New Photos, July 2020 — And an Important Lesson Learned

So, Where'd You Shoot This Month?

This month, I did a few shoots here in Brooklyn and on Long Island.  I made two attempts to capture the comet NEOWISE, but failed both times due to cloudy conditions.   But even though I didn’t get an image of the comet, I did come away with an unexpected shot. 

Marine Park Salt Marsh, Brooklyn

The Marine Park Salt Marsh is one of New York City’s unsung gems.   This 530 acre nature preserve is home to over 300 species of birds, 50 species of butterflies and 100 species of fish.  It’s a beautiful area to walk around and, like most places, is even more beautiful at sunset. 

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve

I travelled out to Caumsett twice this month to capture images of comet NEOWISE.  I figured it would be better to get out of the city and reduce the ligh pollution in the hopes that I could better see the comet.  The first time I foolishly went without checking the weather, and, of course, it was just too cloudy to see the comet.  The second time I went I checked the weather in advance and saw that the skies were going to be mostly clear, but by the time I got there and the sun went down, the northeastern sky was, again, just a bit too cloudy to see the comet.  

However, the night was not a total loss.  As the sky got darker and I sat, waiting for a break in the clouds, I noticed a huge number of fireflies buzzing around the open field.  I decided that if I couldn’t get a shot of the comet, I could at least try to get the fireflies.  I put my camera on my tripod, set up for a long exposure, and let my camera go.  This shot was the result:

I really like this shot, showing the fireflies streaking across the field as the light in the sky slowly subsides.  It reminded me of an important lesson — that when your initial plans go awry, just wait around… there’s a good chance that an alternate option will open up.

Prospect Park

I took a trip to Prospect Park this month to shoot some of the waterfalls.  I followed the creek all through the park.  Sadly, I didn’t come away with as many shots as I would have liked.  I did, however, manage to grab these:

So, that’s it for this month.  Which shot is your favorite?  Please let me know down in the comments!

Until next time…


1 thought on “New Photos, July 2020 — And an Important Lesson Learned”

  1. I love the fireflies shot that you caught, and especially the lesson learned.
    However, my favorite shot is the first of the two Prospect Park waterfalls. It looks like a dream sequence; it’s so beautiful.

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