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Swipes (and a Blue Heron) Across Elm Park

I’m taking some liberties with the term swipe here.  A swipe, as I was taught, involves slowing down the shutter speed of your camera to as slow as perhaps 1/2 second and moving the camera in order to create a kind of moving blur, one that gives a sense of movement.  It helps if you’ve got a colorful landscape scene with which to deal.  I this case, I inadvertently created a swipe when trying to capture the flight of a blue heron across the pond in Elm Park, Worcester, Massachusetts.  You can deal with motion in a number of different ways.  You can use a high shutter speed to freeze the action.  You can also, however, sacrifice sharpness by slowing your shutter speed to the point at which the movement itself is captured.  This gives you an abstract representation of the subject (i.e., sharp, it ain’t).  Enough with the lecture.  Here’s a slide show of what happened when a blue heron, a common site in Elm Park, decided he’d had enough of the nosey photographer.


Photographers of Planet Earth

I was recently honored by having been asked to submit my favorite image and some accompany text explanation to an interesting blog, Photographers of Planet Earth.  After agonizing over the question, which one is my favorite, this one got the nod.


It’s actually been posted here before, so I guess I really do like it.  The question though as I say got me thinking.  They wanted my favorite, not the ones that others might like.  It’s actually a useful way to reflect on your work.  If you click over there, you’ll see what I had to say the choice, so I won’t bore you here.

If you like nature oriented photography, I’d encourage you to have a look at Photographers of Planet Earth.  They don’t seem to be selling anything at this point, so you only stand to risk a bit of your time.  Thanks for stopping by.

UPDATE:  Speaking of selling something,, I just went to preview my blog, a common act before publishing it, and found that in the preview WordPress was warning me that my visitors would be seeing advertisements, over which I had no control.  So it could be some horrendous political garbage or other kinds of crap, which would for me hurt the experience of the viewer.  It’s enough that you have to put up with my rants, you shouldn’t be exposed to worse.  So, I purchased the “No Ad” upgrade.  I didn’t really mind, WordPress has been hosting this blog for quite some time for no charge, they have to make money and selling ads is the way to do it.  The bottom line is, you shouldn’t see any ads on this site.  If you do please let me know via the comments.  Thanks.

Debuting a New Website and Portfolio Collection

It is amazing to me how easy it is to ignore updating the most important presentation of my photographic work, my website.  But there it is, true confessions.  A complete redo was long overdue.  I’ve spent the better part of this now fading summer performing major surgery on  Was the operation a success?  I believe you’ll have to be the judge.  I’m moderately happy which is about as much jubilation as you’re going to read my express.  I believe it was Leonardo Di Vinci who said “art works are not completed, they are abandoned.”  The fact that I understand what he was trying to say is probably the only thing I have in common with the man!  Time to put it up and move on.

The new web site is much more current.  It reflects the evolution of my photography over the past three or four years. Over that period of time I’ve continued to drift away from a more straight forward documentary approach to photography, to one that is for me a bit more imaginative.  I’m still driven by the underlying desire to create imagery that reflects something important about our environment and our world.  However, I now see more clearly than before that there are many ways of approaching that goal.  There are many ways of trying to encourage someone else to stop and reflect on what they see.  At this juncture, there are so many technically capable photographers that technique by itself just doesn’t do it any more.  So, we continue to experiment.

If you’re interested, click on the link,  If you’d like a preview of coming attractions there, here’s the story.

There are now four Quabbin based portfolios.  I had received feedback that some organization would be useful to the viewer.  The story begins with , “The Last Witnesses.”


The story continues with studies of the engineering that created the Reservoir.


As well as the water the created the Reservoir and sustains many of us in Massachusetts.


And finally, the Forest that grew up around the Reservoir and that cleanses the water there.


There is a very recent portfolio from my studies of Elm Park in downtown Worcester, a location very dear to me and one that is currently undergoing a rather massive rehabilitation.  The focus of this portfolio is on the contemplative nature of the space that was created so long ago.


The Artistry of Birds reflects my own appreciation for the kind of art that they provide for us, through the way they live their lives.  Of course, their lives are not easy.  Nevertheless, their beauty, grace and relationships with one another are compelling.


There is also included a portfolio from my visit to Lonaconing, Maryland.  This is the site of the last silk mill in the United States, a mill which closed in 1957.  This portfolio which I put up in the blog in monochrome some time ago, is without question the most popular work I’ve ever created.  I say that with some reluctance and I include the portfolio with some reluctance for several reasons.  First, the work lies at some distance from my own photographic interests.  This is a story of decay, which can be useful if it motivates thought.  However, this location seems to have motivated a great deal of photography without much thought about its meaning.  But I do appreciate the interest this has generated so I decided to retool the images by bringing back some of the color tone, and see if they did a better job of reminding us just how much our working world has changed.


The final portfolio simply documents my love of the water, and my appreciation for what it means to us.  These are all images from various locations along the east coast that have some personal meaning.


As always, thanks for stopping by.  We’ll see how things develop over the next four years.