Intrepid Air and Space Museum
New York City
It felt surreal.
Here were these tools, meant to kill people or transport our troops into certain danger, acting the part of jungle-gym. Kids played with guns I don’t think civilians should own, and violated common sense gun safety rules, like never point a gun at a person unless you mean to pull the trigger. They posed alongside gun turrets, affixed to helicopters designed to look menacing. The military deserves our support, but the reasons to join must be more than, “I get to play with cool toys.” These tools protect us and are designed to be incredibly lethal. That deserves our reverence, not joviality.
Turks & Caicos Islands
North Carolina law prohibits developers from selling lots until after installing all the infrastructure, things like roads, electricity, cable, sewage et. al. This requires a huge outlay of cash, usually in the form of a loan.
When the economy tanked and home values took a hit, these large projects found themselves upside down.
It’s unclear to me why I like zombie subdivisions. I’ve toured many since 2008, mostly in North Carolina. They represent a unique intersection of hope and failure, a collision of market forces and government. One cannot deny the post-apocalyptic appeal of such landscapes, an open wound on the land.
This one, however, shows signs of returning to life.
Like my maternal grandmother, I'm a big fan of orchids. No particular reason.
Similar to my love of trains, it has just always been. And so, year after year after year, I photograph these flowers, governed by some mad compulsion that lives deep within me.
And not get strange looks.
I could go without the silly stories of what rock formations create and more science, alas, "wedding chapels," "pipe organs," and "bacon" are about as technical as it gets.
Rarely mentioned is the damage wrought by humans. All the bats in this cave are dead from WNS, spread by us. The pathway and brick wall don't appear to be natural formations. The damage to the walls (algae spores and broken off rock formations which take centuries to grow) are also because of us.
It all makes me think of the principle called The Observer Effect - to observe a thing is to change it. No where is that more evident in caves.
The Appalachian mountains are a very old mountain chain; they were old even when the dinosaurs dominated Earth.
Worn down to nearly nothing now, I find it hard to ignore the gentle pull of these aging giants and the area.
Blowing Rock, NC
Max and Hal Ferguson
New Market, VA
When in Virginia, enjoy family and shoot guns.
And perhaps photograph a lovely sunset.
The drink prices, however, are too.
On this August afternoon we took a lazy and looping path towards JFK.
I never tire looking out the window. So much humanity and diversity crammed into such a small space.
It's good to be back.
We took a day trip to Asheville and visited The Biltmore House.
We hiked, we canoed, we toured, we ate and drank.
It's odd to me how much I love my home, New York, and yet how drawn I am to the very ancient Appalachian Mountains.
Blowing Rock, North Carolina
They owe their existence to a reef that encompasses the island chain. Most natives, or belongers, who live here are descendants from slave ships that crashed on that reef. Tourists are surrounded by opulence, and yet you cannot help but notice something is amiss.
The government is fantastically corrupt. The UK took back control to end the dysfunction and hasn't yet given it back. The local adult population is overwhelmingly obese, while the children and teenagers all look emaciated -- a sign of a diet rich in carbohydrates and little else. Since the country must import all food, it is very expensive. Unfinished and abandoned hotels and properties dot the landscape. Tourism and attracting second home owners are the only two industries. In the posher resorts, guest facing staff are imported from Asian countries. We stayed on Parrot Cay, whose original name was Pirate Cay. (For branding purposes the government decided to change it.)
Yet my wife and I keep going back, attracted to the area's innate, natural beauty.
Turks & Caicos Islands
Ruby & Max
New Market, VA
Children are at once complex beings with rich inner worlds, while simultaneously being driven by very basic, egocentric needs -- things like food, attention, or stimulation.
All except one of these pictures were taken without Aram noticing. I don't usually take pictures without the subject's knowledge.
However, there's an authenticity captured that was not possible otherwise.
It is dense, imposing, and ornate.
I don't fully understand the appeal of organized religion. It's unlikely I ever will and, at times, that makes me sad.
These photos, shot with a super-telephoto lens from the roof of my work, at once depict my curiosity, confusion, discomfort, and distance.
It's a venue that allows me to explore a favorite theme: the relative size of things.
How large we feel, but how small we actually are.
Sunset Through Canyon
Red Rock State Park, NV
I then entered them into The Lens Culture Contest.
The theme was scale — juxtaposing the enormous and immoveable with the scale we understand more, ourselves.
Storms Over Red Rock
Red Rock State Park, NV
Conquering the Valley
The Matukituki Valley
I got a little close and personal.
Viewer discretion is advised.
Leave it to the Japanese to be this meticulous.
Thanks to NYBG for hosting.
I really wanted to capture the essence of this place.
I think I got it. Pro tip: Bring cash. And carpool. Read More…
It was an amazing trip, especially after this brutal winter.
Coming back was difficult. Read More…
Edible perhaps, but not particularly tasty. The icing dries harder than cement, and the dough is anything but scrumptious.
Still, it’s a fun tradition that brings us all together. This year three couples made three quite distinct houses.
Boulder City, Nevada
Red Rock Canyon
Las Vegas, Nevada
Naturally, I brought my camera along. Our more touristy adventures included The Hoover Dam and Red Rock Canyon.
The Fountains at The Bellagio
Red Rock Canyon
My love of landscape photography meshes well with panoramic shots. Often I wish there was a lens wide enough to capture the totality of a stunning vista.
Thankfully, through Photoshop there’s away to capture it all.
Check out a few examples.
Fancy Gap, VA
Fancy Gap, VA
Bear Mountain State Park
The difficult 7 mile hike did not disappoint. Afterwards we ate (a lot) at Chilis.
Leave it to city dwellers to celebrate the best of rural and suburban America in one weekend day.
I also snapped some various water lilies.
I’m a big fan of time lapse photography. It shows us a world video or cinema photography cannot. It also takes time and compresses it into a manageable, digestible chunk.
But being a good photographer takes skills beyond the camera, which Max Wilson goes into great detail about.
I’m guessing the warranty didn’t anticipate this from happening …
From Petapixel’s website:
Atlanta-based photographer Ed Hetherington makes a living photographing weddings, but earlier this month he traveled to Zimbabwe for a wildlife photography adventure. While there, he had a unique experience he won’t soon forget: a lion stole his camera.
I find it curious I never visited the park when I actually lived in Raleigh. For five years, I just ignored it.
Now equipped with my camera, I can finally see this place. In fact, this is a reoccurring theme: My camera helps me see what has always been.
That is, perhaps, a great power of still photography.
This spring was particularly long and beautiful. The cool weather lasted as long as it possibly could.
Soon the City will slow and empty for the two, long summer months; the hum of A.C. units fills the streets.
Summer in New York is a unique time, an unmistakeable mix of heat, sex, and humanity that contrasts with a slower, more deliberate pace.
For our anniversary I got her a trip abroad a sail boat the trips around the Manhattan harbor.
So before our world up-ends, I thought it would be cool to take a few pictures of the old set and crew.
The T.V. business is a vicious and ever changing organism. For all the imagery we record daily, only still photography captures things and hold them in place.
Good to be home.
It’s mainly for use with a crop sensor camera, but still the technological innovation is quite amazing. This lens offers a full stop of light more than its competitors.
Can’t wait to try it! Go Sigma!
It is a beautiful little island and well worth a visit.
There also happens to be a garden. Armed with my macro lens, I took the following pics. A good flower is a true thing of beauty. Intricate and infinite in line and color.
I guess I feel about flowers the way birders feel about birds.
Does that make me a … flower-er? God help me …