Beauty in Simplicity

Last week I decided to spend my lunch hour at the park and capture the beginning of Autumn’s colors. Perfect weather, a light breeze and a peaceful ambience were perfect to come back from a short photography hiatus.

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The Milky Way Captured

Back in January I wrote a post about my photography goals for 2017. It is with great excitement that I can say I have accomplished one of these goals – I photographed the Milky Way.

Along with last week’s solar eclipse came a new moon. A perfect window of a few days with extremely dark skies. I decided it was finally time to try and make this happen. Last Wednesday night my boyfriend and I got our cameras ready and drove down to Robert Moses State Park around 9pm and heading to field 2, which is open for stargazing. For anyone who isn’t familiar, Robert Moses is a beach on the south shore of Long Island, New York and a favorite spot of mine.

I had done tons of research to make sure I would be able to see and capture this beautiful sight. The odds are against us here in New York, with NYC’s lights brightening the sky from miles away. At this time of year the Milky Way is usually visible fairly early after sunset in the southern part of the sky. This was perfect because the beach is on the south shore of Long Island, which would place the Milky Way towards the water, over the darkest parts of the sky over the Atlantic Ocean.

We made it down to the beach and it was incredibly dark, even eerie being there at night. I stepped out of the car and I’m pretty sure I teared up a little. With the naked eye the Milky Way was faint but clearly visible in the sky. I couldn’t believe what I’ve wanted to see and photograph for so long was a short drive from home, being at the right place at the right time. I set up my tripod and camera along with my wide angle lens and experimented with multiple settings adjusting exposure time and ISO. I took tons of photos and have shared my favorites below. I hope everyone can someday experience seeing the Milky Way and its wonders.

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Suburban Stars

Last night I took advantage of the new moon to experiment with some night sky shots right in my backyard. Living on Long Island does have its limits with light pollution, but I was still surprised at the amount of stars I was able to capture.

Next I am hoping to finally capture the Milky Way. Enjoy the photos and remember to look up and take in the beauty of the night sky.

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Return to Top of the Rock

Over 10 years ago, I visited Rockefeller Center’s Top of the Rock Observatory. That was also during my pre-DSLR days, and I was using a point and shoot camera to grab some shots.

When I finally purchased a DSLR, I knew I wanted to go back but the opportunity just didn’t line up with certain plans and bad weather. I’ve had a DSLR for almost 6 years now, and at last I made it to Top of the Rock!

I went up during sunset and although a little crowded, I really enjoyed the views and grabbed plenty of photos. It’s definitely one of the best views of the city. I used my wide angle lens and a telephoto to grab a variety of shots. Enjoy!

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Follow the Light

About a week and a half ago before the rainy weather began, I caught a sunset at Robert Moses with some really beautiful light.

I explored all around the area in my usual favorite places – the beach, the path to the Fire Island Lighthouse and the Great South Bay. I also took another way off the lighthouse path and found a walkway to the beach that looks like a road, which made for some shots that I really love.

Enjoy and here’s to hoping the weather goes back to normal soon!

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30 Seconds of Sun & Clouds

Daytime long exposures are a real favorite of mine. It allows capturing something that can’t be seen with the naked eye. Time and movement within a still photo. The golden light and cloud trails make any landscape look absolutely breathtaking.

The photos below were all taken at Captree State Park in Long Island, New York. Enjoy.

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Colorful Captree Sunset

Captree State Park is the last stop on the causeway before Robert Moses. It’s an island that offers 360 degree views of the Great South Bay and is beautiful year-round. I’ve visited the island quite a view times during the day, to fly my drone and for some alright sunsets.

But this past weekend was a real treat – after a day of shifting clouds, a dull sky and the sun disappearing, the sky lit up in hues of pink and orange. The photos below are in chronological order to display the progression of the sky. The weather was also perfect, which made for a beautiful night with plenty of photos to share.

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