Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog en-us (C) Harvey Kopel harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:36:00 GMT Fri, 13 Jul 2018 12:36:00 GMT http://harvey.photos/img/s/v-5/u212191874-o17468065-50.jpg Harvey Kopel: Blog http://harvey.photos/blog 80 120 pip http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/pip My cousin Ron Kleiman held a PIP (Patio Inauguration Party) and asked me to take pictures.  He knows that I am NOT an event photographer so he should have known what he would get.  This photo could be an abstract painting but it is actually straight from the camera with no manipulation.  It is Ron's granddaughter, Kayla, swimming under water.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/pip Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:34:31 GMT
Ropes http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/ropes Don't pass up the details. I was on a cruise around Cape Horn looking at some of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen but what also caught my eye was the pattern, color, and texture of these ropes on the ship.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/ropes Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:08:36 GMT
Malba Museum http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/malba-museum I question if this is my art or not?  It is a section of a painting in the Malba Museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Of course the reflections are not a part of the art work so I guess the Photo is my creation from someone else's art.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/malba-museum Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:52:49 GMT
Peacock http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/peacock I caught this peacock spying on me through the grass at the Bronx Zoo.

A closeup of the feathers from another peacock.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/peacock Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:36:46 GMT
Mothers Day http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/mothers-day A great egret chic giving his mother a big kiss for Mother's Day.  Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there. Your work is never rewarded enough but is always appreciated.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/mothers-day Sun, 13 May 2018 17:41:39 GMT
Keukenhof Gardens http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/keukenhof-gardens The history of Keukenhof dates back to the 15th century. Countess Jacoba van Beieren [Jacqueline of Bavaria] (1401-1436) gathered fruit and vegetables from the Keukenduin [kitchen dunes] for the kitchen of Teylingen Castle. Keukenhof Castle was built in 1641 and the estate grew to encompass an area of nearly 500 acres.  In 1949 a group of 20 leading flower bulb growers and exporters came up with the plan to use the estate to exhibit spring-flowering bulbs, signalling the birth of Keukenhof as a spring park. The park’s focus is on the 7 million spring-flowering bulbs.

This scene of hyacinths looks like a blue stream in a forest of flowers.  The lady with the red umbrella is not a model posing in the middle of the stream.  She is another tourist walking on another path and viewing the same scene from the opposite side.  I was just lucky enough to see her there and get the photograph. See more flowers from the garden in the gallery Keukenhof.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Tamron 28-300 at 50mm, 1/250 at f8, ISO 400.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/keukenhof-gardens Sun, 06 May 2018 13:20:11 GMT
Botanical Garden Orchid Show http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/botanical-garden-orchid-show n traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi  is a world view centered on the acceptance of transcience and imperfection.  The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.  I feel this photo of a dying orchid in the Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden is an example of wabi-sabi.

canon 5d mark iii, 1/180 at f13, tamron 28-300 at 139mm,  iso 3200

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/botanical-garden-orchid-show Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:56:56 GMT
The Perito Moreno Glacier http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/the-perito-moreno-glacier The Perito Moreno Glacier is one of 48 glaciers fed by the Southern Patagonian Ice Fields located in the Andes in Argentina. This ice field is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water, following Antartica and Greenland.  While most glaciers worldwide are retreating, this one is advancing.  The terminus is 3.1 miles wide with as average height of 240 feet above the water level. It has a total ice depth of 559 feet. The first picture is a panorama of 10 separate exposures stitched together.  Note the gap on the left side of the first photo. The second one is a closer look.  We missed viewing a natural ice arch here that collapsed on March 10th (We were there on March 13) causing floods in the nearby town of El Calafante. Pressures from the weight of the ice slowly push the glacier over the southern arm of Argentino Lake, damming the section and separating it from the rest of the lake. With no outlet, the water level on the "Brazo Rico" side of the lake can rise by as much as 30 meters above the level of the main body of Argentino Lake. Intermittently, the pressure produced by the height of the dammed water breaks through the ice barrier causing a spectacular rupture, sending a massive outpouring of water from the Brazo Rico section to the main body of Lake Argentino. As the water exits Brazo Rico, the scored shoreline is exposed, showing evidence of the height of the water build-up. This dam–ice-bridge–rupture cycle recurs naturally between once a year to less than once a decade. We went to view the flamingos on Lake Argentino in El Calafate but saw only floods.  The lake had risen 4.6 feet 

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/the-perito-moreno-glacier Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:55:08 GMT
Torres Del Paine http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/torres-del-paine Torres del Paine is a national park in Chilean Patagonia. It is located in the southern tiers of the Andes and features mountains, lakes, and glaciers. The Torres del Paine(Spanish for "Towers of Paine" and "Paine" is an old indigenous word for the color blue), three immense rock towers, give the park its name. This is a color picture but on such a grey day it appears black and white.  

Canon 5DmarkIII, 1/1000 at f11, ISO 400, Tamron 28-300 at 106mm

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/torres-del-paine Sun, 25 Mar 2018 20:28:08 GMT
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.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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harvey@kopel.us (Harvey Kopel) http://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/the-blue-hour Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:08:24 GMT