From There to Here…


This past June we had the great pleasure of cruising aboard the Norwegian Breakaway from New York City to Bermuda. I first cruised 30+ years ago and didn’t recall the experience of sailing in and out of New York Harbor from that trip so I made it a point to get up early during our return to capture the sights.

As I stood near the bow of the ship I tried to place myself as one of the 12 million immigrants that arrived in America many years ago. What an experience it must have been.

I hope these pictures give you an idea of this experience……

Here we are approaching the Verrazzano Bridge. Named after the ltalian explorer who declared this area a lake in the early 1500’s.


Here our 17 story cruise ship narrowly makes it under the said named bridge…


Next we start to get a glimpse of the entrance to New York harbor….




No need to explain this gorgeous sight…


As we cruise towards the dock we pass Jersey City to our west and see the last of our sights from the cruise….


Our vacation will terminate at the ships terminal on pier 88.

Have You Been Inspired Lately?

Still Life

For a few weeks I was lacking the inspiration to go shooting. I had that mindset that I’ve been to these places so many times, what the hell am I going to shoot? Nothing but the same….

Well this feeling quickly left me after watching a few posts by Joel Grimes. He was posting about a new endeavor, photographing still life. He showed an amazing grid of flowers. Specifically nine shots of vibrant flowers arranged in a grid. My first reaction was wow! It was gorgeous. A variety of floral arrangements with bright, complimentary backgrounds.

My second reaction was- that’s got to be hard to photograph those “fake” flowers and make them so lifelike. I began to study each arrangement and thought that I might be able to pull it off. It can’t be that expensive to obtain a few flowers, right?

Finally I had to think about my photoshop skills and did I have the ability to pull it off in post? I gave it a shot and now I’m starting a series of fine art still lifes.

Here is one of my first five produced…… I really like it!


I’ve done a bunch of binge watching of photoshop videos on blending and layers and grouping and that has helped quite a bit.

This is available for print in a variety of sizes. Please contact me if your interested in improving the decor in your home. Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, I’m glad I found inspiration in Joel’s creation, thanks Joel!

Something I’ve not Done Much of…

Landscapes, Nature

Panorama’s are a genre of photography that I’ve attempted very little. It’s probably evident in the photo below but I gave it a try anyway.

The sky last night was just too awesome not to shoot. I shoot this with my camera in landscape orientation and now wish I’d turned it vertical. Incorporating more of the lake and pier(which is absent in this shot) would have made this even better. Well, there’s always next time right? That might be tonight!


As always, thanks for stopping by!

Who’s Jane?

HDR, Landmarks, Landscapes, Local History

If you’ve ever been to the DUMBO section of Brooklyn you’ve inevidably taken a gander across the river at the Brooklyn Bridge. Within that frame is a glass enclosure. That glass enclosure houses a carousel which was built in 1922.

The carousel was to be broken down and sold for parts in the early part of the 1980’s. She was saved when a woman, Jane Walenta, who submitted a bid for the carousel as a whole. In 1984 Jane purchased the historic piece and subsequently restored the ride to it’s original specs and now it sits beneath the Brooklyn Bridge….

Where's JAne?

If you’d like to read about it’s history further go here.

Twirling? Yes, twirling…

Abstract, Digital Art

I got introduced to this photoshop wonder called twirling. I don’t know where it came from or where it’s going but here is this thing called twirling.


I see this kind of thing as graphics on a t-shirt, you?


Setting Sail… in NYC

Landscapes, Shots After Dark, Travel

So, awhile back I took a ride over to Brooklyn to do a bit of shooting. Having never been there I relied on my partner in photog crime, Dave Gardiner, to get me to this iconic spot.

We arrived, in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn, just before sunset and managed to scope out a vantage point and got a few keepers…


Processed this in LR and applied the “Embrace the Color” preset which is part of a night photography series of presets for LR.