Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog en-us (C) Harvey Kopel harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:28:00 GMT Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:28:00 GMT http://harvey.photos/img/s/v-5/u212191874-o17468065-50.jpg Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog 80 120 The Blue Hour http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/the-blue-hour Many photographers shoot early in the morning or late in the evening during what is known as "The Golden Hour." This is not an hour but a few minutes as the sun rises or sets when daylight is redder and softer than when the Sun is higher in the sky. But there is also a time called "The Blue Hour."  Again only a few minutes when the sun is at a significant depth below the horizon and when the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue shade.  This picture, shot early in the morning, comes from the "Out of Chicago" workshop at Acadia National Park in Maine. It looks deserted but I carefully positioned the camera to eliminate the dozens of other photographers with me.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/the-blue-hour Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:08:24 GMT
Fall Colors http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/fall-colors It has not been a good year for colors this fall.  Usually in New York City the colors peak around the first of November.  Today most leaves are still green or they are turning brown and falling off.  This photo is my attempt at an impressionistic view of the season.  Think Monet? 

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/fall-colors Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:09:44 GMT
Bronx Botanical Garden http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/bronx-botanical-garden I visited the Bronx Botanical Garden to see the Chihuly Glass Exhibit but got more interested in the nature of the garden. At the heart of the Garden is the old-growth forest, the largest existing remnant of the original forest which covered all of New York City before the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century. The forest, which was never logged, contains oaks, American beechescherrybirchtulip and white ash trees, some more than two centuries old.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/bronx-botanical-garden Sun, 05 Nov 2017 13:46:21 GMT
Graphic metal door http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/graphic-metal-door When creating a purely graphic photo many people advocate making it Black and White.  I see in color and feel that both the vivid green and the subtle rust and other warm tones add to this composition. 

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/graphic-metal-door Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:24:17 GMT
busy bee http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/busy-bee I took several pictures of bees on flowers this day but capturing this one searching for a place to land is my favorite.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/busy-bee Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:19:32 GMT
Acadia Sunset http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/acadia-sunset The view from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park at sunset.  It was my first time at Acadia and I photographed for 4 days at a workshop by "Out of Chicago." Check out my gallery of other pictures from Acadia.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/acadia-sunset Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:49:38 GMT
Egret http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/egret I don't usually like pictures of a bird flying away from me but this egret with a smile on his face and a fish in his beak and splashes of water trailing behind him caught my interest.  Photographed from a boardwalk on Assateague Island in Maryland. 

Canon 5Dmark111, ef70-200 with 2x extender at 400mm, 1/1500@f9.5, ISO 1600.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/egret Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:18:22 GMT
Brooklyn http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/brooklyn Shot in Brooklyn, New York, this picture could be anywhere in the world.  Relaxing with a cell phone and a cup of coffee.  A bonus that I did not notice till I downloaded the picture on my computer is the self portrait reflected in the window.  

Canon 5d mark iii, 28-135 kit lens at 80mm, 1/45@f9.5, ISO 400.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/brooklyn Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:08:06 GMT
Sandpiper http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/sandpiper I was lying on my belly in the sand to get this sandpiper walking through the surf in my direction.  Shot on the beach in Ocean City, Maryland on September 7,2017.  Canon 5D mark iii, 1/1500 at 5.6, ISO 400, 70 to 200 zoom with 2x extender at 400mm. 

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/sandpiper Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:27:47 GMT
Textures http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/textures Texture on texture.  There seems to be a beauty in dead leaves.  This one caught my eye sitting on the texture of a cement sidewalk.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/textures Sun, 03 Sep 2017 15:10:05 GMT
New England cemetery http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/cemetery A cemetery near Jaffrey New Hampshire.  It was pouring down rain when I shot this picture out the window of a car.  It was a beautiful cemetery and a place I'll return to get closeups of the ancient tombstones. patriotism. old New England. Soft focus is on purpose to evoke the mood of early photos.

Canon Eos 5D, Iso 1600, 1/60 at f4.5. 28-135 zoom at 70mm.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/cemetery Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:50:26 GMT
Sunflower http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/sunflower An extreme macro photo of the center of a sunflower. My sinuses are reacting just looking at the pollen.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/sunflower Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:30:38 GMT
Central Park in Bronze http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/central-park-in-bronze  


Central Park in Bronze (www.centralparkinbronze.com) is a website devoted exclusively to the statues and other ornamental artwork in Central Park. Created by a group of tour guides, the site provides a virtual tour of the art in New York City’s premier park.

I am one of the creators of the website capturing each piece of art in a variety of views, including pictures in different seasons and close-ups that show fine details. The photographs are available for purchase through the website.

In addition to photographs, the website offers information about each statue, its creator, materials, and history including the life of the person depicted, as well as a map of the exact location. The website writers, Alan Cohen and Lyall Croft along with editor Laurie Lewis expand on topics of interest in a blog. Visitors to the website can sign up to receive notification when a new blog is posted.  The website is designed by Debra Harley.

 More information is available through the Contact page of the website.  http://www.centralparkinbronze.com


We need your help to get this website seen.  Please visit the website, send a comment on the contact page, subscribe to the blog, and view several pages.  We would appreciate your support in clicking on the website daily to help bring it to the top of search engines.  If response is great enough we would like to publish a more comprehensive book on the Central Park Monuments.



harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/central-park-in-bronze Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:00:04 GMT
Urban Nature http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/urban-nature Even in crowded Manhattan people want a little bit of Nature.  This picture was taken on a walk through Tribeca sponsored by B&H Photo and Sony.

Canon 5D, 1/60 at f8, 135mm lens, iso 400.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/urban-nature Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:21:34 GMT
Phukett, Thailand http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/phukett-thailand A boat off the coast of Phuket, Thailand.  The engine is a repurposed automobile engine.  We are on the way to a tourist attraction called James Bond Island.  Along the way we got into kayaks (one of which is carried on the boat pictured) and explored caves and rock formations.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/phukett-thailand Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:32:00 GMT
Egret feeding http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/egret-feeding Mama egret must swallow and digest the fish before she regurgitates it to feed her chicks. This picture was taken at the St Augustine, Florida Alligator Farm in April of 2015 with a Canon 7D and a 70-200 zoom lens at 140mm.  1/1250sec at f5.6 ISO 800.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/egret-feeding Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:05:40 GMT
Sailing New York Harbor http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/sailing-new-york-harbor For 4 days in June, BandH photo sponsored OPTIC.  A group of seminars, lectures, field trips, portfolio reviews, and trade show.  This picture is taken from the BandH ferry in the New York Harbor on a very foggy evening.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/sailing-new-york-harbor Sun, 02 Jul 2017 22:50:53 GMT
Great Wall of China http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/6/great-wall-of-china The Great Wall of China was an amazing site.  No I did not hike the section that you along the ridge in this picture.  It is a panorama shot and the upper left and bottom middle have been filled in with Photoshop content aware.  

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/6/great-wall-of-china Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:37:20 GMT
monkey see http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/5/monkey-see This wild monkey was keeping an eye on me but still enjoying the banana that someone tossed to him.  He was not at all afraid of people. Photographed at a Chinese village (The tribe of the three gorges) along the Yangtse River located in the hinterland of Xiling Gorge between the Three Gorges Dam and Gehzouba Dam.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/5/monkey-see Sun, 28 May 2017 12:21:49 GMT
Row Boats http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/row-boats Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux in the design of Central Park followed the motto "Nature first, nature second, and nature third."  However there is also beauty in the man made objects in the park.  Rowing season has started in the Lake.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/row-boats Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:33:56 GMT