Driving on the golf course

Driving on the golf course

I love a good lens flare, don’t you?

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Statue of Liberty, August 2016

Everyone’s in front of the Statue of Liberty taking selfies. Walking around behind the Statue afterwards on the way out, I saw where the sun was in the sky and knew I could get this shot if I stood in just. the. right. spot. Thankfully, I didn’t have to walk too far to see what I wanted — the sun shining by the torch.

I only wish I had the time to play with it from subtly different angles, but — well, the rest of the group wouldn’t have understood why I was so excited to take a picture of the State of Liberty’s back – right into the sun. So I took a few shots and ran to catch up. It was about 95 degrees out. I suffered for my art. šŸ˜‰

Statue of Liberty in silhouette with sun peeking through torch

23mm, f/8, ISO 250, 1/3200sĀ 

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Fireworks 2016

Shot last night in Montclair, NJ. The fireworks started a little earlier than usual, so it was great to get some of the sky in the shot along the bottom:

Fireworks Long Exposure

17mm, f/13, ISO 200, 7s

And here’s one where I was able to get some of the crowd in the shot:

Fireworks with people in the foreground

17mm, f/13, ISO 200, 3s

You can see where the fireworks are launching from in this shot:

Fireworks with their source

17mm, f/13, ISO 200, 6s

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Yankee Stadium, June 29, 2016

Last night, the Rangers had a 7-3 lead over the Yankees going into the bottom of the ninth and a pitcher on the mound who was throwing the fastest fast ball I’ve ever seen. You think they look fast on TV? In person, 97 MPH baseballs look deadly — because you can’t see them.

But then the first two Yankees of the inning reached base. The Rangers brought in their closer, who’s been well-nigh unstoppable all year. (Yes, I admit I had no idea about this going in. I only read about it later.)

Brett Gardner singled and a run scored. Two men on base. Now a 7-4 game.

Alex Rodriguez swings

180mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s with a Canon 60D

In the scariest moment of the game, A-Rod lined one to the second baseman. It could have ended the game. Had he taken a couple steps forward fast enough, the runner on second would have been out. Somehow, both runners played it conservatively, and neither got very far. Both were safe on their base. And people booed A-Rod yet again, because that’s what they like to do.

Signs were passed around the infield.

300mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s

300mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s

That brought up Brian McCann, the Catcher who is also the clean up hitter.

And he cleaned up. Homer over the short right field wall. That’s what he was born to do. (Or, signed to do, technically.)

Chuck McCann swings for the fences


Bases were run.

Base runners running bases

220mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s

Chuck McCann runs the bases

220mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s

Castro after him drew a walk, and my boy Didi Gregorius came to the plate. For those who wanted to know why I’m such a Gregorius fan, it’s basically because he’s the only name I recognized in the starting lineup after A-Rod. I’m a bit of a lapsed baseball fan. And Pepsi made him an emoji earlier in the day. I kid you not.

This happened:

Didi Gregorius swings for a home run

160mm, f/5.6, ISO 3200, 1/800s



See ya!

And the home run trot:



Yankees win 9 – 7. And the crowd erupted like they hadn’t all night. High fives were passed around the stadium between complete strangers, high on a win on a Wednesday night in June, by a team that wasn’t even at .500 yet.

Sports. They can be fun sometimes.

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Canon 6D: Time Flies…

I originally put the Canon 6D full frame on my Amazon Wish List on November 28, 2012.

I didn’t get one that Christmas. Nor the next, or the next.

But a boy can dream, right?

Here’s the fun part. Look at how far the price has dropped in those three years. Down to $1399 from $2099 when it first came out ā€“ a full third off.

Canon 6D price listing on Amazon

It’s almost as cheap as the 60D I bought when it first came out.

I still want to upgrade to a full frame someday. I’ve just run out of copies of "The Walking Dead" #1 to fund it. šŸ˜‰

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Fireworks, 2015

This year’s fireworks photos:

fireworks 2015, big burst

more fireworks, 2015

even more fireworks 2015

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The End of Concert Photography?

Is this the end of concert photography?

Might as well be…

I had fun shooting some shows a few years ago. It was an exciting process and a lot of fun on the night of the show. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. But a lack of time to devote to it meant it would never become a big enough thing to pursue, particularly in a climate where people with camera phones think they can do the same job.

Every now and then I get the itch to look at the schedules of the local venues and send out my requests and hope for the best, but I just don’t have the time. I hate that part of it.

And now, one major newspaper agrees that those iPhones can do the same job. Ugh

This article is a well-written explanation of why that is a bad idea not just for photographers, but also for newspapers and other media outlets.

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Spring Has Sprung

Flowers are blooming in the spring

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Crossing Contrails

Crossing Contrails

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Was at the beach in Santa Barbara, California last week. Lots of birds on the beach there, and they all took turns flying low overhear. Of course, that meant I had to aim my camera at them.

I’ve never gotten better bird pictures in my life. Granted, they’re about one step up from pigeons as being common birds, but I’ll take whatever practice I can get.

These were all taken with the lens I happened to have on hand, not the one that would have been best. It’s all Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8. These pics are all done at f/7.1.

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