Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Sun, The Sun, The Sun!

I was overjoyed when I woke this morning to see blue sky and the sun shining!  It has been gray, overcast, and raining for far too long.  So I was trying to imagine how to take a photograph to celebrate this day.  I decided that I should point the camera at the sun itself and see if I would get a blaze of light that would feel like sunshine.  Instead I got this surprise image.  I am not exactly sure what caused it - but I am guessing it involved the sun's reflection off the CCD in the camera and then reflecting off the rear element of the lens.  In any case, it was a wonderful surprise and an unexpected image.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Colors of the Beach

After I photographed the boats yesterday, I continued on to the beach.  It was a bit foggy out and I was hoping for something nice at the water.  I stopped when I saw this.  What got my attention were the two predominately different colors - a faint blue color for the water and sky, and the warm colors of the sand and the beach.  It is a subtle image and that's not a bad thing. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A Bizarre Landscape

I went out looking for photographs today, and stopped at a yacht service down by the water.  I saw a classic sailing yacht among plastic covered motorboats and thought that would make a shot.  But it didn't.  And then I turned around and saw this!  These boats are shrink wrapped for the winter which protects them and keeps them clean.  The material is polyethylene and after it is stretched on the yacht,  heat is applied with 240,000 BTU heat guns, which causes the sheeting to shrink about 25 percent, forming a tight coating.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Down by the Water

I decided to drive down to Glen Cove today to look for a photograph for the blog.  I went to Garvies Point and pulling into the parking lot, I spied these poles in the water right away.  The fun part was walking around and finding a composition which was the most interesting.  I love the different sizes and the varying distances which make each pole look different.  These poles, by the way are for floating docks which will be put back in place in the spring.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Grasses in Snow & Ice

I didn't have much luck looking for photographs with the light snowfall we had the other day.  So I went looking through the photographs I did a week ago when there was more snow.  Because of the particular wind and weather conditions during the storm, these grasses down at the harbor are blown over and covered with ice.  I love the different textures. in this photograph.  But I am already hoping Spring will come soon, so it will be easier to find photographs...

Saturday, January 14, 2017


I have passed this church once every week for years, on my way to my astronomy meeting.  It is the Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, NY, and it is 232 years old!  I have even been up inside the steeple itself, photographing a story for the paper some years back.  So I was surprised to pass the church last Wednesday night, and  was stunned to see that it was shrouded in black!  I decided to drive out there during daylight yesterday and photograph the church.  They are restoring the 100 foot tall steeple, the first major restoration since 1957.  This church was built right after the Revolutionary War and is on the National Register of Historic Places! I promise to photograph the finished steeple when it is done.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Coffee With Jessica

I had coffee with my friend Jessica this afternoon.  I don't do enough portraits on the blog.  I love doing portraits of people and I should work harder at shooting more of them. I met her about nine years ago when she was a sophomore in high school, when she came to an ASLI meeting, and said she wanted to build her own telescope, and grind and polish her own mirror! So we have been friends for a long time.  She has since graduated from Stony Brook University, with three majors: Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering!  We met to catch up, talking about life and astronomy.  So here is the fun thing - I usually do a snapshot of her when we meet for coffee.  I did that today, and then later on noticed the man at the next table watching us, so I took out my camera and did this photograph!  This photograph may really be more about the guy in the background and the light on his face, than it is about Jess.