The streets of New York

During what must have been the coldest week of the year, I and eight other photographers, from Los Angeles to Toronto, walked the streets trying to capture, the essences, the people, the tastes, and the life of New York City.

Our guide was ex-Canadian, now US citizen Steve Simon. He is an incredibly talented and thoughtful photographer, who is eager to teach and motivate.

Through 'lectures', exhibitions of other street photographers' work, documentary video, films, and visits to NYC galleries, he exposed us to varied photograph styles, influences and passions.

There is no doubt that Steve's energy and skills motivated us to study, shoot, and learn

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Our first day of shooting was full of rain.  Buckets of it.  Plastic bags for all our cameras. TYhe next three days, while sunny, saw temperatures in the 20s and 30s, hardly comfortable conditions for working with lenses, camera bodies, and shutter buttons.

Click here to see some of the first images.

Good eatin' in Maine

    I love diners.

    And I love Maine.

    A few years ago, I did a photography project focused on three of Maine’s most famous diners: the A-1 in Gardiner, Moody’s in Waldoboro, and Tom Manning’s restored Miss Portland in Portland.

    The Portland Press Herald’s Maine Today just published a nice feature about Miss Portland, which prompted me to publish my own portfolio of shots from the diner.

Getting ready for the Warbirds

    In about two weeks, Wings Over Wiscasset 2.0 will attract thousands of people to its two days of air shows featuring WW II Warbirds and the Texas Flying Legends, antique autos, a big band swing dance, tributes to veterans, and more.

    In preparation, I went out to the Wiscasset Airport to remind myself of where I might position to get the best photos of the events.

    Since I don’t carry a lot of equipment when I shoot, I wasn’t sure whether my 18-200mm lens could do the job.  But then I reviewed my images from last year’s show and noticed that I did most of my shots with my then-new 18-70mm.  

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    Surprise, surprise! The 70mm was enough for me to get some detail as planes flew over. Going up to 200mm will be a big leap closer, just fine to catch planes in the air. I also found that shooting at 1/1250th of second is enough to stop propellers, and, like when shooting snow scenes, I should open up a stop or two to prevent the sky from overpowering the planes.

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Antiques on wheels

The Maine Association of Obsolete Cars staged their annual exhibition this weekend on the grounds of the Boothbay Railway Village. This picture is the hood ornament of a 1927 Pontiac, whose owner bought it on eBay and restored it with a healthy helpings of time and money.

The Maine Association of Obsolete Cars staged their annual exhibition this weekend on the grounds of the Boothbay Railway Village. This picture is the hood ornament of a 1927 Pontiac, whose owner bought it on eBay and restored it with a healthy helpings of time and money.

Dozens of old cars made the trek, some from New Hampshire, as well as Maine. I even saw a Florida license plate. (Ya see a lot of those, anyway - snow birds!).

Dozens of old cars made the trek, some from New Hampshire, as well as Maine. I even saw a Florida license plate. (Ya see a lot of those, anyway - snow birds!).