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You’ve just bought that new Nikon–or is it a Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fuji, or some other brand? It may be a small point-and-shoot, a Super-Zoom, or a digital SLR. You enjoy taking photos, but they all seem to look the same — nice, but really nothing all that special. You realize that you consistently use the little green AUTO setting on your camera, but you’re not really sure what all the other settings are for! What does the P stand for? And what in the world are Scene Modes? You wonder, “How can I make my photos pop off the page? What can I do so that people really notice my photos? How can I get my photos to look more like the ones I see in National Geographic?” In this article I wrote for Squidoo, I offer to you ten very basic tips to begin improving your photography TODAY!    Just click on this link:  http://www.squidoo.com/improving-your-photography-strategies-and-tips

1-Double Arch with credit

On October 20, 2012 I visited Keene’s Pumpkin Festival in Southern New Hampshire for the first time.  I got there at about 2:00 p.m. so that I could take some daylight photos, and I stayed until about 8:00 p.m. so I could also take some night photos.

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The Highlight of the Event was the large tower or pyramid stacked to the skies with hundreds and hundreds of pumpkins!

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The Pumpkin Festival in Keene is about 20 years old, and is a favorite activity once a year throughout New England.

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The crowds were friendly; the food was great; and the atmosphere was perfect as Halloween approached.  I hope to go again next year!

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Should you wish to view more of my Pumpkin Festival photos, please visit my facebook photography site at

http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.r.grosky.photography

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© Mitchell R. Grosky and Mitchell R. Grosky Photography Blog 2008-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material including all photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Recently, my wife and I spent a couple of nights in Providence, Rhode Island, and we were able to see their famous WaterFire program conducted on average about every other weekend from May 26 to October 6. It is an awesome spectacle as nearly 80 mini-bonfires are lit on the city’s three rivers, to the accompaniment of beautiful music, dancing, and crowds of enthusiastic spectators. Image

Food and drink are readily available for purchase, and crowds are enthusiastic and also well-mannered. The program points out that “WaterFire was created by Barnaby Evans in 1994 as an art installation to revitalize the urban landscape of Providence and has now become one of Rhode Islands most popular tourist attractions.”

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They often have dance lessons, concerts, mimes, and other sorts of entertainment. It was really a great time, and I got some really interesting photos, some of which I will post here, and others will be posted on my various photography websites.

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Should you wish to visit WaterFire yourself, there are still four more performance: August 18, September 15, September 29, and October 6. Waterfire.org is the website. It’s a terrific evening—and the WaterFire itself and many other activities associated with it are FREE!

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Should you wish to view more of my WaterFire photos, please visit my facebook photography site at

http://www.facebook.com/mitchell.r.grosky.photography

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© Mitchell R. Grosky and Mitchell R. Grosky Photography Blog 2008-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material including all photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Finger Lakes Sunset

Sunset at New York's Finger Lakes

Just back from 2 beautiful nights in New York’s Finger Lakes. Stayed at the EB Morgan House–one of America’s 10 most romantic inns (according to Good Morning America) It was a wonderfully relaxing and lovely way to celebrate my wife’s birthday! You may purchase these copyrighted photos and nearly a thousand other photos at my website: http://www.mrgroskyphoto.com/

Panasonic Lumix TZ5  50mm ISO 100

 

© Mitchell R. Grosky and Mitchell R. Grosky Photography Blog 2008-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material including all photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

Visit to The Big Apple

The Empire State Building from the Top of the Rock

This past December, my wife, son, and I visited New York City for a wonderful mini-vacation of three days and two nights.  Although I was born in New York and have gone back for many a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, and funeral over these past many years, this was the first time I had gone back as a tourist.  We visited Times Square, Rockefeller Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Bronx Zoo.  Not bad for just three days!  Late one night on the Brooklyn Bridge–near midnight, as I recall–I crossed paths with a friendly young jogger on  the Brooklyn Bridge.   When I mentioned being a native New Yorker who was visiting after a long absence, his quick but warm reply was, “What took you so long?”

Nikon D90, iso 400, 52mm focal length, 1/2 sec., f4.2, matrix metering, 1/3 stop underexposed

© Mitchell R. Grosky and Mitchell R. Grosky Photography Blog 2008-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material including all photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

 

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2010. That’s about 29 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 7 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 42 posts. There were 8 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 14mb.

The busiest day of the year was November 12th with 592 views. The most popular post that day was Arches National Park’s Double Arch.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were search.aol.com, en.wordpress.com, maggiescamera.wordpress.com, obama-scandal-exposed.co.cc, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for boston skyline, arches national park, boston, little rock arkansas, and new hampshire.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Arches National Park’s Double Arch October 2008
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Boston Skyline 2 January 2009
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Boston Skyline from the Charles February 2010
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Little Rock, Arkansas Sunset February 2009
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Cathedral Ledge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains November 2008
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President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama visited Boston on October 16, 2010 for a campaign rally for Governor Deval Patrick at the Hynes Convention Center.  Other speakers were Senator John Kerry, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, Vickie Kennedy, and Mayor Menino.  James Taylor sang several songs, as well.  I decided to go, not knowing how many more chances I would ever get to photograph President Obama.  The speakers—particularly President Obama and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick–were excellent–filled with enthusiasm and fire for their country and their party.  The complete set of photos can be found on my flickr website at http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrgrosky/ .    My political blog entry on President Obama’s Accomplishments (“President Obama’s December to Remember”) can be found on “This Week With Mitch Grosky,” located at http://thisweekwithmitchgrosky.wordpress.com/

Canon Rebel T1i, iso 3200, f 5.6, spot metering, 1/200 sec., 265 mm

 

© Mitchell R. Grosky and Mitchell R. Grosky Photography Blog 2008-2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material including all photographs without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.

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