Daniel Novak Photo: Blog http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Daniel Novak dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:58:00 GMT Tue, 26 Jun 2018 19:58:00 GMT http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u364181526-o825092777-50.jpg Daniel Novak Photo: Blog http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog 120 60 The Village of Hamburg Waking Up http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/the-village-of-hamburg-waking-up Previously from the village of Hamburg, NY: Theaters in the Rain - Hamburg PalaceBrick & Mortar Gallery: Matted, Framed, and Ready to HangOne More White while AppropriateMore Winter in Hamburg, NYTheaters in the Rain Revisited, and BeyondPalace in WinterA Shed

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Catching a sunrise is always wonderful and somehow more rewarding than a sunset. I usually run away from civilization to enjoy the special moment on my own, away from people and the noises of every day life. This morning, however, I got up early to see the village of Hamburg, NY wake up. It was a weekend and I arrived very early around 5:30 a.m. The sun was nowhere to be seen, yet, there were definitely signs of life already - the occasional pedestrian, a car passing by. All still very quiet but waking up. And that was wonderful to observe as the change was obvious with more and more life showing up every minute.

I am really glad I arrived before the sun lit up the streets as that was another great experience. Not only does the sun need to rise rather high to send its rays into the streets it needs to clear various other obstacles too. There are trees to rise above, and buildings of different height lining the street. Finally, as the sun rises a bit more north in summer its rise also repositions it more to the east clearing the way to enter streets running east to west without obstacles. And since my focus this morning was on Main Street which runs in this direction, the morning time was definitely a time of change.

I'd like to show two pairs of side by side photographs from this morning where the first photo was taken before the sun illuminated the street and the buildings and the second right after the sun made its entrance.

Coyote Cafe Mexican Restaurant at Daybreak, Hamburg, NYCoyote Cafe at DaybreakHamburg, NY

Coyote Cafe Mexican Restaurant at Daybreak, Hamburg, NY

Coyote Cafe Mexican Restaurant at Sunrise, Hamburg, NYCoyote Cafe at SunriseHamburg, NY

Coyote Cafe Mexican Restaurant at Sunrise, Hamburg, NY

Hess Brothers Florist at Daybreak, Hamburg, NYHess Brothers Florist at DaybreakHamburg, NY

Hess Brothers Florist at Daybreak, Hamburg, NY

Hess Brothers Florist at Sunrise, Hamburg, NYHess Brothers Florist at SunriseHamburg, NY

Hess Brothers Florist at Sunrise, Hamburg, NY

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy cityscape colorful colors Coyote Cafe daybreak Hamburg Hess Brothers light morning NY photography shadows storefront street sunrise village wake up http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/the-village-of-hamburg-waking-up Tue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 GMT
At Peace Bridge after a While http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/at-peace-bridge-after-a-while Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

My return to film photography and darkroom photo printing has an interesting side effect. I want to go back and photograph some of my favorite places again on film so that I can make my own black and white prints. I have always liked revisiting places and even have several posts here in the blog on that topic, however, this puts a whole new spin on the topic. I prefer to take only one camera with me on my photo outings, any more seems to distract me. Too many gadgets and not enough focus on what's around me. However, sometimes I at least throw some extras in the trunk.

So for today's post, here are two fresh color photos from one of my favorite locations, the Bird Island Pier, or Nowak Pier, with the camera pointed at Peace Bridge. As I entered the pier I noticed the "new" dedication plaque to Henry J Nowak. Yes, I have probably not been here for longer than I thought. I doubt anyone will start calling the pier by that name just because of the plaque but who knows. I guess renaming things there is popular as the island itself saw its name go from Squaw Island to Unity Island.

As soon as I started walking down the pier I noticed something I had never seen here before. There was so much water and the water level in the Black Rock Canal was so high that the overflow pipes going under the pier were very busy. Water was rushing through all of them with force making for quite a unique sight and also generating quite a bit of noise! It also immediately captivated my attention and I knew I wanted that to be the differentiating element from my past photos.

Water Rush under Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NYWater Rush under Peace BridgeBuffalo, NY

I found myself an interesting overflow with a branch and a pretty large log and started working on the camera position and angles. I went lower and lower until the camera was about a foot over the flowing water. The log, however, proved to be an unexpected challenge. Despite being large and heavy it wobbled around in the strong water flow. It was bumping against one of my tripod legs interfering with the long exposures I had in mind. That was easily fixed by repositioning the tripod though.

The second challenge was not so easily solvable. As the log moved back and forth couple inches it was getting blurred and that was not good. In long exposures, I like the blurred water flow to be clearly contrasted with sharply rendered objects like rocks or wood in this case. Solution? I pushed the log off a bit with my foot and lodged it underneath the log to prevent the rocking. In the end, I thought it worked alright despite making for an uncomfortable picture taking position.

I took the first photo shortly after sunset as the sky retained some nice colors. Unfortunately, all of the clouds from an earlier rain floated away about two hours too early.I liked this angle not only because it combined the overflow water rush from Black Rock Canal to the Niagara River but it also showed both the river and Lake Erie in the background.

For the next photo, I had to wait another 45 minutes.

Gold & Purple Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NYGold & Purple Peace BridgeBuffalo, NY

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy architecture bird island broderick park buffalo cityscape colors dusk illumination long exposure niagara nowak ny outdoors photography pier river rush squaw island sunset unity island urban water http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/at-peace-bridge-after-a-while Fri, 15 Jun 2018 12:51:40 GMT
Road Trip: Route 66 Part VIII - Largest Totem Pole http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/road-trip-route-66-part-viii-largest-totem-pole Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. Thank you!

Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the United States on November 16, 1907. The capital city is Oklahoma City. The highest point is Black Mesa at 4,973 feet.

Ed Galloway's World's Largest Concrete Totem Pole, Route 66, Foyil, OKEd Galloway's World's Largest Concrete Totem PoleRoute 66, Foyil, OK Road Trip 2013 - Day 17 - June 27 - Route 66 - Catoosa, OK (Previous 2013 Road Trip posts: Indiana DunesDe ImmigrantAmana ColoniesDes MoinesMadison County Roads, Bridges of Madison CountyWhite Pole Road, Great Platte River Road Archway MonumentGolden Spike Tower & Union Pacific's Bailey Rail Yard, Loveland PassThe Resting Day at Powderhorn, Black Canyon of the GunnisonCimarronColorado National MonumentFruita Rodeo, Grand MesaArches National ParkGrand Junction, Grand Mesa CreekArches National Park Add-On, Canyonlands National ParkThe Little Big Moments of Road Tripping, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa FeSanta Fe Train Depot, Pecos National Historical ParkRoute 66 Part I, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part III, TucumcariRoute 66 Part IV: Cadillac RanchRoute 66 Part V: Bug Ranch), Route 66 Part VI: Conoco & MagnoliaMoore, OK after the 2013 TornadoRoute 66 Part VII - Catoosa, OKRoad Trip: Route 66 Part VIII - Largest Totem Pole

On the road again moving just over 30 miles north-east since our last stop in Catoosa, Oklahoma and stopping 4 miles east of Route 66 in Foyil, OK to check out Ed Galloway's "playground", including the largest concrete totem pole in the world. I guess it used to be the largest totem pole but now with competing totem poles made of other materials the word concrete had to be added to solidify the claim.

Lizard on the Largest Totem Pole, Route 66, Foyil, OKLizard on the Largest Totem PoleRoute 66, Foyil, OK There are other sculptures on the property, including the turtle the totem pole is built on top of. There's also a Fiddle House where Ed's home made fiddles used to be, and still are on display.

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References: Oklahoma on 50States.comRoadside America - nps.gov - Legends of America

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2013 attraction blue whale caboose catoosa mother road ok oklahoma photography road road trip road tripping roadside route 66 travel http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/road-trip-route-66-part-viii-largest-totem-pole Thu, 07 Jun 2018 11:00:00 GMT
Further Out of This World http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/further-out-of-this-world Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Rock Textures, Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, not far from Las Vegas.Rock TexturesValley of Fire State Park Previously from Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire: Road Trip through Mars - Road through Fiery Wonders - Out of This World - Further Out of This World

Moving further into the Valley of Fire, one finds more and more unbelievable rock formations with a never-ending variety of textures and colors. Those colors! What struck me the most in this park were not the individual colors as much, even though they were certainly striking, but the juxtaposition of their variety. Red rocks right next to yellow and white as if nature was not sure what color to use in that particular layer. And the blue and white colors of the sky provided a beautiful backdrop for the warm colors on the ground.

The biggest challenge at a place like this? Picking and choosing the best views and curbing one's enthusiasm. I found it very rewarding looking around, selecting a formation, and then spending time with it trying to find the best vantage point and perspective. Another advantage? I got to see all of the other rock formations that I originally did not select from different angles, often finding one that was not obvious at first but literally screamed for attention once identified!

Nature's Colorful Palette, Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada near Las VegasNature's Colorful PaletteValley of Fire State Park

Nature's Colorful Palette, Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada near Las Vegas

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy bold colors desert formation landscape las vegas mojave nevada outdoors palette photography rock state park valley of fire vivid http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/6/further-out-of-this-world Tue, 05 Jun 2018 12:00:00 GMT
17th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, 2018 http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/17th-annual-letchworth-red-white-blue-balloon-festival-2018 Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously from Letchworth Balloon Rallies: Balloon Festivals, ... Third Time was The Charm13th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival13th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, Letchworth State Park 201414th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, Letchworth State Park 201515th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival16th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, 201717th Annual Letchworth Red, White & Blue Balloon Festival, 2018

Alright, another year under our belts and another tough year for the balloonists. While the weather seemed great to the general public it did not meet the safety standards for ballooning. As a result, there was only one successful launch during the 17th annual Red, White, and Blue Hot Air Balloon Festival in Letchworth State Park. Winds and storms in the area forced cancellations of the other 5 scheduled launches.

Knowing the uncertainty very well from the previous years we did not want to miss out and headed for Letchworth right on Friday night, also hoping for smaller crowds. Saturday and Sunday nights are pretty packed and the crowds seem to be growing every year. It was a great evening by the gorge but the launch had to be cancelled due to high winds in higher altitudes.

Next came another annual tradition and that was setting the alarm for 3:50 a.m. to make it to the gorge early enough to enjoy the start of a new day. And we sure made it!

Letchworth Sunrise Wonder. Letchworth State Park, New York (NY), 2018Letchworth Sunrise WonderLetchworth State Park

Letchworth Sunrise Wonder. Letchworth State Park, New York

Even here the times they are a changin', though. I have been visiting this spot for sunrises for many years mostly having it to myself. So for the mornings of the balloon festivals I started taking my family here and enjoying the sunrise just with them. It made for a nice special moment and it really was the only opportunity for me to convince them all to get up that early and be somewhere for a sunrise with me.

The last few years though, the spot gets crowded by other photographers as excited about the beauty as us and it starts to remind me of the lines at some famous spots of some of the national parks. Is that the price of social media and the ever prevalent imagery from all of these beautiful spots? Will these places suffer as a result of their fame? I've just read an article about tourism becoming a problem in many areas of the world and this was kind of a showcase for me. Is humanity going to find a healthy balance of tourism providing funding for the areas without ruining them?

Then we heard the horn calling pilots to the pilot meeting. The sun cleared the horizon and the clouds and we were off to the Archery Field to get the verdict. While everything seemed promising to the laymen the decision was to cancel the launch. After a quick visit to the Middle Falls we headed back home to recharge for attempt #3 in the evening.

As expected, the area around Archery Field was packed. Saturday night, there was actually another reason to show up. In the afternoon, there was a skydiving show. We skipped that and arrived to see a beautiful balloon launch. And this time around, luck was on our side and I am sure all of the balloon crews were very happy too! It was a go!

I did not spend as much time in the launch area as in other years and headed across the road to find myself a different vantage point to get different photos than in the past. Enjoy the show!

Fred B Rabbit over Letchworth State Park, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Fred B Rabbit over Letchworth17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival

Fred B Rabbit over Letchworth State Park, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018

Balloon Crowd at the Letchworth State Park Gorge, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Balloon Crowd at the Gorge17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival

Balloon Crowd at the Letchworth State Park Gorge, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018

Descending into the Letchworth Gorge, Balloon Crowd at the Letchworth State Park Gorge, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Descending into the Gorge17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018 It's always impressive to watch the pilots' skills at this location. They have to launch from the Archery Field meadow, climb high enough to clear the tree line lining the road on both sides, let the wind take them over the Genesee River gorge, and then let the balloons dip into the gorge. It always happens so quickly! They go up, zoom, and they go down.

Some enjoy hovering in the gorge area, some go really low, sometimes even for a dip in the river then creating a waterfall as the bucket loaded with water empties during their ascend. Some years, the balloons remain fairly static in the gorge, other years breeze pushes them up or down the river.

Balloon Parade, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Balloon Parade17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018 This year, wind was taking them all north-north-east for an unusual route. After dipping down by the Big Bend of the Genesee River they were blown north alongside the western side of the park, not across towards Nunda, NY as usual. The winds were also very calm and kept most of the balloons together for quite the parade upon one's exit from the park.

For us, the show never ends with the balloons leaving the park. We always go for a chase to see at least one of them land. Along the way, we have had a chance to meet some of the balloon crews and even help them put the balloons away. It's a great way to learn more about this hobby and better understand what is happening behind the scenes. This year, thanks to the balloons staying close together, it was easy to see many of them look for a suitable landing spot and land. However, many landed further away from public roads and we did not want to follow their chase vehicles to private property and thus did not have an opportunity to say hi to some of our favorite crews from the past. Hopefully next year!

Searching for a Landing Spot, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Searching for a Landing Spot17th annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival.

Searching for a Landing Spot, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018

Aloft Horizons on Landing Approach, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018Aloft Horizons on Landing Approach17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018

Aloft Horizons on Landing Approach, 17th Annual Red, White, and Blue Balloon Festival 2018

Oh, and if you happen to know the team names associated with the various balloons I would love to hear from you. In the past, I attempted to create a balloon registry to properly tag my photographs but I never really pulled it off all the way.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

ReferencesBalloon Events Calendar on Balloon Federation of America - Letchworth State Park Map (South) - Balloons over Letchworth

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12th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally, Memorial Day Weekend, Letchworth State Park, Western New York. Hot Air Balloon over Great Bend.Balloon over Big Bend of LetchworthLetchworth 2013 Bright and Happy Abstract Colors of Hot Air Balloons, Letchworth State ParkBright and Happy ColorsLetchworth 2015 15th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally Festival, Letchworth State Park, Castile, NYSky Riders at 15th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon RallyLetchworth 2016

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 17th 2018 annual archery field balloon big bend colors event festival hot air landscape letchworth outdoors photography rally red state park white & blue http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/17th-annual-letchworth-red-white-blue-balloon-festival-2018 Thu, 31 May 2018 15:00:00 GMT
The Doors of Silo City http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/the-doors-of-silo-city Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously from Silo City: Up Close and Personal with Concrete GiantsThe Doors of Silo City

Alright, I have something out of the sequence for you today, an unfinished story from 2016. Yes, while unfinished that one is rather young compared to others. Anyway, I was looking through my files yesterday looking for some photos from Buffalo that I have not shared yet and stumbled upon this folder of interior photographs from Silo City, the concrete giants lining the Buffalo River. As I was going through all of the photos I had an idea for a theme for today's post. So here it is, The Doors of Silo City.

Double Door of Perot, Perot Grain Elevator in Silo City, Buffalo, NYDouble Door of PerotPerot Grain Elevator in Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Double Door of Perot, Perot Grain Elevator in Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Open Door at Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NYOpen Door at Perot Grain ElevatorSilo City, Buffalo, NY

Open Door at Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Peeking through a Perot Door, Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NYPeeking through a Perot DoorPerot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Peeking through a Perot Door, Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Chemical Storage Door, Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NYChemical Storage DoorPerot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Chemical Storage Door, Perot Grain Elevator, Silo City, Buffalo, NY

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You (#etbtsy)!

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ReferencesSilo City Vertical by Explore Buffalo

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy alley american buffalo cityscape doors elevator grain historical new york ny perot photography river silo city urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/the-doors-of-silo-city Tue, 22 May 2018 12:56:22 GMT
Rock City of Teplice Rocks http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/rock-city-teplice-rocks Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously from the Czech Republic: Of Trains & StationsA Stroll through Moravian CountrysideSunset Stroll through Southern Moravian CountrysideRolling Hills and Poppy FieldsThere are as many pubs as there are poppy seeds ...More Travel Treasures, Drying GarlicTreasures of TravelsThe Power of Simplicity (of the iPhone)Take Me Home, Country Road ...Sound of Music Induced Moment of NostalgiaTravel in Space & TimeOf Trains & StationsRock Cities, Mills, History, and MoreAll About the Rolling HillsAn Irresistible Urge to StopCzech CountrysideTrains through the Moravian CountrysideA Tourist in PragueBack to the Land of Poppy SeedRock City of Teplice Rocks

From the Moravian fields we're off to the rocky north of Bohemia. Right at the beginning of the Teplice Rocks hike one disappears in the forest and does not emerge back until the end. And despite this area being rather well known and advertised and attracting crowds of tourists, they mostly flood the neighboring Adršpach Rocks. Here, you will mostly spend time with your own group and only meet people here and there. To me, that is just about perfect.

Shortly after the start you get an opportunity to climb high on some steep ladders to the top of the surrounding rocks where a sentry castle Střmen used to be. Now it is a wonderful vantage point to get a bird's eye view of the area you're about to hike.

Střmen Castle View, Teplice Rocks, Czech RepublicStřmen Castle ViewTeplice Rocks

Střmen Castle View, Teplice Rocks, Czech Republic

Then, it is time to come down and fully immerse yourself in a true rock city experience. Teplice Rocks do not just have a lot of beautiful rock formations all around, they offer many areas with narrow passages and gaps through towering rock walls around you truly giving you the feeling of a city with high rises around you. Only here. they're not man-made skyscrapers but rocky wonders of nature. And you don't have a bustling noisy city around you but beautiful quiet nature, lots of greenery, fresh air smelling great, birds chirping, slight breeze zipping past you, and lots of time to get lost in thoughts. And yes, it's all rather overwhelming for a photographer trying to take it all in personally, and in camera.

High Walls, Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech RepublicHigh WallsTeplice Rocks

High Walls, Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech Republic

Rising High, Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech RepublicRising HighTeplice Rocks

Rising High, Teplice Rocks (Teplické skály), Czech Republic

Needless to say, I hope to be back soon for another chance to get lost in this rock city.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy city czech republic czechia europe evropa gap landscape narrow nature outdoors passage photography rock teplice travel http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/rock-city-teplice-rocks Thu, 17 May 2018 14:54:52 GMT
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Previously captured on film: Analog (Film) Photography - Film Pinhole Photography - Winter Jinx - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Theatre District at Sunrise, Buffalo, NY - On Main Street, Buffalo, NY - On the Road around Buffalo - Lake Erie Lakeshore on Pinhole - Erie Basin Marina on Pinhole - From Ohio StreetAs the Names ChangeBuffalo Classic on Classic MediumOne More White while AppropriateMore Winter in Hamburg, NYPalace in Winter - A Shed - The Chimney - Road Trip 2018 in a Page - Road Trip 2018: The First Few Darkroom Prints

Previous typewriter blog posts: Large Format Pinhole - Typewriter - Road Trip 2018: The First Few Darkroom Prints

The First Few Darkroom Prints, Typewriter BlogThe First Few Darkroom PrintsTypewriter Blog

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Test StripsTest stripsDarkroom Prints

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Test Strips

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Organ Mountains Desert PeaksOrgan Mountains Desert PeaksDarkroom Prints

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Organ Mountains Desert Peaks

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - The LiveryThe LiveryDarkroom Prints

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - The Livery

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Van Patten's Mountain CampVan Patten's Mountain CampDarkroom Prints

Road Trip 2018: Darkroom Prints - Van Patten's Mountain Camp

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! #etbtsy

Are you a fan of black and white photography, whether digital, film, or pinhole? Feel free to explore timelessbuffalo.com then. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2018 b&w black and white blog classic darkroom desert peaks film ilford landscape mountain camp organ mountains outdoors photography road trip test strips the livery timeless typewriter http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/road-trip-2018-the-first-few-darkroom-prints Mon, 14 May 2018 13:29:58 GMT
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Previously from Hawaii: The Beginning - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Tropical Clichés - Windy Drama of a Tropical Morning - Quite an Ad - Searching for Sun and Warmth - Not Your Sunrise Cliché - So Peaceful

People gather to watch the sunset on the south shore of Kaua`i, sun performs its daily show, darkness starts rolling in, people leave. Then, the real colorful show begins as day turns into night. All you can hear is the repeated crashing of waves against the black ʻaʻā filled shore (the rough sharp type of lava as opposed to the smooth flows of pāhoehoe) and the buzzing of the evening breeze. Just close your eyes and be there. All of the problems of this world are gone, even if just for the brief moment.

Night Settling In, Kauai, HawaiiNight Settling InKauai, Hawaii

Night Settling In, Kauai, Hawaii

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

References: Hawaii on 50states.com

Would you like to see more seaside photographs? Visit my Seascapes Gallery and enjoy! Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

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Hawaii became the 50th state to join the United States on August 21, 1959. The capital city is Honolulu (Oahu). The highest point is Mauna Kea at 13,803 feet (4207 meters) (island of Hawaii, aka The Big Island), a dormant volcano last erupting 2460 BC. Mauna Kea is over 33,000 feet (10000 meters) tall, making it the world's tallest mountain measured from its base to the summit; the majority of which is under water. The highest point on Kauai is Kawakini Peak about a mile south of Mt. Waialeale, the volcano that originally built up the island.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy blue hour coast coastline dusk hawaii kauai landscape lava long exposure nature ocean outdoors pacific paradise peaceful photography seascape serene travel tropical http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/so-peaceful Thu, 10 May 2018 12:27:47 GMT
Road Trip: Route 66 Part VII - Catoosa, OK http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/road-trip-route-66-part-vii-catoosa-ok Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. Thank you!

Oklahoma became the 46th state to join the United States on November 16, 1907. The capital city is Oklahoma City. The highest point is Black Mesa at 4,973 feet.

Caboose on Route 66 in Catoosa, OklahomaCabooseRoute 66: Catoosa, OK Road Trip 2013 - Day 17 - June 27 - Route 66 - Catoosa, OK (Previous 2013 Road Trip posts: Indiana DunesDe ImmigrantAmana ColoniesDes MoinesMadison County Roads, Bridges of Madison CountyWhite Pole Road, Great Platte River Road Archway MonumentGolden Spike Tower & Union Pacific's Bailey Rail Yard, Loveland PassThe Resting Day at Powderhorn, Black Canyon of the GunnisonCimarronColorado National MonumentFruita Rodeo, Grand MesaArches National ParkGrand Junction, Grand Mesa CreekArches National Park Add-On, Canyonlands National ParkThe Little Big Moments of Road Tripping, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa FeSanta Fe Train Depot, Pecos National Historical ParkRoute 66 Part I, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part III, TucumcariRoute 66 Part IV: Cadillac RanchRoute 66 Part V: Bug Ranch), Route 66 Part VI: Conoco & MagnoliaMoore, OK after the 2013 TornadoRoute 66 Part VII - Catoosa, OK

This Route 66 post is a bit special. Yes, we're still going back to 2013 when our family road trip adventures started but it happens to follow shortly after our most recent Road Trip 2018 on which we had the opportunity to visit Catoosa, Oklahoma again. So in a way, this is also a sneak peak into that road trip.

These road side attractions provide a glimpse into the past of each location as well as a welcome stop on the way to climb out of the car, walk around, relax, and learn a bit thanks to often present info boards. For me, they later also provide a reason to fire up a search engine and find even more background information to share here and link to. Are you curious what's behind the Blue Whale? See the links below to read about the whale's role not only in one family but also the whole community.

Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma on Route 66Blue WhaleRoute 66 in Catoosa, OK

Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma on Route 66

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

References: Oklahoma on 50States.comCaboose - BN 12252 as SL-SF 1882 - The Route 66 - The Blue Whale 66

Would you like to see more of my travel photographs? Visit the Travel Photography gallery or the On the Road photo collection. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered. Looking for a present? I also offer ready to hang solutions like canvas gallery wraps, prints on metal, and matted and framed ready to hang photographs.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2013 attraction blue whale caboose catoosa mother road ok oklahoma photography road road trip road tripping roadside route 66 travel http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/road-trip-route-66-part-vii-catoosa-ok Tue, 08 May 2018 12:39:23 GMT
Hello, Spring! http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/hello-spring Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Spring took its time this year but it has arrived. The bright mornings with a hint of chill in the air developing into beautiful warm sunny days. Birds chirping like an orchestra. And colors, colors everywhere! The gray period is over and happy colors abound. Strange coming from me you say after flooding my blog with black and white photographs? Possibly, but I do love colors.

After quite a while I set the alarm to 5 a.m. and headed out to chase the morning light. I had couple locations in mind I had not photographed before. I was on site by the first one by 5:30, well ahead of sunrise. Location one, location two, and what now? On my way home I decided to make a left instead of a right and headed for a third and unplanned destination.

I arrived at Knox Farm shortly after sunrise as the sun was clearing the treetops and starting to bathe the meadows, barns, and fences in a wonderful golden glow. It was still a bit cool but so refreshing. What really surprised me was the single other car at the parking lot. It appeared I beat the dog walkers too, which I did not mind. Indeed, they did not show up until an hour later.

The low light was wonderful and I had a lot of fun playing with the fence shadows thrown way to the side and being quite a bit wider than the fence height. I enjoyed some very well known scenes and also kept on a lookout for new ones. And both were plentiful. This one just jumped at me as I was framing a wide angle shot with a fence. As I scanned the edges of my frame confirming my composition there it was, a little ways in the background. And I knew I had to have it and now I can share the moment with you.

Spring at Knox Farm, Willow Tree at SunriseSpring at Knox FarmWillow Tree at Sunrise

Spring at Knox Farm

Such a great inspiration to set the alarm early again and go searching for more morning wonders. Somehow, nature seems to look its best in the early morning.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy!  Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo colors countryside east aurora farm fence knox farm land landscape light meadow outdoors photography rural sunrise tree warm willow http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/hello-spring Mon, 07 May 2018 13:01:10 GMT
Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (WPPD) 2018 http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2018 Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. Thank you!

Lensless 4x5 Pinhole CameraLensless 4x5Pinhole Camera Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain ElevatorLarge Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train DepotLarge Format Pinhole of Green LakeCobblestone on Pinhole, Buffalo, NYWPPD 2018

This year was the second year I have participated in the Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day (see Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017 for my results from last year). Last year, my camera of choice was the 35mm Zero Image that I used to shoot a roll of black and white film. This year, I mixed things up a bit and opted solely for the Lensless 4x5 large format pinhole camera loaded with Ilford Harman direct positive paper. Indeed, my obsession with that method continues! Shooting large format really limits the number of shots you bring back, especially since I still own only one film / paper holder. With that, two shots is all one gets.

First, I struggled deciding on a location. Then, they hit me and the choice was clear. First, I headed to Knox Farm in East Aurora with one shot clearly in my mind, leaving the other one to a chance.

Pinhole Photography: Country House, Knox Farm, East Aurora - Buffalo, NYCountry HouseLensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Photography: Country House, Knox Farm, East Aurora, NY

Later, after I developed the two photos at home, I was still hungry for more, especially since the second photo did not work out due to multiple problems (possibly a light leak, followed by under-development). I headed towards downtown Buffalo with no idea what I was after. The next two locations spoke to me and became part of this wonderful annual event.

Pinhole Photography: Riverworks, Buffalo, NYRiverworksLensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Photography: Riverworks, Buffalo, NY

Pinhole Photography: Buffalo X-Ray Co & Fairmont Creamery; A Ghost Town in Buffalo, NYBuffalo X-Ray CoLensless 4x5 Pinhole Camera

Pinhole Photography: A Ghost Town in Buffalo, NY (Buffalo X-Ray Co & Fairmont Creamery)

I already look forward to WPPD 2019 and yes, I am pretty sure you'll see some pinhole photographs on paper well ahead of the event.

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more pinhole photographs from Buffalo and Western New York? Visit my pinhole gallery on timelessbuffalo.com and enjoy!  Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2018 4 x 5 annual art b&w black and white buffalo cityscape day event large format ny paper photography pinhole timeless timelessbuffalo urban worldwide wppd http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/5/worldwide-pinhole-photography-day-wppd-2018 Wed, 02 May 2018 11:30:00 GMT
Road Trip 2018 on a Page http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/4/road-trip-2018-on-a-page Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously captured on film: Analog (Film) Photography - Film Pinhole Photography - Winter Jinx - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Theatre District at Sunrise, Buffalo, NY - On Main Street, Buffalo, NY - On the Road around Buffalo - Lake Erie Lakeshore on Pinhole - Erie Basin Marina on Pinhole - From Ohio StreetAs the Names ChangeBuffalo Classic on Classic MediumOne More White while AppropriateMore Winter in Hamburg, NYPalace in Winter - A Shed - The Chimney - Road Trip 2018 in a Page

Film Photography: Nikon FE, Loaded with Black & White Ilford Delta 100 FilmNikon FELoaded w/Black & White Film Just couple weeks ago we returned from another wonderful family road trip, this one being the Road Trip 2018. I know, what an original name! But I've been titling them that way since 2013 when we launched the series. This one was a repeat in a way but a total original in so many other ways! We headed back to southern New Mexico again, as we had done back in 2014. Parts of the journey were shared between the two trips, other parts were brand new. It's always an interesting balance to keep - to revisit our favorite places from the past while making enough time to explore new ones.

One thing that was different on this trip was my photo equipment. And it was not the digital camera that was the change I mean. It was my Nikon FE and a roll of black and white Ilford film. And I loved every minute of using it along the way. I looked for opportunities to use it beyond my experience with it so far. I tried to mix it up among architecture, road side attractions, especially on Route 66, and natural landscapes.

Do you know what the coolest thing about the film camera was? It was so simple. Just the camera, loaded with a roll of film, and one red filter. That's it! Not even batteries to charge every day.

My excitement definitely did not fade upon return. Just the opposite, if it's even possible. As soon as I had an opportunity, I mixed a new batch of XTOL developer and got my film developed. Pulling it out of the tank was so exciting! And seeing the images! I was really happy about the tonality of all of the frames.

The first time in about 25 years, I have decided to make contact prints of that single roll of film. And I am so glad I did. I plan on doing them for all of my film going forward and will possibly even go back. It's just easier to look at the positive images rather than studying the negatives. And I will tell you, those negatives can mess with your head! But more on that another day.

Road Trip 2018 on Black & White Film, Contact PrintRoad Trip 2018On Black & White Film

Road Trip 2018 - Nikon FE, Ilford Delta 100 Black & White Film

See how there are pretty much 2 exposure levels on this film? That became part of the learning experience for me. The darker ones are shot with the red filter and the lighter ones without. As simple as that. Both groups are perfectly printable with good results . They just look so obviously different here as the whole contact print received the same exposure. Seeing the results and knowing right away what the one variable was I researched the topic and found my answer. Apparently, it all comes down to differences between the film sensitivity to different wave lengths of light and the sensitivity of the light meter in the Nikon FE. The light meter does not fully compensate for the darkening filter factor and thus the images end up underexposed. On the flip side, the filter free photos could use a little dampening.

The plan? I will shoot the filter free photos on the Ilford Delta with a -1/3 and all photos with the red filter +2/3. I'll report back.

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! (#etbtsy)

Are you a fan of black and white photography, whether digital, film, or pinhole? Feel free to explore timelessbuffalo.com then. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2018 b&w black and white classic contact print film ilford photography road trip http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/4/road-trip-2018-on-a-page Mon, 30 Apr 2018 12:56:26 GMT
Cobblestone on Pinhole, Buffalo, NY http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/4/cobblestone-on-pinhole-buffalo-ny Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. Thank you!

Previously on pinhole photography: A New Chapter, a New Book - Pinhole PhotographyFilm Pinhole PhotographySeaside Pinhole PhotographyLake Erie Lakeshore on PinholeErie Basin Marina on Pinhole, Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day 2017The Final SixLarge Format PinholeLarge Format Pinhole by Cargill Pool Grain ElevatorLarge Format Pinhole of Orchard Park Train DepotLarge Format Pinhole of Green LakeCobblestone on Pinhole, Buffalo, NY

Behind the Scenes at Cobblestone Bar & Grill with a Lensless 4x5 Pinhole CameraCobblestone Bar & GrillBehind the Scenes I have previously shared with you my excitement about shooting pinhole on photo paper and the charm of getting a single original photo. But since I am still very new to it I am still finding my way around its challenges with framing, with exposure, with contrast, and more. So when I developed this particular photo I was, and still am, very excited.

Since I had little idea what would make it into the frame I was first surprised that the building corner did not fit in, then perplexed about how the white banner peaks at the top of the frame with all of the lettering in, and eventually rather pleased with all four sides of the photo. In fact I ended up liking this composition so much that I went back to capture it on digital too.

The next challenge was how to present this original print online. Drying the photo on a laundry line did not work out. While it's usually ok with RC paper this fiber based paper crinkled up and did not look appealing nor was it in a shape to be scanned or photographed. It went back in the water for a second drying attempt when I weighed it down under a stack of books. The outcome was better but still not satisfactory. Only yesterday was I able to make the third time a charm, using an old photo dryer. In couple minutes, drying the print face up to keep it mostly matte, it came out beautifully.

I had to work on the scanned image though to get it as close to the actual print as possible. With the default settings, it came out too bright. Also, the photo paper itself has just a tiny bit of a warm tone to it which got lost in my black and white scan. Still, the original looks the best, and that is the whole point.

Cobblestone Bar & Grill Matted, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based PaperCobblestone Bar & GrillLensless 4" x 5" Pinhole Camera, Ilford Harman Direct Positive Fiber Based Paper

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more pinhole photographs from Buffalo and Western New York? Visit my pinhole gallery on timelessbuffalo.com and enjoy!  Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2018 4 x 5 art b&w bar & grill black and white buffalo cityscape cobblestone large format ny paper photography pinhole timeless timelessbuffalo urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/4/cobblestone-on-pinhole-buffalo-ny Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 GMT
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Road Trip 2018 - GPS TrackRoad Trip 2018GPS Track I'm back! If you follow my blog regularly you have probably noticed that I've gone quiet for an unusually long time. Indeed I have! The good news? The last two weeks or so have been due to a new adventure, a new source of photographic material. We've made another road trip happen! Yes,  Road Trip 2018 is now in the history books and in photographs.

I am very excited about the photos this time as this was the first road trip that I took both of my digital camera with me as well as my Nikon FE loaded with black and white film. I still have 2 frames left to shoot and hope to develop the film and possibly do a contact print over the weekend. Then, I'll share the results here with you.

As a teaser, I am sharing a still life photograph I set up for an online photo contest.

Film Photography, Still Life, Camera, film, photo paperFilm PhotographyStill Life

¡Hasta luego!

Enjoy The Beauty That Surrounds You (#etbtsy)!

PS: 2013 Road Trip posts: Indiana DunesDe ImmigrantAmana ColoniesDes MoinesMadison County Roads, Bridges of Madison CountyWhite Pole Road, Great Platte River Road Archway MonumentGolden Spike Tower & Union Pacific's Bailey Rail Yard, Loveland PassThe Resting Day at Powderhorn, Black Canyon of the GunnisonCimarronColorado National MonumentFruita Rodeo, Grand MesaArches National ParkGrand Junction, Grand Mesa CreekArches National Park Add-On, Canyonlands National ParkThe Little Big Moments of Road Tripping, Mesa Verde National Park, Santa FeSanta Fe Train Depot, Pecos National Historical ParkRoute 66 Part I, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part II, Santa Rosa, NMRoute 66 Part III, TucumcariRoute 66 Part IV: Cadillac RanchRoute 66 Part V: Bug Ranch), Route 66 Part VI: Conoco & MagnoliaMoore, OK after the 2013 Tornado

Would you like to see more of my travel photographs? Visit the Travel Photography gallery or the On the Road photo collection. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered. Looking for a present? I also offer ready to hang solutions like canvas gallery wraps, prints on metal, and matted and framed ready to hang photographs.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy 2018 announcement photography road trip road tripping teaser travel. http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/4/road-trip-2018 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:41:43 GMT
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Previously from Lake Mead and the Valley of Fire: Road Trip through Mars - Road through Fiery Wonders - Out of This World

The last post from Valley of Fire was "on the road" and so is the one today. Quite often, photographers go to great lengths to exclude any signs of civilization from their landscape photographs. And that often includes me. However, I also find myself intrigued by the interplay of man-made structures and natural wonders. And roads are one particular obsession of mine, whether leading through forests, tracking the slopes of mountain sides, passing through deserts, or as in this case, winding through the landscape of Mars. Not literally of course, but I felt pretty sure the views all around me were out of this world. Such a sensory overload! Colors, textures, and then the path of the road winding through it all!

Winding through Mars, Valley of Fire State Park, NevadaWinding through MarsValley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Winding through Mars, Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Enjoy the beauty that surrounds you (#etbtsy)!

Did you enjoy this post and the included photographs? Would you like to see more of my travel photographs? Visit my Landscapes Faraway or Travel Photography galleries or the On the Road photo collection. Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered. Looking for a present? I also offer ready to hang solutions like canvas gallery wraps, prints on metal, and matted and framed ready to hang photographs.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy colors desert interplay landscape las vegas nevada on the road outdoors photography road road trip state park valley of fire http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/3/out-of-this-world Thu, 08 Mar 2018 12:00:00 GMT
Living against the Odds II http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/living-against-the-odds-ii A sequel to Living against the Odds ...

Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Just a few posts back I shared my captivation with the trees living at the edge of Niagara Falls with you. For the post I selected a photograph that showed a little bit of the frozen river bank at the trees in the mist in the background. Then later, I was selecting photographs for a photo contest with a theme of minimalism and I liked a different take on the Niagara River scene. After coming back to both photographs I now like that simpler one with less context better. I feel it is moodier and better captures what it felt like standing on the river bank staring into the frigid mist floating over the rapids and obscuring the trees.

Isolated Brave Trees, Upper Niagara Rapids, Niagara Falls in WinterIsolated Brave TreesUpper Niagara Rapids

Isolated Brave Trees, Upper Niagara River Rapids in Winter

Which one do you like better?

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! To get a dose of white winter, click through to my Winter Collection of photographs.

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cold fog freezing frozen ice landscape mist nature new york niagara ny outdoors photography rapids river water white winter http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/living-against-the-odds-ii Tue, 27 Feb 2018 13:39:33 GMT
The Chimney http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/the-chimney Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously captured on film: Analog (Film) Photography - Film Pinhole Photography - Winter Jinx - Seaside Pinhole Photography - Theatre District at Sunrise, Buffalo, NY - On Main Street, Buffalo, NY - On the Road around Buffalo - Lake Erie Lakeshore on Pinhole - Erie Basin Marina on Pinhole - From Ohio StreetAs the Names ChangeBuffalo Classic on Classic MediumOne More White while AppropriateMore Winter in Hamburg, NYPalace in Winter - A Shed - The Chimney

It's late but it is still a Thursday so let's take a look at another black and white photo captured on film. What chimney do you ask? The chimney that's begging for attention every time you pass by on I-190 south of Buffalo, NY. After years of putting it on my mental shot list the time finally came when I had my Nikon FE with me and black and white film just seemed like the perfect medium for this cityscape.

Len*Co Lumber, Black and White Film Photography, Buffalo, NYLen*Co LumberFilm Photography

The Chimney of Len*Co Lumber, Buffalo, NY - Nikon FE, Ilford Delta 100 Film

 

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy b&w black and white buffalo building chimney cityscape classic film ilford lenco new york ny photography timelessbuffalo urban http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/the-chimney Fri, 23 Feb 2018 03:06:38 GMT
Shenandoah: Still on the Rose River Falls Trail http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/shenandoah-still-on-the-rose-river-falls-trail Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Previously from Shenandoah: Trouble with ColorThe Details or the Wide and Grand? - The Skyline Drive View in Autumn - The Lonely Tree - Dark Hollow FallsCozy at ShenandoahSkyline Drive of ShenandoahShenandoah SunsetDifferent Look of Shenandoah at Big MeadowShenandoah is Waking UpOn Skyline Drive - Colorful FlashbackLuray CavernsLuray Valley MuseumFox Hollow Trail - The Treasures of Shenandoah - Distant Sunset Views - Hiking - Rose River Falls Trail - Still on the Rose River Falls Trail

Rocks, Leaves, and Falling Water, Rose River Falls, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaRocks, Leaves, and Falling WaterShenandoah National Park After a few beautiful hikes in Shenandoah National Park, expectations were high for every hike involving a waterfall. Still, this trail managed to shatter them all. There were breathtaking images all around me prompting me to get stuck in a single spot for long periods of time. And then when I finally moved it was only a few feet before spotting my next perfect picture. It was just overwhelming.

Maybe I am just too easily pleased or maybe I pay attention to details many just walk right by but I will admit I am not a good hiking partner for those that want to get their miles or steps in. A 5-mile hike can easily be a whole day endeavor with me.

I dare you though, try it at least once. Pick a waterfall or any other place for that matter, take your pictures, but then instead of leaving look again. And again. Really look. How does the foreground relate to the background.? What's along the edges of your frame? What if you move a foot or two to the left or right? Up or down? Back and forth? Look, and take another picture.

Then, in the comfort of your couch, go through the photos a few times and pick your winner. Possibly repeat the review process a week later. Which photo did you like the most? Was it the first or second? Was it one of the later photos as you started the photo dance? Or was it possibly the very last one you took?

Waterfall Cascading Down, Shenandoah National Park, VirginiaCascading DownShenandoah National Park

Cascading Down, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy autumn colors creek fall hiking landscape national park nature outdoors photography rose river shenandoah trail virginia water waterfall http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/shenandoah-still-on-the-rose-river-falls-trail Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:22:01 GMT
Living against the Odds http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/living-against-the-odds Support this blog: Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph yet? Using my links (Amazon) to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them.

Since my very first visit to the Niagara Falls many years ago I've been captivated by the trees living literally on the edge in the most inhospitable conditions I can imagine. A tiny island barely accommodating a handful of trees by the edge of the Horseshoe Falls seems like a tough place to live even in summer being constantly attacked by the Upper Rapids of the Niagara River as well as the moisture of the ever present mist. Then in winter, it seems simply impossible. Yet, they are there, year after year wearing a frozen white coat. Is it that combination that makes it possible? The ice coating the trees head to toe protecting them from the inhospitable cold?

Brave Trees, Upper Niagara River Rapids, Niagara Falls in WinterBrave TreesUpper Niagara Rapids

Brave Trees, Upper Niagara River Rapids in Winter

Enjoy the Beauty that Surrounds You! (#etbtsy)

Would you like to see more photographs from Western New York? Visit my Buffalo & Western New York Landscapes and enjoy! To get a dose of white winter, click through to my Winter Collection of photographs.

Please, let me know if you have any questions about any photo products offered, or not offered, I will be happy to help! For a quick reference to all photo galleries and collections as well as all photo products currently offered through my site, please, visit the Products page.

Do you like my free content but are not ready to buy a photograph for your walls yet? Using my links to do your shopping helps me share more photographs and write the stories behind them. And it costs you nothing. You just need to start your shopping by clicking on an advertised product or use the Amazon search box in bottom left. It does not matter what you eventually buy as long as you start here. I truly appreciate each purchase, no matter how small. Thank you!

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dan@danielnovakphoto.com (Daniel Novak Photo) #etbtsy buffalo cold fog freezing frozen ice landscape mist nature new york niagara ny outdoors photography rapids river water white winter http://www.danielnovakphoto.com/blog/2018/2/living-against-the-odds Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:22:29 GMT