HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

Wishing you a great Halloween. I’m in San Miguel de Allende and will be shooting the Day of the Dead!

Enjoy the slideshow of my black & white images from back home!

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PEEC – The Workshop Weekend…Sunday

Hidden Lake

Hidden Lake…

Once again we boarded the school bus, this time at a really ungodly hour, to go to Hidden Lake. I know that this is one of JB’s favorite places to shoot. Colors were beautiful and the lake was pristine.

Hidden Lake 1

Hidden Lake 2

Hidden Lake 3

Reflections and Camera Swipes…

Shooting at the lakes allowed for trying to capture some really nice reflections. Here are a few that I found.

Reflection 1 - Pickerel Pond

Reflection 2 - Hidden Lake

Reflection 3 - Hidden Lake

Reflection 4 - ???

Camera swiping is a technique where the photographer moves the camera while taking the photograph. It usually takes me about 10-12 images of swiping before I find one that is worth processing. Here are a couple of swipes from the weekend.

Swipe 1 - White Birch outside PEEC

Birch along the lake...

The workshop ends…

After shooting at Hidden Lake we returned to PEEC to clean out our cabins and meet with JB to go over some processing techniques. Since I’ve seen this presentation numerous times, and as JB likes to say to me,  “Dopey, you can recite this by heart…” I decided to head home with the thought of stopping to shoot along the way.

Joe Farrell, one of the participants, suggested I check out the Milford Cemetery. Cemeteries are often a great place to shoot so off I went. This cemetery is quite old and serves the Milford community offering burial plots for people of all religions.

Milford Cemetery 1

Milford Cemetery 2

Red Barns and white fences are often an attraction for photographers. The fence often presents leading lines that enhance the image. I noticed this one along the way home, so I stopped to shoot it.

Red Barn with White Fence...

I’m off to San Miguel de Allende with JB and Dan Sniffin on one of their workshops. This time I’m a participant and eagerly look forward to a week of shooting in this wonderfully beautiful town. And, better yet, we will be there for the Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead!

I can’t wait!!! Posts to follow.

PEEC – The Workshop Weekend…Saturday!

Hidden Lake

The Workshop Begins…

Friday night and all of the workshop attendees have arrived. We met for an orientation and a show of images that JB presented. Things went well and we planned for an early wake-up so we can shoot the two lakes across the road from PEEC.

Workshop Participants...but not the goofy guy in the hat! That's Barclay.

PEEC Pond and Pickerel Lake…

We awoke at some ungodly hour to shoot PEEC Pond and Pickerel Lake.  Both are located across the road from the main PEEC campus with Pickerel about a 10 minute walk thru the woods to reach it. JB assigned me to the Pickerel group and off we went. Sunrise came about 20 minutes after we reached the Lake. Colors were good and there was a lot to shoot. After my group finished shooting Pickerel, we headed over to the Pond to complete our early morning shoot.

PEEC Pond in color...

PEEC Pond in B&W...

Zimmerman Farm…

Zimmerman Farm is an old abandoned farm located near PEEC. It appears that the state (Pennsylvania) has taken control of the property but allows people to visit and shoot there. There are several buildings, some closed (Yeah Right!!!), that we could shoot. For someone like me, who loves to shoot in this type of environment, it was heaven. Also gave me time to review and work with some of the people on HDR imagery.

Zimmerman Farm - 1

Zimmerman Farm 2 - Washing Machine

Zimmerman Farm - 3...The Gas Pump

The Waterfalls…

After lunch we all loaded into the school bus that was going to take us to Buttermilk Falls. But, as we approached Dingman’s Bridge to cross over to New Jersey we noticed for the first time that no buses were allowed on the bridge (I told you that Dingman’s Bridge would come into play again).

JB decided that we would head to Shohola Falls as an alternative. When we were there the day before, workers were opening the dam to the falls and the water was flowing at an incredible pace. We thought that it might not be good for shooting, but boy were we wrong. The falls allowed for some interesting shooting and I think all enjoyed this site.

Shohola Falls 1

Shohola Falls 2

Shohola Falls 3

Shohola Falls 4

John, will you please talk to these people about getting in the way!

After Shohola we headed back to PEEC to relax for a bit, eat dinner and then have a critique session of images that each participant brought with them. From the looks of what we saw that night, there are some awesome photographers in the group.

PEEC Photography Workshop…A Fall Foliage Tour and Then Some…Days 1-2

PEEC Weekend with John Barclay…

I recently had the privilege of assisting John Barclay on his PEEC  Photography Workshop. PEEC is the Poconos Environmental Educational Center located in the Delaware Water Gap/Dingman’s Ferry area in Pennsylvania. The workshop offered the participants a weekend to shoot the spectacular colors, waterfalls and other interesting images found in this area.

Preparing for the weekend…a scouting trip…

JB likes to scout the surrounding areas whenever he runs a workshop. He is always looking for new places to bring the participants to shoot. This year, Childs State Park, a wonderful area with several waterfalls was closed. This is an area that  JB always goes to with the group and I can say from previous visits it’s great!  So we went  looking for new waterfalls to shoot.

  • JB suggested that we take a look at Buttermilk Falls which is on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River. To get there we had to cross Dingman’s Bridge (this is important, really).  Buttermilk Falls is a single falls which offered some nice opportunities for shooting. There is also a path/stairway that goes to the top of the falls.

Buttermilk Falls

A stream and forest area are also nearby.

The Stream...

  • It’s interesting where you can find a good place to shoot. We were driving along one of the typical two lane roads found in rural areas when JB noticed a patch of color behind a car wash and an auto repair shop.

Behind the Car Wash...

  • One of the assistants at PEEC suggested that we check out an old farm/watermill that has been sitting quietly, practically unnoticed, waiting for us to come and visit. I was disappointed at what we found as far as the structures were concerned, but there was this Rover 2000 sitting  in the fallen leaves screaming “take my picture”. So we did!

Rover 2000

There were a few more places that we checked out, like the local Chinese restaurants, and we then packed it in waiting for the workshop attendees to show up.

To Be Continued…

The 9/11 Memorial: A time to heal…

Corinne, Eileen and I recently paid a visit to the 9/11 Memorial  located on the footprints of the World Trade Center. Being an American and a New Yorker and having lived through the attacks on the Trade Center, this was a  very emotional and humbling experience. Eileen and Corinne watched the attacks on TV while they were living in Israel. 
I can still vividly  remember watching the first building burn as I was sitting in my car on the Belt Parkway near my school in Brooklyn. I still recall the many families in my school and my hometown of Rockville Centre, who were seriously effected by this tragic act of war. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have suffered a loss and all those first responders who continue to suffer with significant and deadly health problems.

THE 9/11 MEMORIAL…

The 9/11 Memorial is located at the site of the former World Trade Center complex, and occupies approximately half of the 16-acre site. According to the Memorial’s website  “the 9/11 Memorial features two enormous waterfalls and reflecting pools, each about an acre in size, set within the footprints of the original twin towers. The Memorial Plaza is one of the most eco-friendly plazas ever constructed. More than 400 trees are planned for the plaza, surrounding the Memorial’s two massive reflecting pools. Its design conveys a spirit of hope and renewal, and creates a contemplative space separate from the usual sights and sounds of a bustling metropolis.”

The Memorial Plaza…

With its grove of trees, the Memorial’s plaza is intended to serve as a green roof for the structure housing the 9/11 Memorial Museum, a train station and other facilities 70 feet below street level.

The memorial is not fully completed. There is a small grassy area with a series of concrete tables located between the two Memorial Pools.

Grassy area in the Memorial site...

The Memorial site...

The Memorial Pools…

The two square pools are located where the Twin Towers formerly stood. Designed by Israeli architect, Michael Arad, the two pools are 30 feet in depth surrounded by waterfalls and the names of those who have lost their lives on 9/11 as well as the names of the first responders who were also killed on that day.

The South Pool...

The South Pool with the Freedom Tower...

The South Pool...

The North Pool...

Victims' names surround each pool...

A single rose remembers a lost loved one...

"Jesus"

Tracing the name of one of the victims...

Visiting the Site…

At the present time no more than 1,500 visitors can be accommodated on the site at one time.There was plenty of room to walk, take photos and to sit and reflect without others getting in your way. We encourage everyone to make sure they visit this site. Reservations can be made at: http://www.911memorial.org/visit .

If you do come to the city and would like us to join you on the visit and take you around to tour the surrounding areas, please let us know.

Eileen and Corinne enter the site...

A Marine and friend visit the site...

Families visit the site...

At peace...

Flowers for a lost loved one...

Looking into the South Pool...

9/11 Volunteer's bags...

Our flag hangs proudly…

Wherever you turn, wherever you look, our flag can be found hanging nearby.

Old Glory hanging from the Freedom Tower...

Our Flag...

Flags fly on the construction site...

Flag reflection...

Old Glory reflected in the windows of the World Financial Center...

Flag 2...

Construction Continues…

The 9/11 Memorial and the surrounding buildings are only partially completed. The Memorial was opened on the 10th Anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. The remaining structures will be completed over the next couple of years.

Truck unloading with the Freedom Tower in the background...

Preparing the cement mixer...

The site under construction...

Thru the chain link fence...the construction continues...

The construction site...