Category Archives: Landscapes

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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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.

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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I recently returned from taking a few pictures on the road and enjoying the scenery in Lubec, Maine. Lubec is the eastern most point in the United States and is home to the West Quoddy Head Light. How it got the name West Quoddy when it is the eastern most point of the US is still a bit of a mystery to me!

It was overcast all day and I feared I wasn’t going to get a chance to see the stars. Luckily there was a short break in the cloud cover. I got to enjoy a few shooting stars from the meteor shower that peaked the next night. I also was able to enjoy an amazing view of the galaxy, clearly visible with the naked eye.

This shot was taken with a Nikon D800 and the Sigma Art 24mm f 1.4 lens. It features the West Quoddy Head Light in the foreground and the Milky Way in the background. The photo was shot at iso 3200 at 15 seconds at f/1.4.

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The West Quoddy Head Light

The West Quoddy Head Light







Midtown Sunset

I just finished up post processing this photo from a sunset shoot I did of the mid-town skyline. This shot was taken from Gantry Plaza State Park, just past the mid-town tunnel. It’s a beautiful park filled with friendly people a lots of cameras.

This shot was taken just after the sun set behind the skyscrapers of New York City. You can see the lights just becoming visible in the buildings on the other side of the river.

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Sedona Skies

There are few places in the world more beautiful and tranquil than Sedona, Arizona. Surrounded on all sides by massive red rock formations the views are nothing short of spectacular. There are also dark sky laws in effect to make this area a paradise for night and star photography. Unfortunately, the nearly full moon was obscuring the views in the later parts of the evening. I was able to do some shooting just after dark and prior to the moon coming over the horizon. Click on the image to see it larger.


A view of the red rocks and night sky in Sedona, Arizona.

The night sky in Sedona, Az. with the red rock formations in the foreground.

The night sky in Sedona, Az. with the red rock formations in the foreground.

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Custer Sky

The Custer Institute and Observatory located on Long Island’s north fork, in the town of Southold is Long Island’s oldest public observatory. The Observatory was established in 1927 and is currently run by a staff of dedicated volunteers.

Inside the dome is a 25 inch, f/5 Obsession Newtonian-style reflecting telescope standing 11 feet tall. Outside are several smaller domes that the staff will assist you with as you try to see all that the heavens have to offer.

Currently the observatory is open on Saturday nights. The institute is run completely on donations and a $5 donation gets you a look at the stars from inside the big dome.

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