A small sampling of my work over the years...
Taken in the spring of 2016. I was playing with overexposing my background and seeing how far I could go in pulling out the detail in the Dogwood's bloom.
Taken in Stirling Park in NJ, in September of 2015. Walking towards the back end of the park, I came across this giant tree. It rose up like a majestic being, its limbs stretching out for the sky. Getting under a portion of a large protruding branch, I used a wide angle lens to help accentuate the grandeur of this magnificent tree.
This shot is of the Dave Matthews Band at the PNC Center in NJ. I took this with my Canon G15 point and shoot camera. I used Shutter Priority to make sure I had enough speed to get the shot. I always like being able to capture pin lighting.
Early morning in Boston. Went out shooting with a long time friend and photographer, Dermot Conlan. He is a premier Boston cityscape shooter and he brought me to a few places he likes to shoot from. This is an image of the Boston Financial District.
Boston Inner Harbor. To the left are the Tea Party Boats. The reflective building is a hotel.
The same hotel as above but earlier in the day. The hardest part of capturing this image was metering so I had enough information to work with in post to balance the bright top and the darker portion in the lower frame.
This image was captured on a mild February day in 2016. I drove to the memorial because it can sometimes reflect the late day light in very interesting ways. Here I am capturing the late day light reflecting off the walls and names of those NJ residents that passed away on 9/11.
Sometimes you have to get into the water to get the shots you want. This image took twenty minutes of slow movements to get in position to shoot this portrait and reflection.
An oldie from my film days. Still a favorite. When I took this image and then saw the results, I felt like I went up a notch as both an artist and a photographer.
Liberty State Park in Jersey City offers a wonderful view of downtown Manhattan and the Financial District. This shot was taken as I awaited the 9-11 Tribute lights to shine. Taken roughly twenty minutes before sunset, the soft, warm light lit the skyline with soothing tones. I spot metered the scene so I could make sure my shadow areas didn't fall too dark.
While attending my friend Julie's wedding, I happened to be fortunate enough to frame this shot and take it. Getting close is a big key for adding impact to images. Seeing the opportunity for an interesting shot, I pre-metered her dress, and over exposed it by a stop and a half. I inched closer but stayed behind the paid photographers, zoomed in some more and as her husband Roger dipped her, I began snapping shots, catching this one at the moment of the kiss.
Taken at Island Beach State Park this is two shots stitched together. The rolling dunes, grasses and this great foreground subject just begged to be photographed.
This is one of the first images I ever took using a digital camera. I had just bought the camera a week or so prior and I went to the Adirondacks for a few days to test it out. While on my way back from a morning shoot, I decided to stop in at this small church I've shot at in the past. What made this trip different was the time of day, 10am... I had never shot at this location at that time of day. I discovered a nice light pouring in through the small stained glass windows. With the way the light caressed the scene, I set up my tripod at waist height then moved the Bible into a better position, metered and shot.
Spring is my favorite season. The fresh colors of the new life cycle always brings a smile to my face. I love the greens of spring. This was shot on cloudy day after a rain. The vibrant greens pop. There's nothing like being in the midst of all that new life.
I spotted this shot while wandering around in an antique shop near Ticonderoga, New York. A plate leaned against the flag and I moved it. I choose a tight shot for two reasons - 1. It had more impact and 2. There was a lot of clutter around the scene I had no intention of including. I feel this image conveys dignity and honor.
Super Storm Sandy ravaged much of the tri-state area in 2012. I shot this image a couple days before some guy climbed the roller coaster and hoisted up a flag that has become the better known image representing that storm. For this shot, I pulled back to expose more of the sky. Another oncoming storm was moving creating an ominous sky. When skies have character, you are obliged to include them. The lone bird circled, and hovered. I snapped several shots, I liked this one because it displayed the shape of the bird at its best.
I attended an Indian festival called Navratri. There was lots of dancing and people were dressed in lots of colorful cloths - especially the women. I shot with flash and natural light. I shot with fast shutter speeds and slow ones. Nothing worked. Nothing captured the rhythm of the dancing. I felt all my shots lacked energy. I then attached my Lensbaby. That did the trick. The play of depth of field and having the ability to bend the bellows a little to aid in shifting the focus points. gave me what I was trying to achieve. To me, this shot reveals that movement, the essence of the dance.
Brant Lake in the Adirondacks of New York is a unique location. It sits surrounded by mountains to its north and east that make what is called the Pharaoh Wilderness. Another range to the south rises up quickly along its southern shore. This causes weather fronts to settle in the are before moving on, as well as lots of fog when conditions present themselves. Nearly anytime there is a sizeable temperature shift at night, you can pretty much bet you're going to get some fog on the lake. The fog takes a while to burn off and if one arrives early you can shoot the entire sequence of weather change. This image was shot in the later stages of one of those mornings. The ice smooth surface of the lake made for interesting images.
Sometimes you have to try different approaches to capturing images. This Dogwood in my yard has made for interesting shots over the years. On this occasion, I rode the overexposure far but not so far that I would lose detail in the blooms. The sky had one of those high in the sky, thin white covers to it. I pointed the camera straight up and didn't care how badly blown out it got - that was the point. I like the details this revealed.
The Empty Sky Memorial in Jersey City, NJ is a powerful place to visit. It's a tribute to those from NJ who lost their lives on 9-11. It's an interesting site - two large walls towering up representing the twin towers and the names of those who passed etched into the wall at eye level. One of the challenges of shooting at this site is to come up with something original or at least an attempt at it. This shot has a solemn feel to it: the two walls against the drab sky, simple but strong. I liked its simplicity, its starkness. f/8 achieved all the depth of field I needed.
I stumbled across this shot on a humid summer morning. This was taken in my backyard where I had a bunch of Black Eyed Susan's growing. Every morning before I started my day, I went out and photographed for a short time. Some days the production was great - others, not so much. While trying to see what I could shoot, this beetle crawled to the edge of this petal and just stayed there as if checking out the scene. I snapped a few images using shallow depth of field to isolate my focal point.
Snakes freak some people out. Whenever I show snake shots in a presentation, I can always hear someone moan. I like snakes. I find them fascinating. I followed this Garter Snake for over an hour as it slithered back and forth along a small pond's shoreline looking for something to eat. I used a zoom and kept at least three to four feet away and low to the ground. The snake didn't notice me - it was on the hunt. I shot a whole series of interesting images of this guy/gal. The snake eventually did get a frog.
Sticking to snakes for one more shot - I photographed this Water Snake catch a Catfish, pull it out of the water and try to eat it. It couldn't swallow the fish because it was too big but for over an hour I watched it try. It was one of those rare moments in nature one gets to witness and I am deeply grateful for having the opportunity to see, photograph and video this episode. It was truly a bizarre thing to witness. Shot in the Adirondacks of New York, it was a blistering hot day near the end of June. I was with my children fishing when this happened. Believe it or not, I had considered not bringing my camera with me because the light was so bad and I figured I'd be too occupied with hooking worms and supervising my kids fishing to do any kind of shooting.
Every year I do a winter shoot in the Adirondacks. Not every winter is loaded with snow and this particular one was rather mild. However, as a weather front moved through, I managed to create a few interesting images at the Crown Point Fort ruins. It's an interesting locale. This wide shot with its foreboding tones made for an interesting mood.
Another location I enjoy photographing is Maine. The rocky coast offers a plethora of interesting images to create. One of the things I really enjoy are the drastic tide changes. This image was shot at low tide. The water is on the other side of the island. Where I am standing to take this shot, the water is about four feet deep at high tide.