One of the many joys of getting up early and heading out with my camera is the wildlife that is out before the crowds arrive. As I was riding my bike back home from my photoshoot at Gordons Pond I came across this "Young Buck" in the woods of the bike path. It was only 5:33 am so it was very dark . It gave me the advantage of the deer not being too afraid of me but a huge disadvantage in taking a photograph. To do so I cranked up my ISO to a whopping 10159 and was fortunate to capture several frames of this beautiful creature before he felt uncomfortable and headed off away from me.
My alarm went off at 4am this morning and by 4:19 I was on my bicycle with my camera, my 17-35 mm lens and my 28-300 mm lens. Off I heading for a 6 mile ride in the dark to Gordons Pond. Yes, I had a headlight and tail light to allow traffic to see me and to light my path. I couldn't take my tripod so I adjusted my ISO to allow me to shoot at 1/80 of a second. The photograph includes both of the WWII Observation Towers that sit on the beach between Lewes & Rehoboth. The bird was a lovely addition.
Taken before sunrise at Gordons Pond in the Cape Henlopen State Park. I had to shoot hand held so I increased the ISO to 4000 which enabled me to shoot at 1/20th of a second.
Every time I went out kayaking in Cedar Key this past winter there was a cormorant sitting on this pole. To me it always looked like it was the same bird. In this photograph it looks like he's about to take off but if you would see my next few photographs in that series you would find that he was actually getting ready to go to the bathroom. I won't post that image. I'm going to save it for a birthday card.
I took this photograph back on February 5th from my kayak on the back waters of Cedar Key. I enjoy watching all the watermen of the area doing their preparations, launching their boats, coming back with their days bounty and just doing their daily duties around town. It's extra special to see it all from the water.
This is another photograph taken during my kayaking adventures in Cedar Key Florida this past winter. The shorebirds there were plentiful and included a multitude of species. These guys would group together on the raised oyster beds of the bay and would hang out until the tidal waters got too deep. You could see pockets of them in many areas of the bay.
I took this just after the sun set behind the horizon from our campsite in Cedar Key on February 13th of this year. It was our "2nd to Last" night at Sunset Isle Campground. We look forward to going back again next year.
I took this photograph as I was walking out C Street and the day was coming to an end. The far structure is what remains of the Honeymoon Cottage. The width-wise streets of Cedar Key are 1st through 9th with the length-wise streets being A through G and there's not a single red light in town. It's all part of what makes this place a gem.
I took this photograph this past February in Cedar Key. My goal was to capture the Honeymoon Cottage in silhouette as the sun was setting behind and, to my pleasure this fisherman decided to cross in the foreground.
This is another photograph from early February in Cedar Key.
An important part of taking a photograph is considering what is in the background and how do you want it to appear. I saw this scene when kayaking in Cedar Key during our winter road trip and I really wanted that guy in the overalls to be part of the image but I wanted him to be out of focus because he was not my actual subject. I achieve this by setting my camera to an aperture of 5/6. With this setting you can still tell what it is but you have to look a bit close. The main feature of this blurry background (bokeh) is to have your subject stand out. Thus meet my subject... the brown pelican.
I took this from the town pier located on Dock Street in Cedar Key. As you can see it was a dense fog but these three guys were "Going Fishing Anyway". When many awake to a foggy day they can feel depressed or uninspired to spend time outdoors. For me, I get excited knowing that I can shoot as long as the fog remains and capture some wonderful photographs.
Of Cedar Key. As it slowly fades away the Thomas Guest House, otherwise know as the Honeymoon Cottage is an icon of the town of Cedar Key. I first photographed it last year and I captured it with a quarter-moon in the background and a purplish, cloudy sky. This year I caught it on a foggy morning. The only residents of the Honeymoon Cottage these days are the shorebirds who roost and perch on the remains of the structure. My goal is to keep shooting photographs of this structure on a yearly basis until it is no more.
We are home from our winter road trip and I'm just starting to work my way through the photographs that I took during our travels. This is one that I was anxious to see. It was a 30 second exposure of the Tybee Island Lighthouse on a misty and foggy night. I was captivated by the light beams being cast from the lighthouse due to all the moisture in the air. We truly enjoyed Tybee Island and we'll definitely be stopping here again in the future. It's nice to be back home.
Taken in the back bay area of Cedar Key Florida during our 2019 winter road trip.
There are many reasons why Holly and I like Cedar Key and the Roseate Spoonbills are certainly one of them. We live in an area where we see many shorebirds and migrating birds but not these guys. They are a treat to watch as they feed in the shallow waters of the back bay area. This was taken during our recent road trip.
I can just hear the Brown pelican in the foreground saying "Don't pay any attention to those idiots in the background. They are trying to take the focus off of me". My concentration was on that beautiful green eye.
Too many. New York City Street Photography.
Filled with sad memories. Sometimes just being able to touch something of remembrance helps the soul. Taken during a solemn moment at the 9/11 Memorial in NYC.
A sacred place for so so many reasons. New York City Street Photography.
An icon of New York City architecture and one of my targets for my day in the city.
This is another photograph of the Flatiron Building in NYC. Construction was completed in 1902 and, at that time, it was one of the tallest buildings in NYC. I just love this structure.
As I hiked around the city I saw many buildings that were undergoing renovations or being newly constructed. This one was the most impressive.
Taken outside of the 9/11 Museum. This gentleman was standing around and the young boy happened by. They were both looking at something but what? I'll never know. NYC Street Photography.
They were out in force this past weekend in New York. Some were selling watches while others were selling pocketbooks & jewelry. These guys were busy selling that seasonal favorite. The Christmas tree and they had many happy customers ready to hand over their cash for the greens. NYC Street Photography.
While the kids wait patiently dad hands over his "Cash for the Greens". NYC Street Photography.
This couple was so happy with their choice of trees for the upcoming holiday season. NYC Street Photography.
Look out... they are everywhere. Standing on top of whatever is available to get their photograph taken while in the city. This one was taken on W 24th & Broadway. Are you one of the four? Street photography of NYC.
Almost everyone spends more time concentrating on their iPhone or other hand held device while out supposedly enjoying the scenes around them. They are shooting selfies, they are posting where they are at the moment and who they are with, they are reading what their friends are posting, they are doing everything except enjoying everything around them. Stop it all. Take some time to look around and truly experience where you are. You may find that you enjoy doing so. Street Photography in NYC.
It seems that touching the "Raging Bull" while having someone take your photograph is more important than what part of the bull you touch. People were lined up to put their hands on this special part of the bull. I don't know if these "Two Nuts" are giving the peace sign or are insinuating that there are "Two Nuts".
So many people all doing their own thing and really not even noticing each other. Time Square... No other place quite like it. Taken at night with minimal lights. NYC Street Photography.
Getting a photograph of just you and the "Raging Bull" of Wall Street can be quite a task . Getting a photograph of someone getting their photograph with the "Raging Bull" is a fairly easy task. I caught this guy while he was trying and trying to get his selfie with just him and the bull but there were so many others wanting the same thing that it just was not going to happen.
This couple was capturing their moment under the lights of Time Square. They are so into their moment that they don't even notice me with my big lens and camera as I take their photograph. NYC Street Photography.
He "Got Her" and I got him getting her. And they didn't seem to mind me doing so. I really enjoy shooting in the streets of New York. NYC Street Photography.
This couple seemed happy with their selfie. Maybe, just maybe, it'll show up on their holiday cards this year. NYC Street Photography.
Almost everywhere you walk in New York there are people taking selfies. They're putting on the smiles so they can share that moment on social media. These two were doing so in Times Square along with thousands of others the night I was there.
The salesman sits back looking relaxed while his prey think "Wow, $6.99 per minute. Should we, shouldn't we. Oh well, why not." As you can see from my next photograph, the salesman not only caught his prey but they were happy with their decision. NYC Street Photography.
Need a lift? You'll make this guy happy and he'll only charge you "$6.99 Per Minute".
Did you ever wonder how they got that wine all the way to the top shelf? Well, as you can see, they aren't quite smart enough to use the tall ladder. New York City Street Photography.
How could you spend a day taking photographs in NYC and not shoot the citybikes. This is my take on the subject.
I don't know if this guy was capturing the moment his wife, girlfriend or mother was purchasing their Christmas tree of if he was doing what I was doing and simply "Catching all the Action". NYC Street Photography
The cats of Bowers Beach. Very aware of my presence and watching my every move. Can you find them both?
We spent a couple days in the Deep Creek area of Maryland this past week and visited with our friends Mike and Meribeth. It was a constant overcast sky with rain on and off so we couldn't get out on Mike's Flying Scott. This photograph was taken at the yacht club.
We met Bruce on the streets of Cape Charles during our recent road trip of the DelMarVa Peninsula. He was working on his latest sculpture. What an interesting person. We ended up speaking to him for about 40 minutes about his work, his life and Cape Charles. He's also the author of The "Be-Bop-A-Lula" Kid which takes place in Cape Charles. You can see Bruce's work at Vintage 209 located at 209c Mason Ave.
Taken during our morning walk around the point at the Cape Henlopen State Park. It's a true gem of a walk that's probably about 2 1/2 miles and you will see so many wonderful sites. It's best to go at mid to low tide.
Of Cape Henlopen. Taken during our recent hike around the point.
Rugged and Rocky with Reds & Blues. Just beautiful. Taken at the Prince Edward Island National Park during our recent road trip.
This is the New London, PEI Harbor. I took this photograph during our recent road trip. The boats and the colorful fishermen's shanties caught my eye.
The shoreline of much of Prince Edward Island is a cliff of red sandy rock. The area of PEI National Park is no exception. This portion of the park is in the Cavendish area and, to me, it's the most grand. If you look closely you can see the "red" in the waves.
Taken on the beaches of Cavendish, Prince Edward Island during a heavy wind. The stones in the red sand caught my eye as the sand was being eroded away by the wind. I took this with an aperture setting of 5.6 so that my plane of focus would be narrow.
We got home today from our trip to Prince Edward Island and I'm just starting to go through my photographs. This one was taken on the beach at Cavendish, PEI which is just a few miles from Green Gables. Such a beautiful island in so many ways.
My friend Colin enjoying his surroundings while kayaking in Sussex County, DE.
While recently kayaking Trussum Pond I came across this fisherman who was "All Decked Out" with the necessary accoutrements.
This is something very different than what I've photographed in the past. Holly and I toured the George Eastman House while in Rochester, NY and the main display was a large body of work by David Levinthal. Part of his work includes taking photographs of scenes that he creates with small toy figures. He shoots them with a wide open aperture thus creating a blurring background around his main subject. Within that section of the museum there was one of his western toy figure displays so I did my take on his art-form. Note: I was shooting through plexiglass.
I took this photograph at the marina area of the "Shell Mound". The Suwannee River is at my back and this is looking out over the bay area. I wanted a totally dark sky, however, the lights of the towns at the horizon crept into my image adding that orangish glow.
During one of our visits to the Suwannee NWR we were lucky enough to come across some river otter playing joyfully together in the water that was puddling on both sides of the road. There was, what looked like, a mother and her three pups. This is a photograph of the mother in a swirl of water.