When I got back to the hotel after my morning shoot, Myo Myo was just waking up and eventually joined me at breakfast. She was feeling lazy so we hired a horse cart to take me around for a couple of hours.

It was too late for good light (about 9:15 am) and the scenery was not interesting. It was a bit of a ride up to the temples. Some okay stuff, but nothing of photographic merit. It was hot when I got back at noon.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Archaeology Asia Bagan Burma Historic Myanmar Pagan Religion SE Asia South Asia Southeast Asia Temple http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-still-more-from-bagan-burma-myanmar-february-1-2011 Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT
From the Journals… More from Granada, Spain. April 19, 2012 http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-19-2012 Arch Detail 2Arch Detail 2Nasrid Palaces, La Alhambra. Granada, Spain. I was enjoying my second day of exploring at the Alhambra. (The weather was not cooperating--cold and rainy--on the officially scheduled day of my visit, so I am very glad I had come to explore the grounds of this complex yesterday when it was sunny.) I was admiring the craftsmanship that went in to building this palace. Such intricate and beautiful details!

This was the interior of the Nasrid Palaces, and because of the volume of people that want to see it, we are required to have a ticket and report at the precise hour to visit. It is challenging trying to photograph and get good angles while amongst a crowd of people being herded along. (And to keep people out of my compositions.) Anyway, it was definitely worth seeing.

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eric@ericwessman.com (Eric A. Wessman, Photographer, LLC) Andalucia Andalucía Andalusia Arch Architectural Detail Carving Granada La Alhambra Mudejar Nasrid Palaces Plaster Spain http://www.ericwessman.com/blog/2017/5/from-the-journals-more-from-granada-spain-april-19-2012 Fri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 GMT