Tuesday, June 30, 2009

This And That

Above is a picture that I took yesterday of my niece Megan. If you enlarge, you will see uncle Steve taking the photo. Below is a photo from yesterday as well. A different viewpoint from the same flower.

Below, a photo of a plate (not very creative today) where my mother is from. She grew up in this city, named Neunkircher or Neunkirchen. It has all the charms of an industrial, Germany city. I look forward to interviewing my mother for my yearly, special project. More details on this project coming soon.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Hop To It

A fun time with family today. We celebrated the end of the school year and the success of all four of my nieces. All are moving on to the next grade level with accomplishment. I'm proud of each one. Knowing I needed a picture, and knowing that my nieces would not want a rain-soaked photo, I was happy to find a bunny in the garden...so I hopped to capturing this image.
My nieces Megan and Lindsey recently saved a rabbit's life..could this be the same?

Friday, June 26, 2009

Laying A Wreath

In memory of Michael Jackson...ok, not really. It does seem fitting though when one looks at the media coverage of the "King of Pop". You would think a major world leader has been assassinated. Besides, we all know Stevie Nicks is much more influential on music than Jackson.

Maybe this wreath is better served honoring Farrah. She, at least, tried to show the bravery and dignity that comes with fighting cancer. Incidentally, is it wreath? or wreathe? Spell check likes both so perhaps it is a word with two spellings? I vote for Farah because I had her poster as a kid and it had a big impact upon me!
UPDATE- I've gotten a vote from my friend Trish for Ed McMahon

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Diagonal Assignment

Above is the assignment for today. It's a bit lame but I was on a field trip all day, and a dance at night...no time for creativity.

Below, I managed to photograph this scene to and from school today. I like it. I don't know why but I like the clarity and colors.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Heavenly Light

In the picture above I purposely cropped out some of the sun so that it wasn't too overpowering for the image. I then added some 'noise' to the photo to give the statue a bit more texture. The bluish tint and the shadows were natural, caused by the nearby woods and indirect sunlight. Below, you can see the sun between the angel's wings. This photo took me a while in order to capture the correct exposure. A silhouette was the most logical outcome but I kept playing with the settings so that I could get the angel to have more detail and brightness.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Gorgeous Morning

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Early Morning Sunshine

I went for a dreamy look because at 6:30am, aren't we all still dreaming?
Maybe enlarge the image for full effect.
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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Jamie's Last Soccer Game

It was a muddy day but it didn't dampen the spirit
of this team! Go Dragons!
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Sweet Girl

A sweet girl and her dirty dog. Without much hope she goes out looking for her puppy who is lost. She finds her best friend dirtied from its experience. Reunited they could care less about the messy state that they find themselves in. They have one another and that's all they need.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Quiet, Country Church.

I'm still experimenting with the filters and different looks.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


My goal today was to take an image of patterns and/or shapes.
Not a prize winner, but interesting?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Morning Glory

As the sun came up I noticed rays streaming down into the fields. These fields are on my way to work and they are one more reason I get up and head to work much earlier than I need to. The scenery is beautiful. If you look carefully, the bottom image is a portion of the one above. With a few minutes between photographing each, the look is completely different. What an enormous difference five minutes makes.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Albany, New York

I wanted to focus the photo on the sky and clouds rather than the buildings. I think one can look at a skyline and see buildings with a pretty sky in the background OR one can see sky and the power of earth, leaving the buildings to play a secondary role. I wanted the sky to overpower the buildings. I'm not sure I am stating this the way I thought of it. I'm not even sure if I pulled off what I wanted...but here it is.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


On my way to a hike I came across this scene. Who wouldn't stop and photograph this! I was so happy with the dramatic clouds and the winding road. Coming back to NY I found darker clouds so I made a good decision to go East.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Nature's Colors

One of the things that I like about photography as an art is that the artist can now manipulate the colors to reflect his mood, style and symbolic interpretation. Above I altered the image to demonstrate a dream-like view where each bit of foliage takes on its own uniqueness. Looking at an entire scene of greenery can suddenly explode into various colors when looking at that scene in terms of temperature, allowing the areas that are the most warm and/or cool to radiate a different glowing color. Below, the simple green path that I once again walked upon is transformed into a dream-like winter scene with glowing leaves and frosty foliage.

As a painting or sculpture is the result of an artist's perspective so too is an image taken by a photographer whose goal is to evoke emotion with his image.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Beautiful People - Many Broken Promises

Arguably the most photographed President and First Lady in U.S. history, the Kennedys have been portrayed as a beautiful couple with enormous public appeal. They brought into the White House many promises of creating a "better" America. Scandal and stories of corruption plagued the administration. Rumors of affairs rocked the marriage. Assassination ended the dream.
To accomplish my image I photographed a poster. I then turned the photo into an old-fashion photo by converting the color image into black and white. I added "noise" to give the photo some texture. Finally I added a sepia tone to the image. After adding text, layer by layer, I "flattened" the layers to produce the above image.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Looking Up!

Most of the day was rather cloudy/dreary; however, when I was able to get free from the prison, which is what we Americans call our public educational system, I found a very nice, warm sunshine. For me, the day was looking up and I think nature agrees with me!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Sending Angels To All

I take a lot of statue photos so I changed this one up a bit. Using filters, I liked this look. I like the purple behind the angel. Go easy on me if you do not like this.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Enlarge For More Of An Impact

I was surprised to find the sun shining after work as I thought it was going to be cloudy. I decided to take advantage of the great weather and take a walk after grading 130 essays today for New York State (morons!). It was a great walk minus the prehistoric-sized mosquitoes that drained gallons of blood from my body.

I was not the only person on the trail as you can see below. I made the image a watercolor which can be better seen enlarged. Otherwise, it just looks blurry. Please enlarge.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Early Morning Walk

Beautiful gardens are found when one is looking for them.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Nature Lover

I found these treasures as I began to panic that I wouldn't find a good image to add to my "photo of the day" collection. Luckily, I found something to show!

Friday, June 5, 2009


A sidelong glance,
A funny remark!
Glittering eyes
Meeting in the dark.
Fear of what’s to come
Glad of what is here.
Hoping, wishing, believing
We will be as one.
- David Bennett