Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Poco, Academy of Music, New York City
I am not quite sure which version of Poco this image is from but my best guess is the 1973-1976 line-up which included:

Timothy B Schmit - Bass
Rusty Young - Pedal Steel, Dobro, Banjo
George Grantham - Drums, vocals
Paul Cotton - guitars, vocals

This photograph was taken at the Academy of Music in New York City.

Image made with a Nikon F Series Camera, Ektachrome Slide Film

I was lucky enough to be included in an article about Tour Managers in this months issue of Elmore Magazine. The link is below - note that the article starts on Page 12..It was written by a up and coming young music writer, Melissa Caruso...keep your eye out for her byline.....

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Video Still

Video Still, 1994
This image is from a John Mellencamp video shoot in Belmont, Indiana (near Bloomington, Indiana). The song was 'Baby Please Don't Go' which was used in the 1994 movie 'Blue Chips' with Nick Nolte and Shaquille O'Neal.

Image made using a Pentax 67
Tri-x 400 speed film
Scanned into the digital world using an Imacon Scanner
Image management in Lightroom3 and Photoshop CS5

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Zion - Weeping Rock

Zion National Park, Weeping Rock
Very quick post today - continuous water 'weeps' out the the Weeping Rock. This water comes from Echo Canyon, one of Zion's many slot canyons. One of a few seepage areas in the park, and arguably the most impressive one....The water has been on these rocks for about 1200 years.....a bit of a hie but well worth it....bring plastic bags....

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain State Park
Not much more today - getting ready for Hurricane Irene due in my neighborhood late today or tomorrow...Let's see - fill the car with gas, batteries, food, water, a blog...maybe even get a nice image of the storm...

Friday, August 26, 2011

Ronnie Van Zant

Ronnie Van Zant, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Found this in the archives a few days ago... I belive this was made at The Academy of Music in New York City, circa 1974...

Ronnie Van Zant was a founding member of the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Wikipedia writes that the name is a mock tribute to a high school teacher - Leonard Skinner -  who disliked men with long hair.....probably true...

For those not aware Lynyrd Skynyrd was in a horrible plane crash in 1977 traveling from South Carolina to Louisiana...Ronnie Van Zant and several other band members passed in this accident....

Skynyrd gave us songs like Free Bird, Sweet Home Alabama, What's Your Name and many many more....They opened for The Who on the Quadrophenia Tour 1973...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

New York Subway Impression

New York Subway
So much goes on in the subway system in New York City....everyone moving quickly and directly to wherever they may be going. For someone not from NY this can be a daunting experience but as a New Yorker the subway provides the most direct, quickest form of transport for getting from one place to another...most just keep their heads down and keep moving forward.....this image is what my camera saw as I walked up the stairs at the West 3rd Street station in Greenwich Village....

This image is from my 'No Look - Point and Shoot' series.....

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fire Island July 4th

Fire Island, July 4th Parade, 1994
Fire Island is is a barrier island just off the south shore of Long Island. They say it is approx. 30 miles long and between 520 and 1300 feet wide...and has maybe 500 permanent residents...

The island is reachable in the summer by ferry which means no cars allowed....perfect place for kids....

On July 4th every year there is a parade. Kids dress in costumes, make elaborate floats using wagons and bike.....and march through Ocean Beach, one of the hamlets that dot this island...

Today's image is my look at the judging/viewing stand for the parade....

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bob Dylan

Dylan - Van Ronk
Today's image was from some sort of protest in New York City, circa 1970'ish.....It may have had something to do with Phil Ochs but the gentlemen with Bob is Dave Van Ronk. Oddly enough I once took guitar lessons from Dave on Sheridan Square in lower Manahattan....

Monday, August 22, 2011


Jamaica Mystery
I have always been intrigued by this image...I remember making the photograph but not sure I really caught the entire image at the time.....Looking at this today and it is still a mystery how the pieces fit together.....

In all likelihood I used some sort of color negative film.....transferred to the digital world using an Imacon scanner...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter, Madison Square Garden
This image made at Madison Square Garden in the early 70's....Note that they had people sitting right on the stage - such a different time in live music......not only that but you cold shoot the entire show and use flash if necessary...I was never much of a flashy on camera guy but in this case it helped to show the folks on stage......killed the stage lighting but had to get the shot...

Photographed with a Nikon F series camera using ektachrome color slide film
transferred to the digital world using an Imacon scanner

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Everglades - Duck Rock

Duck Rock - Everglades
There are days when the words just do not show up at blog is one of those days. I have been printing for three shows for the past three weeks and most likely need to get out of the house and change up the scenery. A change of scenery is very much necessary after long days in the lightroom....your eyes start to play tricks on you - the smallest artifact gets magnified beyond necessity. I have learned over the years is that trying to evaluate a print immediately is a huge mistake - put it off until the next day. A fresh set of eyes is a good thing....24 prints done - 16 to go...

Whoops - guess I did have something to say today....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Coney Island Cyclone

Cyclone, Coney Island
This is from the 'Point and Shoot' series.

Back in the day I always carried a Canon Anniversary film camera as I walked around New York City. MY film of choice was Tri-x at ISO 400. Never really looked through the viewfinder - just shot from the me old fashioned but I do miss the film days...I pulled out that old Canon the other day and just might put this into the travel gear bag....scanned film just has that look about get all the benefits of shooting film without getting your hands wet....

A couple of subscribers have asked my what travel bags I use. There are several depending on whther I am traveling by ground or in the air...

1. Kiboko Bag - lightweight, great zipper pulls, major storage, good handle placement, fits the body well. The only thing I would change is to have a computer compartment for air travel....

2. Think Tank International Rolling Bag: Perfect carry on size for air travel. Plenty of space inside and with the low dividers you can place a laptop on top of the gear. They also make several cable management see through bags. Pack all cables in these see-through bags and it becomes much easier to get through airport security. Also, with this bag, you can set a backpack on top and wheel through the airport. The only drawback it that the pull handle is a bit flimsy - one has to be careful...not sure why an expensive piece of gear like this has a cheap handle but it does...

These two bags are my air travel set-up....when traveling by car I find the Kiboko and a computer bag are all I need.....There are times, when traveling by car, I bring a small camera bag when I need to move a few pieces of gear to a specific location -

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

New York Street Festival

New York Street Festival Photographer
Today's image from a New York Street Fair, circa 1975. When I first walked in to this slice of New York life the photographer was facing the two women seemingly ready to expose a Polaroid...Just as I was ready to click the shutter he turned and gave me the look......happy he did - makes the Minor White quote below all the more relevant...

'No Matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer It has chosen'.......Minor White

Transferred to the digital world using an Imacon Scanner.... and thanks to my friend Jolene for some photoshop image management tips....these old negatives can be a bear....

Monday, August 15, 2011

Ireland Landscape

'One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it'......Galen Rowell

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Iceland Waterfall - Gullfoss

Gullfoss, Iceland
'Photography is not a sport. It has no rules. Everything must be tried'....Bil Brandt

The header image is from an industrial thermal energy site near Reykjavik....One just walks around these industrial sites - no fences, no guard, good service.....

Friday, August 12, 2011

Gallery Open

Gallery, Mercer Street, NYC
This image is from the 'way back time machine', circa 1968, back when cameras used black and white and color film. For those who do not remember this phrase it comes from the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show...They used the time machine to go back and alter historic moments....check out their Wikipedia page....

This photograph was made on Prince Street between Mercer and Greene Street. What we need is a new word for 'capture'...sorry so old school around here...

This image will be part of my gallery show opening on September 10th at the Renaissance Fine Art and Design Gallery in Carmel, Indiana. The show title is 'Music, iPhone and other Neighborhoods' and will have images from my 45 year addiction to the camera...From Indiana the show will move to the 20 North Gallery in Toledo, Ohio. This will be the first time many of these images will be printed and displayed...

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Chokloskee Sunrise 2

Chokoloskee Sunrise 2
Today's image was captured one day later then yesterday's sunrise image at Chokoloskee in the Everglades. The only difference is the tide was out so the oyster beds are visible....really need to walk with care on those beds, and, of course have the correct shoes on.....And yes, it was easier to get out of the boat on the second day....

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Everglades - Chokoloskee 2

Sunrise, Chokoloskee
Yesterday I went on about my first experience in the Everglades and a friend emailed and said 'let's see the sunrise image you made that talked about this sunrise image and never posted it'...truth be told I seemed to have misplaced it at the time - and have now found it along with an image of myself walking around in the bay (afternoon image)...

It is so peaceful out in the sounds except the wind.....

The Minnow and The Skipper


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Everglades - Chokoloskee

10,000 Island, Everglades
It is just before sunrise and I am sitting in a parking lot outside the hardware store in Everglades City, Florida. I am meeting a boat captain to take me out to the 10,000 Islands which are mostly deserted beaches, water and mangrove trees, some of which are growing on oyster beds....These islands date back quite some time, some as far back as 3,500 years. Eerie place at best...

Today this body of water is very calm except for the sound of our motor and the wake produced by the boat - not a sound except for what my mind tells me is an alligator  - and visually just the twilight starting to peak out on the horizon -

So we motor out for about one half hour and Captain Ray stops the boat, looks at me and tells me this is the spot, get out of the boat. I mean we are in the middle of nowhere and he is telling me to get out of the boat - I hesitate - he says you will miss the sunrise if you don't get out now - I am thinking miss the sunrise', what about the alligators and anacondas I have heard so much about?

Long story short I get out of the boat and find myself standing on an oyster bed - the water is maybe 2 feet deep and I can see down to the bed - Captain Ray hands me my tripod and drifts his boat out in the water (out of my camera view) telling me he will come back in 30 minutes to pick me.....of course I am always looking over my shoulder to make sure he is still there - and of course he is floating about smoking a cigarette and eating as usual for Ray....

After a few minutes I become comfortable with this and fire away at the sunrise for maybe 20 minutes....when I turn around the image above was waiting.....the moon setting behind me....

What an amazing experience this was - of course I spent the rest of the day jumping out of the boat on many of the islands feeling a bit fearless after that sunrise experience....WOW.....

Monday, August 8, 2011

Iceland Landscape

Iceland Landscape, Circa 2010
'I believe in God, only I spell it Nature'.....Frank Lloyd Wright

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Maine Landscape

Maine Landscape
Looks like today is oldies day on the blogs....This image is circa 2008 when I first made the shift to digital images. The image was made near Cushing, Maine - can not remember what camera or the image management...I do, however,  remember I was in Maine for my fist workshop with John Paul Caponigro...and if my memory serves me well about 5 minutes into the workshop I was lost...

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes

Death Valley - Mesquite Dunes
'Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul'....John Muir

Friday, August 5, 2011

Iceland - The Road and the Sky

The Road and The Sky
'When we come to the place where the road and the sky collide
Throw me over the edge and let my spirit glide
They told me I was going to have to work for a living
But all I want to do is ride
I don't care where we're going from here
Honey, you decide'.......Jackson Browne

Have no idea why but when I saw this scene it reminded me of the Jackson Browne song quoted above....I always have bit and pieces of songs in my head that were important to me over the years. They are always popping up at the strangest times - this one of course being a bit more literal....

This is Route 1 in Iceland leaving the glacier lagoon as we headed back to the hotel.....

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Iceland Reflections

Glacier Reflection 1
Sometimes finding a good image is difficult -  like seeing the trees in the forest....And being on this glorious location in Iceland has similar problems.  I remember my first trip to this spot and being awestruck by the sheer beauty of what was in front of me....Wonderful ice sculptures floating about on the smoothest of water and equally special reflections.....What I learned this time around was to think about the shapes in the image and how they related to each other.....instead of just being in awe of the total structure of the scene....great learning experience this time around....

What I liked about this image was the fish-head shape in the back left and I worked the rest of the composition around this space.....

The header image is detail form today's post.....

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Icelandic Horse

Icelandic Horse

Over the past week I have seen a few blogs posting Icelandic horses so I thought why not post one from my recent Iceland adventure. 

According to online sources theses horses are still a large part of Iceland life, even with modern road improvements and new technology. They are also used as race, show and farm horses - some farmers still use them to round up their sheep in the highlands.There are about 80,000 horses in Iceland - interesting as the population of Iceland is 317,000 (60% in Reykjavik).

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Iceland - Glacier Lagoon

Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

'Future generations are not going to ask us what political party were you in. They are going to ask what did you do about it, when you knew the glaciers were melting'...Martin Sheen

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Iceland - Glacier Detail

Last Wednesday and Thursday were spent at the Fosshotel Skaftafell in the southeast of Iceland. Right behind the hotel was Iceland's highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur,  and the largest glacier, Vatnajokull. The glacier was in walking distance from the hotel - a bit of a mountain walk but generally accessible.  Additionally the glacier Jokulsarion is a quick 40 minute drive from the hotel - and at 3AM can we reached in less then 30 minutes.

The glacier covers covers approximately 8% of the country - Iceland being the same size as Kentucky - 40,411 square miles...

With the hotel so close we were able to photograph this glacier three times. Of course I made traditional landscape images but today's post is  detail from this glacier....

The image in the header is the wide shot this detail was pulled from....If you are receiving this blog via email click on the title and it will take you to the main blog page to see the wide shot.

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