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Islands in the Sun / Florida Keys in Color and Black and White

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Island in the Sun, Florida Keys, FL 2012

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 Two Trees, Florida Keys, FL 2012

Heading south from Miami, the road eventually narrows  into just two lanes, north and south. The Overseas Highway is a 127.5 mile highway that carries  U.S. Route 1 from Homestead/Florida City south to Key West at the end. All along the way the road is surrounded by water, islands and wildlife.

Seen in countless movies (remember the limousine chase in Schwarzenegger’s True Lies) http://bit.ly/1bqdZ55 and the majority of television car commercials, the road through the keys is a unique and beautiful place to travel and photograph. And when you reach the end to Key West (AKA Margaritaville), you can enjoy, as Jimmy Buffet sang, a Cheeseburger in Paradise http://bit.ly/11rWT17 …or at least a slice of Key Lime Pie, which is as good as it gets and where it originated.

 

Fire on the Mountain / Colorado Springs

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Fire on the Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO 2010

Having chased the setting sun one evening in Southern Colorado, I came across this scene just after it went below the horizon. I used just enough of the silhouetted mountain to compliment the large area of negative space featuring the reflected sun and evening clouds.

As often happens, I caught this “fire on the mountain” for a moment, and then it was gone.

Categories: Landscapes, Mountains, Nature

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea / Dusk Seascapes

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By the Sea, Deerfield Beach, FL 2013

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Time and Tide Wait For No Man, Deerfield Beach, FL 2013

To create low light, dusk Seascapes such as these, you need: a.) patience, b.) a tripod), c.) a shutter release cable and d) bare feet. The patience is required to wait until just the right light, here, just after sunset. The tripod is a necessity to hold the camera steady to allow for a long exposure to capture the smooth motion of the ocean. The cable release adds an additional amount of steadiness when clicking the shutter. The bare feet are required because you will get wet, and you will sink into the sand as the tide ebbs and flows beneath you.

Here are some tips to avoid disaster, and hopefully capture a great image: a.) keep the camera strap around your neck in case somehow the camera becomes detached from the tripod (nothing worse than an SLR in sea water,) b.) aim one of the Tripod legs down towards the ocean so it remains somewhat steady as the surf comes in and goes out, c.) force the tripod legs deep into the sand (inevitably, it will still move with a big wave, but try to hold it down when that happens, d.) keep the shutter release cable high, (I lay it around my neck), so it won’t get wet dangling down, e.) pay attention to the waves in the background as well as the tide in the foreground to create a solid composition.

Do all of the above and you may come away with something great. Worse case scenario…there is no place better to find yourself as the sun sets on another day.

Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Seascapes

Six Months from Sandy / Seascapes from a Superstorm

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Touch of Light, Jupiter, FL 2012

On the six month anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, a couple images of her effect on the South Florida coastline as she headed north. Wishing a solid recovery to all those affected by the storm.

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Crest and Crash, Jupiter, FL 2012

Smoke on the Water and Fire in the Sky / Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

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Fire in the Sky, Coeur d’Alene, ID 2010

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Smoke on the Water, Coeur d’Alene, ID 2010

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Heat Wave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 2010

Some mornings, in some locations, are simply magical. This particular morning on Coeur d’Alene Lake in Idaho was just such a morning. The light, the fog, the rising sun made for many great images as the conditions changed. In the first image, the key was catching the rising sun, the second was about the fishing boat on the lake, and the third required quickly moving to another location for a different view before the fog lifted.

The trick is moving camera direction quickly, sometimes only slightly, because often the scene changes so fast that if you are not paying attention to your surroundings, you miss something great. And as a photographer, when you miss a great shot, you never forget it…it remains in your mind’s eye, but you can’t show it to anyone else.

A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course

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Waiting by the Bell, Southwest Ranches, FL 2013

Exploring close to home I discovered more of the hidden beauty of Broward County, Florida less than a half hour west of Ft. Lauderdale. The area boasts beautiful homes on large lots of land, many including stables for the horses that inhabit the properties, situated in Southwest  Broward, hence the name, Southwest Ranches. On this image of a horse waiting near the dinner bell for his next meal, it needed a little magic, so I added some in post production. I use software such as Photoshop/Elements or Nik, sparingly, and usually only to clean up or tweak an image to what I saw through the lens. Sometimes, as here, I add a touch more to make an otherwise average image, pop a bit.

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Equine Profile, Southwest Ranches, FL 2013

This profile portrait shows how beautiful this particular animal is, by capturing it close-up, against a plain background (in this case the wall of the stable). As usual, for me, it’s all about the details. From the creases in its beautiful brown hide to the hairs under the chin, the sharp detail of these and the other features of the subject, make for a great animal portrait.

Seeing several of the horses peeking out from their stables, it reminded me of one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. “Mr. Ed” was about a talking (white) horse who always got the best of his owner. The title of this blog post contains some of the popular lyrics from the theme song of the show. And if you are old enough to have watched it, then you will remember Mr. Ed’s favorite thing to say……Wilburrr.

I Shoot Horses…Don’t I? / The Art of Equus

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Equine Snow Scene, Winter Park, CO 2007

The majestic Horse has been represented in Art since the days of prehistoric cave paintings. I am no expert in breeds and could not tell whether the animal in the above image was, in fact a horse, maybe a Bay, or even a mule, combination of horse and Donkey (anyone with a better idea, don’t hesitate to chime in). All I know is a picturesque scene when I see one, and this clearly fit the bill. Driving up the road toward a ranch near Winter Park just after a light snow, the beautiful brown coat and white back and eyes caught my attention.

The beauty and character of many equine subjects work extremely well in a Fine Art photograph. For me, the right composition (location of the animal in the scene) is key as are the details of the animal’s pose. The placement of the head, legs and even the tail can make or break an image. Patience is a virtue with horses. They usually stay in one area for a while unless they become curious and approach you  looking for food. In this case, the momentary lift of a seemingly painted head, with a body lightly covered with snow, created the perfect subject against the snow-covered trees.

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Lone Horseman on Beach, Pacific Northwest 2006

Sometimes less is more. This is an example of using negative space to create an ethereal image of an isolated subject. The lone horseman on this Pacific Northwest beach looked out to Sea in the morning fog.  The mountain range behind him can barely be seen, but became more evident as the fog lifted. Here, the horse and rider stand alone to signify peace and solitude. Again, timing is everything in that immediately after the image was created, the rider was gone and the fog soon lifted.

If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Tales of the Extraordinary

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 If a Tree Falls in the Forest, Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, Logan, OH 2013

When you travel around natural wilderness enough, you are bound to see astonishing things every once in a while. When a baby Black Bear crossed in front of our car one night on a deserted North Carolina road it happened too quickly to photograph. Likewise with the thousand pound Moose I ran into at dusk in the woods of Colorado. That time I wasn’t even thinking about taking a picture,  just how to get around him and get out of there in one piece.

So on those occasions that something wonderous occurs in nature and you do actually capture it photographically, that is something special. It’s not just a “Fisherman’s Tale,” there exists documented proof. Such was the case while shooting at Ash Cave in Hocking Hills State Park in Logan, Ohio. I was photographing the beautiful forest that surrounds the cave, alternating from Black and White to Color, in camera. Suddenly I heard a thunderous sound, as if a bolt of lightning had cracked to the ground right near me. First I ducked, a natural reaction, then, I lifted my camera in the direction of the sound and there, as it was happening, a huge tree, easily hundreds of years old, came crashing down…naturally. Now, it is unusual to be close enough to hear such a rare occurrence, let alone to see it. But to capture it as it happens, that is most likely a once in a lifetime event. I got off four shots as the tree came crashing down, the three consecutive images above were perfect, while the fourth, as it fell to the ground went out of focus. I created this Triptych to memorialize the wonderous moment.

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 Momentary Blizzard, Southeastern OH, 2013

Usually, I’m lucky if one memorable thing happens per shoot. During the same week in Ohio as the tree falling, we were driving down a rural road on a relatively clear, but cold winter day. Within minutes, the sky became dark and from nowhere came a Blizzard of snow so fierce that it caused a “whiteout” forcing me to pull over. We rolled down the window just enough to get off a few shots, and then, within less than a minute, it was over. The snow was gone and shortly thereafter the sky was clear again. That was the first time I had ever experienced a Momentary Blizzard.

The bottom line when it comes to Mother Nature, there is only one thing that is certain …she is absolutely unpredictable.

A good tip results in an unexpected…Paradise Found

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Cascade through Old Man’s Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

When photographing in the Midwest you expect rural farmland, old barns, snow in winter, fall colors in autumn. What you don’t expect are rushing waterfalls cascading down granite cliffs, especially one after the other after the other. Thanks to a tip from a great friend of mine who grew up in Ohio, I took a chance and drove a couple of hours south of Columbus and west of Dayton. Well…alter your expectations.  Having traveled to Hawaii, the Caribbean and the Pacific Northwest, who knew there was a combination of all of them in the Midwestern United States.

Hocking Hills State Park http://bit.ly/15mtjP4 in Logan, Ohio is 2,356 acres of towering cliffs, waterfalls and deep hemlock-shaded gorges. After stopping at the park’s Visitor’s Center for a map and some very helpful information, you drive down the road to the large, open parking lot. It isn’t until you descend down the trail at either end of the lot when the magic starts…immediately. I happened to be there in winter on a cold and rainy day and after melted snow had created a significant flow through Old Man’s Creek. The weather made it a bit challenging with a large camera bag and tripod, but ideal for shooting waterfalls, of which there were so many. Carefully protecting the camera from rain and mist and making sure the lens glass remained dry, it was a labor of love (including a rain poncho, plastic bags and an umbrella). Descending through the gorge trail I followed the cascading water over one cliff after the next. I literally felt as if I was in a movie, like Jurassic Park… without the Dinosaurs.

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Devil’s Bathtub, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

Halfway through the gorge trail is the Devil’s Bathtub. A whirlpool created from the rushing water of Old Man’s Creek seems to flow in all directions as it makes its way down the gorge.

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Fog Around the Bend, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

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Ash Cave, Hocking Hills State Park, OH 2013

At the southern end of the park is the horseshoe-shaped Ash Cave named after the huge pile of ashes found under the shelter by early settlers which was believed to have been left from Indian campfires built up over hundreds of years or used by them for smelting silver or lead from the rocks. Measuring 700 feet from end to end, 100 feet deep from the rear cave wall to its front edge with the rim rising 90 feet high, it is the largest, most impressive recess cave in the state of Ohio.

While in the area there are several great places to stay and eat including rustic lodges, cottages and cabins. Check out the Hocking Hills Resort http://www.hockinghillsresort.net/ and the Inn at Cedar Falls http://innatcedarfalls.com/, both of which had romantic accommodations and dining.

All in all, this tip from a friend became a very welcome and totally unexpected…Paradise Found.

                                                                            

Know the Lay of the Land / The Magical Midwest

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Road to an Old House, Ohio 2013

There are two themes to this current blog post. (1.) Research your location prior to shooting and (2.) Don’t ever underestimate the scenic beauty of a place, case in point…Ohio.

First, the best way to increase your chances of coming back with some good images is to research the location before you arrive. I always look for a book or two on the area in the travel section at Barnes and Noble www.BN.com. Better yet, go to the B & N in the place you are shooting and they may have, as Ohio did, an entire section dedicated to their State. I look for books that are well illustrated, preferably with color photos so I can get an idea of what the scenic locales look like and whether they are worth shooting, always keeping in mind the images may be taken in a different season than I am traveling. Such was the case in the book I purchased entitled: A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio by Ian Adams http://amzn.to/VnpOY0. It gave me (literally) a roadmap to numerous waterfalls located in the area I would be traveling, and these are clearly one of my favorite subjects to shoot. Following the book, my GPS and a trusty old map (remember those?), I successfully located all of the falls in my area, and was pleasantly surprised by the strong, rushing cascades created by recently melting snow.

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West Milton Falls, Miami County, OH 2013

One other good idea in researching a location is asking a local, or former local, who really knows the lay of the land. In my case, it helped that one of my best college buddies originally hailed from Ohio and he turned me on to a magical place known as Hocking Hills. HH is so beautiful that I am saving it for the next post to include several images, so stay tuned.

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White Farm, near Dayton, OH 2013

Finally, as for the scenic beauty of rural Ohio…judge for yourselves here and in a new section I have devoted to it at www.barrystevengreff.com entitled Magical Midwest. From the farms, most of which have an old barn on property, to the trees, to the waterfalls, who knew? …I do now.

Back to the Sea…and it’s Changed / Dinner with a View

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Blue Lines, Dania Beach, FL 2012

Having shot at this particular Pier many times over the years, there had long been an empty restaurant location at the beach end. In 2012 construction began on a new Restaurant. Shooting at sunset one night I noticed that they had installed some blue neon lighting near where the restaurant was being constructed and it eerily reflected blue lines on the surf below it.

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Dinner and a View, Dania Beach, FL 2013

At my most recent shoot at the location, the restaurant had been completed and was packed with diners. The Quarterdeck Restaurant http://www.quarterdeckrestaurants.com/ at Dania Beach Pier, clearly offers Dinner and a View. It also changes a subject I have shot for a long time, opening up new possibilities for images… and great meals, in the future.

If you build it…they will come / BSG Solo Exhibition in NYC closes.

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Manhattan Portrait, Central Park, New York City, NY 2013

I would like to thank all of the people who came to my Solo Exhibition at 25 CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC these last few weeks. Some were good friends, family and people I have met in the photography world. Many others were individuals that came because they love Fine Art Photography. Special thanks to my collectors, past and future and to the legendary photographer Robert Farber www.farber.com who came to my Artist Reception. I have included some images of the event taken by talented wedding/event photographer Vik Manchada http://on.fb.me/VMqG6x.

As usual, while in NYC for the show, after the gallery doors close…I create. I will post some of my new Cityscapes here and going forward. As those that have now seen my work in person know, I am known for the detail in my images. Hence, in the image above, the tourist on the right side of the bridge is taking a photo of her smiling friend standing on the bridge as I am taking one of them…and the city beyond. I always look for the Big Picture.

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              BSG Artist Reception, January 10, 2013 at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, NY

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BSG with legendary photographer, Robert Farber at BSG’s Artist Reception

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Until the next show…Thanks again.

BSG Solo Exhibition at 25CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC

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After participating in a group show at 25CPW Gallery in December, I am having a Solo Exhibition at the gallery. This coming Thursday, January 10, 2013 will be the Artist Reception from 6-9 pm. The Gallery is located on Central Park West at 62nd Street, one block north of Columbus Circle. Anyone that is in New York at the time is very welcome to come by. Additionally, there will be gallery hours from 12pm to 8pm that weekend. www.25cpw.org

A portion of the proceeds will go to Evan’s Team, a foundation created in memory of Evan Lieberman, an amazing young man we lost in a tragic car accident.  www.evansteamny.com

First Sunrise of 2013, Fort Lauderdale Beach. A Sign of Things to Come.

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Getting up some 5 hours after watching the ball drop in Times Square (on TV), I caught the first sunrise of 2013 from Ft. Lauderdale Beach, FL, and even the seagull cooperated on this one.

Hoping this is a sign of good things to come in the New Year.

BSG Extends Exhibition at 25CPW Gallery on Central Park West in NYC

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Select images from the Series: Of the Wild at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

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Select images from the Series: Atmosphere at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

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Select images from the Series: FLOW at 25CPW Gallery, NYC, December 2012

After initial participation in a group exhibition at 25CPW Gallery in NYC, the presentation of my work has been extended and the selection of images increased. For those that live in New York or happen to be vacationing there this week, the Gallery is at street level on the northwest corner of Central Park West and West 62nd Street. 25CPW is located just one block north of Columbus Circle which features the Time Warner Building and Trump International at the corner of Central Park West and Central Park South.

Situated in one of the most exclusive sections of New York City, my work is currently the only artwork featured at the gallery through the New Year and can be seen through both the Central Park West and West 62nd Street picture windows. To announce the exhibition, 25CPW’s website currently showcases my signature image, Niagara and contains the contact information for gallery hours and appointments. http://www.25cpw.org

GALLERY HOURS: The Gallery will be openWednesday (12/26) 5-8pm; Thursday 5-8pm; Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 3-9pm.

Thanks to Bess Greenberg, Founder/Curatorial Director; Abby Verbosky, Manager of Exhibitions and Matt Slater, who hung the exhibition, photographed it and will be at the Gallery showing the work.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season.

Closing Out 2012 in Grand Style – BSG Exhibiting @ 25CPW Gallery/NYC

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Cab Ride in the Rain, Radio City Music Hall, NYC 2009

Closing out 2012 in grand style. I will be exhibiting work at 25CPW, the great New York City gallery located at Central Park West and West 62nd Street. http://www.25cpw.org/ Bess Greenberg, Founder/Curatorial Director and Abby Verbosky, Manager of Exhibitions run the gallery which has recently held a 100 year celebration of Editta Sherman’s celebrity portraits that was covered by ABC News and the New York Times. They have also mounted exhibits with the Magnum Foundation, the New York Camera Club and continue to show the work of established and emerging artists.

The Artist’s Market group exhibition will run from Thursday night through Sunday night. Gallery hours are 12 pm to 8 pm, with an Artist’s Reception Saturday night with live music from 6pm to 9pm (gallery will close at 10:00 pm).

I hope that all my NYC friends and anyone else that might like to see some interesting work, will stop by. Thank You.

Art Basel Miami – Looking Forward

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This week in Miami we have Art Basel Miami Beach and numerous Art Fairs during the week of December 3-9. Originally Art Basel Switzerland, many of the finest galleries in the world now also bring their wares to Miami this week to benefit from the great weather and huge crowds of art lovers.

I have in the past, and will this week, utilize this opportunity to network with galleries around the world with an eye towards additional exhibitions. Looking forward, you’ve gotta believe.

Slanted Rain – Natural Frame – Everglades Storm Scenics

Slanted Rain, Alligator Alley, Florida Everglades 2012

While following an isolated downpour along Florida’s Alligator Alley I stopped at a location that had a break in the Sawgrass to capture an interesting foreground in the image. The dark clouds were reflected in the water as the storm moved across the River of Grass, while the slanted rain in the background completed the scene.

Natural Frame, Markham Park, Sunrise, FL 2012

When shooting, composition is key. Often you will see a scenic framed by trees or other natural borders. I like to think outside the Box, pun intended, when I am framing an image. Here I used the dark clouds, approaching downpour and reflection of the trees in the water to form a Natural Frame around the scene.

This image was created at Markham Park http://bit.ly/VSCaWP in Broward County, Florida (@readybroward), which also offers camping, mountain bike trails, a gun range and dog park…fun for the entire family. On some evenings they even have a large telescope set up for viewing other planets that may be closer to earth than usual. It’s an all around stellar place…forgive me, I couldn’t resist..

One Man’s Tragedy…is Another Man’s Treasure / Art of a Superstorm

 A Sign of Things to Come, Deerfield Beach, FL 2012

 Collateral Breakers, Coral Cove Park, Tequesta, FL 2012

From personal experience I understand and sympathize with those affected by the recent Superstorm Sandy. Living in South Florida I survived the outskirts of Hurricane Andrew and a ground zero hit from Hurricane Wilma. I know what it is to re-build and that it takes years to reach “normalcy” because of the enormity of the situation.

So, when I am lucky enough to have a storm go by without it being a direct hit, I am drawn to the ocean and get as close to it as possible in order to photograph the Seascapes it creates. That’s exactly what I did to commemorate my 55th Birthday last week. We headed to the beach to see what Sandy was packing and walked out onto the Deerfield Pier where only the heartiest fisherman braved the powerful winds and fierce intermittent rain squalls. We were out at the Pier’s end as the wind and rain bands blasted away from the storm and toward the beach, causing the fisherman to crouch in front of the wooden benches for some, albeit limited, cover. The force of the wind was so strong that I had to hold on to the railings to anchor myself while trying to capture focused images without destroying my camera. Blocking the rain with my body and covering my camera with plastic, my rain coat, and a now demolished umbrella, I caught the first image above, A Sign of Things to Come. Although this definitely lets you appreciate the power of Mother Nature, we are quite experienced in these storms and (hopefully) know the limits of what is safe… so definitely don’t try this at home.

As for the second image above, we followed the storm as it traveled north and photographed the sunrise at Coral Cove Park in Tequesta, Florida on Jupiter Island http://bit.ly/SyI9dQ. By then the storm was creating 20 foot waves that could be seen breaking farther out to sea than any of the locals had ever witnessed before. Later in the day we had to leave the beach on Hutchinson Island because the winds were so strong the pelting sand stung like BBs. I knew it was time to leave when my 6′, 200 lb. (plus) body was being lifted off the ground.

After feeling the effects of the outskirts of the storm, I did send notice to those in my social network stratosphere of how powerful she was, even from hundreds of miles out to sea. Clearly, it was a sign of things to come.

For me, this storm allowed for the creation of some treasured images …while for so many others it caused such great tragedy.

You can donate to Red Cross Hurricane Relief at http://rdcrss.org/PBhIGV).

Living Color – Autumn Scenes East and West

Gold Standard, Steamboat Springs, CO 2008

Since much of this country is exhibiting Autumn colors this time of year, I have re-visited one of my classic landscapes entitled Gold Standard. Stopping along a very long drive to Steamboat Springs in Colorado, this snow-capped mountain rose up behind a golden strand of Aspen trees creating a scene that begged to be photographed. Not being near a landscape with changing colors this year, I re-post this image to remember what I am missing and to look forward to seeing it again next year and for many years to come.

Rocky Road, Lookout Mountain, GA 2009

Remembering days gone by growing up in Long Island, NY, raking fallen leaves and jumping into the piles, Rocky Road contrasts the eastern orange and red leaf colors that I remember to the west coast Aspen golds. This image was captured at Rock City Gardens near the border of Tennessee and Georgia, outside Chattanooga, TN www.seerockcity.com. A spectacular place to visit during the Fall when the winding rock paths are framed by, and then covered with, the beautiful turning leaves. The 140 foot waterfall at the end of the road captured both my heart and my umbrella when I leaned too far over the railing to get the right angle for another image. Well, better the umbrella then my camera equipment…or me.

Evening Reflection – Mist on the Water

Mist on the Water, Markham Park, Sunrise, FL 2012

Sometimes, the best views can be found in your own backyard. This picturesque evening scene combined a reflection of the last light of day and a light mist on top of a lake in one of our local Broward County parks http://www.broward.org/parks.

Goes to show…there’s no place like home.

Categories: Landscapes, Nature

The Solitary Reader – California Coast

The Reader, California Coast 2009

While shooting along the California coast, we came across this scene out of an old painting. The Reader was deep into her book as the sea birds and sea lions played off shore.

If this doesn’t say solitary, I don’t know what does (except, of course for the photographer behind her creating the image).

P.S. I am trying this post, for the “Solitary” theme for WordPress’s Post a Day. @postaday

Categories: Landscapes, Nature, Seascapes

Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam, Wyoming 2005

Seeking the promise of hundreds of miles of unbridled snowmobile trails we took the extremely long drive from Denver, Colorado, north to Wyoming. Seemingly placed as a welcome sign for the state, the moment we crossed the border into Wyoming, there was a herd of Buffalo, or Bison if you prefer, grazing on the plains. This is one of those scenes that I definitely stop the car for. Killing two birds with one stone, I enjoyed a must needed stretch and also created an image framed by the fence posts in the foreground leading back to the foothills. The bright blue sky seemed to go on forever and topped off the memorable scene, luckily it was a bit “cloudy all day,” at least enough to compliment the scene.

So yes, there are definitely Buffalo in Wyoming…even as soon as you get there, and hundreds of miles of unbridled snowmobile trails to boot (pun intended).

Bears and Wolves, Oh My – Wild Scenes Repeated

Bear in Field of Flowers, British Columbia, 2004

Although my specialties are close-up intimate portraits of animals and iconic landscapes, when you are out shooting and a beautiful wild animal happens by, you can’t help capturing them (photographically speaking) in their natural environment.

On the trip to British Columbia mentioned a few posts ago, I had seen a brochure for a “bear tour” offered at the extreme sports desk in downtown Whistler. Run by a bear “expert,” a few of us adventurous (ie. crazy) souls hopped into this man’s SUV for a summer drive up the ski slopes and into the woods. There he brought us (on foot) to within a very short distance of some 300 to 400 pound Black Bears in the wild. Apparently (and gratefully) they were used to his presence, because they went about their business as we quietly stood by in awe. The darkness of the woods made it very difficult to get a good shot (I didn’t think using a flash was wise), so I was lucky to capture this one image as the bear left the woods and crossed a field of flowers.

This is one of several bucket-list items I have tried once, I cherish the memory of, but don’t plan on doing again…at least not for this species.

Wolf in Field, Yellowstone, WY 2010

Driving along the road seeking landscape images in Yellowstone, I came across this wolf making his way across a field. Reminded of the bear image I captured many years before, I shot this as he passed in front of me. The image tends to show my progression as a photographer and in this National Park the wildlife is accustomed to humans, which can be very dangerous when we get too close to them… Thank goodness for long lenses.

Last Glimmer of Light in the TERRAIN Exhibition at The Kiernan Gallery

Last Glimmer of Light, Winter Park, CO 2007

My image Last Glimmer of Light, Winter Park, CO 2007 is currently being featured in the TERRAIN Exhibition and accompanying catalogue at The Kiernan Gallery in Lexington, Virginia.

The show runs from August 29 through September 29, 2012. Information about the Gallery and Exhibition can be found at http://bit.ly/RsaIaI and the Gallery Statement for TERRAIN is:

“Looking at both the vast and the microscopic, landscape photography takes us from backyards to national parks; from mountains to coastlines. This genre includes images of the untouched beauty of the earth as well as places impacted by mankind. In addition to beauty, it often explores the contours of our relationship with the land, presenting historic battlefields, high-rise jungles, or threatened environments. For Terrain, The Kiernan Gallery seeks images that explore the beauty and complexity of our landscape.”

Categories: Landscapes, Mountains, Nature

Home Again – Reflection in Pink… Flamingo

Pink Reflection, Davie, FL 2012

After exhibiting several black and white scenics for the last few posts, I am switching it up here with an image that depicts both color and life. Although this is not one of my usual tightly framed close-ups, sometimes an environmental animal portrait begs to be captured.

The idea for this image stems from my childhood memories. Growing up on Long Island, NY, it was very common to see lawn statues, from elves to ducks to flamingos. So when I see a flamingo standing in water, it brings me back to those days gone by. This particular scene had some warm late afternoon lighting which rendered a reflection of the beautiful bird in the water before it.

I have recently discovered several great photographic locations in my own (current) neighborhood while shooting locally, none more so than the beautiful Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL. http://www.flamingogardens.org/ Magnificent trees, roaming peacocks and various other animals and birds on exhibition, this naturally rich and historic attraction is a great place to spend the day for anyone of any age. There are plenty of flamingos and ducks, but no elves…at least none that I have seen so far.

The Road Less Traveled – Miami Nature Scenic

The Road Less Traveled, Miami, FL 2012

I have always believed that a good scenic image draws the viewer into it. Roads, wooded pathways and trails are particularly good to draw in the minds eye. Capturing the best composition often requires shooting from the middle of the road. This requires extreme caution because on seemingly deserted roads, inevitably someone comes speeding along believing they are the only one on the road. The safest way to do this is having your back watched. If that is not available…don’t try this at home.

Sea Design – Oregon Coast / EQUIVALENTS Exhibition opens in Seattle

Sea Design, Bandon, Oregon 2009

Pinnacles in the Mist, Olympic Peninsula, WA 2006

My blog posts are often inspired by current world events or my own personal observations and experiences. Most recently, a phone call to one of my best college buddies, wherein he told me he was off to Oregon, inspired a post on…Oregon. His son was ending a cross-country bike trek there to benefit affordable housing in the U.S. A great effort for a great cause deserves our attention…and contribution. http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/5653

As for the first image, from a casual seaside hotel I captured this scenic Black and White image of the pinnacles at Bandon Beach, Oregon. Having walked amongst the rocks during low tide, once the sea came back in it created this beautiful design along the beach.

The second scene, which was previously posted, I came across unexpectedly as I climbed atop a large pile of petrified wood that had floated ashore over time. Catching the fog, just before it lifted, this image captures the sole of this beautiful location.

A magnificent part of the country, the scenery and the local seafood alone make this area a great place to visit. The fact that you can find sand dunes, granite cliffs, pinnacles and old growth forest, all within a few hours drive of each other on the coast, in my humble opinion, makes this the greatest road trip in America.

P.S. GALLERY OPENING: As indicated in this PDN Photoserve News item at: http://bit.ly/T7bmhi, the Equivalents exhibition at the PhotoCenter NW Gallery in Seattle, WA opened this weekend. From over 2,000 entries, my image “Niagara” was juried into the exhibition by the legendary Curator and Collector, W.M. Hunt (who will speak on opening night at the Seattle Art Museum). The show will run from August 3rd to September 18th, 2012. http://bit.ly/SFsHxI (see image 61 of 65 on the Gallery website).

Into the Clouds – Top of a Glacier in Black and White

Into the Clouds, British Columbia, 2004

While at the top of the Glacier mentioned in the last post, I would have been remiss not to have created some Fine Art work. Special places tend to result in special images, as I like to believe this one is. The granite mountaintop is lightly covered in snow and breaking through the clouds. Clearly, not something you see…or feel, everyday.

Christmas in July – To the Mountaintop for a Walk in the Clouds

Glacier, British Columbia, 2004

                                                                Blackcomb Helicopter, British Columbia, 2004

Having seen various marketing ads this week featuring the concept of Christmas in July, I was inspired to post a cold image during the sweltering heat we feel here in South Florida at this time of year, and now being felt by much of the country as well.

Several years ago, on a trip to British Columbia, Canada, we took a helicopter flight to the top of a glacier near the resort town of Whistler with a company that is now known as Blackcomb Aviation http://www.blackcombaviation.com/. Landing and then walking around at what seems like the top of the world, the peace one feels standing in the clouds is inexplicable. After this experience, I knew where they came up with the term “walking on cloud nine” to describe the feeling of blissful happiness…that about describes it.

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