Light Touch Photos: Blog https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Angela Possemato ~ Light Touch Photos (Light Touch Photos) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:32:00 GMT https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/img/s/v-12/u492784288-o509764812-50.jpg Light Touch Photos: Blog https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog 120 90 If you are the Ithaca area, stop by State of the Art Gallery in March https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/2/if-you-are-the-ithaca-area-stop-by-state-of-the-art-gallery-in-march State of the Art Gallery is proud to host its 31st Annual Juried Photography Show from March 4-29, 2020. From 161 photographs entered, 85 were chosen for the exhibition.  This is a regional show which features a wide variety of subjects and photographic techniques:  landscapes, portraits, street photography, digitally processed images, photographs made from traditional B&W wet chemistry, photos on canvas and metal.  Prize Judge is Steven Skopik, Professor, Media Arts, Sciences and Studies at Ithaca College and prizes will be awarded during the reception, Gallery Night Friday, March 6, 5-8pm. This event is supported in part with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Community Arts Partnership. Hours: Wed.-Fri., 12-6pm, Sat.& Sun., 12-5pm. 120 W Martin Luther King, Jr./State Street. ADA accessibility with curbside parking. Info: 607-277-1626 and www.soagithaca.org
 

I am pleased to have one image selected to be in this show.

 

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(Light Touch Photos) ithaca juried photo show state of the art gallery https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/2/if-you-are-the-ithaca-area-stop-by-state-of-the-art-gallery-in-march Sat, 22 Feb 2020 21:37:15 GMT
Photo accepted to State of the Art Gallery Juried Exhibit https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/2/state-of-the-art I am happy to announce that my image "Shadow Crossings 1" has been accepted into the Annual Juried Photo Show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.
The show runs from Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 12:00 PM through Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 5:00 PM
Gallery hours can be found here: https://www.soagithaca.org/about

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Last day of review 2019-Painting with light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/last-day-of-review-2019-painting-with-light It is often said that photography is "writing with light". These are what I call "painting with light". It's a favorite technique I use to create unique images, images that are more about expressing the feel of the scene, and giving an impression of the light, color and design, rather than documenting exactly what I see. It involves lots of trial and error and no two images are alike. Once in a while I get an image or two that really work, frequently I get nothing and a lot of pixels give their lives in the effort. Most often, however I get absorbed in the process and that is the best part - whether or not I come away with a successful image. It's all about the creative process which I am grateful to participate in.

So, this is the last sample of my favorites for 2019. Thank you for looking and your kind feedback. It's time to get out there and create again! If you are interested in seeing more I invite you to visit my website. See my entire selection of 2019 favorites here. All in all it was a very good year.

Happy New Year everyone! May the muse be with you!

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”— Hal Borland“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”— Hal Borland Captured with Slow Shutter Cam for iOS impressions of the bayimpressions of the bay

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(Light Touch Photos) colorful creating favorites impression motion painting with light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/last-day-of-review-2019-painting-with-light Fri, 03 Jan 2020 15:24:59 GMT
2019 Favorite Landscapes https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/2019-favorite-landscapes I don't shoot that many landscapes but I am pleased with these from this past year. I think they convey a sense of place and bring back memories of beautiful locations I was fortunate to visit.

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(Light Touch Photos) coast landscapes trees views https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/2019-favorite-landscapes Thu, 02 Jan 2020 14:44:19 GMT
Experiments that worked! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/experiments-that-worked These are a few of my favorites because they were experiments that worked! In some cases I tried some entirely new technique and in others it was using a familiar technique in a new way that worked. Best seen larger by clicking. I hope you enjoy.
 

"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night." - George Herbert"Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night." - George HerbertMany people lock a part of themselves away. It's a bit sacred. - Tori Amos Lase one!Lase one!

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(Light Touch Photos) bookend experiments that worked flowers multiple exposures shoot through zoom burst https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2020/1/experiments-that-worked Wed, 01 Jan 2020 19:57:13 GMT
Day 2 - 2019 in Review https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/12/day-2---2019-in-review Here are my favorite images of 2019 - those special moments or things that caught my eye or just fun stuff!

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Looking back, looking forward 2019 in review https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/12/looking-back-looking-forward Wow! 2019 is just about over and the end of the year is a good time to reflect on the past, be in the present and look forward to the future with hope. I have been doing a year-end review of images since 2015 and selecting my best and favorites. I believe in being selective and only choosing those which bring me the most joy. Interestingly there are nearly twice as many as the next highest year. So, for the next few days I will be sharing some of those images here. At the end of the week I will include a link to where you can see them all.

Since the year started with a bird photo that truly is a beauty I will start this post with it and by sharing some of my favorite bird photos of 2019. Enjoy!

sharing a sweet momentsharing a sweet moment"Although males sing exuberantly during spring, pairs do not nest until mid-summer, when thistles and other weeds have gone to seed".

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Goldfinch/lifehistory#

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(Light Touch Photos) best of 2019 birds favorites year in review https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/12/looking-back-looking-forward Mon, 30 Dec 2019 15:23:18 GMT
2020 Bird Calendars are here! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/11/2020-bird-calendars-are-here Get a "Bird's Eye View" of 2020 with this calendar. For bird overs and bird brains alike! More than 40 bird images many seen on Facebook during the year. Spiral bound, printed on high quality, satin finish paper. Size is 8.5 x 11 folded opens to 17 x 11.  Contact me if interested. 
 

Makes a great gift for yourself or an fellow bird lover! 

$20 pus tax (NYS) and shipping.

2020 Bird Calendars!  Contact me if interested.2020 Bird Calendars! Contact me if interested.$20 plus shipping and tax (NYS). Makes a great gift for yourself or that bird lovers in your life!

 


 

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(Light Touch Photos) 2020 bird birds calendar contact me https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/11/2020-bird-calendars-are-here Sat, 30 Nov 2019 18:52:59 GMT
I'm now on 500px https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/11/im-now-on-500px I recently joined the on-line photo community at 500px. Here is the link, 500px Angela Possemato  On this page I will add what I consider to be my best work. It's fun looking back at my work and choosing the ones that I feel best represent my and my approach to photography. I'll be adding more in the coming days and weeks so please do have a look. Let me know what you think!

 

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(Light Touch Photos) 500px https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/11/im-now-on-500px Fri, 29 Nov 2019 21:20:01 GMT
A nice article about my upcoming exhibit at the Casa Italiana https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/9/a-nice-article-about-my-upcoming-exhibit-at-the-casa-italiana Thanks to the Casa Italiana at Nazareth College for the very nice and much appreciated newsletter about my exhibit and upcoming reception. I hope you all can come!

 

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(Light Touch Photos) Casa Italiana exhibit Italy Nazareth College photo Photo Exhibit reception Southern Italy https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/9/a-nice-article-about-my-upcoming-exhibit-at-the-casa-italiana Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:23:08 GMT
New Photo Exhibit at the Casa Italiana https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/9/new-photo-exhibit-at-the-casa-italiana I invite you all to my new exhibit featuring photos taken on our trips to Southern Italy. It's open from September 1 - December 15 downstairs at the Casa Italiana of Nazareth College. The reception is Friday September  13 from 6-8pm. Food by Lemoncello in East Rochester.  All are welcome. It is free and open to the public. Use the South Campus Entrance and the same parking lot as the Arts Center. The Casa is open Mon-Fri from 9-4. Contact the Casa for additional hours.

Click SLIDESHOW in the upper right corner to enjoy a virtual trip to ItalyClick SLIDESHOW in the upper right corner to enjoy a virtual trip to Italy This show will remain up and open to the public through April 15, 2020This show will remain up and open to the public through April 15, 2020

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(Light Touch Photos) Casa Italiana exhibit images Photography Southern Italy https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/9/new-photo-exhibit-at-the-casa-italiana Sun, 01 Sep 2019 04:30:00 GMT
I'm back... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/7/im-back Does anybody know where the last nearly 2 months went? So having a bit of good news to share got me back to this blog. Thanks to those who follow it...I hope to give you more to see in the future!

 

So, for the good news! Today I learned that 2 of my images were selected to be included in an exhibition at LightSpaceTime on-line gallery. The theme was Primary Colors - each image had to strongly include red, yellow and/or blue as the main colors.

 

Here is a link to the YouTube slideshow the gallery puts together. LightSpaceTime Primary Colors Exhibit (Photography)
 My images are at minute 4:35 and again at 7:13.  If you prefer to look through them at your pace (not that of the video) you can go to the actual on-line gallery here https://www.lightspacetime.art/primary-colors-art-exhibition-2019-photography-digital/  Mine are #36 in the Special MErit Category and #25 in the Special Recognition Category.

Or you can just see them below:

Special Merit Award, LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019Special Merit Award, LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019Received Special Merit Award in LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019
See the entire exhibit here:
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Special Recognition in LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019Special Recognition in LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019Received Special Recognition in LightSpaceTime Gallery's "Primary Colors" exhibit July 2019
See the entire exhibit here:
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(Light Touch Photos) Blue Chair Gallery juried show LightSpaceTime Primary Colors Windows Yellow https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/7/im-back Wed, 10 Jul 2019 21:21:27 GMT
Morning light on dogwoods https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/morning-light-on-dogwoods So grateful for dappled, morning light on delicate dogwood blossoms. I love spring!

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(Light Touch Photos) blossoms dappled dogwood light morning spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/morning-light-on-dogwoods Tue, 21 May 2019 14:59:08 GMT
Baby bluebirds are humming along https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/baby-bluebirds-are-humming-along Coming soon!  We have been watching the activity in the box since February.  The parents were definitely taking nesting materials in and recently I was pretty sure food was being taken in too.  Today I saw both parents going in and out frequently and each time the chirping in the box got louder and more excited.  Then I saw the father take away a white item - either the shell or the poop sac (they keep the nest very clean).  So there are little ones in there and it's time to keep our eyes on the box, especially in the morning.

Here are a couple of images from today.  Looks like spiders are on the menu for dinner! The male on the power line was not the father but another male that got too close and was chased away by the father. A very protective dad!

I also finally got a fun shot of the hummingbird at the fuchsia plant. Gotta be fast and have a very long lens! Just before I took these shots it was much sunnier and had the sun not ducked behind the approaching rain clouds the bird wings would have had better definition.  Maybe next time...stay tuned!

A Watchful EyeA Watchful Eye Bringing Home the BaconBringing Home the Bacon Dinner's readyDinner's ready Humming alongHumming along

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(Light Touch Photos) bluebirds humming birds https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/baby-bluebirds-are-humming-along Mon, 20 May 2019 21:31:46 GMT
Shuffle off to Buffalo https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/shuffle-off-to-buffalo Buffalo has been very dedicated to preserving its heritage and historic buildings which I think is really cool. Two such places are Silo City and the Buffalo Psychiatric Hospital on the Olstead-Richardson Campus. I have now made two trips to the Psych Hospital and one to Silo City. Last year's trip we toured and photographed the men's ward. Yesterday's trip was the perfect balance to as we photographed the women's ward and got a tour of the administration building which is now Hotel Henry, a very upscale hotel, restaurant and suites.

Here are a couple of my favorite images from yesterday's adventure.  Please click on any photo to see the rest of the images from all three trips.

School's Out Forever 1School's Out Forever 1 Rest in PeaceRest in Peace Crumbling Corridor 1Crumbling Corridor 1

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(Light Touch Photos) Buffalo crumbling entropy historic hospital Olmsted psychiatric Richardson https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/shuffle-off-to-buffalo Sun, 19 May 2019 22:38:18 GMT
Harvey's latest CD! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/harveys-latest-cd Hi all,

Harvey's latest CD is out and it's amazing.  I am continually in awe of his creativity and dedication to his music. It's an honor to create the covers for his CD and be a small part of his art.  You can get it by emailing him or going through his website www.HarveyBand.com

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(Light Touch Photos) CD guitar Harvey Band Music Strung Out https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/harveys-latest-cd Fri, 17 May 2019 16:36:14 GMT
and finally the skies cleared https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/and-finally-the-skies-cleared After what seems like 40 days of rain the skies cleared last night and the sun came out just before it went down for the night.  I could not let these beautiful backlit leaves go to sleep without a photo or 5! And of course, a little impressionistic approach, too. The sun shining through the wet leaves from its low angle just made the scene glow from within...something that really speaks to me. Click on either photo to see the rest. Enjoy!

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(Light Touch Photos) backlighting inner glow leaves spring sun https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/and-finally-the-skies-cleared Thu, 16 May 2019 11:25:35 GMT
A perfect spring day! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/a-perfect-spring-day Honestly, I live for days like today. Sunny, puffy clouds in a blue sky, 70 degrees and time to soak it in.  I feel like I have come back to life with all the flowers and trees and birds. I may have been jumping the gun but I went to the garden center and purchased a few plants for the containers on the deck. But first I had some fun wandering their property photographing the tulips, magnolias and other flowers. Here are a couple of takes from today:

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(Light Touch Photos) colorful flowers impressionism spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/a-perfect-spring-day Mon, 06 May 2019 23:22:42 GMT
The muse visited today https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/the-muse-visited-today I love spring and especially when the leaves are budding and fluffy and that gorgeous shade of yellow-green, white, pink and touches of red. I knew there was a shot in our yard and the leaves looked just right so I got out my cameras and went at it with a hopeful sense of trial and error and fun. The weather was much better than predicted and I tried all sorts of things: multiple exposures, intentional camera movement, different settings, etc.  The muse must have seen me and paid a visit. She brought me the spirit of Georges Seurat and the pointillist artists of the impressionist movement (see more here: pointillism-7-things-you-need-to-know.

 Here are two examples. There are more - just click on either of he images and you'll be directed to the gallery where the rest of them are. I would love to hear your thoughts.

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(Light Touch Photos) buds intentional camera movement leaves multiple exposures muse painterly pointillism spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/5/the-muse-visited-today Fri, 03 May 2019 21:09:38 GMT
Another ICM Pick of the Day! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/another-icm-pick-of-the-day It's such fun being part of this on-line group (Intentional Camera Movement). The images I see on a daily basis are so beautiful, imaginative and inspiring. To have one of my images considered a "Pick-of-the-day" is a nice honor and recognition. Here's the link to the full image: Magnolia Madness

Intentional Camera Movement Images of the Day April 23, 2019Intentional Camera Movement Images of the Day April 23, 2019

 

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Birds are migrating! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/birds-are-migrating I have recently spent a few fun days at Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and High Acres Nature Area shooting the migrating and returning birds. Yesterday was especially fun as a Great Blue Heron took no notice of us snapping away while he ate lunch!

Here are a few...click on any photo to see the larger version and the rest that I took if you are interested.

stalking lunchstalking lunch song sparrowsong sparrowsong sparrow pied billed grebepied billed grebe Northern ShovelerNorthern Shoveler

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(Light Touch Photos) American Coots birds canvas backs grebes herons migrating Montezuma Northern Shovelers Pintail redheads Refuge sparrows tundra swans Wildlife https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/birds-are-migrating Fri, 12 Apr 2019 18:36:53 GMT
Reflecting Reality https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/reflecting-reality It wasn't long after I started to explore the world with my camera that I discovered the endlessly fascinating world of reflections. I have always felt they are a reflection of something at a deeper level in my psyche.  Not to be redundant but I am a rather reflective person and found it a reliable path to self growth.

This article by the Hippiebanker definitely resonated with me. https://thriveglobal.com/stories/your-reality-is-merely-a-mirror-reflecting-your-inner-world/ . In it Camille Sacco states: "Your outer world is a direct reflection of your inner world. If you want to change the world you see, start working on your inner world. Your reality is merely a mirror reflecting your inner world. 

Think about that for a moment. Take some time today to describe to yourself your outside world. Now look deeply inside of yourself and have a good look at your inner world. If you have conflict, struggle, hate, anger, depression, and fear on the inside, you will find that it will manifest and become part of your outside world. 

These things you see outside are mirrors of the parts of you that are waiting to be healed. The world within is the cause and the world outside is the effect. Want to change the effect? Change the cause. We are not in control of the outer world. We are in control of our inner world. That’s where our power lies."

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I have put together a gallery of my favorites and you can bet I will be adding to it fairly often.  In fact, I usually have to stop myself from getting lost in reflections!   If you are interested in my photographic reflections please click on this link.

https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/reflecting-reality

 

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(Light Touch Photos) reality reflections https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/reflecting-reality Thu, 04 Apr 2019 23:55:56 GMT
Exhibit is all ready to go! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/exhibit-is-all-ready-to-go Luann Pero and I are all set up and ready for our show at Mendon 64 (mendon64.com). The opening reception is tomorrow night Tuesday April 2 from 4-7. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and drink specials, maybe even stay for dinner! Many thanks to Loni Titus and Bonnie Gamache for all their help installing the show. If you can't make the reception the images will be on exhibit through April 27. Take a nice ride to Mendon and enjoy the views!



 

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(Light Touch Photos) color exhibit focus light mendon 64 photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/4/exhibit-is-all-ready-to-go Mon, 01 Apr 2019 23:31:14 GMT
Birds of Florida https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/birds-of-florida During a lovely week in Florida I got to see and photograph these beauties at "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island. Starting at the top is a green heron, reddish heron, snowy egret, (row 2) white pelicans, roseate spoonbill with tri-color heron and little blue heron, (row 3) laughing gull with royal tern, white ibis, (row 4) little blue heron, yellow crowned night heron, snowy egret and anhinga. Special thanks to Bea Parker for the opportunity to enjoy a week of sunshine and warm temps!
 

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(Light Touch Photos) anhinga birds florida gull heron ibis pelican spoonbill tern https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/birds-of-florida Fri, 29 Mar 2019 14:30:15 GMT
Second day of spring! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/second-day-of-spring Spring has really sprung. The bluebirds are house hunting in our front yard and valiantly fighting off the house sparrows (so far! Fingers crossed!).

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(Light Touch Photos) bluebirds nesting spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/second-day-of-spring Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:04:19 GMT
First day of spring! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/first-day-of-spring First day of spring and what a beauty! The sun shone brightly through crips blue skies, the birds were chirping in surround sound, flocks of geese were heading north, a robin flew over with nesting material in its beak, a male bluebird was singing to his ladylove from the top of a tree, and on my bike ride I found this sweet patch of snowdrops! It may be a bumpy ride in the weather journey for a while but I hope you all enjoyed today as much as I did!
 

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(Light Touch Photos) snow drops spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/first-day-of-spring Thu, 21 Mar 2019 00:13:25 GMT
Another ICM winner https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/another-icm-winner I had so much fun on our field trip to Corning Glass Museum last week. This image was a glass bird bath (I think that's what it was) and the colors were so vibrant. Specular highlights (the reflections off the glass) can be very pretty if the motion works out just right. It was just before we left and I tried a few swipes and swipes with variations and got quite a few that seemed good but this one had the best balance of motion, color, and highlights. Enjoy. There are more on my website https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/corningmuseum

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(Light Touch Photos) colorful glass ICM intentional camera movement https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/3/another-icm-winner Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:13:34 GMT
Good thing it's pretty! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/good-thing-its-pretty It's a good thing this is beautiful because frankly I've had my fill of winter! Man, it's so cold and snowy today but it did produce a couple of nice frost patterns on the garage windows.  I am also very impressed with the Fuji X-T2 and Rokinon 100mm Macro lens.  With the focus peaking of the camera, fabulous technology upgrade especially for use with manual focus lenses, it's really impressive how sharp and detailed these frost and other close-up images can be.

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(Light Touch Photos) frost Fuji X-T2 macro pretty rokinon https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/good-thing-its-pretty Wed, 27 Feb 2019 21:26:56 GMT
One of my photos will be in this exhibit at Image City! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/one-of-my-photos-will-be-in-this-exhibit-at-image-city I am happy to report that one of my images will be in the next show at Image City Photography Gallery. You'll have to stop by the gallery to see which one!
It's all the best images from 2017 so you know it will be a feast for the eyes from start to finish! I am honored to be included with this fine group of photographic artists.

 

One of my photos will be in this show. Stop by the gallery to know which one!One of my photos will be in this show. Stop by the gallery to know which one!

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(Light Touch Photos) Exhibit Image City Photo Photo Gallery https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/one-of-my-photos-will-be-in-this-exhibit-at-image-city Fri, 15 Feb 2019 02:07:59 GMT
A special visitor https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/a-special-visitor This beautiful Northern Flicker made many visits to our feeder and deck yesterday. A rare treat! Such a beautiful bird. I love the blue eyelids that can be seen in the 3rd photo!
 

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(Light Touch Photos) Northern Flicker https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/a-special-visitor Thu, 14 Feb 2019 00:46:20 GMT
My day (or night) of reckoning is coming!! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/my-day-or-night-of-reckoning-is-coming I saw this on facebook today. It's going to happen to me one of these days (or nights!)only all the birds will have cameras pointed at me! This just made me laugh, especially lately as I have been relentlessly harassing the birds as they eat and bathe on our deck. I hope it brings you a chuckle, too. And feel free to share with a bird lover near you!

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(Light Touch Photos) birdwatcher karma https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/my-day-or-night-of-reckoning-is-coming Tue, 12 Feb 2019 01:01:19 GMT
It's all about the light! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/its-all-about-the-light That's for sure...these are the same cast of characters and the same trees - the only thing that changes is the light. And it's all beautiful!

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(Light Touch Photos) beautiful birds cardinal dove finch light titmouse trees https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/its-all-about-the-light Fri, 08 Feb 2019 13:02:52 GMT
Fun with the birdies! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/fun-with-the-birdies I have not spent much time shooting the birds in the last couple of years but since just before the really cold weather set in and all the birds were visiting the feeders like crazy I have gotten back into bird photography and the little cuties (and the light) have been very cooperative! See more here:https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/birds
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(Light Touch Photos) cardinal. mourning dove red-bellied woodpecker titmouse white-throated sparrow woodpecker https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/2/fun-with-the-birdies Mon, 04 Feb 2019 23:34:18 GMT
When life give you frost... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/when-life-give-you-frost Make photos of it! It sure was cold today...wind chill in the -20 range.  At least it was sunny and I got a few good frost images out of the deal! I also took more shots of birds and made bread! What did you do on your frosty day?

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(Light Touch Photos) frost https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/when-life-give-you-frost Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:35:31 GMT
A couple of new visitors https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/a-couple-of-new-visitors These photos are not great but I have never seen a yellow-bellied sap sucker at all much less in our backyard.  Here are the photos I did get. Hoping he will come back soon!

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) yellow-bellied sapsucker https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/a-couple-of-new-visitors Wed, 30 Jan 2019 23:38:00 GMT
Bravo to Editions Printing! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/brove-to-editions-printing Bravo! to Peter Thomas at Editions Printing in Rochester for the fantastic job he did printing this image on canvas, stretched on a wood frame, at 16x24". It looks beautiful and will go to a good home in Syracuse this week! — at Editions Printing.
 

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(Light Touch Photos) 16x24 boat canvas Editions Printing Martha's Vineyard print https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/brove-to-editions-printing Wed, 09 Jan 2019 17:10:03 GMT
Top Weekend Challenge Images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/top-weekend-challenge-images I am honored to have one of the top images in the ICM (Intentional Camera Movement Facebook Page) Weekend Challenge for January 4-6, 2019!

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(Light Touch Photos) intentional camera movement top images weekend challenge https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2019/1/top-weekend-challenge-images Mon, 07 Jan 2019 17:08:20 GMT
My favorite images of 2018 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/12/my-favorite-images-of-2018 2018 is almost in the history books.  With only 1.5 days left to 2018 I'm ready to say these are my favorite images of the year (click the link below or the image). Ansel Adams used to say "Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop" but he wasn't shooting digital and he was an meticulous, perfectionist editor in the darkroom.  I hope I reach the point where I am good enough to say I have made significant images.  For now I will say these are my favorites. Enjoy the trip through 2018.

Thanks to all of you follow my blog, Facebook page and website, and visit art galleries and other locations to see my work or that of any other artist (including live music, dance and theater, too!). We are all just making our heartfelt contribution to a better and more beautiful world. Your support is very much appreciated!

Happy New Year. May it be a year of joy as you follow your passion. 

My Favorite Images of 2018

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(Light Touch Photos) 2018 favorites images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/12/my-favorite-images-of-2018 Sun, 30 Dec 2018 17:59:57 GMT
2019 Calendar is ready for order https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/11/2019-calendar-is-ready-for-order The 2019 Light Touch Photos Calendar is ready for order. "Find Beauty in the Small Things" 12 month calendar is printed on smooth white stock, spiral bound. Order on my website, email me or message me via Facebook if you are interested. Pre-orders only. I'll be sending it off to be printed on December 1 and you will have it by Christmas with no problem. $20.00 includes tax and shipping.
 

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(Light Touch Photos) 2019 calendar find beauty in small things https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/11/2019-calendar-is-ready-for-order Wed, 21 Nov 2018 17:48:23 GMT
Good advice, don't you think? https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/good-advice-dont-you-think Thank you Andy Warhol for the everlasting reminder of what is important.  "Make your own kind of music. Sing your own special song". Nobody can do it like you can! Just create!

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(Light Touch Photos) Andy Warhol create art https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/good-advice-dont-you-think Sat, 18 Aug 2018 12:38:13 GMT
Day on the Deck https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/day-on-the-deck This is not today (today is a downpour and a washout!) but this pretty view out the kitchen window has been on my camera for a few days and I just set it free!

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(Light Touch Photos) curtains deck flowers lace view window https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/day-on-the-deck Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:43:25 GMT
This is lovely... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/this-is-lovely "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
~ Henry Ward Beecher

Sharing this beautiful quote I saw on Facebook today and thought about how true it is.  Thought I'd add this photo to go with it.

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(Light Touch Photos) art nature soul https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/this-is-lovely Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:59:04 GMT
Dziekuje bardzo! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/dziekujebardzo Thank you to all who stopped by to view my photos, visit, tell me about your connection to Poland at the St. Stanislaus Polish Festival this weekend. Thank you also to the wonderful staff and helpers who made the event run so smoothly and made my job easy! 
I really enjoyed meeting everyone, talking about photography and our travels to Poland, hearing about your family connections and experiences. A couple of highlights were the two sisters, Łucja and Hallina and their husbands who saw my photo of their hometown of Zielona Góra and had their picture taken holding it. Of course I got in on the photo op!
And while many people were remembering or planning their trip to Poland, one lovely woman whose name I did not get was reliving to the fullest the memories of her trip through my photos. The joy on her face and her excitment of seeing again places she had been were just the best!  

This is what it's all about!

Dziękuję bardzo!

Do zobaczenia w 2019!

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(Light Touch Photos) Polish Festival St. Stanislaus Thanks visitors https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/dziekujebardzo Sun, 05 Aug 2018 21:33:28 GMT
Visit my booth at the Polish Culture Festival this weekend! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/visit-my-booth-at-the-polish-culture-festival-this-weekend I was invited to show my photos from our trips to Poland as part of the Polish Festival at St. Stanislaus' Church this weekend, Fri. Aug. 3 from 5-10 pm and Sat. Aug 4 from 4-10 pm.  I will have large, medium & small prints, some framed some matted and some in large books plus note cards and greeting cards to browse, purchase and order. There will be images of Rochester and the area and some of my favorites as well.

I'd be happy to see you and talk about photography and Poland! There will be great Polish food, music and beverages plus lots of fun! Here is the link to the Festival website: Polish Festival Website

Here are a few images to whet your appetite!

Zielona Góra - 5887Zielona Góra - 5887 Ratusz/City Hall (BW) - WrocławRatusz/City Hall (BW) - Wrocław Old Town Square, WarsawOld Town Square, Warsaw   inside Malbork Castleinside Malbork Castle the legend of Flisak and the frogsthe legend of Flisak and the frogsFlisak was a raftsman in Torun who played the violin very well. According to an old legend, the city of Torun was overrun by a plague of frogs and no-one knew how to get rid of them. The Mayor promised the hand of his daughter in marriage to any person who could clear the city of the frogs. Of course, rather like the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Flisak played so well that all the frogs followed him and left the city of Torun. He claimed his reward and married his beloved and they lived happily ever after.

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(Light Touch Photos) Krakow Lomza photography Poland Polish Polish culture Polish festival Rochester St. Stanislaus Torun Warsaw Wroclaw Zielona Gora https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/8/visit-my-booth-at-the-polish-culture-festival-this-weekend Thu, 02 Aug 2018 15:39:16 GMT
Summer Fun at Brighton https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/summer-fun-at-brighton The Summer Performing Arts program at Brighton is a wonderful experience for the students who participate and the audiences who enjoy the shows they put on.  For me it's always special to see former students in action! Here are some highlights from The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz.  You can see all the images here: The Wizard of Oz 2018 and here: The Lion King 2018

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(Light Touch Photos) brighton lion king summer performing arts wizard of oz https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/summer-fun-at-brighton Sat, 28 Jul 2018 12:46:07 GMT
Too much fun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/too-much-fun Too much fun!! "Aladdin, Kids!" directed by the incomparable Jessica Padilla and her staff is ready! Performances 7/18 at 7pm and 7/19 at 1pm in the Brighton High School Auditorium. This show is not just cute (and there's plenty of cute) it's really good! And these kiddos are in 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades!
Congratulations to all!

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(Light Touch Photos) Aladdin Kids Brighton Summer Arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/too-much-fun Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:03:50 GMT
fun with multiple exposures https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/fun-with-multiple-exposures I've been having a lot of fun with multiple exposures and the impressionistic images they can produce. The biggest challenge is finding a suitable subject and shooting in such a way as to have a good composition in the final image. The pursuit is a work in progress.  Each of the images was created from 20-30 images and the fun part is the surprising result.  You really never know quite what it's going to look like until it's done being processed.  One thing is for sure...it never looks like any of the individual images that goes into it.

Below is the most recent experiment. You can follow my explorations here: Multiple Exposure Project

Gazebo #2 by the LakeGazebo #2 by the Lake

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(Light Touch Photos) impressionistic in camera movement multiple exposures photo impressionism https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/7/fun-with-multiple-exposures Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:44:59 GMT
and another one! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/and-another-one This photo was well received on June 16. I'm enjoying the ICM Facebook page.  So many creative photographers taking this technique well beyond the usual. It's good to be inspired!

Photo of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook pagePhoto of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook page

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(Light Touch Photos) flowers icm impressionism intentional camera movement photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/and-another-one Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:43:26 GMT
What a nice surprise! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/what-a-nice-surprise One of the images I made while in Nova Scotia was created with a technique called Intentional camera Movement or ICM.  It can give a very impressionistic or painterly or ethereal look to an image and is fun to do (It can also create a lot of messy images too so trial and error is a big part of it and just playing with a sense of fun).

Lo' and behold, there's a Facebook page devoted to this technique (why am I surprised?!) and it's such an inspiration to see all the different subjects and ways of moving the camera and possibilities!  So I posted a couple and got some nice feedback.  Then the surprise...it was chosen by the admins of the page as one of the photo of the day on June 7!

Here's the collage they put together and posted for all page members to see.  The original image can be seen HERE:

Photo of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook pagePhoto of the Day - Intentional Camera Movement Facebook page

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(Light Touch Photos) icm impressionistic photography intentional camera movement https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/what-a-nice-surprise Mon, 11 Jun 2018 21:33:53 GMT
Wild Irises https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/wild-irises An impressionistic take on some wild irises.  Enjoy.

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(Light Touch Photos) green impressionism iris purple https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/6/wild-irises Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:03:50 GMT
A week in Nova Scotia https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-week-in-nova-scotia I spent the week of May 20 in Nova Scotia at a photographic workshop led by Canadian photographer Andre' Gallant. Based in the UNESCO World Heritage Town of Lunenburg we visited some of the iconic locations such as the Waterfront, Blue Rocks, and Peggy's Cove, as well as time to explore the village and surrounding area, enjoy the company and inspiration of fellow participants, eat great food, and fill our minds and souls with the photographic process. Andre' is an excellent teacher and workshop leader and it was a great week!

Here are a few images.  Click on any one to go the the full gallery.

 

Sunrise at Blue Rocks, NSSunrise at Blue Rocks, NS

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(Light Touch Photos) blue blue rocks boat colors fish lighthouse lobster traps lunenburg mahone bay nova scotia ocean peggy's cove red reflections sunrise sunset water https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-week-in-nova-scotia Mon, 28 May 2018 19:40:16 GMT
A Few Spring Lovelies https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-few-spring-lovelies It was great to go out shooting with a long time friend today. These little bits of spring were a joy to see.

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(Light Touch Photos) flowers spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/a-few-spring-lovelies Thu, 17 May 2018 00:13:42 GMT
My walks at the Crossings in Albany https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/my-walks-at-the-crossings-in-albany My walks at the Crossings in Albany have been a source of some surprising images. It's good to go places, especially places that aren't iconic or out of the ordinary. It encourages me to be open to what lies before my eyes.

The first one I recently had printed on aluminum and it looks fabulous!

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(Light Touch Photos) albany impression morning the crossings walks woods https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/my-walks-at-the-crossings-in-albany Wed, 16 May 2018 00:17:00 GMT
Birch Fantasy https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/birch-fantasy The birches in our yard caught my eye last fall when I was on the deck.  I realized that with the colors changing I had a short window of time to see if I could capture what I saw with my eyes and how that captured my imagination.  Here are the first three season of Birch Fantasy. There are four images because early spring and mid-spring had very different looks and color pallets.

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(Light Touch Photos) birch colors fantasy seasonal tree https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/5/birch-fantasy Sat, 12 May 2018 15:13:24 GMT
Bluebirds are back https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/3/bluebirds-are-back A couple of weeks ago, when February was more like April I noticed bluebirds in the neighborhood and we put up the nest boxes.  They didn't get a nest built before the weather turned back to January. This morning they were back checking out the boxes and a battle ensued between the bluebirds and the house sparrows, truly the "deplorables" of the bird world.  Not only were the bluebirds defending the boxes aggressively from these pests there were cardinals, chickadees, juncos, blue jays and even a woodpecker fighting them off. The swooping, charging and chattering was impressive. Finally the sparrows got the message that they are not welcome but also gone were the bluebirds. Hopefully they will return. We were so happy to have a pair produce a family in our yard last year and would love to see them again.

If you are not familiar with the problem that house sparrows present for the native songbirds read this article by the Cornell University Ornithology Lab. https://nestwatch.org/learn/all-about-birdhouses/managing-house-sparrows-and-european-starlings/ House sparrows (only house sparrows, not all the other types of sparrows) and starlings are considered non-native, invasive species. They are pests and a true danger to our native song birds. They are of no value to the environment nor do they provide any beneficial service. We have starlings around but they are not such a threat to the bluebirds because they cannot fit in a bluebird nest box or cavity but the house sparrows sure can and will. They will injure and destroy native birds, especially bluebirds. Please do not feed them and if they start nesting remove the nests to force them elsewhere. This article from Columbia University give some history of the invasion. http://www.columbia.edu/invasion_Passer_domesticus.htm and this is a good site as well http://www.sialis.org/hosp.htm#nestboxlocation

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(Light Touch Photos) birds blue bluebirds house sparrows https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/3/bluebirds-are-back Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:38:09 GMT
Practice! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/practice This cartoon is spot on! If you want to be good at anything you have to practice. Don't wait for a gift from God. And don't fool yourself into thinking someone else has that gift and you don't. And don't bother with "If I just buy that $8,000 camera or the Steinway Grand piano or a Maserati I'll be come a famous photographer, pianist and Formula One race car driver".  Nope, it just doesn't work that way. At some point gear does make a difference, and there is such thing as talent but mostly, just like I told my music students...it's practice. If you want it you have to work for it. Now, get out there and shoot...or draw...or whatever makes your heart sing!

 

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(Light Touch Photos) practice talent https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/practice Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:09:44 GMT
Back up! Back up! PRINT! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/back-up-back-up-print Back in the early days of computers, when 3.5 inch floppy discs were all the rage, I thought I was the coolest thing typing my master's thesis on an Apple 2 GS (YIKES!  Am I that old? Don't answer that!).  I was a couple of days from being finished and printing and it was gone. Disappeared. Missing in action. OMG!!!

That is when I learned my lesson - Back up! Back up! Print!

That can't happen today! We have smart phones, the "Cloud", thumb drives, hard drives, computers, tablets? Well, it can. A couple of years ago my dear friend lost a phone's worth of photos of her sweet mother who had recently passed away. No tech guru could recover them. How sad and so preventable.

Get an external hard drive (two is better) use an on-line service, and PRINT!  Especially PRINT those special photos. We still have photos from 50-100 and more year ago but hard drives, fail, CDs and DVDs fail, technology changes (VHS anyone?). All you need to enjoy those precisou moments is light and eyes.  Prints are good.

This New York Times article is excellent.   Backing Up Your Photos - NYTimes  Read and heed!  

And happy shooting!

 

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(Light Touch Photos) back up print https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/back-up-back-up-print Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:40:36 GMT
Frosty visits again! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/frosty-visits-again More frost jewels on the windows.  Really challenges the eyesight and focusing abilities but so worth it!

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(Light Touch Photos) drops frost ice https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/frosty-visits-again Sun, 14 Jan 2018 22:01:55 GMT
Sharing a bit of wisdom today. https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/sharing-a-bit-of-wisdom-today I really like this...art, music, writing, acting, designing...just do it and have fun!

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) art do it make your soul grow practice vonnegut wisdom https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/sharing-a-bit-of-wisdom-today Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:12:46 GMT
Winter Sunrise https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/winter-sunrise It was cold but so worth going out bright and early to see the new day begin.

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(Light Touch Photos) cold landscapes sunrise winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/winter-sunrise Mon, 08 Jan 2018 01:11:39 GMT
Backyard birdies https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/backyard-birdies It's been fun to see all the birds back. We try to keep the feeders full, especially in this cooold weather.

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(Light Touch Photos) blue jay cardinal house finch junco mourning dove woodpeckers wren https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/backyard-birdies Sat, 06 Jan 2018 01:15:00 GMT
Happy New Year! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year The sun sets on the first day of the new year.  May it be a beauty for everyone. Day 1 is done.Day 1 is done.

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(Light Touch Photos) 2018 day one january first sunset winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2018/1/happy-new-year Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:27:19 GMT
Last exhibit of 2017 for me! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/last-exhibit-of-2017-for-me I will have two photos in this show - sort of "Best of 2017" at the Little Theatre Cafe. I was there yesterday and this is one eclectic and awesome show! The Little Cafe is always a cool place to hang out whether it's before or after a movie, or to listen to the awesome music they have there most nights of the week, or just to grab a bite to eat.  I really appreciate the opportunity to have had a full exhibit there back in March so it is with pleasure that I participate in this show.  Hope you will stop by!

November 28-January 5 at The Little Theatre CafeNovember 28-January 5 at The Little Theatre CafeStop by the Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Ave and see a wonderful collection of art, a retrospective of the art work exhibited in 2017.
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(Light Touch Photos) art exhibit little cafe little theatre photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/last-exhibit-of-2017-for-me Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:24:01 GMT
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(Light Touch Photos) artists buy art support the arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/wise-and-true-words Mon, 27 Nov 2017 15:49:24 GMT
2018 Light Touch Photos Calendar is ready! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/2018-light-touch-photos-calendar-is-ready I have just the gift for the bird lover on your list! A 2018 calendar full of birds. Big birds, little birds, birds flying and swimming and nesting and feeding. All images were taken by me, the biggest bird brain of 'em all! Email me or message me via Facebook if you are interested. Pre-orders only. I'll be sending it off to be printed on December 5 and you should have it by Christmas with no problem. $16.00 + tax and shipping (approximately $20.00 total depending on where I am shipping it to. I'll confirm with you.)

Here's a sneak preview.

2018 Calendar - Birds!2018 Calendar - Birds!

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(Light Touch Photos) 2018 become like a bird birds calendar light touch photos https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/2018-light-touch-photos-calendar-is-ready Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:26:30 GMT
This is Autumn https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/fall-hangs-on This Autumn, let something die.

A worry, a relationship, a project that has run its course. Let go of anxiety over the future. Let go of guilt.

Let go of other people’s dreams for you. Let go of the fear that happiness or success or love or joyousness somehow isn’t for you.

Let go of feeling unwanted. Go outside, can you feel how deeply your presence is craved here?

Let go of the small and burdensome things. Gifts never opened. Keys without a lock. Broken earrings, old love letters, the ephemera on your fridge.

As David Whyte writes, “Anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you.” This Autumn, let go of all the clothes you have outgrown.

Let go of comparison.

Let go of doubt.

Let go of the feeling that you are somehow not good enough.

Because every imperfect apple that lays soft in your hands, and every ray of low Autumn sunlight that warms you through woolens will tell you a different story, a much truer story. The story that you are more, much more, than enough. That you bless this world simply by being alive.

It's been an interesting fall. Not the brilliant colors we often hope for but a more subtle palette, just as lovely, with pops of color where you least expect it. This is from 11/8 on our street. I love the light, textures and color of it.  A visual metaphor for beauty and grace at the end of days.

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(Light Touch Photos) bush fall leaves light red textures yellow https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/fall-hangs-on Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:57:38 GMT
Published in Martha's Vineyard Magazine https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/published-in-marthas-vineyard-magazine What a nice surprise that my photo was awarded Honorable Mention in the 2017 Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest.  It's pretty cool to see my image in print.  Here's the link where you can see all the winners.  I am in very good company!

Martha's Vineyard Magazine Photo Contest Winner 2017

Honorable Mention - Martha's Vineyard magazine 9th Annual Photo ContestHonorable Mention - Martha's Vineyard magazine 9th Annual Photo ContestClick this link to the article in the magazine: Martha's Vineyard Magazine photo contest where you can see all the winners.

9th Annual Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest Winner 2017

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(Light Touch Photos) 2017 beach blue cloudy honorable mention martha's vineyard photo contest sail boat vineyard haven harbor https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/published-in-marthas-vineyard-magazine Mon, 06 Nov 2017 19:59:41 GMT
Three shows at once! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/three-shows-at-once I must be a little crazy to have images in three different shows at once!  In addition to the two at Image City Photography Gallery (see the last blog post) you can see several of my black and white film images and those of my class mates and teachers at Wayne County Council for the Arts in Newark until November 11th. What a fun and diverse show. It really looks great! 

I also have one image in Gallery 96 in Bushnell's Basin "Street Photography" show.   That, too is a really interesting show featuring people in all sorts of activities whether they know it or not! This show runs through the 18th of November so there's still time to take the scenic ride along the canal to the gallery.

Cross to BearCross to Bear Spiral Staircase at the George Eastman HouseSpiral Staircase at the George Eastman House

Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. Dorothea LangePhotography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. Dorothea Lange Love 'n GdańskLove 'n Gdańsk

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) backroads black and white f8 film gallery 96 image city photography gallery street photography wayne county council for the arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/three-shows-at-once Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:51:55 GMT
It's always an honor https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/what-an-honor It's always an honor just to be included with such a wonderful group of photographers as are now showing at Image City Photography Gallery in the current "Backroads" show, featuring Gary and Phyllis Thompson, two of the best landscape photographers in the region and 21 people they consider friends.  So it was a surprise to have my image be chosen for one of four Partners' Pick Awards. 

You can read the judge's comments here ICPG Partners' Picks

The show is up until November 26th so I do hope you will stop and see it.  The images are fantastic!  Visit Image City Photography Gallery for hours and info.

"Solid and Liquid" received a "Partners' Pick"Award at Image City Photography Gallery 11/3/17"Solid and Liquid" received a "Partners' Pick"Award at Image City Photography Gallery 11/3/17Solid and Liquid
by Angela Possemato

"The impact of Angela’s image is immediate. You can feel the rushing water dragging past the edge of the stone as if to coax the few remaining leaves to abandon their perch and ride the current downstream. One of the characteristics that makes photographer an artist is the ability to look at a large visual panorama and decide exactly what to put into the frame and, just as important, what to leave out.
Angela has done a great job placing the rocks edge on a diagonal taking up about a third of the frame. The swift water creates a wonderful abstract of reflection and complimentary colors. The remaining leaves on the solid surface lend the only hint to reality and allow us to interpret what we are looking at. Angela has a fantastic “eye” and is able to find these small treasures in the landscape."



Link to Gallery Website and other Partners' Picks from this show:
Image City Photography Gallery Partners' Pick

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(Light Touch Photos) image city photography gallery partners pick reflections rocks solid and liquid water https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/11/what-an-honor Sat, 04 Nov 2017 00:40:01 GMT
Grimes Glen https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/10/grimes-glen We took a nice hike in Grimes Glen last week.  The light was overcast and the colors not as vibrant as some years but fall is special and there are always images to be made!

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(Light Touch Photos) fall grimes glen https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/10/grimes-glen Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:22:00 GMT
It's been a while! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/10/its-been-a-while Well, it's been a busy few months and I can't believe how fast the time has gone since I last updated this blog.  The show at St. John Fisher was a big success and a lot f fun. Currently my classmates, teachers and I at the Flower City Arts Center are exhibiting the work we did in Intro, Intermediate and toning B&W Film classes at Wayne Arts in Newark. It's a varied and interesting show and a pleasure to be a part of. And, I am part of a really fun show at Gallery 96 called "Street Photography". Coming up I am part of a group show at Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester.  The post cards are below.  I hope you will stop by Image City and take the drive to Newark to see the current shows.

Backroads

Oct 31 - Nov 26, 2017 Opening Reception Friday, 5 - 9 pm, Nov 3Oct 31 - Nov 26, 2017 Opening Reception Friday, 5 - 9 pm, Nov 3Photographs by Gary and Phyllis Thompson and Friends
AJ Bellavia, Robert Carr, Cuyler Coddington, Archie Curry, Bonnie Gamache, Jane Gotowka, Mike Haugh, JoEllen Hill, John Hoeft, Ron Kenney, Frank Liberti, Ernie Nalette, Debbie Nawoczenski, Luann Pero, Angela Possemato, Karen Schlenker, Linda Siple, Loni Titus, Charles Vaughn, Fred Weingarten, Rob Westfall

October 31 - November 26, 2017
Opening Reception
Friday, 5 - 9 pm, November 3

F8 Photo Group

Photo Group Exhibit at Wayne Arts Oct. 19-Nov. 11, 2017. Reception Oct. 21.Photo Group Exhibit at Wayne Arts Oct. 19-Nov. 11, 2017. Reception Oct. 21.DEVELOPED - IMAGES ON FILM
Film? What’s that? No one shoots on film any more, right?
Not so fast! Film photography has not gone the way of the dinosaurs and this upcoming exhibit at Wayne Arts will show you that what’s old is new again. Having met at black and white film photography classes at the Flower City Arts Center in Rochester students and teachers formed the "F8 Photo Group” and decided to show their work in the Main Gallery at Wayne Arts.
In the work of photographers Hillary Livingston, Jon Merritt, James Northrup, Benjamin Osborne, Jennie Papkin, Angela Possemato, Jobena Robinson and Mark J Watts you will see a wide variety of images and techniques reflecting the diverse interests and vision of each artist. All images were shot on 35mm or medium format film, some with specialty cameras, then processed and printed with traditional techniques in the darkroom.
Come and meet these “retro photographers” learn about their processes and maybe be inspired to take out your film camera and start shooting!

Street Photography

October 18-November 18, 2017 at Gallery 96. Reception October 20.October 18-November 18, 2017 at Gallery 96. Reception October 20."Street Photography captures people living their lives, walking their dog, saying good-bye to a friend, enjoying the warmth of a summer's day, pausing to catch up with the world around them. Often people don't know they are being photographed; sometimes they do. The trick is to catch them when they are most engaged in their lives, when they are lost in a moment."

Our Frame of Mind ExhibitOur Frame of Mind ExhibitPlease join Bonnie Gamache, Luann Pero, Loni Titus and me at the O'Keefe Gallery in the Skalny Welcome Center at St. John Fisher College for "Our Frame of Mind - An Exhibit of Diverse Images by Four Women Photographers"

The exhibit opens Monday July 31 and closes Friday August 25. The artist reception will be Friday, August 11 from 4-7pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Gallery hours are 9 - 4, Monday through Thursday; and Friday, 9 - noon.

See my images in this show here: Our Frame of Mind

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) backroads black and white film photography exhibit f8 image city newark photography wayne arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/10/its-been-a-while Mon, 30 Oct 2017 13:57:23 GMT
Sodus Lighthouse Independence Extravaganza https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/sodus-lighthouse-independence-extravaganza Take a beautiful drive to Sodus Bay on July 2 for their Independence Extravaganza! I will be exhibiting and selling my photography along with 40-50 other artists and craftspeople so I'd love to have you stop by and say hello. Plus with all the area has been through this spring it will be a much needed boost to the economy if they get a fantastic turnout. There are lots of fun events. Check it out!

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) July 2 Sodus Bay Sodus Lighthouse art show and sale https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/sodus-lighthouse-independence-extravaganza Sun, 25 Jun 2017 01:20:45 GMT
More Underwater Adventures https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/more-underwater-adventures Love that little creek! It's just a never ending kaleidoscope of colors and patterns and I just never know what I will get. Enjoy.

 

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(Light Touch Photos) colors kaleidoscope reflections ripples water https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/more-underwater-adventures Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:13:46 GMT
Bluebirds are fledging! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/bluebirds-are-fledging I have really enjoyed watching the new bluebird family in our yard. They have been fledging one at a time since about Thursday. I think this morning, about 5:45 (they are early birds) was the last because there has been no further activity at the nest box.  All the other days the parents continued to return to the box with food and to stand guard. Getting to watch them feed has been especially fun. What's not to love about new life!

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(Light Touch Photos) bluebirds feeding fledging https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/bluebirds-are-fledging Mon, 12 Jun 2017 14:02:05 GMT
Underwater adventure https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/underwater-adventure There's something about gently moving water and watery colors that I find peaceful. I hope you do too.

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(Light Touch Photos) H2O blue green reflections ripples water https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/6/underwater-adventure Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:36:08 GMT
Italy 2017 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/5/italy-2017 Our travels in Italy took us to the heel of the boot, the sunny province of Puglia. Such lush green, fields of poppies, artichokes, grapes, cherry trees and olives.  Of course, the trulli dwellings that are found throughout the Itria Valley  were one of the highlights. We even stayed in a recently restored trullo called B&B Annalocos in Locorotondo.  No trip to Italy is complete without a visit with my wonderful family in Cautano, the region of Campania. We explored Benevento, the provincial capital.  Below are a few images. Click HERE for the entire trip.

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(Light Touch Photos) Alberbello Benevento Italy Lecce Locorotondo Ostuni Polignano Puglia trulli https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/5/italy-2017 Mon, 08 May 2017 18:49:35 GMT
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/3/thank-you-thank-you-thank-you Thank you to everyone who attended the opening reception of my "Natural Impressions" photography exhibit at the Little Theatre Cafe last Sunday. Words do not express how truly honored I am that you came.  I only wish I could have spent more time visiting with each one of you. 

A big thank you to Zanne Brunner, Cafe Curator for her assistance, advice, support and friendship. It was invaluable! A very special thanks to Brian Burley, Bob DeRosa and Harvey Possemato, the phenomenal "Big Blue House" Band for providing their musical talent to make the afternoon extra fun.  

If you could not attend on Sunday my photographs will be on exhibit through March 31st and Big Blue House is playing there every Thursday night from 7-9pm...so it's not too late.

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(Light Touch Photos) Big Blue House Band Little Theatre Cafe Natural Impressions photography, exhibit thank you https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/3/thank-you-thank-you-thank-you Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:20:24 GMT
You are invited to an exhibit of my photographs https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/2/you-are-invited-to-an-exhibit-of-my-photographs I would like to invite you to visit "Natural Impressions", an exhibit of my creative nature images, some literal, some interpretive, that attempt to convey my experiences of being in nature, of the places and things that I find beautiful or interesting, be it an entire scene or a very small detail of it. 

Where: The Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604.  

When: March 4-31, 2017 during regular cafe hours.

Reception will be held on Sunday, March 5 from 2-4pm.

Refreshments will be served and the Little Cafe has a cash bar for coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer and wine. BIG BLUE HOUSE will entertain with their blend of voices, acoustic rhythm and lead guitar, stand-up bass, and occasional banjo performing a unique and eclectic variety of blues, rock, folk, jazz and reggae. 

If you cannot attend the reception the exhibit will be on display until March 31st. The Little Theatre is always a fun place to go for a bite to eat before or after a movie or just to listen to the music five nights a week. An added bonus - Big Blue House is playing there every Thursday from 7-9 during March! 

I hope you can make it. I look forward to seeing you!

Angela

 

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(Light Touch Photos) exhibit little theatre cafe natural impressions photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/2/you-are-invited-to-an-exhibit-of-my-photographs Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:45:01 GMT
In the Sunday newspaper (not the funny pages, either!) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/2/in-the-sunday-newspaper-not-the-funny-pages-either This wonderful article was in today's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. What a nice surprise to way up to!  Considering the really high quality of just about every image in the show I am more than pleased just to be included. If you have a chance, stop by Image City Photography Gallery before February 19th and feast your eyes on a wonderful exhibit.

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(Light Touch Photos) Democrat and Chronicle Exhibit Ice Drops Image City Magic of Light 2017 Rochester https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/2/in-the-sunday-newspaper-not-the-funny-pages-either Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:28:39 GMT
Two photos chosen by jurors for Magic of Light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/1/two-photos-chosen-by-jurors-for-magic-of-light Two of my photos were chosen for the annual "Magic of Light" Show at Image City Photography Gallery.  The show opens Tuesday January 31 and runs through Sunday February 19.  Please stop by and see it as the images are always top notch and I am once again honored to be among those chosen to participate.  The receptions are Friday 2/3 from 5-8 pm and Saturday 2/4 from 2-5pm.  I'll be there on Saturday and hope to see you as well. More information can be found at Image City Photography Gallery. Here's a Preview of the show.

Two of my images were selected for this exhibitTwo of my images were selected for this exhibitFor more information click the link for the Magic of Light Show at Image City Photography Gallery. For a sneak preview click here Preview

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) image city photography gallery juried show magic of light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2017/1/two-photos-chosen-by-jurors-for-magic-of-light Sun, 29 Jan 2017 18:38:08 GMT
Exhibits up in 2017 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/coming-up-in-2017 I have several exhibits coming up in  2017 to announce!  I will send out updates as we get closer but if you are interested I invite you to mark your calendars now and stop by these exhibits.

January 13-25, 2017 - "Wall to Wall" Exhibit at the Flower City Arts Center (former Genesee Center for Arts and Education) 713 Monroe Ave in Rochester. I will have a B&W film image in this inaugural "Members Show". The reception is Friday January 13, 6-9pm. For more info click here: Flower City Arts Members Exhibit

One of my B&W film photos will be in this exhibitOne of my B&W film photos will be in this exhibitExhibition Dates: January 13th - February 25th, 2017 in Flower City Arts Center Reception: Friday January 13th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Flower City Arts Center
The Flower City Arts Center is excited to showcase the artwork of our talented members in an inaugural member exhibition Wall-to-Wall. Help us kick off 2017 by celebrating our talented community of makers!
Participating members include:
Cory Lynn Riemer, Angela Possemato, Christine DuRoss, Harriet Heller, James Masek, David Corbin, Susan Doran, Kate Fisher, Rebecca Lomuto, Jen Perena, Jay Perena, Victoria Brzustowicz, Chris Charles, Krista Berry, Heidi Hollman, Jonathan Merritt, Liz Raymonda, Marsha King, Laura Wilder, Steven Spring, Susan Toomey, Michael Turiano, Sarah Anthony, Peter Minchak, Patricia Peer, Ed Stone, Hannah Brook Smith, Sue Huggins Leopard, Ray Recchia, Mitch Sanders, Catherine (Kit) Jones, Victoria M. Bogacki, Doug Corbin, Devon Chapman, Jean Kearse, Elizabeth Spring, Dan Donnarumma, Megan Asbeck, Amy Bradoc, Lori Foster, Sean Comerford, Nick Choroshyliw, Jobena Robinson, Jenn Libby, Razan, James Grieshaber, Mark J. Watts, Maliya Travers-Crumb, Lisa Wright, Geri McCormick, Simone Ochrym, John Funt, Monika Ueffinger, Bruce Pease, Peter McCann, Pat Bacon, Eliot A. Stark, Jennifer A. Huffman, Virginia Bacheler, Caitlin Chan, Charmaine Bynoe

For more info see the Flower City Arts Center website:
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February 1-19, 2017 - Image City Photography Gallery - "Magic of Light" Annual Juried Exhibit. Two of my images were accepted. Image City Photography Gallery

March 4-April 1, 2017  - "Solo Exhibit" at the Little Theater Cafe. Opening Reception Sunday March5 from 2-4pm. Featuring Big Blue House Band

July 29-August 25, 2017 - "Exhibit with Friends" - Skalny Welcome Center at St. John Fisher College. Opening reception date/time TBD. I will be showing images from my two trips to Poland.

October 19-November 1, 2017 - F8 Photo Group presents "Developed" Celebrating traditional black and white images created on film and developed in the darkroom at Wayne County Council for the Arts in Newark, NY. Reception Saturday October 21, 2017. 4-6pm. We are a group of students and teachers from the B&W film photography classes at Flower City Arts Center in Rochester. "To see in color is a delight for the eye but to see in black and white is a delight for the soul."― Andri Cauldwell

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(Light Touch Photos) Flower City Arts Center Image City Photography Gallery Little Theater Magic of Light Poland Skalny Center St. John Fisher Wall-to-Wall exhibits https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/coming-up-in-2017 Sat, 31 Dec 2016 16:15:00 GMT
2017 Calendars are here! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/2017-calendars-are-here If you would like a 2017 calendar featuring 13 original Light Touch images click the photo below to see the 13 images in the calendar and Click HERE to ORDER.

2017 Light Touch CalendarClick Here to order: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/2017calendar

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(Light Touch Photos) 13 original images 2017 calendar light touch photos https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/2017-calendars-are-here Fri, 30 Dec 2016 16:14:06 GMT
2016 was a very good year! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/2016-was-a-very-good-year Ever since I was in high school, maybe even middle school, at the end of the year I have made some quiet time with a cup of tea and Mom's molasses cookies to reflect on the year just passed. Those cold, gray winter days are perfect for slowing down, thinking, dreaming, planning and reviewing.  Looking back I usually I find I have accomplished a little more than I give myself credit for. It helps me redefine my interests, goals and ambitions and gives me hope and inspiration to go forward in the new year. Do you do the same? I highly recommend it.

This year I decided to create a gallery of my favorite photos from 2016 and even went back to 2015 and did the same. If you'd like to take a look, here is the link. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/favorites

My top 5, ok 6, images of 2016 are below. In all six I was really in the moment, in the flow, and thoughtfully created each one. I was working with the muse! It definitely is team work!

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(Light Touch Photos) accomplishments end of the year favorites hope inspiration looking back looking forward photography photography year in review reflecting https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/2016-was-a-very-good-year Wed, 28 Dec 2016 21:30:00 GMT
Creative Collaboration https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/creative-collaboration It's so nice to collaborate on these pieces with my husband Harvey.  He is so creative, dedicated and such an inspiration!  

Click this link "Time and Space" by Harvey Possemato or the photo below to watch the multi-media presentation and hear the song.  Enjoy!

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You can listen to more of his music on his website: www.harveyband.com  and buy CDs or downloads here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/harveyband1

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(Light Touch Photos) CD Harvey HarveyBand Light Touch Photos Parallel Lines Possemato music photography video https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/creative-collaboration Fri, 16 Dec 2016 14:04:24 GMT
Harvey's New CD is here! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/harveys-new-cd-is-here We knew it would sound great and now we know it looks great, too! Photos below, listen here: Listen to Parallel Lines You can purchase the CD by contacting him at www.HarveyBand.com or contact me via this website or find either one of us on Facebook.  We'll be happy to send you a copy.  $13.00/CD includes tax and shipping. A perfect gift for the music lover on your Christmas list!

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(Light Touch Photos) CD Harvey Harvey Band Parallel Lines acoustic banjo blues guitar jazz original compositions rock https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/12/harveys-new-cd-is-here Mon, 12 Dec 2016 21:57:43 GMT
Fun with bottles https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/9/fun-with-bottles I had forgotten about some of these photos but they make a fun series.  Some were taken on b&w film, then the print was photographed digitally, others were taken with my iPhone and converted to b&w. Can you tell which is which?

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(Light Touch Photos) black black and white bottles film white https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/9/fun-with-bottles Fri, 02 Sep 2016 13:52:01 GMT
A Star is Born https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-star-is-born The one remaining black swallowtail butterfly emerged from his cocoon this morning. (I wonder where the other two crawled off to just before they pupated.) As I understand it the process takes a couple of hours. I first noticed it at 11:35 am and he was fully outside the cocoon.  I was able to photograph it stretching and moving around the parsley plant until it finally flew to the post of the deck railing for a minute then off into the great blue yonder. In the bottom photo you can see the remains of the cocoon.

The world got a little more beautiful today and I got to watch the process, almost from the beginning. Very cool!

Here he is!

It's a boy!It's a boy!From the minimal amount of blue and the strong yellow upper row of dots it can be identified as a male. A female would have a lot more blue and weaker yellow dots. 8/16/16 12:07pm he flew away, first to the deck rail, then off into the big wide world!8/16/16 12:07pm he flew away, first to the deck rail, then off into the big wide world!From the minimal amount of blue and the strong yellow upper row of dots it can be identified as a male. A female would have a lot more blue and weaker yellow dots. 8/16/16 the butterfly emerged from his cocoon this morning8/16/16 the butterfly emerged from his cocoon this morningyou cans see the (slightly out of focus) remains of the cocoon on the left of the photo attached to the stem.

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(Light Touch Photos) black swallowtail butterfly cocoon emerged parsley https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/a-star-is-born Tue, 16 Aug 2016 17:04:57 GMT
update on the caterpillars https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/update-on-the-caterpillars They have spun their cocoon and are "hanging out" for a week or so until they are ready to emerge. Here are a couple of photos of the chrysalis. Only one is left - the other two must have crawled away to hang out elsewhere.  They sometimes do that I understand.  So glad to have one at least.  I'll keep you posted as the metamorphosis continues.

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(Light Touch Photos) black swallowtail butterfly caterpillar chrysalis metamorphosis parsley https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/update-on-the-caterpillars Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:47:38 GMT
Black Swallowtail Caterpillars https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/black-swallowtail-caterpillars My parsley is especially lush this year and three Black Swallowtail Caterpillars are growing quickly. As of today 8/4/16 they are 1.25 inches long. Glad to have so much parsley as to be able to share with them. I've never seen this process up close so I am hoping they will stick around for the entire metamorphosis!

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(Light Touch Photos) Black black swallowtail caterpillar butterfly caterpillar parsely swallowtail https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/8/black-swallowtail-caterpillars Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:01:38 GMT
Looking for something fun to do today or tomorrow? https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/looking-for-something-fun-to-do-tonight-or-tomorrow Stop by Brighton High School today and/or tomorrow at 2pm and at 7pm for the performances of Thoroughly Modern Millie July 27, 2016 2:00 p.m. OR July 28, 2016 7:00 p.m.)  and Shrek July 27  at 7 p.m., July 28 at 2 p.m., BHS Auditorium, brought to you by the Brighton Summer Arts Camp!  I have the distinct pleasure of watching these kids, teachers, directors and staff in action and it's truly impressive.  The quality of he performances is top notch. These are two shows you will really enjoy!  Tickets can be purchased on line at TICKET SALES or at the door.

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(Light Touch Photos) brighton summer arts millie shrek thoroughly modern millie https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/looking-for-something-fun-to-do-tonight-or-tomorrow Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:01:36 GMT
Summer fun at Brighton Arts Camp! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/summer-fun-at-brighton-arts-camp As usual, the staff is providing an exceptional program for the kids participating in the Brighton Summer Arts Camp and the kids are eating it up!  This is the 20th year of the camp and along with a variety of art classes there will be four musicals presented this week and next.  Here are a couple of pictures from the classes and the first show to be performed, The Aristocats by 2nd - 4th graders. (Click on the photos below to see all the images). They could get by on just being so darn cute but under the direction of Jessica Padilla they are learning, having fun and doing a great job! The performances are Wednesday July 20 at 7pm and Thursday July 21 at 1 pm. Tickets are purchased on the web at ShowTix4U or at the Twelve Corners Middle School door before the show.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/summer-fun-at-brighton-arts-camp Tue, 19 Jul 2016 19:40:21 GMT
This is pretty cool! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/this-is-pretty-cool The George Eastman Museum recently acquired two unopened boxes of early Kodak film! One is the ONLY KNOWN box of Kodak Film (1888) and the other is one only three known boxes of Transparent Kodak Film (1889). Learn more in their press release!  https://www.eastman.org/two-rare-rolls-early-kodak-film-acquired-george-eastman-museum

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) 1880s Eastman Kodak Film Kodak old https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/this-is-pretty-cool Mon, 11 Jul 2016 23:28:02 GMT
Art classes are fun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/art-classes-are-fun At the Wayne County Council for the Arts summer art classes for kids are really fun!  The teachers are great and the projects really challenge the students to see in new ways, learn new techniques and have fun creating their very own works of art. The price can't be beat and you don't have to live in Wayne County! Check it out! https://waynearts.wordpress.com

 

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(Light Touch Photos) Summer art classes Wayne County Council for the Arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/art-classes-are-fun Sat, 09 Jul 2016 13:52:21 GMT
A great new find! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/a-great-new-find I will not reveal my source or location but I had so much fun yesterday mid-day and evening photographing a small field of poppies, cornflowers and other wildflowers in full summer bloom! Click on the image to see it larger and go see the rest of yesterday's catch.

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(Light Touch Photos) blue cornflowers field green poppies. red wildflowers https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/a-great-new-find Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:14:49 GMT
Thanks for a great day at Sodus Bay! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/thanks-for-a-great-day-at-sodus-bay Many thanks to all who stopped by my booth at the Sodus Light House 3rd of July Extravaganza today. I loved meeting and visiting with you all and am pleased that my photos resonated with you. It was a picture perfect day - clear blue sky, sparkling blue Lake Ontario, comfortable temps, slight breeze, great music and lots of friendly people! Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope to see you again soon.

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(Light Touch Photos) 3rd of July Extravaganza Light house Sodus Bay Thank you https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/7/thanks-for-a-great-day-at-sodus-bay Sun, 03 Jul 2016 23:44:11 GMT
Beautiful Lake Ontario https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/6/beautiful-lake-ontario Aided by the glorious (if not too dry) weather in the last week or so I have truly been enjoying Lake Ontario.  Motivated by the upcoming arts and crafts show at Sodus Bay I have ventured there and to Chimney Bluffs and the surrounding area a few times. The colorful rocky shore is endlessly fascinating and trying to capture images of the water moving over them.  At times the shore seems almost tropical - like being on vacation. It's only lacking a few palm trees and a thatched hut!  Click on the images to see them larger and all the others, too!

Lake Ontario shoreLake Ontario shoreSee more of my travels in Wayne County, NY here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/waynecountyny

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(Light Touch Photos) Lake Ontario rocky shore https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/6/beautiful-lake-ontario Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:09:29 GMT
Light Touch Photos at Sodus Bay July 3rd! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/6/light-touch-photos-at-sodus-bay-july-3rd If you are looking for something fun to do Sunday July 3, 2016 take a pleasant drive to Sodus Bay and stop by my booth at the Art and Craft Show and Sale. Here's a link to their site http://www.sodusbaylighthouse.org/pages/art-craft-show.  It starts at 8am and goes until 5pm.  There are a lot of other activities at the Third of July Extravaganza - they really make it worth your while to see all this beautiful area has to offer! http://www.sodusbaylighthouse.org/pages/fourth-of-july-extravaganza.  I look forward to seeing you on July 3!

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New life-bird for me! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/new-life-bird-for-me This morning at Highland Park I was watching a cardinal in a white flowering tree against the blue sky when my friend pointed out another bird flitting from limb to limb I kept me eye on him/her and got off a few good shots.  It's a Nashville Warbler. My first! Take a look!  Click on the photo to take you to a couple other shots of this pretty bird.

Nashville Warbler 5/6/16 Highland Park  - a new bird on my list!Nashville Warbler 5/6/16 Highland Park - a new bird on my list!

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(Light Touch Photos) Highland Park Nashville warbler https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/new-life-bird-for-me Fri, 06 May 2016 19:34:16 GMT
I love May! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/i-love-may The month when most birds migrate through the area the temps warm up (we're still waiting on that) and flowers and trees burst into bloom. And what a fun  morning walk. Lots of new images of our migrating feathered friends. Here are a couple. Click the link to see the rest. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/newimagesI especially had fun watching this great egret fishing for his lunch. They are such patient and graceful birds. the little guy below is a Palm Warbler.

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(Light Touch Photos) egret fishing great egret palm reflection warbler https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/i-love-may Wed, 04 May 2016 19:37:32 GMT
Italy, North and South Exhibit - we hope you can stop by! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/italy-north-and-south-exhibit---we-hope-you-can-stop-by Local fine art travel photographer Joel Krenis and I are presenting an exhibit of images from our various trips to Italy, from north to south in the Casa Italiana of Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave. Rochester, NY.  The Casa Italiana is located nearest the South Entrance to Nazareth College. The gallery is on the lower level.  

* The opening reception will be Friday evening May 13, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm 

The exhibit will be up all summer so if you can't make the reception give the Casa Italiana a call (585-389-2468) to be sure of their summer hours and feel free to stop by and enjoy the photos at your leisure.
 
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(Light Touch Photos) Italy exhibit photography https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/5/italy-north-and-south-exhibit---we-hope-you-can-stop-by Mon, 02 May 2016 23:25:48 GMT
Nature's harmony https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/natures-harmony On Wednesday 4/27 I made a wonderful hike in Four-Mile Creek in Webster. Early in my walk I stood for many minutes listening to 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10?...white-throated sparrows singing all around me. Each of the singing birds was starting at different times, on different pitches and sometimes singing variations.  It was harmony from dissonance that only nature can compose.  The photo below is one of the many white-throated sparrows scratching on the ground in the dead leaves for food that day.  Click on this link  https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow/sounds and listen to the sound clips of the bird's sweet and distinct song.

white-throated sparrow -at least 10 of them singing, foraging and flitting aboutwhite-throated sparrow -at least 10 of them singing, foraging and flitting about

 

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(Light Touch Photos) white throated sparrow https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/natures-harmony Sat, 30 Apr 2016 11:58:50 GMT
What a great spring weekend! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/what-a-great-spring-weekend Wall-to-wall sunshine, temperatures reached 70 on this Sunday afternoon and we had a picnic supper and a walk at Powder Mills Park.  I sat on the deck reading and wearing sandals this afternoon. My feet are free again! 

April 17April 17Powder Mills Park - 70 degrees, sandals and a picnic supper!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/what-a-great-spring-weekend Mon, 18 Apr 2016 00:31:04 GMT
See The Addams Family https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/see-the-addams-family See The Addams Family at Brighton High School this weekend, April 15-16 at 7pm.  This funny, spooky musical is great entertainment for the whole family and the cast, crew and pit along with their directors are doing a terrific job!

Lots of pictures here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/addamsfamily

 

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Wayne County, NY https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/wayne-county-ny Wayne County, NY, between Rochester and Syracuse, deserves to be explored!  The unique natural beauty that lies in this region just north of the Finger Lakes features drumlins, great mounds of earth that were formed by the recession on the glaciers a long, long time ago, Chimney Bluffs and Lake Ontario with its rocky shore line! (read this for more info http://wayne.nygenweb.net/history/drumlins1.html )

I am looking forward to being part of the Wayne County Council for the Arts and this has inspired me to create a gallery of the images I have taken over the years in Wayne County (where I live on the western border). I am looking forward to exploring the county further with my camera and posting more images as they come.

In the meantime, check out http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/waynecountyny and enjoy!

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(Light Touch Photos) Sodus Wayne County apples chimney bluffs drumlins lake ontario landscapes lighthouse sunset wayne arts https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/wayne-county-ny Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:59:09 GMT
Another sign of spring https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/another-sign-of-spring Pussywillows! A classic sign of spring. Such a little treasure! Click to see more details. Use the arrow keys to scroll through the images and see what else is new.

Pussywillows April 1, 2016Pussywillows April 1, 2016What says spring better than pussywillows?

 

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(Light Touch Photos) pussy willows https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/4/another-sign-of-spring Fri, 01 Apr 2016 23:51:22 GMT
Cedar Waxings https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/3/cedar-waxings A flock of 40+ Cedar Waxwings were eating the honeysuckle berries off the bushes in front of the house.  It quite a challenge to get any good shots. The birds were quickly flitting from berry to berry, the light was constantly changing, and it was really windy. The branches were dancing and swirling in every direction and my fingers were freezing! It was so worth it because we don't see them often and they are such fun to watch. Click on the photo to enlarge, use the back arrow key to see the rest of the images of these beautiful birds.

Cedar Waxwings 3/29/16Cedar Waxwings 3/29/16A flock of 40+ Cedar Waxwings eating the honeysuckle berries off the bushes in front of the house.

 

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(Light Touch Photos) cedar waxwings https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/3/cedar-waxings Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:53:55 GMT
Ithaca Juried Photo Show https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/3/ithaca-juried-photo-show My photo "Thistles" was chosen for the 27th Annual Juried Photo Show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca.  The opening reception is tonignt, March 3 from 5-8pm and the show runs until March 27.  Since it's such a beautiful drive to Ithaca and there are so many great places to eat and shop once you get there, why not plan a road trip to see what is always a great exhibit?!

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(Light Touch Photos) Ithaca Juried Photo Show State of the Art Gallery https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/3/ithaca-juried-photo-show Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:27:50 GMT
Thursday Feb. 18 - A glorious winter day! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/thursday-feb-18---a-glorious-winter-day Crystal clear, bright blue skies, the snow still clinging to the trees and temperatures in the 20s.  A perfect day for a 2 hour walk in Ellison Park. The roads in the park were well plowed or trampled so I walked all the way around the hill and saw the park from every side.  Here are a few pictures that capture the look and feel of this glorious day.  Click on the image below to see the rest.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/thursday-feb-18---a-glorious-winter-day Sat, 20 Feb 2016 13:02:50 GMT
a little Valentine from Mother Nature https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/a-little-valentine-from-mother-nature This sweet little frost drop was on the window this morning and I stopped everything (going into the city) to shoot it.  I was late getting to my appointment but I'm glad I did.  By the time I got home it was gone.  With tomorrow's super cold temps maybe there will be a few more. Each snowflake may be different but so are the frost patterns. Click on the image to see it larger and in greater detail.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/a-little-valentine-from-mother-nature Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:33:02 GMT
keep your eyes open https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/keep-your-eyes-open I read this article in the New York Times today about Robert Frank. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/robert-frank-steidl-books-films-exhibit-nyu/?_r=0  Coincidentally, we had just talked about him at our photography class last night.  Not knowing anything about Robert Frank I read with interest and found the last paragraph just perfect.

When asked if he had any advice for photography students Mr. Frank said he did and it was short and graceful: “Keep your eyes open.”

Good advice to us all.
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/keep-your-eyes-open Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:33:53 GMT
Good news to start February - UPDATE https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/good-news-to-start-february February started with some good news. UPDATE: Actually 2 bits of good news!  Not one but TWO of my photos from our trip to Poland were accepted to the "LightSpaceTime" on-line gallery for their "Cityscapes" exhibit. Click this link to see the first level of images accepted.  https://www.lightspacetime.com/cityscapes-2016-art-exhibition-photography-category/. Mine (below) is #49. And this link to see the special merit award winners, mine is #16.: https://www.lightspacetime.com/cityscapes-2016-art-exhibition-special-merit-ku-to-wi/  You can see all the photos from our trip here http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/poland2015

According to the "LightSpaceTime" homepage:  The gallery’s competition for January 2016 was the 6th Annual “CityScapes” Art Competition. 2D and 3D artists (including photography) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s February 2016 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the theme “CityScapes” by submitting their best representational and non-representational art which depicts the theme “CityScapes”. The CityScapes art theme includes any subjects such as cities, towns, urban scenes and any related metropolitan subjects

The art competition and the submission process for the artists began in December 2015 and concluded on January 27, 2016. The gallery received 478 entries from 16 different countries from around the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the gallery received entries from 26 different states and the District of Columbia.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/2/good-news-to-start-february Mon, 01 Feb 2016 14:14:57 GMT
Lots of new images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/1/lots-of-new-images I've gotten out quite a bit lately and have a bunch of new images to show.  Not all masterpieces but the experience of being outside, going through the process of seeing and noting the beauty with my camera was so good for body, mind and soul! This one Harvey call "Secret Storm" and I think it works. Clicking on the image takes you to the "New Images" gallery where you can see more of what I've been seeing

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/1/lots-of-new-images Sun, 24 Jan 2016 13:42:27 GMT
Two images in Juried Show at Image City Gallery https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2016/1/two-images-in-juried-show-at-image-city-gallery Stop by the Image City Photography Gallery in January to see which two of my images were selected to be in the 9th Annual Juried Show "Magic of Light".  The show starts Tuesday January 5 and runs until Sunday January 24, 2016. Here's a link to the gallery's home page: www.imagecityphotographygallery.com for more information.  I hope to see you at one of the receptions!

 

 

 

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Music Educators' Big Band https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/12/music-educators-big-band Yesterday afternoon I had a great time listening to and photographing the Music Educators' Big Band directed by Bill Tiberio at Eastman's Kilbourn Hall. A cool selection of charts played by some awesome musicians! This guy is my favorite. Click on his photo to see the rest.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/12/music-educators-big-band Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:26:44 GMT
TCMS presents "The Lion King" https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/tcmspresentsthelionking I'm so proud the cast and pit band & chorus (especially my former students) and my former colleagues for the hard work and fun they have put into this weekend's performances of The Lion King  at Brighton High School.  Here's the cast photo.  All the pictures are available in the Brighton Arts gallery. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/thelionking

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(Light Touch Photos) The Lion King Twelve Corners Middle School musicals https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/tcmspresentsthelionking Wed, 11 Nov 2015 19:08:23 GMT
Good news! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/good-news One of my images "Bird in the Bush", in the "Off the Beaten Path" show at Image City Photography Gallery was recognized with a "Partners Pick" award. This means it's one of the images considered "Best in Show' by the gallery partners. It's a wonderful exhibit with so many great images. I am surprised and honored by this and very grateful.  Thank you to the Image City Partners. Here is the write up that accompanies the recognition.

Angela Possemato, “Bird in the Bush” - Angela is an excellent photographer of landscapes and nature, especially of birds. She has a few favorite sites where she photographs all sorts of flora and fauna. This photo of a blue-gray gnatcatcher on an early spring day, is artfully framed and mounted. Angela uses an element of texture in the background for a feeling of timelessness. The light is just to the left and in back of Angela slightly brushing the plumage and creating detail in the tree branches nearest to the bluebird thereby focusing the eye to a power position of the subject, one third in from the left and one third up from the bottom. The wide aperture setting that allows the background to go out of focus also attracts the attention of the viewer to the blue-gray gnatcatcher. The buds on the branches clearly signal early spring and the bird is likely looking for food or materials with which to begin a nest. The diagonal branches on the right of the photo and the new growth assist in drawing the eye back to the bird. This is an excellently planned and executed photo displaying the serenity of spring and the optimism of new life following the harsh winter. In selecting this photo for inclusion in this exhibit, Angela is reminding us that even though we are heading for the cold and frost of winter, spring is never far behind.

Bird in the Bush - Partners Pick Award at ICPGBird in the Bush - Partners Pick Award at ICPGThis image, "Bird in the Bush" was recognized with a "Partners Pick" award in the "Off the Beaten Path" show at Image City Photography Gallery. The gallery partners chose it as one of their favorites of a very strong and diverse exhibit. I am surprised and honored by this and very grateful. Thank you to the Image City Partners. Here is the write up that accompanies the recognition.

" Angela is an excellent photographer of landscapes and nature, especially of birds. She has a few favorite sites where she photographs all sorts of flora and fauna. This photo of a blue-gray gnatcatcher on an early spring day, is artfully framed and mounted. Angela uses an element of texture in the background for a feeling of timelessness. The light is just to the left and in back of Angela slightly brushing the plumage and creating detail in the tree branches nearest to the bluebird thereby focusing the eye to a power position of the subject, one third in from the left and one third up from the bottom. The wide aperture setting that allows the background to go out of focus also attracts the attention of the viewer to the blue-gray gnatcatcher. The buds on the branches clearly signal early spring and the bird is likely looking for food or materials with which to begin a nest. The diagonal branches on the right of the photo and the new growth assist in drawing the eye back to the bird. This is an excellently planned and executed photo displaying the serenity of spring and the optimism of new life following the harsh winter. In selecting this photo for inclusion in this exhibit, Angela is reminding us that even though we are heading for the cold and frost of winter, spring is never far behind."

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/good-news Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:50:51 GMT
Too much fun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/too-much-fun Is there such a thing as too much fun? No, I don't think so but I'll keep trying. Wednesday at the Canandaigua Pier the sun shone and the skies were clear blue and the weather was gorgeous.  Great start, right?! The reflections of the boat houses in the water keep me shooting for the longest time until I realized there were lots of American Coots playing in the water and in the reflections!  Check out these psychedelic birds!  No illegal or legal substances were consumed in the making of these images - this is pure and natural fun with mother nature and my camera.

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/11/too-much-fun Fri, 06 Nov 2015 14:56:49 GMT
Website updates https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/webite-updates Well, I have been busy reorganizing my website, re-evaluating images, adding new pieces and putting a few in "storage". I also revamped the "New Images"  gallery (now under First Light above) which shows many of my newer images. As I keep shooting these will be moved to their portfolio and newer photos will replace them. You can click one any photo to see what I have been up to this fall...keeping an eye on this glorious season, shooting to capture the best moments and enjoying every bit of it!

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/webite-updates Tue, 27 Oct 2015 16:41:29 GMT
Fabulous fall https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/fabulous-fall Last Friday I went out shooting with the group from Gary Thompson's workshop. We travelled from Canandaigua to Naples to Canadice. The fall colors were much more vibrant south of the Thruway!  Here are a few "excerpts" from my travels. Click on the image to see larger in its gallery.

Grimes Glen, Naples, NYGrimes Glen, Naples, NY   "The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." ~Pablo Picasso"The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls." ~Pablo Picasso

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/fabulous-fall Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:51:15 GMT
Hancock in the fall https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/hancock-in-the-fall Last weekend we were in Hancock for Uncle Frank Possemato's funeral. While it's nice to see family and friends I sure wish it was for a happier occasion. Nonetheless we made the best of it by getting out and seeing the beautiful fall foliage which is very vibrant this year, at least in that area. Here are a few images from places I know well. There's nothing like being close to home.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/hancock-in-the-fall Wed, 14 Oct 2015 18:47:01 GMT
Another lovely trip to Poland https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/a-lovely-trip-to-poland We recently returned from a wonderful trip to Poland with my mom, cousin and niece.  This is such a beautiful country with warm and friendly people, really good food and beautiful landscapes and culture. It's important to keep in mind that this country was wiped off the map three times in the 18th century then flattened during WW2 by the Nazis and the Russians with the intention of eliminating it forever. It is both sad to think the human race can destroy itself so many times and yet inspiring and uplifting to know how resilient is the human spirit. I am proud to be of Polish decent!

Please enjoy these photos. You can click on any one to take you to the full gallery.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/10/a-lovely-trip-to-poland Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:10:42 GMT
A visit from my muse https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/a-visit-from-my-muse I love those surprise visits from my muse. Today I went on a walk through Corbett's Glen with my camera and it was such a beautiful day it was ok if the day resulted in no photographs. But one thought led to an idea and then another, then my mind went off on a tangent and I got caught up in seeing things through my camera that I could not see with the naked eye. And I even got a keeper or two. They aren't technically perfect but they sure were fun and opened my eyes to other possibilities.  As the famous photographer Minor White said, “When gifts are given to me through my camera, I accept them graciously.” 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/a-visit-from-my-muse Thu, 24 Sep 2015 00:30:00 GMT
A beautiful day at Frederick Farms https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/a-beautiful-day-at-frederick-farms The people at Frederick Farms in Clifton Springs are so friendly and generous to share their beautiful fields of sunflowers with visitors. I picked one of the nicest days all year to go there.  It was uplifting just to be among the giant flowers, their yellow faces smiling down at me and the blue sky above! This is the best I could do to capture what it feels like to be among 65 acres of sunflowers on a sunny day!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/a-beautiful-day-at-frederick-farms Mon, 14 Sep 2015 00:51:10 GMT
Maine 2015 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/maine-2015 I had the pleasure of taking a class in Rockport, Maine at the Maine Media Workshops with Eddie Soloway http://www.EddieSoloway.com a fabulous teacher, photographer and person. I made some wonderful new friends and had my head and heart filled with inspiration and ideas. I will be processing it for a long time and hopefully incorporating what I learned in future images.

Click the image below to go to the gallery. Most of the images were taken during the week-long workshop. Some of them were taken while visiting my friend Paula in Portland http://www.PaulaLaverty.com, also a terrific photographer and great hostess! We had a wonderful time talking photography, relaxing and shooting together. 

"In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves."-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton"In life, as in art, the beautiful moves in curves."-Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/9/maine-2015 Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:37:08 GMT
The old is new again https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/8/the-old-is-new-again Every once in a while I take a trip through the archives of photos left for dead. This week a couple from Cautano, Italy 2011 and Lunenberg, NS 2008 came back to life. Vision really is the most important ingredient in this artistic endeavor. It's amazing how one's perception changes with time and keeping the mind open to the possibilities. Click the image to see it larger.

Cautano, ItalyCautano, Italy 2011

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/8/the-old-is-new-again Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:21:57 GMT
Exhibit at Victor Public Library https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/8/exhibit-at-victor-public-library Yes, a third exhibit this year of my photographs will open on September 1st at the Victor Public Library.  There will be prints hanging on the walls and on easels plus a slideshow of many more images.  A reception will be held from 1-3 pm on Saturday September 12 as part of "Hang Around Victor" Day.  The exhibit will be up until October 15th.  Stop by if you have a chance!

A special thanks goes to Tim Niver, Community Services Librarian and Bea Parker, Library Board of Trustees for their interest in exhibiting the work of local artists and their help in setting it all up.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/8/exhibit-at-victor-public-library Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:35:16 GMT
Musicals! Musicals! Musicals! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/musicals-musicals-musicals Brighton Schools are lit up like Broadway with all the musicals being performed at the Summer Arts Camp! There's still time to see Alice in Wonderland and Bye Bye Birdie today and tomorrow. Click this link Brighton Summer Arts for times and ticket info. Here's a peak at the fun. Click on the photos to see all the images from that show.

Annie

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castAlice in Wonderland

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(Light Touch Photos) Alice in Wonderland Annie Brighton Summer Arts Bye Bye Birdie Forbidden Broadway https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/musicals-musicals-musicals Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:31:18 GMT
Brighton Summer Arts program is underway https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/brighton-summer-arts-program-is-underway Once again I have the fun of photographing the Brighton Schools Summer Arts Program.  The students are engaged in a variety of art classes as well as musical theater productions.  Check out these cool shots from the art classes! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/summerartclasses2015  Stay tuned for all the images from the various musicals, too.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/brighton-summer-arts-program-is-underway Mon, 13 Jul 2015 11:29:00 GMT
"Revelations" a new exhibit https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/-revelations-a-new-exhibit Please join me Friday July 17th 6:00PM-8:30PM for the opening reception of the photography exhibition "Revelations". I am pleased to be included with these four extraordinarily talented photographers. Meet the artists, view our work, sample wine and local Lock 32 craft beer, hang out on the porch overlooking the Erie Canal ... Promises to be a special summer evening! The exhibit runs from July 15 through August 29, 2015. See the gallery website http://www.thegallery96.com for hours and additional information.

Also, I will be in the gallery on Saturday August 8 &15 from noon-5PM if you prefer to visit when it's less crowded.


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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/-revelations-a-new-exhibit Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:23:13 GMT
Thanks to all who attended the reception Sunday https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/thanks-to-all-who-attended-the-reception-sunday Thanks to all who attended the reception Sunday at the tasting room at Billsboro Winery! Their beautiful barn was the perfect setting combined with a great turn out of family and friends, great wines, terrific music by Big Blue House and, oh, a few nice photographs made for a wonderful afternoon!  See all the photos here billsbororeception062815  (thanks to Philip for playing the part of photographer!).

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/7/thanks-to-all-who-attended-the-reception-sunday Thu, 02 Jul 2015 01:03:54 GMT
Billsboro Winery is ready for Light Touch Photos! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/6/billsboro-winery-is-ready-for-light-touch-photos Today we hung the show - "Arches, Doors, Windows and Gates" - at Billsboro Winery in Geneva. It's lookin' good and ready for the opening reception Sunday June 28 from 1-5pm. We know the wine is good and "Big Blue House" is playing from 2-4 so the music is fantastic. My photos look terrific in the vintage barn setting. More info here:Light Touch Photos at Billsboro.   Please join us and help me celebrate my retirement. As one door closes, another opens.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/6/billsboro-winery-is-ready-for-light-touch-photos Sat, 13 Jun 2015 20:22:46 GMT
You are invited! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/6/you-are-invited You are invited to my solo exhibit "Arches, Doors, Windows and Gates" in the Tasting Room at Billsboro Winery, 4760 West Lake Rd (Rte 14S) Geneva, NY. The show opens Wednesday June 15 and runs through Saturday July 30. The opening reception is Sunday June 28 from 1-5 pm. Harvey's trio "Big Blue House" will perform from 2-4. Please come enjoy the fine Billsboro wines, light refreshments, photos and music and help me celebrate my retirement! See the Billsboro Winery website for their hours and directions. For a sneak preview click here.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/6/you-are-invited Thu, 11 Jun 2015 23:49:58 GMT
Experimenting https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/experimenting Having some fun experimenting with impressionistic/artistic interpretations of some of my photos.  What do you think?  Click on the images to see them larger plus a few more.

"Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.""Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found.""Creativity is not the finding of a thing, but the making something out of it after it is found." ~ James Russell Lowell

Bird in the Bush - Partners Pick Award at ICPGBird in the Bush - Partners Pick Award at ICPGThis image, "Bird in the Bush" was recognized with a "Partners Pick" award in the "Off the Beaten Path" show at Image City Photography Gallery. The gallery partners chose it as one of their favorites of a very strong and diverse exhibit. I am surprised and honored by this and very grateful. Thank you to the Image City Partners. Here is the write up that accompanies the recognition.

" Angela is an excellent photographer of landscapes and nature, especially of birds. She has a few favorite sites where she photographs all sorts of flora and fauna. This photo of a blue-gray gnatcatcher on an early spring day, is artfully framed and mounted. Angela uses an element of texture in the background for a feeling of timelessness. The light is just to the left and in back of Angela slightly brushing the plumage and creating detail in the tree branches nearest to the bluebird thereby focusing the eye to a power position of the subject, one third in from the left and one third up from the bottom. The wide aperture setting that allows the background to go out of focus also attracts the attention of the viewer to the blue-gray gnatcatcher. The buds on the branches clearly signal early spring and the bird is likely looking for food or materials with which to begin a nest. The diagonal branches on the right of the photo and the new growth assist in drawing the eye back to the bird. This is an excellently planned and executed photo displaying the serenity of spring and the optimism of new life following the harsh winter. In selecting this photo for inclusion in this exhibit, Angela is reminding us that even though we are heading for the cold and frost of winter, spring is never far behind."

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/experimenting Sat, 16 May 2015 13:46:17 GMT
Highland Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/highland-park Sunday I went to Highland Park with a group to shoot in the early morning hours. It's lovely being up early hearing the birds, enjoying the calm, seeing the flowers in first light.  Here are a couple of images from that shoot.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/highland-park Mon, 11 May 2015 23:55:00 GMT
just for fun https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/just-for-fun 3 guesses as to where/what this is.  Email me if you think you know!  :-)

3 guesses as to what/where this is  :-)3 guesses as to what/where this is :-)

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/just-for-fun Sun, 10 May 2015 22:22:53 GMT
lots of new images! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/lots-of-new-images Spring is really looking good this year.  High Acres has been great to explore. Here are a couple of the most recent images. Please click on either one to go to the gallery to see the rest.  Lots of variety!
Wake Robin (red trillium)  What a gorgeous sign of spring!Wake Robin (red trillium) What a gorgeous sign of spring!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/5/lots-of-new-images Sat, 09 May 2015 17:45:24 GMT
Spring developments at HANA https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/spring-developments-at-hana I just love spring.  Every day carries the anticipation of seeing something new.  The tiny Dutchman's britches and squirrel corn are blossoming. Red trillium are coming out of their spring coats and white trillium are standing tall. A few warm days and the woods will be full of them.  The birds continue to trickle in. The blue gray gnatcatcher has found a neighborhood where he and his mate seem to be comfortable.  Today I saw a mockingbird for the first time in ages, 3 pair of ring-necked ducks, a pair of buffleheads and this cute sparrow.  He/she is a savannah sparrow with that distinct yellow eyebrow and he was sat still long enough for a few good shots.

With warmer weather just ahead hopefully the egrets and warblers will be back soon, too.

Savannah Sparrow (I think) 4/27/15Savannah Sparrow (I think) 4/27/15 Dutchman's Britches in bloom!Dutchman's Britches in bloom!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/spring-developments-at-hana Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:19:13 GMT
Should have taken the big lens! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/should-have-taken-the-big-lens I swear, every time I decide "just this once I won't haul that big thing along on my walk I see something that I wish I had brought.  Well, I have learned my lesson, especially during migration season...I hope!  Today, on my way back to the car - a pair of beautiful Wood ducks!!  These are not prize winning photos by any means but these really are wood ducks! 

not prize winning photos but...WOOD DUCKS!not prize winning photos but...WOOD DUCKS!

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Another year at High Acres has begun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/another-year-at-high-acres-has-begun Every day brings something new. I love spring! Today I saw at least 4 turkeys. I didn't get any good pictures so I can't be sure but I think so. The migrants I've seen so far include Widgeons, 1 coot, 24 ring-necked ducks, 2 buffleheads, many red-winged blackbirds, song sparrows, tree swallows, a great blue heron, and Canada geese plus bluebirds, robins, gulls, crows, goldfinches. This year I saw a horned grebe for the first time (not a great picture below but it's clear what it is). 

Keep checking back - new images will added frequently!  http://highacresyear4

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/another-year-at-high-acres-has-begun Sun, 12 Apr 2015 22:34:38 GMT
Charleston for spring break! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/charleston-for-spring-break After a long, cold, gray Rochester winter (and did I say snowy?) we went to Charleston, SC for spring break. I love that city!  So much art, music, culture, food, architecture, history and photo ops!  If you want to see flowers and green grass and leafy tress plus colorful sunrises and southern charm, click here http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/charleston2015  or on one of the images below.

Here's a sneak preview!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/4/charleston-for-spring-break Sun, 05 Apr 2015 15:19:49 GMT
There's so much we can learn from nature! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/theres-so-much-we-can-learn-from-nature One of the many reasons I love watching and photographing birds.  They know something some humans haven't figured out yet.  There's so much we can learn from nature!  http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/birds

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/theres-so-much-we-can-learn-from-nature Sun, 29 Mar 2015 13:08:26 GMT
More water fowl on Irondequoit Bay Outlet https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/more-water-fowl-on-irondequoit-bay-outlet The flocks were smaller but there was still a nice variety - here are a few that I was able to get a decent shot of before my fingers froze!

1. RedHead   2. Mute Swan   3. Male Greater Scaup    4. Female Greater Scaup    5. Female RedBreasted Merganser    6. Long Tailed duck     

Redhead - Irondequoit Bay Outlet 3/23/15Redhead - Irondequoit Bay Outlet 3/23/15

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/more-water-fowl-on-irondequoit-bay-outlet Mon, 23 Mar 2015 23:55:44 GMT
water birds on Irondequoit Bay https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/water-birds-on-irondequoit-bay We went for a drive this afternoon and ended up by the Irondequcit Bay outlet.  Lots of gulls and geese but also long tailed ducks, lesser scaup, redheads and several mute swans like this beauty.  Migration season is underway!  Can spring be far behind?

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/3/water-birds-on-irondequoit-bay Sun, 22 Mar 2015 23:25:05 GMT
Calling all bird lovers! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/calling-all-bird-lovers New note cards, and they look great! These 5x7" cards are colorful backyard birds printed on smooth white card stock that has a slightly glossy sheen to resist finger prints. Four cards come with white envelopes in a clear box for $15.00 (free shipping).

They are perfect for all occasions and make a great gift for a bird lovers such as yourself! 

You can order these directly from the website by clicking on this link: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/specialtyprintitems

Who doesn't love receiving real mail from friends? Revive the art of handwritten notes with these beautiful note cards.

NEW!! Colorful 5x7 backyard bird note cardsNEW!! Colorful 5x7 backyard bird note cardsA set of 4 cards - 5x7” - with white envelopes are printed on smooth, heavy white card stock. Blank inside so you can add your own message. Perfect for all occasions.

Give as a gift to a bird lover or yourself!

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(Light Touch Photos) birds blue blue jay cardinal cards jay note note cards robin titmouse https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/calling-all-bird-lovers Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:57:42 GMT
It's State of the Art! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/its-state-of-the-art My photo "Silence" was accepted to be in the Annual Photo Show at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca. http://www.soag.org
The opening reception is Friday March 6 from 5-8 and the show is up from March 4-March 29. Take a beautiful drive to Ithaca, see some great photos and have dinner in one of the many terrific restaurants. It makes a great "get away"!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/its-state-of-the-art Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:03:04 GMT
Brighton High School does it again! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/brighton-high-school-does-it-again Enjoy these photos http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/shrek of Brighton High School's production of the musical Shrek but don't let them substitute for going to see it in person! The students of the cast, crew and pit along with their directors are putting on a great show and the whole family will enjoy it. I am so excited to see so many of my former students on stage, in the pit and crew!  Tickets are available through the Visual and Performing Arts office and the website.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/brighton-high-school-does-it-again Thu, 05 Feb 2015 23:54:00 GMT
cardinals brighten up winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/cardinals-brighten-up-winter This beautiful bird posed like a prince for the last 2 days. He had a motive. He wanted suet from the suet feeder like the other birds were enjoying. The problem is his feet are too big to hold onto the thin wires of the suet feeder so he jumped and hovered like a hummingbird and got his reward. His lovely wife calmly watched his impressive acrobatics.


 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/2/cardinals-brighten-up-winter Sun, 01 Feb 2015 13:33:36 GMT
It's a cold winter for sure! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/its-a-cold-winter-for-sure Even though the snow hasn't piled up much (certainly not enough for a day off from school, boo!) the temps have been in the single digits and teens pretty consistently.  The one thing that's good for is frost photos.  So, if you haven't had enough of the cold, or you just want to be amazed at what a wonderful artist Mother Nature is, check these out http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/frost

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/its-a-cold-winter-for-sure Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:53:19 GMT
Winter Light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/winter-light On another of my walks last week, as snow flew and the sun was setting I came across several scenes where the winter light was especially warm which was a wonderful contrast with the cold temps.  Getting the geese taking off was a nice addition. A little sun in the winter sure goes a long way!  Click on the image to see it larger.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/winter-light Tue, 06 Jan 2015 00:44:29 GMT
2015 makes a good first impression https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/2015-makes-a-good-first-impression Well, I kicked off 2015 with a burst of creativity. On a dreary, cold January day, in the middle of stick season and cement skies with only a skimpy bit of snow I took a long walk at High Acres and saw nothing but consoled myself with a good fitness walk all the same. Toward the end of the walk I decided to shoot some weeds - I keep thinking there must be an image or two in all that texture - and I had the idea to try some impressionist images and make use of the camera's ability to capture multiple exposures.  Some images I made were multiple exposures and some were sing exposures with the idea of combining them in photoshop.  Well, I got on a roll and never felt the cold while I snapped away.  Here are a few that seem to work - and most of all I was in the moment and having fun.  I'm interested to know what you think of them. Click on the image to see it larger.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2015/1/2015-makes-a-good-first-impression Sat, 03 Jan 2015 01:04:34 GMT
The end of another good year. https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/12/the-end-of-another-good-year 2014 really was a good year - so much to be thankful for and look back on with good memories.  The last day started with a bright sunrise (so nice after so many days of gray!) so these photos are the last sunrise of 2014.  May 2015 be just a bright and beautiful!

Last sunrise of 2014Last sunrise of 2014

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/12/the-end-of-another-good-year Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:11:43 GMT
Quick and lazy update https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/12/quick-and-lazy-update Since mid-November I have actually added photos to just about every gallery on the site!  I have gotten out and shot all kinds of things, uncovered and reprocessed some gems that were buried in my archives, participated in a Black & White challenge on Facebook (see the first 5 images here:http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blackandwhite and have a photo accepted to a gallery in Los Angeles http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/showsandexhibits! So here's a link to my recent photos. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/recent.html Browse to your heart's content!

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(Light Touch Photos) black blue fingers flower box keyboard piano shutters white window https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/12/quick-and-lazy-update Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:10:44 GMT
Into the Woods! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/into-the-woods The Twelve Corners Middle School 7th & 8th graders are presenting "Into the Woods" this weekend at 7pm in the High School Auditorium. Super cute and well done - your entire family will enjoy it!  Congrats to cast, crew and directors!  Click on the photos to see the rest!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/into-the-woods Sat, 15 Nov 2014 19:39:36 GMT
Harvey's new album!! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/harveys-new-album It's here!  It's here! and it's GOOD!  Harvey's new album  "HarveyBand Jazz".  He headed in a different direction from his usual composition and style and it's absolutely masterful! Go to www.HarveyBand.com to hear a couple of the tunes.  Call or email him (or contact via his website or Facebook) to purchase your own copy.  I am very proud of his work on this and excited by his growth and artistic expression. The cover art isn't bad either...if I do say so myself :-)

Harvey's new album - HarveyBand JazzHarvey's new album - HarveyBand JazzThe cover of Harvey's newest album which is ready to ship and enjoy. Call or email him or contact through his website http:/​/​www.​HarveyBand.​com or Facebook to order your copy!

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(Light Touch Photos) Harvey album guitar harveyBand jazz https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/harveys-new-album Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:54:00 GMT
use of my images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/use-of-my-images Recently I have had several inquiries about using my images in their projects.  I have been unsure of how to navigate the waters of what is essentially stock photography.  I finally did enough homework to know where to start.  Please see the links below for further information. Thank you for your interest in my images.  I welcome your inquiries.

http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/copyright  and   http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/use-of-images 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/use-of-my-images Sun, 02 Nov 2014 19:38:16 GMT
pretty Penfield https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/pretty-penfield Well, I finally got out to explore one of my favorite parks in Penfield and here's what I saw! The light was a little flat that afternoon but the colors were nice and it was a great little hike.  Click the image to see more!

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Having some fun https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/having-some-fun While they may not be works of art I have recently made a few images just for fun. Click the image to see more.

You cannot wait for the perfect time, sometimes you have to dare to jump!You cannot wait for the perfect time, sometimes you have to dare to jump!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) guitar harvey train https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/having-some-fun Sat, 01 Nov 2014 12:03:02 GMT
Seeing the old familiar new https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/seeing-the-old-familiar-new We spent the Columbus Day weekend back in Hancock NY.  Family business called but the free time was ours.  It was just past peak foliage already but there were still pockets of brilliant color. I have not spent any time there since photography has become my passion so to travel around the area, seeing the old familiar places as new sources of inspiration was satisfying and fun.  I got a few keepers and look forward to returning. Click the image to see more.

Walking Down a  Country Road, Fleischmanns, NYWalking Down a Country Road, Fleischmanns, NY

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(Light Touch Photos) Delaware County Hancock New York autumn country country road fall morning road https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/11/seeing-the-old-familiar-new Sat, 01 Nov 2014 11:58:57 GMT
Another photogenic walk https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/10/another-photogenic-walk Yesterday's morning walk produced a couple of gems. The fall colors are starting to pop and this one particular spot catches my eye almost every year. The heron was quite unexpected in the small stream that runs under the road. Click on the images to see more.

A wall of fallA wall of fall great blue herongreat blue heron

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(Light Touch Photos) colors fall heron https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/10/another-photogenic-walk Sun, 05 Oct 2014 12:21:49 GMT
Enjoying a Saturday morning https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/enjoying-a-saturday-morning With the beautiful weather we've had lately yesterday was the perfect time to head out to explore the changing colors, blue skies and great scenery of western Wayne County. Click on any of the images to see more.

Face to the SunFace to the Sun barn in western Wayne Countybarn in western Wayne County

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(Light Touch Photos) barn blue sky red barn wayne county new york https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/enjoying-a-saturday-morning Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:55:16 GMT
Travelling close to home https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/travelling-close-to-home I love to travel and have a travel bucket list that stretches nearly around the world!  I also love traveling close to home.  Upstate New York is beautiful and has so many hidden treasures to explore.  Click on the photo to see more recent travels to Pultneyville, Clifton Springs, Ganargua and beyond.

Pultneyville, NY MarinaPultneyville, NY Marina

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(Light Touch Photos) marina pultneyville https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/travelling-close-to-home Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:50:02 GMT
Sodus https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/sodus Last night we made a leisurely trip to Sodus late in the afternoon.  We stopped at a wonderful Farm Market and the unmistakeable signs of fall were everywhere.  Click on the gourds to see more recent fun stuff.

Gourds! It must be autumn!Gourds! It must be autumn!   

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(Light Touch Photos) autumn gourds https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/sodus Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:41:13 GMT
Recent Fun Stuff https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/recent-fun-stuff I can't believe it's been a month since I have posted anything!  Well, yes I can. School started and time has been at a premium.  I have taken a few fun photos as well as a really nice senior shoot for a lovely girl.  Here's a sample from High Acres. Clicking on the purple aster will take you to the rest.

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(Light Touch Photos) aster bee high acres purple https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/9/recent-fun-stuff Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:37:38 GMT
Lunch! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/lunch Insalata Caprese - fresh tomatoes from the farm market up the road and fresh mozzerella cheese, chopped basil from the pot on the deck, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with S&P.  Best eaten on the deck on a sunny summer afternoon!

il Tricolore!! (insalata Caprese)il Tricolore!! (insalata Caprese)

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(Light Touch Photos) caprese insalata caprese lunch mozzarella salad tomatoes https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/lunch Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:00:58 GMT
Birds and butterflies at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/birds-and-butterflies-at-high-acres The butterflies have been beautiful lately.  There are not as many as two years ago but definitely more than last year (practically none in 2013) - enough to keep me going back in search of the next new or different species and the next masterpiece photo!  Watching cedar waxwings is always a treat as they swoop and dive after bugs in flight. Getting a photo of them is rewarding. Click to see it larger then to scroll through the other captures of the last week.

Two birds with one shotTwo birds with one shot   giant swallowtailgiant swallowtail Eastern Swallowtail ButterflyEastern Swallowtail Butterfly

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(Light Touch Photos) butterfly cedar wax wing swallowtail https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/birds-and-butterflies-at-high-acres Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:03:51 GMT
Finally- back at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/finally--back-at-high-acres A foot injury kept me off it most of July (at least as far as walking the uneven terrain of High Acres in concerned) but I got in a great walk at High Acres on Sunday.  The best part was  a relatively cooperative Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly.  I finally got a good photo of one.  They are so small and quick. It's either hard to see them in the first place or hard to find them sitting still long enough for a portrait.  Anyway, here it is. Click on the image to go to the gallery and see the other images of the day - some cool weeds, butterflies and...well, you'll just have to check it out!

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(Light Touch Photos) Eastern tailed blue blue butterfly high acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/finally--back-at-high-acres Tue, 12 Aug 2014 14:05:23 GMT
Another beautiful sunset on Lake Ontario https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/another-beautiful-sunset-on-lake-ontario Webster park offers a great view of the lake and gorgeous sunsets. Here's one from the other night.  Click on it to see the full image and link to the gallery for more. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/rochester

Another lovely summer night at Webster ParkAnother lovely summer night at Webster Park

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(Light Touch Photos) lake ontario rochester sunset webster park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/8/another-beautiful-sunset-on-lake-ontario Mon, 11 Aug 2014 18:01:09 GMT
On stage at Brighton https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/on-stage-at-brighton This week and last I had the great fun of photographing the musical productions at the Brighton Summer Arts camp.  Last week was Cinderella and there was more than enough cute to go around! Here's a teaser. Click on the image to see the rest of the singing and dancing and acting.

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This week was Mulan and Honk. Great shows and such fun to watch.  I got an abundance of photos - click on each one to see the rest.  

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(Light Touch Photos) Brighton art classes arts cinderella honk mulan performing https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/on-stage-at-brighton Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:11:39 GMT
Interesting bird observations https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/interesting-bird-observations Yesterday morning, about 7:15 two pileated woodpeckers landed on our deck railing.  They are big birds - about 18 inches long. The tend to be shy and not easy to see up close so this was a real treat! Both the male and the female were on the deck for a few minutes, the male left first for the oak tree - you can tell by the red stripe at his jaw/chin while the female's is black. Then they both took off. Here's some more info on the Cornell website: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/pileated_woodpecker/id 

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This morning a newly fledged brown headed cowbird was making quite a racket looking for something to eat.  A kindly chipping sparrow, less than half as big, fed the larger baby.  Cowbirds are parasitic birds. They have no nest building or parenting instincts and leave the jobs to other birds. This description of their behavior is worth reading: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/brown-headed_cowbird/id

an adult sparrow (L) feeding a young cow bird (R)an adult sparrow (L) feeding a young cow bird (R)

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(Light Touch Photos) cowbird pileated woodpecker sparrow sparrow feeding juvenile cowbird https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/interesting-bird-observations Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:16:57 GMT
You go girls! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/you-go-girl Yesterday (7/25/14) we spent a nice afternoon in Seneca Falls where we visited the National Women's Hall or Fame and the Women's Rights National Park.  Both museums are very well done and definitely worth a visit or three!  There is so much to read and take in.  I found the Hall of Fame to be especially emotional.  In elementary school I read many biographies of famous women such as Clara Barton and Elizabeth Blackwell.  They are both enshrined as well as Julia Child, Hillary Clinton, Sally Ride, Maya Lin and so many who came before them. What the majority have in common is overcoming great adversity, and sacrificing so much and working tirelessly so that the world could be a better place - whether it is through humanities, science, medicine, the arts...they have all contributed to women's rights and human rights and it's right that there is a place to honor and remember them. The town is beautiful as well.  The canal tow path is being transformed into a sculpture walk and the other side is very user friendly with boat anchors, benches, and a park, all very nice!

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(Light Touch Photos) national women's hall of fame seneca falls women's rights national park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/you-go-girl Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:10:09 GMT
Fun Field Trip! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/fun-field-trip A couple of weeks ago I shot a wedding at Artisan Works, that fun and funky art gallery, antique shop and event space.  I scouted the place a few days before the wedding and here are a few images of the various"rooms" and their collections of ... collectibles. There's about half a million pieces of art and artifacts in the place!  If you haven't been there before, it's definitely worth a visit or two or twenty or....well, you get the idea.  Here's one image - click on it then scroll throughout the next 4-5.  Have fun!

Artisan Works - the Dentist OfficeArtisan Works - the Dentist Office

 

The Dentist Office! - This reminds me of Doc Merchant's office that I went to as a kid. Not the color scheme, and there was no clown or large set of teeth (and there was certainly not a naked mannequin in the corner!!), but the chair, the light with its pulley system, the "power tools" and, for some reason the flute-edged, round glass instrument tray was especially nostalgic.  Funny what we remember, sad what we don't... sometimes.

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(Light Touch Photos) artisan works https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/fun-field-trip Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:33:47 GMT
A Colorful Mess! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/a-colorful-mess Each year I have the pleasure of photographing the art classes at the Brighton Summer Arts Camp. The teachers are fantastic, their projects invite creativity and fun, the kids are having a great time and the art projects are really impressive.  I know I am going to get great pictures of kids creating their own works of art.  This time I had the added bonus of photographing some abstract images that I found, the "aftermath" of one of their projects. You can see all the images here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/acolorfulmess.

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(Light Touch Photos) art colorful https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/a-colorful-mess Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:57:35 GMT
Wedding bells! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/wedding-bells Saturday June 12, 2014 was a beautiful day for the wedding of robin and Simon.  Artisan Works was the unique and fun venue. It was a lovely, small wedding celebrating their love and new life together.  Thank you Robin and Simon for asking me to be your photographer.  It was truly and honor!

See all the photos here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/robinandsimon

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(Light Touch Photos) artisan works robin and simon wedding https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/wedding-bells Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:45:47 GMT
Happy 4th of July https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/happy-4th-of-july This post may be a little late but I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. The weather sure was nice and it made for great fireworks viewing and shooting - clear night sky, no humidity and the smoke cleared out quickly.  Our vantage point on the top of the parking garage looking south down South Ave past the Central Library and the Freddy-Sue bridge worked out well.  So did my new G16 camera!

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(Light Touch Photos) Fireworks july 4th rochester rochester public library https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/happy-4th-of-july Sun, 06 Jul 2014 16:20:39 GMT
mid-summer bird activity https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/mid-summer-bird-activity The feeders have been a busy place lately - from the young cardinals venturing out on their own to pairs of goldfinches, house finches and purple finches.

Sorry, this image is not available for print.Sorry, this image is not available for print. juvenile male cardinaljuvenile male cardinal

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(Light Touch Photos) cardinals finches goldfinch purple finch https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/7/mid-summer-bird-activity Thu, 03 Jul 2014 23:36:07 GMT
feeding time for the cardinals https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/feeding-time-for-the-cardinals It's such a joy and privilege to watch nature take its course.  Papa cardinal feeding the youngsters on the deck this week.  The facial expressions are almost human!

say "please!"say "please!" father cardinal (R) feeding young (L)father cardinal (R) feeding young (L) father cardinal (R) with hungry youngster (L)father cardinal (R) with hungry youngster (L)

 

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(Light Touch Photos) cardinals feeding juvenile male cardinal feeding young https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/feeding-time-for-the-cardinals Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:34:47 GMT
Summer on the deck https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/summer-on-the-deck ahhh...it's that time of year again.  What's not to love?!

Good morning summer! June 29, 2014Good morning summer! June 29, 2014

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/summer-on-the-deck Sun, 29 Jun 2014 13:25:18 GMT
some recent experiments https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/some-recent-experiments So, I'm trying out a new technique and my first attempts aren't too bad.  What do you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/some-recent-experiments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 23:52:47 GMT
a front yard visitor https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/a-front-yard-visitor This Northern Flicker was very busy digging in the front year today.  He/she found something interesting and spent a good deal of time getting at whatever it was!  We see one of these birds once or twice a year, usually in the back yard so this was a little different twist on a sighting.

Northern Flicker in the front yardNorthern Flicker in the front yard

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/a-front-yard-visitor Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:57:34 GMT
June is off to a great start! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/june-is-off-to-a-great-start A morning walk, a tree, the sun...what could be better? Happy June!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/6/june-is-off-to-a-great-start Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:04:21 GMT
Treasure Hunt! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/treasure-hunt Once again a walk in High Acres is like a treasure hunt.  In 2 days - Sunday 5/25 and Monday 5/26 I saw a pair of great egrets (finally!), a great blue heron, a cardinal, a pair of Baltimore orioles, gold finches, yellow warblers, families of Canada geese, barn and tree swallows, song sparrows, mallards, yellow-rumped warblers, grackles, red-winged blackbirds, robins, plus both yellow and black swallowtail butterflies, and both the doe and faun together!

And there were lots of lovely little details, colors and blossoms.  If only you could smell the honeysuckle just by looking at the photo!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/treasure-hunt Tue, 27 May 2014 22:08:30 GMT
how sweet is this! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/how-sweet-is-this I never know what I am going to find on my walks at High Acres. Today it was a tiny fawn, snuggled between the large stones that rim the parking lot. I didn't see him/her until I was just a couple of feet away. He/she was alive, breathing and blinking and occasionally nodding off - and probably wishing mom would come back soon! A good thing about a long lens is that I can stay back quite a ways and observe and photograph without disturbing. So small and sweet!So small and sweet!I never know what I am going to find on my walks at High Acres. Today 5/18/14 it was a tiny fawn, snuggled between the large stones that rim the parking lot. I didn't see him/her until I was just a couple of feet away. He/she was alive, breathing and blinking and occasionally nodding off - and probably wishing mom would come back soon! A good thing about a long lens is that I can stay back quite a ways and observe and photograph without disturbing.

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/how-sweet-is-this Mon, 19 May 2014 00:24:21 GMT
a quote https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/a-quote I was reminded of this quote by a remarkable woman.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do."

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/a-quote Thu, 15 May 2014 00:45:00 GMT
Great bird watching! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/great-bird-watching The bird watching has been great this spring.  Today we saw a Magnolia Warbler in the hemlock tree in the back yard.  He flitted about too quickly for a photo but he had the clear collaring and marking of a Magnolia warbler.  Today at HANA I saw a Blackburnian Warbler!  So pretty and I got a decent photo (below).  Two male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks were "negotiating" for territory.  Sunday there was a Black-throated Green warbler and yesterday I saw a Chestnut-sided warbler!  A pair of Baltimore oriole  dangled from the super high tree tops. The Palm warbler was new for me too and seeing them collecting nesting materials was so cute and it means they nest here, too so there will be little ones soon. The Redstart and the Black and White warbler are also new this year! Once again HANA entices me with what I might see next!

Blackburnian Warbler 5/13/14, 6:13 pmBlackburnian Warbler 5/13/14, 6:13 pm

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/great-bird-watching Wed, 14 May 2014 00:34:43 GMT
My first Black and White warbler! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/my-first-black-and-white-warbler How sweet!  I have heard about other people seeing them but I never have.  A nice couple pointed it out to me while on a way Saturday.  Today I got some good shots of one of the two that I saw in roughly the same spot.  

 

a black and white warbler - my first!a black and white warbler - my first!

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(Light Touch Photos) and black warbler white https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/5/my-first-black-and-white-warbler Sun, 04 May 2014 04:45:00 GMT
"Flora" - Exhibiting 2 of my images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/-flora---exhibiting-2-of-my-images Two of my images have been accepted to "Flora" a new exhibit at Main Street Arts Gallery in Clifton Springs, NY.  The opening reception is Saturday May 3, 2014 from 4-7 pm. If you can't make the reception, the exhibit runs from May 1 - July 3 so please stop by.  The gallery is a beautiful space on Main Street and it's a nice drive to Clifton Springs.  Support the arts any way you can!  See this link for more information: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/flora_webversion.pdf

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/-flora---exhibiting-2-of-my-images Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:19:54 GMT
Charleston, SC https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/charleston-sc From April 13-18 I had the fun and honor of visiting and photographing Charleston, Sc with three dear friends who are as crazy about photography as I am!  It's so nice to be able to stop whenever something catches the eye with no questions about my sanity asked or implied! We saw sunrise on Isle of Palms each morning, visited Middleton Place, a beautiful 400 acre plantation and living museum, Edisto Island and Botany Bay, downtown Charleston and went kayaking on the Echaw Creek. I added 11 birds to my life bird list! We packed a lot of fun into 4 days, that's for sure! Here's one photo to get you started and of course, there are more in the gallery! Click on the photo below to take you to the rest.

Sunrise on Isle of PalmsSunrise on Isle of Palms

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/charleston-sc Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:30:00 GMT
Birds galore - it's spring! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/birds-galore---its-spring What a great night of birding.  A Great Blue Heron on a farm near High Acres, several pair of Hooded Mergansers, several pair of Ring-necked ducks, several pair of eastern bluebirds, a pair of Northern Shovelers, a cardinal, a pair of kildeer, 3 pair of tree swallows, robins, Canada geese, mallards, lots of Red-Winged Black Birds!  It's spring!

Eastern Bluebird 4/8/14Eastern Bluebird 4/8/14What a great night of birding. A Great Blue Heron on a farm near High Acres, several pair of Hooded Mergansers, several pair of Ring-necked ducks, several pair of eastern bluebirds, a pair of Northern Shovelers, a cardinal, a pair of kildeer, 3 pair of tree swallows, robins, Canada geese, mallards, lots of Red-Winged Black Birds! It's spring! \

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/birds-galore---its-spring Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:44:22 GMT
Year 3 at High Acres has begun in grand fashion! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/year-3-at-high-acres-has-begun-in-grand-fashion Sunday April 6 - I think, I hope spring has finally arrived.  A beautiful day with blue skies, temps in the mid 50s and sunshine all over was too good to stay inside so late in the afternoon I trekked over the High Acres. I parked next to the barn and walked down to the causeway.  A year ago it had been much warmer and on April 4 I saw and captured a beautiful image of a great Egret in the pond west of the causeway.  Knowing that was too good to happen again i just decided to enjoy the day and the weather.  About 1/4 across the causeway something large and white caught my eye - no, not another egret but a big tundra swan floating around.  The first few images were not good as I could not steady the camera (no, I didn't bring a tripod).  A little farther down the path, however, was a tree and one branch at just the right height to set the camera on while I leaned against the trunk. Success!  Maybe not an image for the Professional Nature Photographers top 100 but a good solid image of the swan and a few friends. In the other corner of the pond was a large flock of …not geese, too small.  Not mallards, too much white.  Upon closer inspection they turned out to be 30+ ring neck ducks! What a bonus.  Click the images to see larger.

Trumpeter Swan - April 6, 2014Trumpeter Swan - April 6, 2014   Ring-Necked Ducks and a mallardRing-Necked Ducks and a mallardThere must have been 30 of them, males and females! If they would just come a little closer...

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/year-3-at-high-acres-has-begun-in-grand-fashion Sun, 06 Apr 2014 15:45:00 GMT
See "Spamalot" this weekend at Brighton High School https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/see-spamalot-this-weekend-at-brighton-high-school Monty Python's Spamalot, a highly irreverent parody adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail is being performed at Brighton High School this weekend, April 5 & 6 at 7pm.  One of the perks of shooting the photos is getting to see a full dress rehearsal and sneak preview. This is one show I can strongly recommend!  It's hilarious and the kids are having a great time!  You really must see the 24 talented high school students singing, dancing and making general merriment and silliness on stage!  Tickets will be available at the door.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/4/see-spamalot-this-weekend-at-brighton-high-school Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:34:00 GMT
A Hidden Gem https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/a-hidden-gem Actually just some pretty weeds that I found last July but left on the hard drive, forgotten. Considering the 8 inches of snow we had overnight this looks pretty darn nice!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/a-hidden-gem Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:54:23 GMT
Good news! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/good-news I just learned that one of my photos  Corbetts_Glen was purchased at the State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca! It has been one of my favorites so it's gratifying to find out that someone else likes it, too!  Update: this piece sold!  Someone liked it well enough to take it home with them!  Yay!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/good-news Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:44:21 GMT
Is it spring yet? https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/is-it-spring-yet A very cold and windy walk at High Acres today had me seriously wondering if spring is ever going to come.  There were just no signs of it anywhere, yet it inspired a little poem:

 

                                                        Geese honking madly

                                                 touching down on frozen pond 

                                                        March... or November?

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/is-it-spring-yet Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:05:16 GMT
Could it be...Spring? https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/could-it-be-spring It's coming..It's coming!  Look!! The first tentative daffodil shoots on March 18!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/could-it-be-spring Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:00:00 GMT
Looking for spring... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking-for-spring Second snow day in a row should be fun but I have had enough of winter so I started looking for spring images. I found this one on the hard drive, almost forgotten but it says spring and it's a little bit abstract, too. It intrigues me which is probably why I made the image in the first place. Click the image for a larger, more detailed look.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/looking-for-spring Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:48:18 GMT
Another photo, another show! Two shows actually! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/another-photo-another-show For the 4th year in a row I will have at least one image in the Annual Juried Photo Show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca. Corbett's Glen is an image I converted from beautiful fall colors to a very strong black & white image.  The exhibit runs from March 3 - 30, 2014. See the gallery website for directions and hours. http://www.SOAG.org  It's a terrific little gallery and there are lots of great restaurants and shops in Ithaca to make a great day trip.

The two other images were accepted to Light Space & Time's on-line exhibit CityScapes for the month of March 2014 http://www.lightspacetime.com/cityscapes-photography-digital-category/ #44, Casa di Nonno and  http:/​/​www.​lightspacetime.​com/​cityscapes-​art-​exhibition-​special-​merit-​category/​ #36 Rochester Skyline at Night. This is a really strong show of images and I am pleased to be included.

Corbetts GlenCorbetts Glen              

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/3/another-photo-another-show Mon, 03 Mar 2014 00:26:02 GMT
"Forest Fire" to be in show https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/forest-fire-to-be-in-show My image Forest Fire was honored with a "Peter's Pick" (Best in Show) designation back in 2012. From Feb. 25 - Mar. 23, 2014 it will be included in a retrospective exhibit of all the Peter's Picks of 2012.  I am humbled to be included with all the outstanding images in this show.  Read the full post & click the link for more information:  http://www.imagecityphotographygallery.com/Shows/201403show/index.htm

Forest Fire named "Best in Show" in two different exhibits!Forest Fire named "Best in Show" in two different exhibits!A woodland in full color is awesome as a forest fire, in magnitude at least, but a single tree is like a dancing tongue of flame to warm the heart. Hal Borland


WINNER of one of seven prizes given out at the awards ceremony Friday March 2, 2012 at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca. http:/​/​soag.​org/​annual-​photo-​show/​ at their Annual Juried Photography Show February 29 - March 31, 2012
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One of five images to receive "Peter's Pick" Award, a recognition of "Best in Show" out of 175 images at Image City Photography Gallery's Juried Show - January 2012

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Forest Fire
review by Peter Marr

It is well known that viewers reconstruct photographs in ways that are individually meaningful to themselves, and that they project their own imagination to see what they want to see. In Angela’s excellent print, there is a reawakening of a sense of wonder as to what one would see and experience if they were in close proximity to a real forest fire. You can almost feel the heat, smell the acrid odors, and imagine the terror and sadness as some of nature’s beautiful achievements are rapidly consumed and destroyed by nature itself. Although some fires are the result of human interference, invariably they are part of nature’s renewal process, and hopefully, from the conflagration we are witnessing here, a new forest will eventually emerge. In this impressive print, the color palette is resplendent with a glorious range of hues that truly represent the striking colors experienced in real woodland infernos. Probably invoking some digital artistry, the author has done a superb job in rendering the undergrowth, grasses and background trees in a dramatic way, that gives a marvelous representation of flames and burning debris twisting and dancing in the updrafts in a very believable forest fire. The tree trunks appear as strong and resilient sentinels, whilst the flames dance around them, forever hopeful that they will survive, and not end up as blackened hulks after the fire moves on. This is a delightful and imaginative forest-scape, imposingly captured and creatively printed.


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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/forest-fire-to-be-in-show Fri, 21 Feb 2014 00:54:50 GMT
Another sunny winter day! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/another-sunny-winter-day So beautiful but so far between are these sunny winter days. Yesterday was exceptional! The sky was absolutely brilliant blue and the sun sparkled off the new powder snow. Cold as can be but what a great day for a walk. I hope you got out to enjoy it, but if not perhaps these photos will give you a taste of what I enjoyed.

   

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/another-sunny-winter-day Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:13:11 GMT
Anything Goes! @ Brighton High School this weekend! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/anything-goes-brighton-high-school-this-weekend Get your tickets on-line at the BCSD arts website to see a a fun and hilarious performance of Cole Porter's Anything Goes!  on stage at the Brighton High School Auditorium this weekend - March 6-8, 2014 at 7 pm.  Congratulations to the cast, crew, orchestra and their directors on a fine performance!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/anything-goes-brighton-high-school-this-weekend Thu, 06 Feb 2014 01:40:10 GMT
Big Blue House brought the house down last night! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/big-blue-house-brought-the-house-down-last-night Big Blue House - Brian, Bob and Harvey - filled the Lovin' Cup and made believers out of everyone there!  They sounded great last night and had a lot of fun in the process!  Check out the photos and video here: http://bigbluehousefeb12014  then go to Harvey's website http://www.harveyband.com/contact/ and join the mailing list so you know when the next gigs are and come on out to here them play!  Big Blue House is on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/585666001503853/and they have their own website too http://www.bigbluehouseband.com. No excuses people!  

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/2/big-blue-house-brought-the-house-down-last-night Sun, 02 Feb 2014 15:18:24 GMT
Winter sunsets produce great shadows https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/winter-sunsets-produce-great-shadows I love the long, deep shadows that happen at sunset in the winter.  The colors are quite surreal and the textures are enhanced by the sideways lighting. One walk at HANA produced two shots that I think really showcase the effect.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/winter-sunsets-produce-great-shadows Thu, 30 Jan 2014 23:52:47 GMT
Return to Linear Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/return-to-linear-park I went for a walk in Linear Park today.  I haven't been here in a while. It really is a nice place to hike. The stream running through it makes it a full sensory experience. I love the sound of a rushing, babbling stream - so relaxing.  A beautiful robin was snacking on berries but photographing him grabbing one in flight was not to be.  I just appreciated the show and got some good images of him posing on a branch.  Not bad for a 7 degree day!  Note that at the beginning of my walk the sun was even shining. Made me wish I had gotten out there sooner!

a cold but partly sunny day in Linear Park, Penfield 1/26/14a cold but partly sunny day in Linear Park, Penfield 1/26/14

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/return-to-linear-park Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:29:19 GMT
Strolling through the woods... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/strolling-through-the-woods On a cold snowy afternoon a walk in High Acres woods inspired a few impressionistic images of the winter forest. The trees with a thin layer of snow, their straight and tall posture and the contrast of the snow with the bark really catches my eye.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/strolling-through-the-woods Fri, 24 Jan 2014 01:13:46 GMT
Long-tailed ducks at Charlotte https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/long-tailed-ducks-at-charlotte We went in search of the snowy owls that everyone seems to see at the Charlotte Pier.  No owls today but lots of long-tailed ducks - another species to add to the list!  Pretty birds and quite well behaved for the camera! More pics here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/birds

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(Light Touch Photos) long-tailed duck https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/long-tailed-ducks-at-charlotte Mon, 06 Jan 2014 01:23:41 GMT
Winter at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/winter-at-high-acres Winter has really set in these days.  Some of the coldest temps we've seen in quite a long time.  The snow has been beautiful and I managed to catch a nice sunset at High Acres while snowshoeing the other day. More images in the gallery: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/highacresyear2

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(Light Touch Photos) blue high acres snow sunburst sunset trees winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2014/1/winter-at-high-acres Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:30:00 GMT
Congratulations to Ashley & Greg! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/12/congratulations-to-ashley-greg Yesterday's beautiful weather (46 degrees with sun on 12/28 is a beautiful thing in Rochester!) was no match for the beautiful wedding of Greg and Ashley - two wonderful people starting their lives together amidst lots of family and friends! Here's one of my favorite from the day.  The rest can be seen here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/shawdodgewedding  More to come as I process them so stay tuned!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/12/congratulations-to-ashley-greg Sun, 29 Dec 2013 14:21:34 GMT
What a difference 6 months makes! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/12/what-a-difference-6-months-makes Image 1 - taken on the first day of summer vacation.  Image 2: 6 months later - almost the same image but very different.  One was taken on the deck, the other was taken from inside the kitchen looking out.  Can you guess which one is which?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/12/what-a-difference-6-months-makes Wed, 18 Dec 2013 01:37:32 GMT
Words to always remember.... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/words-to-always-remember Those things you hold so dear cannot change and grow and expand unless you loosen your grip on them a little.  If you have a preconceived notion of how something should be, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE DISAPPOINTED.  Instead, just go with it,  just ACCEPT it, because usually something even more wonderful will come out of it.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/words-to-always-remember Sat, 23 Nov 2013 00:59:55 GMT
Tarzan! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/tarzan Congratulations to the cast, crew & directors of the TCMS production of Tarzan.  It was wonderful!  So much energy, color, music and so many possible images! So much fun! There are still some tickets available for the Saturday 11/16 performance. Go if you can! See all the photos here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/tarzan

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/tarzan Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:59:04 GMT
Something to remember... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/thanksgiving  

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

 

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"Focus" - juried show at Image City Photography Gallery Jan.5-26, 2011

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/thanksgiving Sat, 16 Nov 2013 11:07:11 GMT
a milestone! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/a-milestone My website went over the 10,000 hit mark today!  I think that's pretty amazing!  Thank you all for stopping by. I hope you have enjoyed the visit and will come back again soon.  New images are being added all the time.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/a-milestone Tue, 12 Nov 2013 01:09:08 GMT
another bridal shower! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/another-bridal-shower A beautiful even was hosted by my friend Amy for her future daughter-in-law Ashley on Saturday.  Lucky girl!  This was her second shower and she received tons of great gifts and well wishes and love! See all the fun from both showers here http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/shawdodgebridalshowers

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/another-bridal-shower Mon, 11 Nov 2013 01:15:00 GMT
Flute Fair 2013 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/flute-fair-2013 I had a great time shooting the recital, workshops and exhibits of the 2013 Rochester Flute Fair.  The Rochester Flute Association puts together a wonderful event every year and I not only have  the fun of shooting it I always learn something I can take back to my teaching and playing, too. What a deal!  Here's a link to all the images http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/flutefair2013 Enjoy the images! 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/11/flute-fair-2013 Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:47:18 GMT
Go local! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/go-local  

I read a forum post from a photographer lamenting not being able to travel to exotic places to capture stunning images. He got very good advice to hone his craft locally, keep going back for different light, weather and seasons, use his imagination (all to which I say "yes"!). Then, another poster commented that if he lived in British Columbia, CA as the original poster did, he'd be happy shooting all the days of his life in such a beautiful province.  It was a good reminder to appreciate the beauty all around us. Today I returned to Webster Park. I'm so glad I did. I had wanted to get there in the fall and last year I was so busy shooting (day after day) at High Acres that I didn't venture much farther than my own backyard (happily, I might add).  Webster Park was beautiful today, and while these my images may not have museum quality WOW factor, I think they convey the beauty of the park in fall in the golden hours. What do you think?  Check out the these two galleries for more images from Webster Park 10/13: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/rochester (images 3, 4, & 5) and http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/variousnylocations (images 1-4)

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/go-local Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:46:10 GMT
Now showing https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/now-showing Two of my images will be exhibited in this show at the Image City Photography Gallery from Oct. 30 - Nov. 24, 2014.  Read full post to see which of my pieces are included and for a link to the gallery's website with information about hours, directions and a sneak preview to the entire exhibit. http://www.imagecityphotographygallery.com

6th Annual Juried show at Image City, January 20136th Annual Juried show at Image City, January 2013October 30-November 24, 2013. See: http:/​/​www.​ImageCityPhotographyGallery.​com for more information. " Il Cortile", the courtyard" Il Cortile", the courtyard Vitale Park Conesus LakeVitale Park Conesus LakeSelected for the Juried Photo Exhibit at Finger Lakes Gallery and Frame, 175 South Main St. Canandaigua. The exhibit will be on display from April 5-28, 2012. Gallery hours and information are on their website: http:/​/​www.​galleryandframe.​com/​

I hope you can stop by the gallery!


Selected to be included in the Annual Juried Photography Show at State of the Art Gallery in Ithaca, NY February 29 - March 31, 2012 http:/​/​www.​soag.​org

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/now-showing Tue, 29 Oct 2013 15:32:47 GMT
Candide at Brighton High School https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/candide-at-brighton-high-school Brighton High School is performing a most unusual version of Voltaire's play "Candide" this weekend (October 25 & 26, 2013).  Here are a couple of highlights from the show.  See the rest here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/candide The case, crew and directors are doing their usual amazing job.  Go see it if you are free!

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(Light Touch Photos) arts brighton candide performing https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/candide-at-brighton-high-school Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:30:15 GMT
A touch of fall https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/a-touch-of-fall It's funny how you can drive past a place dozens of times and not see a little gem.  Here is a view off the canal bridge in Macedon.  Gray skies don't always prevent a colorful scene and that was the case today.

looking off the canal bridge in Macedonlooking off the canal bridge in Macedon

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/a-touch-of-fall Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:44:31 GMT
little things mean a lot! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/little-critters High Acres manages to surprise me once again. This year has been so different from last year but each visit brings something different.  This time it was bugs - grasshoppers, caterpillars, dragonflies - and some lovely milkweed seeds bursting out of their pods before winter.  Enjoy!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/10/little-critters Fri, 11 Oct 2013 19:15:31 GMT
Book signing https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/9/book-signing How cool is this? Here I am signing 50 of my books purchased by the management of High Acres Nature Area that they plan to give as gifts to the volunteers who do so much to develop, maintain and study the Area and make it a really wonderful, natural habitat. They decided to purchase the books upon seeing the book that I created as a photo essay of my year exploring the area and donated to them to say thank you to them for doing their part to protect and grow the environment and giving me a great place to wander, hike, observe, photograph and relax.

The photos in this book came from this gallery, my year of exploring High Acres Nature Area HighAcresYear1

I will be ordering another batch of books so if you are interested in purchasing one for yourself or another nature lover send me an email and I'll put your name on the list. 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/9/book-signing Sat, 21 Sep 2013 21:47:57 GMT
They're back!! Rochester Note Cards! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/theyre-back-rochester-note-cards I once again have Rochester note cards for sale.  These were very popular and this new batch (with two extra scenes than last time) looks really nice. You can order them directly from the website or shoot me an email and I'll send you a pack or two (or more!).  Six colorful scenes of Rochester at Night are printed on smooth, premium, white card stock and come with envelopes. They make a nice gift and are a great way to send someone a greeting (remember writing real notes to people?!) and show off our beautiful city at the same time.

Rochester Note Cards

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/theyre-back-rochester-note-cards Fri, 30 Aug 2013 15:58:28 GMT
Images within images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/images-within-images It's fun to look for "images with images". This is the first of four such images that were abstracted from a larger photo. I like them for their graphic quality, color, orderliness punctuated with a little disorder and details that are sometimes overlooked but add significantly to the overall impression of a place. All were taken in Poland. See the rest  here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/poland/h6973299a#h6973299a

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/images-within-images Sun, 18 Aug 2013 16:16:21 GMT
Our trip to Poland https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/our-trip-to-poland We traveled to Poland with my Mom from August 5-15.  I had looked forward to the trip for several months but what I discovered there was far more than I had anticipated.  The people and gentle, warm and friendly.  The food was excellent - even had some of the best Italian food I've ever had in Krakow. The gentle rolling green hills of the country are beautiful and the history is overwhelming.  Meeting my cousins was a lovely experience.  I hope we can keep in touch. Watching mom talk, listen and translate was fascinating.  She seemed to be channeling some long lost skills.  It was very touching! There is so much so see, explore, do and experience here that I know I will be going back. This trip just whetted my appetite for more.

Here are a couple of photos but you probably should just check out the website and see the rest...  :-)   http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/poland

St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow Sawa the Mermaid, symbol and protectoress of Warsaw

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(Light Touch Photos) cathedral krakow mermaid night poland warsaw. https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/our-trip-to-poland Sat, 17 Aug 2013 21:10:51 GMT
Biking with my iPhone https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/biking-with-my-iphone Biking along County Line Rd,

This was taken with my iPhone, it is 4 shots stitched together. Printed it would be 40 x 10! It's along one of my usual bike routes and often has interesting light and color. The old barn is always picturesque. I don;t often shoot with a panoramic image in mind but when I see other photographers' panoramic images I am intrigued. Today it all came together: the light, the scene, the panoramic vision, the color and those clouds! They say the best camera is the one you have with you. Today it was my iPhone.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/8/biking-with-my-iphone Sat, 03 Aug 2013 16:24:09 GMT
Summer Musical Fun! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/summer-musical-fun Congratulations to the students, directors and crew of the summer musicals at the Brighton Summer Arts Program.  In barely 4 weeks they put on two wonderful shows - The Music Man and The Little Mermaid. It is mind boggling to me how the kids could learn all that acting, choreography, and singing to pull off such polished performances! The tech crew is nothing short of amazing building two sets and remembering which pieces go where and which light cues happen when! Bravi a tutti! To see all the photos check out these two links: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/musicman and http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/littlemermaid

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/summer-musical-fun Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:34:16 GMT
Too cute!!! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/too-cute The Summer Arts Camp continues with performances of "The Jungle Book" and a cast of 27 beautiful 2nd-4th graders. If ever there was too much cute in one room, this was it!  Have a look for yourself but remember..I told you it was a lot of cute!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/too-cute Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:37:21 GMT
Art Classes https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/art-classes I had a blast shooting the kids in the Summer Arts Program today!  Super nice kids, very photogenic, and very creative.  The art projects they were working on showed great ideas, excellent craftsmanship, and pride in their work. The campers and their teachers were clearly having fun. Here are a couple images.  More on my website: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/artclasses2013

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/art-classes Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:29:51 GMT
Return to High Acres! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/return-to-high-acres It's been a while since I strolled through High Acres.  Once again, I saw things I have not seen before such as the Pileated Woodpecker! A family of green herons hangs out on the ponds on either side of the "causeway" - seeing the young ones was also a first for me.  I also came across a cedar waxwing snatching insects in mid-air, a couple of butterflies and a young bird (robin perhaps?).  You'll just have to check out all the images in my High Acres gallery... http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/highacresyear2

Pileated Woodpecker - the first I have seen at High Acres! Cedar Waxwing

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/return-to-high-acres Sun, 14 Jul 2013 18:00:00 GMT
Another gorgeous sunset on Lake Ontario https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/another-gorgeous-sunset-on-lake-ontario Yes, I know you've seen them before.  Probably taken a few yourself.  I know I have (so has the guy in the photo!)!!  But really, who can resist another gorgeous sunset on Lake Ontario? Naturally there are a couple more on in my web gallery http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/rochester. Cheers!

another gorgeous sunset on Lake Ontario! July 5, 2013

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/another-gorgeous-sunset-on-lake-ontario Sat, 06 Jul 2013 17:45:00 GMT
The Maine Thing! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/the-maine-thing quintessential Maine bouys

I recently returned from a 3 day shooting trip to the great state of Maine with four Fabulous Female Fotographer Friends - aka F4 (with a humble nod toward Ansel Adams' famous F64 group).  We had a great time despite generally cloudy, rainy weather and I think we really made the best of the less than ideal weather and light conditions. Many thanks to Paula for hosting! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All the images are here http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/maine2013.  Here are a couple to get you started.

                                                                                                                                                     

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/7/the-maine-thing Tue, 02 Jul 2013 11:45:58 GMT
First day of summer vacation! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/first-day-of-summer-vacation Enjoying breakfast, tea and a good book on the deck.  Being entertained by a hummingbird at the feeder...ignoring the chainsaws across the road...snapping a fun pic with the iPhone.  Life is good. 

Ahhh! Summer on the deck!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/first-day-of-summer-vacation Mon, 24 Jun 2013 21:42:12 GMT
New Note Cards! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/new-note-cards If you are someone who still send "old fashioned" hand-written note I have new note cards! And if I do say so myself, they look really nice!  Flowers, Monroe County Parks, Butterflies and the Finger Lakes. You can order them directly from my website along with other custom print products such as calendars, postcards, photo books and more.

Here's the link: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/specialtyitems

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/new-note-cards Sun, 16 Jun 2013 15:07:12 GMT
A Picture Perfect Day in Rochester https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/a-picture-perfect-day-in-rochester It was a picture perfect day in Rochester!

We started out at the the Maplewood Rose Festival and saw our friend Dick Bennett and his photography display. The roses were fabulous - the red and white striped ones stole my heart. Dinner at the Genesee Brew House was followed by a walk across the Pont de Rennes bridge at High Falls and Abbotts Frozen Custard. What could be better?!
 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/a-picture-perfect-day-in-rochester Sun, 16 Jun 2013 00:13:33 GMT
Summer colors at High Acres. https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/summer-colors-at-high-acres Went for a long walk today at High Acres.  Used my iPhone for this round of photography. Everything was so green...except for the little things that were red and pink and ...

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/summer-colors-at-high-acres Sat, 15 Jun 2013 16:42:34 GMT
Harvey's New Album - a true collaboration! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/harveys-new-album Harvey's new album Living on Six Strings is in production now and can be playing on your CD player or iPod soon! See his website for more info and to order your copy now  http://www.HarveyBand.com.  All the songs are original creations by Harvey, performed by him with the help from some talented friends, and recorded in Harvey's studio.

Below is the Album Cover (back and front) which I created from a photo I made at a gig and a painting that was created from the photo by our very talented friend Dick Price http://www.richardprice.net/about.htm.  Another good friend Bob DeRosa created a terrific slide show using several of my photos from our trip to Wyoming accompanying the song Where was Paradise, which was composed while we were in Wyoming visiting Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks. Here's the link to the slide show on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPQdbu5a2xQ

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/harveys-new-album Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:29:38 GMT
Two very special projects https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/a-couple-new-special-projects Recently I had the privilege and joy of creating a photo book for a wonderful young woman and graduation announcements for a special young man. I have seen both perform in Brighton High School theater productions over the last three years and these projects, requested by their parents celebrate their accomplishments.  I wish Jessica and DazMann all the best in the future!  

The first is the front and back of the graduation announcement postcard.  The second is the cover the photo book.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/6/a-couple-new-special-projects Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:02:45 GMT
Good news! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/good-news I received some good news recently. Two of my photos have been accepted by the Kellicutt International Photo Show. One, Forest Impression will be hanging in the gallery of the Coastal Arts League in Half Moon Bay, CA from June 28 to Aug. 5 then it moves to the Gallery at Calumet in San Francisco from Aug 5 - Sept 11, 2013. The second, Letchworth Morning will be part of an Exhibit Display Portfolio in each gallery.If you would like to see the entire show, including my photos click this link http://www.kellicutt.org/Shows/2013/HangingInShow/index.html Forest Impression is #32 and this link will take you to all the images in the Display Portfolio  http://www.kellicutt.org/Shows/2013/DisplayBook/index.html (mine is #7). I am really thrilled to have not one but two included in this group of fine images.

 Forest Impression

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/good-news Sat, 25 May 2013 23:10:11 GMT
Wildflower treasure hunt~ https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/wildflower-treasure-hunt Finding these lovely little wild flowers in the woods is such a treasure hunt! Today it was Jack-in-the-pulpit and May Apple blossoms. Recently there have been Dutchman's Britches, Bleeding hearts, red & white trillium...can't wait to see what's next! 

Jack in the Pulput May Apple blossom

there are more~ http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/flowers

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/wildflower-treasure-hunt Sat, 18 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT
Why print photos in this digital age? https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/why-print-photos-in-this-digital-age The Huffington Post

The Case Against 'Good Enough' by Kathleen Trenske, Photographer               Posted: 03/29/2013 1:35 am

My parents have exactly 18 professional images from their wedding. Eighteen. I know them inside and out. I could describe each image to you so well that a sketch artist would be able to recreate them.

How do I know them so well? Because I've looked at them hundreds of times. I've looked at them hundreds of times because they were on display, in an album. An album that was made by a professional, filled with prints made through a professional lab and bound in a book available only to professionals. From the time I was a little girl I was fascinated by it -- seeing my parents so young, my grandparents and aunts and uncles surrounding them. It was a simple leather book, with the images slipped in and preserved behind plastic but it held up surprisingly well over time. Even though I looked at it more times than I could count. Even though this May those images will turn 42 years old.

But what about couples that marry today? What if they decide to forgo an album? What if they decide it's not worth the cost? How many images do you really think they'll put into frames? Five? Ten? Maybe that first year married, they'll have a bunch. But then, kids comes along. Baby pictures replace wedding pictures in those frames. They move, things change. In 40 years, how many pictures do you think their children will know by heart? How many pictures will they have even seen?

Today, a lot of couples think just getting the disc of images is "good enough." Here's the problem with that thinking: it's not true. Not by a long shot.

Don't get me wrong, I think that getting the files from your day is great. Today's couples probably get up to 1,000 images from their wedding, WAY more images than my parents did. After all, what happened to all those other images from my parents' wedding day? They probably sat, negatives in a box, at their photographer's studio never again to see the light of day. So I think it's wonderful that couples get ALL their photos. But what worries me is that even with that option, it won't mean that today's couples will necessarily be better off. My fear is that today's couples will actually end up with LESS than what my parent's got in 1971.

Think about it, will the computers of 2055 even have DVD drives? USB ports? Will they even have hard drives at all? If the past is any indication, the answer is no. You know what the big technological advancement was when my parents got married? Eight-track players. What if their images were stored on the equivalent of that? How in the world would I see those images today?

But you know what never becomes obsolete? What never goes out of style? Photographs. And not just any photographs. Not photos printed at a drugstore. Professional photographs, printed by a professional lab. Those are the photos you find in an attic. It could be a 100-year-old photo, but it still looks good. Because back then, the paper photographs were printed on was high quality and developing them was an art form. There were no machines that spit out pictures onto cheap paper with inexpensive ink. I actually have to stop myself from intervening when I see people at those automated machines in a drugstore. Whatever they're charging, it's too much. Because those prints aren't worth the paper they're printed on. They will fade. They will curl. They will not stand the test of time. Not even close.

Your memories are worth more than that. And your wedding images? They are worth TONS more than that. These aren't snapshots from a vacation. They aren't pictures from your iPhone. You cared enough about these moments to hire a professional to photograph them. Follow that through by having a professional print them. Have that professional print the pictures you put into frames and have them design you a high- quality wedding album that you will cherish for decades.

If you purchase an album through your photographer, you can see a sample in person. You can touch and feel it and make sure it is worth every penny.

I know that albums are expensive. That's for good reason. They are custom-designed books, usually hand-stitched and hand assembled and made just for you.

But of all the things you spend money on for your wedding, your wedding photographs are the ONLY thing that will increase in value over time. As the years pass, you'll be more and more glad that you have them. Especially, if you can experience looking through them by flipping through a gorgeous custom-designed album instead of sitting in front of your computer and clicking "next" with your mouse.

So, figure out a way to make it happen. Figure out a way to afford that album. Forgo a centerpiece. Cut back on your guest list. Opt out of the vintage car you'll drive in for all of 20 minutes.

Don't just do it for you. Do it for your children. Do it for your grandchildren. Because when they root around in your attic in 2075, they will have no idea what do with a USB key anymore than they would with a laser disc player. 

Here's the link to the Huffington Post by Kathleen Trenske: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/the-case-against-good-enough.pdf  

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/why-print-photos-in-this-digital-age Mon, 13 May 2013 23:25:51 GMT
There's no place like home... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/theres-no-place-like-home The birds have been plentiful, busy and colorful in the backyard this spring.  The cardinals are still staying close to the nest in the hemlock tree, the bluebirds are fiercely guarding the nest in the box, the finches are eating the feeder empty every few days!  The hummingbird made his first appearance last Saturday at 6:28 pm then again this morning around 8 am. So much fun! Here are a few to whet your appetite.  More on the website http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/birds

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/theres-no-place-like-home Sun, 12 May 2013 01:55:16 GMT
Reach for the sky https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/reach-for-the-sky It's good advice for life!  Don't quit. Keep stretching and reaching and growing... the sun is always just behind the clouds.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/reach-for-the-sky Sat, 04 May 2013 13:45:50 GMT
Now appearing - White trillium https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/now-appearing---white-trillium There are LOTS of these in the woods at High Acres - but they are tough to get a good photo of...here are my best attempts so far.  I'll keep at it, though. Persistent I am!  http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/flowers

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/now-appearing---white-trillium Wed, 01 May 2013 13:45:00 GMT
Back Yard Birds https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/back-yard-birds The back yard has been really busy and really colorful this spring.  We haven't seen so many goldfinches in a few years so it's really a treat to have them back.  The little purple finches are beautiful agains the spring green leaves, too.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/back-yard-birds Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:45:00 GMT
Still no naked dutchmen seen in the woods https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/still-no-naked-dutchmen-running-around-in-the-woods only their britches...they have nice britches!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/still-no-naked-dutchmen-running-around-in-the-woods Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:45:00 GMT
Red Trillium/Wake Robin https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/red-trillium/wake-robin I have been keeping my eye on these as the buds have grown and with this nice weather they have really burst out of their protective coats.  There are more images on my website, of course.  These are red trillium, also known as Wake Robin.  I love the color! http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/high-acres-year2

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/red-trillium/wake-robin Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:30:00 GMT
Red-winged Blackbirds https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/red-winged-blackbirds These guys are so funny to watch.  They make such a racket, the males showing off their red shoulder pads and the females their agility on the reeds.  I can't believe how many good images I got today. They must have been so busy trying to attract each other's attention that they paid no attention to me! Be sure to check out my image galleries above (New York/High Acres and Nature/Birds) for more images. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/birds  and http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/high-acres-nature-area

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/red-winged-blackbirds Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:45:00 GMT
Trout lilies and turtles https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/trout-lilies-and-turtles Look at this beautiful trout lily! It's like a treasure hunt - every day brings some new little gem!  and new critters, too!  A Painted Turtle was moseying up the path from a pond, too. http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/critters The more I watched and clicked the camera the more he withdrew his head into his shell..

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/trout-lilies-and-turtles Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:30:00 GMT
Butterflies in April! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/long-overdue-post-3 Today butterflies were the "catch of the day".  I never knew there were butterflies in April but these two were warming themselves on a tree that was facing the sun. The first is a Mourning CLoak - common in the woods in the spring) and the second I have yet to identify.  Can anyone help with the ID?

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/5/long-overdue-post-3 Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:15:00 GMT
Dutchman's Britches https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/dutchmans-britches I went looking for migrating birds and found these beautiful Dutchman's Britches.  I'm still looking for the naked Dutchman!

April 25, 2013 - This is the first time I have seen Dutchman's Britches.  There are at least three patches of them growing along the path through the woods.  I didn't see them last year because I didn't discover this path until after they were past so this was a very fun find.  They are also difficult to shot- so small, so easily blown by the slightest wind and the white is so easily over-exposed. I had a good time trying, anyway!  Here are the Dutchman's Britches: 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/dutchmans-britches Thu, 25 Apr 2013 13:15:00 GMT
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet A walk at High Acres produced a first for me - a ruby-crowned kinglet!  This sweet little bird flits through the thicket so quickly that I felt very lucky to have even one good shot!  It would have been nice if he had flashed the bright red spot on the top of his head but still, it's a nice first shot of this spring migrating bird.  More on my website http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/high-acres-year2

ruby-crowned kinglet Many things were just beginning to blossom and the late afternoon sun produces a beautiful scene through the woods - the photo doesn't really do it justice - but if you've walked through the woods on a sunny spring afternoon, you'll know what I was trying to capture.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/ruby-crowned-kinglet Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:00:00 GMT
Urinetown! The musical at Brighton High School https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/urinetown-the-musical-at-brighton-high-school Yes, it's an icky title but what a fun show!  The music, dancing, costumes, set are all top notch - the kids are doing a great job!  A special congratulations to the Seniors as you end your career at Brighton. It has been my pleasure to see you in these productions and I wish you all the best in the future!

Tonight (Sat 4/20) is the last night so be there at 7:00pm when the curtain goes up!  Here are a few images to whet your appetite:

Cast, crew & pit of Urinetown

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(Light Touch Photos) Brighton High School Urinetown musical https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/urinetown-the-musical-at-brighton-high-school Sat, 20 Apr 2013 13:59:17 GMT
Egrets https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/egrets snowy egret A snowy egret (above) has returned to High Acres, the farm ponds east of the baseball diamonds. The snowy is quite a bit smaller and has a black beak and yellow feet (black legs). The Great Egrets (below) have black legs and feet and a yellow beak. It is hanging out with 3 great egrets in the warm and beautiful late afternoon light!  Last year the snowy was here in mid-May. Maybe spring is really here!  

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(Light Touch Photos) acres egret high acres snowy https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/egrets Sun, 14 Apr 2013 20:39:00 GMT
My first panoramic photo https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/my-first-panoramic-photo It wasn't the prettiest day, a bit overcast, but in looking out on this pond the panoramic view was just asking to be shot. It's the first time I have tried to stitch together multiple images to create one image. I think it worked pretty well! This one is four across. 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/my-first-panoramic-photo Wed, 10 Apr 2013 22:34:00 GMT
Kindness https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/kindness  

"'Kindness covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out." ~ Roger Ebert

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/kindness Tue, 09 Apr 2013 23:26:03 GMT
High Acres Photo Book and e-Book! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/high-acres-photo-book-and-e-book I've been busy creating both a hard cover photo book and an e-Book to commemorate a year of wandering, exploring and photographing at High Acres Nature Area.  The e-Book contains 47 pages with 89 color photos and the coffee table style book contains 97 color photos on 52 pages within a beautiful and durable glossy, hard cover. Both books are sprinkled with poems and quotes which convey the spirit of the seasons and nature.

I am really psyched at now great they both look! Click here for more info and how to order: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/newitems


Four Seasons at High Acres books

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/high-acres-photo-book-and-e-book Sun, 07 Apr 2013 13:00:59 GMT
The start of a New Year at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/the-start-of-a-new-year-at-high-acres My first year of exploration has come to an end and a new year of exploring, wandering and photographing High Acres has begun in grand fashion.  It was 52 degrees and sunny, blue skies.  I met a pair of great egrets in the twin ponds and managed to sneak through the brush and get off one good shot (how many do ya need?!).  Also saw a beautiful song sparrow and a pair of killdeer.

It sure is nice to have weather that resembles spring!

April 4, 2013 ~ Happy New Year! Spring and year #2 at High Acres has begun!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/4/the-start-of-a-new-year-at-high-acres Thu, 04 Apr 2013 19:39:29 GMT
New Note Cards!!! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/new-note-cards It's been a while since I have created note cards from my photos but finally they are here.  And, if I do say so myself, they look GREAT!  

Printed on smooth white card stock the photos are sharp and colorful. You get one card of each of the 6 prints shown. At 4.5 x 5" they are the perfect size for writing a thank you note, a personal note, for any special occasion - or no occasion at all! Envelopes are included. After all, who doesn't love getting real mail?!

Click on this link http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/newitems to take you to my website where you can order them.  They will be shipped via US Postal Service and you can expect to receive them in 5-7 days.

 

Flower Cards

                                          http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/flowersMonroe County Parks Cards http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/rochester/monroe-county-parks
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/new-note-cards Sun, 31 Mar 2013 20:03:54 GMT
Sunday March 24 ~ Swans! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/sunday-march-24-swans The sun and blue skies this morning pulled me right outside, even if it was 24 degrees at 9 am.  At High Acres I saw the most recent arrivals - wigeons, hooded merganser (3 pair) 1 pair of great blue herons, lots of noisy red-winged blackbirds, grackles, shovelers, canada geese and gulls. A song sparrow and some cardinals were singing.  Robins were bouncing around the fields.  A huge flock of snow geese flew over head and landed in "Lake Edwards" (is it really named that?) so I jumped in the car and went for a closer look.  I was rewarded with not only a large flock of snow geese but at least one of the "blue morph" variety and a few gray geese-type birds that I'm not sure what they are.  Off to one side were the catch of the day - 4 tundra swans! So graceful and peaceful compared to the noisy geese.  Photos below.

snow geese (blue morph variety on the left) The Blue morph goose is above on the left, dark body and white head.  There's a gray goose(?) in the center and another on the right.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/sunday-march-24-swans Sun, 24 Mar 2013 18:39:48 GMT
Geese, wigeons, shovelers, coots and more! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/the-migration-continues Today we saw several huge flocks of geese lift off from a new by "lake".  Most were Canada Geese but there was still a huge number of snow geese.  They are such a beautiful sight lifting off and flying overhead. We also saw 3 Coots, a wigeon, a few Northern Shovelers, Mallards, a pair of hooded mergansers - the female is quite stylish - and several ring-necked ducks.

Snow Geese lift off "Lake Edwards"

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/the-migration-continues Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:06:00 GMT
Mallards and shovelers and wigeons! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/mallards-and-shovelers-and-wigeons This afternoon the sun came out and even though it was 34 and windy the sun lured my to High Acres.  It was worth it as I saw some new birds and the return of some that I saw last year.

A big flock of snow geese flew over High Acres from east to north-west.  I was hoping they would land but not today.

Then I saw Northern Shovelers, Coots and American Wigeons.  Even a sweet little sparrow (American Tree Sparrow or Chipping Sparrow?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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America Coot (black) and America Wigeon

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/mallards-and-shovelers-and-wigeons Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:51:02 GMT
Another snowy March day at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/another-snowy-march-day-at-high-acres Sunday March 17...St. Patrick's Day...spring is nowhere in sight...

On Saturday we went to the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge near Batavia.  The only bird I saw was this Ring-Necked Duck. It's not a great photo but it's good enough to identify the bird.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/another-snowy-march-day-at-high-acres Mon, 18 Mar 2013 01:00:00 GMT
Photographers' Path 16 https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/photographers-path-16 I hope you'll join me at the reception for the opening of the 16th Annual Photographers' Path Exhibit at the Gallery at High Falls.  Details are below. Judging by the list of exhibiting photographers it's going to be a very good show.  I am honored to be included again this year.

16th (and last) Annual Photographer's Path

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(Light Touch Photos) Falls High Path Photographers Rochester exhibit https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/photographers-path-16 Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:06:06 GMT
Back yard visitor https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/back-yard-visitor So I spent about an hour at High Acres today and saw a few geese and a lot of gray skies. It was cold and windy and at least I consoled myself with the thought of the exercise I was getting!  Then I returned home  and looked out the kitchen window to see this beautiful broad-winged hawk land on the feeder hook.  Miraculously he/she hung around log enough for me to get off several shots.  Some of them turned out quite nicely!  

I think he sees me looking at him!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/back-yard-visitor Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:19:34 GMT
"You Must Believe in Spring" https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/-you-must-believe-in-spring I heard this beautiful jazz standard on the radio today (lyrics below). How appropriate for blue skies and 61 degrees on March 10th!  My walk at High Acres was a real lift to the winter-weary spirits.  The highlight was seeing a Hooded Merganser on the second pond back from the Wakeman Rd parking lot.  What a beauty!  Both yesterday and today I saw bluebirds (checking out a nest box), robins, goldfinches, red-winged blackbird (and heard that raucously melodious voice!), grackles and geese.  Lots and LOTS of geese - flying over, landing taking off swimming and honking!  HONK!  (scroll past the lyrics for photos)

 

"You Must Believe in Spring"

When lonely feelings chill
The meadows of your mind,
Just think if Winter comes,
Can Spring be far behind?

Beneath the deepest snows,
The secret of a rose
Is merely that it knows
You must believe in Spring!

Just as a tree is sure
Its leaves will reappear;
It knows its emptiness
Is just the time of year

The frozen mountain dreams
Of April's melting streams,
How crystal clear it seems,
You must believe in Spring!

When angry voices drowns the music of the spheres
And children face a world that’s far beyond their years
Above the darkest sky
The full horizons lie
With all the reasons why you must believe in spring

You must believe in love
And trust it's on its way,
Just as the sleeping rose
Awaits the kiss of May

So in a world of snow,
Of things that come and go,
Where what you think you know,
You can't be certain of,
You must believe in Spring and love

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/-you-must-believe-in-spring Sun, 10 Mar 2013 23:47:23 GMT
March comes in like a lion! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/march-comes-in-like-a-lion Will spring never get here!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/3/march-comes-in-like-a-lion Mon, 04 Mar 2013 01:15:00 GMT
Gift Certificates are now available! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/gift-certificates-are-now-available If you think a print, photo book or cards would make the perfect gift but you can't decide which image or images - give a gift certificate!gift certificate

 

Gift certificates are good for the purchase of prints, print products such as photo books or cards, and photo sessions (digital downloads excluded) at Light Touch Photos

Certificates can be purchased in $25, $50, $75 and $100 amounts and will be good for 1 year from date issued. The expiration date will be specified on the actual certificate. The certificate will also display a specific code to be used when your recipient redeems it.  
The gift certificate can be mailed or emailed to you or a recipient you specify in the instruction area during check out. Be sure to include the correct name and address.

To redeem a gift certificate, during the checkout process navigate to the Payment page. Select the Gift Certificate option, type the coupon code into the field below, and click Apply. 

 

See the website for more information and ordering: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/giftcertificates

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/gift-certificates-are-now-available Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:07:10 GMT
Winter Wonderland at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/winter-wonderland-at-high-acres It was a really beautiful day today - the snow still clinging to the trees and the sunlight created magic!  I tool a long walk at High Acres and have a few real, honest to goodness winter-scapes to add to the other three seasons.  If we have no more scenic winter days I will have completed my year-long exploration of High Acres having quite acceptable images of all four seasons.  As beautiful as it has been this weekend I wouldn't mind at all if spring was just around the corner!

Here are two of today's keepers. See the rest at http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/highacres

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) acres blue high sky snow trees winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/winter-wonderland-at-high-acres Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:41:29 GMT
A very cold morning at Sherwood park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/a-very-cold-morning-at-sherwood-park It sure was beautiful - even at 5 degrees! Then the camera had an electronic error, the battery died, and my eyes were tearing from the cold and the tears were freezing on my cheeks - time to go home!  There are a couple more from my walk here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/rochester

 

"It's so cold I'm turning blue!"

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(Light Touch Photos) blue jay park sherwood sky snow trees https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/a-very-cold-morning-at-sherwood-park Sun, 10 Feb 2013 14:34:33 GMT
Sherwood Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/sherwood-park Had a great time tromping through the snow at Sherwood Park in my snowshoes today.  Captured a few pretty winter scenes, too!

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(Light Touch Photos) park sherwood snow sunlight trees winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/sherwood-park Sun, 10 Feb 2013 05:27:00 GMT
DooDooDoo Lookin' Out My Back Door! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/doodoodoo-lookin-out-my-back-door with apologies to Credence Clearwater I present the scene out out garage door after Winter Storm Nemo came to town.

This sweet little mockingbird has been hanging around too.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/doodoodoo-lookin-out-my-back-door Sat, 09 Feb 2013 14:57:46 GMT
Chicago! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/chicago Brighton High School presents Chicago February 7-9, 2013.  I had the pleasure of shooting the dress rehearsal which gave me a sneak preview of the show.  The kids are doing a fantastic job! Congratulations to them and their directors! Tech theater director Rob Lewis designed and built a fabulous set!  If you have the chance, check it out this weekend and be prepared to be razzle-dazzled! Below are a few images from the show. The rest can be found here http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/chicago

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Light Touch Photos) Arts Brighton Chicago High Musical Performing School https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/2/chicago Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:20:31 GMT
Recent activity at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/1/recent-activity-at-high-acres Ice Fishing!  It was fun to watch! Three young men had set up fishing holes in several places on one of the ponds.  They got very excited when they  caught 2 fish that afternoon. It's a "catch and release" area so they didn't keep it (and it's out of season anyway). That's good because that pike will make a nice snack for a great blue heron or egret in the spring!

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(Light Touch Photos) acres fishing high ice pike https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/1/recent-activity-at-high-acres Mon, 28 Jan 2013 00:28:28 GMT
Dick & Laurie's wedding https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/1/dick-lauries-wedding Last week I had the honor of shooting Dick and Laurie's wedding - two very dear friends!  I am so happy that I could capture some of the joy and fun of their day.  There are many more images on my website http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/dickandlaurie  but here are a few of my favorites.  Congratulations you two!

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(Light Touch Photos) Dick Laurie and wedding https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2013/1/dick-lauries-wedding Sat, 12 Jan 2013 19:09:28 GMT
winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/winter Well, finally a real winter scene at High Acres.  I hope to get more (and better) ones but for now - this shows the fourth season!

Winter wonderland 12/30/12

 

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(Light Touch Photos) acres birds high landscapes perinton wildlife winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/winter Mon, 31 Dec 2012 02:47:49 GMT
Better late than never! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/better-late-than-never Wishing you all the best at Christmas and throughout the new year!

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(Light Touch Photos) cardinal christmas happy hemlock merry new red snow year https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/better-late-than-never Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:11:50 GMT
the day after Christmas... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/the-day-after-christmas The weather turned cold and left some snow.  The place is really taking on a wintry look. I'm looking forward to seeing the fourth season at High Acres!

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(Light Touch Photos) acres birds high snow winter https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/the-day-after-christmas Wed, 26 Dec 2012 18:00:00 GMT
Today's walk in the park... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/todays-walk-in-the-park Beavers and the work (damage) they do plus a sweet little leaf. 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/todays-walk-in-the-park Mon, 10 Dec 2012 01:03:42 GMT
Three photos accepted! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/three-photos-accepted The following three photos were accepted to the Image city Gallery Annual Juried Show, "Magic of Light 2013".  I will be at the opening reception on Friday January 4 from 5-8 .  The exhibit runs through January 20, 2013.  See the Image City Photography Gallery for hours and more info. http://www.ImageCityPhotographyGallery.com

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Via San Rocco, Cautano

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/three-photos-accepted Fri, 07 Dec 2012 23:15:52 GMT
early December at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/december-at-high-acres Sunny one minute...gray the next.

and the birds can walk on the water!

The beavers sure have been busy.  I hope there is something left of this park by spring!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/12/december-at-high-acres Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:30:00 GMT
What a difference 6 months makes! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/11/what-a-difference-6-months-makes These sets of photos were taken at High Acres approximately 6 months apart and approximately in the same location. Seems like ages ago and seems like yesterday.

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/11/what-a-difference-6-months-makes Mon, 26 Nov 2012 01:28:52 GMT
Dead Man Walking https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/dead-man-walking Monday I shot the Brighton High School fall drama - Dead Man Walking.  The students are doing a wonderful job and the interdisciplinary approach the high school is taking on this very difficult subject is really impressive. See it this Friday and Saturday if you can - you won't be disappointed.  There are lots more photos on my website http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/deadmanwalking

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/dead-man-walking Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:36:09 GMT
Letchworth https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/letchworth Went to Letchworth last Sunday with the photo group.  What  a beautiful day! Letchworth was at its autumn best. I hope you enjoy these three images...

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/letchworth Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:30:51 GMT
more fall reflections! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/more-fall-reflections I never expected that there would still be any color, much less color this beautiful at that little hidden pond.  What a treat yesterday afternoon -  a bright fall day, blue skies, rich color and a cute bird (some sort of sparrow I think)!  

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/more-fall-reflections Wed, 17 Oct 2012 22:32:35 GMT
Stony Brook State Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/stony-brook-state-park Stony Brook State Park

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/stony-brook-state-park Sun, 14 Oct 2012 21:28:00 GMT
a little more fall color and detail https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/a-little-more-fall-color-ad-detail Another walk at High Acres last week gave me these images.  There is not as much color as I was expecting but the little patches I do find are perfect!  Enjoy.  More images here: http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/highacres

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(Light Touch Photos) autumn colors fall high acres reflections trees https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/a-little-more-fall-color-ad-detail Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:52:36 GMT
reasons for the season https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/reasons-for-the-season My cousin Michele posted this on her facebook page with a beautiful fall reflection photo that she took while on a walk.

 "I chose this as my cover photo because 

1. [fall] it's my favorite season

2. I believe in looking for the beauty around us

3. Reflection is important

4. Embrace change"

While I find it hard to pick a favorite season, fall is certainly in the running and I think her other three points make a strong case for fall as #1.

So here are my fall reflections from a walk last Thursday at High Acres.  That secret little pond will probably be stripped of its color after this weekend's rain so I am grateful that I had the opportunity to capture a few moments of its beauty.  I hope you enjoy.  There are more in various galleries on my full website (Impressions, Nature's Details and New York/High Acres).

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/reasons-for-the-season Sat, 06 Oct 2012 12:11:50 GMT
Thought for today https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/thought-for-today From photographer Vincent Versace - "You are not defined by what life brings you, but rather by the attitude you bring to life." 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/thought-for-today Wed, 03 Oct 2012 00:27:55 GMT
Went for a walk in Sherwood Park this afternoon https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/went-for-a-walk-in-sherwood-park-this-afternoon I took these photos so I would have something to work on in Lightroom and the new Photoshop CS6.  It was a great day for a walk,  the colors are just starting to really pop.  I love fall and really hope this turns out to be a beauty (and I have time to enjoy it!). 02-22-2015-10398 02-22-2015-10395

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/10/went-for-a-walk-in-sherwood-park-this-afternoon Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:03:19 GMT
Thought for today and every day... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/thought-for-today-and-every-day “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Leo F. Buscaglia

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/thought-for-today-and-every-day Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:35:31 GMT
little bits of autumn color https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/little-bits-of-autumn-color I went for a walk today at High Acres, with little time or interest in making many photos but I could not pass up these little bits of autumn color.  The fun is just beginning!  ( http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/naturesdetails )

 

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/little-bits-of-autumn-color Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:42:09 GMT
first post, new blog https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/blog This is one of several images I made yesterday, 9/23/12 at High Acres Nature Area.  There really wasn't much fall color but one pond did have  some nice early color and the reflections enhanced it.  The wind was blowing which made the surface of the water ripple and gave it that impressionistic look. Autumn reflections are some of my favorite things to shoot - they are never the same twice. Click on the links to see more.

http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/impressions  and   http://www.lighttouchphotos.com/highacres

Fall at High Acres

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(Light Touch Photos) autumn colors high acres reflections https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/blog Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:02:27 GMT
I'm baaack!! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/im-baaack Wow, it's been a busy 6 weeks!  I've had lots of great photo adventures but there's no way to get them all in now so I'll start with today.  Some new and some treasures discovered on my hard drive. Enjoy!
 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/9/im-baaack Sun, 23 Sep 2012 16:31:00 GMT
a new and different butterfly today https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/8/a-new-and-different-butterfly-today Will have to contact Madame Butterfly for an ID on this.  Might be a red-spotted-purple or maybe a white admiral but I'm not sure. Or it could be a little bit of both!  I found this article with more info http://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/species/Limenitis-arthemis.  Anyone out there know?  (click on the images to see them larger).

White Admiral

 

 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/8/a-new-and-different-butterfly-today Tue, 07 Aug 2012 11:48:00 GMT
Cape Cod https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/8/cape-cod A couple of favorites from our recent trip to Cape Cod (click to enlarge).  More images here: Cape Cod 2012 photos
 

Morning Mist - selected to Juried Exhibit at SOAG in Ithaca

 

 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/8/cape-cod Sun, 05 Aug 2012 06:33:00 GMT
Green Heron - my first! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/green-heron-my-first These are by no means great shots - he was too far away but at least they are good enough to give me a positive ID on this bird.  My first green heron. 
 
     

 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/green-heron-my-first Sun, 29 Jul 2012 07:12:00 GMT
Butterflies! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/butterflies I have finally had time to get to High Acres and check things out.  It's butterfly season and the last two days have yielded quite a nice assortment of Giant Swallowtails and monarchs.  I did see one yellow Tiger Swallowtail and one black swallowtail, probably a female Tiger but could be a Black Swallowtail.  They didn't spend much time where I was shooting so I never got off a shot. But that just gives me a goal when I return!  Anyway, enjoy the images (click on the image to enlarge).  Here is an interesting link to more info on the Monarch butterfly  http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/monarch.htm/

 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/butterflies Sat, 28 Jul 2012 05:29:00 GMT
sunset at Webster Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/sunset-at-webster-park My first time shooting there this year!  It's hard to beat Lake Ontario for sunsets :-)
 


 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/sunset-at-webster-park Sun, 22 Jul 2012 04:23:00 GMT
this morning's walk at High Acres Nature Area...not bad! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/this-mornings-walk-at-high-acres-nature      
 

    
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/this-mornings-walk-at-high-acres-nature Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:30:00 GMT
First post from Tetons National Park https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/first-post-from-tetons-national-park_06 I first saw this poem on the walls of the Rockefeller Preserve Center after hiking to Phelps Lake, a most beautiful spot. The center itself is serene and very moving.  This poem really captures what it is like to be there.

A Meditation on Phelps Lake

by Terry Tempest Williams

A feather floats on Phelps Lake-
a cradle of light
rocking with the breeze.
Wind speaks through pines.
Light animates granite.
An Eagle soars – its shadow crosses over us.
All life is intertwined.
We see the Great Peaks
mirrored in water-
Stillness.
Wholeness.
Renewal.
Reflection Leads us to restoration.
Nature quiets the mind
by engaging with an intelligence
larger than our own.
Mindful of different ways of being,
Our awareness as a species shifts-
We recognize the soul of the land as our own.
The path of wisdom invites us
to walk with a humble heart
recognizing the dance
between diversity and unity,
action and restraint.
The Scales of Nature
will always seek equilibrium
A feather can tip the balance.
 
 
 
 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/7/first-post-from-tetons-national-park_06 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 16:22:00 GMT
High Acres (taken Sunday June 17, 2012) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/high-acres-taken-sunday-june-17-2012 It has taken me a week to get to these photos from my walk last Sunday morning.  Nothing special but some interesting wild flowers, LOTS of goldfinches, and a few other things that caught my eye.


 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/high-acres-taken-sunday-june-17-2012 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 08:43:00 GMT
Thought for the day... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/thought-for-day Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negatives
and if things don't turn out
- take another shot.
 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/thought-for-day Sun, 24 Jun 2012 05:48:00 GMT
In one very hot hour... https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/in-one-very-hot-hour ...I saved these lovely moments.  Enjoy. 
 






 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/in-one-very-hot-hour Sun, 10 Jun 2012 09:55:00 GMT
Good news! https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/good-news Today I learned that one of my images "Letchworth Morning" was accepted to the 77th Annual Cooperstown National Juried Exhibit.  This is the second time I have gotten work in this prestigious show and I am very pleased!
The opening reception is Friday July 13 from 5-7 pm at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY. The exhibit will be be open to the public from July 13 until August 17, 2012. See this website for hours and directions. http:/​/​www.​cooperstownart.​com/​home.​html

While you are at it, have a look around the "Recently Added" galleries on my website www.LightTouchPhotos.com  I have been busy shooting these last couple of months and finally updated my website with lots of new images.  As always, thanks for taking the time to have a look.  I hope you find something you like!

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/good-news Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:12:00 GMT
One more post today - High Acres between the raindrops https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/one-more-post-today-high-acres-between What a crazy weather day! Everything from thunder and rain showers to sunshine and blue skies!  I got in a trip to High Acres between the raindrops and it turned out to be a productive outing. Let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a peek.  (click an image to enlarge)
 




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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/one-more-post-today-high-acres-between Sun, 03 Jun 2012 14:05:00 GMT
textures and close-ups https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/textures-and-close-ups On Friday we went for a walk in a new place.  It was a beautiful day for a walk but it wasn't the most photogenic place...or was it?  I took note of the side light and how it accentuated the textures and colors of the grasses.  What do you think?

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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/textures-and-close-ups Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:47:00 GMT
The golden hour light https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/golden-hour-light Photographers love the light just before and after sunrise and sunset.  Yesterday that beautiful light was filtered through some very interesting clouds (before and after storms is also a good time for interesting light).  I also decided to try my hand at a few "artistic interpretations" of the landscape.  Let me know if you like it (double click the image to see a larger view). Thanks for looking!

 



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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/6/golden-hour-light Sun, 03 Jun 2012 09:43:00 GMT
Different light, different eyes https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/different-light-different-eyes Visiting the same places many times has been a great exercise in seeing.  As the light changes different patterns, colors, textures and scenes present themselves.  As beautiful as the sunny mornings are, today's slightly overcast skies with light peeking through now and then was quite exciting.  As for birds I saw 2 cedar waxwings, goldfinches, blue herons, 2 male baltimore orioles challenging each other over territory, cat birds, yellow warblers, a pair of wrens and the ever present geese, robins and red-winged blackbirds. 


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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/different-light-different-eyes Mon, 28 May 2012 08:08:00 GMT
In the Tree Tops https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/in-tree-tops It was another beautiful morning to be at High Acres and I was "up and at 'em" early.  What a treat to watch 2 Great Egrets land high in the tree tops.  It was really cool to see these birds, about 3.5 ft high, with a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing about 2.2 lbs land in the delicate branches at the top of those high trees!  Unfortunately, I didn't have my longest lens with me but here's what I got with what I had.  (click to enlarge)
 



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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/in-tree-tops Sat, 26 May 2012 10:05:00 GMT
a variety of images https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/variety-of-images These are from a variety of days at High Acres and Vitale Park in Lakeville that somehow never got posted before. 
 

 


 
 


 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/variety-of-images Wed, 23 May 2012 06:53:00 GMT
Sunday morning at High Acres https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/sunday-morning-at-high-acres I arrived at 7:30 this morning and spent a beautiful 2 hours.  Here's the best of what I saw: (the bird is a Willow Flycatcher)
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/sunday-morning-at-high-acres Sun, 20 May 2012 15:30:00 GMT
female red-winged blackbirds and sandpipers https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/female-red-winged-blackbirds-and Watching these guys is a great way to spend an hour and a half after school. I also saw an egret, a great blue heron, a gray catbird, Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, gold finches, Canada geese and some ducks (not sure what type).  


    

 

Solitary Sandpipers (the first three)
   Fox Squirrel, Donnelley WMA

Least Sandpiper
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/female-red-winged-blackbirds-and Mon, 14 May 2012 16:23:00 GMT
a mixed bag https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/mixed-bag Went on a nice photo outing today. We started at Vitale Park at the north shore of Conesus Lake at sunrise, then we went to Linwood Gardens in Pavillion, NY.  Although the flowers this year aren't as nice as they might be other years with more typical spring weather, it was still a lovely and peaceful place to be.  I hope you enjoy the images from today (click on any one to enlarge).



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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/mixed-bag Sun, 13 May 2012 15:38:00 GMT
morning walk https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/morning-walk at High Acres, of course. Was there by 7 am (on a Saturday!!) Here are 2 shots of the pond where I spent the most time and the feather friends I saw. 

 
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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/morning-walk Sat, 12 May 2012 10:42:00 GMT
egrets, killdeer, and sandpiper chicks https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/egrets-and-killdeer-chicks We saw 8 egrets today at High Acres.  They were too far away to get any decent shots of and I couldn't get all 8 in the frame at once but they were all there.  I did have a great time shooting Least Sandpiper chicks.  There were 4 of them in the mud flat area. They were so small and colored similar to the surroundings that I almost didn't see them. There was a killdeer watching from a distance and I got a couple of decent shots of her/him, too.  I have also included 2 shots of the pond where we were.  (click on the image to enlarge)
 



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(Light Touch Photos) https://www.lighttouchphotos.com/blog/2012/5/egrets-and-killdeer-chicks Fri, 11 May 2012 17:48:00 GMT