A small sampling of my work over the years...
I had the good fortune of being able to experience the solar eclipse of 2017. We were on our return trip of our cross-country adventure and took in this magnificent experience in Baker City, Oregon. I had rented a long lens for the trip as well as the proper filter for photographing the eclipse. I took three shots while it was in totality. I could have taken more but I also wanted to witness it first hand and enjoy all the ooh’s and awes that erupted during this event.
This is an image of a reenactor at Fort Ticonderoga in New York. The folks who work at the fort make their own clothing. Everything is authentic. This gentleman was making shoes. The light pouring in was wonderful to work with, a photographer’s delight. The biggest challenge was not letting the whites get carried away. I wanted to retain details on his shirt. I spot metered the whites and worked around a few overexposures on it so I could also bring out some of the shadow areas.
I had just completed a morning session at Owls Head harbor in Maine when I noticed a woman get off a boat, get in a dingy and started to row towards the dock. The morning light was trying to burn off the clouds. The conditions began to work themselves towards interesting silhouette choices. I watched as the woman rowed the boat hoping she would turn the corner. When I began to see that she would, I framed up some shots having already metered the scene. As she came around the bend I started to fire off shots. The oars out and head turn cinched the deal and made this the standout exposure.
I snagged this grasshopper shot while spending a few days in the Adirondacks. I was slowly walking through a small garden and noticed several grasshoppers clinging to some Tiger Lily’s. I put on my 100mm macro lens and carefully began to frame up shots trying to get as close as I could to the wild looking creatures.
I nabbed this shot of Amy Helm (daughter of the late and great Levon Helm) while her band performed a free concert near my home. I wanted to get something ‘different’, so I tried shooting into the stage lights to see what effects I could create. I was happy with this effort.
This shot was one of those, ‘let me see if anything is happening shots.’ I was on an errand but noticed the wisps of clouds on a placid Brant Lake as I drove along. I pulled into a small parking cutout and noticed the beautiful reflection unfolding before my eyes. I grabbed my camera, overexposed the whites, not caring that I was blowing out the sky and took several exposures.
I enjoy macro flower photography. There are many shapes to work with but not always easy to see. Here I liked the way the stamen stood out between the petals. The light was nice as worked at a lower angle to the bloom to capture this expression.
I don’t usually photograph cars. But when I saw this Charger, there was something about it that spoke nostalgia. I knew when I was framing up shots that I wanted to give it a 60’s-70’s feel. I used shallow depth of field to make sure the eye stayed focused on the car rather than the boats in the harbor. I liked the treatment I applied here and the edging was a little extra touch. I rarely do edges but for this image it seemed to work.
Fall in Hacklebarney State Park in Chester, New Jersey. Trying to capture fall landscapes can be more challenging than it may seem. Yes, there are some gift wrapped scenes but most of the time, a photographer has to explore and work an area well to come across something that grabs the eye. I produced a few images from this session that I liked. I choose this one because of the use of a foreground subjects to help give the image some shape. I teach that if you have such a subject, use it, whether as a dominant figure or a more subtle one.
On a wicked humid afternoon in Central Park, my daughter and I came around a bend and spotted this scene. It was creepy seeing Big Bird motionless sitting next to and holding a donation basket. I saw this angle and snapped a few images. We walked to the front and the figure never moved. We wondered that it had to be an empty suit.
Chair and Door. Taken at the Olson house in Maine. This is a house where the American painter, Andrew Wyeth was inspired to create some of his best works including his world famous, Christina’s World. While walking around the different rooms, chairs held many doors open. The light was soft, not entirely cloudy and created some interesting moods. I just wanted to capture as many of these moments as I could.
I got to visit Stonehenge! The light was terrible - middle of the afternoon, summer day - but who cares? I took a bunch of pictures while taking in this magnificent location. What an experience to behold. I experimented with black and white and thought this worked out nicely.
Blue. While visiting the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, I noticed this fine netting that was an artwork on display. I liked the fluidity of the netting against the strong window design in this dome. The key for me was finding the balance in how the windows laid out.
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.