Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception has always been one of my favorite locations to do High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography. I was lucky to be allowed to go up into the upper level where the pipe organ once restored will reside which allowed me to capture the cathedral from high above the floor. Here are the HDR images I did using Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro 4. The third photo is from the alter area looking to the back and in this image you can see the balcony area I took the other two photos from.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

State Capital – Albany, New York

I have lived here in New York State all of my life (55 years) and until last week I have never been inside New York’s Capital building located here in Albany. I spent a few hours shoot images of the assembly chambers and the main staircase, commonly referred to as the “Million Dollar Staircase”. Below are a few of the images for my first visit to the New York State Capital Building.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Devil’s Kitchen Waterfalls

It has been some years since I have went out a shot cotton candy waterfall photos. A few weeks I had to go up on the mountain top area of the Catskills to document some of the damage from tropical storm Irene so I stopped by one of favorite locations. This is the Devil’s Kitchen that is at the top of the Platte Cove area, this small waterfall is just down in off the road, very easy to get into and grab a few quick shots.

These images are shot using a 2 stop neutral density filter to lengthen the exposure time resulting in the cotton candy water effect. After image capture I processed images with Adobe Lightroom and NIK Software Color Efex Pro Tonal Contrast filter.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Salem Massachusetts Gallery

I have just uploaded an image gallery of the images from SPS trip over to Salem Massachusetts; you can access the gallery from link below.

Salem Massachusetts Gallery

Autumn in the Adirondacks

October 30th 2011 I took a drive up through the Adirondacks here in New York. Color was peaking but the reds had yet to appear this year, using NIK Software’s new Color Efex Pro 4 I was able to punch the images up. I have put together a image gallery of images I took from the trip and you can access the gallery from link below.

Monday, October 3, 2011

SPS Trip to Salem Massachusetts

This past Sunday, October 2nd 2011 a small group of Schenectady Photographic Society members went over to Salem Massachusetts for a day of shooting. We where very lucky since they were calling for a 60% chance of rain and the day ended up with only a light mist at the end of the day.

Here are few of my favorite images that I took this past Sunday. While in Salem I purchased a large clear glass marble and then used this to shot through by holding it out in front of the lens. Color images have been processed with NIK software’s new Color Efex Pro 4 and the B&W images processed with NIK’s Silver Efex Pro 2.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eastern States Penn Barber Chair Rework

If you search the Internet for Eastern States Penitentiary (ESP) images you find hundreds of images of the ESP’s barbers chair. I made to trips down to ESP to shoot photographs there back in 2010, here is the two chairs you will find at ESP. The red chair is in the area that you go during normal visitor pass and the other chair is in a remote area only available to groups paying for special access for photo sessions.

These photos I when back and did a complete High Dynamic Range (HDR) rework. The first image I did the HDR work using NIK Software’s HDR Efex Pro. Then using NIK Software Color Efex Pro 3 I applied Tonal Contrast, Glamour Glow and Darken Lighten Center filters. The second photo was the same process but after I applied the three Color Efex Pro 3 filters I then processed image thru NIK Software Silver Efex Pro 2 to produce a B&W image.

Catskill Mountain Top Wedding

On October 27th 2011 the day before Tropical Storm Irene hit the Mountain Top area I shot Jennifer and Ottis’s wedding. This was the first Wedding I shot at All Souls Church, a small stone church built in 1894 located in the Onteora Park near Tannersville NY. This beautiful Church set the stage for a beautiful wedding of Jennifer and Otis. From the church we ventured back to Windham Country Club for the reception, This the second time I have done a wedding at the Windham Country Club and if you are looking for a great place to hold a event in the Windham take a look at the Windham Country Club, beautiful venue with wonderful food.

Thank you to Ottis and Jennifer for selecting me to document your special day, your families made me feel so welcome as if I was part of the family. Weddings like this one make my job easy as I feel I am another wedding guest part of the special day. May the two of you have a long and happy life together.

Here area a few of the images out of the 535 proofs from the wedding, if you are having a wedding or event and you are looking for a photographer let me know and I can go over the services I can provide you for your special day.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

June, July, & August Image Gallery

I did not get out and do that much shooting over the Summer, but what I did shoot is in a small image gallery containing images that I did during June July and August. You can access gallery from link below.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene, Greene County NY

Tropical Storm Irene hit Greene County NY hard a few weeks ago. This past weekend and the weekend before I ventured out to see the damage Irene left behind in Greene County, New York. Here in the Hudson Valley we had some bad flooding but nothing like what the damage it left behind in the Catskill Mountain region.

People are now in the recovery/rebuilding stage but based on what I saw it is going to take many helping hands and donations.I have created two images galleries of photos I took in my travels thru the mountain top region of Greene County, NY.

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Just received my copy of the PANABOOK 2011 and I have two panoramic images published in the book. Kolor is the software developers that produces Autopano Pro the panoramic stitching software I use to develop my panoramic images. Every year Kolor asks photographers to submit panoramic images for possible selection for their annual panoramic photo book. For the 2011 book there was 553 photographers submitted and from this submissions the three jurors selected 156 panoramic images that made it into the 2011 book.

This is the second year that I have made the PANABOOK selection and this year they selected my infrared "Oakwood Cemetery" along this a B&W panoramic "Vanderbilt Column". I feel very honored that I have these images with the 156 great panoramic images from the four corners of the world.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chebeague Island, Maine Wedding Shoot

Last weekend I was out on Chebeague Island off the coast of Yarmouth Maine to photo document Maegen and Dan’s wedding. This was the first island wedding I have done and since the island is small (3 miles by 1 mile) I could not bring my vehicle out to the location. So due to this all the gear, which would be loaded into vehicle had to be loaded into a large heavy duffle bag and carried on and off the ferry. Granted I did not use all the gear I brought with me but it was there on the island with me just incase it was needed. Lesson learned next time it would make sense to ship most of this gear to the location the week before.

With all the weddings I do I meet the couple and say to my self is this couple I would enjoy spending the day with. Meagen and Dan are that type of couple their families and themselves made me feel like I was part of the family and made the day very enjoyable.

This wedding was a first in having a second shooter with me, John Santacroce who I work with wants to learn wedding photography and mentioned he would like to be a second photographer. John has excellent eye for photography and some of his work made the final cut. It is really nice to see the same moment from two different angles and eyes.

To Maegen & Dan thank you so much for choosing me to document your special day and making me feel apart of the family. May you have a long and happy life together.