“Swan Night” 2016 Picture of the Year

This image of my friend Marcelle won Picture of the Year in the Fine Art category at the North Haven Camera Club. Congrats to EVERYONE! It was a fun year of learning and sharing. Here’s a gif showing the different layers. All original photos. Natural window light. I live on a lake with lots of wildlife and was able to get these swans in flight as they started migrating south for the winter.  

Burning the Candle at Both Ends – Photo Illustration

Burning the Candle at Both Ends. We all do it. We push ourselves to extremes – meeting deadlines for clients, juggling multiple jobs, writing papers for teachers, studying for exams – often working into the wee hours of the night, getting little to no sleep. It’s a viscous cycle that can have devastating effects on our well-being. Take a deep breath… and relax.   I created this image with my friend’s daughter, Jenna, whose dress, expression, posing and newly-dyed hair were perfect! Thanks Jenna! I’m grateful to the North Haven Camera Club for this month’s “candle” assignment. I probably would …

The Little Bird Has Returned to the Nest

The young woman who left the nest last September to attend Cornell as a freshman has returned. Strong and proud. Rachel is an Engineering/Material Sciences major who aced all her classes while still managing to keep up her busy social life and blog. Now she’s back home, working at a local café, borrowing the car and having fun with old friends. Congrats, Rachel! This image is from a shoot we did a while back. As I did this one, I tried to pay attention to how I blend the hair (because most times I’m not really following a recipe, and …

Between Two Rocks and a Hot Place

I’ve had the phrase: “Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place” stuck in my head for a while, and had the idea to do this shot. Thanks to Abigail for posing, and for my friends Ralph and Alisha for the massive bonfire. We were at their house for Ralph’s 40th birthday party last weekend, and they had an enormous fire blazing just as I got there with my camera.