Harvey Kopel: Blog https://harvey.photos/blog en-us (C) Harvey Kopel [email protected] (Harvey Kopel) Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:53:00 GMT Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:53:00 GMT https://harvey.photos/img/s/v-12/u212191874-o17468065-50.jpg Harvey Kopel: Blog https://harvey.photos/blog 80 120 Snow activities in Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2024/2/snow-activities-in-central-park After two seasons with no snow, families can finally get out into Central Park and enjoy the winter sled riding.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Canon 16-35 lens@35mm, ISO 400, 1/250sec@f10

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2024/2/snow-activities-in-central-park Sun, 18 Feb 2024 19:52:39 GMT
Looking at the Statue of Liberty https://harvey.photos/blog/2024/2/looking-at-the-statue-of-liberty When you think of Manhattan, you don't think of it as an industrial city or a seaport but it is.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2024/2/looking-at-the-statue-of-liberty Sun, 04 Feb 2024 20:02:05 GMT
That's my breakfast https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/12/thats-my-breakfast THAT"S MY BREAKFAST-- The female Lesser Antillian Bullfinch is trying to chase the Bananaquit away.  But he is very stubborn.  Both are beautiful birds.


Canon 5D mark iii, Tamron 28-300@65mm, 1/[email protected], ISO800

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/12/thats-my-breakfast Sun, 24 Dec 2023 14:25:18 GMT
Immigrants in New York City https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/12/immigrants-in-new-york-city New York City typically receives tens of thousands of new arrivals each year. But since spring 2022, numbers have been rising especially quickly. More than 118,000 migrants and asylum seekers, most of whom hail from countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, have arrived after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.  This woman and her son are probably spending there days outside in cold weather that they have never before experienced.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 16-35@35mm, iso800, 1/[email protected]


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/12/immigrants-in-new-york-city Sun, 03 Dec 2023 20:26:08 GMT
NYC HALLOWEEN PARADE https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/11/nyc-halloween-parade 50th New York City Halloween Parade--This year’s Official Parade Theme, “Inside Out/ Upside Down” acknowledges the mounting disorientation so many of us feel these days – the realization that the promise of a return “back to normal” has only revealed that whatever notion normal we clung to may be gone forever, irrevocably altered in ways both subtle and substantial. We are left floating, inverted, turned about, flipped around like shards of a mirror exploding in slow motion.

That is why, in this 50th year of the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade (and our 25th year of creating performances to lead it), we decided to literally reflect on this singular moment, and make mirrors our leitmotif. Mirrors promise to show things as they are, but the world they reveal is a backwards universe, everything intimately familiar yet uncannily changed – a promise of normal that somehow has turned out not-quite-right. --Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles of Processional Arts Workshop

note the self portrait in this photograph illustrating this years theme.  Canon 5Dmarkiii,Canon 16-35mm lens@32mm, ISO 800, 1/20sec@f9


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/11/nyc-halloween-parade Sun, 05 Nov 2023 16:18:45 GMT
Sara Delano Roosevelt Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/8/sara-delano-roosevelt-park SARA DELANO ROOSEVELT PARK: The land was originally acquired by the city of New York in 1929 for the purpose of widening Chrystie and Forsyth Streets and building low-cost housing, but was instead used for parkland. The park was named for Sara Roosevelt, the mother of President Franklin Roosevelt, in March 1934, despite her written objection.  The site was previously occupied by walk-up apartments and before that, an African-American burial ground.  The M’Finda Kalunga Garden is named in memory of that burial ground.  The captivating garden is maintained by 20 local volunteers who cultivate individual plots as well as work together to maintain common areas.  This tree formation reminds me of a hand shadow puppet.

Iphone 13 ProMax, 26mm equivalent lens, 1/170sec@f15, ISO64

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/8/sara-delano-roosevelt-park Sun, 27 Aug 2023 17:56:38 GMT
Summer Fun https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/8/summer-fun Even in New York City kids can find a way to keep cool during a heat wave.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, canon 16-35@35mm, iso 100, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/8/summer-fun Sun, 13 Aug 2023 13:42:24 GMT
Architecture Abstract https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/7/architecture-abstract New York City architecture lends itself to creating abstract photos.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@ 270mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 200

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/7/architecture-abstract Sun, 30 Jul 2023 15:21:33 GMT
Living in a glass house (apartment) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/4/living-in-a-glass-house-apartment  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@116mm, iso100, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/4/living-in-a-glass-house-apartment Sun, 30 Apr 2023 17:59:11 GMT
Spring and the Cherry Trees https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/4/spring-and-the-cherry-trees The cherry trees in Central Park are in full bloom and people were taking full advantage of temperatures in the high seventies to relax and enjoy the beauty.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 16-35@35mm, iso100, f4.5@1/250 sec 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/4/spring-and-the-cherry-trees Sun, 23 Apr 2023 14:36:18 GMT
Sunrise, Plains of Abraham, Adirondack Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/3/plains-of-abraham Sunrise, Plains of Abraham, Adirondack Park--Created in eastern upstate New York in 1892 as one of the first Forever Wild Forest Preserves in the nation, the Adirondack Park is a unique wilderness area and National Historic Landmark. At 6 million acres, it is the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous United States. The state of New York owns approximately 2.6 million acres, while the remaining 3.4 million acres are devoted to forestry, agriculture and open space recreation. The Adirondack Park is not a National Park - there's no fee to enter and the park doesn't close at night, nor is it a state park, a common misconception. It's also the largest National Historic Landmark in the United States, covering an area larger than Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Glacier, and the Great Smokies National Parks combined.

This was a new experience for me.  The temperature was one degree fahrenheit and I did not freeze to death.  (There was no wind).  

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@110 mm,  ISO200, 1/320sec@f8.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/3/plains-of-abraham Sun, 05 Mar 2023 16:34:15 GMT
Brown Pelican https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/2/brown-pelican Brown Pelican--“A wonderful bird is the pelican; his bill can hold more than his belly can,” goes the limerick by Dixon Lanier Merritt. And it's true: A pelican's pouch can hold up to three times more than its stomach.

Driven almost to extinction twice—first by hunting and later by pesticides including DDT—the Brown Pelican is today a shining example of the success of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the work of the Environmental Protection Agency. But these cornerstones of conservation are now themselves at risk.

By 1970, the species was declared Endangered. Fortunately, in 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of DDT in the United States. As a result, the level of DDT in the environment has decreased in most areas, and the reproductive success of Brown Pelicans has increased. Protection of nesting islands has also contributed to the species' recovery.

Today, the Brown Pelican's population continues to grow. It was de-listed from the ESA in 2009 and is considered one of the Act's great success stories, (https://abcbirds.org/bird/brown-pelican/#:~:text=Driven%20almost%20to%20extinction%20twice,are%20now%20themselves%20at%20risk.)

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Sigma150-600w2x extender@930mm, 1/800sec@f13, iso 2500

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/2/brown-pelican Sun, 19 Feb 2023 14:43:12 GMT
Going fishing https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/2/going-fishing Fishing along the Anhinga Trail in the Florida Everglades.  Abundant wildlife is visible from the trail, including alligatorsturtlesanhingasherons, and egrets and we saw all of them during our January trip to Florida.

Canon5DMarkiii, Sigma150-600/w2x extender@442mm, ISO400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/2/going-fishing Sun, 05 Feb 2023 14:14:35 GMT
WINTER https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/winter WINTER

canon 7D,canon 70-200 lens@200, ISO 100, 1/80@f10 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/winter Sun, 15 Jan 2023 15:35:39 GMT
Winter in Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/winter-in-central-park WINTER IN CENTRAL PARK--With temperature in the 60's, early January is a time to get outside and enjoy nature.  I have started putting down my DSLR and shooting with my iphone.  

iphone 13 Pro Max, 5.7mm lens (26mm equivalent), iso50, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/winter-in-central-park Sun, 08 Jan 2023 17:39:58 GMT
Pizza in Times Square https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/pizza-in-times-square Times Square--How better to enjoy New York City than with a slice of New York pizza while mixing with the crowds in Times Square.  (not New Years Eve.)

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@179mmm, ISO 320, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2023/1/pizza-in-times-square Sun, 01 Jan 2023 13:53:36 GMT
Christmas, Hanukah in New York City https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/christmas-hanukah-in-new-york-city Today is Christmas and Hanukah.  I hope all of you are having a happy and healthy holiday.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 28mmf1.8, ISO 100, 2.5 sec@f22

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/christmas-hanukah-in-new-york-city Sun, 25 Dec 2022 15:03:04 GMT
Holiday time in New York https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/holiday-time-in-new-york Salvation Army-- This soldier for the Salvation Army is a perpetual motion machine.  I watched him for a good 10 minutes and he was in constant motion ringing his bells and dancing to the music.  He was thoroughly enjoying himself while entertaining everyone around him.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, canon 28mm lens, iso 160, f8@1/30 sec

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/holiday-time-in-new-york Sun, 18 Dec 2022 15:50:29 GMT
Chesapeake Bay Sunrise https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/chesapeake-bay-sunrise A peaceful sunrise on the Chesapeake Bay.  The last day of a 5 day vacation. 


Canon 5D Mark111, Tamron 28-300@28mm, iso 640, 1/500@f9 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/chesapeake-bay-sunrise Sun, 18 Dec 2022 15:43:01 GMT
Grand Central Terminal https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/grand-central-terminal This historic world-famous landmark in Midtown Manhattan is not simply a transportation hub — it’s also a shopping, dining, and cultural destination with 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and a full calendar of events all under one magnificent roof. Opened to the public in February 1913, Grand Central Terminal is a story of great engineering, survival, and rebirth. In 1978, architect Philip Johnson and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis campaigned to secure landmark status for the Terminal, ensuring the building would serve New Yorkers for generations to come.

Grand Central Terminal is one of the country’s great architectural achievements and New York City’s unofficial meeting place with thousands of people choosing to “meet me at the clock” –rendezvousing with friends and loved ones each day at the opal-faced Main Concourse Information Booth Clock. Hailed as a temple to the everyday commuter, this cathedral-like building was constructed to honor you, its visitors. (https://www.grandcentralterminal.com)

I was not the only one with a camera.  It seemed a good 50% of those passing through were taking photos.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@37mm, iso 320, [email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/grand-central-terminal Sun, 11 Dec 2022 13:52:29 GMT
Harlem Meer https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/harlem-meer Reflection in the Harlem Meer.  The water was mostly calm on this fall day allowing me to present a different view of this scene.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, iso400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/12/harlem-meer Sun, 04 Dec 2022 13:58:39 GMT
Lord Stirling Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/lord-stirling-park Lord Stirling Park is a 925/950 acre park operated by the Somerset County Park Commission and located in Basking RidgeNew Jersey, and separated from the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge by the Passaic River. The park displays a diverse ecosystem in floodplains of the upper Passaic River and its contributors and contains swamps, fields, forests, brooks, marshes, and meadows.
The area was prehistorically part of the Glacial Lake Passaic. For thousands of years it has been inhabited, and current archeological sites explore the artifacts of the Lenape civilization. The park is named after William Alexander, Lord Stirling, a general of the American Revolution whose estate included the area. (Wikipedia)

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 lens@31mm, 1/[email protected],ISO 100

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/lord-stirling-park Sun, 27 Nov 2022 18:29:37 GMT
Veteran's Day Parade https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/veterans-day-parade It was raining and not everyone was happy marching in the Veteran's Day Parade.


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/veterans-day-parade Sun, 13 Nov 2022 15:09:54 GMT
Leaving Manhattan https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/leaving-manhattan LEAVING MANHATTAN--Well no, this cascade is in the northern part of Central Park.  Looking at it, I can hear the water going over the cascade, smell the fresh air, and visualize the fall leaves falling.  I hope it has the same effect on you.


Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@106mm, iso 400, 1/100sec@f9

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/11/leaving-manhattan Sun, 06 Nov 2022 14:51:40 GMT
Fall in Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/fall-in-central-park Leaves are beginning to change. Days are getting shorter. But the weather is still warm enough and a walk in the park is called for.

iso500, 121mm, f9@1/640

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/fall-in-central-park Sun, 30 Oct 2022 12:58:54 GMT
Sailing https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/sailing A little rain did not stand in the way of enjoying great wind while sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/sailing Sun, 09 Oct 2022 14:10:09 GMT
Hancock Shaker Village https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/hancock-shaker-village The Shaker religion began in Manchester England around the year 1747. A group of dissident Christians, they practiced ecstatic worship and egalitarianism.  Shaker converts were gathered into communal villages, where all property was jointly owned.  The Hancock Shakers supported themselves primarily through farming. The raising and sale of garden seeds was the most lucrative of their early businesses. Land acquisition and conversion continued for decades, and by the 1830s some 300 Hancock Shakers owned about 3,000 acres.  After reaching peak membership in the 1840s, the Shaker movement gradually dwindled, partially due to the urban migration that accompanied the industrial revolution, and by the westward migration of New England's youth. By the early twentieth century, the population of the village had fallen to around 50, most of whom were children.  The remaining Shakers sold off their excess land, and many buildings were destroyed. The decision was eventually made in 1960 to close the village and sell the property and buildings to a local group who formed an independent non-profit. This organization now operates the property as an open air museum. One of the most notable buildings in the village is the "Round Stone Barn" built in 1826. That barn was built in a circular shape for several reasons, the primary one being that it was the most functional.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@67mm, iso 200, 1/500@f9

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/10/hancock-shaker-village Sun, 02 Oct 2022 15:17:00 GMT
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/charlie-parker-jazz-festival This young jazz trio was not part of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem on Saturday, so they entertained park goers by playing outside the amphitheater.  


Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@146mm, iso400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/charlie-parker-jazz-festival Mon, 29 Aug 2022 19:01:15 GMT
Roadrunner https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/road-runner The Roadrunner is a species of fast-running ground cuckoos with long tails and crests. They are found in the southwestern and south-central United States and Mexico,  usually in the desert. Although capable of flight, roadrunners generally run away from predators. On the ground, some have been clocked at 32 km/h (20 mph) while a few have also been clocked up to 43 km/h (27 mph). Wikipedia

I have seen roadrunners in the wild but they are gone before I've gotten my camera up to my eye.  This one is in the Queens Zoo and was running back and forth in a small area.  You can see more bird photos from the Queens Zoo on my Facebook page.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/[email protected],ISO 8000.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/road-runner Sun, 21 Aug 2022 12:59:11 GMT
NEW JERSEY FESTIVAL OF BALLOONING https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/new-jersey-festival-of-ballooning BALLOON FEST--The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning has been held annually in Readington Township since 1983.  This year the festival hosted around 125 special shape and sport hot air balloons.  I got a behind the scenes pass from Unique Photo and Sigma Lenses.  Thanks to Marc Farb of Sigma for the loan of a Sigma 24-70 lens used for this photo. Click on the My Photographs tab and scroll down to the New Jersey Balloon Festival 2022 Gallery to see more photos.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Sigma 24-70@38mm, ISO 100, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/8/new-jersey-festival-of-ballooning Sun, 07 Aug 2022 14:48:37 GMT
CATTLE EGRET https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/cattle-egret Cattle Egret--  I wish I could say this photo is from Africa but it was taken at the Aviary in the Queens Zoo.

The short, thick-necked Cattle Egret spends most of its time in fields rather than streams. It forages at the feet of grazing cattle, head bobbing with each step, or rides on their backs to pick at ticks. This stocky white heron has yellow plumes on its head and neck during breeding season. Originally from Africa, it found its way to North America in 1953 and quickly spread across the continent. Elsewhere in the world, it forages alongside camels, ostriches, rhinos, and tortoises—as well as farmers’ tractors.  

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/[email protected]


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/cattle-egret Sun, 17 Jul 2022 17:37:06 GMT
Water's Soul https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/waters-soul WATER"S SOUL-- A sculpture by Jaume Plensa, it sits on a newly developed Hudson River pier in Jersey City.   It depicts a woman with closed eyes holding a finger to her lips in a state of silent contemplation and self-reflection and stands 80 feet tall.  In the background is the Hoboken train terminal, the 9th busiest train station in North America.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300lens@28mm, iso200, 1/400sec@f13 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/waters-soul Sun, 10 Jul 2022 18:29:40 GMT
SUMMER IN CENTRAL PARK https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/summer-in-central-park SUMMER IN CENTRAL PARK-- Just taking a moment to relax and cool off at Strawberry Fields.


Canon5D Markiii, Tamron 28-300@251mm, ISO800, 1/60@f10

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/7/summer-in-central-park Sun, 03 Jul 2022 12:59:08 GMT
Glass Blocks https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/glass-blocks  An abstract view thorough glass blocks.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@79mm, iso 200, 1/[email protected] 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/glass-blocks Sun, 26 Jun 2022 17:37:13 GMT
Mermaid Parade https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/mermaid-parade The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is an art parade held annually in  Coney Island, Ne York. The event, the largest art parade in the United States, is held each year in June and celebrates the arrival of the summer season.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 28mm lens, ISO200, 1/250@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/mermaid-parade Tue, 21 Jun 2022 18:58:36 GMT
Central Park Musician https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/central-park-musician Central Park Musician--Playing Mozart on the violin while spinning a hula hoop and looking for tips is just one of the over one hundred activities that take place in Central Park.  This photo is on page 61 of the book Central Park People-A Photo Essay. 

to order the book email [email protected],  $19.95+3.95 shipping

Canon 40D, Canon 28-135@28mm,iso250, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/6/central-park-musician Sun, 05 Jun 2022 20:34:28 GMT
FOREST https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/forest FOREST--I've started a new series of abstract trees.  I don't think it needs any explanation.


Nikon D90, Nikon 85mm lens, iso200, 1/50@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/forest Sun, 29 May 2022 12:53:08 GMT
Arches National Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/arches-national-park Sunrise at Arches National Park--The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive rock fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28=300@76mm, iso100, 1/6sec@f11

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/arches-national-park Mon, 23 May 2022 18:47:25 GMT
Omnium Circus https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/omnium-circus THE OMNIUM CIRCUS-- A Bold New Circus is a visionary not-for-profit organization bringing together a completely diverse cast of extraordinary talent from all over the globe… multi-abled, their stars transport audiences into a world of jaw dropping spectacle and wonder, inspiring them with extraordinary feats of human accomplishment and the astounding potential of the human spirit. 

The APA New York arranged for a group of photographers to attend and photograph the performance.  It was amazing.  

Canon 5dMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, ISO 20,000, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/omnium-circus Sun, 15 May 2022 17:37:33 GMT
My Little Chickadee https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/my-little-chickadee YOU LOOKIN' AT ME--A black capped chickadee wondering if I am going to interrupt his meal.  Thanks for the ID Beth Goffe. 


Canon 7D, Canon 70-200@200mm, ISO 400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/5/my-little-chickadee Sun, 08 May 2022 17:07:47 GMT
Cherry Blossoms https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/cherry-blossoms Throughout Japan, the Cherry, or 'Sakura' tree is representative of good fortune, new beginnings and revival. Folklore says that when the Sakura spirits release their gorgeous fragrance in springtime, their gift of beauty and elegance is to be truly celebrated!

So many cherry trees and such beauty that they beg to be photographed every year.  But how do you create a different interpretation among so many photographs?  Here is an attempt.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@222mm, iso100, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/cherry-blossoms Sun, 24 Apr 2022 14:45:01 GMT
Spring has Sprung https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/spring-has-sprung Spring has Sprung

I was lying on the ground shooting up at the cherry blossoms, when this squirrel peeked in to see what I was doing.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@89mm. iso100, 1/100@f9

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/spring-has-sprung Sun, 17 Apr 2022 14:26:36 GMT
Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/dead-horse-point-state-park-utah October 2018--Sunrise at Dead Horse Point State Park in Utah--Yes it was very foggy that morning.   According to legend, the park is so named because of its use as a natural corral by cowboys in the 19th century, where horses often died of exposure. Dead Horse Point has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300lens@170mm,1/45sec@f22, iso800,

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/dead-horse-point-state-park-utah Sun, 10 Apr 2022 20:05:43 GMT
Central Park People, A Photo Essay https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/central-park-people-a-photo-essay I PUBLISHED MY FIRST BOOK  The diversity of types of people that visit Central Park is as varied as the activities available to them.  The designers of the Park wanted it to be a democratic park for all people.  Although the rich and well off have always had easier access to the park, it is available to everyone, and the current managers, The Central Park Conservancy, strive to make it all inclusive.  Whether you visit the Park to play sports, watch birds, see a concert, walk in the woods, or just sit and read a book, there is something for everyone.  Through my images and Alan Cohen’s words the book will take you on a journey of this diversity. You can order the book by emailing me "[email protected]".  It is $19.95+$3.95 shipping.   
From page 74 in the chapter "performing and appreciating"  The showtime boys so named because they start off their show with "It's Showtime."  They entertain the public with their acrobatics, comedy patter, and break dancing along with coaxing the public to "donate" more than they intended.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@55mm, iso1600, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/4/central-park-people-a-photo-essay Sun, 03 Apr 2022 19:15:36 GMT
Harlem Meer and Dana Center https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/2/harlem-meer-and-dana-center On this date in 2021 a heavy snow covered New York City. 

It looks like I could walk over to the building but if I tried I would have been in 8 feet of water.

My camera was set up to shoot birds when I fired off this photo so my settings are: iso 640. 1/[email protected].

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/2/harlem-meer-and-dana-center Sun, 20 Feb 2022 15:50:47 GMT
Summer Fun https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/1/summer-fun I was thinking of publishing a snow picture after yesterday's big storm but decided to go the opposite way.  This guy could be playing in the snow today, but last summer he was enjoying himself in the water.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@251mm, 1/[email protected],  ISO 2000

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/1/summer-fun Sun, 30 Jan 2022 20:48:30 GMT
Sparrow https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/1/sparrow Someone once explained to me the 4 steps of wildlife photography. 

1.  It's not a great picture but I saw it and here is proof. 

2.  Here is a nice portrait.

3. The wild life acting in its environment.

4.  A creative treatment of the wildlife.

I think this picture of a common sparrow falls into category 4. I hope you enjoy it.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Sigma 150-600@600mm, 1/125@f9, iso 400

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2022/1/sparrow Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:25:18 GMT
Fall in the center of Manhattan Island https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/fall-in-the-center-of-manhattan-island November 11. 2021--The North Woods of Central Park offers a retreat to nature only blocks away from tall buildings and concrete.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@35mm, iso 400, 1/[email protected] 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/fall-in-the-center-of-manhattan-island Sun, 26 Dec 2021 14:31:49 GMT
Street Vendor https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/street-vendor Street Vendors:  It must be a difficult job standing outside in the winter making a living selling pretzels.


Conon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@100mm, ISO 2500, 1/[email protected].  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/street-vendor Sun, 19 Dec 2021 14:39:40 GMT
Italian Garden https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/italian-garden The Italian Garden in the center of Central Park's Conservatory Garden:  Order, symmetry, elegance: these are the three keywords of the Italian garden – also known as a "formal" garden – which has profoundly influenced the history of gardening since ancient times.

Iphone 13 pro max, 157mm lens, 1/[email protected], iso 250.  sunset, November 17, 2021

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/italian-garden Sun, 12 Dec 2021 18:04:21 GMT
Okra Plant https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/okra-plant OKRA-- Photographed in the Conservatory Garden of Central Park.  I was admiring these pods photographed against the colorful background of the Korean Mums when a man next to me explained that they were from the Okra family.  Not the okra we eat but a cousin.   

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@110mm, iso 100, f5.6@1/125sec.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/12/okra-plant Sun, 05 Dec 2021 15:13:30 GMT
Bow Bridge with fall colors https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/11/bow-bridge-with-fall-colors Bow Bridge is the most photographed bridge in Central Park. It is the second oldest cast iron bridge in the country.  The bridge is named for its shape resembling a violin or an archers bow. It was designed by Calvert Vaux with the detail work by Jacob Wray Mould.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 lens@28mm, ISO 100, 1/125@f10, photographed November 18, 2021

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/11/bow-bridge-with-fall-colors Sun, 28 Nov 2021 18:05:48 GMT
Tawny Eagle https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/11/tawny-eagle The Tawny Eagle is a large bird of prey.  They have a breeding range that constitutes much of the African continent as well as the Indian subcontinent.  It is estimated that tawny eagles can reach the age of 16 years old. Nonetheless, precipitous declines have been detected throughout the tawny eagle's range. Numerous factors, particularly loss of nesting habitat due to logging and global warming. (from Wikipedia)

I often use my blog, not only to display my photography, but to increase my (and your) knowledge of the subject.  I have not been to Africa recently but shot this photo in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, South Africa, in March of 2015.  

Canon 7D, Canon 70-200 lens@200mm, iso 800, 1/[email protected].

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/11/tawny-eagle Sun, 14 Nov 2021 17:58:07 GMT
European Starling https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/10/european-starling EUROPEAN STARLING: All the European Starlings in North America descended from 100 birds set loose in New York's Central Park in the early 1890s. The birds were intentionally released by a group who wanted America to have all the birds that Shakespeare ever mentioned. It took several tries, but eventually the population took off.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, iso2500, 1/320@f13.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/10/european-starling Sat, 30 Oct 2021 14:45:43 GMT
A Walk in the Woods https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/9/a-walk-in-the-woods A walk in the woods while raining

Anna and I followed in the steps of Hudson River School painters and visited Kaaterskill Falls.  It was raining and very foggy.  After hiking 1/2 mile to the falls we saw nothing but fog.  The woods however were beautiful as shown in this photo.

I rarely shoot with my phone but this photo was taken with a Samsung Galaxy S8 cell phone.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/9/a-walk-in-the-woods Sun, 19 Sep 2021 14:54:44 GMT
The Gelato Stand https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/the-gelato-stand SUMMER JOB AT THE GELATO STAND

In the style of a Saturday Evening Post illustration by Norman Rockwell.  


Canon5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, ISO1600, 1/[email protected] SELLING 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/the-gelato-stand Sun, 29 Aug 2021 14:43:26 GMT
Abstract Drawing or NYC Architecture? https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/abstract-drawing-or-nyc-architecture ABSTRACT DRAWING OR NEW YORK CITY ARCHITECTURE

Canon 5Dmarkiii,Tamron 28-300@146mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 100


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/abstract-drawing-or-nyc-architecture Sun, 22 Aug 2021 13:47:46 GMT
Jazz on a Summer Afternoon https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/jazz-on-a-summer-afternoon You never know what you are going to find on the streets  of New York City.  This little jazz band set up and entertained on Sunday in front of a closed liquor store.  Photographed through the window of a bus.

Canon 5Dmark iii, Canon 28mm, ISO 100, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/jazz-on-a-summer-afternoon Sun, 08 Aug 2021 14:15:27 GMT
Kid Curiosity https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/kid-curiosity I wonder if Calvert Vaux, when he designed Bow Bridge in Central Park, or Jacob Wray Mould, who decorated the bridge with cinquafoils (an ornamental design of five lobes arranged in a circle),considered their design as a place for little kids to observe the rowboats on the Lake.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@116mm, ISO 100, 1/80@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/8/kid-curiosity Sun, 01 Aug 2021 14:06:30 GMT
Barred Owl https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/barred-owl This barred owl, living in the Central Park Ramble, should not have been awake at noon yesterday when I shot this photo but he was being harassed by blue jays.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/[email protected], iso400

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/barred-owl Sun, 25 Jul 2021 20:26:06 GMT
Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/sunset-on-the-chesapeake-bay September 24, 2019, 6:12PM--Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay.  The golden hour just before the sun goes down is my favorite time of day.  Looking out over a body of water one of my favorite activities.  The clouds here remind me of gigantic mythical birds.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@ 62mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 800

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/sunset-on-the-chesapeake-bay Sun, 18 Jul 2021 21:10:21 GMT
Sand Dunes in Death Valley https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/sand-dunes-in-death-valley DEATH VALLEY FEBRUARY 2020--I added the date to make sure you noticed I was not in Death Valley this week when it reached 130 degrees fahrenheit.  By walking slightly off the beaten path you can find sand dunes without footsteps and filled with different texture patterns.

Canon 5D Markiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/125@f9, ISO 100.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/sand-dunes-in-death-valley Sun, 11 Jul 2021 13:59:35 GMT
Randall's Island Soccer https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/randalls-island-soccer Randall's Island is separated from Manhattan Island and by the Harlem River, from Queens by the East River and Hells Gate, and from the Bronx by the Bronx Kill. It is home to 60+ fields, which is approximately half of all the athletic fields in Manhattan. These fields accommodate a variety of sports, including soccer, softball, baseball, football, lacrosse, field hockey and rugby. I wandered over there on a footbridge from Manhattan across the Harlem River and came upon this soccer game.  The concentration of the boy in blue amazed me.  He was by far the best player.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@116mm, ISO 50, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/7/randalls-island-soccer Sun, 04 Jul 2021 19:11:44 GMT
Dahlia https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/6/dahlia Photographer's often say things should be "tack sharp", in focus throughout the entire photo.  But in this case I wanted to point out the softness and delicacy of the flower so I took artistic license and purposely softened the focus.  I hope you like it.

Canon 40D, Canon 28-135@130,1/250@f18, ISO 1600, shot handheld in a greenhouse

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/6/dahlia Sun, 27 Jun 2021 13:52:16 GMT
An Egret Fishing https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/6/a-fishing-egret The egret stands motionless for an endless time and all of a sudden dives and comes up with a dinner which he swallows whole.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 70-200 f2.8 lens@200mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 1600. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/6/a-fishing-egret Sun, 20 Jun 2021 12:28:40 GMT
Brandywine Creek https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/5/brandywine-creek A view of the Brandywine Creek in New Castle County, Delaware.

Canon 5dMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@35mm, iso 400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/5/brandywine-creek Sun, 16 May 2021 17:28:28 GMT
Spring has Sprung https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/5/spring-has-sprung Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library is an American estate and museum near Wilmington Delaware. The fourth largest house in the United States it has 175 rooms and was the former home of Henry Francis du Pont.  The garden and grounds are over 1000 acres.  We visited there two weeks ago during the Daffodil Festival.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 lens@55mm, ISO 200, 1/80@f16

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/5/spring-has-sprung Sun, 02 May 2021 17:22:11 GMT
Central Park Cherry Blossoms https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/4/central-park-cherry-blossoms Kwanzan Cherry trees were gifted to Central Park by Japan in 1912.  Anna and I walked through these pink blossoming trees in April 2020.  Our spirits were uplifted even though New York City was in lockdown and we saw very few others in the Park.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, iso 320, 1/250@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/4/central-park-cherry-blossoms Sun, 11 Apr 2021 14:09:41 GMT
Roosevelt Island Tram https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/4/roosevelt-island-tram The Roosevelt Island Tramway is an aerial tramway in New York City, that spans the East River and connects Roosevelt Island to the Upper East side of Manhattan.  The tramway is the first commuter aerial tramway in North America having opened in 1976. Since then, over 26 million passengers have ridden the tram.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Sigma 150-600@200mm, iso 640, 1/[email protected]  I was shooting birds in flight when I turned the camera to take this shot. 

The sky in this photo and the sunburst behind the cab were added for artistic effect. They are not a part of the original scene.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/4/roosevelt-island-tram Sun, 04 Apr 2021 17:52:41 GMT
Sunrise--Bosque del Apache, New Mexico https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/sunrise--bosque-del-apache-new-mexico Every winter hundreds of photographers gather at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to photograph the migration of the sandhill cranes.  The Cranes spend the night sleeping on the water to protect themselves from coyote attack.  As if a bell goes off they seem to all take off at once shortly after sunrise.  I recall this morning in December 2013 it was 26 degrees.

Canon 40D, Canon 70-200@150, ISO 1000, 1/500@f9 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/sunrise--bosque-del-apache-new-mexico Sun, 28 Mar 2021 14:33:56 GMT
Blue Ridge Mountains https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/blue-ridge-mountains The Blue Ridge Mountains are noted for having a bluish color when seen from a distance. Trees put the "blue" in Blue Ridge, from the isoprene released into the atmosphere.  This contributes to the characteristic haze on the mountains and their distinctive color.

Canon 40D, Canon 19-35 lens@31mm, iso200, 1/180@f11.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/blue-ridge-mountains Sun, 21 Mar 2021 14:14:19 GMT
Pigeons https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/pigeons Wild/feral rock pigeons reside in all 50 states, which makes it easy to forget that they're invasive birds. Originally native to Eurasia and northern Africa, the species was (most likely) introduced to North America by French settlers in 1606. Pigeons are amazing animals. They are some of the strongest fliers. Pigeons are among the most intelligent animals. They have been taught to deliver messages, play ping pong, and because of their incredible eyesight, they have been used by the Coast Guard to spot lost people at sea.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/pigeons Sun, 14 Mar 2021 14:23:06 GMT
Death Valley Sand Dunes https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/death-valley-sand-dunes Exactly a year ago I was in Death Valley.  While there the first Covid 19 case made the news.  Little did I know my trip home would be my last airplane ride for over a year.  I'm tired of posting snow pictures and spring is in the air.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@200mm, iso 100, 1/125@f9.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/3/death-valley-sand-dunes Sun, 07 Mar 2021 16:17:18 GMT
walking in the snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/walkinginsnow Reminiscent of American Folk Art.  Everyday life continues normally in Central Park, even in the middle of a snow storm.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 lens@188mm, iso 800, 1/800@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/walkinginsnow Sun, 28 Feb 2021 17:11:44 GMT
Tree in Snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/tree-in-snow Yep, It's winter and it is snowing in Central Park.  I'm not wandering too far from home but still want to take interesting photos.  This location is 2 blocks from my apartment.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, iso 800, 1/800sec@f11

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/tree-in-snow Sun, 21 Feb 2021 21:49:18 GMT
Snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/snow A walk in the snow in Central Park.

Canon5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@67mm, iso100,1/320 sec@f9

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/snow Sun, 14 Feb 2021 16:05:17 GMT
Snowy Day https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/snowy-day Father and son sledding in Central Park.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@154mm, ISO 400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/2/snowy-day Sun, 07 Feb 2021 15:48:15 GMT
Upcoming Snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/upcoming-snow With the temperature hovering at 20° and predictions of 12-18 inches of snow tomorrow my thoughts turned to spring and spring flowers.  This picture of a tulip, to me, symbolizes the white of the snow and the calmness and beauty of a snowfall.  Hopefully a strong cold wind does not interfere.


Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon100mm Macro lens, ISO 400, f2.8@1/640


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/upcoming-snow Sun, 31 Jan 2021 18:39:08 GMT
My Little Chickadee https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/my-little-chickadee The black-capped chickadee is a small, nonmigratory, North American songbird that lives in deciduous and mixed forests. It is a passerine bird in the tit family.  In the North Woods of Central Park people bring grains and the local birds are so used to people that they eat out of their hands.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Sigma 150to600 zoom lens @600mm, ISO 1600, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/my-little-chickadee Sun, 24 Jan 2021 15:40:27 GMT
Milkweed https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/milkweed Asclepias (Milkweed) produces their seeds in pods termed follicles. The seeds, which are arranged in overlapping rows, bear a cluster of white, silky, filament-like hairs known as the coma. (often referred to by other names such as pappus, "floss", "plume", or "silk"). The follicles ripen and split open, and the seeds, each carried by its coma, are blown by the wind.   Wikipedia

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, iso 100, 1/[email protected].

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/milkweed Sun, 17 Jan 2021 13:37:48 GMT
Peace on Earth https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/peace-on-earth The mystery of this photo allows you to conjure your own feelings about what it means.

Canon 7D, Tamron 16-300, ISO400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2021/1/peace-on-earth Sun, 03 Jan 2021 13:57:45 GMT
Last Colors of Fall in Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/last-colors-of-fall-in-central-park Not being very good at words, I try to express my feelings in my photography.  This photo represents the fading of color in Central Park.  The beginning of a season of cold, and bare trees.  It also represents hope for the new year of 2021.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@127mm, ISO 400, 1/5 sec@f36.  

This marks my 200th blog.  Click on "My photographs" in the upper left corner of this page, then click on the portfolio "blog entries" to see all 200 photos.  Thank you for continuing to follow me.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/last-colors-of-fall-in-central-park Sun, 20 Dec 2020 14:30:41 GMT
Campbell Falls, New Marlborough, Massachusetts https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/campbell-falls-new-marlborough-massachusetts Campbell Falls, New Marlborough, Massachusetts although the Campbell Falls State Park is in Norfolk, Connecticut. Walking to the falls I crossed the State line 3 times.  

Canon 5DMarkiii, Rokinon 14mm lens, iso50, 2sec@f11

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/campbell-falls-new-marlborough-massachusetts Sun, 13 Dec 2020 14:52:35 GMT
Street Photography https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/street-photography Begging for Attention but not Getting It (only in New York City)

Her life is an open picture (frame) but apparently nobody is interested. Photo shot on Eighth Street, New York City.

Canon 5dMarkiii, Canon 28mm lens, iso 400, 1/250@f8.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/12/street-photography Sun, 06 Dec 2020 19:14:04 GMT
Where the Gill meets the Lake https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/where-the-gill-meets-the-lake It is hard to believe that Central Park is completely man-made.  The only thing in the park that was there before 1858 is the rocks.  In this photo every rock has been placed in its position. Every tree has been planted.  The water comes from the New York City water system.  Even the soil that the trees are growing on was imported from New Jersey or Long Island.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, iso400, 1/[email protected] handheld

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/where-the-gill-meets-the-lake Sun, 29 Nov 2020 15:39:53 GMT
Christmas Tree Farm https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/christmas-tree-farm A Christmas tree farm in the Berkshires.  During the first snow of the season these trees came to life.  Soon they will be cut down and sent to be placed in people's living rooms. 

Please stay safe in this holiday season. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/christmas-tree-farm Sun, 22 Nov 2020 14:22:52 GMT
The New Normal https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/the-new-normal Life continues in a new way in Central Park,  Carlos plays the guitar in the arcade at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park as he does almost every day.  A passing woman dances to the music. While others walk the dog or continue on their daily chores.  The only difference is EVERYONE is wearing a mask.  STAY SAFE AND STAY HEALTHY

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/the-new-normal Sun, 15 Nov 2020 16:06:07 GMT
Fall Meets Winter https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/fall-meets-winter The first snow of the fall (October 30), while the colorful leaves are still on the trees in Columbia County, New York.

Conon 5dmarkiii, tamron 28-300@70mm, iso800, 1/[email protected].

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/fall-meets-winter Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:16:57 GMT
Sea Otter https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/sea-otter Peek-A-Boo--This sea otter seems to be playing hide-and-go-seek. Photographed at the New York Aquarium (on a very rainy day). The sea otter is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean. Adult sea otters are the heaviest members of the weasel family, but among the smallest marine mammals. Wikipedia

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, iso400, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/11/sea-otter Sun, 01 Nov 2020 13:50:43 GMT
Bathing Sparrows https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/bathing-sparrows Sparrows enjoying a bath in The Pool of Central Park.  The Audubon Society ranks Central Park as one of the top birding areas in the country.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Canon 70-200w2xextender@370mm, 1/[email protected], iso10000

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/bathing-sparrows Sun, 25 Oct 2020 13:46:41 GMT
Blue Ridge Mountains https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/blue-ridge-mountains The different colors of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Ashville, North Carolina.  

Canon 40D, 19-35 lens @31mm, iso200, 1/180@f11.  Shot May 2011.

The different colo

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/blue-ridge-mountains Sun, 18 Oct 2020 14:27:36 GMT
Abstract https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/abstract Today I decided to post an abstract.  This picture started out as a rather bland photograph.  I took it into photoshop and started manipulating things.  I rather like the outcome.  What do you think?

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/abstract Sun, 11 Oct 2020 13:16:39 GMT
Fall in the Adirondacks https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/fall-in-the-adirondacks The view from my motel room last year during a fall color workshop with Tom Dwyer at Long Lake in the Adirondacks.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@50mm, iso 100, 1/10@f11​​​​​​​

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/10/fall-in-the-adirondacks Sun, 04 Oct 2020 14:52:35 GMT
black and white warbler https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/black-and-white-warbler A black and white warbler migrating through Central Park.  

Canon5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/[email protected], iso 6400

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/black-and-white-warbler Sun, 27 Sep 2020 22:02:01 GMT
Central Park Cascade https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/central-park-cascade Closer to home.  This cascade (small waterfall) is within walking distance, situated near the northeast corner of Central Park. 

Canon 5dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@76mm, iso800, 5sec@f22.


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/central-park-cascade Sun, 20 Sep 2020 17:01:54 GMT
Montauk sunset https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/montauk-sunset A sailboat entering Lake Montauk at sunset.  They say the best camera is the one you have with you.  I had left my camera in the car and shot this photo with my cell phone.  Something I rarely do. On the phone you don't usually look at the settings, but these are amazing.

Samsung Galaxy S8,focal length 4.25mm, iso50, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/montauk-sunset Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:39:49 GMT
view from Montauk Lighthouse https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/view-from-montauk-lighthouse The view of the Atlantic Ocean from the Montauk Lighthouse on the eastern edge of Long Island.  The small building on the right was an outlook for military personnel searching for German ships during World War II.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@37mm, iso100, 1/1600@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/9/view-from-montauk-lighthouse Sun, 06 Sep 2020 14:57:24 GMT
Upper Raymondskill Falls https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/upper-raymondskill-falls The view from a platform at the top of Raymondskill Falls, Pennsylvania.

Canon 5DMarkiii,Canon 28mm lens, iso100, [email protected], 10 stop neutral density filter

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/upper-raymondskill-falls Sun, 30 Aug 2020 14:20:47 GMT
Shohola Falls, Pennsylvania https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/shohola-falls-pennsylvania Thundering down the State Game Lands off Route 6 you’ll find this stunning, roaring waterfall along Shohola Creek below Shohola Lake. Shohola Falls is one of the Poconos’ most impressive and underrated waterfalls. The sheer volume of water flowing from this lake-fed fall is impressive year-round, and the dam above it seems to play little role in how fast and fierce it’s flowing. The waterfall that stands 50 feet tall and 75 feet wide

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Rokinon 14mm lens, iso 100, [email protected] sec

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/shohola-falls-pennsylvania Sun, 23 Aug 2020 18:12:07 GMT
Raymondskill Falls https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/raymondskill-falls  Raymondskill Falls is a series of three cascading waterfalls located on Raymondskill Creek, in Pennsylvania.  The three tiers of Raymondskill Falls have a combined height of approximately 150 feet. It is the tallest waterfalls in the state.  It is part of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.

Canon 5Dmark iii, Canon 28mm, iso 100, 30sec@f8 with 10 stop neutral density filter.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/raymondskill-falls Sun, 16 Aug 2020 13:19:24 GMT
Sunset at Colonial Park, New Jersey https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/sunset-at-colonial-park-new-jersey Powder Mill Pond in Colonial Park, Somerset, New Jersey

handheld, Tamron 28-300@50mm, iso1000, 1/200@f20, purposely softened to add a painterly effect.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/sunset-at-colonial-park-new-jersey Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:36:11 GMT
Ausable River https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/ausable-river The Ausable River, also known as AuSable River and originally written as "Au Sable", runs in the U.S. state of New York, from the Adirondack Mountains and past the village of Lake Placid and Au Sable Forks to empty into Lake Champlain.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Canon28mm lens, 1.6sec@f18, iso 100

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/8/ausable-river Sun, 02 Aug 2020 15:13:15 GMT
Split Rock Falls https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/7/split-rock-falls Split Rock Falls is a beautiful waterfall on the Bouquet River in the Adirondacks. It drops roughly 45 feet over a double drop with a separate 8-foot ledge downstream. Even if you don't plan on swimming, it's a great place to stop and enjoy the views.

Canon 5D Mark iii, Tamron 28-300@44mm, 1/800@f8, iso 3200.


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/7/split-rock-falls Sun, 19 Jul 2020 17:46:56 GMT
Father's Day https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/fathers-day Three of the people that make me happy and proud on Father's Day.  Elana Kopel, Marcia Winkler, and Sam Kopel.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/fathers-day Sun, 21 Jun 2020 14:48:26 GMT
Hyena and child https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/hyena-and-child Here a mother hyena seems to be scolding her child.  She later picked the child up by the neck and carried it off probably to put it in timeout.

Although hyenas appear similar to dogs, they are actually more closely related to cats. They live throughout much of Africa and eastwards through Arabia to India.  Hyenas are members of their own family (Hyenidae), of which there are only four living species (spotted hyenas, brown hyenas, striped hyenas, and aardwolves). They indeed group with the 'cat branch' (Feloidea) of the order Carnivora, not with the 'dog branch' (Canoidea). So the closest living relatives of hyenas include cats, mongooses, Malagasy mongooses, viverrids (e.g. civets, genets, the binturong...), and the African palm civet.

Photographed in South Africa in March 2015, Canon 7D, Canon 70-200@98mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 320

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/hyena-and-child Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:40:29 GMT
Canyonlands National Park, Utah https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/canyonlands-national-park-utah Canyonlands National Park is an American national park located in southeastern Utah near the town of Moab. The park preserves a colorful landscape eroded into numerous canyons, mesas, and buttes by the Colorado River, the Green River, and their respective tributaries. Legislation creating the park was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on September 12, 1964. Author Edward Abby, a frequent visitor, described the Canyonlands as "the most weird, wonderful, magical place on earth—there is nothing else like it anywhere." (Wikepedia)

There was no grand view from this Grand View Point since the entire canyon was filled with fog the day I was there.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, 1/90@f22, iso800

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/6/canyonlands-national-park-utah Sun, 07 Jun 2020 16:29:19 GMT
Watkins Glen State Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/watkins-glen-state-park Watkins Glen State Park is in the village of Watkins Glen, New York.  The glen's stream, Glen Creek,  descends 400 feet past 200-foot cliffs, with the Gorge Trail next to the stream running over, under and along the park's 19 waterfalls by way of stone bridges and more than 800 stone steps.  This photo was taken on a very rainy October day in 2016.  I climbed all the way to the top and took a bus back down.  Anna stayed at the bottom and made it up the first 3 staircases.
Canon 7D, Tamron 16-300@35mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 400.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/watkins-glen-state-park Sun, 31 May 2020 17:54:47 GMT
Dante's view, Death Valley National Park, California https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/dantes-view-death-valley-national-park-california Sunset from one of the highest point in Death Valley overlooking Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the United States at 282 feet below sea level.

Dante's View was used as a filming location for the 1977 film Star Wars as the characters overlook the fictional Tatooine spaceport of Mos Eisley (which was added into the scene as a matte painting)

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/dantes-view-death-valley-national-park-california Sun, 24 May 2020 13:45:37 GMT
The Oculus https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/the-oculus The Oculus in NYC is an artistic landmark located within walking distance of the World Trade Center. The transit hub, serving the PATH, cost four billion dollars, making it the most expensive train stop in the world. With its sleek and modern design, it immediately became an attraction in Lower Manhattan.

I usually prefer color in my photos but this one is more design than content and I felt the color was distracting.  

Canon 5Dmarkiii, tamron 28-300@28mm, 1/125 sec@f8, iso 800.

Photo from October 2018 before social distancing.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/the-oculus Sun, 17 May 2020 16:51:55 GMT
Central Park Reservoir Sunset https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/central-park-reservoir-sunset Facing east but getting bright sunlight reflected in the lens during sunset. Photo from November 2011.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/5/central-park-reservoir-sunset Sun, 10 May 2020 18:34:40 GMT
Brooklyn Botanical Garden https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/brooklyn-botanical-garden What is it? I don't know.

Why did I post it? It speaks to me.

What does it say? I don't know,

but I like it.  

Brooklyn Botanical Garden February 20, 2020

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/brooklyn-botanical-garden Sun, 26 Apr 2020 17:51:15 GMT
Fossil Rim Wildlife Center https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/fossil-rim-wildlife-center Located in Glen Rose, Texas the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is dedicated to the conservation of species in peril, conducting scientific research, training of professionals, responsible management of natural resources and public education. This ostrich stuck his head into the jeep in which we were riding.  You can see my reflection in his eye. 

October 2009, Canon 40D, Canon 70-300 lens @168mm, 1/200@f5, iso 500.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/fossil-rim-wildlife-center Sun, 19 Apr 2020 15:37:23 GMT
Artist's Palette https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/artists-palette Artist's Palette, Death Valley, California

Artist's Palette is an area on the face of the Black Mountains noted for a variety of rock colors. These colors are caused by the oxidation of different metals (iron compounds produce red, pink and yellow, decomposition of tuff-derived mica produces green, and manganese produces purple).

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, ISO 100, f8@1/320.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/artists-palette Sun, 12 Apr 2020 18:11:35 GMT
Zabriskie Point https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/zabriskie-point Zabriskie Point in Death Valley National Park.  A great place to isolate yourself from the Corona Virus except the National Parks are all closed.

The location was named after Christian Brevoort Zabriskie, vice-president and general manager of the Pacific Coast Borax Company in the early 20th century. The company's twenty-mule teams were used to transport borax from its mining operations in Death Valley. (from Wikipedia)

You might try to look up the 1970 movie "Zabriskie Point" directed by Michelangelo Antonioni.

Canon 5DMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, 1/50@f16, iso 100. Photographed March 1, 2020 before we knew there was a Pandemic.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/4/zabriskie-point Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:37:07 GMT
Panamint Valley in Death Valley National Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/panamint-valley-in-death-valley-national-park Panamint Springs, Death Valley National Park, California. Shot March 5, 2020.  Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park outside of Alaska. It covers 3,372,800 acres, and ranges in altitude between 285 feet below sea level to over 10,000 feet above.  It has some of the warmest weather in the country.  Now that I am isolated in my apartment in New York City, I am dreaming of being back in Death Valley. Lots of open space to stay 6 feet away from anyone else, and high temperatures which may kill any virus. Everyone, please stay isolated and stay well.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/panamint-valley-in-death-valley-national-park Sun, 29 Mar 2020 17:28:47 GMT
The Loch https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/the-loch This is a view just a few blocks from my apartment in New York City.  We are basically in lock-down with orders from the Governor to stay home and only go out when necessary.  Luckily I am able to take solo walks in the woods and find peace in nature.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/the-loch Sun, 22 Mar 2020 18:55:18 GMT
Star Trails in Death Valley https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/star-trails-in-death-valley With the North Star stationary in the center, these star trails were made by stacking 175 separate exposures at the Harmony Borax Works in Death Valley National Park.  My first attempt at creating a star trails photo.  Something impossible to capture in New York City.  The foreground is lit by moonlight and the occasional car passing nearby. Thanks to "Photour Adventures" and Susan and Cliff for leading this fabulous workshop.



[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/3/star-trails-in-death-valley Sun, 08 Mar 2020 18:35:26 GMT
Brooklyn Botanical Garden https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/brooklyn-botanical-garden Even though it's winter there are plenty of things to photograph at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.  The bonus is in February admission is free. The downside, it was cold.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, tamron 28-300@300mm, 1/250@f/8, iso 320.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/brooklyn-botanical-garden Sun, 23 Feb 2020 18:32:05 GMT
Jepson Center, Savannah, Georgia https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/jepson-center-savannah-georgia I was inspired by the modern art at the Jepson Center in Savannah, Georgia where I took this white on white still life.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/jepson-center-savannah-georgia Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:04:29 GMT
through the window https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/through-the-window A single exposure shot through a window gives you many perspectives.  You see what is going on inside without having your camera interfere with the action plus you see the outside world reflected upon the scene.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/through-the-window Sun, 09 Feb 2020 16:45:45 GMT
The Falconer https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/the-falconer The Falconer in his Elizabethan costume and his falcon ready to be released to hunt is one of my favorite statues in Central Park.  In the background is Central Park Tower. At 1550 feet it is the tallest residential tower in the world.  The designers of Central park felt that once the trees matured they would hide the buildings of New York City.  They were mistaken.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/2/the-falconer Mon, 03 Feb 2020 18:11:28 GMT
realistic abstract https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/1/realistic-abstract An abstract composed of recognizable items.  To me this is a picture that asks you to study it,  What are the items? Why are they here? When did they arrive? Who put them there?  It reminds me of a messy living room yet a beautiful composition.  I imagine the owner knows exactly where everything is placed.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/1/realistic-abstract Sun, 19 Jan 2020 15:18:05 GMT
little birds https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/1/little-birds It is winter and the trees are barren of leaves.  They seem to be replaced by little birds.  All of a sudden the birds take off and the trees are left barren again.

ISO 400, 1/1500@f8, 100mm lens

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2020/1/little-birds Sun, 12 Jan 2020 20:07:38 GMT
Amaryllis https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/amaryllis Amaryllis:

The Amaryllis is widely sold in the winter months for their ability to bloom indoors.  In the Victorian Language of Flowers amaryllis means "pride".

Canon 5DmarkIII, Canon 100mm Macro Lens, ISO 50, 10sec@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/amaryllis Sun, 29 Dec 2019 21:53:36 GMT
Monk Parakeet https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/monk-parakeet Monk Parakeet in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York

 In the late 1960s the market for exotic birds in the United States was taking off as more and more people came to enjoy the parrots’ intelligence and sociability. Sensing an opportunity, some 60,000 of Argentina’s monk parrots were rounded up and sent to American pet shops. In 1968 alone, nearly 12,000 monk parrots were brought to the United States.

Exactly how the birds got from being on their way to pet shops to living in the wild in Green-Wood Cemetery, however, is a bit fuzzy.

The most popular version of the story says, an unmarked crate arrived at New York’s JFK Airport in 1967. A curious airport employee opened the mysterious crate to see what was inside. Suddenly, and with quite a flutter, the colorful birds escaped. A similar version states the “curious employee” was actually an individual with mafia ties looking to pilfer whatever was inside the crate.

for more of this story go to: https://untappedcities.com/2015/12/03/daily-what-the-monk-parrots-of-green-wood-cemetery-in-brooklyn/

Canon Eos 40D, Canon 28-135lens@135mm, 1/400@f10, iso 200.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/monk-parakeet Sun, 15 Dec 2019 22:42:43 GMT
Dali and Magritte inspired https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/dali-and-magritte-inspired These trees and the stucco church next door seemed very surreal to me so I created a surreal multi in-camera exposure.  I hope you like it.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/12/dali-and-magritte-inspired Mon, 02 Dec 2019 01:19:21 GMT
New York Haiku https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/11/new-york-haiku Grass, Rocks, Soil and Trees,

Versus concrete, steel and Bricks,

Central Park Prevails.

I'm not much of a poet but i hope this rough Haiku explains the photo below.

Thank you Colleen Minuick

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/11/new-york-haiku Sun, 24 Nov 2019 16:47:55 GMT
Bald Eagle https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/11/bald-eagle Bald eagles are not actually bald; the name derives from an older meaning of the word, "white headed".  They can be found in all 48 of the contiguous United States.  This photo was taken in Maryland last week.  Note the fish in his talons.

Canon 5dmarkiii, canon 100-400@400mm, f5.6@1/1500sec, iso 800.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/11/bald-eagle Sun, 03 Nov 2019 15:38:16 GMT
Fall Colors https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/10/fall-colors Fall colors at Forked Lake in the New York Adirondacks.  This photo was taken during a workshop with Tom Dwyer Photography.  Forked Lake is a part of Adirondack Park.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@28mm, 1/10@f16, iso400.

The Adirondack Park is a part of New York's Forest Preserve in northeastern New York. The park's boundary corresponds with the Adirondack Mountains. Established in 1885, it was the first state preserve of its type in the nation. Unlike most preserves, about 52 percent of the land is privately owned inholdings heavily regulated by the Adirondack Park Agency. This area contains 102 towns and villages, as well as numerous farms, businesses, and an active timber harvesting industry. The year-round population is 132,000, with 200,000 seasonal residents. The inclusion of human communities makes the park one of the great experiments in conservation in the industrialized world. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963.  The park's 6.1 million acres include more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and a wide variety of habitats including wetlands and old-growth forests.


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/10/fall-colors Sun, 20 Oct 2019 14:55:20 GMT
Chesapeake Bay Bridge https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/chesapeake-bay-bridge Photographed from a sail boat, the Bay Bridge is a major dual span bridge in the U.S. state of Maryland. Spanning the Chesapeake Bay.  With shore-to-shore lengths of 4.33 and 4.35 miles the two spans of the bridge form the longest fixed water crossing in Maryland and ranked 102nd among the world's longest over water structures. Officially named the "Gov. William Preston Lane Jr. Memorial Bridge" after William Preston Lane Jr.. who, as the 52nd Governor of Maryland, initiated its construction in the late 1940s finally after decades of political indecision and public controversy.
Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@154mm, F8@1/1000 sec, ISO 200

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/chesapeake-bay-bridge Sun, 29 Sep 2019 20:39:04 GMT
smell the flowers https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/smell-the-flowers While attending a college reunion in Cleveland, I did not forget to take some time and smell the flowers. (I also photographed a few of them.)

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/smell-the-flowers Sun, 15 Sep 2019 15:53:31 GMT
59th Street Ed Koch Bridge https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/59th-street-ed-koch-bridge The 59th Street Bridge (renamed Ed Koch Bridge) was made famous by Simon and Garfunkel.  It goes between Manhattan and Queens and runs over Roosevelt Island.  This photo was taken from the new campus of Cornell Tech Graduate School on Roosevelt Island.  I turned it into black and white to emphasize the graphic aspects and composition.

Canon 5dMarkiii, Tamron 28-300 at 89mm, 1/[email protected], ISO 100

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/9/59th-street-ed-koch-bridge Sun, 08 Sep 2019 13:32:27 GMT
The Art Institute of Chicago https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/8/the-art-institute-of-chicago Studying the painting "Jeanne", by Manet, at the Art Institute of Chicago. (His wife looks like she is jealous of the lady in the painting.)

Canon 5DmarkIII, Tamron 28-300 at 28mm, 1/30 at f3.5, ISO 3200.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/8/the-art-institute-of-chicago Sun, 25 Aug 2019 16:59:08 GMT
Camping out https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/8/camping-out Camping out has changed since I was a Boy Scout.  This couple reading on their cell phones with their beers by their side, are not at a campground.  They are not  in their backyard. They are not even camping out.  Just spending the day relaxing in Central Park. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/8/camping-out Sun, 11 Aug 2019 13:20:27 GMT
A Park for ALL People https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/7/a-park-for-all-people Studying, while enjoying nature at one of the cascades in Central Park.  

This photo and 2 other of my Park pictures along with Alan Cohen and my book "A Park for ALL People" will be on display at the Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White Street, on July 31 and August 1.  The reception will be August 1 from 6-8 PM. The exhibit has been arranged by B&H through their portfolio development program.   I will be at the gallery for the reception and I will also be there July 31 at 2:00.  I would love to see you there.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/7/a-park-for-all-people Sun, 28 Jul 2019 16:54:35 GMT
Central Park in the rain https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/7/central-park-in-the-rain A rainy day in Central Park. 

This photo and 2 other of my Central Park People photos along with my new book "A Park for ALL People" will be on display at the SOHO PHOTO GALLERY from July 30 to August 1.  The reception is August 1 from 6-8 PM. All are invited. If you want to view the pictures before the reception let me know and I will try to meet you there.  

Canon 5Dmark3, ISO 1600,1/[email protected], Tamron 28-300@93mm

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/7/central-park-in-the-rain Sun, 07 Jul 2019 23:45:58 GMT
OPTIC https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/6/optic Multiple exposure of One World Trade Center viewed over the Brooklyn Bridge.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/6/optic Sun, 09 Jun 2019 13:54:09 GMT
Cherry Blossoms https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/5/cherry-blossoms Multiple exposure of a cherry tree in full bloom at Branch Brook Park in New Jersey.  The park is noted for the largest collection of cherry blossom trees in the United States, having over 5,000 in more than eighteen different varieties.  The park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers Company in 1900.  The brothers were the sons of Frederick Law Olmstead.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/5/cherry-blossoms Sun, 19 May 2019 15:47:21 GMT
cell phone invasion https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/4/cell-phone-invasion Even while running a 4 mile race for charity, these joggers are all focusing on their cell phones. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/4/cell-phone-invasion Sat, 13 Apr 2019 20:03:08 GMT
The Vessel https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/the-vessel THE VESSEL is the latest tourist attraction in New York City.  It feels and looks like an Escher drawing. There are 15 levels with a pair of steps going up and a pair of steps going down on each platform.  It is located at Hudson Yards, a new development of offices, residences and shops built over the rail yard.  Entry is free but you have to get a timed ticket online.  The crowds are outrageous.  

Tamron 28-300 at 28mm, 100ISO, 1/45sec@f8. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/the-vessel Sun, 31 Mar 2019 20:39:55 GMT
NY half marathon https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/ny-half-marathon Crossing this street has always been a hazard.  In the 19th century you  had to look out for horse drawn carriages.  In the 20th century it was automobiles.  In the 21st century it is usually bikers, but today to cross this street you had to dodge between 25,000 runners competing in the New York Half Marathon.  Of course they could have walked 100 yards and crossed through a beautiful arcade under the road and avoided the possible collisions.       Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300@86mm, ISO 800, 1/1500@f8

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/ny-half-marathon Mon, 18 Mar 2019 01:44:03 GMT
sweetgum seed ball https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/sweetgum-seed-ball Snow and rain have kept me out of the park so I had previously collected these black oak acorns and sweetgum seed balls to photograph indoors.  Each two inch sweetgum seed ball contains 40-60 seed capsules that have one or two seeds each.

Canon 5dMarkiii, canon 100mm macro lens, .7 sec at f/16, iso 400.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/3/sweetgum-seed-ball Sun, 10 Mar 2019 17:27:44 GMT
Sea Lions https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/sea-lions Inspecting, feeding and training. Three times a day the keepers at the Central Park Zoo feed the sea lions.  They do it to educate and entertain the public, but also to train and check the health of the animals.  

Canon 5dMarkiii, Tamron 28-300@50mm, iso 800, 1/[email protected].

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/sea-lions Sun, 24 Feb 2019 18:53:44 GMT
Sotheby's Gallery https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/sothebys-gallery Viewing a Monet at the Sotheby's Gallery in Manhattan.  A place where you can get up close to the art, stay as long as you want and not continuously
rub elbows with a crowd. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/sothebys-gallery Sun, 10 Feb 2019 18:47:25 GMT
Red Cube https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/red-cube Red Cube by Isamu Noguchi is an iconic sculpture in downtown Manhattan since 1968. Here is my vision inspired by the Noguchi.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/2/red-cube Sun, 03 Feb 2019 13:36:18 GMT
Titi Monkey https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/titi-monkey This Titi monkey at the Prospect Park Zoo looks prepared for the 8 degree Fahrenheit weather that is predicted for New York Tonight. He/She is snuggled up to his/her mate.  

Photographed January 1, 2019  1/[email protected], 270mm, iso 3200.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/titi-monkey Sun, 20 Jan 2019 22:18:57 GMT
Sunset at Zion https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/sunset-at-zion This photo, Sunset at Zion National Park,  is now on exhibit at The Salmagundi Club's  OPEN & MEMBERS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION. This competitive fine art exhibition allows allows both well known and up-and-coming artists to exhibit their work in the Salmagundi Club's prestigious galleries.  The gallery, 47 5th Avenue, is open Monday-Friday 1-6 and Saturday and Sunday 1-5.  There will be a reception on the last day of the exhibit January 24th from 6-9.  Please come to the reception, All the photos are much nicer in a print on the wall than exhibited on your computer.. Of course if you would like a print of this photo (or any other on my website) for your wall,  I would love to sell one to you. Just email me. 

I apologise for being so crassly commercial today.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/sunset-at-zion Sun, 13 Jan 2019 15:02:17 GMT
Iguana https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/iguana In December I was in Puerto Rico and took several photos of iguanas.  I could not get this close so last week I went to the Prospect Park Zoo where I was inches away from this one.  He was checking me out as well as me documenting him.  Of course there was a piece of glass between us.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 at 300mm, ISO 3200, 1/[email protected]

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2019/1/iguana Sun, 06 Jan 2019 14:53:17 GMT
Charcoal Portraits https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/charcoal-portraits Central Park is not only a place for recreation and relaxation but it is a place where many people earn a living including this charcoal artist. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/charcoal-portraits Sun, 30 Dec 2018 19:25:52 GMT
Portrait in a bubble https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/portrait-in-a-bubble A portrait inside a bubble.  

The man making large soap bubbles in Central Park was also making a profit by enclosing kids in the bubbles as their parents photographed them.  I was just an interloper.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/portrait-in-a-bubble Sun, 23 Dec 2018 15:20:05 GMT
Bryce Canyon National Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/bryce-canyon-national-park Abstract rock formations at Bryce Canyon National Park.  The wide view is mind blowing but the closeups are also beautiful.  

Shot October 13, 2018--No I am not traveling the world constantly so I thought I would start putting dates on my photos.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, Tamron 28-300 at 154mm, ISO100, 1/60@f11

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/12/bryce-canyon-national-park Sun, 02 Dec 2018 16:56:54 GMT
Sunrise in Arches National Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/sunrise-in-arches-national-park A rainbow at sunrise in Arches National Park.  You have to be there.  It was raining when we left the hotel. The clouds blocked the sun during the sunrise. But I did get the rainbow, the beautiful sky, the great scenery, and the thrill of just being there.

Canon 5Dmarkiii, iso 100, 1/16th at f11, Tamron 28-300 at 50mm. yes I'm using a tripod.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/sunrise-in-arches-national-park Mon, 26 Nov 2018 19:06:20 GMT
First snow of the season https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/first-snow-of-the-season Even a 6 inch snow storm did not stop tourists from visiting the Cherry Hill Fountain in Central Park and take snapshots to preserve their memories. Nor did the storm stop me from documenting their documentation.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/first-snow-of-the-season Sun, 18 Nov 2018 16:41:57 GMT
Halloween Parade https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/halloween-parade Using the front cameras on their cell phones these musicians are applying their makeup prior to playing in the NYC Village Halloween Parade.  Some of my observations of the parade can be found at "https://halloweenparadenyc.smugmug.com/Halloween-2018/Harveys-Halloween-Hoots/". I was interested in: the range of costumes, the enthusiasm of the participants, the enthusiasm and size of the crowds, people viewing from all kinds of locations, and the extensive use of cell phones for photography and selfies. I obtained a press pass and was able to walk the entire distance of the parade.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/halloween-parade Tue, 13 Nov 2018 16:57:37 GMT
Fire Island Lighthouse https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/fire-island-lighthouse It is not easy photographing the milky way (or any stars) in the rain.  But you make the best of what is presented to you.  On a workshop with "National Parks at Night", it was a collaborative venture to light paint and shoot the Fire Island Lighthouse.  The multiple rays from the lighthouse is a technique taught at the workshop.

Canon 5Dmark iii, Tamron 28-300 at 28mm, 1 sec at f8, iso 6400.   

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/11/fire-island-lighthouse Sun, 04 Nov 2018 01:55:06 GMT
Arches National Park, Double Arch https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/10/arches-national-park-double-arch Sunrise at Double Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.  Not much sun but a nice rainbow.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/10/arches-national-park-double-arch Sun, 28 Oct 2018 18:55:54 GMT
Milky Way https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/10/milky-way My very first photo of the Milky Way.

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. The descriptor "milky" is derived from the galaxy's appearance from Earth: a band of light seen in the night sky formed from stars that cannot be individually distinguished by the naked eye. The term Milky Way is a translation of the Latin via lactea.  It is difficult to see from brightly lit urban or suburban areas, so I have rarely seen it. It's very prominent when viewed from rural areas when the Moon is below the horizon. This photo is the Skyline Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.  It was my third try at shooting the Milky Way.  The first night it rained, the second night was totally clouded over and on this night the clouds abated for only a few minutes.  The arch was lit by Mike Taylor an experienced star and landscape photographer.

Canon 5D Mark III, Rokinon 14mm lens, 30 sec at f2.8, ISO 6400.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/10/milky-way Sun, 21 Oct 2018 14:13:32 GMT
losing the training wheels https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/losing-the-training-wheels Not much I can say.  The picture speaks for itself.

Canon 7D,1/30 at f5.6, 28-135 zoom at 109mm, ISO 800

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/losing-the-training-wheels Sat, 29 Sep 2018 15:01:22 GMT
steam train https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/steam-train I traveled to Essex, Connecticut, to ride on a steam train. In my younger days it was a chore visiting grandparents by train(a 12 hour trip).  Now it is a romantic ride through the woods and along the Connecticut River. This photo begged for a black and white sepia tone rather than full color. For more pictures from the train and the included boat ride friend me on Facebook.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/steam-train Sun, 23 Sep 2018 15:13:37 GMT
Biltmore Estate, Ashville, North Carolina https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/biltmore-estate-ashville-north-carolina  This landscape at the home of George Washington Vanderbilt was one of the last landscape designs of Frederick Law Olmsted. His first design with the partnership of Calvert Vaux was Central Park in New York City.  Olmsted was not impressed with the condition of the 125,000 North Carolina acres (195 sq mi; 510 km2) and advised for a park surrounding the house, establishing farms along the river and replanting the rest as a commercial timber forest, a plan to which Vanderbilt agreed.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/biltmore-estate-ashville-north-carolina Sun, 09 Sep 2018 14:05:37 GMT
angry duck https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/angry-duck This mallard, sitting on a log in the Turtle Pond in Central Park, does not want to be disturbed by the approaching egret.  He is not at all afraid of the bigger bird.   

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/9/angry-duck Mon, 03 Sep 2018 13:48:05 GMT
US Open https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/8/us-open  The United States Open Tennis Championships starts tomorrow but the crowd chaos at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center has already started.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/8/us-open Sun, 26 Aug 2018 12:35:54 GMT
Sloss Furnaces vs Blue Ridge Mountains https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/8/sloss-furnaces-vs-blue-ridge-mountains Sloss Furnaces is a National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama. It operated as a pig iron-producing blast furnace from 1882 to 1971.

Walking through this site and ducking around and under the steel branches reminded me of walking through nature.

Note the similarities to the above photo in this picture from the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/8/sloss-furnaces-vs-blue-ridge-mountains Sun, 12 Aug 2018 15:21:49 GMT
red eared slider https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/red-eared-slider The red eared slider is the most popular turtle sold as a pet. They get their name from the small red stripe around the ears.  The slider in their name comes from the ability to quickly slide off of rocks into the water.  It is native to Mexico and the Southern United States but can be found worldwide due to pet releases.  The red eared slider is included in the list of the world's most 100 invasive species.

This photo was taken at the Pool in Central Park.  The algae is so thick that the turtle is almost completely camouflaged except for that distinguished red ear.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/red-eared-slider Sun, 29 Jul 2018 13:57:22 GMT
reflections of a photo walk https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/reflections-of-a-photo-walk It was a year ago that I went on a Sony sponsored photo walk with photographer Ira Block.  I passed over this picture but kind of like it now.  The reflections point out the diversity of shooting styles and the uncertainty of results.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/reflections-of-a-photo-walk Sun, 22 Jul 2018 18:59:56 GMT
pip https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/pip Fri, 13 Jul 2018 01:34:31 GMT
Ropes https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/7/ropes Sun, 01 Jul 2018 14:08:36 GMT
Malba Museum https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/malba-museum Sun, 10 Jun 2018 23:52:49 GMT
Peacock https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/6/peacock Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:36:46 GMT
Mothers Day https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/mothers-day Sun, 13 May 2018 17:41:39 GMT
Keukenhof Gardens https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/5/keukenhof-gardens Sun, 06 May 2018 13:20:11 GMT
Botanical Garden Orchid Show https://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

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/botanical-garden-orchid-show Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:56:56 GMT
The Perito Moreno Glacier https://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 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/4/the-perito-moreno-glacier Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:55:08 GMT
Torres Del Paine https://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

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/torres-del-paine Sun, 25 Mar 2018 20:28:08 GMT
Red tail hawk https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/3/red-tail-hawk Sun, 04 Mar 2018 18:45:32 GMT
Shooting Down https://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

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/shooting-down Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:01:05 GMT
Belvedere Castle https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/belvedere-castle Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:49:21 GMT
row boats https://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. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/2/row-boats Sun, 04 Feb 2018 16:13:22 GMT
Brown Pelican https://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.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/brown-pelican Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:57:35 GMT
Window https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2018/1/window Sun, 07 Jan 2018 14:20:23 GMT
Sandhill Crane https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/sandhill-crane Sun, 31 Dec 2017 16:45:17 GMT
Balloon Ride https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/balloon-ride Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:37:01 GMT
metal staircase https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/12/metal-staircase Sun, 03 Dec 2017 18:51:49 GMT
Prospect Park Cascade https://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

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/prospect-park-cascade Sun, 26 Nov 2017 19:30:45 GMT
The Blue Hour https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/the-blue-hour Sun, 19 Nov 2017 16:08:24 GMT
Fall Colors https://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? 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/fall-colors Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:09:44 GMT
Bronx Botanical Garden https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/11/bronx-botanical-garden Sun, 05 Nov 2017 13:46:21 GMT
Graphic metal door https://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. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/graphic-metal-door Sun, 29 Oct 2017 18:24:17 GMT
busy bee https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/busy-bee Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:19:32 GMT
Acadia Sunset https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/10/acadia-sunset Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:49:38 GMT
Egret https://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/[email protected], ISO 1600.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/egret Sun, 24 Sep 2017 21:18:22 GMT
Brooklyn https://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/[email protected], ISO 400.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/brooklyn Sun, 17 Sep 2017 13:08:06 GMT
Sandpiper https://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. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/sandpiper Sun, 10 Sep 2017 19:27:47 GMT
Textures https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/9/textures Sun, 03 Sep 2017 15:10:05 GMT
New England cemetery https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/cemetery Sun, 27 Aug 2017 14:50:26 GMT
Sunflower https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/sunflower Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:30:38 GMT
Central Park in Bronze https://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.



[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/central-park-in-bronze Sun, 13 Aug 2017 13:00:04 GMT
Urban Nature https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/8/urban-nature Sun, 06 Aug 2017 13:21:34 GMT
Phukett, Thailand https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/phukett-thailand Sun, 30 Jul 2017 18:32:00 GMT
Egret feeding https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/egret-feeding Sun, 23 Jul 2017 20:05:40 GMT
Sailing New York Harbor https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/7/sailing-new-york-harbor Sun, 02 Jul 2017 22:50:53 GMT
Great Wall of China https://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.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/6/great-wall-of-china Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:37:20 GMT
monkey see https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/5/monkey-see Sun, 28 May 2017 12:21:49 GMT
Row Boats https://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.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/row-boats Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:33:56 GMT
Brown Pelican https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/brown-pelican

It's always a challenge to get a good picture of a bird in flight. this brown pelican was flying around at Hanna Park near Jacksonville, Florida. Picture taken with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 16-300 zoom lens at 300mm, 1/1250 at f8, iso 400.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/brown-pelican Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:32:22 GMT
almost spring https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/almost-spring It is early April and there are a few flowers in Central Park but it has not yet fully bloomed.  These magnolia buds in the Shakespeare Garden are about to burst out. I'm awaiting patiently.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/4/almost-spring Sun, 02 Apr 2017 12:46:51 GMT
eye spy https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/eye-spy I was testing a Sony mirrorless camera with a macro lens.  I'm told you can tell someone's personality by looking deep into the eyes.  What do you think? Is this a male or female?  Friendly or hostile?  What do you see by staring into this eye?

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/eye-spy Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:45:43 GMT
Sandhill Crane https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/sandhill-crane This portrait of a sandhill crane was taken at the zoo in Jacksonville, Florida.  I'm not sure you could get this close to a crane in the wild.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/sandhill-crane Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:19:53 GMT
Snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/snow The view from my window Friday morning, after a warm 60 degree day on Thursday.  By 2:00 the snow was gone from the trees. We are expecting a major snowstorm coming on Tuesday.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/3/snow Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:16:34 GMT
padlock https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/padlock Just a picture of a padlock on a sheet metal building.  But it spoke to me.  I hope it speaks to you.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/padlock Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:31:49 GMT
North Woods of Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/north-woods-of-central-park This is the Loch in the North Woods of Central Park.  It is located in the middle of Manhattan at roughly what would be 103rd Street and 6th Avenue.  The designers of the park wanted visitors to this area to feel like they were in the Adirondacks. The Loch, Scottish for Lake, had become so silted in that I referred to it as "The Dribble."  The Central Park Conservancy has recently refurbished the entire area and this photo is from my first walk through the new area. The loch has been rerouted in some areas, widened in others.  No longer a dribble.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/north-woods-of-central-park Sun, 19 Feb 2017 13:45:08 GMT
White Orchid https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/white-orchid Looking out my window at the 2 day old dirty snow and the gray sky makes me long for summer.  So I decided to post a picture of this orchid.  It is sitting on my desk right now.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/white-orchid Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:45:31 GMT
Red Tailed Hawk https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/red-tailed-hawk Can you believe that this red tailed Hawk lives in the middle of Manhattan.  This photo was taken less than 1/4 of a mile from my apartment on one of the most densely populated islands in the Country.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/2/red-tailed-hawk Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:40:20 GMT
Virgin Island Rainbow https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/1/virgin-island-rainbow Rainbow in the Virgin Islands.

In December I had the privilege to sail the American Virgin Islands with 6 other friends.  We awoke this morning with a double rainbow.  I only got a picture of one of them.   For those of you inteested in such things, this photo was taken with a Canon 7D and a Tamron 16-300 lens at 55mm.  ISO of 400.  1/2000 at f9.  The fast shutter speed to compensate for the rocking of the boat that I was on.  


[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/1/virgin-island-rainbow Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:53:52 GMT
Bald Eagle https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/1/bald-eagle The American Bald Eagle with a fish in his talons.  Photographed over Thanksgiving weekend at the Conowingo Dam in Maryland. It was a cold day with the wind blowing in my face all day.  Eagles take off into the wind so I was lucky to get this one coming toward me.  To see more eagles look in the gallery Bald Eagles.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2017/1/bald-eagle Sun, 08 Jan 2017 15:29:43 GMT
Central Park Exhibit and Slide Show https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/12/central-park-exhibit-and-slide-show Central Park is New York City's largest living landscape artwork.  I will be giving a slideshow and exhibiting photographs of Central Park with the New York Photography Society at the Gallery, Artsource International, 333 Park Avenue South. on Wednesday January 4th at 6 PM.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served but seating is limited.  I would love to have you attend so please RSVP to [email protected].  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/12/central-park-exhibit-and-slide-show Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:16:34 GMT
Autumn at Watkins Glen https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/10/autumn-at-watkins-glen Watkins Glen is in the finger lakes of New York State.  A glen is a valley, typically one that is long, deep and often glacially U-shaped, or one with a watercourse running through it, and Watkins Glen travels the equivalent of a 70 story building with over 800 stairs and more than 19 waterfalls along the way.  The New York City Sierra Club Photo Committee had a field trip to the Glen and we spent the day climbing, photographing, and enjoying the outing. For more of my photos of the Glen go to my web page www.harvey.photos and look in the gallery Watkins Glen.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/10/autumn-at-watkins-glen Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:20:56 GMT
Red Lighthouse https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/10/red-lighthouse "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge" a children's book by  Hildegarde Swift about the Jeffrey’s Hook lighthouse erected in 1921 and marked for removal after it became obsolete when the George Washington Bridge was built in 1931.  It was saved from destruction by a public outcry and is now a New York City Landmark.  I got there by bicycle, riding a bike path beside the Hudson River.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/10/red-lighthouse Sun, 02 Oct 2016 13:58:38 GMT
Flatiron Neighborhood https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/flatiron-neighborhood Shooting down--An abstract of the sidewalk in front of my feet.  I shot this at a workshop sponsored by Sony where they loaned us Sony cameras to use and experiment with around the Flatiron Building.  Sony Artisan of Imagery, Tony Gale, helped us with the cameras and gave suggestions on lighting and composition.  You can see more of my photos from this workshop in the gallery "Flatiron Neighborhood".

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/flatiron-neighborhood Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:36:45 GMT
Vintage Aircraft Air Show https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/vintage-aircraft-air-show This plane never made it off the ground when I visited the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome on August 28th.  However the show was amazing and over a dozen vintage planes did get in the air.  I was there on a trip sponsored by B&H Photo, Moose Peterson, and Lexar.  They graciously bussed us to the event, fed us lunch, and Moose gave advice on photographing planes.  The next morning there was a critique at the B&H Event Space.  You can see more of my photos of this event by going to the www.harvey.photos and under the tab MY Photographs look in the gallery Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/vintage-aircraft-air-show Sun, 18 Sep 2016 13:11:47 GMT
US Tennis Open https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/US-tennis-open I did not make it to the USOPEN this year but I was at the site the week before for the prelims.  At the prelims players who did not qualify for the tournament hold playoffs for the remaining spots.  As you can see from this shot the stands were mostly empty.  That gave me the chance to have front row seats for matches or just to watch the top pros practice.  To see more of my pictures from that day view the gallery "USOPEN 2016 Prelims".

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/US-tennis-open Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:08:32 GMT
Mystic, CT https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/mystic-ct

Captain Amy of the two-masted, gaff topsail schooner ARGIA, sailing out of Mystic, CT.  The ARGIA was built in 1986 to be used as a tourism and charter vessel. In the background is the drawbridge of Mystic, Connecticutt.  Anna and I spent part of our 53rd anniversary vacation on a 2 1/2 hour sail on the waters of Fishers Island Sound.  See other photos from the trip in the gallery 'Mystic, CT".

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/9/mystic-ct Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:43:36 GMT
Central Park Heat https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/8/central-park-heat Just hanging out in Central Park trying to get out of the heat.  It is so hot today that the Central Park Conservancy has suspended all volunteer activity.  The Mayor has warned people to seek air conditioning. How hot estimated 95 degrees.  Although not recommended these kids have found their own way to stay cool.  DISCLOSURE:  this photo was taken in August of 2015.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/8/central-park-heat Sun, 14 Aug 2016 13:52:36 GMT
Bumble Bee https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/bumble-bee Another proof that you do not have to leave urban areas to do Nature Photography.  This photo was shot at the Pond in Central Park.  Of course the macro photography does not show the hundreds of people nearby and the concrete sidewalks that I'm standing on.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/bumble-bee Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:14:33 GMT
Sparrow https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/sparrow i have taken several pictures of sparrows.  They are the most common bird in this area.  I think this is the first shot I have gotten of one in flight.  Taken in Central Park this week.  ISO 1000, f5.6 at 1/1250sec.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/sparrow Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:14:31 GMT
Giraffe https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/giraffe Father and Son Giraffes drinking at the water hole near our camp in Sabi Sands,South Africa.  You can see the Nkorho Bush Lodge in the background.  Here the father is teaching the young giraffe drinking technique.  They bend over and fill their mouth with water but have to lift there head to let it flow down the long neck.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/giraffe Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:49:56 GMT
Mallards at the Pond https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/mallards-at-the-pond Reminds me of Magritte.  I always liked this photo, from 2010, of a reflection in The Pond, with the ducks adding a touch of reality.  It shows the urban aspect of New York City but the rural setting of ducks in water.  Yesterday I turned it upside down and saw a whole new photograph.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/mallards-at-the-pond Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:03:43 GMT
Lighthouse https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/lighthouse Sometimes you get lucky. This lighthouse was photographed on a boat ride through New York Harbor sponsored by Band H Photo.  It was mostly a grey dull evening but the sun peeked through for this shot. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/7/lighthouse Sun, 03 Jul 2016 13:04:06 GMT
Tern https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/tern I'm pretty sure it is a tern, maybe a juvenile, having it's dinner.  This picture was taken in December at Sanibel Island, Florida.

Thanks to Helen Pine.  This bird is not a tern it is a Laughing Gull

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/tern Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:59:14 GMT
Barn Latch https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/barn-latch I have been getting positive feedback on my peeling paint barn pictures so today is another shot of the same barn. Of course this door latch was meaningless since half the walls were missing.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/barn-latch Sun, 19 Jun 2016 13:28:24 GMT
Old Barn Window https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/old-barn-window The beauty of peeling paint.  I was told "As long as it is not on YOUR house."  This is another view of the Barn shown in my last blog.  The green string at the bottom of the window adds a mystery of humanity to the picture.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/6/old-barn-window Sun, 12 Jun 2016 13:20:55 GMT
Old Barn https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/old-barn Old wood and peeling paint brings out some kind of happy emotion in me.  I spotted this Barn beside the road in New Jersey and had to stop and photograph it.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/old-barn Sun, 29 May 2016 13:43:06 GMT
Central Park at night https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/central-park-at-night It Used to be unsafe to enter Central Park after dark.  That has not been true for years, and you're missing a lot of beauty if you don't.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/central-park-at-night Tue, 17 May 2016 18:10:29 GMT
Backlit Leaf https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/backlit-leaf Sometimes we forget that not all the beauty in plants come from the flowers.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/5/backlit-leaf Sun, 01 May 2016 19:15:54 GMT
Bumble Bee https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/bumble-bee A bumble bee doing what bumble bees do.  This picture was taken at Wave Hill in the Bronx.  A beautiful garden and view of the Hudson River.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/bumble-bee Sun, 24 Apr 2016 16:36:28 GMT
Frog https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/frog A frog in Stone Crop Gardens, Cold Spring, New York.  Spring has finally sprung and the flowers and small animals are out and enjoying the weather. So am I.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/frog Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:20:35 GMT
Snow Goose https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/snow-goose It was extremely cold this day in December when I photographed this Snow Goose in Bosque-Del-Apache, New Mexico. It is also extremely cold this April day in New York.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/snow-goose Sun, 10 Apr 2016 14:45:57 GMT
Tulip https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/tulip Just looking at this pollen makes my nose run.  The tulips in the French Garden of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park are about to open.  The multiple colors make this a beautiful scene.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/4/tulip Sun, 03 Apr 2016 14:17:53 GMT
Fossa https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/3/fossa The Fossa is a cat like carnivorous mammal native to Madagascar.  When my daughter Elana was working in the San Antonio Zoo she was the first person to see the first baby Fossa born in captivity.  This picture was taken at the Bronx Zoo.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/3/fossa Sun, 27 Mar 2016 19:12:10 GMT
Central Park Cascade https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/3/central-park-cascade Today is the first day of Spring and snow is predicted so I decided to show my favorite cascade in Central Park covered in snow. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/3/central-park-cascade Sun, 20 Mar 2016 13:44:45 GMT
Adirondacks Snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/adirondacks-snow I just took a workshop with Tom Dwyer to shoot snow pictures in the Adirondacks.  Unfortunately Mother Nature was not informed and she did not provide fresh snow.  That did not stop us from getting some great photos.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/adirondacks-snow Sun, 28 Feb 2016 13:21:12 GMT
Owl https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/owl I wish I could get human subjects to smile like this.  I looked through my bird book this morning to try and identify this owl but they all look similar and I was afraid to make a mistake.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/owl Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:48:41 GMT
Central Park Rowboats https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/central-park-rowboats I normally post my daily picture on Facebook and an older picture that I like on my blog.  Several friends have said they are not on Facebook but are interested in seeing my snow photos of Central Park.  The park is really beautiful when covered with a fresh coat of snow.  This picture was taken yesterday at the boathouse.  

To see more of my snow pictures (and others)  FRIEND me on Facebook, and if you don't do Facebook look into the Gallery section of my web page and in the 365 gallery you can see my daily posts.  I have posted a picture every day, shot that day, since June 22.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/2/central-park-rowboats Sun, 07 Feb 2016 15:16:29 GMT
Sandhill Crane Closeup https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/sandhill-crane-closeup A closeup of a sandhill crane.  I probably would not be able to get this close in the wild.  This crane is in the Bermingham Zoo.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/sandhill-crane-closeup Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:13:30 GMT
Peregrine Falcon https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/peregrine-falcon This Peregrine Falcon was actually sitting on a keeper's glove.  I don't think you can get a shot like this in the wild.  You can see that he has no tonsils.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/peregrine-falcon Sun, 24 Jan 2016 15:24:11 GMT
sandhill crane https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/sandhill-crane This sandhill crane silhoetted against the morning sunrise was photographed 2 years ago in Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2016/1/sandhill-crane Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:18:44 GMT
Junk Yard https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/junk-yard I was doing nature photography on a trip to Nova Scotia but could not resist a stop in this junk yard.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/junk-yard Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:58:42 GMT
pine tree in the spring https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/pine-tree-in-the-spring Pine Tree ​Last week I posted a pine tree in the snow.  This week I thought I would show a pine tree shot in the spring.  This photo comes from a trip to Nova Scotia.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/pine-tree-in-the-spring Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:46:29 GMT
pine tree in snow https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/pine-tree-in-snow With the temperature in the sixties this second week of December, I started thinking of snow in Central Park.  This picture actually comes from January 2012.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/pine-tree-in-snow Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:50:11 GMT
Milk Thistle https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/milk-thistle This picture was taken yesterday at the Bronx Zoo.  Every day I post a picture on Facebook, sometimes more than one.  Today I posted pictures of animals in the zoo but this shot of milk thistle did not seem to fit in.  I hope you enjoy it and follow me on Facebook to view a new picture every day.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/12/milk-thistle Sun, 06 Dec 2015 15:18:29 GMT
Butterflies https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/butterflies These 3 butterflies are at a Butterfly Farm on the island of Aruba.  If you plant the right flowers and the weather is correct the butterflies will come.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/butterflies Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:04:31 GMT
Capuchin Monkey https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/capuchin-monkey In Costa Rica near Manuel Antonio State Park.  This capuchin monkey was stealing coconuts from a vender who would open them pour out the milk and toss the shell aside.  The monkeys would grab the shells and scamper off into the palm trees.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/capuchin-monkey Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:43:46 GMT
Baboon https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/baboon Near the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, This baby baboon, like many young kids, is shy and hiding behind mama.  Mama looks like she is in protection mode.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/baboon Sun, 15 Nov 2015 15:22:47 GMT
Fall in Central Park https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/fall-in-central-park Fall is a colorful time of year in Central Park.  This picture, of the Central Park Lake, illustrates the warm colors of the park contrasted with the cool colors of the tall city buildings in the background.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/11/fall-in-central-park Sun, 08 Nov 2015 20:29:12 GMT
Skateboarder https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/skateboarder There are parks all along the Hudson River and this skate park is located near the Chelsea Piers.  It is free to the public and has always been occupied when I've been there. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/skateboarder Sun, 01 Nov 2015 03:01:03 GMT
White Sands https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/white-sands Sunset at White Sands, New Mexico

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/white-sands Sun, 18 Oct 2015 03:05:40 GMT
Empire State Building https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/empire-state-building The Empire State Building as seen from the Highline.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/empire-state-building Sun, 11 Oct 2015 22:31:39 GMT
Taughannock Falls https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/taughannock-falls Taughannock Falls near Ithaca, New York, on a cold, rainy, foggy, fall day in October.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/10/taughannock-falls Sat, 03 Oct 2015 19:43:30 GMT
Not yet Fall but close https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/9/not-yet-fall-but-close It is not yet Fall but I think we are going to have a bad year for color. It is early but leaves are beginning to turn brown and just fall off.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/9/not-yet-fall-but-close Sat, 12 Sep 2015 22:27:37 GMT
Sunrise on the beach https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/9/sunrise-on-the-beach Riding a bike on the beach at sunrise near Saint Augustine, Florida.  Possibly the closest thing to Paradise, or maybe I'm just missing the outdoors this morning.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/9/sunrise-on-the-beach Sun, 06 Sep 2015 14:01:54 GMT
USOPEN Tennis https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/usopen-tennis The tennis open starts tomorrow and I went out last week to shoot the Qualifying Rounds.  When your head is in your photography you have no idea what is going on in the match.  I don't know who this woman is or whether she won or lost.  I do like her intensity and the action in the picture.  Visit my Facebook page to see more tennis pictures from last week.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/usopen-tennis Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:07:10 GMT
Glacier Bay, Alaska https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/glacier-bay It has been so hot that I felt like sharing a cold picture.  This is a glacier in Alaska as it "calves".  You might blame this on global warming but calving in the summer is a normal event as Glaciers recede in the Summer and grow in the Winter.  What is not normal is for it to be happening as often and as quickly.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/glacier-bay Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:34:55 GMT
egret feeding her young https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/egret-feeding-her-young Mama Egret feeding her young.  She is just tempting the chicks as to what is to come. She will first swallow that fish whole and than regurgitate it in smaller pieces for them.  

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/egret-feeding-her-young Sun, 16 Aug 2015 13:20:58 GMT
Baby Elephant https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/baby-elephant This baby elephant, only about a month old, entertained us for some time.  He was so small he had not yet learned to drink through his trunk and had to lap up water with his mouth.  He never wandered too far from Mama. Baby ElephantWe were entertained for some time by this baby elephant who was only about a month old. He was so small he had not yet learned to drink with his trunk and he would lap up water with his mouth. He never wandered too far away from Mama.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/baby-elephant Sun, 09 Aug 2015 14:09:12 GMT
Baby Leopard https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/baby-leopard When We saw this Leopard on safari  in Sabi Sans Park in South Africa the photographer sitting behind me, Kim Griffin said "Now I've got it.  This is the picture of the trip." She is an award winning photographer and I have no idea what her picture looks like, but here is mine.  This baby leopard was sitting in a tree about 10 feet above us.  She is just as curious about us as we are about her. Baby Leopard

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/8/baby-leopard Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:12:02 GMT
African Penguin https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/african-penguin This African Penguin looks the way I felt in the heat of Simon's Town, South Africa at Boulders Beach where there were hundreds of these critters walking around, nesting, swimming and having a nice beach day.  For those of you intrerested in the trivia I was shooting a Canon 7D with a 70-200 zoom set at 142mm. An ISO of 200 and 1/4000 at 5.6.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/african-penguin Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:34:16 GMT
Tree Frog https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/tree-frog I wish I could say I was in the deepest Amazon forest and shot this little critter.  He measures about an inch and a half long.  Actually, I was in a classroom in Saint Augustine, Florida taking a lesson on Macro (closeup) photography from Mike Matthews.  The frog is sitting on a potted plant. Looking into those eyes, he seems to have lots of personality.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/tree-frog Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:29:05 GMT
Sunset at the Thimble Islands, Ct https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/sunset-at-the-thimble-islands-ct Thimble Islands Sunset Last September I sailed with friends on the Long Island Sound.  This picture was taken just before sunset as we anchored off the Thimble Islands.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/sunset-at-the-thimble-islands-ct Sat, 11 Jul 2015 20:35:42 GMT
New York Skyline https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/new-york-skyline One of the advantages of living on an Island is being able to get out on the water.  This photo is from a tourist sail boat where even the crew was enjoying the view.  Life is beautiful in the summer when the sun is shining.  If you friend me on facebook you can follow my 365 project where I am posting a picture taken each day.  I am now 2 weeks into the project.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/7/new-york-skyline Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:50:54 GMT
Atlantic Ocean Florida Sunrise https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/atlantic-ocean-florida-sunrise Florida Sunrise This panorama of Sunrise near Saint Augustine, Florida is composed of 30 individual photographs. It does not do justice to the awe inspiring beauty of being there, but does bring back fond memories.  My daughter Elana, who lives near the beach Jacksonville, can view this, or a similar, scene every day.  

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[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/atlantic-ocean-florida-sunrise Sun, 28 Jun 2015 13:28:29 GMT
Happy Father's Day https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/happy-fathers-day Father and Son ZebrasFather and Son Zebras

On this Father's Day I thought I would post a picture of a happy family.  Actually I did not talk to these Zebras and I don't know that they are father and son but since today os Father's Day I am using my imagination.  In March I had the privilege of travelling to South Africa with my wife Anna.  These zebras are enjoying the drinking water less than 100 yards from where we stayed.  If you enjoy the picture please leave a comment.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/happy-fathers-day Sun, 21 Jun 2015 13:31:27 GMT
Brooklyn Bridge and World Trade Center https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/brooklyn-bridge-and-world-trade-center Brooklyn Bridge

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/6/brooklyn-bridge-and-world-trade-center Sun, 14 Jun 2015 01:20:52 GMT
Central Park Male Cardinal https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/5/central-park-male-cardinal Colorful Birds always make good photographs and Central Park is filled with bright red cardinals almost all year long.  I hope you enjoy viewing this as much as I enjoyed taking it.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/5/central-park-male-cardinal Sat, 23 May 2015 15:26:30 GMT
Happy Mothers Day https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/5/happy-mothers-day

I thought I would start my blog on Mother's Day with these Wood Storks that I shot in Florida last week at the Saint Augustine Alligator Farm.  I intend to publish a photo once a week.  If you want to follow my photography please hit the subscribe button.  I would love to see your comments on this picture and get a message from you in the guest book. 

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2015/5/happy-mothers-day Sun, 10 May 2015 13:40:27 GMT
Just getting started https://harvey.photos/blog/2014/8/just-getting-started I am not much for writing blogs but may post pictures here.  Give me some time to learn the program.

[email protected] (Harvey Kopel) https://harvey.photos/blog/2014/8/just-getting-started Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:05:42 GMT