How to Photograph the Moon.

Lets look at how to photograph the moon. I had never photographed the moon intentionally, but because there was a Full Blood Wolf Moon on 1-21-19,  I just had to do it!  The cold did not deter me and I was very lucky that the sky became clear just an hour or so before the eclipse.  The only downside, it was 3 degrees outside. Upon finding that I could set up my camera and tripod just outside my front door, I decided to go for it! First, below is the composite photo I made of my efforts afterwards. I did not have a telescope or a super telephoto lens, but I did have a 200mm lens. It worked out pretty well. So if you do not have one, you could rent a telephoto lens for a couple of days from Borrow Lenses or any other rental outlet online or in your city and take a day to get acquainted with it.  Be careful, you may fall in love with it! You must also use a TRIPOD that you can easily adjust almost directly up to the sky and also move it as needed to stay guided on the moon’s movement […]

Planning Your Senior Portrait Session

Planning Your Senior Portrait Session. So make sure to start planning your senior portrait session at the end of your junior year in high school.  You will have more time to be photographed in the summer when the weather is good and the days long.  OR, like I did with Lexi here, in the fall of your senior year – BUT plan it early, there are only so many weekends in October and the weather is not always good. I ALWAYS make rain dates. Big Changes Ahead. Once a student graduates from High School, everything changes.  It happened with my two sons.  The changes personally and physically are enormous.  In fact, every parent of my high school senior portrait clients say the same thing one year later, “We are so happy we had a senior portrait safari with you, our daughter has grown up so much since then!”    Interview Photographers in you area. Find an experienced photographer and look at their work.  Make a date to chat with them in person well in advance so you can get a session date that works for you.  There are limited weekends for fall portrait dates at the peak of color.  I will shoot […]

Spring Flowers in West Hartford, CT

I stepped into a field of Spring Flowers in West Hartford, CT at the Elizabeth Park Greenhouse Flower show in March.  I was overcome and intoxicated by the scent, the colors and the beauty.  This is what I saw.  Enjoy. The intention behind these photographs of Spring Flowers, were to capture images that reflected the feeling I had upon entering the Elizabeth Park Greenhouse in West Hartford a couple of weeks ago in March.  I guess it was a long winter.  Viewing the wash of color and intense aroma of these tulips took my breath away.  I just stood there breathing in and looking at the array of colors and the variety in size and shape.   Once I returned to earth, I decided a macro lens would give me the ‘feeling’ of dreamy, intoxication that I experienced being in the presence of these gorgeous blooms. Therefore, I used a very shallow field of focus, that is, a large aperture on the camera settings like f2-f4.  I wanted a wisp of focus, no details needed, but just enough to be drawn in my the lure of these beauties.   If you love spring flowers, make sure you put it in […]