Shots in Challenging Light – Family Fun Day 2015


This past Sunday, I was asked to cover a community event for families in Queensbury, NY. This event usually has live music, games, food, bounce houses and a special speaker. My assistant JoDee and I tag teamed the event to get some choice shots.

Unfortunately, the light was challenging: clear sky with overhead sun for many of the shots! So I decided to improvise, purposely overexposing certain shots and artificially enhancing the contrast. Many of the shots looked more artsy than you’d expect for event photography, but the client was happy. For that matter, so was I. :)

Shots taken with EOS 7D, 150-500mm zoom.

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The Wasteland – An Exception to the Rule


A composite of statue and background. I decided to deliberately blur this image as it seemed artistically appropriate. Just proves that maybe not every photo needs to be “tack sharp.” Enjoy. :)

Exposure Data: ISO 200, f/5, 1/320

Toadstool Dream – What am I Looking At?

Mushroom Dream

I’ve never done drugs. Honest!

I chuckle as I remember my wife’s words (shown in the title) as I showed her this shot. It started with two tiny mushrooms I found growing along the sidewalk. Then I grabbed some brown mulch and a slab of gray slate. A little natural side light and a liberal application of one of the Topaz Adjust Solarize filters and it turned psychedelic!

A just-for-fun freebie that was amusing to produce.

The Legacy – From a Lesson in Still Life

Grandma's Legacy

A quick freebie from a still life workshop I provided for some disabled folks yesterday. Topics included styling, composition, lighting, and use of reflectors. The subject is a handmade display case my late grandmother put together. Such memories…

Shot taken with EOS 60D, Tamron 18-270mm zoom at 33mm.

Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/16, 5″

Grunge effect courtesy of Topaz Adjust.

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Ghosts at the Lake

The Twilit Lens:

One more reblog this week. Photos like these remind me of why I got into photography in the first place. Do check out her blog, “There Was a Time.” :)

Originally posted on "There was a time" -the runes of the gatekeeper's daughter and other tales:

a family story

We summered at Shawnigan Lake on the island when we were all young. I look at the old movies and photographs of us- mom, dad and the four siblings, laughing, with arms around each other, and wish I could peel back the fading layers of time. Sometimes I think I see light shining through the cracks and if I just put my eye to it there we all will be again; water skiing, swimming, sitting around the campfire roasting marshmallows and weenies. Of course, we didn’t have iPads or iPhones, so we talked, listened to transistors and read and told stories in the evenings!!

Both my parents, my grandparents,and my little brother are now gone but they and all the rest of us have left a memory here, stirring among the wind eyed trees and echoing on the lake like the lone and unknown piper whose plaintive longing…

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