Sunday, December 27, 2015
Friday, December 25, 2015
We experienced an amazing, fun-filled, and busy weekend in Manhattan meeting Megan's long lost cousins from the island of Lifou. We didn't have much time to spare, but we did find time to make it to the American Museum of Natural History, Times Square, and Rockefeller Plaza.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
....my photographic attention turns to our backyard bur oak. I can stretch the camera outside our upstairs bathroom window for some amazing perspectives. This stiched panorama did the job of portraying just how massive and gnarled the limbs really are.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
|We live right next to a big, gnary, 100+ year-old bur oak.|
Have you ever come back from a photo shoot thinking you took a bunch of great pictures? Maybe you didn't put everything you had into each picture, but you took so many, there had to be a few good ones in there?
That's the story of my weekend. Lots of pictures, very few photographs. I struggled to find something to share with you this evening. Simply put, quantity does not equal quality.
Thursday, December 3, 2015
When the massive "North Side Fix" project began here in Columbus, I was not excited. I have a reverse commute, and the fixes to the massive interchange just north of our house would actually increase my commute time. But the silver lining? At this time of year, I'm sitting in traffic with a stunning view of the sunset. Just a little change has resulted in an entirely different point of view for my camera.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
There's something romantic about being on the rooftop. Looking down below all that's going on, knowing you've found a little corner of the world to just sit and watch the sunset. This concludes my lookback at some of my favorite images from previous travels to NYC. Now, it's time to decide which gear I'll be taking and what types of photographs I'd like to bring back this time.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
There's nothing quite like watching a sunset from a rooptop in Manhattan. During our 2010 visit, Weston had a blast running around on the roof. By this time, he had recovered from the terror that was the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. He needed to get out some energy. Yes, we were some 30 or so floors up, and there was a nice fence, but it still made unnerved me. Alas, he survived.
Tomorrow I'll bring an end to the New York Series. During our upcoming trip I'm not going to have a ton of time to photographing explore the city, but hopefully I'll get a few new images that I like. We'll be staying in the Upper West Side. Do you have a favorite NYC location that shouldn't be missed for photography?
Monday, November 30, 2015
If you find yourself in New York City, try to make it onto a roof. Usually, you'll be alone, and you just get an absolutely wonderful perspective from above. During this 2010 trip, Megan and I flew to LaGuardia via Port Columbus. This time, our silver mini-van will be battling traffic.
Sunday, November 29, 2015
In Manhattan, every little bit of space is used. How nice would it be to have your own little rooftop patio? Yes, sometimes I feel boxed in by my quarter acre lot in Worthington, but really, I have nothing to complain about.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Back in 2010, photography was still done using the small point and shoot cameras that had become ubiquitous by that time. But as you can see below, cell phones were starting to creep in. Who they would have thought that they would completely replace dedicated cameras just five years later?
By the end of the day, boy was our little one-and-a-half-year-old tuckered out!
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The apartments along the Hudson River on the upper west side are impressive. This area of the city was away from the hustle and bustle. We could go down to Riverside Park to get away from the feeling we were visiting some gigantic how "many humans can we put in a box" experiment. None the less, I'd still like to live a year in the city to see if I could survive. Sinatra sang a song about that, right?
This is the last black and white image I'll share from NYC. Up next, we'll get a little color.
Monday, November 23, 2015
I'm taking a look at photographs I've taken in Manhattan leading up to our December trip to the most crowded island in the country. Here we are in Megan's grandparents apartment back in 2006. This was the little place we could go to get away from the activity.
Monday, November 16, 2015
On our walk through Central Park in January 2007, I distinctly remember Megan looking at this tree and saying something like "now I could draw that!" I called her on it, yet I still haven't seen anything. I tried to replicate the success of this photograph back in 2010, but my black and white version is way better. The contrast between the natural, seemingly random craziness of the tree branches contrasting with the rigid angles of the baseball backstop makes this photograph for me.
Three years later, same subject, different angle, not nearly as effective.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
Saturday, November 14, 2015
This photo taken under the Glen Span Arch is perhaps my favorite image from Manhattan. It was built in 1865. To this day, this image moves me perhaps more than any other image that I have captured.
Friday, November 13, 2015
I first visited Manhattan during my high school senior trip in the late 90's. I can remember two things- I was elated I wasn't mugged, and I walked for what seemed like hours going around and around the city. Fast forward ten years to when I met Megan. Her grandparents lived in Manhattan. Upper west side, around 110 and Broadway. Just a block or so south of Tom's Restaurant of Seinfeld fame.
Manhattan is such a different living experience. I've always thought I'd like to try it, just to see if I wouldn't go crazy. There are ways that people cope, by finding refuge in the cracks or corners. There's no unused space on that island. Every spot of land is marked out and taken. There's very little wild there, even though there are seemingly wild places.
Megan and I had just been married a few months when unfortunate circumstances brought us again to the city. During this trip was when I was really diving into photography. My images that I'll show to start this series are rightfully dark, but still remain in my memory as some of the most powerful photographs I have taken. We were staying in dormitories at the Riverside Church seminary. Our room looked out into a beautiful sheltered courtyard where the daffodils were blooming in the cold, misty rain of mid January. Yes, January.
We'll bringing the whole family to Manhattan just before Christmas to meet Megan's far lost relatives from the island Lifou, part of New Caledonia in the Pacific Ocean. A long lost cousin left New York long ago, sometime in the mid 19th century, and settled on the other side of the world making a name for himself on a tiny tropical coral island. His descendants haven't been back since. That will change come December, when we'll meet them in the city. I hope the boys remember this reunion forever, as they're going to have quite the story to tell when they get older. Who knows- maybe they will travel to Lifou?
Thursday, November 12, 2015
And it was amazingly awesome. If I didn't have these photos, it would swear it was only dream. But no, it wasn't! I pushed my little Samsung point and shoot hard back then and came home with 600+ images. That was A LOT back in the film days. Before this trip, I didn't take many photos. After, I couldn't stop. Enjoy the best from those three months or so nearly 17 years ago. My goal? Take the family back in 2019, 20 years after my first visit.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
We're almost towards the end of the fall color season. Some years, our giant bur oak holds onto its leaves through mid-November, and we might just be having one of those years. The neighboring honeylocust cultivar is already bare.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Crayola has upped their game since when I was a kid. Both boys LOVE these window crayons. I couldn't help but photograph the light streaming through Brody's latest creation. Be on the lookout for interesting light filtering through your windows. The play of shadows resulting from the lower angle of sunlight entering our homes as winter approaches gives our living spaces a whole new look.
Friday, October 16, 2015
If you're following me on Instagram, you've seen me take photos of this sweetgum since before it had leaves. We're now just getting to the point where it's going to be a spectacular photographic subject. When I arrive at the office, the sun is just casting its rays on the top of the tree, setting it on fire.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Monday, October 12, 2015
So Brody, our youngest son, is a ball to photograph because he's the boy with a thousand expressions. We'll even do little mini photo shoots where I just say "brody, do expressions", and he'll start flashing happy, sad, crazy monster boy, and so on. But the photo above shows one of his authentic looks. We went to Legend Hills Orchard this Saturday near Utica, where he chose one of the largest pumpkins available. I think he's almost in disbelief just how big and how cool this pumpkin really is. And he's wondering to proudly to himself, almost in disbelieft, that he was able to con his parents to buy him a $12 pumpkin.
Last year I took another photo of Brody with a much smaller pumpkin. A much more mellow (read exhausted), contemplative Brody with a much smaller pumpkin from last September. What a difference a year makes!
I shot the top photo with the wonderful and now much cheaper-than-when-I-bought-it Canon EOS 7D Mark II and the very useful, extremely lightweight Canon EF-S 55-250mm F4-5.6 IS STM Lens Thinking about buying a new camera or lens? Using these links to make your Amazon purchase helps support my continuing photographic journey. Thank you!
Saturday, October 10, 2015
|Dublin Granville Road, at the eastern edge of Worthington, Ohio.|
A few weeks ago, I purchased a new tough camera to replace my dead Nikon. I love having a tough camera for family trips to the beach and pool. I occasionally used my previous Nikon, but I really didn't like it. At least I didn't use it much. Which new camera did I purchase? I took the advice of Cameralabs.com reviewer Ken McMahon and purchased the Olympus TG-860. I love this camera!
Why? Three reasons. The first is its crazy wide 21mm equivalent lens. I can include a whole lot of scene with this camera, more than any point and shoot I've ever owned. Two? The camera has a flip up screen which is perfect for family selfies and capturing photos at strange angles. And three? What could finally make this camera perfect for me? The microscope mode- this thing does some crazy closeups!
I highly recommend this camera if you're looking for a fun point and shoot that you can take anywhere. I bought the orange and black version that you see here. Love this camera!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
There's nothing like those first steps into the Atlantic Ocean after you haven't felt it for a year. We've been gone from there for a few weeks, but Brody has already planned to spend the whole summer there next year. Yeah, that isn't practical little guy, but it sure is a great idea.
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Do you remember back in the film days when you were itching to get a roll developed, but still had a few frames left? What did you photograph to get to the end of the roll? I remember my mom always taking pictures of our house with the last few frames. The more money we put into our house, the more I want to photograph ours! Ha...the joys of home ownership.
Anyways, back to this photograph. I'm fascinated by our quartersawn oak furniture, and I just couldn't help photographing it on a July evening.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Monday, August 24, 2015
Timelapse. It's something that I always want to do, but never really see anything compelling enough to actually take the time to do it. That was until this morning, when we had our new concrete driveway installed. This was an all day project. We love our new driveway! And I love the built in interval timer of the 7d mark II. I shot medium JPEGs every two seconds, cropped and color corrected in Lightroom CC, and created the 24 fps HD video using Rich Harrington's workflow he presents at photofocus.com
I stayed home from work, Megan had meetings throughout the day, and the boys went to school. This was a perfect way to show them exactly what happened today. And the driveway looks fantastic.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Monday, August 17, 2015
Sunday, August 16, 2015
Saturday, August 15, 2015
|Evening Convection - August 10, 2015. 8:09 p.m.|
It's time for a project. A photo project. Do you ever just get that itch to create something? Well I have it, and it's time for a scratch. I'm going to be exploring the shapes of the city as I carry out my day to day life. There is so much material around me every day, and it's time to start taking that material and make something with it.