Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Rude Awakening

Well spring sports started for me yesterday at McAvoy Park in Irondequoit. It was Gates-Chili's first lacrosse game of the year. Gates started off against the Webster Thomas Titans. I was excited to get back into the outdoor sports. I missed using the bigger lenses, especially since I now have the 300mm f/2.8. Well the excitement of being outside slowly faded as Gates started off their season with a 18-3 loss. Not they way you want to start. Hopefully it was just the start of the season rust and they will shake it off. Hopefully.....Here the shots and check out the gallery.

Lacrosse Gallery: GC v. Thomas

Monday, March 23, 2009

Gardenscape 2009

Just a quick post on a recent shoot I did at the Dome in Henrietta, NY. Every year before spring a large group of Rochesterians and other nearby gardening folk meet up and check out some great work by some companies who set up some professional displays. I shot two separate days; one was a pre-party put on by the Epilepsy Foundation and the other was a early morning weekend. Both days the dramatic dark lighting was setup so I did the best I could without flash.

Gallery: Gardenscape

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Fishing with the Swans

Last weekend I was unable to locate any owls in Braddocks Bay woods, so I traveled down to Irondequoit Bay and saw a few Mute Swans aggressively trying to break up a fish to eat. Never seen these birds eat a fish, so it turned out to be pretty interesting. Here's some shots....

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Basketball Sectionals

The winter season came to a end this week as Gates Chili won another championship. This time it was basketball. I think it must be their photographer this year that has given them such good luck in winning titles. Thats what I keep telling myself. Anyways, GC finished it's season with a huge upset over Rush Henrietta (who was favored due to one of the players already commiting to Division 1 Rutger Scarlet Knights) at the Blue Cross Arena. It was a great game that ended finally after a overtime period. Here are some of the shots from sectionals:

Sectional Gallery: RH v. Gates Chili

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Owl Woods

March is the month of migrating owls coming through the Rochester and New York area. I found this out last year in April, which means I was too late. So, I was anxiously waiting for this month to come around both to spot some owls and its a break from sports as winter season ends and spring season begins on April 1st. There is a great area near the lake called Braddocks Bay. In that area is a piece of woods that birders use for banding in the spring and contains many types of pines which is perfect for housing some migrating owls. Hence the piece of woods is named Owl Woods. The first day I went out there I found nothing in my short time due to the cold weather. The next weekend was much warmer and I was finally able to spot my first wild owl. It was a Saw Whet Owl and they are very small. Hopefully I will see some more in the up and coming weekends. Here are some shots.