Above New Jersey. Our flight hit the east coast about halfway down the New Jersey shore, traveled a few miles out over the Atlantic and then turned north toward Long Island and Kennedy Airport.
Over the Midwest, US. Small clouds low to the ground in the mid-afternoon cast wonderful shadows which, seen from above make cloud photographs much more interesting. Over the years that I’ve been flying and looking out the window I’ve noticed that clouds seem to follow natural changes in the landscape: mountains, hills, and in this case, two small rivers. I wonder if this is coincidence or there’s some other piece that aligns these two visual but separate natural formations. These rivers are running close to north toward south which means the clouds are possibly perpendicular to the prevailing wind and weather which generally flows from west to east or northwest to south east.
Ed Burns: Risky Business: “In 1995, Ed Burns made a small movie called “Brothers McMullen” for $25,000. With its moving story and compelling characters, it went on to earn millions. 11 years later, even with the stardom that came with his first success, Burns still believes that nothing beats a good story. “The Groomsmen,” made on a Mac and Final Cut Studio, proves his case.”
(Via Apple Hot News.)
Guggenheim Study Suggests Arts Education Benefits Literacy Skills: “The study found that students in an arts program performed better in six categories of literacy and critical thinking skills.”
(Via NYT > Education.)
Washington, Connecticut. My friend Ted has been my tour guide through all of my recent local landscape and nature photography. I have great photo-ops right here on my property but it’s a lot more fun to put on hiking boots and trudge out on an adventure with a fellow photographer. Ted’s been a great guide to places around here that I never would have known about. And, he’s a knowledgeable and supportive photographer buddy. The only downside is we can’t share lenses, alas, he’s a Nikon D70 user.
I’ve known Ted off and on for over 20 years although not as a photographer, we both were early “evangelists” of computers in education and while we worked in different capacities, we met at local conferences.
Here’s the thing: if I take forever to find a dragonfly or figure out how to take a shot, Ted will just do his own thing or gaze out at the landscape for the next interesting shot. It’s easy to be patient with people who are patient with you.
Washington, Connecticut. Knowing that I’ve been on a Queen Anne’s lace “kick,” a friend took me up to this secluded field that may have been in corn growing rotation at one point but it seems to have been left to grow wild in recent years. There were photo-ops at every scale here: macro to micro, flora and fauna. I was licking my chops when I took this image and we stayed another hour tracking dragonflies and daisies. What a place.
Washington, Connecticut. Farmers sometimes leave a wall of trees on the side of a field to protect it from wind. For a photographer, the wall of green can provide a great backdrop to flowers and other subjects. In this case, I caught some Queen Anne’s lace and grass in the space between me and the wall.
Washington, Connecticut. I had just crossed a field of grass, Queen Anne’s lace, milkweed, daisies, and other assorted plant life when I noticed a bunch of daisies with clear space in front of them. The romantic mind thinks that this would be a good place to pick out a bouquet for the wife. The photo-nerd mind thinks that this would be a good place to set up the tripod for some dreamy daisies in bokeh shots. I got the shots…
Washington, Connecticut. A friend and I were walking across a large field of grass, Queen Anne’s lace, milkweed, and other assorted plant life when he spotted this unusual dragonfly. I had an incredibly hard time seeing him and once I did I had to put down my bag, set up the tripod and get the camera with long lens mounted. I was sure that he’d be gone once I got set up but he stayed put. It was another struggle to find him again through the long lens but I did and was able to get a few shots before the wind finally dislodged him from his furry grass seed perch.
Washington, Connecticut. There’s quite a bit of milkweed out in the meadow at Macricostas Preserve of the Steep Rock Land Trust. Monarch butterflies love to eat this weed and I would think that smart photographers who want to photograph monarchs would wait by a patch of this weed for one to stop by for a snack. While photographing another weed (Queen Anne’s Lace) I noticed a milkweed beetle slowly climbing around on a nearby plant and so, moved my tripod over for a session with this colorful creature.
Note: I didn’t know what this guy was but flickr helped.
There’s a wonderful thread on flickr that’s worth scanning: Embarrassing/Silly things with your DSLR. It’s like a checklist of things to check on your camera before shooting. Useful and funny at times.
When I took this picture of Antonio Hart at The Blue Note I posted a question in a technical thread on flickr: could I print and sell this image of Hart without his consent. Here’s the facinating thread that is still growing from that question: Legal issues shooting people.
Here’s an interesting link that came in that thread: Art-Ful Dodge Kos Orthodox Photo Suit.
New York City. An interesting aspect of large glass buildings is how they interact visually and spatially with the buildings around them, be they other glass buildings or older buildings with stone or brick facades. The most photogenic glass buildings are glazed in a way that distorts, warps, or colors the reflected image in unexpected ways.
New York City. As the sun went down behind New Jersey, an apartment building facing west lit up. I couldn’t shoot it from my vantage point so I bounced off the reflective north-facing windows of the office tower across the way. Because of the grid of windows and panes on that building, the result was a high contrast, Hockney-like collage of the hot brick building within the coolness of the stone tower.