Friday, July 29, 2016
I went to the post office today to mail an oversized letter. I parked my car, and looked out the passenger side window, and this is what I saw. It is on the property of a house I have photographed before, because it is in need of some paint and some repairs - something that always attracts me. I was taken by the patterns of the picket fence, and the patterns of the spacers in the balusters of the porch railings.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:46 PM
Thursday, July 28, 2016
I have one other photograph that I made, on the day of the thunderstorm. I took this one shortly before the horizontal photograph of the sailboats, as the storm was clearing. The sun was still blocked by the towering cumulus, and there was moisture in the air which was backlit by the sun. Really nice atmospheric affects. Some days you get lucky and end up with a whole pile of photographs in a short period of time.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:19 PM
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
This heat seems to bother not only us, but the kitties as well. I haven't done any timed observations, but they seem to be sleeping more than usual. It is so cute to see that both of the cats at times, put one paw over their eyes, when taking a nap. When I saw this, all I could think of was the three monkeys: "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil." Guess which one this is.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:52 PM
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
So after all the clouds and wind and rain and thunder and lightning, the storm moved on. I stayed in my car overlooking the harbor, where I had watched much of the storm. Gradually the visibility improved, and I could begin to see the moored sailboats and then the layers of clouds above them. Wow! I really love this photograph!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:13 PM
Monday, July 25, 2016
I was out shopping down in the center of the island. On the way back north, I noticed towering cumulus clouds in the distance. As I got closer to home I saw this very threatening "roll cloud." Man, that looks nasty. So I tried to get to the harbor to watch the clouds coming across the water, but it was too late. By the time I got to the harbor, the rain was falling heavily. That's the second picture in the series. Then I decided to drive down and park facing the water, just to watch the rain fall. The raindrops were fairly large, so I decided to focus on the windshield, instead of on the scene in the distance. My theory, by the way, is that if you can't take one great photograph, then shoot three that are just OK... :-)
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:41 PM
Sunday, July 24, 2016
This is my long time friend Dick Benjamin. We both started as photographers at the Rochester Times-Union within six months of each other in 1965, and have been friends ever since. He is a really great photographer, and worked most of his career at the Providence Journal in Rhode Island where he was born and raised. After retirement he has specialized in landscapes and cityscapes of Rhode Island and has published a book of his photographs, and for the last five years, a calendar each year. We visited Dick and his wife, and had a grand time hanging out with them. It seems so rich to have had a friend for so many years. If you would like to see some of his work, go to this website: http://www.photosofri.com/ You will be amazed!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 8:23 PM
Saturday, July 23, 2016
We were headed down to Glen Cove, and as we drove along Sea Cliff Avenue, I just happened to glance to the left, and caught a glimpse of this house. I couldn't believe my eyes! It was the colors that first caught my attention, and then the flowers by the stairs. How had I not seen this before? So on the way back I stopped to take these two photographs. Which one do you like the most? I also looked up this house on the web, and one reason why I might not have noticed this before is that not that long ago, the house was all clapboards - there were no shingles in the gables - those have been added recently. It was very ordinary in it's previous incarnation, but it is really something special now.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 9:44 PM