New York will be revisiting it's ban on plastic bags soon. According to news from NY1
Enforcement of the ban on single-use plastic bags will take effect statewide on October 19. The legislation took effect March 1 but hasn't been enforced, in part because of the pandemic and worries about re-usable bags, and also because of a lawsuit from plastic bag manufacturers.
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Pike County Pennsylvania has a rich history with the Delaware River and hosts some of the most pristine land in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
This access area is a great spot for fishing but the primary purpose is as a boat launch and picnic area. It's pretty, it's easy to get to, and it's easily accessible. It is also a really nice area to access the McDade Trail for a day hike.
Check for COVID-19 restrictions before you plan to visit and follow this park on Facebook to get daily COVID-19 closures: https://www.facebook.com/DelWaterGapNPS
Delaware Water Gap map: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/maps.htm
McDade Trail information: https://www.nps.gov/dewa/planyourvisit/mcdade-recreational-trail.htm
I wander over, and under, a lot of small bridges. In part this is because I wander the Delaware River a lot and have a need to cross it rather often. It is also true that I simply enjoy the unobstructed views that bridges provide. In a land of thick forests, a treeless view is a wonderful photographic opportunity.
In a lot of photos, and how I prefer to photograph them, the image is more about the landscape and the bridge accentuates that. Then there are times when I am simply enjoying the immense structure and I run with that feeling to make the images more along the lines of architectural photography.
The above image is an old train bridge photographed while I was on the Zane Gray Bridge. Both are in in Lackawaxen Pennsylvania and span the Lackawaxen River. This area attracts a lot of photographers looking to photograph bald eagles so if you enjoy that Lackawaxen is a nice place to wander.
Below are all images from my Bridges collection on Fine Art America.
The first two are Delaware River bridges: Roebling Aqueduct Bridge (connecting Lackawaxen PA and Minisink NY) and the Milford Bridge (connecting Montague NJ and Milford PA).
Below is a mix of my favorite DSLR and cell iPhone images of local bridges.
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American Rivers announces their 2020 River of the Year and one of my favorite photographic subjects - the Lovely Delaware River - wins it!
How amazing is that!??!
From their website: American Rivers is a national organization that was founded in 1973 and is dedicated the protection of rivers. Here is what the American Rivers CEO had to say:
“The Delaware River is a national success story,” said Bob Irvin, President and CEO of American Rivers. “The River of the Year honor recognizes the hard work of many local advocates who understand that a healthy Delaware River is vital to the health of millions of people.” - https://www.americanrivers.org/2020/04/river-of-the-year-for-2020-the-delaware-river/
Some fun facts: The Delaware River is the East Coast’s longest free-flowing river and part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System which preserves certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. I'm glad for that designation and for the two national parks that I have in my area: Delaware Water Gap and Upper Delaware Scenic
I've spent a lot of years exploring this river system and photographing both the landscapes around the river with the bridges that run over it. Check out some of panoramic photos here:
More recently I've gotten interested in the underwater world of this river and started shooting more underwater photography. Check out my blog posts on that Underwater Photography here:
I had intended on doing some SCUBA classes this spring to improve my underwater photography work but the classes were canceled due to COVID-19 so that will be delayed a bit. The summer of 2020 will likely still be more shallow underwater photography, however, I have quite a bit of new gear so it'll be new and creative work!
One thing I've admired, but not photographed much, is the abundant wildlife that has been repopulating the river basin. The bald eagles have made a tremendous return and beavers - like the one in the image below - are making their homes along the banks again.
I pulled this image out of my gift shop because it is a great example of the results of the work that has been done to restore this river. The image also speaks to the importance of the work and why we need to protect and conserve.
I thought maybe someone might enjoy it as much as I do :)
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Creating abstract photos is something I enjoy quite a bit. One method that I like to use is to use my macro lens and play with mixing oils with water.
The soft and subtle natural oil hues create very simple monotone images.
More colorful abstract art is created using: colored lights, food coloring, or using patterns in a way that they get reflected on the oils. You never really know what is going to happen and the same thing never happens twice which is something I enjoy immensely about this technique.
Natural and artificial lighting can really play some fun games bouncing off the oils. I find it helpful to not play by any rules when creating abstract designs so it is one of those elements of photography that I just enjoy.
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I found these sunglasses while I was out on McDade Trail the other day. I was a bit torn. On one hand I don't like to leave litter if I can remove it. On the other hand we are all in the Covid-19 social distancing era and I kind of didn't want to touch them.
I stood there circling them and pondering things when I noticed my reflection. In the end, I shot the image above and left them there. I'll pick them up and throw them away another day when I'm more secure in the idea that some time has passed and if they have any virons on them they will no longer be infectious.
The resulting image inspired me though. Found objects are a simple means to a creative photo.
They are things that happened to be there when you happened to wander by and see them. How you photograph them depends on: what camera equipment you happen to have with you, and, how you happen to 'see' it in your head. It's all very random and I love that.
Macro photography is a very easy way to get creative with your photos. Certainly you can do all sorts of setup shots, and that's wonderful, but even just walking around looking in the grasses will inspire you. It's a weird little world down there. Walk slowly and you'll see it.
I have kind of a Do No Harm philosophy. I don't cause excess stress to animals and I never kill insects just to photograph them. My results then tend to be often less 'technical' but more unexpected, and I'm OK with that.
Bees do what bees do. Not necessarily what humans think bees should be doing. I think it's more fun to photograph them that way.
Where I roam, dead things are not uncommon. Fish, dogs, deer, muskrats - all sorts of things. My dead animal collection is a blog in itself.
Mostly they are unpleasant to find, but, often they are certainly things that you do not see everyday and usually not things that most people time much to look at.
Is it 'creative' to photograph dead animals? I don't know. I guess it depends on how your photograph it.
Often you can extend the creative limits of your equipment with software.
The image below was shot with a 24mm lens but to get wider I shot two images and stitched them together. Doing this is a great way to get more creative with your landscape photography without the need to buy or rent new lenses.
Let your imagination run wild. Don't be shy. Make mistakes. But most of all, create!
10 Tips To Get More Creative Photos
1. Slow down - look at things a little longer, find the odd things in the scene
2. Take a new angle - go high, go low, look for new ways to look at the subject
3. Get close - get REAL close if you can, and then get real far away
4. Use prime lenses - they make you move your body so it throws you out of your comfort zone
5. Don't use auto settings - learn your camera controls so it sees what you want it to see
6. Be the Bee - let animals/insects be themselves, they will do more interesting things that way
7. Try pinhole photography - it breaks all the rules
8. Use whatever equipment you have - it's not technically right or wrong, it's creative
9. Bokeh - make the blur count, play with the blur, be the blur
10. Use reflections - water and windows are great for this
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Acadia National Park is a 47,000-acre example of the raw, rugged beauty of coastal Maine. It's a beautifully wild example of life along the Atlantic Ocean and a place I have explored several times but still haven't seen all there is to see.
I have a tenancy to stick to the shore areas of Acadia, because I live in an inland state, the ocean is therefore quite fascinating to me. There is a clean contrast of flowing water and immovable granite here that I have not photographed to satisfaction just yet.
There is also a quiet vastness in Acadia no matter when I go. I'm sure there are peak times but I generally find it to be a tranquil visit no matter the month or day.
Humans are very small in this landscape. Seabirds are much smaller but yet very powerful predators in this environment. Small sea animals make a their livings in shallow tidal pools and in the crevices of the immense granite slabs.
I look forward to returning to Acadia and exploring the coastal and inland areas more slowly and deliberately.
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Exploring photography has been a life long passion.