As we watch the colors of Autumn slowly fade into the grays of Winter I find myself taking advantage of every opportunity to be out on the water. Undeterred by the mornings brisk temperatures I decided to launch on the Susquehanna river along Conklin Ave yesterday. Paddling my way west under cloudy skies towards the “Rock Bottom” Dam I lay witness to the remaining pops of color grasping our hillsides. On my way back the wind would let me know who was in charge and the sun randomly checked on me the closer I got to my destination.
Back in my car it was time for some coffee at my favorite place, LaVeggio Roasteria
For the next two months our lives will be consumed by pumpkin everything. My personal favorite are pumpkin pancakes and we’ve been making this one recipe for 14 years. It has become a family staple come Autumn in our home and this morning was no exception.
What are your favorite fall foods/recipes?
I began shooting slide film around 1990 but most of the images I made at this point were mostly captured on print film, something I regret. I didn’t really begin to convert solely to slide film until early 1992 and have been shooting it ever since. I’ll admit that in 2005 I was intrigued by the digital camera and purchased my first DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. I enjoyed it and made some great images with it as well. I loved the instant gratification of viewing the picture immediately. I also liked the fact that outside the camera and flash card there was no additional cost of film purchase and processing. I vowed to never shoot another roll of film again.
That vow would only last about 6 months before I found myself lacking in something I craved the most. A tangible asset. I would go on to own more DSLR camera bodies as well as film bodies. I spent several years arguing the film vs. digital argument only to realize that it all boils down to preference and what your goals are. There is room in my camera bag for both film and digital.
Our world moves at the speed of now and that is why I carry a DSLR with me most of the time. News happens at a moments notice!
A passion of mine is to preserve history and I choose to do my preservation through photography. No matter the subject matter or the camera you use every click of the shutter captures a moment in time, a piece of our history and for me that is most important. Over the past 24 years I have been documenting my career mostly on film but I do have several hundred images made with a digital camera. I have also been documenting our family as well which is 90% slide film and 10% digital. Without an actual physical count I’d have to estimate my family slide collection hovers somewhere near 8,000 images of which only half have been filed. I just received another 216 slides the other day from the holidays.
Another reason I still shoot slide film is because of monetary value. Collectors want originals. I’ve sold older slides from my collection on Ebay for some serious amounts of money. As a matter of fact I know people who do it for a living. They buy slide collections and break them up. This is both sad and fascinating as well. I’ve slowly been acquiring slides that I hope to flip in the near future but only time will tell.
Since Kodak has exited the slide film market entirely there are only several choices left in which to buy it. Agfa Photo has recently restarted its slide film business and I’m glad because I love the stuff compared to Fuji’s. Its comes done to personal choice. Also Kodak does not process film anymore and most film (Print) is either processed in house at local photo labs or stores like Walmart or CVS. Slide film processing is only done at a handful of locations around the United States with the most popular being Dwayne’s Photo in Parsons, Kansas.
Although those yellow Kodak boxes of joy that came in the mail are no longer I still get excited for those Red, White & Blue boxes from Dwayne’s!
It’s six O’clock AM December 31st 2014 as I sit by the light of our Christmas tree thinking back over some of the events of this year. I have to admit this year has been pretty good to me and my family despite being injured earlier in the year I did manage to run 1,098 miles in 2014 far shorter than the 1,500 miles originally planned.
Some amazing things happened in 2014. In April our team “Liar Liar Feet On Fire” placed sixth overall in the Seneca 7 competition. In the month of June my wife and kids flew to Chicago for her niece’s wedding and a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Unfortunately I could not go due to my work. The month of July our family took about a three week tour of New England where we visited Boston, Coastal Maine, Acadia National Park, New Hampshire and Vermont followed by a trip to Long Island in order to celebrate my fathers 70th birthday with family and friends. In early October I traveled back to New England to visit friends and for some fall color paddling in search of the ever elusive moose. Sadly the moose still remains elusive. Later in the month I had the honor of being my brothers best man at his wedding. Moving into early November I ran my first ever marathon, the New York City Marathon. What a life experience that was. Over the Thanksgiving holiday we were back on Long Island. In December however we celebrated Christmas right here in our home with family and friends. It was quiet just the way we like it. Several days after the holiday we were back on Long Island visiting my family. The boys love seeing their two cousins, add a trip to Nassau Coliseum “The home of four time Stanley Cup Champs” NY Islanders to watch some WWE wrestling.
Lastly 2014 also saw the birth of two beautiful babies. My wife’s nephew Phil and his wife Amy gave birth to the cutest baby girl. My cousin Chris and his wife Jenna gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Sadly in 2014 we have yet to meet these two beautiful babies. Another thing that saddens me is we did not spend any time with my wife’s family. Something I truly miss doing. These two things I hope to rectify in 2015.
With that said I wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2015, Cheers!