Sunday, December 28, 2008

Turkey and Corn

Turkeys love corn. That was made very clear to me as I wandered around the trailers on the farm. All over in the snow around the trailers were turkey tracks. I could follow them up the hill from the trees across the road and up to the trailers where the seems to come together in a large mass. They feasted on the left over kernels of corn and the few cobs that were dropped.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Trailer Handle

While processing some more images from the farm trailers in the snow, I thought they might look interesting done in black and white. To my mind the orange color of the trailers was too overpowering for a close up image like this. What I was most interested in here were the lines, shadows, circles and textures. These seem to really pop out when I removed the distraction of the color. Does it work for you?

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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Farm Trailers in the Snow

On the way home from a shopping trip to Syracuse, I noticed the sun was finally starting to poke out from behind the thick cloud bank we had been under for a few days. As we got closer to home, the clouds parted and the warm late afternoon sun shone bright. I took a quick detour and headed up one of the hills around town where I knew the sun would be lighting up. What I was not sure about was if there was anything to really shoot up there. Bare trees, empty fields and snow is not really interesting but hey sometimes you just have to go see. When we got up there (I was dragging my wife along), there was a half harvested corn field and these trailers for hauling the corn. I had a great 10-15 minutes exploring the area while the sun light up the hill in that bright orange light of late afternoon.

I like this image because of the cool feeling of the snow and yet the warmth of the orange rusting paint combined with the late afternoon light. I also like the depth and glimpses of the corn field, other farm equipment, and the blue sky with clouds.

Within about 5 minutes of taking this image, the sun had dipped behind the trees and the light was gone. It was very interesting to see the change happen. Glad I took the detour.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Rowan

I could not let today go by without posting a happy birthday to my daughter Rowan. She is six years old today, which is just amazing to me. I am so proud of her. She is really a great kid, very friendly, honest, smart and adorable. Happy birthday sweetie!

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. Things have been hectic, and I have not had much of a chance to get some shooting done. I will get on this very soon.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Five Things Meme

I was tagged by fellow photoblogger Shawn Duffy (thanks Shawn) for the Five Things Meme making its way through the ‘Net so here are my responses:

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago

1) Working at The Catholic University of America
2) Was enjoying being a newlywed (still am enjoying it)
3) Studying for my Ph.D. comprehensive exams (medieval history - which I passed yippee)
4) Building a web site for my Dad's business
5) Dreaming of going back to Scotland within 5 years.

5 Things On My To-Do List Today

1) Get the house ready for guests coming for Thanksgiving
2) Get my RTCs closed so I can enjoy the holiday
3) Upload 5 images to MPix so I can get some of my pictures up in the new house
4) Organize my office
5) Replace the bandage on my finger where I sliced it last night

5 Snacks I Like

1) Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (gotta agree with Shawn on this one)
2) 20oz Mocha in a huge coffee mug with whipped cream from the Blue Frog
3) Popcorn
4) Starbucks Gingerbread Latte (now I just need to drive into Ithaca to get one)
5) Fiber One bars (oats and chocolate)

extra - it has been suggested that I add Diet Coke to this list since I drink about a 12 pack every day and a half but to me Diet Coke is a way of life and not a snack.

5 Things I Would Do If I Was A Millionaire

1) Buy a bunch of photo equipment
2) Save my kid's education
3) Renovate our house
4) Donate more to charity
5) Buy a ranch in New Mexico

5 Places I Have Lived (For Various Lengths Of Time)

1) Northern VA (various locations)
2) Williamsburg, VA
3) Charlottesville, VA (various locations)
4) Flint, MI
5) Downers Grove, IL

extra - Maynooth Ireland; Ann Arbor, MI; Fenton, MI; Kokomo, IN

5 Jobs I Have Had

1) Archaeologist
2) Manager of a Little Caesar's pizza
3) Office cleaner
4) Optometrist's assistant
5) Freelance web developer

5 People I Tag

1) Anita
2) Brian
3) Mark
4) Markus
5) David

Frozen Pumpkin

Saturday morning we awoke to the first sizable snow fall this season. It was great to get out and play in the snow, though even now we still were not completely ready for it. Rowan did not have snow boots yet, and I had not gotten gas for the snow blower (Troy warned me). But the kids and I had fun running around, taking pictures, shoveling snow, and drink hot chocolate.

As for the frozen pumpkin, this is another HDR image combining 3 shots in Photomatix. I was surprised to see when I processed this that I had actually managed to keep the stem in a green area and not bleed into the brown spots. I think that works well. I am still playing with this whole HDR thing. I am going to try some of Jeff Revell's techniques to see what else I can pull out of these images.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

Fun in the Leaves

It has been a while since I posted any kid pictures. So I went back a bit to find this image of Duncan playing in the leaves this fall. It's funny, we have had snow all week (just enough to make everything look very pretty) and now it feels like winter and not like fall, even though this image is only a few weeks old. Duncan was helping me gather up leaves. He decided to sweep them up, and then play in the pile, getting very dirty in the process (yes that is dirt all over his face). I wish I had policed my background and removed the broom before taking this picture but oh well. It is a reminder that he wanted to sweep instead of rake the leaves.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Last of the Fall Apples

I stopped to take images of the fog bank, which you can see in the background, but saw an apple tree next to the road. I noticed this one apple left on the tree and in the right spot to let me get both it and the interesting fog together. Unlike many of the images recently, this one is not a high dynamic range image. I tried it but could not get one that I liked. I ended up feeling that just this straight shot processed in Lightroom worked best.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Crows, Crows, Crows

One of the interesting things I have found in living here in Cortland in the fall are the crows. I have never in my life seen flocks of crows like those that roost in the trees behind my house. The picture above shows just a small group of them doing what they do during the day, go into the fields around town to eat their fill. At night, as the Sun begins to set they come back into town. They roost in the trees around our house as this is one of the warmest places for them in town. It is in a small sheltered valley and near the downtown where there are a number of businesses and parking lots that keep things just a bit warmer.

Now I have seen flocks of birds before but nothing has prepared me for this. The trees are fully of hundreds if not thousands of crows. I am not exaggerating. This has been such a big problem that the city is starting to implement sounds deterrence measures to try to get them to leave. When the flock comes in, it is an amazing sight. They have been so loud some mornings that they have woken us up. It is crazy.

I guess it is just one of those things that you have to find out about by living in a place.

Oh, one thing about this image is that it is a high dynamic range image but it is not my usual three separate exposures combined into one image. This is actually one RAW image that was adjusted three times to give me the base, and then over and under exposed images. This allowed me to keep the birds (they were moving fast and three separate images would simply have not worked for them) and still allowed me to pull a lot of extra detail out. Anyway, something new for me to play around with. I need to get Noise Ninja or something but not bad.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Lake Como Road Barn in Storm

On Sunday I went up to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge to attend a small nature photography seminar. The weather was a bit gloomy with snow showers predicted for the afternoon and evening (in fact all this week). As I got up out of town, I noticed the clouds breaking up in places. I stopped along the way to catch some images of sun dappled landscapes with interesting clouds flying by. As I came down a long hill into Cayuga County, I noticed this barn up the next hill. The sun was setting it aglow, and I knew I had to try to get some shots. As I pulled over and got my camera out, the clouds rolled past and blocked the sun. So I waited. In weather like this I knew I would only have to wait a little while. I kept watch further up the hill and watched as the next opening slid over and took my images. I was able to get a few different versions as I waited for each new opening.

I love weather like this. Bright subject in sunlight with dark brooding clouds behind. Things always seem to be at the crispest during those times.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Semi-Circle Cave

I guess it was a time to break a bit from all the pretty scenery, at least for a day. This image appeals to me because of the strong shapes and lines which are counteracted by the soft puffiness of the clouds. I thought about trying to take this more straight on to the opening but then I would have lost the shadows to a large extent. I like the small rounded piece of light in the corner with the lines of in the cave showing up just a bit. These lines seem to work nicely as a counterpoint to the strong horizontal lines of the brickwork. The series of vertical bricks and the top of the wall work together to frame the opening. All this strength and monochromatic look of the wall and cave seems to be well countered by the competing monochromatic but soft look of the clouds. I also feel the picture is in balance because of the two thirds sky and one third building. The building is the bottom, which puts the weight in the right spot. The opening is lined up centered left to right and just about top to bottom. I also think the gap of blue between the building and the clouds is needed to give each some space and not make it crowded.

Ok, ok. Enough already.

Most of this description was to help me put into words why I was drawn to this image. I am reading George Barr's Take Your Photography to the Next Level and these sorts of exercises are in there. It does help to think things through more deeply to see what we are attracted to and why.

So what is this a picture of? This is the entrance to our local Tops grocery store. Just below the opening in the wall is the entrance into the store. So this is just there to let some light in and give some architectural detail to what would otherwise be blank. I took this while sitting in the car waiting for my wife to come back out (kids were asleep in their seats). This is a high dynamic range image bracketing +/- 1 1/3 stops in each direction, which is my standard when hand holding the camera.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sunday Ride

I passed this group of bike riders out near Skaneateles Lake a few times as I drove around. They seemed to be having a great time being out and about in the cool clear morning air. The hill they are about to crest takes them down a steep road all the way to the lake. I cannot imagine doing it on a bike, but I guess it was at least downhill instead of the other way.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Uphill Skier

Walking back to my car after visiting Tinker Falls, I noticed this lady out getting ready for ski season. She had skies with wheels and was going down the road (but up the hill) at a good pace. I thought to myself that this was something I would only expect to see "up North" here. I considered trying to cut down the shine of the sun on the road, but I decided to leave it because I like how it makes the road look like a ski slope covered in a layer of snow. Maybe it is just me.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Grave of Brig. Gen. Babcock

"Brvt. Brig. Gen. Willoughby Babcock Wounded at the Battle of Wincester, VA., Sept 19, 1864, Died Oct. 6, AE 32 Y'rs."

Gen. Babcock is buried in Glenwood Cemetery in Homer, NY, which is only a few miles from my house. I was taken aback by the sense of connection that I had with him when I saw his grave. Here was a man who was born and is buried near where I live. I have been to the place where he met his fate at the battlefield near Winchester, not too far from where I lived in NoVA. Stumbling upon his grave near my new home connected me to this far off place and time again. I know how far Winchester is from here and how far the Civil War is from our time. The distance he had traveled from his family and the years that have passed since his life were clear to me.

So in the end, on this our Veteran's Day, I wanted to post an image that shows my appreciation for the veteran's of our country. I know how far they go and how long they have travelled.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Cemetery Fence at Dawn

Willow Glen Cemetery, outside of Dryden, has a beautiful ornate Victorian entrance and front fence. I stopped by one morning to get some images, as it was one of the first places I put on my list when we came up here. The fall colors and the red fence seemed to work very well together.

Just this weekend though we drove by here, and, much to my horror, someone had cut down the tree in the right of the image by the big post. Someone had cut down another tree in the same position but on the other side of the driveway. These trees must have been 75-100 years old given their size. They both seemed very healthy because they were full of leaves. It is really too bad. I wish I knew why.

I will never again be able to take this picture or enjoy the scene like it is here. Just goes to show - take the picture now and don't wait. You never know what might change.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Frozen Autumn

As I mentioned in an earlier posting, last Sunday was a very cold morning. The frost lingered one, especially in the darker areas, for quite some time. While at Montezuma NWR, I went for a short hike and came across this leaf that was still covered in frost and was just starting to get some sunlight. I am not sure I quite hit the focus as well as I would have liked since I was using my 100-300mm lens which has a longish minimum focusing distance. I really like how the leaf is rimmed in the thick white frost. This time of year is so interesting to see the seasons change way and start to blend together.

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

Great Blue Heron at Montezuma Wildlife Refuge

Here is my first shot from Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. I was able to get an HDR shot since this guy was just standing perfectly still. In the distance you can see all the geese and ducks that were there at the Main Pool.

I am playing around with the display of my images on the blog. I have not been happy with just slapping them up. I don't feel like they are really finished that way. So I am going to try a few different styles to see what works for me. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Frosty Field at Dawn

On Sunday, I got up early and decided to head up to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge, which is about an hour from the house. That morning it was 24 degrees out when I left and a heavy frost had settled over the area. As I drove down the road out of town, I noticed this farm covered in frost with the Sun just beginning to illuminate the pasture. I turned around and came back to take some shots. In VA we never really seemed to get frost like this or if we did it did not linger very long.

In looking more at this image and thinking about why I came back, I have to say I was drawn by the light to start with. But later, I began to see some patterns which were interesting:

  • The three bands in the various grounds of the image, white close in, green and gold in the middle and dark in the back.
  • The feeling of cold and the crunch of the frost on the trees and grass close in.
  • The golden line of grass running across the pasture that is just lit up by the Sun. But the Sun is not yet high enough to brighten the field to the right.
  • The random and yet full pattern of hay bales around the pasture.
Anyway, just something that catch my eye when I look into the image more closely. There are something that I am not completely happy with either, lack of sharpness throughout given the f stop I had to use for one (should have gotten out the tripod). The white sky through the trees on the left for another. But all in all, I like it and will have to go back by the field again. Likely though the hay bales will be gone, which is why you sometimes just have to get the shot now and not wait.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Skaneateles Fall

Another great Sunday out this weekend but I don't yet have any pictures ready from this trip. So I am going back to the other weekend when I went out to Skaneateles. The clarity of the water is shocking/amazing/awesome. I like the warm/cool contrast of the colors.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Contrasting Falls

Another shot behind and beside Tinker Falls. I like the contrasts in this image. The diagonal running from upper right to lower left. The power of the falls on one side, the still rock on the other. The black of the wet rock ledge, the white of the falling water. The brown leaves of fall in one corner, the green leaves of a small shrub and some green moss in the other. Maybe too much analysis but for myself I am always looking to see what interests and why. Sometimes in the moment I cannot articulate to myself why I am drawn to take an image and it only later, upon reflection, that I can process the elements. This is why I have grown to trust my gut more and more when taking images.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Behind Tinker Falls

One of the interesting features of Tinker Falls is that you can climb up behind them. So I managed to scramble my way up there and take some shots and simply enjoy the scenery. While I was at the falls there were about 8 other people who came by but even with that "crowd" it was a very tranquil place to sit and enjoy the sounds of falling water, which I always find soothing.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Peaceful Rest

On Sunday after taking the image posted on Monday (Homer Fog Bank), I drove down into the fog heading north to the falls I wanted to see. As I round a corner on to a small road, I noticed this old cemetery on the hill side in the thick fog. I was reminded of a poster I have by Scott Mutter (see image) that shows how small we are in the rest of the world. The headstones are tiny in comparison to the large tree reaching up from the hollowed ground. In another context or time this might have felt sinister to me, but I was really more struck by a feelings of peace, loneliness and quiet. I know a weird mix of things.

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(Where was this taken?)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tractor at Dawn

While on my Sunday drive, I came across this scene on one of the back roads around town. The corn field has been partially harvested and the tractor was left out there to start again the next day. What really struck me was the bright golden light of the whole scene. The sun had just cleared the hill in the background and was lighting up the corn stalks very well. I could hear the ducks and geese in the pond. I wandered around for a while trying to get an angle I liked. I think the top is my favorite, but I am also uploading a second version below that I like too. Which do you prefer?

(Where was this taken?)

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Homer Fog Bank

Got out of the house this morning after a rainy Saturday. It was a glorious morning and is so often the case with these cold mornings in early fall, there was a lot of fog around in the valleys. I decided to explore a new part of the county and visit some falls that I had read about (pictures from there later this week) but first I knew I needed to try to catch the fog. So I drove up one of the hills overlooking town and saw this extremely white and luminous fog bank hanging over Homer (little town just north of Cortland). I decided to crop this down to a panorama since sky did not add very much.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Wilcox Cemetery

On my Sunday drive last weekend, I was driving along near the Cayuga and Tompkins county line and caught a sight of a small cemetery right next to the road. The cemetery was just kind of stuck in there with some headstones falling down. Whenever I am out and about like this I always try to listen to my gut, and my gut said "go back." So I went back and got a better look at this little cemetery. There was no fence, no banner with a name or anything like that. It looked like it had not been tended much but then I noticed the red flowers in front of some of the graves. Clearly someone had been coming by and tending to this plot. Later, I did some research online and found that it is called the Wilcox Cemetery.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Skaneateles Panorama

Good morning. First thing, Eric got the answer to the What is It question yesterday. It was the inside of a "barf bag" (unused of course). I was messing around with my point and shoot while sitting on the plane and decided to see what I could do with the bag. I put the camera inside and held it all up to the window to get some extra light to shine through. I really liked the abstract nature of the shot.

Today's shot is from this weekend when I got out and drove around the countryside to explore the area. This is Skaneateles Lake, which is one of the Finger Lakes. The water really was amazingly blue that day.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What is this?

Ok, there is something fun I was messing around with. Can you guess what this is a picture of? I'll give you one hint. This was taken on my recent trip to Washington, DC. Any guesses? I'll post the answer tomorrow.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Marshmellows by the Campfire

Rowan and Grandpa Dennis by the campfire at Buttermilk Falls State Park this weekend. I love the warm and good feelings that you get around a campfire.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Duncan

Duncan turned 4 yesterday, and so I wanted to make sure I wished him a happy birthday here. I cannot believe he is already 4. Where has the time gone? I am very proud of him. Best wishes buddy!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Blue and Gold

Driving through one of the parks in Homer (a village just north of us), I found a row of trees along a pond and backlit by the late day sun. I really like the contrast of the golden leaves and blue water together in an image. I like the diagonals and the small splash of green as well. I'll be posting some images from our camping trip this weekend over the next few days.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Distant Farm

Fall is in full and glorious swing right now in Central New York. I went out for a drive one afternoon and saw this scene from up on one of the hills around town. The wind was blowing, it was warm (Indian Summer has come in) and the colors were popping. For me the colors, tree at the intersection of the fields, the distant farm and the s curve of the road help pull this image together. I will have to come back here again when it snows.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for the series on my town (Cortland, NY). I will post more from time to time.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

My Town: Rural Cemetery II

This headstone in the Rural Cemetery really stood out to me when I saw it for a couple of reasons. 1) Hunting season is getting into full force here in Cortland. This is something new for us as no one hunted in Northern VA, at least not physically in the area. It is interesting to see the direct connection with the local hunting culture. 2) This is the only one headstone I saw that was this new and in color. 3) It made me think that while I don't know who Homer was or if that was his first or last name, I do know that he loved to hunt and wanted to be remembered for it for all time. What would I want to be remembered for? Hummmm.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

My Town: Rural Cemetery

Just a few blocks away from our house, up on College Hill, is the Rural Cemetery (click here to see the map). I don't yet know the history of this cemetery but it is certainly not rural in its location. There are a lot of really interesting headstones and mausoleums in here. I have only been in it once (yesterday) so far, but I plan on going back. It is very peaceful and very beautiful. I know it is weird to like cemeteries but I seem to be drawn to them. And I am finding that New York has a TON of cool old cemeteries. Northern Virginia did not have hardly any since it was all very new (Cortland just celebrated its bicentennial this summer). So the more I look the more I find that is holding my interest in my new town.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Town: Newberry Building

The Newberry Building houses the new closed Nordic Sports and next door is another boarded up building with Shangri La written on the outside. Cortland's downtown is active with a lot of shops but there are also a number of closed up buildings. Above the shops are a lot of student housing. Cortland has something like 51% of its housing in the city is rental, mainly because of the student population.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

My Town: Strong Insurance Agency

The Strong Insurance Agency and Recreation Alleys were housed in what is now an empty building on Tompkins Street. The bowling lanes are still there and you could buy or rent them if you wanted to give the business a go. But from the looks of it there has not been an active business in the building for a number of years. Click here to see where this building is located.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My Town: Imperial Motel

Another in my series about exploring my new hometown of Cortland, NY. This local motel is located along Tompkins Street just a few doors down from the Gable Inn (yesterday's post). I love the early 60s style sign out front. I am sure the motel is nice but I have not stayed there myself. Click here to check out the map of where the Imperial Motel is located.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

My Town: Gable Inn

This week I am going to show various views from around town to give you a sense of Cortland as I am seeing and discovering it. This first one is from the Gable Inn on Tompkins Street in downtown Cortland. There is the bar and a hotel above with rooms to rent. I loved this sign on the front, which seemed to describe the place quite well "Where the lighting is poor, and the service is worse." Click here for a map of the Gable Inn's location in Cortland.

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Friday, October 3, 2008

Concrete Sunset

Out on a walk with the family, we passed our local HSBC bank which is the most out of place architecture in the whole downtown area - 1960s concrete brutalism. It looks like something out of Star Wars or maybe downtown Baghdad. Anyway, I noticed the reflection of the clouds at sunset and like the contrast. I liked the softer lines of the light post as well. Have a great weekend.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Dynamic Snail

Out for a nature walk with the kids in Yaman Park, we found this snail (and a number of others) eating the leaves of a group of milk weeds. I was not going to take a picture of it but Rowan insisted. I did not think much about the images as I did not see anything special there but I decided to give it a shot processing it as a High Dynamic Range image. Since I typically always auto bracket my shots just for this possibility, I figured I would give it a try. What came out was really a surprise to me. The green leaves popped out, and the snail seemed to transform into this glassy sleek creature. I was really amazed by how it turned out. The transformation was enough to convince me that I should keep doing the HDR stuff.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Steel Butterfly

I found this interesting piece of folk art in a little garden near where I was staying in Alexandria a few weeks ago. I like the weld and weathering patterns and how there are tiny wisps of spider webs hanging on to it. I tried some different angles but was drawn to this one the most.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rainy Sunday

Sunday was a wet and rainy day here in Cortland. At lunch we all went out to eat but first the kids insisted on playing in the rain. Of course, I had to grab the ol' camera and take some shots. One lesson I learned with these images is that a yellow umbrella and a yellow coat is going to make the subject look jaundiced (hence the need to play around with the processsing) and also you need a faster shutter speed than you might think given how cloudy it really is. This is the only one that I felt was sharp enough.

Still a fun few minutes and an image that I think captures Duncan pretty well. Always looking ahead and the next thing.

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Monday, September 29, 2008

War of the Worlds

Sitting in the parking lot while one of the kids slept and everyone else was shopping, I noticed the large lights on in the middle of the day. I was reminded of a few things: 1) we waste a lot of energy for no reason at all, 2) during the night, I hate light pollution from these huge parking lot lights, 3) these light posts look like something from a sci-fi movie.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Birds on the Potomac

When I was back in the DC area last week, I got to wander down to my favorite spot on the Potomac in Alexandria. These birds were out on the old pilings at the the mouth of Oronoco Bay. Another photographer was out shooting them from his kayak. Soon after this, he floated a bit too close, and they took off.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Summer's End

I would just like to take a moment and say thank you to Summer 2008. We had some really great days. A bit hot at times but not too bad. Summer 2008 was with us through a lot of changes for our family, but we all got through it. So goodbye Summer 2008 and thank you. Now welcome Fall 2008, you've got some big shoes to fill.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

From Our Window

One of the great features we love about the new house is that there are a number of leaded glass windows that provide a wonderful character to the house. This window in the front living room faces the west and so gets some great sun in the afternoon. The kids love counting all the rainbows the window makes on the floor, the walls and the ceiling. They track them through the afternoon as they move in unison with the Sun. Simple pleasures and quick science lessons.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Fall is Coming

We all went for a nature hike around Sapsucker Woods on Sunday. Sapsucker is the location of the Cornell Ornithology Lab (scientists who study birds). This was a great little find for us (ok, we are new to the area). The kids had a great time. We saw a tree snake, frogs, deer, turtles on a log, woodpeckers, rabbits, and lots of different kinds of birds. It was nice to get out and stretch out legs. We could also tell during our walk that fall was on its way. Most of the forest was still in summer green but some trees were turning, the ferns were dying, and the goldenrod was in the final splashes of color. And the fact that we are getting 30-40 degree nights now helps.

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Saturday, September 20, 2008

No Admittance

I came across this old abandoned factory in McGraw, NY, a small town to the east of Cortland. I was drawn to the sign left over from many years ago. I also really like the flower in the lower right. Says something about death and re-birth to me.

Sorry about the lack of posts this past week. I was away attending a conference in Baltimore. I'll see if any of my images from the week turned out.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Green Lakes

There is a very cool state park outside of Syracuse called Green Lakes State Park. There they have some of the only green lakes in the whole world. The water in this lake is super clear and the water in the bottom and top halves of the lake do not mix for a number of unique reasons. It is very deep and even has some freshwater reefs. This image is an HDR image taken with a polarizer to remove the glare. I'll have to get back up there again soon.

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Saturday, September 13, 2008


The Blue Frog Coffeehouse is one of our new favorite hangouts in town. It is right at the end of the block at the bottom of the hill. They have toys for the kids to play with and of course plenty to eat and drink. No, we have not gotten the kids addicted to coffee but maybe just a bit to the fruit shakes and smoothies.

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Changes to the Land

I call this "Changes to the Land". Coming from Northern VA I constantly saw farm land disappearing into the suburban sprawl. I would typically need to drive for an hour to get out of the sprawl and into the countryside. I am just starting to get used to the idea that from my new house in downtown Cortland, I can see active farms and can be in the country in about 5 minutes.

I was playing around with printing options in Lightroom this weekend. I tried a style that Matt K suggested in his LR blog. I thought it worked well for putting together related items.

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