Magical Mystery Tour - St. John, USVI | 2019
My first snorkel-shooting - I absolutely loved it. I live only a few miles from the Atlantic Ocean, and it looks NOTHING like the blue-green, high-visibility Caribbean Sea! Maho Bay on the island of St. John is a turtle paradise, with three species including the beautiful green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). This calm fellow/gal was doing a ride share - note the remora on his back and under his belly and back flipper.
Shot with Sony RX100 VI + (safely tucked into) an Ikelite underwater box.
My Blue Heron - New Jersey, USA | 2019
The heron is a symbol of stillness and tranquility, patience, independence, and determination. This great blue heron (Ardea herodias) often hangs out at the reservoir in my hometown. I like him so much, I put him in my logo. Standing motionless for minutes while stalking prey, the heron strikes with perfect timing and doesn't miss - it's the most expert fishing you'll ever see, and the heron's habit of motionless posing makes it a great photographic model.
Shot with Sony A7riii + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 and Sony RX100 VI
Doors Off, Hands Steady - New York City | 2018
Touring NYC by helicopter lets you see it in a way that isn't possible by land: The vast network of waterways and bridges, iconic skyscrapers and in the center of it all, the lush, sprawling beauty of Central Park. Sunset/blue hour tours out of Linden, NJ offer photographer-friendly expert pilots and NO doors, so EVERYTHING is right there to enjoy and capture without obstruction, just fantastic sights in any direction, as far as the eye can see. Absolutely stunning views for 45-60 glorious minutes!
Shot with Sony A7riii + Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8
Parental Partnership - New Jersey USA | 2019
We were visited this Spring by house finches (Haemorhous mexicanus). They built a nest right outside our kitchen window, and I had so much fun watching - respectfully! - their progress in creating a home and starting a family. Mama finch sat on the eggs for hours on end, and daddy finch (identified by his red breast) brought her meals at times. Once the five (5!) chicks hatched, both parents took turns feeding. I watched this process every day for months, and then one morning, the most active of the chicks was flapping his wings wildly (clip below). I was gone for a few hours and returned to an empty nest - all five set off on their own. I like to think they are among the finches at our feeder each day.
Shot with Sony A7riii + Sony 24-240mm