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Saratoga Horse Expo 2014...Guy McLean and his incredible horses. Watching these 5 performers together is almost spooky. They all work together in ways that most of us can't see or understand...at least not at first. After a bit, you start to notice very subtle moves of feet and hands and you start realize that Guy is conducting a small orchestra here. The music that results is amazing to watch. You start to see that these animals aren't just blindly following a scripted set of movements or commands. Each one has a certain amount of input. They know what Guy wants...but they put him through his paces too. One thing that becomes very apparent is the incredible bond that's formed between man and animal. These four are his very best friends. But at times, the bond is stronger than just friendship...it's more of a spiritual bond. Anyone that gets a chance should absolutely not miss these performers.

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Saratoga Horse Expo 2014

This is an event that I visited a few years ago that also featured Guy ...

Updated: Sep 18, 2014 6:12am EDT

Saratoga Springs sights and scenery

These are mainly from Saratoga Springs and the surrounding area, but a ...

Updated: Sep 21, 2014 11:51am EDT

My Black & White Gallery

I've just really had to rewrite this piece. I got a bit of a surprise ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2014 8:36pm EDT

Area attractions and scenery

I'm going to separate the events and scenery that I find outside of Sa ...

Updated: Sep 21, 2014 5:06pm EDT

Cat stuff

This gallery goes beyond just photography...these are pets...something ...

Updated: Sep 01, 2013 6:54pm EDT

2013 Ballston Spa car show

They really knocked it out of the park with this show. Weather was gre ...

Updated: Oct 16, 2013 6:45am EDT

2013 Downtown Albany car show

I decided to take in both the Downtown Albany show and the one in Ball ...

Updated: Oct 13, 2013 8:01am EDT

2013 Hemmings Cruise In and Concours D'Elegance at Saratoga Auto Museum

This group will be exclusively from the Hemmings Cruise-In and Concour ...

Updated: Oct 05, 2013 10:37am EDT

Car shows and racing pictures

Most of these images are from the various shows that take place at the ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2013 6:17pm EDT

Rogue Art

I love stumbling upon this kind of stuff...and taking complete artisti ...

Updated: Sep 09, 2014 1:25pm EDT

Images of personal signifigance

The images that I'll present here obviously have some importance and m ...

Updated: Sep 17, 2013 5:52pm EDT

The old farm

A short walk from my original home was this incredible piece of old fa ...

Updated: Sep 08, 2013 9:50pm EDT

Odds and sods

If anyone is as much a fan of The Who as I am, you'll understand the g ...

Updated: Oct 19, 2013 4:23pm EDT

Saratoga En Pointe 2013

The En Pointe series is a community arts project done this year, simil ...

Updated: Sep 04, 2013 5:51pm EDT

Your Bio

"This garden universe vibrates complete..Some may get a sound so sweet..Vibrations reach on up to become light..Then thru gamma and out of sight. Between the eyes and ears there lie the sounds of color and the light of a sigh. And to hear the Sun...what a thing to believe, but it's all around if we could but perceive. To know ultraviolet, infrared, and x-rays..Beauty to find in so many ways"...Graeme Edge / Mike Pinder from “In Search Of The Lost Chord”. These words remind me that the world is a lot more than it seems...something I’ve known and experienced from time to time. But somehow the grind of daily life pulls us off track and we lose the connection. To keep one's awareness open and deal with the world on a daily basis is a real handful. For me, grabbing the camera and taking a walk can start a somewhat Zen like process...which really isn't a process...it just is. I've always regarded my interest as an avocation...something sourced from the heart. This interest really started right after high school, but earlier on there were brief glimmers of what was to be. I discovered that there’s something cool about stumbling onto a special scene and being able to capture that image, in that moment. And this process that I've gone through all these years really has been one of discovery. And that’s how my better images feel...like I’m discovering something when I find them. The tools I’ve used over the years have varied considerably, and at this point I’m taking more of a minimalist approach. Over the last 10 years, I’ve owned and appreciated in order: Canon 10D, Canon 20D, Sony S600, Sony W330, Canon G12, Canon ELPH 520HS, and last, but not least, the Canon T3i...from point & shoot to DSLR...and you know what...they all took excellent pictures within their limitations. This reinforces that little gem of knowledge, that we so easily forget, stating that some of the best and most important photographers worked with very minimal gear. Like so many other things in life, it isn’t what you have, it’s how you use it. With that said, I’ve decided to take a step back and return to using a Canon G12 for a while until it becomes clear how Canon is going to move with the enthusiast compact line...the G series. So anything new here will be shot with a G12. As far as software goes, I’m still using PaintShop Pro 5 Ultimate for basic editing and I’ve added PhotoNinja for working in RAW. I’ll hang on to PSP 5 because Nik Color Efex Pro 3 is bundled with it, and I really like the B&W conversion in that suite. No other conversion I’ve tried is as easy to use, or as effective, as this one. The problem now is that Google has swallowed Nik’s collection and only sells it as a full suite. I can’t justify spending that much just for the use of one part of the suite...sorry Google. So with good warez and a decent image grabber, I can hit the streets and slip back into the process again. The blog is still active and available here...
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