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Dave Blinder Nature Photography Blog
- Landscape Photography in Denville NJ
In the past I have traveled over much of my home state of New Jersey for outdoor photography. I had a recent revelation that there may be some outstanding outdoor photography opportunities in my own town of Denville. Photographing Denville Township’s picturesque lake communities under dramatic lighting sounded like a great new challenge to undertake.
Recent inclement weather set the stage for impactful landscape photography as I visited Lake Arrowhead, Indian Lake, Cedar Lake, and Rock Ridge Lake on separate mornings. The below images were all taken on my new professional Canon 5DsR camera which should allow for very detailed prints at nearly 4 feet in length. I might like to exhibit the following views of Denville and others locally in the future.
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- Winter on the Ogden Mine Railroad Bed
March 3, 2018 in Jefferson, New Jersey.
This must have been quite a view for the rail workers many years ago when the Ogden Mine was operational. Per the Morris County Park Commission: “This is the largest park in the Morris County Park System, encompassing 3,346.07 acres of beautiful near-wilderness and recreational areas.”
I recently purchased a “gray market” Canon 5DsR dslr camera brand new in box on ebay for $2100. That is incredible savings as I see the USA version selling for $3700 today (March 4th) on B&H!
Several friends have asked me if I bought a 50 megapixel camera so that I can crop more often. Quite the contrary, I hope to not crop AT ALL! My goal is to achieve the most detailed images I can in-camera and to offer massive prints of landscapes, wildlife, macro, and possibly even some street photography. I do think it is important to “go big or go home” with visual arts especially when the subject matter has the potential to create an immersive experience.
I have been underwhelmed by the impact of some of my past photography exhibits. I have often printed to 12″x 18″ from previous 18 megapixels camera like my trust old Canon 7D. While I was happy with the image quality, I find that typical photograph print sizes are easily lost in the shuffle and quickly forgotten to most viewers. If you truly believe in your technique and your subject matter you must push your activity to the limit and rise above. When there is an opportunity to overachieve, why not do so?
The final pixel county of my merged wintery image is 21227 x 8469 pixels. If printed at 300dpi for extra find detail that could be a projected size of 70″ x 28″. A 150dpi print resolution which can still render a nicely detailed print I could print to 141″ x 56″! Does the average person need an 11 foot print? No, most decidedly not. However, the local hospital, college campus, or hotel lobby might be looking for some original nature art to spruce up their facility.
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- Upcoming Library Presentation
I am drafting NJ photography program descriptions for later in 2018. I always enjoy interacting with new photography or nature enthusiasts. Let me know if your camera club, library, or community center is interested in a presentation and I will try to accommodate.
Landscapes of New Jersey presentation by Dave Blinder
Warren Township Library
Join us as local photographer Dave Blinder walks us through his images for his comprehensive “Landscapes of New Jersey” exhibit. Dave will present 1 nature photograph for each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. We will learn how, where, and why each image was captured and we will discuss the challenges of taking on a large state-wide project. Camera settings will be revealed, compositional techniques will be discussed, and personal anecdotes of Dave’s photographic journey will be provided.
Dave Blinder is a career photographer with specializations in clinical imaging, architectural photography, and fine art sales and exhibitions. Dave volunteers in his spare time for outdoor education and land conservation purposes. He is a proud board member of the Denville-based 501(c)(3) Protect Our Wetlands, Water, and Woods organization. Find Dave’s photographs on the web at facebook.com/daveblinderphotography
- Ecotourism in SE Florida 2018; a visual essay
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- Common Lizards of the Florida Everglades
Only 2 days until my return to Everglades National Park in Florida
Here is a look at two common lizards I photographed at ENP in 2013. Main Park Road in Homestead is teeming with wildlife if you slow down to appreciate the biodiversity.
The Green Anole is a native lizard to the area, whereas the Brown Anole is an introduced animal originating in Cuba.
Photography equipment used for the pictures:
Tamron Lenses USA SP 90mm Macro Lens + Canon T2i + Canon Speedlight 90EXII
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- First day out with the Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2 lens
Yesterday was my first spin out with Tamron USA’s updated G2 version of the acclaimed 150-600mm super telephoto lens. Though I purchased the optional Tap-in Console for lens updating and fine tuning, I did not have time to initialize the device yet. Hence, I unboxed the new birding lens, mounted it on my compact yet powerful Canon SL2 digital rebel, and took a drive to a nearby nature area, Great Swamp NWR.
Interestingly, I do not recall photographing a Gull of any sort before at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in the past. I have been doing bird photography there for years… go figure. Anyhow this handsome Ring-billed Gull was photographed from my car yesterday. I shut off the engine to take the shot (too many vibrations and who needs the extra CO2 emissions anyhow). In the caption for the photograph I have included specific camera settings.
Below is a 100% crop from the above image.
I find the results to be very good for keeping the aperture wide-open at F/6.3. I find that most lenses get sharper when stopped down a couple of stops. We might even see a bit more fine detail if I had taken this Gull image at F/8.0 versus F/6.3. Below is a look at the G2 lens, I shot this in my home studio.
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- 5th Annual New Jersey Highlands Juried Art Exhibit
I have the great privilege of being among the finalists for the 5th Annual New Jersey Highlands Juried Art and Photography Exhibit at the Morris Museum
My finalist entry within the exhibit is titled “Summer at Kincaid Woods”. Taken in Summer 2017, I was hiking back towards my car when I found myself bathed in warm late day light as I passed over wetlands and through woodlands.
I hoped to best capture the mood of that moment. My limited edition (1 of 25) piece is matted and framed to 16″x24″ on archival quality paper and materials.
Opening reception took place the night of January 11th 2018. The artwork remains on display at the museum in Morristown until February 18th. Please let me know if you visited and would like to provide feedback on your experience.
I would especially like to thank my friends Jim, Geoff, Len, Pauline, Ellen, and Douglas for coming out in support. Great mingling with the other artists and outstanding organizing by Morris Museum Staff and the Highlands Coalition.
Morris Museum visitors information:
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
PHONE: (973) 971-3700
Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm
The Museum is Pay as You Wish on the second and third Thursday of each month from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
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- Winter Hiking at Former Greystone Psychiatric Park / Central Park of Morris
I felt ambitious in today’s 8°F temperatures and took a short drive in search of winter birds and outdoors adventure. After some internal debate, I settled on the Central Park of Morris County vicinity as I thought the diversity of trees and grounds might yield cold weather wildlife sightings.
The last time I visited this area, the final remnants of the Kirkbride building of the former Greystone Psychiatric Park was still being cleared away. No public access had been possible due to safety precautions. Ironically I had been subdued by local police for illegal “urban decay exploration” a couple of years back, which I find humorous because all of my time is spent photographing and studying solely nature. This incident is story for another time.
As you can see from my mobile photographs, the former “No Trespassing” and “Keep Out” signage has been removed from the Kirkbride grounds as well as most adjacent lands. I did observe newly posted signs by the Morris County Park Commission alerting hunters that hunting is by explicit permit only.
I only encountered a few species of wildlife on my walk which is fine with me. Pursuing wildlife is mostly just a vehicle I drive to get me outdoors. Today’s sightings included: Red-tailed Hawk, Dark-eyed Junco, Song Sparrow, Gray Squirrel, White-tailed Deer (big bucks). I also saw a good deal of Red Fox and Cotton-tailed Rabbit tracks dotting the frozen landscapes.
The former Greystone grounds could use some help combatting invasive plants such as Multiflora Rose and Barberry. However, the wildlife habitat still looked very good to me with mature trees including Pines, Cedar, Spruce, Oaks, and other trees which I have to study up on. Conifers in particular are of high value in our area as they make for great shelter for various hawks and owls. Fox and deer also find good shelter and bedding at the bases of some Conifers.
In my home area, central Morris County, we do not have much acreage of intact forest due to housing developments and extensive highways. Hence, we should conserve each remaining stand of trees and acreage of meadow to provide homes for our native New Jersey wildlife.
After doing a bit of internet research, I found this 2017 press release by the Morris County Government.
“The (Morris County) Freeholders, in June 2016, subsequently approved a long-term management and use agreement with the state to manage the additional 126 Greystone acres for passive recreational, conservation, historic preservation or farmland use by the Park Commission…..”
“Under terms of the management and use agreement, the state would deliver the property to the county in suitable condition for passive public outdoor recreation, such as walking, hiking, picnicking, nature watching, or for conservation purposes. The county could add active recreation uses in the future.”
Active recreation most often means organized sports or playgrounds. Ballfields and playgrounds mean the removal of wildlife habitat and potentially degrading nearby natural lands by way of herbicides, pesticides, and erosion. For those of us who find great value, beauty, and of course the diverse health benefits of natural area it is important that we express our opinions to our voted representatives.
Local governments have tough shoes to fill as they must balance the needs of large populations. However, in the most respectful way possible, nature lovers should “remain voices for the voiceless” and speak up for our trees, waterways, wildlife, and health concerns. It can never hurt to send your local elected officials an email on topics of concern. I plan on forwarding this article to both the park commission and freeholders to congratulate them on the public opening of this land and to speak of the high value of wildlife habitat conservation. Don’t be shy, speak up.
If you would like to stretch your legs and walk these peaceful trails you use Google Maps to navigate to the nearest parking area.
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- Nature photography with a purpose
I always strive to get beyond the “pretty picture” with my nature photography and videography. I feel that being outdoors with my camera has been a continuous adventure and I hope that many others will have the same outdoor opportunities I have had.
When exhibiting a photograph in a gallery, be it brick & mortar or on the internet I provide as much context as I can. I hope to document natural history while doing my best to be a steward both to the visual arts and to the environment.
I have shared many personal encounters with native wildlife and find immense value in all plant and animal life be it great or small in size. My view is that a nature photographer must be a voice for the voiceless. We should strive to leave the world a better place than when we entered it. Empower yourself to make a difference by planting trees, joining a non-profit, documenting illegal dumping, submitting wildlife observations to your state. Every person can make a difference.
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- Upcoming Reception and Exhibit at Morris Museum
If you are available, come join the fun and celebration of local art with us for the opening of the 2017 New Jersey Highlands Juried Art Exhibit in Morristown.
One of my favorite photos of 2017, “Kincaid Woods in Summer” will be shown along with other finalists including local paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces.
My limited edition artwork is matted and framed to 18″x24″. I have hand numbered both the mat and the print as #1 of 25 using an archival quality Micron fine art pen. The mat and print are also hand signed.
Thursday, January 11th 2018 5:30PM
6 Normandy Heights Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
Light refreshments will be provided
Please RSVP by January 8, 2018 to Julia Somers at Julia@njhighlandscoalition.org
Full details of the Juried Highlands Art and Photography below
Public display dates:
January 9, 2018- February 18, 2018
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region. The 5th annual Juried Highlands Art and Photography Exhibit, which coincides with this festival, will feature a selection of works featuring the landscapes, flora, fauna, natural, cultural and/or historic resources of the Highlands of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.
Curated by New Jersey photographer and Coalition trustee Dwight Hiscano, juried by a panel of prominent local artists and gallery owners, and judged by Alexandra Willis, curator for the Morris Museum.
About the New Jersey Highlands Coalition:
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition hosts the Highlands Festival to raise awareness about the natural resources of the NJ Highlands region, to promote the missions of the NJ Highlands Coalition’s 80+ nonprofit member organizations, and to fund the Small Grants Program which supports local grassroots organizations. As a nonprofit organization in Boonton, New Jersey, the New Jersey Highlands Coalition works to protect, restore, and enhance the water and other natural and cultural resources of New Jersey’s Highlands, now and for the future.