Monday, October 17, 2011

Fly Me To the Moon

Note the plane about to land that is BELOW us!
A pilot friend of mine has been offering to take me up in his Piper Cub - a 2 seater that was built in 1946 and refurbished more recently - and our schedules just never seemed to mesh. But last week he called and I jumped.

The Hudson Valley is a spectacular place to see from the air and we are right smack dab in peak season!
For the most part, the trees are not all changing at the same time and there is still a lot of green, but there are some outrageous clusters of shocking color, especially in eastern Dutchess County,  that make up for the lackluster year. The reds and oranges in these clusters just seem to pop. 

What made our flight even more fun was spotting sites that I've written about or visited in the past. 
Mid Hudson Bridge and the Poughkeepsie waterfront.
Walkway Over the Hudson
Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.
Innisfree in Millbrook
Vanderbilt's Estate - one of the smallest of their homes.

It was an awesome experience. We flew west from Eastern Dutchess over to Ulster County, then up the majestic Hudson and back east again to Sky Acres airport. I was like a puppy dog salivating at every sight, turn and view we experienced. Thanks again, Michael, for making it happen!!!!

Enjoy this beautiful Autumn, friends and keep shooting!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kelby's 4th Annual Photowalk

Trophy Point
Cadets paused to pose.

It still amazes me to discover there are folks who don't know who Scott Kelby is. As a Photoshop nut, I've been following him for years.  He is the founder and president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) as well as a prolific writer of books, magazines and educational materials for many software programs as well as photography, how to light it and process it. He has made a huge difference in the lives of most photographers and everyone who uses Photoshop. I remember reading his blog 4 years ago and realized I missed the first "Photowalk" where he suggested that photographers get together and help one another learn new things about their photography.  Since missing that first one, I haven't missed another. Three years ago I walked with about 50 other photographers in Coney Island. Last year I stayed local and walked across the Walkway Over the Hudson and this year I was fortunate enough to be invited by leader Catherine Bale, an amazing photographer herself, to participate in a walk on the West Point campus.
West Point Chapel is gorgeous with many stained glass windows and spectacular architecture.

We were blessed with a glorious Autumn day, after weeks of rain. West Point not only has magnificent architecture, but awesome views of the Hudson River, as well.

The camaraderie of other photographers was wonderful. There was even one very young photographer who was happy to play model as well as photographer.

As always, I took way too many photos, so if you'd like to see more, go to Be sure and sign up for a Photowalk next year, or just grab a group of photography-nut friends and plan a photowalk for yourselves. I currently have a very long list of places I'm dying to get out and shoot. I'll work on that list, in the meantime, you have a great time shooting yourselves!