Friday, July 29, 2011

Fridays

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I took this photo of New Yorkers from a very high perspective on a hot and lazy Sunday afternoon at the beginning of summer. 

This will be the first weekend in almost one month that we have absolutely no plans.  No party, no family event, no wedding, no dinner plans, no nothing.  While I love having places to go and people to see, it's also nice to just relax in your own home with nothing but time.  I'm looking forward to lazying around with my little family.  How about you?

Here are some links to get your weekend started right!  Happy Friday!

Weekly photography links = general awesomeness!

Have you jumped on the Google+ train yet?  I'm a little late to the party but I've definitely been exploring around on there.  Here's a fantastic guide for photographers.

And while we're on the topic, this article is pretty helpful in helping photographers navigate the Google+ universe.

The deadline for the international photography awards is coming up.  Will you submit your work?  I won an honorable mention a few years ago!

Some interesting perspectives on viewing photography online.

Cindy Sherman and Mac are collaborating!

Photographer Jaime Beck (love her) chronicles a visit to Impossible.

I'm in the market for a new bag to carry my gear...here are some cool alternatives to your typical camera bag.

It's time for a new camera...drool.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Postcards from New Jersey

Remember we went to visit my cousins in New Jersey last weekend?  We had such a wonderful time and I could hardly believe that this wooded, storybook place exists just an hour and a half from Manhattan.  Truly.  I knew they had a farm but nothing could have prepared me for the lush green and the crisp air.  Granted it was 105 degrees in the tristate area last weekend but still...out in the country the air was feeling thick but still fresh.  We rode through the property, ate farm stand fare for dinner, watched the sunset over the trees, visited a dairy farm and just generally enjoyed the company of my beautiful extended family.  This city girl is already planning our next visit.

Here are a few photos from our quick trip out of the city.

And by the way, I used my favorite and most versatile zoom lens to shoot these.

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It was raining pretty hard at one point but underneath this canopy of trees we stayed perfectly dry...


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Solar panels provide energy for the pool heat and all the electricity in the house. Cool, right?


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Meet Misha de Ridder

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Dutch photographer Misha de Ridder's capture breathtaking photographs of untouched places.  Taken across Alaska, Norway, and Switzerland, these gorgeous, dreamy landscapes evoke a lovely sense of peace and tranquility.  These days in our overly connected, technology-obsessed, digital world, it's easy to forget about the very basic and natural beauty of these quiet environments.

In Misha's own words: "Sometimes natural phenomena can become so estranged and mysterious, that we are inclined to describe them as unreal realities. It might be the extraordinary shape of a tree, a mountain, a shadow, a cloud or the mirroring reflection of nature in a lake, but it is foremost the unfamiliarity of the natural aesthetics of reality." 

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Photos via Dazed Digital and Misha de Ridder.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Black and White Beauty

I was blown away by the richness of the colors that I encountered in Nevis when we were there on a brief (too brief) vacation earlier this month.  The greens, reds, blues were not just in obvious places like the sprawling lawns, flowers and Caribbean Sea - they were everywhere.  But as I was shooting my eye did what it often does and I started to shift my focus to the lights and darks, shadows and shades of black and white.  You really start to see the other side of this magical place when you strip it of all its colors.


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