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As some of you may already know, I currently have some of my photos hanging in a gallery in Kingston, NY.  I received word yesterday that next Saturday will be the gallery reception.

I would like to invite you all to come to Barista’s Espresso Cafe in the Hudson Valley mall on June 26th to view the work Angela and I have on display.  Angela is the co-organizer of my photo group, and a good friend.

For those of you in Albany, I know it is quite a hike to Kingston (about 45 minutes), but I would love to see you there if you can make it.  It would mean a lot to me.  The event is open to the public and children are welcome.

Place: Barista’s Espresso Cafe1300 Ulster Avenue Kingston, NY

Date: June 26

Time: 4-7pm

If you need directions, please do not hesitate to leave a message here or shoot me an email if you have my email address.  I hope to see you there!  See ya soon!

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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!

I went to a local nature conservatory today (Five Rivers) to check it out for a possible meeting spot for my photo group. The place was really nice and I am excited to set up the outing. I knew the weather was supposed to get crappy later in the afternoon, but I went anyway to use up whatever time I could before the rain got here. It was nice, but a pain in the ass, because the sun kept popping in an out and I had to keep changing settings. I didn’t get too many great shots because of it, but I will next time i go.

I kept getting text messages from the the Weather Channel telling me a Severe Thunderstorm watch and eventually a warning was in effect. A little bit later, I noticed the clouds were getting very dark off in the distance, so I started walking back towards the car. At one point, I felt a raindrop, so I got ready to put the camera back in my bag and then I saw it…

There was a bridge on the main road and on the other side of the bridge was a small lake with some incredibly gloomy clouds lingering over it. I quickly swapped the 70-300 for the 18-70 and started firing away. The wind started to pick up a little, so I headed for the car. As I was getting to the car, the wind gusts began. It was crazy. I was driving back out to the main roads and with the way the wind was blowing, I honestly expected to see a tornado forming.

There was debris all over the roads. Sticks, tree branches, even a tree across the road at one point. It was pretty wild, but I had the camera just in case anything crazy happened. Don’t know what i would have done had I seen a tornado, but I would like to hope I was at a safe distance to get some pictures of it. Call me crazy…

Anyway, I wanted some opinions. I greatly over processed the picture I mentioned above using Photoshop CS5’s Merge to HDR Pro and Topaz. I know they are a lot over done, but which one do you like best?

After the storm, the sun came out and it was calm and a little cooler.  I went out back to cook some burgers on the grill and the sun was setting with some amazing colors.  Between flips, I grabbed the camera and snapped off a few pictures of it.  Here’s what I saw…

It was a great day!  See ya soon!

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, the folks at Lexar were kind enough to send me one of their professional speed memory cards to test out and review.  I also mentioned that I was having a little trouble getting back into shooting this Spring.  Well, the card coming really helped with that.  Today, I popped the card in and went out in the yard to take some shots.  By the time I finished the yardwork, the sun had gone in and it was getting cloudy, so i didn’t take a ton, but I did wander around and get a few.

Out in the front yard, we have these cool blueish-purple flowers growing.  I think they are really weeds, but they have great color and make for a nice photo.  I got down on the ground and took some shots of them to share with you.

I started to think about a class my photo group recently had where we discussed using auto focus vs using manual focus.  I would venture to say that 99.9% of the time I use auto focus.  Today, I decided to use manual focus to see how things would come out and realized that I have much more control over the picture if I focus it myself.  In case you don’t understand,  the camera on auto focus will select an item to focus on and you have to either accept it and take the picture or move the lens a little and get it to focus where you want it.  With manual focus, I can pick the exact spot I want and focus the lens on that exact spot.  It makes a huge difference.  I am going to start shooting manual focus a lot more in the future.

In this picture, I found the rusty old chain link fence quite intriguing.  In the picture you can see the weathered, rusty links foreshadowing the bright green grass in the background.  This really grabbed my attention when I was out back shooting and I was torn as to whether I should keep it in color or make it black and white.  Perhaps I should do a selective color treatment.  After much thought, I decided to leave it alone.  It seems to have a lot of character as it is.

Have you done any shooting recently?  If so, what did you shoot?  I’d love to know.  See ya soon!