Monday, July 27, 2009

A day of editing.

Today I spent about seven hours going through the Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride photos I made on Friday. One of my favorites is the ride over Captree Bridge. At the beginning of the ride, soldiers change into special prosthesis or just put on their artificial limbs for the ride. They make sure all their equipment is road ready, checking air pressure brakes and gears.
One of the last photos I made was of the bottled water and helmet at the end of the 22-mile ride. At the end of the ride, most of the soldiers relaxed with supports who rode with them, some walk over the ocean. A few have never seen or been in the Atlantic. It’s very cool.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Paper Birds

I had a very busy end of the week, and next week looks like more of the same. As a freelance it’s good to be busy. My wife and I were going over the collage loans for the two boys and we just don’t know how we’re going to make ends meet. It’s a good thing we all like macaroni and cheese.
Friday, I photographed the Wounded Warrior’s Solder Ride. There are three legs to this bike ride for wounded war veterans. The first is in Manhattan, the second is mid-island called Babylon to the Beaches, and the third ironically is here where I live at the eastern end of Long Island. I photographed the Babylon to the Beaches ride.
This is the second year I’ve photographed this patriotic and emotional event. Seeing these amazing men, missing arms, legs and sometimes both pedal twenty-two miles is an awesome sight. It makes you think twice about complaining. I will post a photo from this event in the next day of two.
Today’s post is an origami window display from Southampton Village that was made on a walk through the village while waiting for my son to finish work. I processed the raw image in Canon Digital Photo Professional and Photomatix Tone mapping.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Traffic and Rain

I got my Mac back today and I’m three hundred dollars lighter. Yes it was fast, and I feel I was taken advantage of. It’s fixed and I’ll have to be more careful even though I do have a clue as to how I broke the hinge or stripped the screws.
Today’s photo was made on the way home yesterday. Traffic and rain, when there’s nothing else to do, make a photograph. This was made with the Canon G10, and I increased the contrast in Canon’s Digital Photo Professional.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Sag Harbor Flag

I came across this flag in Sag Harbor yesterday after a fundraiser I made photos at. I couldn’t resist the golden hour light on the flag.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Little Purple Flowers

I found these little purple flowers between my property and my neighbor, Sally’s property. I don’t know what there are yet but they photograph nice.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Puddle reflection

They said it would rail all weekend, but today might have been the best day of summer so far.
Today’s post is a reflection in a puddle. I rotated it so it’s right-side-up and also processed it with Photomatix Tone Mapping.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Small Bottles

Today’s photograph was made in a small antique shop in Greenport. My wife and I love to go into these shops, but we rarely make a purchase. In this shop I found a small rubber stamp that says Christmas Greetings for one dollar. I couldn’t pass it up.
The photo was made on the second floor and the small bottles caught my eye.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Morning Glory

I used to love Morning Glories, how they would vine all around the balusters and handrails on my deck. The flowers open in the morning and close later in the day.
But, after a few years of them, they have become like weeds. I have them all over the yard. This one is growing in the compost bin. It has the largest leaves I’ve every see. I guess I could have worse problems.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July 15, 2008

Sad news on the Basking Shark, it died on the beach. Marine researchers will determine what the cause of death is in the next few days.
Today’s picture post is a composite of two images, one focused and the other deliberately out of focus. I used to do this with Kodachrome 25 by making a double exposure in the camera. This is the first attempt at the same effect with digital.
It’s easier to control with the computer that it was with camera exposure alone.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Basking shark

I covered the beached shark story on Long Island’s south shore today. What a crowd! I can’t believe how many people tried to pose with the 1000 pound, 20 foot Basking Shark. One guy tried to push it back into the ocean.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Garden Gloves

Originally I planned to post this photo yesterday. But I didn’t like the angle I made it at. So, after fooling with it a while I decided to crop it, I’m still not loving it.
Saturday after gardening, I left my gloves outside. It poured rain Saturday night into Sunday morning and my gloves got soaked. I thought the leather looked cool, especially the dirty warn palms. So here’s the final version in grayscale, and the original, uncropped color version.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Greenport NY

Evan left for Boy Scout camp today. My wife Cel and I drove him to the Orient Point Ferry where they cross the Long Island Sound to Rhode Island. As in the past summers, he’ll be gone for a week.
After the ferry left, we went for a walk through the village of Greenport. That’s where I found these signs to photograph. Greenport is very much an artist’s community with all its galleries. It’s easy to be inspired as you walk along the streets.
Today’s image was made with the Canon G10 and processed with Photomatix Tone Mapping software,

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Never saw the Beatles

I made today’s photo last night at the Strawberry Fields show for the Town of Babylon. For those of you who don’t know, Strawberry Fields are a Beatles tribute band. They are really good at what they do. Are there Beatle copy bands elsewhere?

Friday, July 10, 2009

July 10, 2009

Today’s photo post was made on Sunday, July 5. I was in Southampton Village and saw this flag and star hanging in a window. I had to make a photo of it. You can see my arm in the bottom right of the blue star field. I cropped out the window frame and processed it with Photomatix Tone Mapping.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Golden Grass

We had a beautiful day yesterday, and it looks like we’re gonna pay for it today. At least I cut the lawn yesterday.
Today’s photo was made with the Canon G10 of some weed grass in the yard. The setting sun added the color, but I did process it with Photomatix Tone Mapping to add a little depth.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

New life and old mud pies.

We had a real hard rain last night that woke everyone up. It sounded as if the house was plunged under water and the rush of air and water was rushing past the outer walls. The sun is up this morning; everything is wet and I see no damage.
I was tied last night yet it was hard for me to fall asleep. I had just returned from a wake for a neighbor’s mom, my second wake since last week. Last Wednesday was a co-worker who actually knew my mom. Fran was a very nice lady who never seemed her age. Cancer took Franny.
So today’s photo is of my wife’s niece’s children as they played in the in-laws yard. And not unlike when I was a tot, still making dirt soup and mud pies.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Red door

This door is from a railroad car at the Long Island Train Museum in Riverhead. Like a kid in a candy store I was attracted by the bright colors.

Monday, July 6, 2009


I know I shouldn’t be saying this…but wow three days in a row of great weather is fantastic. Now I hope I didn’t jinks it. Unfortunately I spent the whole day indoors today doing portraits of summer interns. They were nice enough; I just didn’t want to be there today.
Adam starts his internship in the county attorney’s office tomorrow. He’s very excited. I very excited for him also.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Main Street Main

Today’s photo is from Friday’s walk around Riverhead with my friend Perry. This man asked if we could make a photo of him, so I did. I love his tie.

Saturday, July 4, 2009


An old friend came back to Long Island for a family reunion and we were able to go out and photograph like we did thirty years ago. It was nice catching up with him and talking about film and digital and where everyone is.
We went up to Riverhead and walked around town and then came down to Southampton Village for a while. Today’s post is from the Village for my number series.
I wish all a happy 4th of July, no matter what side of the pond you’re on.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Red white and Blue Hoop

I’ve had to photograph construction at town parks for the last two days. This basketball hoop was still standing at one and the rust caught my eye. That, the sky and the red white and blue netting was enough for me.
Processed with ACR.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Wading River Farmland

Sometimes I come across a landscape so beautiful that I don’t know how someone can doubt the existence of God.
This image is cropped slightly to straighten the horizon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Graduation Weekend: the End

It's over. The moving up from 8th grade and the high school graduation and I survived both. There should be a celebration of the parents, except I’m really too tired to do any of the work or the celebrating.
I had an event to cover Monday, in the parking lot of the catering hall I found today’s post. I spent some time with ACR and Photomatix to bring out the glow of the paint.