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.
April 4th thru April 10th, 2011
Spring is here. The perennials are popping up, the temperature is in the high 70ºs this weekend. The government isn't shutting down ( as if it ever really would, what a game) and military action in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lybia continues. However, here it is sunny and peaceful. You can hear the birds, the croaking frogs and the voices of the kids playing outdoors. And, this little creek quietly pushes it spring level flow through the pasture. In the summer this will be barely a trickle.
March 14th thru March 26th, 2011
Oops, I missed a week in there. The image was taken this morning. It was forecast to be a sunny day so I was up at 4:30 and out by 6:00 and down by the Buffalo River early enough to catch this early morning view of the General Mills plant from across the Buffalo River under the Skyway. If you have spent any time in downtown Buffalo you have experienced the warm sweet aroma of Cherrios roasting at the General Mills plant. At certain times the aroma permeates the city. Visitors often ask, "what's that sweet smell?". Well, now you know.
It was really cold for late March, and has been for days. Six to eight inches of snow on Wednesday of this past week. Standing on the Riverfront this morning it was 19 degrees (F), no wind but it felt really cold for some reason. I bet in a week we'll be seeing 60 degree weather.