Saturday, October 25, 2008


Yesterday we went to New York for the Photo Plus Expo. It was pretty awesome. A ton of people were there, all the camera and photography equipment that you can imagine. One of our instructors (Michael Zide) gave a talk for Bogen. It was neat for him to get to do that. After walking around the expo, we went and walked around some of the city. We ate at a diner that I can't remember the name of, then we made our way down to Time Square. It was my first time in NYC. I don't think it was exactly the same feeling as I imagined, but it is definitely an impressive place in various ways.

Looking down towards TS. I think what I liked the most was all the billboards and signs. Though, I bet back in the day before it was littered in signs, it had a different appeal to it, which I think I would also like.
Pigeons watching below, probably for food, and the Hershey's store.
Josh and Chris watching Naked Cowboy (who is originally from Cincinnati, OH), and Josh crossing the street.

Some reflections in a building across from Macy's.

I really want to get back to NYC and spend a little longer period of time enjoying the city.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Night Shots

I haven't done too much night photography. Trevor and I went out and just messed around trying some shots out. Here are two of them.

This is the bridge that crosses the river in Turners Falls.

Tully Lake Triathlon

Yesterday morning I shot a triathlon at Tully Lake. It was a lot of fun. It was my first time shooting any sort of sporting event or anything, so it was a good learning experience. And next time I think I will be able to do a better job. It also made me want to compete in a triathlon like this. I think I could have done a decent job in this one. It was a little chilly early, but I think that would probably be better weather for competing. 

There were so many different kayaks, It looked really cool. This was when everyone was getting ready for the race.

After the race they had awards and a band playing and such. I didn't stick around for that. 

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Some Basics

This week has gone by real fast, probably because we had Monday off. We have been doing a couple things that are new for me in our classes. This is the first time I have really done anything with flash, so I am glad to finally learn how to use that correctly. And we are also starting to work with the large format cameras in the commercial studio. They were kind of intimidating at first, but I am getting use to them pretty fast. I actually think I am really going to like using them.

Here are two pics from some basic assignments we did. 

Chris... my roomie... he posted a picture of me so I wanted to put one up of him.

From a depth of field assignment. Wasn't the one I turned in... but I liked it the best because it was on the tree.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Some more from the weekend.

Here are a few more pictures from this weekend. The leaves are so amazing. Northwest Ohio could be close to this pretty.... if it weren't for it being 97 percent farm fields. When I move back I am planting trees.

Trevor taking pictures off of Mt. Tom.

A hanging leaf.

These two are from down the road in Northfield. There are some pretty trees in this park. They also have snowshoe and cross country skiing trails that I will hopefully use this winter.

Looking down the Connecticut River of off the French King Bridge.

Some of the many bikers that crossed the bridge this weekend.

Reflections in the river.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Leaf Peepin

"Leaf Peeping" is in full force this weekend. The trees are amazing right now, and it has brought a ton of people..... and traffic. It is really neat. One of the popular spots is the French King Bridge right down the river from us. So many people are there looking down the river and taking pictures and such.

I went around and took a few pictures yesterday morning. In the afternoon, Trevor and I ran to Holyoke to pick up his computer. After that, we spend some time hiking to Goats Peak on at Mt. Tom. It has a tower at the top with a nice view that we could se Hartford from.

This is the drive entering Barton's Cove.

Inside Barton's Cove.

Blue heron taking off. 

The ferry going under French King.

Some beautiful leaves. The thing I enjoy the most is when the different colors from different trees all overlap to make a kaleidoscope sort of color effect.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Uploading these photos (the last post) has taken a large amount of detail and color out, and I am not sure how to avoid that right now..... so you will have to use your imagination on how vibrant a colorful the trees and such actually are. I think it is because I don't really know exactly how to deal with the large files made by the camera that we are currently using.

The Weekend

These pictures are from a few of the places that I visited this past weekend. I went to a couple state parks, and looked around for future spots to take photos.

Looking under the French King Bridge. This is just down the road/river from where we are living. It would be awesome to bungee-jump from.

Wendell State Park- This is also just a few minutes away from us. 

Again at Wendell, looking across the lake. The trees by the waters edge are starting to change quite a bit. Makes for a neat contrast against the pines and the still-green trees.

Laurel Lake in Erving State Park. On the opposite side from the park there are private cottages. It would be a real neat place to go and relax at any time of year I think.

Tully Lake above the dam. I didn't get to hike around here for very long. Just enough time to get a feel for it, and find out that I am definitely going to have to come back again.

I went to the majority of these places on Sunday. Saturday, we went to Shelburne Falls; and then, after talking to a man running a store, we got directions up to where he lives, which is also a "fiber farm". It was basically on top of a mountain and had a great view. They raise different kinds of goats, sheep, llamas, birds, and like two camels. It was a pretty random place, but was a lot of fun to walk around. I have a few pictures from there that I might post if I get a chance.

On the way home from the farm, we saw our first moose while being here! It was out in a field along a woods. It was a younger one and was not huge, but still very exciting to see.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


Here are some pictures from when a few of us went into Boston a couple weekends ago. The city is really cool, and it was definitely a lot of fun. We might go back in next weekend.

One of the groups of street performers. This guy had his sister on his shoulders as he was walking on top of this ball.

The Battle of Bunker Hill monument.

We walked through the park and something called Hempfest was going on..... Quite a few interesting people.