Sunset Photo Walk – Silver Sands State Park


I met up with my buddy John and we set out for our first photo walk together at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT. It’s a beautiful beach/park that, during low tide has walking access to an island. I explained to John that I brought two cameras and a nice trifecta of lenses because I didn’t know what I’d need… so why not carry more than enough. Well, After taking 5-10 shots with my 7D and 70-200 I realized that I didn’t have a CF card in the camera! John busted out into a mighty strong chuckle, as he should, at my misfortune. Here I am, explaining WHY I brought this extra gear, only to find out that it pretty much became useless. So, I used my 5D with a 50 and a 16-35 and took a few snaps. I was pretty bummed, but still tried to force myself to take some cool images. Better luck next time, me.

Chasing Lightning – Silver Sands State Park Milford CT


So, I set out to shoot the SUPER MOON again, but stormy skies had different plans for me. I’m an opportunistic kinda guy, so I decided that I was gonna shoot the beautiful, angry skies presented to me. I made it a challenge to myself to capture some lightning. Well, I stood around for 2hrs and shoot over 600 photos and I got 2 decent shots. Ahh, the beauty of patience building exercises found only by being a photographer.

Next time you’re shooting anything, even with an iPhone, challenge yourself with something. Make it a goal to capture something specific. You’ll find yourself waiting and you’ll start to learn the beauty of waiting for that perfect moment!

Super Moon New Haven CT Long Wharf

After finishing an anniversary party shoot on a pirate ship (that’s for another post), I turn around and there is it. The 2013 Super Moon! So, is it really that super? Well, kinda. Technically it’s the closest to the earth this time of year as well as the closest to the earth it’s been in several years. So, does it really look that close?? Well, kinda. It really depends upon how close you catch it to the horizon. The whole reason why a Super Moon (or any other moon for that matter) looks so big is because you see it in context, relative to objects that you know to be large. Like buildings, tree/mountain lines, or in this case… a boat. It’s an optical illusion and really only looks bigger. Normally when it’s floating in the sky it’s surrounded by a bunch of little specs that are millions of miles away. This time though, science tells us that it is indeed, bigger… and it looks bigger… and it looks cool. ¬†Glad I caught it.


The Day After Nemo Visited CT


Did it suck that a blizzard dropped 38″ of snow in my town? Did it suck feeling trapped inside my house? Did it suck having to shovel out a path to the road? YES! Yes, it did.

What didn’t suck were some of the photographic opportunities that presented themselves afterward. I always try to focus on the positive (no pun intended) and find good things from any given situation. It makes life much better. I’m especially happy when that positivity comes in the form of a photograph. Here’s just a few that I took with my DSLR.

I used a Canon 5D Mark III with the 16-35mm 2.8. Most images were shot at about f11 even though the light was pretty low. Some shots were at ISO 5000+ to provide enough light for the scene. Luckily Lightroom 4 does a great job of cleaning up that noise.

Visit my Instagram for a few more shots that I took only with my iPhone 4s.