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Yes Dear! by Marie Costanza

Yes Dear!
by Marie Costanza

Marie has provided us with several back yard bird photos that are beautifully printed on metal and placed in float frames to show them off. Using a shallow depth of field Marie has created very pleasant bokeh’s with these photographs. This one, Yes, Dear! captures a fairly ordinary scene with little birds, but this moment has been humanized with the title! Males usually have the brighter plumage, but we know who the boss is here! Thanks for the fun with this one Marie.



Freedom Flight by Cindy El-Gaaly


Freedom Flight
by Cindy El-Gaaly

Ben Franklin preferred the wild turkey as the national symbol due to the eagle’s proclivity to take the prey of smaller birds for itself. But as Cindy alludes to with her photo Freedom Flight the eagle presents a stunning and regal image in flight begetting its moniker for freedom. The viewer could say that Cindy was lucky that the eagle tipped his wing in the water as she took the photo. However, to be ‘lucky,’ one must also be prepared and have some knowledge about the subject. Cindy’s shutter speed was fast enough to freeze the bird in flight as well as the water droplets. The background is fuzzy enhancing the depth of the photo and forcing the eye back to the sharpness of the eagle where we can feel the intensity of the hunt. Thank you, Cindy for a beautifully rendered capture of a majestic Freedom Flight.

Morning Fog by Maggie Hamell


Foggy Morning
by Maggie Hamell

Maggie has presented us a serene morning fog on an almost still lake. The fact that it is monochromatic allows us to not be distracted from the fog and boat with any color. The metal surface of this print creates the clarity Maggie was after. Some would say she was lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Others would bet that Maggie has planned this photo from experience and put herself into the scene and waited for the precise moment she was hoping for. The fog is beautiful and sets the scene, but the sailboat is the hero. It is the only man-made object in the photo and our eye goes directly to it. Maggie was smart not to put the boat in the center so the photo is a little more asymmetric. Nice work Maggie!

American Hotel by Donna LaPlante


American Hotel
by Donna J. LaPlante

Donna’s photograph, with it is very effective symmetry, the doors at the end of the hall, the beautiful wooden chairs and the stack of luggage tells a story unfolding in another era. The tall, draped window brings in the light at the hallway’s end, and piques curiosity about the view. The composition is completed with the slightly ruffled carpet and the hall light hanging by chains from the high ceiling. Perhaps, in its day, it was an elegant place, but now it shows its age and the wear and tear of the years.  

 Donna has captured a piece of history, and the color palette lends an air of nostalgia. It is a photograph that invites the viewer to be there, standing in that hallway. One can almost imagine a door opening and a couple emerge, picking up their bags and heading for train and the next leg of their journey. This photograph is a classic!

Log Fragment by Susan C. Larkin


Log Fragment
by Susan C. Larkin

Susan’s series of photographs from her familiar woods tell stories of both the life of the forest, the remains of parts of that forest that used to be.  They are all parts of the familiarity that Susan shares with us so beautifully. From a chipmunk, to the path up the hill, to a stump, to the rusting remains of an old car….   

This Log Fragment could well be a masterwork of sculpture, shaped through years of growth and struggle.  Now, years after its noble living presence, that struggle is revealed. The twists and curves and swirls can tell only a part of its complex story, and we can only wonder at the beauty of its journey.  The photograph reveals shapes and forms that can take on human attributes, and at the same time, it presents the intricate lines that mark the yearly growth of the tree that was.

A beautiful tribute.

Snow Daze by Betsy Marshall


Snow Daze
by Betsy Marshall

Betsy is exhibiting a collection of birds and animals that are wonderful and artful. Snow Daze is an excellent example of her work. Short-eared Owls generally breed In Canada and then venture to our area during the late fall through early spring months and are usually found in wide open fields that also provide some denser tree areas for protection. Photographing them while they hunt at dusk is a challenge given our grey skies and snow during the winter months and the use of long lenses. Occasionally, an owl might sit for a time on a fence post to wait and listen with their superior hearing to find dinner. Betsy captured this beautifully. She placed the Short-eared Owl in one of the power points that make for a good photograph. The owl is tack sharp and nicely turns part way so we may view part of its face. Lovely bokeh in the background and the delightful snow assists in giving depth to the picture. Thank you, Betsy, for a stunning portrait of an elusive bird.

Final Flight by Margy Meath


Final Flight
by Margy Meath

Owls have a mystical almost mythological appearance.  They look almost un-worldly, spiritual.

Being a very popular subject for photographers they are often photographed as the primary subject, without much of the details of the environment shown.

Here in this photograph, Margy has made an environmental statement by contrasting the owl by framing it against the old, rusted machinery.  The owl is perfectly placed in the upper right-hand corner, contrasting to the gritty look of the foreground grass and mechanical structure.

The colors are somewhat muted, except for the strong blue of the wheel, bringing the viewer from the almost spiritual pose of the owl to the “real world” of manmade objects left outside to weather.

The “decisive moment” of the owl’s flight has been beautifully captured; wings outspread and eyes staring directly at the viewer.  It is framed against a very neutral part of the photograph, making it “pop” and focusing your attention on it.

This juxtaposition of nature and manmade objects makes for a beautiful photograph.

Genesee River Ice by Martha Price


Genesee Ice
by Martha Price

This is an amazing photograph!

It appears at first glance to be surrealistic, an imaginary location.  The strong graphic interplay between the white ice areas and the open water in between contribute to a beautiful design. 

The sky mirrors the color of the lower half of the photograph….its grayish almost serene look of winter is broken by a bird hovering, perhaps looking for a place to safely land.

Martha has chosen to put the horizon central to the composition.  This breaks the “rule of thumb” that is often used in landscape photography but works as it shows the contrast between the sky and the frozen water.

Although not a black and white image the overall colors are very muted with only a hint of blue in the sky.  Those familiar with area winters are well aware of the almost “colorlessness” that so many winter days present.  This image, by the use of this, color pallet reinforces the feeling of cold, along with the barrenness of the water with its ice flows.

The low perspective, with the ice flow receding from the viewer adds strongly to this composition.

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