July 4th thru July 10th, 2011
Well, I can't take credit for this photograph. My grandson, Charlie, who is going into 3rd Grade and is 8 years old took this shot of the Lower Falls at Letchworth State Park. While he was visiting these last couple weeks, I put an old 50MM 1.8 lens on my old Canon 30D and let him carry it around on our excursions. He took this while we were on a hike in the lower falls gorge of Letchworth. I helped with the post processing which included absolutely no cropping. I think he has a pretty good eye. A little insight into Charlie; while we were on one of our road trips with the entire family in the car we happened to be going by my old high school. The talk turned to mascots and I commented we were the Griffith Institute "Griffins". Charlie spoke up, "yes, a mythical creature half bird and half animal, eagle and lion, I think". I about drove off the road. Eight years old, this kid is! I dropped them all off at the airport Saturday afternoon. I missed them as soon as I got in the car and started out the airport exit.
June 27th thru July 3rd, 2011
Chris, Erin, Charlie and Justine are here for a few days. This was a great day where we went out to breakfast, had pancakes with real maple syrup and played in the park. Then spent a good portion of the afternoon in the pool.
June 20th thru June 26th, 2011
A couple cowgirls at The Band Perry, Luke Bryan and Tim McGraw concert Saturday night June 25 at Darien Lake. My assignment sheet for these types of events is "70 smile for the camera shots 20 event shots". So, when I arrive at the event venue my first task is to walk around and grab shots of folks enjoying being themselves at the event. I used to struggle with the exposure settings, flash and the whole works. I bought a Gary Fong Lightsphere (collapsable), set the 50D on "P", attached the 580EXII and put on the Lightsphere (with dome) then attach the Canon 16-35 and let her rip. I can concentrate on getting the composition and smiles I want and the exposure and light fill takes care of itself. To do a good job you need the right tools! For the purpose, (and the pay) the results are very acceptable.
A link to more pics of the fans and the bands...
June 13th thru June 19th, 2011
Sunrise over Knox Field on Fathers Day morning.
June 6th thru June 12th, 2011
The Allentown Art Festival. Wow, that's a big dog.
For about 100 more photographs of Faces at the Festival ... PRESS HERE
May 31st thru June 5th, 2011
Ben and I rode the Tour de Isle de Montreal with 25,000 of our closest cycling friends.
That's Ben right there on the right, the helmet and white T-shirt with his arms folded in front of him.
May 23rd thru May30th, 2011
Memorial Day 2011. I took the time this morning to attend the Memorial Day service at the Oakwood Cemetery in our little village of East Aurora. It is always more personal when we gather around markers of people we have known personally who gave at least a portion of their lives and time in service to maintaining the freedoms we so enjoy today. Of the photographs I took, the one of this young family effected me especially.
For a couple more photographs of memorial Day in East Aurora... PRESS HERE
May 16th thru May 22nd, 2011
These young woman were at the show. They were fun and loved being in front of the camera. I though it to be a good semi-candid shot. I am starting back to school, well kind'a, anyway. I have, in the last few years been reading a lot of American history; mostly colonial and revolutionary period stuff. I'd like to do something with photography and American history so I'm auditing an American History undergraduate class at the University at Buffalo. Maybe it will help me better understand that which I would be photographing.
This week, beside work, there was time spent on yard work and attempting to get the pool ready for the summer. Rain, rain go away.
May 9th thru May 15th, 2011
These lilacs are drenched. Rain rain, go away, come again another day... This bush is right outside our front door, and other than church this morning, that is about as far as I have ventured from shelter today. The greens are beautiful, though and I have always believed more rain is better than less rain. However, I'm sure the folks along the Mississippi River would hold a different opinion currently. Our concerns do go out to those folks. They are strong folks, and will weather this too, they will still need all the help those of us not so affected can provide.
May 2nd thru May 8th, 2011
Finally Spring is seriously here. Happy Mothers Day to all you wonderful women who have given, protected and nurtured life to all of us. The most important job in all the world is motherhood.
Took this picture a couple weeks ago and keep coming back to it. I really like it.
April 25th thru May 1st, 2011
April 11th thru April 17th, 2011
Tough week, but ended nicely. I spent a few years on the top floor of this building (Ellicott Square) with my business, Buffalo Legal Software Systems.