View 362: Walk on the Wild Side

Back in 2013, I shared a few maps and models from the New York State Fair. Many times the projects behind them never get past that fancy looking stage. Today, I want to share with you one of those models which did come to life over the recent 4th of July weekend.

Views of the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York which opened over the 2015 July 4th holiday weekend.

Views of the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York which opened over the 2015 July 4th holiday weekend. Both photos where enhanced with MacPhun’s Intensify Pro software.

The Wild Walk takes guests thirty feet into the tree tops for a new perspective of the forest. Along the way, they learn about the birds, animals and insects which create the Adirondack biome.

Scenes from the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York (from left to right): People walking into the Snag, people in the Eagle's Nest and a view from underneath the structure.

Scenes from the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York (from left to right): People walking into the Snag, people in the Eagle’s Nest and a view from underneath the structure.

People can visit a larger than life Snag which shows how wildlife take advantage of dead trees for food, shelter, nesting and storage. The Eagle’s Nest is the highest point and gives a bird’s eye view of the surrounding Adirondack mountains. From underneath the structure you get an idea of the thirty foot height of the Wild Walk.

There are interactive activities for both adults and kids to try along the Wild Walk. The most fun was the Spiders Web.  There, entire families were having fun crawling about and jumping on a representation of a giant spider’s web high above the forest floor.

Families enjoying the Spiders Web on the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.

Families enjoying the Spiders Web on the Wild Walk at The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, New York.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/250s, f/16, ISO 900, EV +0.3.

The Wild Walk is part of The Wild Center near Tupper Lake in the center of New York’s Adirondack Park. Families can make a day of it by bringing a picnic lunch or eating at the center’s snack bar. To plan your visit, head over to the Wild Center website.

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View 361: Mustang Nation

A proud owner of a 1965 Mustang at the Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015.

A proud owner of a 1965 Mustang at the All Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Intensify Pro.

In American automobile history, few cars have created a legion of fans more so than the Ford Mustang has since being introduced as a 1964 1/2 model at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. Owners are proud to show their Mustangs at any opportunity like last weekend’s All Ford Show hosted by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York.

The last three Mustang generations lined up at the Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015.

The last three Mustang generations lined up at the All Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015. From left to right, S197 (2005-2014), S550 (2015-) and SN95 (1994-2004).
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 55mm Focal Length, Intensify Pro.

There are now six generations of the Ford Mustang as, last year, Ford starting selling the latest generation of the Mustang code named S550.

This latest generation does not come without some controversy. While the flag ship is still the Mustang GT powered by a V8 engine and there is still a V6 model. The S550 introduced a small displacement, turbocharged Ecoboost model. This is the first production Mustang with a turbocharger since the limited production SVO Mustang back in the 1986 model year.

2015 Ford Ecoboost Mustang at the All Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015.

2015 Ford Ecoboost Mustang at the All Ford Show run by the Syracuse Shelby Mustang Club at Clay Central Park in Liverpool, New York on Sunday, June 27, 2015.

This will bring a whole new chapter to the Mustang legacy. Imports have been using such technology for several years and have garnered their own fans of these tuner cars. Now, the Mustang will throw its hat into the ring with the 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine. Already, companies like COBB Tuning have introduced technology to enhance the Ecoboost Mustang’s horsepower via electronic tuning. Even Ford Performance announced a tuner coming for it’s Ecoboost models including the Mustang.

This generation has produced a lot of excitement in the Mustang community and I expect it to be a big sales hit for Ford. I might even get one….someday.

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View 360: Calder Cup 2015

An official Calder Cup game puck awaiting the start of Game 5 of the Calder Cup Final series between the Utica Comets and Manchester Monarchs

An official Calder Cup game puck awaiting the start of Game 5 of the Calder Cup Final series between the Utica Comets and Manchester Monarchs.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2200, EV +1.0.

For the second time in three years, I was able to photograph the deciding game of the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Calder Cup Final. Two years ago I watched the Grand Rapids Griffins celebrate in the War Memorial Arena.

Comets goalie Jacob Markstrom (33) to open the scoring in an American Hockey League (AHL) Calder Cup final game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Manchester won 2-1.

Manchester Monarchs Adrian Kempe (9) gets the puck past Utica Comets goalie Jacob Markstrom (33) to open the scoring in an American Hockey League (AHL) Calder Cup final game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, New York on Saturday, June 13, 2015. Manchester won 2-1.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/2.8, ISO 2800, EV +1.0, 200mm Focal Length, cropped.

This year, the Utica Comets and Manchester Monarchs played for the Calder Cup. It was a tough series with the Monarchs winning the first two games in overtime in Manchester. Utica won the first game at home in the loud and sold out Utica Memorial Auditorium. Then the speed, size and talent of the Monarchs prevailed as they won Game 4 by a score of 6-3 and the series clincher 2-1 to win the Calder Cup.

Players of the Manchester Monarchs celebrate winning the Calder Cup by defeating the Utica Comets in a Best of Seven series, 4 games to 1.

Players of the Manchester Monarchs celebrate winning the Calder Cup by defeating the Utica Comets in a Best of Seven series, 4 games to 1.

I would like to thank Lindsay Mogle, Comets Team Photographer, and Mark Caswell, Comets Director of Communications, for allowing me to cover a few of the Utica Comets playoff games.

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View 359: Walt, the Loch West Monster

Wooden and metal art sculpture of a serpent named Walt, the Loch West Monster, found along the Creekwalk in Syracuse, New York.

Wooden and metal art sculpture of a serpent named Walt, the Loch West Monster, found along the Creekwalk in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 100, 24mm Focal Length, Intensify Pro.

Walking on the Creekwalk near West Fayette Street in Syracuse, New York, I came upon the blue serpent sculpture you see here. An example of public art.

I got curious as to the serpent’s origin, I did some snooping on Google. I found out the sculpture was given the name Walt, the Loch West Monster after a naming contest back in 2011.

I used the Soft HDR filter in Macphun’s Intensify Pro to pull out the texture and shadows.

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View 358: Spring, Finally!

A couple takes a break on a bench to enjoy the view of the Syracuse skyline at Onondaga Lake Park near Liverpool, New York on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

A couple takes a break on a bench to enjoy the view of the Syracuse skyline at Onondaga Lake Park near Liverpool, New York on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 400, EV 0, 180mm Focal Length.

While upstate New York have had some warm Spring days over the last couple of weeks, last weekend was the first since the Fall of 2014 when both days were warm and dry. Many people took advantage of the weather to visit Onondaga Lake Park near Liverpool, New York to enjoy being outside without heavy winter coats.

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