This is yet another photo which I took while on “safari” at the Rosemund Gifford Zoo. I say safari as this is what it felt like while I was out there taking photos. I stalked this reindeer for about 15 minutes before he finally lifted his head and turned around. Yes, I was playing the role of a zoo paparazzi. Prior to that, he had been foraging for grass. I honestly believed that he was toying with me, not giving me the shot that I wanted; Hence the name Reindeer Games.
With very little to add interest to the photo, I chose to use the reindeer’s own feature – it’s spine – to act as a leading line drawing an imaginary path to his head. Thankfully, the overcast skies ensurde that I didn’t endure too much over exposure and I was basically able to keep everything balanced.
Now, if only I could find one with a brilliant red nose.
Taking advantage of the fair Sunday weather and to shoot with some photography friends, I ventured to the zoo. I had already made up my mind that in spite of my still fragile condition – recovering from a flu – I was still going to take the chance, brave the 46F weather and go shooting. Incidentally, there was a photo contest going on at the zoo. An annual winter contest which brings hordes of photographers from amateur to professional to shoot at the zoo and I was out there rubbing elbows with the best and worst of them.
It made no difference to me whether there was a contest going on or not, I was out for one reason – to make art with light and I think this photograph reflects that. Here I captured a duck in one of the many pools nestled in its own feathers for warmth just slightly off shore of the pond hence the title Nestled for Warmth.
Back in 2010, I bought myself a circular polarizer and with unequivocal excitement I went out shooting like mad. Among one of the places I visited and made use of the polarizer was the Chittenango Falls. The photo I composed and took that day is available in the park walks collection of the portfolio.
This year, January 1, I was invited out by three other photographer friends for a New Year shoot-out. One of the many places we visited was, you guessed it, Chittenango Falls. Was I excited this second time around, you bet I was. This time around I had another toy to play with a graduated neutral density filter which helped me to keep everything within the range the sensor. But enough with the technical talk and lets get down to the image.
Having gotten to the falls, I felt that I needed to take something different which still emphasized the significance of the falls. And, after searching around, I settled on this composition which not only displayed the falls but the environs. Further, the low level of the sun as it broke through the forest trees and lit the grounds of the walkway already suggests that it was early in the morning; It was. But, it was beautiful, it was refreshing and was a fitting way to start the new year – taking photos with friends at the start of the new year.
Everyone who welcomes the new year lives in the anticipation of something brighter, better, worthwhile. Indeed, with everything that has happened over the past 12 months everyone is looking forward to something better and more upbeat with the new year.. Although this photograph’s title says something otherwise, it also depicts that that brighter times are still yet to come and just ahead.
I have wanted to put this photograph up for quite some time now and it was shot over the Christmas Season during the Lights on the Lake show which is held at the Onondaga Lake annually. In the same way that it depicts a bright pathway ahead, I wish everyone a bright New Year. Happy New Year!!
Feeling rather chilly this morning, 53 F at what is supposed to be just the beginning of Fall, I began thinking of the last winter which ran through the North East of the country and set record lows and snowfall depths – 8″ there, 12″ in other places. It was certainly one of the roughest winters I have experienced in Syracuse thus far. On two occasions, I had been trapped in my driveway because of the incessant snow and delayed city plows. Yes, I was miserable because of it.
Yet, because of the incessant snowfall, when I did get out, I saw some rather amazing sights. One of those sights happens to have been the Green Lakes out in Fayetteville, NY completely covered in a blanket of snow. This is one of the deepest pair of lakes in this region which were carved out from melting glaciers from the last ice age. But, under this tremendous snowfall, it seemed transformed into something that seem to pop out straight from a fairytale or some story book.
Although, I am not looking forward to the cold again, I am certainly looking forward to taking more photographs like this if the opportunity presents itself this winter. If I collect sufficient, I will see about starting a new portfolio focused on the beauty of winter.
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Last weekend I took a trip to New York City, a first for me and one heck of an experience. It was a four and a half hour road trip with some friends that took us from Syracuse, down to Pennsylvania and up through New Jersey and into New York. I didn’t get to take any photos on the way but I was steering out the window like a primary school student when we drove across one of the many bridges which links Manhattan to the many boroughs which surround it. To say the least, I was excited with anticipation.
The first day in was too exhausting to take any photos but I got some opportunity to take some during my second and third day there. The photos below are just a few that I took from the trip.
Brooklyn Bridge Entrance:
To the left we have the Brooklyn bridge. It is one of two major bridges in the south of the island of Manhattan which links the island to the borrow of Brooklyn. It is also the closest bridge to the Statue of Liberty. Now I did get a fairly good shot of the statue, But, I was roaming around with my 18-55 mm nikkor which by all standards is far better designed for street photography than telephoto shots. Here a couple pause for a moment to review the shots of the bridge which they took.
Sun Flare on the Bridge:
Here is another shot while crossing under one of the many main pillars which support the suspension cables of the bridge.
Sunset on Manhattan:
This is one shot which simply captured my fancy from the time I shot it. It was a sunset which was begging to develop on the horizon of Manhattan and the golden rays were dispersed through the sky creating this lovely glow. Just capturing that scene put me in the best of moods in spite of the windy weather atop the Empire State Building, and boy was it ever windy.
The world famous Rockefeller Centre on 50th Street. Surrounded by flags representing the different nations of the world is the ice rink and the statue for Rockefeller Centre which holds carvings of the different zodiac signs. I have no idea whether Rockefeller was a superstitious man but I found that rather interesting. It was also welcoming to see my home country’s flag – Dominica – being represent there.
The Charging Bull:
No trip to NYC can be complete without at least one shot of the famous/infamous charging bull of wall street. The symbol of American Capitalism and also the symbol of the trading centre which cause an economic global chain reaction. Thankfully the stock market was up when I visited.
Although I have more posts I think I will stop there. My intention was not really to show all of NY but some of the places I visited. There are some places that I visited which are still undocumented in photos and some which are not so picturesque. But these represent some of the major highlights of my weekend to the Big Apple – New York, New York.
For the next four months I am going to be involved in collecting photos for a new section of my portfolio. This section will be devoted to winter.
Winter holds its own unique beauty – its own special attractions. I hope to capture some of that magic of that season and present in pictures. I will be sure to post again when I have collected the shots.
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