Blog: Words and images

Lamps and building

I'm always on alert for interesting architectural photos when I’m walking in New York City. 

Through the years I’ve captured a variety of what I consider to be intriguing scenes: shots that contrast new glass-and-steel architecture with older brick buildings; shots that focus on shadows cast on aging brick by metal fire escapes; shots of buildings reflected by other buildings.

I’m always looking for lines and angles, shapes and contrasts.

On this day I was wandering through lower Manhattan near the Brooklyn Bridge after a day of meetings when my attention was drawn to the vintage cast-iron twin street lamp posts lining Park Row. …

Butterfly in field

One of my goals when doing wildlife or nature photography is to have the subject of the photo isolated against an uncluttered background. That’s the best way to ensure that the viewer’s eye is drawn to the subject and not distracted by elements in the background.

It’s only a goal. It’s not a rule, as this photo of a male eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly demonstrates.

The butterfly, the subject of my photo of the week,  is shown against a somewhat cluttered background, something I would usually avoid. …

Blue Jays

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Blue Jays, for lack of a better description, are the bad boys of the bird community. They are noisy and bold, they can be aggressive and they tend to travel in groups — kind of like a blue-clad bird street gang.

They are fun to watch but difficult to photograph. They tend to leave quickly when I point my camera their way.

But I’ve been fortunate to capture a few images of Blue Jays in local parks and forests over the years. Some of the photos show a bit of the Blue Jay’s personality and occasionally regal behavior. …

Sunset over the Hudson

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There are many things I expect to photograph when I’m in New York City. Architecture … street scenes … skylines … bridges … the city is filled with interesting locations and features just begging to be photographed.

But sunsets in New York City? Nah. That’s more of a beach/desert/mountain thing, not a big city thing.

Still, I do have three New York City sunsets in my files.

One, a shot of the sun setting on the horizon behind the Empire State Building taken from atop Rockefeller Center, was planned days in advance. …

A look back

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When I think of herons I always think of the long-limbed, long-necked varieties like the Great Blue Heron, the Tri-colored Heron or the Little Blue Heron. These birds are like the graceful, better-known supermodels of the heron world.

But that world also includes stocky, less graceful heron varieties like the Black-crowned Night Heron (in this photo and the subject of my photo of the week), the Yellow-crowned Night Heron or the Green Heron. Unlike their long-legged, long-necked cousins, these herons have shorter legs and are usually seen with their necks tucked into their bodies, which creates a hunchback appearance. …