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One photo a day challenge: Day 126. I most frequently do my birding from home. But today I wanted to make a concerted efort to go out birding someplace other than at my hosue. I wanted to go out and hopefully see some of the birds I am seeign people reporting. I decided to visit one of our beautiful local parks, Sperr Memorial Park. This is not only a beautiful park, but… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 122. Today we spent the day bird watching at one of my places to go visit. We went to Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge sits at the northern end of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes Region of New York. As we left in the morning it was bright and sunny. But as we arrived at Montezuma the clouds had settled in and it was… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 99. Today I was able to visit a place I really enjoy. And the funny part is I have been here plenty and its always a good time. But somehow I am not sure I have ever come here specifically for photography. Spencer Crest Today I spent time on the trails at Spencer Crest Nature Center. I just meandered around and absorbed the nature. My initial… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 70. For today’s daily photos I went to one of our local parks. I spend a lot of time creating photography at Eldridge Park in Elmira, New York. Mostly what I do is photograph the local wildlife at the park. Today I wanted to shift gears and try to photograph the landscape there. The main reason that I don’t photograph the landscapes there is because the… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 66. Today I spent the morning out on some trails with friends. We hiked at Watkins Glen State Park. The park is most well known for all of its waterfalls along the gorge trail. But this time of year the gorge trail is closed. We spent our time hiking the upper rim trails. Even those trails were quite icy. Make sure you wear proper footwear. I… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 58. Today was a day like I haven’t had many of this winter. My wife and I got out of the house and spent most of the day outside enjoying some nature. We were able to visit two of New York’s Finger Lakes. The weather was supposed to be unseasonably warm. Thawing our region out of the deep freeze of ice and snow packed tightly across… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 37. Today I was able to get to one of my favorite state parks for a quick photo session. We had to be out in the Ithaca area so I wanted to swing by Taughannock Falls State Park to capture some images. This state park is known for its amazing waterfall. But, I wanted to capture and image that shows off other points of interest. In… Read More

One photo a day challenge: Day 30. Today I got out and photographed one of my favorite types of subjects, waterfalls. I love photographing waterfalls. They offer so many unique photographic opportunities each time you visit. I am fortunate to live in a region rich in these opportunities. With this long persistently cold winter we’ve been having in upstate New York I decided it was the perfect opportunity to get out and… Read More

One Photo A Day: Day 9. Today I knew we would be heading to Ithaca to take our dog to the vet. I planned to stop and create some images while we were in Ithaca. Sometimes things don’t go as you had hoped. You get worse news than you expected. Then you don’t feel like following through with your plans. But you do the work. You continue the practice. Because this is… Read More

As you have been reading this series of articles about the different tools I use in service of creating my photography I am sure it is becoming clear that all the gear I use serves a purpose. This continues to hold true for the next piece of equipment I will discuss. The only difference is that with this tool always plan in advance to use this tool on a photo shoot. Introducing… Read More

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