Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas on Cape Cod



I had an opportunity to take some more photos of Outer Cape Cod while visiting family for Christmas.  I visited some new beaches and some old ones, and witnessed a beautiful sunset.  Read on for more photos!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Year in Review: My Most Popular Posts of 2015



As the year comes to a close, it's time for bloggers to take a look back at some of their favorite and most popular posts of the year.  In this post, I'll share which 5 posts from 2015 garnered the most views at Through the Glass.


Sunday, December 13, 2015

Through the Glass Dispatch, Volume 4



Through the Glass Dispatch is a bulletin where I showcase some of my recent photos, share what photo projects and trips I have coming up, and share what photo-related stories I've been following online.  Click here to browse the archives.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Through the Glass Holiday Gift Guide 2015



This is my second annual holiday gift guide.  I'll share some photography-related gifts for a variety of budgets.  To see what I recommended last year, click here.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Thanksgiving on Cape Cod



I'm back from visiting with family on Cape Cod for Thanksgiving.  While Thanksgiving is primarily a time to enjoy good food and good company, I naturally took a few photos while I was there as well.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Thankful Post



For those of us who live in the United States, Thanksgiving is upon us, and this time of year is as good a time as any to reflect on what we're thankful for.  In this post, I'll share some photos and thoughts that represent some of the things I am thankful for.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Super Telephoto: My Experience with the Tamron 150-600



I never used to be a big telephoto user until I started traveling to National Parks, and began capturing the wildlife.  When I went to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in 2013, I rented a Canon 100-400, but I was disappointed with it.  The following year I rented a Tamron 150-600 to take to Yosemite National Park.  I thought the lens performed nicely (although I didn't see much wildlife in Yosemite), so I ended up getting one of my own several months later.  Here are some of my favorite photos with this super telephoto lens.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gear Doesn't (Always) Matter



As I pore through my old photos and upload them to my portfolio, there are always a few that stand out.  These are the photos that I took before I ever bought my first DSLR, that still to this day remain some of my favorites.  All the photos in this post were taken with either a point and shoot (small sensor, fixed lens) camera or an automatic film camera with cheap film.  I will note that almost all of them have been reprocessed recently to bring out the best of them, and many of them were shot using HDR to compensate for the poor dynamic range of consumer cameras.  For the night shots, a small tripod was used (handheld nigh shots with a point and shoot?  Not a pretty picture).  None of these cameras were capable of shooting RAW natively.  That being said, I think this post serves as a testament to the fact that good photos can be taken with minimal gear.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Fall Foliage in the Berkshires



Yesterday I took a trip to Stockbridge, MA to photograph the fall foliage.  I came back with a lot of shots to share!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

My Top 10 Sunsets



There are few moments in nature more stunning than a sunset (a sunrise may be the exception).  I've been lucky enough to capture sunsets in some beautiful locations.  After looking through my photos to find my favorite sunsets, I realized all my best ones were taken in the United States.  I guess I will have to work on my international sunsets!  A great excuse to book more international travel.  Here are, in no particular order, are my top ten sunsets.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Through the Glass Dispatch, Volume 3



Through the Glass Dispatch is a bulletin where I showcase some of my recent photos, share what photo projects and trips I have coming up, and share what photo-related stories I've been following online.  Click here to browse the archives.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Rocky Mountain Trip Part 6: The Best of the Rest



This is my sixth and final post about my trip to the Rocky Mountains of Montana and Alberta.  You can read my previous posts about Glacier National Park, the Cowboy Trail, Lake Louise (the lake), Lake Louise (the village) and the town of Banff.  In this post I'll share photos of Yoho National Park in British Columbia, the Icefields Parkway in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and the Bow Valley Parkway in Banff National Park.  I was only in each of these areas for a small portion of my trip, so individually, I did not have enough photos to warrant separate posts.  That is why this post is called the Best of the Rest!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

My Saratoga Summer in Photos



I think it's safe to say I took a lot of photos this summer.  I traveled to the Rocky Mountains (a trip for which I still have one more blog post planned) and took thousands of photos there, but I also hung around Saratoga, where I photographed the Saratoga Race Course, our beautiful parks, a polo match, and lots more that our city has to offer.  I already dedicated posts to my helicopter ride over Saratoga and 18th Century Day at the General Philip Schuyler House, and the Saratoga Race Course, so you won't see any of those photos in this post, but the rest are fair game!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Looking Back at the Track 2015



The Saratoga Race Course 2015 meet has been over for almost a week, but with school starting, I've only just now had a chance to sit down and write a post sharing some of my photos.  It was the summer of #pharoahtoga.  American Pharoah may not have won the Travers Stakes as so many had hoped (congratulations to Keen Ice and Javier Castellano, though!), but he still won the hearts of all his adoring fans.  I didn't photograph him in the race, but I did have the chance to see his debut at the track at breakfast the day before, as seen above (and more below).

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Exploring the Town of Banff (Rocky Mountain Trip Volume 5)



This is my fifth post containing photos from my trip through parts of North America's Rocky Mountains.  You can read my previous posts with photos of Glacier National Park, the Cowboy Trail, Lake Louise (the lake), and Lake Louise (the village).  In this post, I'll focus on the town of Banff.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saratoga Springs...from Above!

I recently took a helicopter tour of Saratoga Springs with Independent Helicopters to photograph the town from a different perspective than I'm used to.  I'm excited to share some of the shots I took in this post.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Exploring the Village of Lake Louise (Rocky Mountain Trip Part 4)



This is my fourth post containing photos from my trip through parts of North America's Rocky Mountains.  You can read my previous posts with photos of Glacier National Park, the Cowboy Trail, and Lake Louise (the lake).

Monday, August 17, 2015

What I Saw at 18th Century Day



18th Century Day is an annual event at the General Philip Schuyler House in Schuylerville, NY, part of the Saratoga National Historical Park.  I had been a number of years ago, but this year I went and brought my camera along.  (In the above photo, a blacksmith explains his trade.)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Through the Glass Dispatch, Volume 2



Through the Glass Dispatch is a bulletin where I showcase some of my recent photos, share what photo projects and trips I have coming up, and share what photo-related stories I've been following online.  Click here to browse the archives.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Many Faces of Lake Louise (Rocky Mountain Trip Part 3)



This is my third post containing photos from my trip through parts of North America's Rocky Mountains.  You can read my previous posts with photos of Glacier National Park and the Cowboy Trail.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Cowboy Trail (Rocky Mountains Trip Part 2)



As my chronicles of a Rocky Mountain vacation continue (you can see my photos from Glacier National Park here), I will share with you my photos of locations on and near Alberta's Cowboy Trail, including Waterton Lakes National Park and the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Photographing Glacier National Park (Rocky Mountain Trip Part 1)



A couple weeks ago, I took a trip to the Rocky Mountains of northern Montana and southern Alberta. In this post I will share some of my photos from Glacier National Park.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Photographing the Victoria Pool for Simply Saratoga Magazine

Last month, I photographed the Victoria Pool and the Spa Golf Course at Saratoga Spa State Park for Simply SARATOGA Magazine's Summer 2015 issue.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the shoot, including a few outtakes that didn't make it into the magazine.


Friday, July 3, 2015

My Top 10 All-American Photos

In honor of the celebration of America's independence taking place tomorrow, I have gathered my top 10 photos which showcase the American experience. From visiting patriotic landmarks to soaking in the aspects of everyday life that seem to scream "All-American," this collection of photographs spans both time and space. From coast to coast, from the simplest Kodak EasyShare to the full-frame Canon EOS 6D, here are my top 10 All-American photos.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Through the Glass Dispatch, Volume 1



I've been considering the idea of making an e-newsletter for some time now, and I finally decided the best forum for my idea would be this blog.  Those of you who subscribe through RSS will receive it in your feed reader like the rest of my blog posts, those of you who subscribe by email will get it in your inbox, and the rest of you will find it through Facebook, Twitter, and other links.  Why complicate things?

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Saratoga Spring 2015 in Photos

A Tranquil Evening in Congress Park

This spring I have been out and about as usual taking photos in Saratoga and the surrounding areas, most of them with my new Canon 16-35mm lens.  One of the first exciting outings I had this spring was with my photographer friend Barb.  We walked around downtown Saratoga one Sunday afternoon into the evening, taking photos in Congress Park and on Broadway.

Friday, June 5, 2015

A Trip to Ellis Island and Liberty Island



Last month I took a day trip to New York City to visit Ellis and Liberty Islands for the first time.  Living relatively close to the City and visiting as frequently as I do, you'd think I would have already accomplished this, but it's one of those things you keep saying you'll do someday I guess.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015, Part V: Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge



This is the last of five installments of posts featuring photos I took at Walt Disney World this year.  I previously shared my photos of Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal KingdomEPCOT, and Magic Kingdom.  This post will feature photos of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge, where I stayed.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015, Part IV: Magic Kingdom



This is the fourth of five installments of posts featuring photos I took at Walt Disney World this year.  I previously shared my photos of Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and EPCOT.  This post will feature photos of Magic Kingdom (and brace yourselves, because I took a lot!).  In the next installment I'll round it up with photos of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015, Part III: EPCOT



I've previously posted about my visits to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, so today I will share with you some photos from EPCOT.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015, Part II: Disney's Animal Kingdom

I previously blogged about Disney's Hollywood Studios in my first installment of blog posts chronicling my photo adventures at Walt Disney World.  In this post, I will share some photos I took at Disney's Animal Kingdom.


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Walt Disney World 2015, Part I: Disney's Hollywood Studios

I recently returned from a trip to Walt Disney World, so in this post and forthcoming ones, I'll be showcasing some of my favorite photos from the parks and resorts.



Saturday, April 4, 2015

Using Creative Commons: Pros and Cons for Photographers and Image Users



Creative Commons (CC) is an organization founded in 2001 which creates licenses for content creators to apply to their work.  These licenses, which vary in the amount of rights they grant users, allow content consumers to redistribute the creative work free of charge without having to seek permission, as long as they give appropriate credit to the creator.  As popular as CC has come to be in recent years, it is still largely misunderstood by both licensors and licensees alike.  In this post, I'll highlight some of the pros and cons of using CC both as a photographer and as a business or website owner (since I have experience at both ends).  I won't explain CC itself in too much depth, so if you're new to the concept, read a little more about the different licenses here.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

My Top 10 Panoramas

It's not often that I shoot a panorama.  I prefer to use a wider lens, which is easier and doesn't pose a risk for weird distortion when stitched together in Photoshop.  Occasionally, though, I won't have a wide lens with me, or I'll want to capture a scene beyond the capabilities of my widest lens.  Panoramas can also be useful in rendering depth of field shallower.  Ryan Brenizer is considered by many the pioneer of this type of panorama.  Here are my top 10 panoramas.

A Panorama of Disney's Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Sunday, March 15, 2015

From the Archives: The View from 718 Hart

From the Archives is a series on my blog where I share older photos I've taken before I started this blog.  In the first post, I shared some photos I took at my alma mater, SUNY Oswego.  In this second post, I will share some photos I took out my dorm room window during my college years.  Some of these you may recognize from the last post, but I'm including them here as well for comparison.



Sunday, March 8, 2015

Adventures in Wide Angle...or, Taking the 16-35 for a Spin



I recently upgraded my wide angle zoom from the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM (above left) to the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM (above right).  If you're a self-proclaimed gear-head like me, then you'll enjoy this article.  If you're just here for the photos, there are plenty of those too!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Chase Family

I had the opportunity to photograph the Chase family yesterday in Congress Park.  It was a nice sunny day but boy was it cold!  Here are some of my favorite shots.

The Chase Family



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Fun with Flash Gels!

Ever since I received an awesome set of flash gels for Christmas, I have really been enjoying playing around with them and using them for creative lighting.  For those of you who enjoy technical information, there's plenty of that in this post, and for those of you who just want the pictures, there are plenty of those too.

Cookies & Milk Paris Style

Sunday, February 15, 2015

From the Archives: Oswego, Alma Mater

This is the first post in a series where I will be sharing some of my photos from years past.  My love of photography first developed while I was a college student at SUNY Oswego, so I thought it fitting to share some of my Oswego photos first.  I have gone back and reprocessed most of these photos with my current skills and software, but you will still most likely notice a progression in my skills (and my gear).  You'll also see some photos I took when I went back to Oswego to visit in 2012.


Monday, February 9, 2015

A Few Things I Saw at the Lake George Winter Carnival

This weekend I had an opportunity to stop by the Lake George Winter Carnival for the first time.  The Carnival is held every weekend in February, so the day I went was the kickoff day.  There was lots to see and photograph!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Movement and Motion in Saratoga Springs

One of my favorite things to photograph is movement.  This movement can be in nature, such as the movement of the clouds, water, or branches of a tree, or it can be the movement of a person or a car.  I've gathered in this post a collection of my favorite photos conveying movement and motion in my hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY.

Clouds and Reflections

Monday, January 26, 2015

Saratoga Battlefield Frost Faire 2015

I attended the Saratoga Battlefield's Frost Faire for the first time this weekend.  I got some great shots with the reenactors posing on a fresh coat of snow, and it wasn't all too cold out to boot!



Thursday, January 15, 2015

My Experience with Pixsy, A New Service for Finding and Resolving Copyright Infringement



If you're a photographer who posts photos on the internet, chances are someone is using them without your permission, or in a way that you did not authorize.  Unless you can find your photos being used, though, you can't do anything about it.  That's where Pixsy comes in.  Pixsy is a new service that searches the web for your photos, and, with your permission, seeks payment from infringers.  I've already received payment for my first case, and I am about to receive payment for my second case.  How much payment you receive depends upon the use of the photo.  Here are a few things to know about Pixsy:

Monday, January 12, 2015

Christmas on Cape Cod 2014

I'm a little behind the 8-ball on this one, but I wanted to share my photos from my Christmas on Cape Cod.  Since most of them aren't Christmas-themed, you won't feel too out of season.




Friday, January 9, 2015

My Top Photography Milestones of 2014

Now that 2014 has more than wrapped up I'd like to take a moment to reflect on some of my important photography milestones of the year.




Sunday, January 4, 2015

My Best Photos of 2014



2014 brought me many photo opportunities.  From my annual visit to Walt Disney World in February to my trip to California in July, and photographing all around Saratoga Springs and upstate New York throughout the year, I had a lot of photos to choose from when rounding up my 25 best photos of 2014.  It was hard to narrow it down, but after gathering nearly 50 of my favorites, I was able to whittle the list down to 25.  Here are my best photos of 2014:

Thursday, January 1, 2015

40 Photography Ideas & Resolutions for 2015


Ideas 1, 8, 12, and 27 in action.

Ok, the ball has dropped, the new year has arrived, and now what?  Well, surely you made some photography-related resolutions, didn't you?  I really hope you did, but if you didn't, I've compiled a list of 40 ideas and resolutions for you to apply this year.  Certainly you won't have time to try all of them, but pick three or four and really work hard at them.  Then, next year you can scratch a few more off the list.

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