Memorial Day

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On May 27, most of America will be celebrating Memorial Day. For most typical Americans, this day revolves around retail sales, BBQ’s and sporting events. However, let us remember the true meaning of Memorial Day—a day to remember our men and women who serve in our Arm Forces—to remember those who survived and those who perished.

Memorial Day is traditionally celebrated on May 30, however, we celebrate it on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day originated at Decoration Day, originally to remember the fallen soldiers of the Civil War, by the 20th Century it encompass all American soldiers from all major wars and active duty. Memorial Day is a national holiday that reminds us American’s the high cost of freedom, the cost of continuing to protect our freedoms. There are some who would disagree, and that is there right, however, it does not negate the fact that sacrifices have been made by our soldiers. Soldiers that we asked to go into harms way, men and women who are courageous enough to risk their own lives since many of us are unwilling to risk our own for a cause, for a belief, for an ideal…for patriotism.

Whether or not you agree with the war, with the actions by our government at its’ present state and engagements. You must support our troops, they were tasked with a job to do and they are doing it to their best ability. When you are out shopping, when you are at a sporting event or in a backyard getting drunk and BBQ’ing your hamburgers, take a moment to remember our troops. Men and women who are in harms way, who are engaged in combat, battling to preserve their fellow soldiers life. Remember, all the wives, husbands, sons, daughters, mothers and father who have lost their lives in service of their country. 


Scarlet Macaw — A Bird Of Many Colours

Scarlet Macaw — A Bird Of Many Colours.

Back After Computer Crash

Bird55mm, F8, 1/30, ISO 100 (Sunny, some clouds)

Circle Line and boaters1300mm, F0, 1/250, ISO 3200 (Sunset)Dove800mm, F0, 1/500, ISO 1600 (Cloudy/Rainy Day)

City View from Roosevelt Island 118mm, F8, 1/160, ISO 100

Tran Tower18mm, F8, 1/160, ISO 100

Ridgewood Sky HC55mm, F20, 1/500, ISO 100

Tran heading to Manhattan55mm, F8, 1/60, ISO 100

US Airways1300mm, F0, 1/500, ISO 3200

Passenger Plane 1600mm, F0, 1/250, ISO 400


For the last few weeks my computer has been at the repair shop, needless to say, if the tech department actually listened to my original complaint rather than disregarding my statements as an individual who has zero knowledge of computers, my system would have been operational over three weeks ago. However, during the absence of my computer, I managed to continue to take photos and decided to imagine my digital camera was the old film type cameras. By pretending to have a film camera I was able to control myself from taking numerous shots, forcing me to become more aware of my environment. While practicing this habit, I challenged myself to depend on my knowledge and understanding of the environment, lighting, shadowing and my cameras’ functions, i.e., F stop, shutter speed, ISO etc., to correctly choose the correct camera setting for the shot. The first few tries were difficult, resulting in dark images or images with white wash areas. Once I decided to take my time in studying the lighting, shadowing, environment etc., I was able to make the correct exposure on the first try. Resulting in less shots of the same scene and more time to explore the environment.

The images above were taken in or near Ridgewood Queens and Roosevelt Island.

Parrots: The Scarlet Macaw


Photo taken at the Queens Zoo. These birds are tropical animals residing mostly in Mexico, Central and South America and formerly in the Caribbean. When seeing these birds many people associate these animals as residing in the rainforest. Although the home is primarily rainforest settings, some birds prefer woodland areas and savannah like habitats. Savannah habitats maintain a grassland ecosystem consisting of trees that are widely spaced apart, the canopy never closes allowing sunlight to reach the ground. The diet of these birds consist of seeds, nuts, fruits, palm fruits, leaves, flowers and stems, although a specific tropical bread of Macaws ingest mud/clay as well from the Amazon river banks. It is believed that consuming the mud helps the birds combat some of the poison fruits that they eat and strengthens the shell of their eggs.

In recent years it has been reported that the Macaw species are becoming endangered in the wildlife. Out of the nineteen species, it is believed that two are extinct and two may been in critical danger or extinct. Little Blue Macaw (Spix’s Macaw) and the Glaucous Macaw are believed to be in critical danger or extinct, with the Little Blue Macaw being extinct in the wildlife. The Saint Croix Macaw and the Cuban Red Macaw are extinct.;

300mm Versus 1300mm Lens

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Recently purchased a new lens for my Canon, and I decided to purchase a 650-1300mm lens. I felt confident that the upgrade would be simple to use and should produce little or no difficulty. The lens that I am using is not automated, it is manual, so, it takes a bit more effort and patience in capturing the shot. One of the first things I noticed immediately was that the lens required higher ISO when encountering weak light conditions. Example, with the 300mm lens at max range, I may at times needed to increase the ISO from 100 to 200 depending how much light may be lost during a close up shot. With the 1300 mm lens, depending what mm setting you are using, the need to increase or decrease the ISO was necessary. The example of the NYPD helicopter, I did not need to increase the ISO while the lens was set at 650mm, however, as I increase the zoom the need to increase my ISO from 400 to 3200 was necessary, especially since the twilight sky was quickly being covered by cloud coverage. During a bright sunny day, the lens works wonderfully, the shots are crisp, the need to increase or decrease the ISO is minor or nonexistent while zooming in and out of objects.

Image Information:

Moon 1: F 5/6, 1/160, ISO 100      Moon 2: F 0, 1/60, ISO 400 (with tripod)

Helicopter 1: F 5/6, 1/60, ISO 200      Helicopter 2: F 2/8, 1/250, ISO 3200 (no tripod)