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November 2011 Archives

Saratoga Sunset

The sky was brilliant red at sunset tonight. I had to run outside and take a couple of shots. I hope you enjoy them!

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Last Saturday I had to be in Albany for the morning while my better half had a seminar at the State Library.  I took the opportunity to shoot the city and I looked for interesting perspectives on familiar scenes.

Can you guess the locations below?  If you can, please leave your guesses in the comments below.  Out of the correct answer, I will draw a winner to receive a signed, 8 x 10 print of any of my photographs on this page, or on .  

First Photo of the Day is an easy one.
Second photo I am sure you have all driven by often, but have you ever taken this perspective before?
Third photograph is of a very special place.  Such a pleasure to get this shot.

Bonus Photo, for those that wander aimlessly in strange neighborhoods :).

I hope you enjoy the shots above and I hope that you take some time to leave comments or guesses.  Even if you can only get one or two correct, you will be in the drawing for the signed photograph.  Good Luck!  -Jim
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A few years ago the bridge between New York and Vermont was closed, then a few months later they blew it up and started to build anew.  The shutting down of the bridge also shut down a large part of the economy in that area.  People had to take a ferry to get back and forth at the Crown Point site.  

Well as everyone saw on the local news channels the bridge is now reopened.  I decided to take a day trip to see the bridge and cross over to Vermont for a beautiful day of photos, good food and good conversation (no, I didn't go by myself).

This view is from the southern side, along the Champlain shore in the Crown Point State campsite.

A little closer view to show off the beautiful design, that mimics the original rather nicely while still appearing modern.

As you cross over from New York to Vermont you will see this breathtaking view.  A lot of people were walking on the bridge during the unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon.

If you look up right as you cross into Vermont you will see the strong cables and cross bars of the arch.  

It really was a great day and a fun trip.  It's only an hour and a half away and on your way back home through Vermont there are plenty of great restaurants and places to shop.  Much like our lovely region.

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The Old Iron Spring located in Ballston Spa has been flowing since the mid-1800's.  Like most of the springs around the Saratoga area, it is said to have healing qualities.  A couple of weeks ago, I was arriving into town late from a day trip to New York City.  Our first snowfall hit the area and fresh snow makes for great photos.   It was late (around 1am) but I wanted to get a few photos of something special before the snow melted.  

This shot is actually a combination of multiple exposures combined into one sometimes referred to HDR (high-dynamic range) photography.  While HDR is sometimes associated with tone mapping, it can be used to effectively in other ways.


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Ask a photographer their favorite time to shoot and 95% will either say sunrise or sunset.  Last week I decided to spend the early morning at Round Lake on Route 9 just south of Malta.  I got there before the sun peaked its head and left over an hour later with the sun well over the horizon. 

Below is one of the first shots of the day.  The sky is what I call cotton candy, or sky blue pink.  The mist is just over the lake and you can still see the frost on the grass in the foreground.  

Around a hundred or more photos later (seriously) the sun decided to pop up over the horizon.   

Sometimes the sun looks like a large fiery orb in the sky.  Oh wait... 

Some geese decided to ruin my shots of the sun and swam in front of me.  I named the one in the lead "Stay Thirsty".  

Since I could tell the geese had no intentions of leaving, I asked them politely to pose for me. The one in the back stuck his neck up high to make sure he got into the shot.  

At this point, the sun was up and the sky was getting blue.  I had to get to work and my hands were numb so this last image is very similar to the first image... in content.  Notice the color changes that occur in an hour?  That is why morning photography is so fun.  If the light isn't quite right, wait a little while and it may be just what you are looking for.

Thank you very much for enduring my first "photo blog" for  If you'd like to see more from this shoot, let me know via the comments on this page.  I hope that you enjoyed looking at the photos as much as I did taking them.  
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Shoot the Sky!

Here is what I have been working on lately. Fall is such a great time for sky and color. Nearly everywhere you look, there is great sky to shoot! Even if you just have a point and shoot, get out and shoot some sky!


Camp Saratoga

I discovered these shots on my computer recently. I had shot them at Camp Saratoga last summer.Now that fall is here I find them! I have so many shots squirreled away I don't know what I've got! I'm the sort of guy that always has his camera with him and is always shooting. So I'll post these as a remembrance of summer gone.

If you've never been to Camp Saratoga, I highly recommend a visit. There are lots of trails and scenery to see. I can't wait to see how it looks in the winter!

Making Art


As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I am not known for editorial, documentary or commercial photography. What I strive do with my photography is to create art. So the challenges for me at a place like the race track in Saratoga, is to make images that more interpretation then documentation.






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Saratoga Polo

Toward the end of the summer I went with my wife a couple friends from NYC to watch a match at the Saratoga Polo Association. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Good food, good friends, and LOTS of action.

Of course I brought my camera.

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Definitely something to put on your "to do" list next summer. And don't forget to help stomp the divots at half-time!

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