Montauk and the Hamptons

Dinkle_20150503_0725-Edit-EditThe first weekend of May, on Long Island, was a little bit chillier than normal this year but still had an awesome time in Montauk and the Hamptons with the people from the Mentor Series at Nikon. Obviously, took the necessary shots of the famous lighthouse but was also able to step out of my comfort zone and work with some professional and non-professional models. Didn’t use any fancy lighting setups, just some reflectors and diffusers. Had an absolutely awesome time. Taking pictures of pretty women kinda suits me !!! Click on the image for a slideshow from the weekend.

Appleseed Hollow and Strasburg Railroad

Dinkle_20150411_0109-Edit-2-EditSpring came late to Pennsylvania this year. Usually the early flower buds and green in the trees has started to give the landscape some color. Not so, this year. Nonetheless the beauty of this area of Lancaster and Chester counties is undeniable. Spent part of the day at Appleseed Hollow. Appleseed Hollow was also a book describing the author’s experience of living on a small farm at the eastern end of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, from 1958 to 1974. I shot the Hollow with my friend Ed and Kelly Heaton who don’t live far from the farm and have shot there countless times. They know the owner well and we are granted access to the entire property. In the afternoon we visited the Strasburg Rail Road. The railroad is a heritage railroad located near Strasburg, Pennsylvania, operating excursion trains hauled by steam locomotives in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. The Strasburg is one of the few railroads in the U.S. that utilizes steam locomotives to regularly haul revenue freight trains. Click on the image for a slideshow from the days events.

Jones Beach

Jones Beach-1For the three Wednesday’s in June, I will participating in a Long Island beaches sunset photography workshop. Our first stop was world famous Jones Beach State Park, home of 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean, and made up of more than 2,400-acres of maritime environment on the south shore of Long Island. The park is host to about 6 to 8 million visitors each year. The park’s oceanfront setting and natural environment have little development or advertising, creating a refreshing break from the hectic pace of life of Long Island and the metropolitan area. Less than 20 miles from New York City, Jones Beach is a playground for millions of people who live nearby. Click on the image  for a slideshow from the evening.

Spectacular Scenery of Southern Utah

Five days is Southern Utah is actually a very short time to explore the natural wonders that this area of the country offers.

Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

 

SoUtah-3Day One was a late afternoon trip to Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.  The dunes are reported to be 10,000 to 15,000 years old.

 

 

 

 

SoUtah-7Day Two involved a trip to Page, Arizona and the dramatic Horseshoe Bend, which is a meander of the Colorado River that we photographed from a cliff 1000 feet above.  In the afternoon we hiked into the Upper Antelope Canyon, located on Navajo land and is called Tsé bighánílíní, “the place where water runs through rocks”.

 

 

 

SoUtah-18The entire third day was spent exploring Zion Canyon National Park. Zion Canyon is a deep and narrow gorge carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

 

 

 

 

SoUtah-20Day Four we headed northeast to the unsurpassed grandeur of Bryce Canyon National Park.The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. Bryce sits at a much higher elevation than nearby Zion National Park. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.

 

 

SoUtah-29On my way back to Vegas I stopped at the very interesting Techatticup Mine Ghost Town. Over the last decade this ghost town has been restored and a number of buildings have been preserved at the mine site. Across from the mine sits a historic 1861 building which serves as a museum to the area and to the Techatticup Mine. The Techatticup Mine has been the set of two movies. The first, Breakdown, with Kurt Russell and Kathleen Quinlan, was released in 1997 and several artifacts from the movie can be seen at the site. Several years later, the movie 3000 Miles to Graceland, was released in 2001, parts of which were filmed at the mine site. This movie, again with Kurt Russell, as well as an all star cast including Kevin Costner, Courtney Cox, Christian Slater , and David Arquette, shot several scenes here including the scene where the Lucky Strike gas station blows up . Props from the movie, including the crashed airplane can still be seen at the site.

Palouse, Washington

A patchwork landscape of greens, browns, and yellows warmly welcomes you to the picturesque Palouse Scenic Byway. The Palouse is well known for its four distinct seasons, but we chose to go in late summer for a more unique perspective in this normally extremely green farmland.  As you wind through this peaceful pastoral route, keep in mind the dramatic and sometimes violent forces of nature that shaped the Palouse Scenic Byway over thousands of years. Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

 

Grand Central Terminal and Radio City Music Hall

In order to get images of some iconic locations in NYC, you have to go to extreme measures to not having people cluttering them. Grand Central was shot at 4:00am and there was not a soul around, except for a few policemen, of course. At Radio City, I was with a group that had 90 minutes worth of access to the awesome location. I LOVE NEW YORK……most of the time !!! Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

Alaskan Grizzly Bears

Alaska Bears 2013  6248A few weeks ago I had the awesome pleasure of traveling to Alaska to photograph wild Grizzly Bears with renowned photographer, Brenda Tharp.  Though I initially had high expectations for this trip, I also did not know exactly what to expect.  I was completely blown away.  First, Alaska is a spectacular landscape.  I had been there 10 years ago on a cruise, but on this trip, staying in a remote coastal cabin, it gave me the true Alaska experience.  As for the bears, they couldn’t have been better hosts.  The coastal grizzlies are usually less aggressive than the mountain grizzlies, but I never expected to get within 15 yards of a mom and her cubs.  Yes I said 15 yards.  What an experience !!!  They seem to trust us and we did everything possible to not violate that trust.  They even would wounder through our lodge’s property, when you least expected it.  We also sailed to a remote bird sanctuary island to photograph puffin and other sea birds.  On the last day of shooting, on my way back to my cabin, I was treated to an American eagle taking flight from his nest.  Though, I clipped one of his wings in my image, I was still thrilled with the experience.  Please take a few minutes to view a short slideshow of a few (42) of my 3,500 images by clicking HERE.

Death Valley

Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California’s Mojave Desert, the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America. Death Valley’s Badwater Basin is the point of the lowest elevation in North America, at 282 feet below sea level. The hottest air temperature ever recorded in Death Valley was 134°F on July 10, 1913, which is the hottest atmospheric temperature ever recorded on earth. Needless to say, February is a much better time to go to this unearthly-like place. Pictures, nor foolish adjectives can even come close to describing a place that, in many ways, is unlike any place else on earth. The Great Rift Valley in Africa, many people say, is the only place that comes close. I’ve been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel to places like this with highly talented photographers, like John Barclay, Chuck Kimmerle and Dan Sniffin. Check out the YouTube slideshow, below. Don’t forget to hit the “full screen” mode to get the complete experience.

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