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The Magic of a Sunrise

27 Oct
First Light :: NY

First Light :: NY

Figured y’all needed a break from waterfall photos. ūüôā ¬†Taken last weekend in the Catskills.

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The info: f/9, 35 mm, 8 sec, iso 100

Into the Light

20 Oct
Cavern Cascades :: NY

Cavern Cascades :: NY

Because clearly, I don’t have enough waterfall photos in my portfolio yet….. ūüėČ

This photo was taken almost 2 weeks back on a photo trip with Derek Kind (an awesome guy, who wrote a schnazzy review for our book), Ron Clifford and A.D. Wheeler to Watkins Glen in NY. ¬†I had originally planned to drive up to the finger lakes and stay a night or two, to maximize my time with those guys (all incredible photographers, check ’em out) but two things happened. ¬†First, I picked up an event photography gig the night I intended to leave. ¬†Second, we had a family emergency involving broken bones and surgery (not my bones!) and I had to be home earlier than expected. ¬†All told, I drove the 5 hours to upstate NY, and then 5 hours back on the same day. ¬†Because landscape photographers are crazy. ¬†And apparently, we also hate sleep.

Despite my extreme tiredness, we really had a great time creating together.  It was definitely worth the travel time.  When the idea of the trip first came up, I thought I would find some foliage shots.  Instead, I ended up creating black and white waterfall images. haha  Funny how life works out, sometimes, right?

Just going with the flow, I guess. ¬†(Get it?? ¬†Waterfall….? ¬†Flow….? Ha!)

Speaking of¬†fall foliage, leaf season is just about done in northern New England, but we still have some rad colors in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and upper Pennsylvania. ¬†If you’re looking for a private session over the next few weeks, to help you improve your fall foliage (or whatever) photos, contact me and we will set something up!

For those of you interested in such things, the settings for the photo above are: f/9, 2 seconds, iso 100, 22mm, with a circular polarizer

Elemental

22 Sep
Elemental :: MA / NY

Elemental :: MA / NY

This shot was taken at Bash Bish Falls on the Massachusetts / New York border. ¬†It’s a shot that has eluded me for years. ¬†I’ve always had a difficult time coming up with a good composition here, and the strong spray has historically made many of the shots I wanted to try difficult.

The water flow is light right now, though, which opened up a few possibilities this visit that I hadn’t had before. ¬†The sun beam peaking through the gap in the rocks at the top of the falls was a nice, atmospheric bonus. ūüôā

f/22
2 sec
10 mm
iso 100

10 Must See Places You Need to Photograph This Summer (New England Area Edition)

10 Jun

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Exploration and landscape photography go hand-in-hand, but finding time to research potential locations can be challenging.  If your time is at a premium, but you want to see some of the beauty of the Northeastern region of the US (and beyond) has to offer…this list is for you.

Light The Sky :: Maine

Light The Sky :: Maine

1)   Acadia:  This is a no-brainer.  Acadia is a gorgeous national park that highlights the natural, rugged beauty of northern New England.  Furthermore, there is something for everyone and every fitness level in Acadia, from relaxed strolls to involved hikes.  Several of the beautiful, varied landscapes are easily accessible, with convenient parking and short walks to the site.  Personal favorites are Sieur de Monts and Little Hunter Beach.

 

Vigilance :: RI

Vigilance :: RI

2)      Rhode Island lighthouses: For the purposes of landscape photography, Rhode Island has some great shore line.  Although not as rugged as Maine’s coastline, there is still a great variety of rocky foreground shoreline and sandy beaches along the ocean sides of the state.   Because there is so much rocky shoreline, there are also several beautiful, accessible lighthouses in the state.  Personal favorites are Beavertail in Jamestown, RI and the lighthouses on Block Island.

 

Shades of Gray :: MA

Shades of Gray :: MA

3) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cape Cod, MA: The small towns and beaches that make up ‚ÄúThe Cape‚ÄĚ are a perfect representation of what makes the shore of New England so irresistible. ¬†There are picturesque sandy beaches, salt marshes and lighthouses mixed in with iconic New England villages. ¬†As a bonus (depending on you how you feel about the booming population), you can likely try your hand at Grey Seal photography. Personal favorites are Grey‚Äôs Beach boardwalk and the hike out to the Provincetown lighthouses.

 

In Wildness

In Wildness :: NH

4)      White Mountains National Forest area:  If you are looking for rugged wilderness, hiking, camping, waterfalls, ponds and birch trees then the White Mountains are for you.  The National Forest is well maintained, but retains a strong sense of nature throughout the entire area, including the land surrounding the green space.  Personal favorite hikes are Mount Washington (mountain and waterfalls), and Pondicherry (site of our forest and ponds workshop).

 

Currents :: Vermont

Currents :: Vermont

5)      Vermont Green Mountains area: The Green Mountain area of Vermont is interesting in that it is interspersed with pockets of civilization throughout, but never loses the magical feel of an untouched wild space.  There are plenty of mountains views, forest hikes, waterfalls and wildlife (moose!) to be had in upper Vermont.  As a bonus, it’s not far from Lake Champlain.  Personal favorite hikes are Camel’s Hump and Sterling Pond.  Personal favorite, easily accessible waterfall is Moss Glen in the Green Mountain Forest

 

Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

6)   Quabbin Reservoir, MA:  Massachusetts gets two listings because the Quabbin is that nice.  This reservoir used to be four towns that were removed and the valley was flooded to provide drinking water for Boston.  If the creepy abandoned relics factor isn’t enough for you, then the generally flat hikes, biking and abundant wildlife are sure to win you over. Personal favorite is Hanks Meadow on the lower Quabbin shore.

 

Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

7) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Niagara Falls, NY / Canada: For those of you who have a passport, Niagara is a MUST SEE. ¬†The falls themselves are the kind of powerful that leaves your jaw on the floor and your knees a little shaky. ¬†There are locations and activities along both sides of the border, but in my opinion, the Canadian side does it best. ¬†It can be a bit ‚Äútouristy‚ÄĚ in town, including a giant ferris wheel to get the best view of the falls light show up at night, but there is a wider variety of things to participate in. ¬†Personal favorites are Cave of the Winds (American side) and the butterfly sanctuary (Canadian side).

 

The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

8)   Ricketts Glen in PA: What if I told you there was a park with 21 beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania?  Now, what if I told you that 18 of those waterfalls were easily accessible along a 3 mile hike?   Ricketts Glen is a photographer’s day hiking paradise giving you a lot of bang for your buck.  (Or time, as the case may be!)  Personal favorite is Oneida Falls.

 

Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams :: NY

9) ¬† Upstate NY gorges: There is a reason that Ithaca, NY‚Äôs slogan is ‚ÄúIthaca is Gorges.‚ÄĚ ¬†The area surrounding Ithaca is loaded with rock walls and stunning waterfalls. ¬†The waterfalls vary from ‚Äúeh‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúdang!‚ÄĚ, the sheer volume of photographic opportunities makes this area worth a mention. ¬†Personal favorites are Watkins Glen (if you‚Äôre looking for a good return on your time investment, and extremely well-manicured paths) or Taughannock Falls if you‚Äôre looking for drama.

 

Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

10)   Connecticut’s Quaint Pockets of Nature:  Connecticut is interesting in that the entire state is the attraction.  It is loaded with small working farms, fishing villages, so much forest.  In fact, we’re kinda famous for our foliage in the Fall.  Personal favorites are Enders State Forest for waterfalls and foliage, and either Lighthouse Park or Walnut Beach/Silver Sands Beach for fun shoreline photos.

 

Now get out there and take some pictures!

Seeing Spots Photo offers day lessons, including guided site visits to some of our favorites locations.  For more information about that, check out our private sessions page.

 

The Pinnacles

28 Apr
The Pinnacles :: NY

The Pinnacles :: NY

In all things of nature, there is something of the marvelous. – Aristotle

So often, my first instinct is to reach for the wide angle lens and shoot a traditional landscape view.  But there are times when the details call so strongly to me that I know focusing on the whole scene is a waste of time.  This was one of those moments.

What I like about this view is that is leaves you guessing…there is no sense of scale. ¬†There is just texture, and color and depth.

Those of you who follow my other social media may already know what this is…but for the rest of you…any guesses? ¬†What do you think this is?

(I’ll give you a hint…it’s not Mars!)

A Great Perhaps

1 Apr
Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams

I go to seek a great perhaps.

That kind of sums up an adventure, doesn’t it? Last weekend we took a road trip to upstate N.Y. because I found a photo online of a 215ft waterfall that looked impressive. We spent 5hrs in a car, each way, for a place that on the whole probably wasn’t going to offer many good vantage points for images.

But then again, maybe it would. Maybe it needed to be explored. Maybe it needed to be worked at. Maybe… Well, maybe’s are intriguing…so we went.

Taughannock Falls are pretty awesome. The gorge trail was closed (probably for the best…ice and cliffs don’t mix well), and the rim trails offered limited views…but the overlook was so damn pretty. The light was Narnia level magical.

And as a bonus, that area is loaded with cliffs, gorges and waterfalls. There was so much to see, we are obviously going back when it warms up.

Why, you ask?

Because… Ithaca is gorges.

Hahaha (yes, that really is their slogan. It’s my kind of place!)

Never Forget

11 Sep
Flatiron :: NYC

Flatiron :: NYC

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
This image was taken of the Flat Iron in NYC a few years back. Every trip I take to that city is an emotional one. New York is so vibrant, but I am always reminded of the loss and the pain that NYC suffered. That in turn, reminds me to be grateful for each and every day I have on this earth and to live and love fiercely.

For me, today is a day of remembrance to honor those lost not just in 2001, but in all crimes of intolerance and power struggles throughout the world. Its also a reminder to give thanks to everyone who works hard every day to keep our country and our citizens safe.

Life is short. Live it to the fullest with love and appreciation in your heart. Hug the people you care about. Don’t be frugal with kind words and smiles. Understand that different doesn’t necessarily mean bad. Be accepting and kind isn’t easy…it requires personal strength to overcome our fears of the unknown. The dream of world peace is a huge under taking, but it starts with us. Every person in our international community has the power to affect the way the winds blow. It starts with our actions, our reactions and the strength of our character. It lies in our ability to talk, to listen, to respect one another, to let go of the small stuff, to be generous with our goodwill, to understand what situations call for strength and what situations call for love. You can be the change. <3

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