I love photographing nature and I love photographing sports.

The perfect marriage of that is photographing trail running.

One of my favorite places to run some trails is at Tanglewood Nature Center.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to photograph a fellow trail runner while he was working on a personal project in conjunction with the nature center.

Having the opportunity to focus on a single runner as opposed to a field of runners at a race is fun.

This brings about opportunities to try some new things and create a wide array of different types of photographs.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 70mm. ISO 400. 1/3200 sec. f/2.8.

On the trails at Tanglewood

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I grew up always being into sports.

I loved sports. Loved to play sports, watch sports, talk about sports, and learn about sports.

Guess what, I love photographing sports too.

As has been the course through my photography experiences throughout my life photography has lead me to more knowledge.

In this case photographing rugby has lead me to learn more about rugby.

Rugby is a sport I wasn’t very familiar with and in order to make better photographs I need to learn more about the sport.

I learn as I photograph the sport. I learn by talking with my friends. I learn by watching the sport.

Photography once again has lead me to take interest in and learn more about something new.

Photography can impact your life in so many ways.

Photo details: Nikon D500. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/1000 sec. f/5.6.

Corning Rugby

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If you grow up as a football fan one of the coolest photography experiences you can have is being on the field photographing a football game.

It is fun to see if your instincts and anticipation for the sport allows you to capture good photos or if you are off the mark.

I love sports of all types. I really enjoy watching people perform feats of athleticism.

Being able to capture these images as a moment in time was so satisfyingly.

As someone who played football growing up and grew up a football fan my photographs from football games have a special attachment for me.

Photograph the things you love.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/3200 sec. f.5.6.

Ithaca College running back breaks free.

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I love that our local college softball team plays at a park where I am often at taking photos of other subjects

This has allowed me to photograph softball gamers kind of on the spur of the moment.

It has also allowed me to capture some cool wildlife photos while I am photographing a softball game.

My goal is to make some more intentional time to photograph our local college softball team when they are playing.

But, I do always like it when I can go out to one location and photograph some very different types of subjects.

Photo details: Nikon D300. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3. Focal length 200mm. ISO 400. 1/1600 sec. f/6.3.

Elmira College Softball

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One of the most fun ways to create photography is at local sports events.

If you have any local sports in your area take your camera with you and cerate art.

You don’t have to be down on the field. Sitting in the bleachers can create some nice images like this one.

Go out on the town and watch the high school, college, semi pro, or pro teams pay and photograph them.

If you love sports you will definitely come away with some images you will really enjoy.

Photo details: Nikon D300. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. Focal length 200mm. ISO 400. 1/1250 sec. f.2.8.

Local baseball

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Every once in a while I have opportunities to create photographs that are outside my normal.

I love photographing events.

Some of the local events I have photographed have featured live music.

I really enjoy photographing people sharing their craft with others.

Watching and photographing people doing something they enjoy is a lot of fun.

It was interesting how the contrast between the bright sunlit outdoor area in the background and the singer who was under a shade rendered the background as a flat white background.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 420mm. ISO 400. 1/500 sec. f/5.6.

Live music

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One of my favorite activities is running. Running brings me a lot of joy and satisfaction. One of the ways I keep the good time rolling with my running is by finding new things in running to do.

This year I have been jumping into a lot of the things the Finger Lakes Running Club has going on. One of the cool new things happening at the Finger Lakes Running Club is the FLRC Challenge. This is the second year that the Finger Lakes Running Club has held the FLRC Challenge. Last year I was really tempted to do it, but never jumped on it. Many of the challenge courses featured were courses that the FLRC normally holds races for but could not hold in person races for because of the pandemic.

FLRC Challenge

This year the FLRC Challenge looked like something even more interesting. With in person racing back for the most part the challenge courses didn’t feature the regular race courses the FLRC showcases. This year the FLRC Challenge features a lot of paths and trails around the area where people just may like to run. And many of these places are places I have never run or maybe have never even been to before.

The inclusion of so many new places for me to go running really got me excited to do something new. I signed up for this challenge, looking forward to discovering new places to run. And maybe I would find some favorites to return to over and over.

FLRC Challenge Taughannock Run

The FLRC is holding group runs on some of the challenge courses. This is the perfect way to see these courses I am unfamiliar with as well as get out and run with people at the same time.

This run was at Taughannock Falls. I love this park. I go there to hike and photograph the falls regularly, but I mainly stick to the nice flat gorge trail. The challenge course takes us from the visitor center around and down the rim trail then out and back on the gorge trail and back up the other side to the visitor center again. I can’t say that I have ever run that route. And it turned out to be a very enjoyable route to run.

Some friends and I headed up to Taughannock Falls State Park to meet up for the FLRC group run on the Taughannock challenge course. I had such a good time on this route. And of course I couldn’t run it without shooting a little footage at least. Get some hills in. See some beautiful scenery. Enjoy the trails. Perfect running day.

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This photo really provides a good sense of what the topography is like in the Adirondack region of New York.

One activity that I love to do and which I was able to do more often is hike up mountains.

One of the most rewarding feelings is making the hard climb up a mountain and then being able to enjoy the beautiful scenery on the summit.

This is a photo from my first hike up to the summit of Mt. Marcy in the Adirondack region of NY.

One of the most interesting things about this hike was experiencing the way the climate changed as I ascended.

I knew intellectually that this would happen, and fortunately I was prepared for it. But there is nothing like the actual physical experience of hiking up a mountain in nice light summer clothing and then realizing at a very distinct point that now it is cold and blustery and I need a jacket now.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Nikon 50mm f/1.8. Focal length 50mm. ISO 400. 1/160 sec. f/16.

Mount Marcy : Adirondacks

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Always fun to explore scenic areas of Maine.

There is so much going on in this photo. Maybe too much.

Green trees and the lighthouse in one corner. Blue skies and ocean opposing that. And Rocky landscape across the rest.

One aspect that I really think is cool in this photo is the people exploring the landscape.

The photo features three people and they are all standing looking out over the landscape facing different directions.

There is something that I like about the feel that is translated by the people facing out from the center.

Photo details: Nikon D300S. Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3. Focal length 18mm. ISO 400. 1/250 sec. f/10.

Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse : Maine

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Bears are amazing creatures.

Having the opportunity to see a Black Bear is always a highlight of any day, month, or year.

Even more special is being able to actually capture photos of a Black Bear.

I always enjoy providing habitats for birds in our yard.

Our local Black Bear also enjoy that I provide habitat for the birds.

They have partaken of bird seed from feeders on multiple occasions.

On this one occasion this small Black Bear was investigating one of the bluebird houses I have hanging from a tree trunk in our yard.

I wasn’t sure if the Bear was going to tear it down or what.

The Black Bear did eventually leave the birdhouse alone without damaging it.

These days that bird house and even that tree no longer exist in our yard.

The tree died and fell down.

Photo details: Nikon D300. Nikon 300mm f/4. Focal length 300mm. ISO 3200. 1/400 sec. f/4.0.

Black Bear

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