Friday, May 31, 2013

Blue Morning

And no, for the record, I am not sad. Just seeing blue as a way of helping feel cool as this day begins to heat up. We are heading for the high 80s today, maybe even 90. I start to melt early in the morning and remain a gooey puddle till the AC kicks on in the evening.

Blue flowers, in the shade.... that's my way of trying to feel cool.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Local Hot Rods and Old Farts

One of the things I love so much about living in a small town is watching collectors of vintage cars celebrate the onset of summer by bringing their cars out of their winter storage and showing them off throughout the summer. In our little town, the often do weekend cruise-ins at our local grocery store. Sometimes it happens down in Ithaca at Walmart.

After ten years, I still cant figure out what the timing is, but most of the time the light is crap and you're shooting on a hot asphalt surface. Not ideal for making glamour shots of old cars. This past weekend, the car show took place at the local fairgrounds, under overcast skies and underneath tall trees just beginning to leaf out. Dappled sunlight on a grey day = perfect opportunity for photographing old cars!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Spring Into Summer and Back Again

Last weekend, Nancy and Aurora and I had a chance to enjoy the sunshine. It wasn't too terribly hot or too sunny. Collectively we decided to hit a local car show and then visit the Cornell Plantations. When we got to the Plantations, it was surprisingly un-busy.

We wandered around the gardens, noticing that for the most part, the flowers were devoid of bees visiting them. The only place where the bees were prolific, was in the cherry tree. This is in stark contrast to what I am used to at the Plantations. Normally you can hear the bees everywhere. A single tulip usually has 2-3 bees inside each bloom. Not this year. I don't really understand why. I know about colony collapse, and I know that orchards are really struggling... but is this hitting across all forms of bees now? Not just honeybees? If so, we are totally screwed.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Springtime is fleeting

By the time the allium begin to bloom, it usually means that summer is close at hand. That means bugs: mosquitoes, biting flies, gnats, and by June, we start getting deer flies and horseflies. Today, I dosed myself liberally with the bug dope early in the morning. Got started in the garden just about the time it started to warm up. Went back out again after noon with Nancy. Went out again, just before the sun set... just so I could capture a few late afternoon images of our alliums.

I also took a few photos of our container gardening in process. So far, spinach and peas are doing quite well. My guess is that they would be even happier with a good rainfall each week, but we haven't seen significant rain since March. Might be another dry summer. There is something so comforting about harvesting your dinner by the handful (and not having to stoop to pick it!). I can't wait until the cilantro is up and ready to nibble!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Whitney and Rodolfo's Wedding

Whitney and Rodolfo were married yesterday in the perfect springtime wedding. I am honored to have been asked to photograph such a remarkable couple on their first steps as husband and wife. There are masses of photographs to look through, edit and present to the couple before I can post more on the blog and FB. I can't wait to show off the amazing images of everyone dancing at the reception! It was an extraordinary celebration of two families, two cultures, two generations, all coming together in a beautiful experience.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Cayuga Lake Seido Karate's grand opening

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be allowed to photograph the grand opening classes and ceremony of the new dojo in Lansing for Cayuga Lake Seido Karate. The dojo has been more than ten years in the making. Starting out in a small room in their home, Kyoshi Robin and Kyoshi Gail had a dream that someday they would have a dojo to call their own. The new dojo was filled with smiling faces, visiting Jun Shihans, Kyoshis, Senseis... and on Saturday (images to come!) Kaicho Nakamura and Nidaime Nakamura came from Honbu in NYC to celebrate!