Tom’s Blog

Nature Photography Day – June 15, 2014

I'm going to try to do my part, albiet a bit belatedly, to help promote Nature Photography day. Below is a note from the Susan Day, Executive Director of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA), that will explain a little about this day. Pretty straightforward actually. Let's get out and take some pictures, then post our favorite from the day's shoot to the Nature Photography Day page, linked in the note below. I'd like to go one further. If any readers of this blog can participate, send me your favorite photo, too (don't forget to upload it to the Nature Photography Day Page)...

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Who’d a thunk?

Anyone familiar with my photography will likely be surprised at what I brought home a couple weekends ago. A good friend and fellow photographer, Phil Spitze, invited me to join him for a Saturday morning photo shoot. Despite the fact that Phil now lives in the country, he still has a strong interest in urban photography. We agreed to meet at Freedom of Expresso across from Franklin Square Park in Syracuse. Our intention was to shoot around the park and then perhaps hit a couple other city parks. When we met, Phil suggested that it might be fun to hike the west on the creek walk, which we started...

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Beaver Lake Series starts in June

I will be leading a series of nature photography workshops to be hosted by Beaver Lake Nature Center, starting in June. The series includes three evening sessions (7-9 pm June 24, August 5 and September 9) as well as a weekend session September 20-21. I regularly lead workshops in Central New York as well as the Adirondacks and Finger Lakes regions, and the Beaver Lake series is designed to enhance the photography skills of novice and intermediate photographers alike. “Depending on the make-up of the workshop's participants, we'll adjust the content of subject matter being presented. Whether...

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Don’t bother to shoot this time of year…

... it's too drab and lacking in color. How many times have we heard that, or something like it? I'm not one to not take my cameras out unless I'm facing really photogenic weather or seasonal conditions, however. There's a special satisfaction coming home with a "keeper" or two when the conditions seem to conspire against you. That might mean the trees have yet to leaf out. It might be a day with a blanket of thick dark clouds. Then again, we (I typically enjoy shooting with friends) could find ourselves under cloudless, high contrast skies. These are all occasions or conditions that often...

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“A Sense of Peace” opens Thursday

A Sense of Peace, my solo show at Ironstone Gallery, is opening this Thursday, March 28, from 3 - 7 pm. The collection that was featured in February at Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, NY was well received and will be the heart of this showing, too. One of the founders of Image City took the time to tell me that he was never all that impressed with nature photography, "But," he said, "There's something about your images." He ended up taking several home, including one he ordered custom printed 23" x 36". It's a photograph captured on the trail to Mount March and will be in the Ironstone...

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Flower and garden workshop scheduled

This is a heads-up to those who have been waiting for word on our next flower and garden photo workshop. I'm in the process of getting information onto the website, but this post will give you the basics. Our friends at Sycamore Hills Gardens in Marcellus, NY are once again welcoming us to enjoy a day of photography in their lovely gardens. The date will be June 14th, when Karen  Hanford tells me we should find the gardens very photogenic. She's promised a list of what we can expect to find in bloom on the 14th.  As soon as I have it, I'll pass it along. Sycamore Hills Gardens...

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A Sense of Peace – March 27

The images I had in my recent show at Rochester's Image City Photography Gallery, were called remarkably peaceful and tranquil by gallery owners and visitors alike. So, I'm happy to announce that these same images will comprise a new show that's more convenient to Central New Yorkers. It too, will be titled A Sense of Peace. Heck, if it ain't broke don't fix it, right? As I mentioned in this space before, I've had work recognized in the North American Nature Photography Association's annual showcase, recently. Blue Heron Hunting will be in this show, as will many other images captured...

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What’s so good about a photo tour?

As someone who thoroughly enjoys leading nature photography ours, I'm always trying to explain the answer to the questions, "What's so good about a photo tour?" Well, there are a couple of ways to answer that question. The first, and most expected, is from the participant's perspective. So, let's go there first. I have permission to use participant images from a recent tour, Winter in the Adirondacks last month. Jim and Anita McChesney, from Portlandville, NY were on their first photo tour. With new Nikon D7100 cameras, they were experienced underwater photographers anxious to discover...

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Only in the cold

I can't tell you how often people look at me like I have a whole bucket of loose screws when I say I'm going to climb out of a warm bed and trudge out into zero or even sub-zero temperatures to take some pictures. And, I'm looking forward to it. And, I expect I'll be out all day. And, "you don't know what you're missing." Okay, let's not dwell on the loose screw comments. It's the cold that counts, though. There are certain images that you can only get in the cold. The air is different. Cleaner, Crisper. Somehow I think even brighter. Of course in our neck of the woods that cold is often...

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Winter in the Adirondacks- let’s get ready

When I listen to the weather forecasters on the radio or TV here in Central and Upstate New York, I have to grit my teeth. It's simply amazing to me how many of them are often making winter weather look as bad as they can...as much of an inconvenience as they can. My guess is that they are trying to empathize with what they think their listeners or viewers are thinking. Unfortunately, I can't say they are wrong about their perception, Still, I think they would be doing everyone a great services if they would spend a little more time paying attention to the positive as opposed to the negative. Don't...

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