Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog en-us (C) Harvey Kopel harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:46:00 GMT Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:46:00 GMT http://harvey.photos/img/s/v-5/u212191874-o17468065-50.jpg Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog 80 120 Red tail hawk http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/red-tail-hawk AA red tail hawk at the New York Botanical Garden grabbing a branch off the top of a tree to build his families nest. The hawk after he precisely broke off the branch and is carrying it to the nest site.  I later watched he and a female doing a mating dance in the sky.  They were too far away to photograph.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/red-tail-hawk Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:45:32 GMT
Shooting Down http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/shooting-down There is no need to go to exotic locations for an interesting photograph. All one needs do is start looking at things around you from different angles and perspectives.  An example is this photo shooting straight down at a fire hydrant right outside my front door.  I hope you enjoy it.

Canon 7D 85mm, 1/80th at f11, ISO 250

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/shooting-down Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:01:05 GMT
Belvedere Castle http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/belvedere-castle The Belvedere Castle in Central Park was designed as a folly.  A piece of architecture to entice people to come further into the park and explore this exotic building.  I believe this photo with the dramatic sky behind the castle expresses that desire.  

canon 7D, 1/400th at f8, 50mm lens, ISO 100.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/belvedere-castle Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:49:21 GMT
row boats http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/row-boats I love the patterns made by the row boats stacked up at the lake in Central Park.  I guess it reminds me of the fun rowing on the lake in the summer. This is the fourth picture of these boats I've published on my blog.  You can check out the others from April 2017, February of 2016 and May of 2015. 

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/row-boats Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:13:22 GMT
Brown Pelican http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/brown-pelican A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill can hold more than his belly can
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I'm damned if I see how the hell he can! 
Dixon Merritt. 

It is not far from the truth. The pouch suspended from the lower half of the pelican’s long, straight bill really can hold up to three times more than the stomach. In addition to being used as a dip net, the pouch holds the pelican’s catch of fish until the accompanying water—as much as three gallons— is squeezed out. During this time, laughing gulls may hover above the pelican, or even sit on its bill, ready to steal a fish or two. Once the water is out, the pelican swallows the fish and carries them in its esophagus. The pouch also serves as a cooling mechanism in hot weather and as a feeding trough for young pelicans

This brown pelican with a wingspan of almost 7 feet was photographed over the Pacific Ocean in Ixtapa, Mexico.  

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/brown-pelican Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:57:35 GMT
Window http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/window This window is on a door at the courthouse in Aruba.  

Canon 40D, 28-135 canon zoom lens at 35mm, ISO 400, 1/200 at f5.6.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/window Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:20:23 GMT
Sandhill Crane http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/sandhill-crane A Sandhill Crane, at Bosque Del Apache in New Mexico, taking off in the early morning.  The cranes sleep overnight on the water to avoid the predator coyotes.  Notice the ice around his left leg.  He had to break through the frozen lake around his feet. The temperature was around 16 degrees fahrenheit.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/sandhill-crane Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:45:17 GMT
Balloon Ride http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/balloon-ride Photo taken from another balloon in Upstate New York.  A beautiful foggy fall morning.

Canon 40D,Canon 28-135 zoom at 109mm, 1/250at f20, ISO 1600.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/balloon-ride Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:37:01 GMT
metal staircase http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/metal-staircase Today's blog shows two departures for me.  It is a black and white picture.  The original is in color but the color is mostly grey metal and I felt the shot is made up mostly of lines in various directions and they are brought out more by the black and white.  The second departure for me is this photo was shot with my cell phone.  I recently bought a Samsung S8 which is reported to have the best camera on a phone. This is the first phone picture I have ever posted.  If you are interested the location is the new Whitney Museum in Soho.

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/metal-staircase Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:51:49 GMT
Prospect Park Cascade http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/prospect-park-cascade I visited Prospect Park in Brooklyn for the first time this week.  It is the second park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.  Their first was Central Park.  It is said they experimented with design in Central Park and perfected it with Prospect Park.  Pictured here is the Prospect Park cascade

harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/prospect-park-cascade Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:30:45 GMT
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