View 376: Monorail Monday

For Disney themepark fan photographers, the first day of the week is celebrated with photos of monorails. Simply called Monorail Monday…

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Monorail Green heading into Epcot over the entrance to the park.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0.

 

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View 375: Hockey Warriors

While “warrior” might sound a bit melodramatic, who am I to argue with a guy carrying a big stick labeled as such.

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Syracuse Crunch starting goaltender Kristers Guldevskis (50) skating to his net before playing the Utica Comets in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Friday, January 15, 2016.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 560, EV +1.0, Intensify Pro.

Syracuse Crunch goalie Kristers Guldevskis sure looks like a warrior going to war with all his protective gear.

Before an ice hockey face-off, normally the two players keep their eyes on the puck in the hand of the official. Unless one is across from Syracuse Crunch Tanner Richard who likes to add a little intimidation. Turning the face-off into a stare down.

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Syracuse Crunch Center Tanner Richard (71) staring down the opposing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Center Carter Rowney (17) before a face-off in an American Hockey League (AHL) game at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 16, 2016.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV +1.3, 200mm Focal Length.

True warriors they may not be. Intense, they definitely are.

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View 374: Ice Shower

I played ice hockey goalie for a season when I was young and foolish. Today, I marvel at the athleticism and skill of the goalies I have and do photograph at the AHL and NHL levels. They do get their fair share of players crashing into them, pucks hitting their masks and the occasional ice shower from an opposing player.

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Syracuse Crunch goalie Adam Wilcox (32) gets an ice shower from a Hershey Bears player in American Hockey League (AHL) action at the War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, New York on Saturday, January 9, 2016.
Nikon D750/70-200VR, 1/1000s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV +1.0, 200mm Focal Length, cropped.

Yet, these guys enjoy it all, laugh it off and frustrate shooters as much as possible. Keeping the puck out of the net at all costs brings them joy.

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2016 Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest

For those living in the Central New York vicinity, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York is doing their annual Winter at the Zoo Photo Contest (click the link for details) during the month of January.

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North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 200mm Focal Length.

Even if you decide not to send in any photos, you can get free admission to the zoo by showing them your camera (cell phones are NOT included) at the entrance. Good shooting!

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Hello, Again

It has been awhile since I posted here. The year 2015 gave me a lot of challenges and loss. My elderly parents took up a lot of my spare time beyond my sports photography clients. Giving me less and less time to enjoy exploring near and far, going out on adventures, learning new photography skills and sharing them here with all of you.

In November, my mother passed away unexpectedly and my father needed to be moved into an assisted living facility. As you can image, this brought me even more responsibility to my family. Thanks to friends and family, I have weathered the initial shock and have started to get my life back into a new normal.

Photographer at Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York.

Photographer at Taughannock Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York. Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.67, 45mm Focal Length.

Like winter, I have returned this week and hope to resume my weekly posts starting next week. I will be looking to again start visiting my fellow photographer’s blogs. I have missed you all.

Take care and I will be “seeing” you again.

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