Last night, a few members of the TCRPMG went to Washington Park to apply what they had learned in the Camera Basics 101 course led by John Iannelli. I think it was a huge success. While we were there, I couldn’t help but grab this shot of the statue in the fountain and the amazing sky he was facing.
From where I was standing, it looked like he was yelling to the heavens, perhaps asking for rain. The texture of the sky made it even more appealing. I was really happy that I had been there at that exact time.
At the meetup, we discussed how light affects how your image comes out. We also discussed shutter speed and aperture. The main components when used together can make some really amazing shots.
We found a nice flower and took pictures of it, with the goal of having a sharply focused main subject with a blurred background (bokeh effect). It was a great exercise and I think the members really enjoyed learning how this effect was accomplished.
Back in 1992, Gordon Murray and McLaren Automotive made the fast production car in the world. The McLaren F1 was, and still is the fastest normally aspirated production car in the world.
I remember it like it was just yesterday. I was in London in March of 1998 and the news channels were buzzing with the story - The McLaren F1 became the fastest production car with a top speed of 240 miles per hour. That was straight from the factory with no mods.
Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to see a few of these cars in person. The picture here is one that Turner Motorsports brought every year. There was also another one that came to Lime Rock that had raced in the 24 Hours at Le Mans. That was a serious privilege. Not many people get to see a car with that kind of history.
One day at the track, I saw a lucky reporter get a ride in the McLaren. It was every car lover’s dream. If you’re not familiar with the McLaren, the driver seat is actually in the middle. There are two seats that are set back on either side of the driver’s seat. The three seats sort of look like a triangle. That reported climbed in, got buckled, and probably got the ride of his life. I was very envious that day.
I wanted to write this story because Gordon Murray has just released his T25 concept “city car“. It is smaller than a Smart ForTwo and has the same seating setup as the McLaren F1. It is a 51hp car that is said to get 61.9 miles per gallon. That is impressive! One of his main purposes for designing this car was to cut down on congestion and being able to park 2 T25s in a single parking space.
Their new MP4-12C looks like it has a Ferrari front end and roofline, paired with a Lamborghini lower half and vents on the side. Not an original design if you ask me. But with 600hp, I bet it’s a blast to drive.
For a few weeks now, I have been promising tulip pics from Washington Park. I’ve put up some pics I have taken in years past, all in an attempt to make you want to see fresh ones from this year. Well, today is that day. This morning, I got up extra early (for me anyway) and went down to Washington Park with a few members from my photo group and I got some fresh pictures to share with you.
When I got to the park around 7am, there were a few other photographers milling around and a bunch of State workers putting the final touches on the grounds for this weekend’s Tulip Fest. They were taking down the temporary fence around the fountain and scrubbing the fountain down, preparing to fill it up. A few other workers were mowing the lawn around the fountain. After about 3 hours, the park became pretty crowded with people walking and taking pictures. I left around 10am as the sun was getting pretty harsh and the dew drops were starting to dry up.
I took about 400 pictures in my time there this morning. I’ll probably only post about 20 or so of them on the internet, as I am highly critical of my work. Probably much more than anyone else. I really hope you enjoy them. I can only hope that some of the photos I take make someone smile. That would make it all worth it. Ok, enough babbling from me. Here’s what you really came to see…
If you’d like to see more, please check out my Flickr. See ya soon!
And by that time, I mean Spring time! The sun is shining again and the trees are starting to sprout buds. Rose and I rode the Harley down to her parents house in Rhinebeck for Easter dinner, and on the way down I saw a ton of brilliant yellow blooms. There were also seedlings growing in her parent’s backyard. The birds are chirping in the mornings and insects are starting to come back around. Here is a dragonfly I found one Spring trying to blend in with a stick.
Spring coming around is a huge relief to me. I am sure I have mentioned before that I go into a sort of (self-proclaimed) “photographic depression” after the leaves fall off the trees and Winter rolls around. It’s not until those first blooms of Spring that I get the urge to shoot again. Seeing those first flowers and buds just starts to inspire me. Here’s a shot I took last year as the flowers were just starting to grow.
But, here’s the problem – now that the weather is getting better, I get torn on what I’d rather do, go riding or go shooting. Tough decision to make for me. Between Thursday and Sunday, I put about 150 miles a day on the bike. It’s been five months, so it was way overdue. Now, I am ready to do some shooting. I want to gather locations in the area that I haven’t shot before. I’ve done Washington Park and Tulip fest a million times. Been to Plotter Kill falls and Ka’aterskill falls is a favorite of mine.
What I am looking for are places that I can take my photography group, The Capital Region Photography Meetup Group, and have interesting subjects for them to shoot. I would love suggestions in the Albany, NY area. I don’t mind traveling, but would like to keep it within an hour or so of Albany because members will need to travel and carpool. I appreciate any suggestions you can give me. Thanks in advance!
See ya soon…
Someone on Twitter mentioned Tulipfest today, and I got all excited! I love shooting the tulips in Washington Park. There are so many different flowers in all different colors. It is a photographer’s dream! Over the next few weeks, I will sprinkle my blog with pics I have taken over the last few years in the park.
Tulipfest is going on May 8, 9 and 10. There is usually a free concert and I heard this year that it is going to be OK Go. Enjoy!
Last Spring, I took a trip to Buckingham Lake on Berkshire Blvd in Albany. It was a warm but breezy day, and I was anxious to see what wildlife I could find there. It turned out to be a great day for shooting the wildlife, with the camera, of course.
There were tons of baby ducks swimming around the lake that day. It was a perfect day to get some ‘family shots’. The baby ducks would follow the mothers around and never really strayed. Here are some of the shots I got that day. Enjoy!
The ever-watchful mother…
A calming reflection…
A Mallard lounges on the shore…
Looks like this egg was someone’s lunch…
A chick up close…
So, no matter what happens today, just let it roll off your back and have a great day! See ya soon!
A shot of Cohoes falls before the new overlook was built.