Downtown, Race Track Opening Weekend, Saratoga Springs, NY (July 2015)

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I found myself near Saratoga Springs, New York last weekend and heard it was the opening weekend of race track season. Though I briefly considered buying a ticket and going to the race track itself, I convinced myself it would probably be expensive and that my family would be mad at me for being gone too long.

So, I simply parked and walked downtown for about an hour (Saratoga has free 2-hour parking). The weather was perfect for little photographic stroll..:-).

Here now is a photographic “taste” of downtown Saratoga Springs during their 2015 opening race track weekend…

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GrassRoots Festival 2015: Photos from my ‘Slant’ Perspective

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I have been photographing the GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, NY over the past couple of years in exchange for free admission to the festival. So, though I am being “compensated”, it feels like I’m shooting for free.

Rightly or wrongly, this “feeling” leads me to take liberties when deciding what to photograph–i.e., I tend to photograph whatever I find personally interesting or compelling, along with the more “standard” photos I believe the festival organizers actually want from me. (Shooting both types of photos almost in parallel has become quite natural for me.)

Here, then, are the photos the organizers are fairly unlikely to use, but which capture aspects and scenes that I find personally entertaining and which keep me going back to photograph the festival each year. They are a reflection of my skewed and maybe slightly jaded perspective (:p), and are in roughly chronological order.

(On a side note: in general, I think my 2014 GrassRoots photos turned out better, and the cause is probably 2-fold: 1) the heat this year negatively affected both the festival participants and me, and 2) I was having some equipment issues that will inform my equipment choices next year! I did, however, get better photos of the GrassRoots Happiness Parade this year with an equipment combo that now seems obvious. Those are coming soon…)

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If Animals Went Grocery Shopping (NSFW)

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What if a farm animal went shopping at a grocery store?

Well, his diet might be a little less healthy, …and he probably wouldn’t be wearing clothes(!)

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Animal Groceries
Sugar and apples

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Beer, chips, and cookies


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My Infamous Underwear Photo Shoot & the Passing of Time

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I just noticed it’s been a couple of years since my “infamous” Underwear at 50 photo shoot! Sometimes I take a glance back at the photos and usually I decide there are lots I don’t like. I just noticed this one that I kinda liked this time around (click it to see it against a dark background):

Underwear at 50

Underwear at 50

It’s got a different “feel” to it than the one I posted originally from this particular shot location.

Maybe it’s because I didn’t think this one was “comical” enough? I’m not sure.

It’s pretty common for me to go back to sets of photos I took in the past with “fresh eyes” and see photos I like that I didn’t like the first or even second time around. Strange phenomenon…:p


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2014 GrassRoots Festival, Trumansburg, NY (July 2014)

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The GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, New York is coming up this July and I realized I hadn’t really gone through the photos I took at last year’s GrassRoots Festival! So here now is a bunch of photos I took at last year’s festival!

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A Hot Day at the Ithaca Festival (2015)

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Today was the 3rd day of the 2015 Ithaca Festival (Saturday, May 30, 2015), and it was a hot one! There was a thunderstorm in the middle of the day that either cooled it down slightly or made it even more uncomfortable because of the additional humidity. In any case, it was quite hot in the sun!

I took a short stroll around the festival after the thunderstorm and tried to snap fragments of scenes that captured some of the festival “flavor”…:-).

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2015 Cornell University Graduation Weekend

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After photographing a graduation event I was paid to photograph, I decided to take a stroll around campus to capture some of the graduation ‘scenes’ going on, street photography style. It was a quick stroll, but there were many ‘scenes’ to be ‘seen’…:p.

Here now is my skewed experience of Cornell’s 2015 graduation weekend captured over a span of about 40 minutes (just to give you a sense of the density of stuff going on…)

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