Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rectangles Blog's Weekly Theme

Friday, June 14, 2013

Spanish Harlem

 Street Photography workshop in Spanish Harlem.
Spanish Harlem is located in the northeastern corner of Manhattan.
(Pure Pork Products)

Splashes of Color around every corner.

A vibrant wall makes for a great backdrop, not to mention such animated children passing by!

Another Painted Building to make for an interesting background.
Just image your private 'cell phone' phone booth.

Sometimes you have to look up to see who's observing from above.
Contrasting Colors.
And Colors that Compliment.
A neighborhood community filled with activity, color, and local residents going about their business on a Saturday afternoon.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Photo Friday - Body of Water

Photo Friday's creative challenge for today
Body of Water
Paddle surfer off the island of Maui

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Shades of Grey

My answer to Photo Friday's Blog
"Shades of Grey"
Love the abstract shapes that can be found in all things.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.  
And why shouldn't it be?
It is the same the angels breathe. 
~Mark Twain

Friday, May 10, 2013

Artificial Light

Photo Friday Image - Artificial Light

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Little Things

Summer has arrived in Tel Aviv!
As the air warms,  beach side activities multiple.
I look from my balcony and wish I was interspersed amongst them.  
All the little things scattered on warm sands,  bathing in the tempered waters.
But my body is tired, without rest from the long journey over.
I will join the mix later, rested, relaxed and ready to immerse.


Saturday, April 20, 2013


Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Natural Light

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. 
~Ben Williams


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

At Rest

Biker at rest along the beautiful, tranquil Tel Aviv promenade.

Sunday, March 31, 2013


"Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away."
- Ian Frazier

Monday, March 25, 2013

Candid Street Photography

Capturing the insignificant events that, in that moment, create a curious image.

Framing and timing are key elements in composing a shot.

By becoming so involved in our thoughts, or more so our personal digital devices, we forget to view the world in front, behind and all around us.


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Amazing Iphone Cameras!

Over the years I have seen the quality of Iphone photography change dramatically.

The artistic possibilities, sharpness, color splash, and most of all convenience, make this form of image capturing more popular than ever.
The Iphone is currently the most commonly used camera in the world! 

Millions of images are snapped everyday!!

It's appeal has increased with the unlimited photo editing applications available with the press of a button.
Enhancing your photograph is instantaneous.

There is a saying that "the best camera is the one that is with you".
DSLR or digital single lens reflex cameras and multiple interchangeable lenses have their place in the world of photography - that is a fact.
But, without all that digital equipment at your fingertips, the moment of capturing an image is lost.

The Iphone seems to be always at hand, ready to record.
Spending less time with bulky equipment, aperture settings, and speed controls - and more time expressing your creativity and 'getting the shot', has it's appeal.
An  image that makes you look twice is created by the eye of the photographer, not the equipment it comes from.
Capture the moment, record the beauty, dip into your creative self!
(All images recorded with Iphone and editted with apps)

Monday, March 11, 2013

Horse Teachers

As herd animals, horses form relationships.
These relationships are with the other horses in their herd, or the humans in their lives that make up a part of their herd.
We as humans like to identify this relationship on many levels.
Instinct can make us a predator, but evolution has made us a friend.

They  tolerate our need to have them as a part of our lives.
 We can even believe that they need us to be a part of theirs too!   

By looking in their eyes, they can show us a reflection of ourselves.

And whom do we want that person to be?



Monday, March 4, 2013

Photo of Week March 3rd.

This weekend it is time to Spring forward!
I like the idea that we are  closer to Springtime - warmer temperatures, green hues surrounding our environment, lighter clothes, brighter colors all around, 'al fresco' dining, and more sun in my world!!!
However, I never seem to get over losing that glorious hour of sleep in order to get closer to all these wonderful things that make up Spring to me.
I'm sure I'll get over it very soon, especially upon seeing that first flower burst open announcing the end of frozen stillness and the celebration of new life.
 Oh beautiful Spring we anxiously await your arrival!


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Photo of the Week February 24th

November, 1991  Ambergis Caye
The largest barrier Island off the coast of Belize, Central America.
Looking through boxes of images I had taken years ago, while I was just discovering my passion for photography, I came across some richly colored enlargements from a trip to Belize.
I had to do a little research to remember when the photo was taken and found the date of November 1991.  Wow!!  Almost 22 years ago!
I remember the island being very remote and simple.  A terrifying ride in an ancient propeller aircraft flew us to the island from Belize City.  We then walked down the dirt road that led to all the hotels, luggage in tow.  No building was higher than 2 flights of stairs.
In the early 90's, Belize was still considered 'undiscovered' for tourism - so the country, in an effort to boost the economy but preserve the environment, started  pushing "ecotourism."
It worked.  A decade later, tourism grew, resorts were built along the barrier island, development continued, and cruise ships were stopping by.
I have not been back since, so I don't know if development improved the island without taking away the simplistic charm and natural beauty that I remember and maintaining their "ecotourism" promise.
Things change, the world progresses. 
While looking at this photo, I am also reminded of the changes over this time in the World of Photography. 
This image was shot with a 35 mm Pentax K1000, Fuji slide film, developed by me in a container of poisonous chemicals, then enlarged onto photographic paper in complete darkness (color processing cannot even be exposed to red light), and finally developed in an enclosed container of more poisonous chemicals while rotating and careful timing. 
All the while hoping and praying that it will work and a color print will emerge!
 Yes, things change and the world progresses.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photo of the Week February 17th

As we count down the days until Spring (30 more days), here in the Northeast, we still wake up to snow covering the ground.
I decided on this day, not to curse the reminder that it's still winter, but to embrace the beauty it has to offer.
The day was foggy from the warming temperatures, the ground was bleached, and the grey horse was still able to find something tasty to eat.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ask yourself whether the dream of heaven and greatness should be waiting for us in our graves - or whether it should be ours here and now and on this earth.

 Ayn Rand


Monday, February 11, 2013

Photo of the Week 2/10/13

My Photo of the Week was captured on my walk along the promenade in Tel Aviv, Israel.

As I walked along the promenade, my eye is drawn to the Mediterrean Sea to my left. 
The beach, the summerlike temperatures in February, and the crowds of people enjoying a beautiful Saturday afternoon which is Shabbat, a joyful day of rest.

Although, my eye is now drawn to my right. 
Also enjoying a joyful day of rest, is my photo of the week. 
I could not pass on this wonderful oppurtunity to capture this moment.

What I love about this image is the fascinating graffiti in the background, the bold colors, and well, the perfect unplanned pose (or is it?). 
I just happen to be a walking voyeur with a camera viewing what may be an exhibitionist sunbathing - Voila!

Shabbat is two commandments: to remember and to observe. 
I can loosely say I have observed and remembered.


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