9-2-14 Kissing Summer Goodbye

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8-10-14 Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture 3 (Hudson Edition)

Now you didn’t think I would leave this challenge without at least one shot of The Hudson, did you? The texture in this picture is both from the river and from a very simple technique of slow shutter speed, 1/15 of a second, and a simple rotation of the camera body.

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Some other textures:

http://cxianliu.wordpress.com/2014/08/07/a-moon-in-rain/

http://neihtn.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/

http://valentinaexpressions.com/2014/08/10/texture-valentina-cirasola-author-and-designer/

http://flyingonemptythoughts.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/all-in-one/

http://brokenlightcollective.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/gods-and-monsters/

http://dragonflygypsyusa.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/daily-post-weekly-photo-challenge-texture-3/

http://drycrikjournal.com/2014/08/10/kaweah-brodiaea-3/

http://sassyethnicbohemian.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/weekly-photo-contest-texture/

http://bonegirlpix.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/sunset-sand/

http://hobilari.com/2014/08/10/weekly-photo-challenge-texture/

7-29-13 It Was A Beautiful Day For A Swim

Saturday was a perfect weather day for swimming the Hudson River. Temperature was in the mid 80’s, very little wind and partly sunny. We could not have asked for better. I am still working on making the photographs but I wanted to get some shots onto the blog. These have been worked a bit, exposure and white balance mostly, but no magic.

– A technical note for any camera gear folks, I rented a Nikon D600 and a beautiful Nikon 24mm lens to go with my 50mm and my 70-300 zoom-

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

The Woody Guthrie arrives in Newburgh

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

Pete Seeger singing Turn Turn Turn (the lyric he is singing, A Time To Mourn)

This Land Is Your Land

This Land Is Your Land

Fuck Cancer

Fuck Cancer

Group 1 in the water

Group 1 in the water

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

The first swimmer arrives in Beacon (23/24 minutes!)

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete - "I think I'll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies"

Abigail and Helena hanging with Pete – “I think I’ll just sit down next to these two beautiful ladies”

Mid Swim

Mid Swim

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Katherine 50 yards from the finish

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

Former policeman from Lima Peru. Lost his arm, leg, and eye trying to defuse a bomb. Now lives in White Plains. Swims every year.

The 10th Annual Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim

It was a beautiful day

It was a beautiful day

7-21-13 Six Days And Counting

Last week I wrote (Here) about Katherine returning to swim the Hudson after a two-year gap. The swim is 6 days away and she has been training hard. I wanted to give you all a taste of what the swim looks like before it starts so here are two shots from just before the 2008 swim.

The Guardians

Swim team

I also wanted to give a shout out to the woman with the gorgeous green/blue/aqua eyes, The Accidental Cootchie Mama (a great blogger and a great writer). She and her witty and charming husband MTM did a quick NYC visit and were kind enough to both fit me in for lunch and make a donation to River Pool in Katherine’s honor.

7-16-13 The 10th Annual Great Newburgh To Beacon Hudson River Swim

Hudson Swim

As some of you know Katherine (that would be my wife of 28, and partner of 36, years) swam the Hudson to benefit River Pool in 2008-09-10 but was unable to do so for health reasons the past two years.

Well- SHE IS BACK. This year the swim is on Saturday, July 27th If you can donate to the cause of River Pool,  that is great, but whether or no, please send your encouragement and good wishes.

I will have pictures of the event as soon as I am able after it happens. It is always a great day. 250 swimmers and about 100 kayakers, plus the sloop Woody Guthrie and usually Pete Seeger comes out to sing them on. I don’t know if he will be there this year as his wife Toshi just passed away the other day at the age of 91 (they meet in 1943!) but he and Toshi are always there in spirit.

You can learn more about River Pool HERE.

8-6-11 Great Newburgh to Beacon Hudson River Swim…Guest Blog!

As I wrote last weekend…What I Did Instead… Katherine swam in the Newburgh to Beacon swim to benefit River Pool the past three years and I photographed it.  That did not happen this year. Katherine simply had no time to train for the swim, way too much going on, so I went to Boston for the Sox – Yankees game. Katherine did go to the swim but instead of swimming she filled my role and shot.

The water was much rougher this year than in previous years and many swimmers commented on that. It was clear a storm was trying to roll in but the swim was just after Noon and it wasn’t due until 4pm so swim they did.

I know that a few swimmers (who are also writers) are readers of the blog so feel free to post a description or send one to me and I will post it (giving credit where due, of course).

Hope you enjoy the slide show!  You should really play this song as you watch…This Land Is Your Land or this one… The Hudson

They both open in a separate window.Once the music starts come back to this tab and viola!

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8-6-11 What I Did Instead

The Great River Swim

This image is from The Great River Swim 2010.  Pete Seeger warming up the crowd. Every year 250 swimmers raise money for River Pool at Beacon.

Katherine swam it the last three years but did not this year since she was on a special assignment and I was nowhere near the event nor near the Hudson. I, instead, watched the Yankees get clobbered by the Red Sox. However the seats were really good and my Mother and Aunt and Uncle were very pleased with the results…