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.
The sunset was beautiful that night. I loved the way the golden light was hitting the Congress Spring when I took this photo.
I took this self portrait using the EOS remote app on my phone to trigger the shutter. I just love the 16-35's sun stars!
Yes, I'll take some more sun flare please.
Barb and I stood at this crosswalk for about five minutes taking photos. I layered a few exposures here to get all the cool car light trails in one shot.
I just love getting people walking by in my photos. As Barb pointed out, when people are walking, their feet move the least. You can see the feet really clearly in these photos, but the bodies are nothing but a blur. This is a blend of a few different shots.
As the sun went down, I got a shot of the new Pavilion Grand Hotel on Lake Ave.
Congress Park at night looks almost magical.
Another self portrait using the EOS remote app.
My favorite spring, Hathorn, just outside Congress Park.
For a couple weeks, the tree in my front yard blooms with gorgeous pink buds.
Here's a mom and dad bird in the tree. Mom built a nest and laid eggs right in the wreath hanging on the front door. Below is one of the little baby birds.
Another walk through Congress Park offered the above view.
On Memorial Day, my mom and I headed just outside of town to Saratoga National Cemetery to pay respect to the men and women who have served our country.
I spotted this Army honor guard in the cemetery.
You can see lots of mementos left to honor loved ones.
Next up was a tour of the Philip Schuyler House, part of the Saratoga National Historic Park. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside the house, but it's always nice to go and brush up on local history.
Ranger Bill Wallace, who gave the tour, was kind enough to pose for this photo afterward.
The final stop of the day was to the grave of my grandfather who, as you can see, served in the Army himself.
It may not be officially summer yet, but I feel like it is. Soon you'll be seeing lots of horse photos from me at the Saratoga Race Course and the Oklahoma Training Track!