Every city, large or small, has a soul. Nowhere in Connecticut is this more evident than New Haven. It’s a wonderful city with a wealth of culture supported by a vibrant arts, entertainment, and dining scene. And, while New Haven is a great place to see up and coming bands or sample new-age fare, it’s soul is truly powered by the past. Nowhere is this old soul more evident than on the campus of Yale University. Yale’s history can be traced back all the way to the 1640s, when the colonials made efforts to establish a college in New Haven, in order to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. Gothic architecture dominates the cityscape here and, against a gray December backdrop, these Old World structures bring about a sense were’re still surrounded by the souls of scholars from colonial times past.
It was a surprisingly gorgeous mid-December day here in New England. The sun was shining and the air was crisp, but not too cold. As such, I decided to take my camera out with me as I walked between meetings at my ‘day job’ and try to look at some of the usual sights with a more careful eye.
I’ve always found this sculpture fascinating. I don’t know if it’s just due to it’s uniqueness, or the odd dichotomy of such an artistic work being placed smack dab in the center of a federal building campus (when I think fed, I don’t exactly think style). The sculpture is by Alexander Lieberman and, according to the gsa.gov website, this is what Lieberman has to say about it:
In this sculpture, elongated cylinders recreate the loftiness found in Gothic cathedrals. Lieberman
intended the public to walk around the sculpture, and experience a sensation similar to what he felt
when he visited St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. “That is one of the reasons why I have called the
sculpture On High because I feel that the sense of physical elevation is associated with spiritual
elevation.” The red color of the sculpture provides a focus within the federal building as a point of
meditation and wonderment.
I have to admit, I felt some of that. But, more or less, I was just happy to be outside.
“Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it’s all right”
It has indeed been a long, cold, lonely winter. It feels great to get back outside and start shooting again. And what better way, I figured, than to head down to my beach and do some shooting. The image below is a 12-image composite I recently shot. The air was warm, the smell of salt water water permeated the atmosphere, and the seagulls & cranes each squawked joyously over their respective lunchtime catches of the day. I hope you enjoy this image as much as I enjoyed shooting it.
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While backing up and cataloging some files today, I came across this panorama that I shot nearly a month ago. I was out on the beach with my wife & nephews and a small storm started blowing in. It was just one of those fantastic moments of contrast: light was turning to dark, high tide was becoming low tide, and the warm summer day was being transformed by a chilling wind from the approaching storm.
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A couple weekends ago, I was lucky enough to photograph a wedding for a fantastic couple. As usual, I arrived plenty early to the venue — a beach wedding — and the stage was being perfectly set. People were bustling around making last-minute adjustments to make sure everything was absolutely perfect for the happy couple. And then, BOOM, a thunderstorm rolls in. But, as the saying goes, rain is truly a sign of good luck on your wedding day. The storm was brief and the ceremony and reception were a great success.
Good luck was also on my side that day. As the storm passed through, in its wake was one of the most spectacular rainbows I’ve ever seen. Its bright, vivid arch perfectly encompassed a historic mansion along the shoreline — so, naturally, I wasted no time in running to snap this photo. I’m incredibly proud of this shot, as it wasn’t easy. It was still raining as I ran down into the water to frame this one up. So, with two feet in the water and one hand shielding a heavy lens from the rain, I was able to steady myself enough to capture this scene. For those wondering, there was very little post-processing involved in this final image. I’ve only cropped the photo to this panoramic format and made some small exposure adjustments to help bring the colors out. I hope you enjoy!
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Building on yesterday’s post, it’s incredible how the colors in the sky change from evening to evening. Last night, the sky erupted with bright orange, just as the sun dipped below the horizon. It was such an incredibly intense glow, it seemed almost too bright to look at at times, in contrast to the dark skies behind me. Hmmm, I’ve been having so much fun taking these shots I think I might sense a daily (nightly) project coming on here. Stay tuned…
The sun setting over the water is something I never get tired of seeing. It’s absolutely incredible how there’s such a variety of colors from evening to evening, providing a unique scene each & every time. In an odd contrast, they’re like snowflakes – no two sunsets are completely alike.
To the regular followers of this blog, my apologies for being MIA lately. Life has been a little crazy lately. But I’m happy to say with warmer weather & life settling down a little comes the urge to get back behind the camera.
Here’s a coastal photo that I’ve recently shot. I don’t often convert many images to black & white, but this one just speaks so much louder in this format. It’s title, “Davey Jones’ Locker”, is inspired by the below lyrics of the David Gray song by the same name. I hope you enjoy.
At the edges, silvery edges
Where the mirror it bends and stretches
Oh the edges of this world
Where the waters crash and curl
Here’s a photo from Saturday night’s Night Rainbow | Global Rainbow New Haven laser light sculpture. This was a four-night-exhibition that helped kick off the 375th Anniversary celebrations in New Haven, CT. You can read more about it here. It was super-cool to see these lights projecting across the New Haven skyline. I seriously hope they do this again — I’d love the chance to capture this from (many) more angles!
The lasers projecting from the base of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument at East Rock Park, New Haven, CT.
They say at the end of every rainbow is a pot o’ gold… or an Irish pub! Anna Liffey’s, New Haven, CT
Downtown New Haven, CT
Here’s a quick shot from a freezing cold afternoon on the Naugatuck River in Seymour, CT.