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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