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ADK Road Trip

posted Mar 30, 2017, 4:46 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Mar 30, 2017, 4:47 PM ]

To finish off the 2017 Winter Season, photography buddy Rod and I headed Northeast to the Adirondack Park in hopes of some striking winter scenery.  As seems to be our pattern, we were met with grey skies and flat light, but tried to make the best of it.  Here are my shots - enjoy!

A great history of the ADK Park.

Indian Castle Church - Built in 1769!

A Black and White version to cope with the crappy light.

Indian Castle Symmetry.

Textures and Patterns.

Triple Hung Window.

Antique Waterwheel.  

Overall, a fun day!


March, 2017 Blizzard

posted Mar 15, 2017, 7:40 AM by Phil Spitze

Over a few days in the middle of March, the entire Northeast of the US got dumped on by the one and only blizzard of the winter season.  Over 2 ft of snow fell around Syracuse, with depths approaching 3 ft out by Albany!  VT, NH, and ME were all seeing ranges in between.  Lots of shoveling, but great snowshoeing to close out Winter 2017.  :-)

Time for some hot chocolate!



posted Oct 27, 2016, 2:18 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Oct 27, 2016, 2:20 PM ]

After being offered some training for work in Boston, my wife and I decided to add a couple of days for ourselves and have a mini-vacation in Beantown!  We did a lot of walking and eating, but only a bit of photo taking.  Most of these are with my iPhone as my normal rig is quite heavy to carry all over the place.  As always, we had a great time!

First stop:  Legal Seafood for Lobsta Rolls!

Next stop: The New England Aquarium!

A penguin timeout.  ;-)

The big tank.

Coral in the big tank.

A Weedy Sea Dragon.

An itty bitty seahorse - no more than 1" long!

Some vibrant anemones.

We also did a behind the scenes tour and learned more about aquarium operations and animal care.  This is one of the exhibits looking through the access door.  Cool!

Penguins hanging out.

Next up: A tour of Paul Revere's house!

Then on to the Old North Church.

The box pews and pipe organ in the Old North Church.

Saint Francis.

Finally, we did a Ghosts and Graveyards tour at night.  Here is the steeple of the Park Street Church.

One of our theatrical tour guides!

Another of our guides.

And last, but not least: A panoramic shot of the Boston skyline across the Charles River.

One of our favorite places to visit!!



Fall 2016, Part 3

posted Oct 20, 2016, 4:28 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:30 PM ]

Vermont!!  Rod and I were able to take a day off from work and spend a long day poking around Southwestern Vermont capturing some great fall foliage.  Here are my photos - enjoy!

All Saints Church, Hoosick, NY

#538, Bennington, VT

The patchwork quilt of a rural Vermont hillside.

"Father Time" statue, North Bennington, VT

North Bennington Station, North Bennington, VT

Picnic Area, Shaftsbury State Park, Shaftsbury, VT

Grange Hall and Covered Bridge, West Arlington, VT

Fly fisherman, Batten Kill River, Arlington, VT

Antique barn, Sunderland, VT

A great foliage season!  See you next year!


Fall 2016, Part 2

posted Oct 20, 2016, 4:12 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Oct 20, 2016, 4:13 PM ]

A quick Sunday afternoon shoot in Central New York state got me a few more fall foliage shots for the year.  Here they are - enjoy!

Welsh Church - back, near Morrisville, NY.

Welsh Church - front.

Shooting buddy, Rod, checking out the scene.

The Farm Studio.

Thanks for visiting!


Sawyer Mtn - Fall 2016, Part 1

posted Sep 29, 2016, 3:55 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 3:57 PM ]

During the last week in September, I took a midweek trip to Sawyer Mountain for a hike and some fall foliage photography.  Even though it was a very easy and quick hike, the 2 outlook views from near the summit were quite good.  A great little hike for beginners or as a warm up!  On the way home, I made several stops along the way to document more foliage.  Here are my shots from the whole trip... Enjoy!

First lookout - facing East.

Second lookout - facing West.

"Big Red" along the trail.

Backlit and striped - along the trail.

Name that fungus!  (I have no idea.)

Near peak colors along the roadway.

Have a sit and watch the leaves change at Raquette Lake.

The dam at Forestport - not much change in the area, yet.

Stay tuned for more!


Howe Caverns

posted Sep 23, 2016, 3:51 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Sep 23, 2016, 3:54 PM ]

Shooting buddy, Rod, and I made a mid-week trip to Howe Caverns after signing up for the Photo Tour.  We were granted up to 3 hours in the cave and were free to move about at our own pace focusing on our shots.  We didn't have to adhere to a normal tour schedule, which was great!  As a first time experience photographing a cave setting, it was informative.  After studying my shots, I will definitely make a few changes in the future.  Regardless, we both came a way with some good shots and here are mine.  Enjoy!

The overhanging rock ways about 22 Tons and is held in place by only 1 square foot of friction!

This formation reminded me of a waterfall.

This formation is called Cyclops.

A very large and very old stalagmite.

These are aptly named soda straws.

This shot reminded Rod and of photos from Antelope Canyon.  A very famous place for photos. (You can Google it.)

This kind of reminded me of monster teeth.

They even have an underground boat ride!  This is from our boat pulling back into the dock.

This is called the "Pipe Organ".

The absolutely still water here creates a mirror illusion.

Coral or brains?

Rod taking a shot.

Part of the "Winding Way" section of the cave.

And, a beaver.  Who doesn't love a beaver?!  (This was during a scouting stop on the way home.)



Houses & Boathouses on Skaneateles Lake

posted Sep 18, 2016, 5:41 AM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Sep 18, 2016, 5:50 AM ]

For our 11th Wedding Anniversary, my wife and I kicked around Skaneateles for shopping and lunch, followed by a scenic boat trip around the lake.  While the lighting wasn't great, the angles to shoot the houses and boathouses along the shore was pretty good, so I put together this collection.  Enjoy!

Kerry in front of our ride, the Judge Ben Wiles.

Kerry and I quite liked this "little" house, thinking if we pooled some money we might be able to afford it!  Ha!

This is "just" the boathouse!

This apparently is both boathouse and guest house. (From the Left side.)

Same as above, from the Right side.  A "4 car" setup!

We both quite liked this one.

Even tree houses get special treatment!

Did you have a favorite one?  Maybe something picked out for retirement after winning 6 lotteries?!


Finally, the Heatwave Has Lifted!

posted Aug 23, 2016, 4:34 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 4:36 PM ]

And for me, that means getting back outdoors both on the trails and with my camera.  The first trips of the relatively cooler almost-fall 2016 season was to the Adirondacks and a stop at Montezuma NWR.  In the Adirondacks, shooting friend Rod and I hiked up Bald Mt. to the Rondaxe Fire Tower, a trip I've never made after living in NY for over 5 years!  (Ironic, since I've had to drive right past it to get to all of the other hiking trails I've done.)  We also made a stop in the rain to get the Adirondack Scenic RR ( coming through the forest.

Next, on my way home from a business trip to Buffalo, NY, I made a swing through Montezuma NWR and captured a couple of new birds and my best shot yet, of a Red-Tailed Hawk.  A good start to the fall season!  Please enjoy...

We start with an iPhone selfie from the top of Bald Mt. looking toward the Fulton Chain of Lakes.

And a panorama - can you see Rod over on the right?

The Rondaxe Fire Tower.

The Adirondack Scenic RR emerging from the mist and fog.

Adirondack Scenic RR engine #1845.

Portrait of an Egret.

The ice cold gaze and hooked beak of a Cormorant.

Best shot by far (so far) of a Red-Tailed Hawk.

Leaf-peeping is just around the corner!  Lots more photos to come!


Southern VT in Summer

posted Jun 21, 2016, 5:46 PM by Phil Spitze   [ updated Jun 21, 2016, 5:49 PM ]

Once again, I traveled to Bennington, VT and surrounding areas to capture the beauty that is Southern Vermont in summer.  An added bonus was being able to travel with my shooting buddy, Rod.  As this was his first trip to the area with his camera, we hit all the high points!  Here are some of my favorite shots - please enjoy!

We started with a quick side trip to Amsterdam, NY to check out the new gate to the local Buddhist community.

We also made a quick stop in Hoosick, NY to capture this classic New England-style barn.

Next, was the West Arlington Covered Bridge - one of my favorite spots!

While in West Arlington, we met famous painter George Van Hook working on his latest masterpiece.  See more of his paintings here:

A short drive over to Arlington proper and we spend some time with the Chiselville Covered Bridge.  This shot will be made available for purchase from my online store:  (Tell your friends!)

On our way out of town, we nearly missed the old Arlington Train stop.  The track is still in use today, but the building has been recently used as a private residence and antiques store.  We're unsure of it's current use.

Down into Bennington and a stop at the Old First Church.  We struck it lucky as a couple of lovely volunteers let us in to take some photos.  The box pews were originally sold to founding families to raise money for the construction of the church.

A close up of of one of the box pews.

With sunset approaching we went up the hill to the Bennington Battle Monument.  Here, Brigadier General John Stark (the mascot of my high school!) points out the rising near-full moon.

Finally, the sun set and lit up the sky for us!  This shot may also become available for purchase.

And finally, as we headed back to Syracuse, we made one final stop at the Old First Church after seeing all of the candelabras lit up in the windows.

A fantastic trip!  I expect we'll be headed back again in the fall for leaf peeping season...


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