Saturday, November 24, 2012

Photo in today's paper "Signs of the Times"

Jill Schensul, the travel writer for our local county newspaper, The Bergen Record, is always on the lookout for "signs that left you puzzled or amused."  Here's my entry which appeared in today's paper.  (Click to read).

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Friday, November 23, 2012

2012 Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC down 6th Avenue

We finally had gorgeous weather on Thanksgiving for the first time in several years.  It was in the mid-50's, sunny and dry, perfect for the parade.  Here are some of my photos from our vantage point on 50th Street and 6th Avenue, direction across from Radio City Music Hall.  Photos shot with my Nikon D40X with my 18-55mm lens and with my Nikon D300S with my 70-200 mm VRII lens.  (Click on any photo to enlarge).

A very happy day in the City!

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veterans Day Parade NYC 2012 Fifth Avenue

Today was a day to honor our Veterans and as usual, New York City pulled out all the stops and gave the Veterans a wonderful tribute.  Hundreds and hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen took to the streets, marching in formation, accompanied by marching bands and various groups of their supporters.  The weather was perfect .. It was a welcome and heartfelt tribute in the wake of Hurricane Sandy just two weeks ago.

Here are some images of the day .. Click on any photo to enlarge.
Congressman Charlie Rangel, former NYC Mayor David Dinkins ('90-'93)
and former NYC Mayor Ed Koch ('78-'89)

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ('02-present) and Senator Charles Schumer,
currently serving his third term

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly (right)

New York's bravest .. the Fire Department

Fireman breaking ranks for a moment to greet a soldier

The camouflage works well!

Our Marines .. Semper Fi

A Navajo code talker.  They transmitted secret messages on the battlefields during WWII.
Only a few survive.  They traveled to NYC from Arizona.
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Proud members of the Wounded Warrior Project.  Their mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors. 

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Special thanks to Constellations Group for the opportunity to photograph this wonderful event!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Trip photos - Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Montana

Back again .. We took several trips in September and October, and in late October/early November we were slammed by Hurricane Sandy, then a small earthquake, then a Nor'easter.  With all the power outages and time away from home, I finally have a minute to update what I've been shooting.

Here are some images from our recent travels (Click on any photo to enlarge .. Click on hot links to learn more about each location):

Milwaukee has an edgy, old side to it.  It inspired me to convert several images into black and white.

The Brew City Barbering Shop apparently offers free prostate cancer and colon cancer screening.

The Milwaukee Art Museum is a treasure ..
The Milwaukee Art Museum building is a work of art in itself.

As a stained glass artisan, I absolutely love the Dale Chihuly installation in the front lobby!  (Visit my stained glass website here).
 Milwaukee's Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes) features three different environments for plant life.  All beautiful and worth photographing.

ISO 250, F/5.6 @1/10s
We came upon an enormous wind farm in Illinois .. This was taken with my iPhone using the Lightbox app which offers several effects including cropping, and adding borders and captions.
 Cleveland's Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame was a wonderful, upbeat, step back in time .. but alas, they did not allow any photos to be taken inside.  So I took a LOT of all the painted guitars out front.
 Fall colors along every road, all 2200 miles from our trip to the Midwest.
 The tunnel leading to the Golden Gate Bridge .. ISO2500, F/5.6, 1/100s
 As a former resident of Sonoma County, CA (1986-1990), I love the coast .. Here we are coming up on Goat Rock Beach.
 Napa Valley Wine country, a couple of weeks before harvest.

And a few shots of the wide open spaces of Montana.

Teepee and mesa at Buffalo Jump State Park in Ulm, Montana

My Mother-in-Law holding a small violet Montana wildflower.

Gates of the Mountains, discovered by Lewis and Clark.  Majestic!

Great Falls Montana at night.

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