Adirondack Spruce Lodge

Welcome to the new Adirondack Spruce Lodge! I recently finished up a commercial photo shoot for this gorgeous upscale hotel in Wilmington, N.Y., near Whiteface Mountain. It's all new, completely hand crafted, and they have big plans. They're open for business, and in the middle of finishing up the second wing of rooms, which is planned to be dog-friendly.

It's no small task making images for a commercial property. In photography, there's an intangible reward that comes from completing a creative project like this, especially when your client is happy, enjoys your images, and has also enjoyed the process along the way. Keith and Nicole, who manage the property, are wonderful to work with, and I can't imagine better hosts or a better location for an authentic vacation stay in the Adirondacks. Check them out! www.adirondacksprucelodge.com/

See the full size gallery here: www.f2foto.com/adirondack-spruce-lodge

From Our Home to Yours - Episode 2

I've been working on a video series for Merrill L. Thomas Real Estate, "From Our Home to Yours," that tells the story of people's lives and their attachment to the properties they own. The second segment is now available on Vimeo, and features local photographer, Rolf Schulte working on his landscape photography at Far Horizons Ranch, MLS# 153141. This is an AMAZING property including over 600 acres of land with some of themost breathtaking views of the local Lake Placid mountains you've ever seen. See more here on Merrill L. Thomas website:www.adirondackestates.com/property/far-horizons-ranch

You can also find out more about Rolf Schulte and his authentic photography of the Adirondacks, mostly done on film, here on his website:www.rolfschulte.net

Enjoy!

Professional correction of a client's vacation photos

Professional correction of a client's vacation photos

I'm often asked by clients, "could you work on my photo?" Recently, I was sent an image (a smaller .jpg file) that was only large enough to print 10"x10", and the color cast on the original photo was very green-yellow. This client wanted to print the photo at 20"x20" on bright aluminum, and it was important because the photo was made on a very special family vacation to Scotland.

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2015 Lake Placid Triathlon Swim/Start Photo Prints Are Ready!

2015 Lake Placid Triathlon Swim/Start Photo Prints Are Ready!  - Secure Online Ordering

Your choice of a true photographic poster-print on Kodak Professional Endura Paper, or the ultimate in ready to hang wall art - a glossy aluminum print with hanging mount. All prints from F2FOTO are printed by one of the finest commercial labs in the country. (Please note: The poster-print will need mounting if you desire to do so)

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A beautiful, 24" x 12" photographic print on Kodak Professional Endura Lustre Paper, of the Lake Placid, NY Ironman Swim/Start, July 26th, 2015. Photo was made at exactly 06:24:12am, just before the first triathletes entered the water!

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A beautiful, 24" x 12" Glossy, Aluminum Print, including aluminum mount, of the Lake Placid, NY Ironman Swim/Start, July 26th, 2015. Photo was made at exactly 06:24:12am, just before the first triathletes entered the water! This aluminum print comes complete, and READY TO HANG!

 

 

Eastern White Pine Tree Climb

Back on July 12th, my friend Devon James, owner of Ironwood Tree Service, invited me along on a very cool adventure - we we're going to climb a MASSIVE Eastern White Pine, 140' high, and I was going to take some panoramas from the very top. This is something Devon does everyday - he's a professional. I rock climb, but still, this trip was not like anything I've ever climbed before. For those of you that do rock climb, this tree was a true multi-pitch route, moving upward in two stages, because the ropes just aren't long enough to go the entire 140' height. What a morning! Thanks Devon! Hopefully we're going to do this again in September to photograph the beautiful Adirondack fall foliage from even higher up. We've got another tree scouted that should offer even better views. Also, if you need any professional tree service, call Devon James - he's very skilled and can take down dangerous trees as big as this one climbed today. I was scrubbing tree sap off myself and the camera for hours, but it was so worth the effort.


Animation

Todays project involved taking some really nasty, shaky, movie footage, calming it down, and producing a usable animation with only the use of Adobe Photoshop CC. This was an all manual process. Photoshop doesn't have magical button, preset, or or action to do this. Often times, the best way to proceed is to look at these types of projects as skill development, and challenge yourself to come up with an original way to solve the problem, using the tools available to you (in this case, all those within Photoshop) to produce your desired result. The resulting project file is a black & white GIF, created from the original source video clip in color at the bottom of the post. Why black & white? Beside the fact that it looks cool, the GIF file format can only render 256 colors maximum, and the resulting animation would really look terrible.  The next goal is to now move past the limitations that the old and outdated GIF file format presents, and begin creating HD Cinemagraphs.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Dog Rescue

A very long day flying a dog rescue with my good friend DJ O'Neil for the Pilots and Paws Network. Lake Placid to Cleveland, back to Burlington Vermont, then home to 1N7 Lake PLacid. Thanks DJ for all you do and donate to rescue these pups and help find them new homes. It was a hell of a flight :)

 

Fueling the Cessna 185 in the cold early morning...

Fueling the Cessna 185 in the cold early morning...

Departing Lake Placid in the early morning, westbound for Cleveland

Departing Lake Placid in the early morning, westbound for Cleveland

Enroute to Cleveland in bad weather

Enroute to Cleveland in bad weather

In Cleveland, transferring this very sweet 6 months old St Bernard puppy from another pilot in the Pilots and Paws network.

In Cleveland, transferring this very sweet 6 months old St Bernard puppy from another pilot in the Pilots and Paws network.

Flying by the very cold and frozen city of Cleveland, Eastbound, heading for Burlington, Vermont, with a fuel stop along the way.

Flying by the very cold and frozen city of Cleveland, Eastbound, heading for Burlington, Vermont, with a fuel stop along the way.

 

Arrival about 6:30pm at Heritage Aviation in Burlington, Vermont., and a new home for Sugar, the St. Bernard puppy.