Thursday, March 21, 2024


This is the full moon taken in Canada a few years ago...I hadn't written in this blog for a very long time; often, I wonder what the reason was for that but now that I'm in my late 70s, it is time for some reflection and writing entries in this blog.  Still love to photograph but now as the years fly past me, I am thinking more of the past and the future...It  is very difficult  to face the facts of life, that the best years are long gone and the rest of my life will be brief compared to the a child, life and death, sort of are meaningless at times; grandparents die and you get some idea of death, but don't dwell on it at your youth, life seems endless; waiting to be 16 to drive, 21 to try a all seemed so important but actually wasn't when I reflect on those years..I photographed a lot in high school, but not in college..and for many years only wasn't until I was 60 that I started to do some serious photography; learning to shoot digital, taking Photoshop classes at a local college...right up to now, I still love the excitement of a beautiful or dramatic landscape in front of me; I have travelled to many remote places...I don't like cities or crowds, but did go to Las Vegas for an aerial shoot from a is like a rollercoaster, there are highs and lows and sometimes just level is important to bounce back after very hard times, but sometimes, it is difficult; I am an optimist; but worry about aging and ending up incontinent or worse...that is the enigma of aging, the wondering what will happen if you live long enough and become someone you don't even know...

I have purchased the new Canon R 5 and plan to shoot as much as possible with this is a blast to use...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Trees and me

After a long hiatus, it is time to start my blog again...sometimes, there is nothing to write and other times, I have a lot to say, but don't write it in my the years flee past me, I vacillate with writing...and that is so weird, because I love words and writing.
  Anyway, here are my nemeses! The trees near me...walking in the woods, watching them change with the seasons and challenging my compositional skills over and over again...I can imagine them saying,"Here she comes, move closer together or further apart so she can't get a good image...make her work for everything."  These three are not too bad; I wish they were better, but in my defense, my dog was with me walking in the forest and sometimes he gets bored when I stop to photograph.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Weather and me

This is Beavertail light, on the coast of Jamestown, here in RI...I can't count how many times this has been my shooting destination. However, the weather most of the time fails me when I get there: it is totally overcast with grey dreary skies without detail or clear, which for some reason, I don't like to photograph unless it is after dark and shooting the stars. The other day I was reading an article by Galen Rowell about photographing in less than favorable conditions; and he gave some good advice about taking the shot you envisioned anyway and throwing it away because the sky fails or the weather is bad. He said to change your state of mind and look for something that will work..the image above is an example of that: it was a horrible night, totally cloud covered without definition. Tried shooting in Newport, tried the Pell bridge area but all these spots had dead dreary skies...then drove to Jamestown and saw these stratus clouds below another cloud layer and they looked interesting...with only about fifteen minutes to spare before sunset, I took a couple of test shots and liked the movement of the clouds...I continued to shoot on the tripod and actually got a few images that I liked because I didn't give up... and I suppose I could have used my telephoto to get some rock and ocean images as a last resort.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018


I study trees a lot when I walk in the forest...these two images are a couple of trees after a brief snow storm before all the snow was blown off them. To me, trees are some of the most difficult subjects to photograph because of their unusual shapes, size and because, often, in groups they can appear chaotic.  It is worth practicing on learn to organize from the chaos which can help with other types of compositions...they are pattern, texture, and difficulty all at once...the image below is one of my more successful attempts with trees.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Photograph what you love!

There is something important for you to know: you do not have forever, all you have is time.  Life is finite, do not waste it photographing things that don't appeal to you.  Of course, there will be times that you have to do that: at events, or family gatherings. But on the whole, if you are out photographing alone or on a tour or workshop, don't go crazy snapping shots of everything you see...wait until something moves you emotionally, those will be your best images.  It is important to practice and know your camera even in the dark; know the settings you will need to achieve your result...nothing is worse than messing around with settings while the light fades and disappears. I have a friend who shoots with me often; one night the sun was fading fast, we had gotten to our spot later than expected, but I had already set up my camera with 3 programmed settings and got the shots. He was struggling with his aperture, ISO and shutter speed, by the time he was ready, the sunset was over...this has happened numerous times to him.
Know what you need to get the shot, have your ND grads and polarizer ready if needed..if you don't have time, bracket your can layer them in Photoshop...
The image today is one I took at a small brook nearby...I may have taken 50 different shots of the brook, but this was the only one that appealed to me when I was looking for compositions...I loved the translucence of the water as it rushed over the leaves...don't expect every image to be wonderful...I am happy if I get one great shot out of 100 or 200 exposures...

Friday, January 26, 2018

Aging and photography

   Recently I have aged beyond 70 still is a shock to me;  sometimes it seems to me that I am still young but when I look in the mirror the reality hits really hard. My photography is still one of the most important things in my life: my creative outlet producing true moments of happiness, when I can focus on taking images of something that is beautiful or that is in some way moving emotionally. Last July there was a week aboard a steel sailboat in Disko Bay, Greenland.  It was absolutely amazing when our boat first sailed into Disko bay from Ilullisat harbor and those massive icebergs were all around us. It was night. The time to photograph icebergs in Greenland is in summer at night, during the time of the midnight sun: the light can be amazing and the color of the icebergs striking. The nights are cold when sailing from dusk to dawn, and the glacial winds are freezing...but it was all worth it. Here are a few images from that voyage; I hope you enjoy them. There are more on my website...keep photographing and don't lose your joy for life and photography ever...