photography

Snapshots: Chihuly at NYBG

Chihuly has come to NYBG, and off we went on a rainy weekend to see the sights. His works are placed throughout the gardens.

I particularly like his bowls, which are pictured at the bottom.


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The USS Kearsarge

For Memorial Day, Rebecca and I found ourselves on the USS Kearsarge, an amphibious assault vessel that held multiple boats and helicopters. The enormity of the ship, of which we saw just a small part, is hard to fathom. How can something so big float? Inside the ship sat a variety of weapons and vehicles; children played on them while adults peered on as if admiring a Monet or Renoir at a crosstown museum.

It felt surreal.

Here were these tools, meant to kill people or transport our troops into certain danger, acting the part of jungle-gym. Kids played with guns I don’t think civilians should own, and violated common sense gun safety rules, like never point a gun at a person unless you mean to pull the trigger. They posed alongside gun turrets, affixed to helicopters designed to look menacing. The military deserves our support, but the reasons to join must be more than, “I get to play with cool toys.” These tools protect us and are designed to be incredibly lethal. That deserves our reverence, not joviality.

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Snapshots: Turks & Caicos

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"Flying High"

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"Flying High"
Grace Bay
Turks & Caicos Islands

Snapshots: Zombie Subdivision

We stumbled upon a zombie subdivision, which is a subdivision left abandoned by the original developers. Usually banks own them, usually unwillingly.

North Carolina law prohibits developers from selling lots until after installing all the infrastructure, things like roads, electricity, cable, sewage et. al. This requires a huge outlay of cash, usually in the form of a loan.

When the economy tanked and home values took a hit, these large projects found themselves upside down.

It’s unclear to me why I like zombie subdivisions. I’ve toured many since 2008, mostly in North Carolina. They represent a unique intersection of hope and failure, a collision of market forces and government. One cannot deny the post-apocalyptic appeal of such landscapes, an open wound on the land.

This one, however, shows signs of returning to life.

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Snapshots: Thanksgiving

When in Rome, see the sights.

When in Virginia, enjoy family and shoot guns.

And perhaps photograph a lovely sunset.

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Snapshots: Election Night

it was an election night we won't soon forget.

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"Like Magic"

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"Like Magic"
Max and Hal Ferguson
New Market, VA
11/2016

The Pope's Visit

The Pope came to town last Fall.

I don't fully understand the appeal of organized religion. It's unlikely I ever will and, at times, that makes me sad.

These photos, shot with a super-telephoto lens from the roof of my work, at once depict my curiosity, confusion, discomfort, and distance.



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The Concrete Jungle

Manhattan envelops you, preventing an easy escape.

It is dense, imposing, and ornate.



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Snapshot: Morning Sunrise

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Morning Sunrise
Duck, NC

Snapshot: 2015 Orchid Show

It's time for the annual Orchid Show at NYBG.

I got a little close and personal.

Viewer discretion is advised.

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Snapshots: Spring 2014

We say goodbye to a cool spring, and hello to the hot summer.

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Snapshots: 2014 Orchid Show


My grandmother loved orchids.

Every year I go to NYBG to see their annual orchid show.

Maybe it’s in my blood.
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Snapshots: Ogunquit, ME

My family traveled to Ogunquit, Maine for summer vacation.

I really wanted to capture the essence of this place.

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Snapshots: The Final Frontier

The night sky in winter in New Market, Virginia is nothing short of spectacular.

Snapshots: Gingerbread

Every year the family makes a gingerbread house. There’s only one rule: Except for the base, everything must be edible.

Edible perhaps, but not particularly tasty. The icing dries harder than cement, and the dough is anything but scrumptious.

Still, it’s a fun tradition that brings us all together. This year three couples made three quite distinct houses.

Snapshots: Virginia Wild

New Market, VA



Snapshots: Leaving Las Vegas

My wife raced in the Rock ’n Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon this past November.

Naturally, I brought my camera along. Our more touristy adventures included The Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.


The Fountains at The Bellagio


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Red Rock Canyon

Snapshots: Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain State Park is located close to my home in NYC. We went hiking on a crisp Saturday morning hoping to catch some pretty fall foliage.

The difficult 7 mile hike did not disappoint. Afterwards we ate (a lot) at Chilis.

Leave it to city dwellers to celebrate the best of rural and suburban America in one weekend day.



Snapshots: Panoramas

Recently I started shooting panoramas.

My love of landscape photography meshes well with panoramic shots. Often I wish there was a lens wide enough to capture the totality of a stunning vista.

Thankfully, through Photoshop there’s away to capture it all.

Check out a few examples.


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Fancy Gap, VA


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Bear Mountain State Park
New York

Snapshots: Japanese Gardens

NYBG hosted a really amazing Japanese Garden exhibit this October. Mostly on display were various Chrysanthemums grown in very peculiar ways that differ greatly from Western practices.

I also snapped some various water lilies.

Time Lapse Chicago

Photographer Max Wilson has completed a really amazing project. Take a look.

Chicago Timelapse Project - Windy City Nights from Max Wilson on Vimeo.



I’m a big fan of time lapse photography. It shows us a world video or cinema photography cannot. It also takes time and compresses it into a manageable, digestible chunk.

But being a good photographer takes skills beyond the camera, which Max Wilson goes into great detail about.

Snapshots: Blowing Rock


A Lion Ate It

I just saw this the other day. My wife sent it over.

I’m guessing the warranty didn’t anticipate this from happening …

Whoops!

From Petapixel’s website:

Atlanta-based photographer Ed Hetherington makes a living photographing weddings, but earlier this month he traveled to Zimbabwe for a wildlife photography adventure. While there, he had a unique experience he won’t soon forget: a lion stole his camera.





Snapshots: Spencer, NC

Have I ever mentioned how much I love trains?

Snapshots: Umstead Park

Before departing Raleigh, I visited Umstead Park.

I find it curious I never visited the park when I actually lived in Raleigh. For five years, I just ignored it.

Now equipped with my camera, I can finally see this place. In fact, this is a reoccurring theme: My camera helps me see what has always been.

That is, perhaps, a great power of still photography.



Snapshots: Sailing

My wife likes sailing like I like trains -- which is to say, irrationally.

For our anniversary I got her a trip abroad a sail boat the trips around the Manhattan harbor.


Snapshots: Spring 2013

Under the oppressive air and flow of sweat, we say goodbye to spring.

This spring was particularly long and beautiful. The cool weather lasted as long as it possibly could.

Soon the City will slow and empty for the two, long summer months; the hum of A.C. units fills the streets.

Summer in New York is a unique time, an unmistakeable mix of heat, sex, and humanity that contrasts with a slower, more deliberate pace.




Snapshots: A President's House

Mt. Vernon: In stormy weather.


Canon Reaches, And For Your Wallet

Canon just released a new lens, and it’s pretty awesome. Read More…

Chillaxing At The New House

Moving sucks. No question about it. The new place, however, is pretty awesome. And we’re all unpacked.

Good to be home.

Saying Goodbye

After ten years it’s time to say goodbye to our apartment on the Upper East Side.
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Snapshots: Flowers at Ringling

The Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota is a beautiful site filled with an amazing collection of art acquired by John and Mable Ringling. Also, there’s a lot of circus history and memorabilia.

There also happens to be a garden. Armed with my macro lens, I took the following pics. A good flower is a true thing of beauty. Intricate and infinite in line and color.

I guess I feel about flowers the way birders feel about birds.

Does that make me a … flower-er? God help me …



Snapshots: Christmas In Florida

For Christmas this year, my family rented a house on Anna Marie Island, off the coast of Sarasota.

It is a beautiful little island and well worth a visit.

Snapshots: Bethlehem, PA

My wife races in half marathons. I often tag alone, with my camera in tow. This fall she picked Bethlaham, PA for The Runner’s World Half Marathon. It was a beautiful fall day, check out a few pics below.