Posted on February 13, 2014
While in Tuscany this summer we spent a few hours walking around Siena . A spectacular Tuscan hill town, Siena is a wonderful walk through the middle ages.
These ancient iron rings are throughout Siena. Used to secure your horse (or other animal) while you did business in town, they are so well used that indents from the ring striking the wall can be an inch deep. If you look closely near the bottom of the ring you can see the impact of several centuries of use.
It will be no surprise to you that I immediately thought of my grandfather and his spectacular work horses when I saw these rings. I could imagine his delight at the utility and workmanship of these devices as he tied his horse outside of a pub or general store.
At the top of one of Siena’s (many) hilly and narrow streets we found this amazing mercato.
As with all of the other images on this blog, these pictures were captured with my Canon GX1 point and shoot and edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Posted on December 17, 2013
Sometimes the street is a wonderful place. While walking the grounds of the Louvre I encountered this special soul.
Posted on November 16, 2013
One of my earliest memories is of my grandfather working out by the barn on a hot summer day. He would occasionally stop and walk over to the hand pump by the basin we used to draw water for the cattle, grab an old tin cup that was there and pump the handle of the well pump, running the water until it was cold. He would then dip the cup in the stream of cold water filling it to overflowing and in one motion pull the cup out of the flow, tilt his head back and dump the water into his mouth and over his head. This ritual was repeated until he was both quenched and cool. Occasionally he would finish by dipping the tin cup in and quickly douse the closest grandchild with delightfully cold well water.
A few years ago I was back at the old farm and took some shots. I saw this image today and was instantly six years old again.
What a great day.
Posted on November 3, 2013
Grabbed this with my iPhone this summer on a trip to Washington, DC. I did some simple editing in Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro and really like the result. I can feel the history when I look at this image – the millions of lives that this platform and these trains have served seems to echo throughout the image.
Posted on October 25, 2013
Taken from the harbor on my iPhone while on a sailing trip around the island. The power and size of the storm is obvious when you compare the size of the un-landed tornado in the top right third of the image with the Edgartown Lighthouse below and to the left of it (its the little white speck).
Posted on October 17, 2013
Statue of Neptune on the fountain on Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. This was taken about midnight in the Piazza. It was one of those nights when everything seemed perfect – location, light, temperature and the energy in the Piazza.
Posted on October 14, 2013
Posted on May 21, 2013
I have wanted a shot of the Nobska Point Lighthouse from the bay side for some time but never really had good light at the right time of the day. This shot was taken a little after 12PM on a day with good light and low humidity with my Canon 5D Mk3 and EF70-200 using a 2x converter @ 400mm effective. I shot three images at roughly -2, 0 and +2 exposure because while the light was good there still was quite a range of shadows and highlights that I wanted to capture. It was a bit of a challenge shooting this from a moving boat and then getting the images aligned without ghosting. I processed in HDR using HDR Efex Pro 2 and pushed structure and saturation a bit more than normal. Finally, I took out some visitors that were sitting on the hill in front of the lighthouse using Photoshop. The sailboat in the foreground was an unexpected bonus. All in all a fun shot.
Posted on March 1, 2013
The Warwick Valley has many old barns that are no longer in use. These artifacts reflect a lost age in rural farming in New York. Just a few decades ago every town in Upstate New York had several working dairy farms that served the locals and sold milk, butter and often cheese to the larger cities in New York and points south. I would say based on the size / age of the trees that this silo has not be used in over twenty years. If you look closely at the lower left of the image you will see an old chain-link fence, evidence that someone at some point cared enough to try to keep people away from their retired silo, but even that has passed with time.
I took this shot with my Canon GX1, which I have started carrying a lot instead of my 5DII, and I’m amazed at the quality image that it produces.
Posted on February 3, 2013