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Relic :: NH

5 Dec

Relic :: NH

“Do it for the ‘gram!” – People who ruin it for the rest of us.

This fall, Melissa and I took a trip to lower VT/NH for some foliage shots. We stopped at a quiet spot for sunrise, then schlepped over to Madame Sherri’s. It’s been on the list of places to see for a long time and we were finally checking it off.

We get there and the place was over run with people. Knowing this is a popular and unique location though, I was willing to be patient and wait my turn. Everyone has the same right to experience this spot, right?

But then a college-aged looking girl started climbing the stairs and perched over the top arch. The arch that clearly has a crack in it. The arch that looks likely to fall first.

Maybe it’s the nurse in her. Maybe it’s the mom in her. Either way, Melissa called out, suggesting that it wasn’t safe and that she would come down the steps a bit.

The girl’s mother, who was taking shots of the girl on her cell phone, turned to us and said it was fine. And heck, she’s the girl’s guardian so who are we to disagree?

But truth be told, it rankled. In part, because no one wants to see a kid get hurt if that thing crashes down. But also, if someone is up there when it does eventually crumble, and they get injured, Everyone will lose access to the ruins.

So many people these days have an entitled, short-sighted attitude. While I fully support an adventurous mindset, I also believe in safety and conservation; those things don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but the I-do-what-I-want mentality really throws a wrench into things.

Ultimately, the girl came down off of the stairs safely, but how many people will see her post on social media and think to mimic her? We all have a responsibility to set good examples. If we aren’t willing to speak up when we see something dangerous and to preserve our special places (environment, planet, etc) now, then what are we leaving for our children? Once the places or access is gone, it’s gone.

If you’re interested in prints this gift-giving season, let me know.  You can find a gallery’s worth of options here.


The Pillars

25 Mar
The Pillars :: New Hampshire

The Pillars :: New Hampshire

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence. -Ansel Adams


New Hampshire is a such a beautiful state. This fall, we will be taking some students up into the White Mountain area for a one day workshop. If that’s something you’d be interested in, sign up for our newsletter so we can keep you informed. Announcement should be coming in the next month or so. 🙂

If you think a private lesson is more your speed, contact us and we can put together a lesson plan tailored to your needs.

And finally…for those of you on Instagram, we have a new project we have started meant to help people meet other great pphotographers, chat, and grow a sense of community among our awesome supporters and friends. If you’re on IG, please give @i_took_a_photo a follow. If you want your own images shared, tag them #w_my_camera. 🙂

See what we did there? @i_took_a_photo #w_my_camera ….. Heh. Heh.




Traveling + Instagram

27 Jun

…equals “Travelgrams”!

I’ve been on the road a lot over the last few weeks for a variety of family events – cousins graduating, grandparents recovering, family reunions – and as I’m sure you all know by now, the only way for me to be a quiet passenger is to be a photo-ing passenger.  So, here is another installment from my on-going personal “travelgrams” project.

Misty Mountain

Misty Mountain

Neither rain, not sleet, nor snow can keep me from…Vermont.

Lines Study

Lines Study

East Coast Bridge Tour #1 (Somewhere on the way to Baltimore)

The Bridge-opus has Bridge-y Tentacles

The Bridge-opus has Bridge-y Tentacles

East Coast Bridge Tour #2 (Delaware Bridge)
Closing thoughts for this blog post: Are you following me on Instagram?????  If not, get on that, will ya?

I’m a Photographer (And So Can You!)

13 Mar

Well, I did it.  I survived a quick (wonderfully awesome sleep deprived) trip to Cali…and boy are my arms tired!  It’s going to take a while to download and edit all of the photos from the long weekend, but if you follow my instagram, you’ve gotten the sneak preview.

For those of you who are late to the IG party, here is a post to catch you up.  Of course…you coooouuulllddd just hit the follow button on my IG profile (seeingspotsphoto).  That would pretty much put you in the know, real-time.  Who wouldn’t want that??

For those of you like David Pasillas who think, “This Instagram thing will never catch on”…………………… Pffft.


Travelgram - Airport People Mover

Travelgram – Airport People Mover


Travelgram - Sea Lion Beach Bums

Travelgram – Sea Lion Beach Bums


Travelgram - Joshua Tree National Park

Travelgram – Joshua Tree National Park


Travelgram - Pacific Sunset

Travelgram – Pacific Sunset

Road Trip!

26 Nov

Over the long holiday weekend, I took a road trip to Philly to see some music (James Iha…best known for his role as co-founder of Smashing Pumpkins…in the afternoon and Stephen Kellogg/the Sixers in the evening).  For some reason though, I did something completely out of character.  I left my big camera at home.

I felt completely naked.  It was…weird.  Do you know what I mean?  Camera-naked-weirdness?

Thankfully, I still had the cell phone camera and access to a point and shoot. (Phew!)  Do you know what type of photos you can create with a cell phone??  Your favorites!  #Travelgrams!

#Travelgram - Row Boat in NJ

#Travelgram – Row Boat in NJ

#Travelgram - I'll Take The Stairs (Philly)

#Travelgram – I’ll Take The Stairs (Philly)

If you don’t already follow me on Instagram, do it now! 🙂  http://instagram.com/seeingspotsphoto/

Underneath It All…

6 Jul

…Are we just Savages?

Travelgram Taxis

Travelgram Taxis

Those of you who follow me on Instagram (hint.follow me.hint) have already seen this.  I don’t want to go all fun-police on the rest of you though, so I’m sharing on the blog too!

Here is another #travelgram to get your weekend started. =)  Are you going anywhere good?


24 Jun

Yesterday I took a quick trip into NYC for some music.  While I was there, I tried my hand at some ninja-cam….aka, used the cell phone for some photos instead of whipping out the DSLR.

My original intention was to try a new HDR app I had downloaded two weeks ago (and had yet to open!) but in true Creative fashion, I got sidetracked.  haha

These images – that I’ve decided to label “TravelGrams” – were taken with my cell phone, processed with the default camera program and uploaded to Instagram.  Since I’m sharing some love, I’ve thrown in one bonus TravelGram from my trip a few weeks back to Toronto.

I’m planning to go back to NYC next week, so if you guys like these, let me know and I’ll see if I can’t put some more together for you! =)

Happy Sunday, friends!

TravelGram - On the Road Again

TravelGram – On the Road Again

TravelGram - Watch The Gap

TravelGram – Watch The Gap

TravelGram - No Feet on the Seat!

TravelGram – No Feet on the Seat!

TravelGram - The Subway

TravelGram – The Subway