Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Years Eve 08

It’s been one lazy day today for me. I’ve been sitting around all day, just looking at everything that needs to get done. Everyone has one of those days today is mine. Tonight we bring in 2009 at my in-laws. What’s nice is that we don’t have to drive. Today, it snowed on top of rain, and now it’s cold and blowing, so the walk maybe as bad as if we drove somewhere.
I’m not one for resolutions. I do think 09 will be more difficult for me as a freelancer and this year was no picnic. Still, we got by, and the bills are the bills. I’ll have two college tuition bills come September and that worries me the most. I don’t know what Adam, my high school senior will get offered. I’ll just have to wait and see.
All in all, I’m thankful for my family and the place where we are at in life. I’ve seen dysfunctional families, families troubled by addictions, and families will low moral character. God has blessed us, and this I am thankful for.
Today’s picture is from the walk on the beach Sunday. This is St. Andrew’s Dune Church. The dune side. With the fog it looked a little eerie.
Happy New Years to all.

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Last Monday of 2008

I spent the morning working on images from the Vanderbilt Museum’s fundraiser I worked last night. What a wonderful place, I can’t believe anyone wants to see it close. It’s just that government hasn’t figured a way to fund the operations of the place and not affect some other program or raise fees somewhere. The museum’s untouchable trust fund doesn’t generate enough money to cover the operating expenses since the market went south, and Suffolk County’s executive and legislative branches are bricking over what to do.
The Vanderbilt also has a cool planetarium. I was there as a kid to see a show about the solar system. Last night they did an updated version for the crowd. Today’s post is from last night at the planetarium. It’s a combination of two images one with the star projector and the moon, and one with the projector and the man.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday December 28th

Today’s photo is from my mid-morning walk along the beach today. The weather is warm and clouds are low. It was eerie and peaceful at the same time. I came across plenty of interesting images making it a productive walk.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Quite Saturday

The house is quite this morning. The family is a bit on the tired side from yesterday’s trip into the big city. We have a tradition in our family to go into Manhattan between Christmas and New Years. We visit Macy’s Herald Square and ride the wooden escalators, visit the Christmas Department, if it’s still up, and purchase half off cards and ornaments. We go out to dinner, visit the big tree, window shop and just enjoy some time together as a family. We always have fun on the train ride in and back. In past years, we’ve been rained on as we ran from building alcove to building alcove and we’ve been caught in snow between home and the train.
This year we ate at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. on Broadway. It was really good for a chain restaurant. The wait staff was excellent and the food was good. We had a good laugh at some of the places we ate in the past.
Manhattan was exceptionally crowded yesterday. I guess with many people having a four day holiday, I should have figured it would be crowded. It wasn’t all that bad; we got to where we wanted to go.
The crowds did make me think of what a nightmare it would be for homeland security if there were a problem. I remember Christmas 2001, the armed guards and police dogs at Penn Station, I’m sure not many people were thinking those thoughts last night.
Today’s picture post is one of the many I made while riding the escalators in Macy’s. These two young ladies were posing for a friend and I snatched one for myself.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Day

Christmas has changed over the years. The cat was the first one up this morning. My wife and I could have waited till morning to put the gifts under the tree. No one else would have known. Anyway, it’s a little before two and it’s time to go to the in-laws. To anyone who visits today, may you have a Blessed Christmas.
Today’s picture post is from December 6th, one of the many trees the Village of Southampton has decorated along Main Street. Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve 2008

I was on line at the post office yesterday. It was ten minutes before opening and there were five people before me. We were waiting in the lobby for the doors to open. It seemed that the first four knew each other. Their conversation started with the trashing of someone with an over-decorated house to the post office people never opening on time. Two days before Christmas and they couldn’t find something nice to say about anything.
Joe, the postman who works the counter opened five minutes early. How nice was that!
Sad that it was wasted on a group of ungrateful folks, sometimes there’s no pleasing people.
The weather took a turn and warmed up. I stopped at the ocean and made a few photos. The sunset was beautiful as was the beach. No waves or breeze to speak of, but relaxing. Even the gentle rhythm of waves has a soothing effect. There was only one other person walking with her dog.
Solitude is a good way to clear your head.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Catch me

Today’s post came from Bellport’s Beaverdam Creek on Saturday. Fresh snow always looks so pretty. This leaf has such beautiful earth tones. I love the way it was caught on the twigs. If you don't look close, you can't see it not just hanging on, but suspended and punctured by branches during its fall.

Monday, December 22, 2008


It was ice cold today. I spent the morning picking up blank CD’s and DVD’s. I need to back-up some files and clean up the laptop. Needless to say I didn’t venture out today. I want to post an image I made on Friday at the Peconic River. I love the way the branches in the background look. It was the repetition of the branches that first caught my attention. But it was this folded leaf that made me stop to make this photo. During Saturday’s walk in Bellport I did a similar photo that I will post tomorrow.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Sunday Rainy Sunday

Today’s rain is washing all the snow away. I wet for a little walk this morning but nothing caught my eye. I have those kinds of days. Writers have them, painters have them, I’m sure anyone who creates has them. I read on someone’s blog about a composer who kept musical riffs and combined them later to make songs. Someone responded about writers doing something similar with characters that don’t make the cut the first time around. It got me thinking. I know what I do with the images I don’t use, but what do other photographers do? I have a file cabinet full of similars and images I think have historical value. But, with digital, is there a need to keep an image that looks like another?
Today’s picture post is from yesterday. I was in Bellport and came across this scene. I’m lucky I had my camera.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

December 20th

It snowed yesterday. Nice. It looks beautiful outside. Winter is one season I have mixed feelings about. It definitely brings about a holiday spirit for me but by mid January I’ve had enough of the cold. Yesterday I made some pictures alone the Riverhead section of the Peconic River. I stopped between shopping just in time to catch some snow in some of the images. Then I headed down to the village to finish shopping. Wait is shopping really ever finished?
Anyway, the village was covered in snow and looked beautiful so I walked with my camera looking for other things that looked interesting. At home we made the usual chocolate chips, ginger snaps and chocolate drop cookies and did our annual Christmas portrait. Which is today’s post.

Friday, December 19, 2008


It was a beautiful day today. Surprising since it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. I spent the day delivering cookies to clients and making pages for a client’s book. I did a bit of Christmas shopping and after dinner we decorated the tree.
Today’s image was made Wednesday on my wet, walk through the woods.
Doesn't it look like a smile?

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Overcoming obstacles

I took a short walk today looking for something new to post. I had something I shot yesterday on a job. It was the hands of the stenographer typing away on her steno machine. I actually took a similar photo a few months ago at her request. The older one was better, so I had to go for the walk. The weather didn’t help. I hate taking my camera out in the rain.
I came across this image and thought about how this tree just grew right over the sign. I started to think about how weird this was. It looks like a “No Trespassing” sign from years ago. The tree looks as if it has poured itself over the sign. Maybe, in some strange way it wants visitors. It plans to consume the sign, so as I trespass, as I usually do, I could say, “sign, what sign?” It’s amazing how Mother Nature overcomes obstacles. I need to take a lesson or two.

Monday, December 15, 2008

C, zinc and chicken soup

Sorry about the lapse in posts. I was a little under the weather this weekend. I’m still not one hundred percent. I have a morning shoot and freelancing doesn’t come with sick time. It will be fast, the US Marines Tots for Tot’s annual collection photo. There’s probable hundreds of photographers making this or similar photos across the country as the Corps collects toys from collection points and get them ready for distribution.
Today’s image is from Saturday. My son Adam is on the high school wrestling team. They have these tournaments that last the whole day. He needed to catch the bus at five thirty AM and we got home at around seven. I missed his first two bouts. I had a family sitting to do.
Adam is seconds away from pinning his opponent. This bout gave him third place in his weight class. Congrats.

Friday, December 12, 2008


Friday, the end of the workweek for some, the beginning for others. As a photographer, it’s rare to have a weekend off. Everyday is a workday. I get a call to do a job, and if I’m not already booked, I take it. Simple. Sometimes I get a call and they ask what days I available. That happened yesterday. But events are not usually scheduled around me.
Today’s picture post is also from the Prosser Pines walk. If I wasn’t earning a living yesterday it was pouring down rain. So I didn’t have time to just wonder with my camera. We got wet enough during an outdoor press conference about Smart Cars.
I need those few minutes alone not thinking about anything.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Prosser Pines

Prosser Pines
This image is from yesterday’s walk through Prosser Pines in Yaphank. It used to be called Cathedral Pines. I don’t know why they changed it. Our first house was not too far from this extremely unique place. Long Island is known for its beaches, not for towering pine trees. This place has the tallest pine trees I’ve ever seen on the Island. It’s a hidden gem. This is one of those places I continue to revisit and I always fine something new there. Yesterday was gray and drizzling rain, which added to the mystery this place holds.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Guess the Song

I missed a post yesterday. I wanted to write about a photo blog I visited even though I didn’t have a new photograph to post. I still don’t, I haven’t shot anything personal since Saturday.
That’s just the point. The blog, "what it all looks like" ( has some good photojournalism. If I made images like that for a living, I wouldn’t mind posting them.
When I started my blog, I promised I would only post what I liked, no work. And I’d try to make it an exercise to look for different things that I found attractive or interesting.
My photography on the job is safe, not edgy. I don’t editorialize. That’s not to say that I haven’t produces images on the job that I like, I have. Maybe I’ll post one in the future.
Today’s image is old; it was made on the 20th of September in Potsdam, NY.
Can you guess the song?

Monday, December 8, 2008

Nostalgic Spirit

Monday morning and I’m listening to Christmas songs as I get things in order before I leave for the first photos of the day. Saturday night’s Christmas tree lighting and parade in the village was nice. It was cold but fun.
Yesterday, it snowed. There was no accumulation, but snow and Christmas music is all it takes to change my mood. I also like to watch those old sappy Christmas shows; Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol and It’s a Wonderful Life.
Which brings me to today’s picture post. This old Chevy is used by Hildeth’s Department Store for advertisement. Being in the nostalgic spirit I made it sepia for the post.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Saturday Afternoon

I had so much planned to accomplish today and I got none of it done. It does feel nice to catch my breath after a busy week.
Today’s photo I made at the Rogers Mansion, which houses the Southampton Historical Society in the village. I went for a walk this morning and took along the camera. I have always been intrigued with the look of dead Hydrangea.
We’ll all going back to the village for the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting shortly. So I’m not planning on getting much of anything done today.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Personal Narnia

This is from another walk in the woods I took yesterday morning. It was brisk, but not cold enough to make any of the puddles ice over. I’m not sure if this was a small pond or a large puddle. I needed to walk off the trail a bit to get to this spot. It made me fell like I was in Narnia. I had a nice walk even if I didn’t make many images. I didn’t have my polarizer with me so I make some adjustments in Photoshop to get rid of the glare from the sky.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Hanging on

Here’s another image from yesterday’s walk in the woods. The sunlight caught it just right and all I needed to do was to be there with camera.

Leaves don't drop they just let go,
And make a place for seeds to grow.
Every season brings a change,
A seed is what a tree contains,
To die and live is life's refrain.
From: Leaves Don’t Drop (They Just Let Go)
© 2007 Carrie Newcomer & Michael Mains

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

I see music

There’s a little down time between jobs this morning so I took a walk through the woods.
That’s where I found these backlit weeds. If you looked through the years of slide pages that fill my file cabinet, you’ll find a similar photo. I sure there’s more than one. I love the way they look backlit. Today’s group reminds me of musical notes. I made a few different exposures with a wide-open aperture to keep the focus shallow.
The forest, or in my case here on Long Island, the woods, are a muse in many art forms. It’s an intriguing place to explore, full of surprises both good and bad. It can be relaxing when you need to get away from civilization or stressful when you wonder too far off a know path.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Busy, busy, busy. I can’t remember which Christmas movie it’s from, but I can hear the voice in my head. I finished yesterday in a middle school photographing students serving and entertaining senior citizens. I’m always touched when I see service projects like that. It’s my favorite part of the job. These children were genuine in their need to make the elders feel comfortable and loved, even if it was in the middle school cafeteria. Much better than covering a talking head at a press conference. Yesterday’s buzz was still the poor temp worker that was trampled by Wal-Mart shoppers. A Nassau legislator was talking about new laws to prevent this from happening again. Someone was actually blaming the Nassau County Police Department. More police were needed at Wal-Mart to control the crowds and keep the peace. In my mind I herd we should be using tax dollars to subsidize holiday shopping at a greedy irresponsible retailer. Yea right! Not my tax dollars. Don’t get me started. It’s hard keeping my mouth shut at some of these press conferences. But my job is to get the shot…just get the shot.
Today’s image is totally boring, but typical of my style. I still can’t believe I paid 1.97.9 for regular.

Monday, December 1, 2008

The Routine

Back to the routine, boy am I a creature of habit. It poured rain for most of the day yesterday. The tree lighting I was to cover was canceled. This morning seems mild and dry. I have a busy week a head of me. Hopefully the weather will cooperate.
This image is from a walk I took back in October that also yielded the truck grill image.
I couldn’t pass up the colors of the building and that Mother Nature added her own artistic two cents at the bottom.