Tom’s Blog

“A Sense of Peace” opens Thursday

A Sense of Peace, my solo show at Ironstone Gallery, is opening this Thursday, March 28, from 3 - 7 pm. The collection that was featured in February at Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, NY was well received and will be the heart of this showing, too. One of the founders of Image City took the time to tell me that he was never all that impressed with nature photography, "But," he said, "There's something about your images." He ended up taking several home, including one he ordered custom printed 23" x 36". It's a photograph captured on the trail to Mount March and will be in the Ironstone...

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Flower and garden workshop scheduled

This is a heads-up to those who have been waiting for word on our next flower and garden photo workshop. I'm in the process of getting information onto the website, but this post will give you the basics. Our friends at Sycamore Hills Gardens in Marcellus, NY are once again welcoming us to enjoy a day of photography in their lovely gardens. The date will be June 14th, when Karen  Hanford tells me we should find the gardens very photogenic. She's promised a list of what we can expect to find in bloom on the 14th.  As soon as I have it, I'll pass it along. Sycamore Hills Gardens...

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A Sense of Peace – March 27

The images I had in my recent show at Rochester's Image City Photography Gallery, were called remarkably peaceful and tranquil by gallery owners and visitors alike. So, I'm happy to announce that these same images will comprise a new show that's more convenient to Central New Yorkers. It too, will be titled A Sense of Peace. Heck, if it ain't broke don't fix it, right? As I mentioned in this space before, I've had work recognized in the North American Nature Photography Association's annual showcase, recently. Blue Heron Hunting will be in this show, as will many other images captured...

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What’s so good about a photo tour?

As someone who thoroughly enjoys leading nature photography ours, I'm always trying to explain the answer to the questions, "What's so good about a photo tour?" Well, there are a couple of ways to answer that question. The first, and most expected, is from the participant's perspective. So, let's go there first. I have permission to use participant images from a recent tour, Winter in the Adirondacks last month. Jim and Anita McChesney, from Portlandville, NY were on their first photo tour. With new Nikon D7100 cameras, they were experienced underwater photographers anxious to discover...

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Only in the cold

I can't tell you how often people look at me like I have a whole bucket of loose screws when I say I'm going to climb out of a warm bed and trudge out into zero or even sub-zero temperatures to take some pictures. And, I'm looking forward to it. And, I expect I'll be out all day. And, "you don't know what you're missing." Okay, let's not dwell on the loose screw comments. It's the cold that counts, though. There are certain images that you can only get in the cold. The air is different. Cleaner, Crisper. Somehow I think even brighter. Of course in our neck of the woods that cold is often...

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Winter in the Adirondacks- let’s get ready

When I listen to the weather forecasters on the radio or TV here in Central and Upstate New York, I have to grit my teeth. It's simply amazing to me how many of them are often making winter weather look as bad as they can...as much of an inconvenience as they can. My guess is that they are trying to empathize with what they think their listeners or viewers are thinking. Unfortunately, I can't say they are wrong about their perception, Still, I think they would be doing everyone a great services if they would spend a little more time paying attention to the positive as opposed to the negative. Don't...

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Peter’s Picks are icing on the cake

Isn't it amazing how good you can feel when something you work hard to achieve comes through with icing on the cake. That extra added reward that is just so much more than you expected or even hoped for. Such was the case last night when I arrived at the Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, NY. I had already received compliments from several people who had seen the show before I arrived and because of who they were, experienced photographers recognized in their own rights, I was feeling pretty good about the show even before the "artists reception" kicked into gear. Then, the ever-so-pleasant...

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My Image City Gallery Opening

While tonight wasn't the official opening of the show, A Sense of Peace,  at the Image City Photography Gallery in Rochester, it felt like it to me as Lucia and I arrived for the "Artist's Reception." The show has actually been up since Tuesday. For most people reading this blog, it's probably old news that the current show at the gallery bills your's truly as the "featured photographer." I'm honored to have my work featured in a gallery with a solid reputation for showcasing the work of top photographers . And, I was doubly honored realizing the quality of the work presented...

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More – same subject, different photogs

I didn't see this until after I posted yesterday, but I thought it warranted a quick post this morning.  If  you haven't seen yesterday's post yet, take a look. This is another image from our Let There Be Light photo shoot. Joe Cosentino put a twist on our subject that I hadn't thought of. While the perspective is quite similar to my image, he saw it in black and white. I think his black and white treatment gives it an old fashion look. He has even added a vignetting which enhances the old-time feel. I'd have to say that it's really in keeping with the scene . . . old, rustic, log cabin,...

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Same subject, different photogs

Our Let There be Light photo shoot last Saturday brought a  bunch of us together in the same place at the same time. I think most of us photographed many of the same subjects. While our take on them may not have been radically different, it's interesting to see how we each approached our compositions.  One of the iconic subjects at Baltimore Woods is the log cabin. Look at how three of us photographed it. We each saw the same thing, but chose different perspectives, thus emphasizing different elements in the scene. While each of us may prefer one of the other of these images,...

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