Black & White Silver Lake Park Dover, Delaware

One of the classes I’m teaching this semester is a Black & White Digital Photography class at Wilmington University‘s Dover, Delaware campus. We were looking for somewhere to shoot and one of the students suggested we head over to Silver Lake Park. Open space, tress, even a cemetery next door made the place sound awesome for black and white. It didn’t disappoint. While the students were shooting images looking for good, fully toned black and white images, I spend the time making pix that were a little more high in contract, because that was to be the assignment for the following week. Here are some of those images.


Garden of Reflection 911 Remembrance Site Photo Workshop

On Thursday I did a mini workshop at the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield, Pa. The objective was to work on freezing motion and showing motion as well as depth of field. I brought a Nikon D200 as well as my old Nikon D1, which was one of my first digital cameras. Hard to believe that it cost $4,999 in 1999.

Now that camera is used mostly for workshops and black and white shooting. I decided to play around with panoramics while the students where shooting. Below is an image that is composed of 10 separate images stitched together in Photoshop CS6. They are shot as verticals simply because it is much easier to stitch together verticals then horiizontals. I’ve found when shooting horizontally for panoramics that I always lose a good portion of the top and bottom. Vertical shooting lets you get the most out of the panoramic scene.

This was a raw image shot to freeze the fountain water and tweeked in Photoshop CS6.

Slower shutter speed to show the motion of the fountain water.

Black and White shot with the D1 on Black and White.

American flag shot with a Nikon D1 on B&W with a 50mm 1.4.

The bottom image is similar to an image I made September 11, 2012 during a 911 Remembrance ceremony.
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Marie-Helen & Stephane Wedding Photography Newtown, Pennsylvania

I spent the afternoon last Friday photographing Marie-Helen & Stephane’s wedding in historic Newtown, Pennsylvania. The ceremony was performed by Mayor Dennis O’Brien in the borough council chambers. After the ceremony we wandered around Newtown a bit making some pictures of the couple sharing the joy of the blessed event. Both are from Montreal, Canada, so I was a bit hesitant to make pictures in front of the borough council chambers because of the American flag bunting surrounding the building. They didn’t have a problem with it though, Stephane said, because they’d been living here for 10 year and appreciated the visual.
After the burough, we stopped by a little league baseball field in town with…more American Flag bunting. There the couple had a laugh and some champagne to celebrate. Then off to a weekend honeymoon in New York City, New York.

Congrats!! And all the best to the happy couple.

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Patricia & Ariel Wedding Photography Shamong, New Jersey

A few weeks ago I photographed Patricia & Ariel‘s wedding at Valenzano Winery & Vineyard in Shamong, New Jersey. Here are a few samples.

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Maureen & John Engagement Photo Session Tyler State Park, Newtown, Pennsylvania

Had a great engagement photo session with Maureen and John in Tyler State Park.
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I Don’t Like Pictures of People Crying

In almost every photography class or lecture I show students images from my portfolio. It contains a bit of news, sports, entertainment and feature photos. This is shown to prove that I’m not some kind of lunatic and I actually do know how to make a picture that captures a moment that tells a story. Last night, I taught a basic photography class at one of my workshops (Cain Images Photographic Workshops). Everyone seemed to get what I was speaking about and learned how to use their cameras better in manual settings. After the class, a woman pulled me aside. And here I was thinking she was going to thank me for the class. But, no. She whispers, “You know when photographers take pictures of people crying. I don’t like that. It’s invading their privacy.” I’m pretty sure she was referring to this image.

Mourners Remember Well-Known Trauma Surgeon Killed In Iraq

My response was, “Do you think we like making those kinds of pictures? See the full post @