Monthly Archives: May 2011

Another great find on Flickr

by photographer Ben Tacon. Taken in Bayonne Harbor

On the Bay


Lessons learned this weekend- what NOT to do!

I learned a few things this weekend that I would not normally think of when thinking photography. Friday night I went down to the canal in hopes of a nice sunset shot. I found out you DO NOT wear your beloved TOMS and think you’ll make it down that steep, slippery embankment to the water in order to capture that cool shot of the sunset and trees in the water. You do not wear shorts and no bug spray on a hot humid night near a body of water. Friday night was definitely a short, fruitless, itchy trip.

However, the next morning I got up, put on hiking shoes, long pants and lots of bug spray and returned(boy, was I glad I did that last one in particular). The canal in Wharton was part of the canal that was used for transportation of iron and anthracite from Newark, NJ to Phillipsburg, NJ. Here’s how it looks now:

The current start of part of the canal

I walked down a little further and saw an interesting spot down a steep embankment filled with a lot of rock and gravel. I debated if I could make it down to the water successfully and decided to go beyond what would be easy. When I got to the bottom, it was very pretty but the shots I got I wasn’t happy with. I then learned the value of just sitting quietly and not rushing off. As I observed my surroundings I noticed a heron standing quite still a ways down. I debated if I should, or even could put on a longer lens on the off chance he would come my way. They can stand still for really long periods of time and exasperate the most patient person.

Don't know if you can see the heron quite a distance away, but he's there. 🙂

As quickly as I could I switched lenses to my 70-200 and waited.

He floats past

And lands

It was all downhill from there! I couldn’t switch from .JPEG to RAW cause my card was too full, my camera decided to get wacky and not work, my nose hit some button on the back of the camera and switched to live view and I didn’t know how to turn it off………

I did manage to get a couple more shots after that snafu……..

I did learn some valuable lessons this weekend…I may even invest in a monopod and/or tripod too.

Some images can be seen full size on my Flickr account.

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This is not my photo (just to be clear). But, this guy (I think it’s a guy) has the most awesome iPhone shots ever! I love using my iPhone for pics and have some with some really nice effects. But this person, (Gladly Beyond) is an artiste.  Check him out if you like.




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Training Seeing Eye Dogs to Navigate the Subway | Eyewitness News First at 4:00pm

Subway Stories: Walt Sutton is Training Seeing Eye Dogs to Navigate the Subway | Eyewitness News First at 4:00pm.

The NYC subway can be formidable for a sighted person, let alone a person without sight.  This provides a quick glimpse into training a Seeing Eye dog to navigate the subway.  I wish the video was a little more thorough but it is amazing how well these dogs do in such an environment.

A Snapshot of my World

I’m not sure about this whole blogging thing though I’ve attempted it before. What I do do is take a lot of pictures. Photography is a recent hobby and has opened up my eyes to a lot of things. One of my friends told me that you start seeing more when you are pursuing this hobby. She was right. I live on a working class town that began as a result of iron mines. It’s not a fancy or especially pretty place, yet, photography has opened my eyes to beauty and things I never would have noticed otherwise. So I hope to share some of the local beauty and my life with you.

This is one of the first shots I ever got of an eagle in the wild.  I had my camera for about 2 months and took a ride to NY State.  I didn’t know much about photography but these birds came close.  I didn’t know whether to watch them or take pictures!!