Sunday, October 28, 2007

On Saturday, the 27th, the driving rain finally came to an end, the sun appeared, and the late afternoon became quite beautiful. I went to Goose Pond Mountain Wetland, put on waders, and slogged into the pond you see below. The sun was strong, and the light was golden in a way that black and white cannot, of course, convey. But, the 'values' were very pronounced and I enjoyed making these photographs. (I used the C220 with the 80mm lens.)

Monday, October 22, 2007

On Saturday, October 20th, our family enjoyed a ride to the top of Bear Mountain, and then an extended excursion below to the Iona island marshes which are very beautiful if you like marshes. These two photographs were made there and then, but I'll be back many more times for further explorations of the light and textures of this place.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Our family excursion continued north to Beacon where I visited the Fishkill Creek falls and made this image. Every time I visit this place, the water level is different, the currents are different, and, of course the light is different. It's also a place to which I will return many times.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Yesterday morning (Saturday, October 7th) was muggy and warm with pervasive fog and mist. I was again hoping for something terrific on the Hudson at the Bear Mountain Bridge, but it was so foggy there was nothing to see. Returning by Bear Mountain State Park, I was able to see that Hessian Lake looked interesting, so I parked and schlepped the Shen-Hao (a 4x5 field camera) and attendant gear there and found the images below. It has been a while since I've used this camera because it can be very cumbersome to carry, but I really enjoyed using it this time. I only have two lenses mounted for it at the moment which are a Schneider 150mm G Claron, and a 250 mm Fujinon. These were made with the 150mm. As usual, everyone who walks by stares at the thing and will typically ask if it's "one of those really old fashioned cameras", to which I reply that it is. They are a bit perplexed that anyone would use such a device. At least I don't tell them it's a Hassleblad.