Category Archives: Landscapes

Fire Island Lighthouse

A few years back I had posted a picture of this beautiful lighthouse. After Super Storm Sandy much of the boardwalk was destroyed. The repair and updating of the boardwalk significantly changed what the approach to the light house looks like now. Here is an updated photo with how the lighthouse now appears after the repairs. Additionally, there is now a new smaller building to the left housing the old Fresnel light which once lite the way for sailors at the top of the light house.

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Fire isle Light

The Fire Island Lighthouse at the Fire Island National Seashore.

Into the Sunset

Despite the warm glow of the setting sun, this was a very cold day! Off to the bottom right of the image, left over snow can be seen on the ground. As the sun set though braving the cold became immediately worthwhile. The sun set in spectacular fashion leaving us with this image of it’s warm winter glow.

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Into the Sunset

A view looking back at the boardwalk from the Fire Island Lighthouse into the setting sun.

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New York City – Tribute in Lights

Every September 11th New York City remembers those lost in the attacks on New York with a tribute in lights. The tribute is composed of two vertical columns of light made up by a total of 88 individual spot lights. They are placed in the New York City skyline where the two World Trade Center towers stood 15 years ago. It is said these columns of light can be seen from space.

As I sat on the rocks of the shore line taking these pictures I couldn’t help but enjoy the quiet. Just my camera and I and a cool breeze coming off the water. The weather was perfect. As I enjoyed the quiet I remembered that night 15 years ago. The thing that struck me most about that night was the quiet. No cars, no planes, no trains. No people going from here to there. Just the sad quiet as a nation mourned.

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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened in 1964 and at the time was the worlds largest suspension bridge. It towers 693 feet tall and spans 13,700 feet! This bridge is so long that engineers had to factor in the curvature of the earth when it was built.

The bridge, located in New York City, connects the borough of Brooklyn to Staten Island and is largely credited with the population explosion of Staten Island after it’s completion.

Although the bridge is named after Giovanni da Verrazzano, the first explorer to sail this section of New York harbor, the name of the Verrazano-Narrows bridge is spelled incorrectly. The correct spelling is “Verrazzano” (with 2 z’s). Although there have been several petitions to correct the spelling of the bridges namesake explorer, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority states it is simply too costly to correct.

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The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Click on the image to see it larger.

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A shot of the lower Manhattan skyline of New York City. This time from an angle not seen to often, from inside the city looking out. This photo is available for purchase in the online gallery.

The New York City skyline as seen from within. Click on the image to see it larger.

The New York City skyline as seen from within. Click on the image to see it larger.

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Bridge to the City

Here is another photograph from my recent trip in a door-less helicopter over New York City with FlyNYon. This photo was shot at 15mm using the Tamron 15-30mm lens and a Nikon D800 camera. Click on the picture to enlarge it. This photo and other New York City photos are available for purchase here.


The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

The Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan skyline.

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New York City by Air

I had a the opportunity yesterday to to take aerial photos of New York City on a doors off helicopter trip with FlyNYon.

It was an amazing experience. The staff was super friendly and made me feel right at home from the moment I arrived until the moment I departed. I was greeted by Erika who brought me into the hanger and told me everything I would need to know about the flight. She showed me images of other flights and helped me choose which locations in the city I would like to see during the trip.

From there we had a safety briefing and then the staff helped us into our harness that keeps you inside the aircraft while taking pictures. There were four of us on this flight taking pictures. One of them was returning for her 16th flight! Since the doors are off you literally get to lean out of the side of the helicopter while shooting photos.

I had two cameras with me during the flight. One body with a Tamron 24-70 lens and the other with the Tamron 15-30mm lens. I found myself using the Tamron 15-30 most of the flight just to try to capture a wider view of the amazing scenes of the city below.

The flight lasted 30 minutes but felt like just a few. We took off at 8 PM just as the sun was setting. This made it a bit challenging as the light was changing as we flew. I had to adjust my camera settings to compensate mid flight as the sky darkened.

We traveled past The Statue of Liberty, Lower Manhattan, The Brooklyn Bridge, The Empire State Building, Times Square and Central Park. The views were spectacular. Whether your a photo enthusiast or just want a unique view of New York City, this is an experience you will never forget.

Here is the first photo that I have processed from the trip. I took about 450 photos in all so I have plenty of editing work and hopefully amazing photos to work on for the next few weeks.

Lower Manhattan - click on the image to see it larger.

Lower Manhattan – click on the image to see it larger.

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Early Morning Light

On my recent trip to Maine in early March, I had a made an attempt at getting photos of the Portland Head Light at night. Unfortunately, the clouds did not co-operate as they covered the lower sky. I took a chance and got right underneath the lighthouse and shot straight up. The upper sky was clear and I was able to get lots of beautiful stars back dropping the Head Light. You can see the cloud cover in the left side of the photo. The clouds are being illuminated by the rising moon. Just to the right of that, the Milky Way is just visible.

This photo was shot on a Nikon D800 with the Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 lens. The shot is taken at 15mm.

Early Morning Light at The Portland head Light. Click on the image to see it larger.

Early Morning Light at The Portland head Light. Click on the image to see it larger.

Robert Moses Causeway

As spring is approaching and the weather is getting warmer it is a great time to be outside. I took my DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone out on the south shore of Long Island to a spot just east of the Great South Bay Bridge. I was trying out a new pair of parabolic reflectors on the antennas of the remote control of my drone. I have to say, I was very impressed getting crystal clear video from the drone at over 6500 feet away from my take off point.

Here is one of my favorite photos from today’s flight. It is a five shot AEB bracketed HDR taken from the Phantom 3’s on board camera.

Great South Bay Bridge. Click to see the image larger.

Great South Bay Bridge. Click to see the image larger.

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Nighttime at the Portland Head Light

I had recently traveled back up to Maine in search of dark sky’s. It is always a great trip. I have great friends there, the food is always amazing, and the night sky is nothing short of spectacular. I had the opportunity to get a few shots of the Portland Head Light at night. The Head Light is the most photographed light house in the world.

My goal was to get the Head Light with the Milky Way galaxy behind it, a shot rarely seen. Unfortunately, mother nature did not co-operate and we were left with a very overcast sky. It was also so cold out that night with a biting wind that we had to take frequent “warm up” breaks to regain feeling in our fingers and toes.

I did manage to get a few keepers though. Here is one of them…

The Portland Head Light at night. Click to enlarge.

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