Thursday, April 17, 2014

One Photo: Two Treatments

Below is one photo,  treated with two different iPhone photo apps.  I'll be teaching how to use these cool apps next Thursday, April 24, from 6-8 pm at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY.  It's a fun class - the apps are inexpensive, easy-to-use.  I'll show you the best of the lot!  This class is good with iPhones or iPads.  Contact me if you are interested.
Hudson River view, with cool tones
Hudson River view, with warm tones
One image capture - two different images!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


I am printing up some spring photos for my gallery, RiverWinds Gallery, in Beacon.  These were taken in previous years with my Nikon, and then I used Glamour Glow in the Nik Filter series to soften and, well, make them glow.
Early Spring - trees just budding
Magnolias have just bloomed!
Beacon, NY - looking towards Mt. Beacon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Before & After with the iPhone

The iPhone has become my camera of choice.  It's always with me, and I love the photo apps - so cheap, so easy-to-use, so fun.  And I've enjoyed teaching these tools to iPhone users.  My next workshop is April 24, from 6-8 pm, at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY.  If you're interested in learning how to bring your iPhone shots up to the next level, contact me for more details.  I promise--you will learn a lot and have fun!

Before iPhone photo apps:

2 charming girls, looking at the Hudson River, taken with my Nikon D7000
After running the image through some phone apps:
For me, this treatment adds a universal element - it's not Jennie and Alice, but the essence of 2 young girls.
Overlooking the Hudson River: photo taken with my Nikon
I like the feeling of age and time in this image
The iPhone apps enable me to express the history of photography - they throw back in time.  I was a history major in college, so I guess this kind of time travel has always appealed to me!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Image of the Day: Simple Summer Bouquet

From my garden.  Roses.  Bee balm.  Echinacea.  Old bottle.  On my porch.

Summer bouquet: roses, bee balm, echincacea

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Images of the Day: Beacon NY Waterfront

When Rita Pignato, a wonderful photographer, visits me, we always go out and photograph around the Hudson River.  We were running a bit late - no time to drive too far -- light wasn't wonderful -  so we went down to the Beacon waterfront to see what we could see.  We didn't walk more than 50 yards in all -- we found plenty to compose - water/trees/logs/rocks/clouds.  The basics. 

The color at mid-afternoon was subdued -- definitely not the golden hour. So as I worked on this, I kept to a neutral palette, except for the bottom photo, which I'm not sure I like...

Hudson River, looking at Hudson Highlands, Beacon, NY
Hudson River, Beacon NY waterfront.
Hudson River, Beacon NY waterfront

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Image of the Day: The View from Boscobel

One of the benefits of attending the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company's plays at Boscobel, NY is the opportunity to take sunset photos of the view - one of the most famous/photographed/painted views of the Hudson Highlands.  Usually the grounds close at 5 - way too early for sunset shots.  So while waiting for King Lear to begin (excellent production) I took this photo with my trusty iPhone.

This view encompasses Constitution Marsh (lower part of photo), West Point (on the right, nestled in the hills) and the Hudson River looking south. 
View from Boscobel

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Image of the Day: Summer Roses

I have one rosebush that doesn't get black spot and the tiny critters don't chew on it.  And it blooms a lot.  A sublime rose bush, except it doesn't have an aroma.  Oh well - no one's perfect.  But these roses come close.  This cluster is all from one stem!  The vase is an old cobalt blue, milk of magnesia bottle.  The location is my front porch.
summer roses in a cobalt bottle