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Van’s Warped Tour 2016

I had the pleasure of spending my afternoon shooting over at Jones Beach.

Here are a few of my favorite shots from the madness that is the Van’s Warped Tour.

Things you can always count on at Van’s Warped… getting hit by crowd surfers when shooting from the photo pit, the pit so full of photographers you can’t move, great music.

This year was no exception.

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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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Fireworks at Eisenhower Park

Nassau County put on a great fireworks show this evening at Eisenhower Park. In case you missed it, here are a few of my favorite photos from the show.

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.

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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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Captree

The Captree bridge is the gateway to the Fire Island National Seashore. Boasting miles of sandy beaches, lazy villages where cars are not allowed, and the Fire Island Light house, the seashore has it all. It’s all just a bridge away…

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This photo was shot with the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone. The Phantom 3 is an incredible stable drone with a 12 megapixel camera attached to the bottom via a gimbal that keeps the camera steady. The above picture is a 5 shot hdr. The Phantom 3 has the ability to take auto exposure bracketed shots in groups of three or five. You’ll need to use the five shot setting though most of the time since the stops are less than a .07 ev’s apart.

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Shutter Speak Wins Best of 2015

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Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015

Thumbtack Best Pro of 2015

I am happy to announce that Shutter Speak has been given the prestigious Best of 2015 award from Thumb Tack. This award comes thanks to the high marks my customers have given when  reviewing the Shutter Speak service.  Thank you for your support.

Tribute In Light

In remembrance of the nearly 3000 lives that were lost on the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th 2001, the Tribute In Light has become an important part of the New York City skyline. The tribute first debuted in March of 2002. The tribute is now lite each year on September 11th and is a symbol of the lost twin towers. This year the clouds and rain cleared out in the late afternoon giving a spectacular view of New York City. The beams of light reached and estimated four miles into the sky and could be seem for miles in any direction.

Here is one of my first prints of the skyline. The print is now available for purchase here on my website.

Tribute In Light

The September 11th Tribute In Light. Click the photo to see it larger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunset Row

While setting up a cityscape of the midtown NY city skyline these happy rowers were passing by. I took a few shots of them and was lucky enough to have one or two usable photos with the rowers in front of the skyline. Click on the photo to see it full screen.

Sunset Row

Sunset Row

 

 

 

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