Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunset from Sugarloaf

Couple of evening shots from Sugarloaf in South Deerfield. As the CT River snakes its way through the countryside we have a view of some of the most fertile farmland on the East coast of America. The CT River valley farmers grow onions, cucumbers, potatoes, pumpkins, corn, tobacco and nearly everything else you can think of in those rich alluvial soils.

We start off with a detail shot at 135mm, then a 35mm, then super wide 14mm then finally a fisheye view.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hey You Two, Get a Room!

Quick diversion to the garden...

Monday, August 17, 2009

High Point

I was told not to bother going up on the roof of the Met because the building is not all that tall in comparison to many others in the city. So for skyline view shots it would be a let down. But I had read about a funky metal Dendroids sculpture that was on exhibit by artist Roxy Paine so I decided to check it out anyway.

Normally, I'm not a big fan of what I consider "art school" types of sculpture. The most commonly seen types of welded constructions consisting of rebar and rusty metal plates are so boring and unoriginal that it is plain that the artist has no real concept of the nature of the material with which they are working. Call me a snob but that is my opinion.

So I could take the attitude that this guy just slapped some stainless steel pipes together but I honestly ended up really liking it. The views turned out to be quite nice and the sculpture provided some interesting framing opportunities. Wish I could have spent a little longer up there but I still managed to get a few decent pics.


One of the most incredible pieces I saw on the whole tour:

More from the Met

I failed to catch much detail on this Colt pistol but it was pretty incredible with tons of gold inlay. I did get some better shots of some intricate S&W revolvers though which I'll get to at some point. It's tough to shoot through glass and the lighting was very tricky...

Other cool shots of a statue in the big courtyard and a mosaic stained glass fountain.

What I Did on My Summer Vacation

LOL, not really a vacation, more of a grueling day trip. I went down to NYC on Saturday and spent the morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Met never fails to impress as it is of course one of the greatest museums in the world. I walked around in a state of total astonishment at the incredible objects and paintings on display. It's just an amazing place. I took tons of pictures but it's going to take awhile to get through them all. I'll only share some of the best ones as I get them sorted out.

Few shots from the armor room:

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Morning Shot and Midday

Two shots taken yesterday morning down the road from my house and then another from the Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Canal at Turners

Ultra wide angle shots here:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

View of the Quabbin Reservoir from New Salem. The Quabbin is an enormous man made lake in the middle of MA which supplies water to the city of Boston.