196 Photos - Jul 12, 2011
Photo: Photo: Another very special place for me

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#monochromemonday   #monochromephotography  Photo: Thunderstorm over the Canola FieldsPhoto: Photo: Photo: A Landscape Optical Illusion:

Was looking at this with fresh eyes and forgot for a moment whether the massive rock slide on the left (behind the pine) was sliding down from top left towards the bottom right or sliding from the right down to the bottom left. Do you see it? Makes me wanna do it again.Photo: Rocky Mountain Landscape 1


#HowWasYourDaySweetiePhoto: Lets go and get lost.
Let's see the trees for the forest .
Let's karaoke with forest birds and bullfrogs.
Let's skip along like chipmunks and squirrels playing tag and hide and seek among the tree boughs.
Let's prance, cantor and then gallop like the handsome deer showing off for the beautiful foxes.
Let's howl along with the coyote barbershop quartets practicing all through the night.
Let's babble like brooks.
Let's meander like streams.
Let's sparkle and shimmer like waterfalls playing peek-a-boo with the sun.
Let's get lost.
Lost can be so beautiful together.Photo: The thing to remember about torrential downpours is how spectacular life looks once they passPhoto: Just hangin' out with friends in their backyard.Photo: Seeing spotsPhoto: How could someplace so cold feel so warm...Photo: Photo: All my bags are packed
I'm ready to go...

Leavin'
on a jet plane.
Don't know when I'll be back againPhoto: This was one of those absolutely breathtakingly perfect moments and I was wondering how it would look in monochrome. Whether the timelessness of bw would enhance the memory or whether it would seem too long ago.
Right now, it's like it was yesterday.Photo: It's amazing to me how much more beautiful life looks
when you can actually see the clouds pass.

Yeah, storms suck. But keep focusing on what it's like when they're over.

Now...who wants to come sailing?Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Last night, we found Sunset Beach
Met a crusty old man (yes he let me take his portrait) who told Lindsey to watch for the steam as the sun hit the water. The look she gave him made me laugh out loud at which point I explained to him she might be 12 but she was way smarter than he and I combined (and then some).Photo: Photo: Sunset on the Florida side of the Gulf of MexicoPhoto: One of my favorite vistas is the hilltop overlooking a farm on the Hudson River in the Hudson River valley of New York. Stopped to watch an incoming thunderstorm.
Wanted to try a monochrome version. The full color panorama is in this album as well.Photo: I am often intimidated by landscape photography and, as a result, don't do a lot. This is funny to me as I am completely fearless when it comes to approaching people for portrait work. In fact, the more intimidating the person, the bigger the challenge I see it as.
So I have been forcing myself to take more landscapes and see what happens. I am drawn to storms it seems. This picture has special meaning given the lighthouse and all it represents within this particular scene. The question the picture does not answer: is the storm coming or going? Is life about to get better? Or more challenging?
For now a fantasy comes to mind: one where I load up a large tour bus and go off in search of fascinating landscapes (and equally fascinating people, not to mention orangutans, ugly birds, purdy little flowers and happily ever after...oh, and bacon...lots and lots of bacon)

#MonochromeMondayPhoto: #nycphotographyPhoto: Everything is beautiful up here. Sure is pretty where I'm at.Photo: Clouds over Canola FieldsPhoto: Grain mill and storm clouds

Before I was a photographer, I was a painter. I was that artsy kid who early on found complete joy in fingerpaints and ending up becoming immersed in watercolors. I was (and am) fortunate to have many great art museums to wander through and learn from.
My portraits are heavily influenced by my absolute love of the Renaissance Masters. My "trippin" flowers are influenced by the Impressionists with a heavy dose from Pop and Abstract Schools. As a boy, I grew up in the Hudson River Valley and now have returned to raise my family there. Ironically, I first learned about the Hudson River School at RISD... Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, Frederic Edwin Church and Albert Bierstadt. They portrayed a realistic yet romanticized view of our world that influences my landscapes (and my worldview)
I see lots of photographers learning by emulating styles of other photographers. This is a great way to learn but just wanted to share my love for the incredibly vast world of art that continually inspires me. Take a walk through a museum and see how it might change how you see our world.Photo: Mountains are good. Beaches are better.Photo: Honey,
the roof needs fixin'
and the mixer stopped mixin'
the pipes are leakin'
and the door's still squeakin'
Oh Honey,
the grass needs more mowin'
the garden needs hoein'
and the fan stopped blowin'
Honey, the plaster needs patchin'
the shutters aren't matchin'
and my back needs scratchin'
Honey?
HONEY?!? Photo: Petroglyphs in The Valley of Fire, Overton Nevada.

The walls spoke to me. The ancient ancestors of the Anasazi Tribe who lived here were omnipresent and whispered in my ear. This is an amazingly spiritual and magnificently beautiful place.Photo: More from the Valley of Fire in Nevada.
Unbelievably spectacular and spiritual place. Photo: Photo: Today, I want to do somersaults with tumbleweed, play hide and sek with lizards, skip stones across the dry creek beds, play tag with roadrunners and make scrunched up, contorted, silly faces with the ancestral ones staring back at me from the mountains.

Today I want the umber, sienna and agave rainbow that is just around the next bend (I know it...I totally know it) to lead me somewhere.Photo: Malibu Beach has its own special rhythm. Have a listen.Photo: Photo: There are roads to nowhere.
And roads to somewhere.
Roads that take you exactly where you want to go...efficiently, quickly
And roads that take their sweet time and don't let you rush them
Roads that live for traffic jams and roads that hold their breath waiting for company.
And then there was this road which as I sit and stare at it now...takes me everywhere.
Like any really good road, it had dips and bounces,
place that made my stomach bottom out
and places that took my breath away.
It had places that made you want to go slow and places that made you want to let all the horses out.
It even had some roadkill and mysterious critters darting across it.
But what made this road so spectacular was the company. And sharing the time with people you absolutely adore.Photo: Damn it's cold.

Banff, 2012Photo: Searching for an ever-so-slight nudge towards normalcy as Sandy makes a less than graceful exit leaving behind a lasting legacy and ensuring that no child will be named Sandy or Sandra for the next decade.

#hurricanesandy   #huricane   #Sandy 
#photoextractplus  Photo: Happy belated Halloween
(although here in New York, it has been postponed until Saturday to allow for a little more recovery time)

Hope the only scary things you're all dealing with are of your own (or your neighbor's) doing.Photo: Sandy versus the Lighthouse

Tarrytown on the Hudson, NY

#hurricane   #Sandy  Photo: Walking through the woods at dusk, feeling nostalgic and hoping the magical creatures that scamper among the rocks reveal themselvesPhoto: Just this morning at the pond...

Prints for sale of this (and all my work): http://www.redbubble.com/people/alanshapiro/works/9592982-just-this-morning-at-the-pondPhoto: Take a walk in the woods with me.

For sure there are deer, coyote, black bear, adorable skunk, raccoon, groundhogs and anything but adorable opossum. Rumor has it there's a unicorn. And a sasquatch looking for a halfway-decent portrait photographerPhoto: Somewhere out there is a Forest Ranger with CDO (that's OCD put in the correct order) To you I say please do not look at this!

I'm a creative guy that gets to create interesting, compelling stories for brands (the advertising guy in me) and find interesting, compelling things in this chaotic world of ours (the photographer in me). Now you should also know that I've always liked things neat. Straight. Lined up. Precise. Guess I need order to create chaos.
So while driving to a far-off soccer tournament, I found myself creating a story about a very particular and fastidious Forest Ranger whose wonderful life involved surveying his stunningly beautiful world with his trusty binoculars and getting increasingly agitated by the trees that insisted on falling. (Mind you, I'm not talking about those wonderful trees that fell flat. Oh no, for those would be ideal trees, especially if they fell at a 90 angle to the others.) No...I'm talking about those uncooperative, difficult trees that fell incompletely, imperfectly, imprecisely to lean at odd (upsetting, disruptive, unsightly) angles.
See where I'm going with this?!?
Now what this responsible Forest Ranger decided to do was rid his forest of all those imperfections....
And so the story begins...
Just sharing. Try not to let the chaos get to you.
Now go have an inspired day. Photo: Elegy to a lost (and found) childhood
This is a part of my backyard that doesn't see much use except in my imagination. Every time I stand on the far part of the deck and look down on it, I want to be 8 or 9 again.Photo: The thing about uphill battles…eventually they level out and you can enjoy the view for a bitPhoto: skipping stones all those years ago...
finally found where they all went to.Photo: Some rocks. And a few clouds. Photo: Winter on the Prairie
Some folks only see the long road surrounded by flat farmlands.
But (fortunately) there are other folks (us folks) who like to fill the time taking pictures and delight in showing those other folks how much more there is to see.

Stay inspired. And share that which inspires you every chance you get.Photo: Took a walk.
Then the walk took me.

It always amazes me how scenes that capture exactly how I'm feeling at the moment seem to find me.Photo:  Was hoping to keep my head in the clouds but the fog rolled in fast and furious.Photo: Another rocky, foggy day here. But at least I can see the forest for the trees. Photo: More fog (sigh)
And bourbon (happy sigh)Photo: It was really foggy this morning
creepy foggy
the kind of fog that makes you look around a lot (No...I'm talkin' A LOT) when you're out for a walk.
And while I'm walking I notice a new trail.
Strange...
I've walked this way before. Lots of times.
How could I not have noticed it before?
And where did that house come from.
No lights. Kinda old. Almost looks abandoned.
And then a lone crow started to caw.
And the fog seemed to grow even thicker.
Colder.
Surrounding me.
But I didn't care.
Nope.
I had my camera, the light was incredible and I was happy
Fortunately, I was too distracted to notice the sound of the footsteps
and the chainsaw...Photo:  Lower Manhattan Stairwell (Houston Street, New York City)Photo: Once upon a time (not a very long time ago)
there were two trees.
They loved to grow so that's what they did.
They grew and grew.
And grew some more.
Sometimes they grew taller. Sometimes they grew wider.
Sometimes they grew twisted and in the wrong direction from where they thought they'd be growing.
But through it all, they were there for the other.
And the thing is...
(the really really wonderful thing is)
the more they grew, the closer they grew.

The end beginning.


#treetuesday   #treephotography   #trees   #treethursday  Photo: Mirror, mirror
that fell off the wall
who's the fairest tree of them all?

#treephotography   #tree   #treephotography  Photo: Ending the day on a rocky notePhoto: Now if only I'd thought to push the hay roll a few more yards/meters to the leftPhoto: Under cover of treesPhoto: Photo: The day started beautifullyPhoto: Waiting to playPhoto: Clouds and CanolaPhoto: As I was processing this image, I was taken back to when I was young boy. I wanted to be an Explorer (at least, for a few weeks before changing career paths to fireman, then veterinarian, then bulldozer driver, etc) so I could discover places like this (Jackson Falls, Banff).
It also reminds me how much there is to see, discover, interpret and share in this amazing world of ours.
Stay inspired. And be inspiring.

#monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #monochrome   #hqsplandscape   #hqspmonochrome   #nikcollection   #silverefexpro2   #googleplusphotos   #photoplusextract  Photo: A picture postcard from the Rockies before heading to Mountain ViewPhoto: Oftentimes, photography is as much about the adventure (especially when accompanied by great friends)Photo: I think I might want to live herePhoto: Lake Louise, Canada

#hqsplandscape   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #canada  Photo: Summer winding downPhoto: Rocky Mountain CyanotypePhoto: I like when my head is in the clouds. Just hate when they're rain clouds (sigh)

#monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #hqspmonochrome   #hqsplandscape   #photoextractplus   #landscapephotography   #pacificcoast   #pacificcoasthighway   #sepiaandmonochromephotography   #nikcollection   #googleplusphotos   #googlepluspotd  Photo: Small epiphany for me: Photography is my way of praying.

#nikcollection   #silverefexpro2   #hqspmonochrome   #cloisters   #sacredsunday   #sacred   #nikcollectionbygoogle   #googleplusphotos   #nycphotographer  Photo: California Dreamin'
So here's my dream...It's 1936. We're driving down the Northern California coast in a red 1935 Duesenberg Model SJ LaGrande Phaeton. Top down, long silk scarves billowing in the wind and wearing ridiculous sunglasses. In the back seat is a huge wicker picnic basket filled with wine, cheese, dates, figs and almonds and more chocolate than we know what to do with...
We're heading down to the ranch at San Simeon for a photo safari and then a small intimate dinner with several hundred of our closest friends.

#landscape   #landscapephotography   #nikcollection   #hqspmonochrome   #hqsplandscape   #googlepluspotd   #photoplusextract   #silverefexpro2   #niksilverefexpro2   #googleplusphotos   Photo: The rockier the coast, the more beautiful the sunrise.
(It's the waiting for it alone in the dark that sucks)

#monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #hqsplandscape   #landscapephotography   #nikcollection   #niksilverefexpro2  Photo: When I saw this scene, it immediately screamed "black and white! Process me in monochrome." How could I say no, so off we went to play with Silver Efex Pro 2 (my go-to monochrome processing program) that's part of the awesome Nik Collection. The incredible and still fascinating thing for me (despite my long term elationship with b/w) is how many different ways I can process a monochrome image while seeing the myriad different emotions they evoke. As joy filled as taking images is, I am equally happy when processing. It's all about having the right tools. And spending lots of quality time exploring their potential.

#nikcollection #monochrome #hqspmonochrome #hqsplandscape #landscapePhoto: She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes
She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes
She'll be coming 'round the mountain, She'll be coming 'round the mountain
She'll be coming 'round the mountain when she comes.

Editor's note: under no circumstances should you ever sing this in bed.
Nor should you yell "timber" when the...ahem..."redwood" falls.

#hqspmonochrome   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #nikcollection   #silverefexpro2   #redwoods   #forestphotography   #forestfriday  Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Happy 2nd Anniversary +Google+
Tried extra hard to get the clouds to wrap themselves all ribbon-like around this little NYC Trinket I thought you'd like to have and  make a pretty bow at the top but they conspired against me preferring to recreate the final scene from Ghostbusters instead (albeit without the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man who rumor has it may be coming tomorrow for our epic photowalk in your honor.)

This is the view of the Empire State Building from Google NYC Headquarters

But seriously, I wanted to take a minute, so here goes:

Dear Google+ (+Vic Gundotra +Brian Matiash +Brian Rose +Laurie Rubin +Natalie Villalobos and the countless others on the team),
Thank you.
I'm not sure how often your hear this.
And if you have that you have not tired of it.
Seriously...Thank you.

Your creation has literally changed my life (and I thought my life was pretty friggin' awesome to begin with.

I am inspired beyond words on a daily basis from the talent that has chosen to hang out here.
I can share my creative world views (visually and verbally) and trust that the conversations and feedback will be varied, constructive and lively (<<<understatement!) thanks to the tools you have provided this community as part of our unified experience.
I have laughed here (can't tell you how many times I've spit various liquids onto my monitor) and cried here (tears of joy mainly but also despair and shock.)

I have made virtual best friends around the world that I get to talk to, work with, play with and dream with every single day. Many I have met in real life but my list is long and unfortunately grows longer daily thanks to the ever-growing talent pool here. (I hope to meet several hundred more tomorrow as we walk to celebrate your 2nd Anniversary. (Perhaps I should say "toddle")

That is the quality and nature of the community you have envisioned, built and allowed me and us to be a part of;
to make use of the tools in so many various ways to enhance our lives and share our perspectives and make our world both grander and closer.

Google Plus has become
the first thing I check in the morning and the last thing I see at night.
Thank you.
I want to hug very one of you (yeah...I'm a huggy kinda guy and look you all in the eyes so you can see and feel how powerful an experience this place is and how aprreciative I am).

I sincerely hope that you are proud and being appreciated and recognized for this most significant of accomplishments. Listen closely tomorrow and you will hear a bunch of us on the East Coast singing and celebrating in your honor

I close many of my posts with the phrase "Stay inspired" and evangelize just about every day about how each of us can, should and (dare I say) must do as much as we can to be both inspired AND inspiring. Yours are the creations and tool that makes this possible. And then some.

Thank you

#google   #googleplus   #googleplusanniversaryPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Random sharing: Decided to go for a bit of a power-walk this morning after stepping on the scale (big mistake) Headed off to the greener pastures in Pocantico where I stumbled upon (not literally) this gaggle of Toulouse Goose (Geese, Gooses, Goosi...) Miraculously, I no longer felt like the landlocked manatee I was comparing myself to earlier. In fact, I felt positively svelte. After all, my rump did not drag along the floor when I walked. And speaking of walking, I can actually do that without waddling from side to side. Nor did I need to extend my wings (arms in my case) for balance as they did. Nope.
So I did what anyone with a renewed positive perspective on life would do and sat down (more like plopped down) to make small talk while practicing my French (these are Toulouse Geese after all.) Then, while debating whether to make a snow angel, snowman or...A-ha!...a snowgoose it happened: a flock swarm of perfectly tiny (size 0 and size 2) show-offy song birds decided to taunt us all by flying overhead in an embarrassingly  unsynchronized but joyous manner. This put me right back in my dismal state of mind so I bid my foie gras-filled friends adieu and went off to find some pigs to commiserate with. (Sigh)

Forgive the quality. Just had my iPhone.Photo: Photo: Photo: This is my magic tree. Discovered way behind our house and visited many, many times as the kids grew up. It has become my special wishing place and I have taken to visiting it on my birthday. Now, today is that day, but first I wanted to say thank you to everyone here... for you are all the best present I could imagine. You have provided support and encouragement, learning and laughter. You've let me be inspring. And inspired. You've all allowed me to share what I love and cherish and that is the greatest gift of all.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart; for the wishes and comments and outpouring of love.

Now I invite you all to come along with me to my magic tree and make a wish. (Nods knowingly)Photo: Under cover of treesPhoto: When things are looking up, look higher still

It's #sacredsunday  or #spriritualsunday  or simply the day you pray for whichever baseball team you are inclined to support, so I thought I'd share this image from yesterday morning.
I had the pleasure of spending a few hours with +Scott Jarvie in The Cloisters here in New York. It's a magnificent place.
What is more magnificent is Scott's new undertaking called "Faith in America."  Read all about it here: *http://tinyurl.com/mhhrzsv* and think about contributing (after all, your special project may be next and it's kinda like paying praying it forward.)
As for me...
I have seen the power of faith.
I have studied it through history. Watch as it changed the world during my lifetime. Seen it firsthand as my faith grew, then played hide and seek and finally emerged stronger than ever.
I have also seen the work of Scott Jarvie. Over time here online and firsthand. It is magnificent with an incredible range.
I can't wait to see how Scott shares his unique views on this most powerful of subjects.
I have total and absolute faith it will be incredible.

#faithinamerica  Photo: Hellooooo British Columbia
(Sent from my iPhone)Photo: Yeah, so some backyards are better than others.
Sent from my iPhone.Photo: Sunset over the Brussel Sprouts in Santa Cruz
Oftentimes, photography is as much about the adventure (especially when accompanied by great friends)

Thanks to +Barry Blanchard +Laurie Rubin and +Elizabeth Hahn for making my first evening in Cali so spectacular.Photo: So here's an iPhone pic. Does everyone have Snapseed on their mobile phone? What are you waiting for? It's free! (And waaaay cool)Photo: Somebody needs to mow the lawn more often

#hqsplandscape   #landscapephotography   #landscape   #prairie  Photo: Feeling very much at peace today.
Have so much to be thankful for. Including you all.

#landscape   #hqsplandscape   #churches   #churchphotography  Photo: Playing hide and seek among the BirchesPhoto: Lower New York Skyline and Brooklyn Bridge in Monochrome

#monochromemonday   #monochromeworld   #manhattanskyline   #brooklynbridge   #hqspmonochrome   #monochromephotography   #niksilverefexpro2  Photo: Want to fly North for the Winter

Playing with the rule of thirds, and the rule of fifths and ninths and 15/16ths...
Also singing the Ugly Duckling song for some strange reason (sigh)

#monochrome   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #treetuesday   #treephotography   #geese   #meadow   #foggymorning  Photo: Thinking about groundhogs. And taking a long nap filled with delightful dreams and promises of warmer days

#landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #cloud   #sky   #hqsplandscape   #googleplusphotos   #fence   #specialplaces   #canola   #canolafields  Photo: Random Thoughts from a riverbank:  They really should consider combining hockey with ice fishing and curling. The fights, the obstacles...players skating around holes with stones hurtling at them... oh yeah. That'd be a sport I'd watch. #justsayin 

#landscape   #landscapephotography   #nikcollectionbygoogle   #silverefexpro2   #hqsplandscape   #hqspmonochrome #monochromeworld   #bwphotography   #bwlandscapephotos    #riverscapephotography   #thursdaythought   #daydreaming  Photo: Two roads diverged in the wood
so I just sat down. And thought about poems learned and forgotten.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Robert Frost

...So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
Lewis Carroll

From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere.
Dr. Seuss

#landscapephotography   #landscape   #randomthoughtsonSunday   #pathstaken   #woods   #googleplusphotos   #analogefexpro   #nikcollectionbygoogle  Photo: Piermont Marsh at Sundown

#hudsonvalley   #hudsonriver   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #marsh   #hqsplandscape   #alanshapirophotography  Photo: #silentsunday 


#tarrytownlighthouse   #analogefexpro   #nikcollectionbygoogle   #nikcollectionphotography   #lighthouse   #landscapephotography  Photo: Fishing on the Hudson. Piermont, NY

#hqsplandscape   #hqspmonochrome   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #hudsonriver  Photo: #silentsunday 



#monochromeworld   #monochromephotography     #btplandscapepro   #hudsonriver   #allthatsmissingisapinacolada   #hqspmonochrome  Photo: Mother Nature can be moody but she is always beautiful

#hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #landscapephotography   #clouds   #landscapephoto   #googleplusphotographers   #googleplusphotos   #hqsplandscape  Photo: Just down the road from Google Headquarters
Woke up in a bit of a funk and started doing some California dreaming. Now if only the sun would come out (in my processing at least) Funny how sometimes my mood affects my processing and at other times my processing affects my mood.

#monochromeworld #hqsplandscape #landscapephotography 
#photography #googleplusphotos #californiacoastline 
#googleplusphotographers #californiadreamin  Photo: A little something for +Paul Howard (cause he knows landscape photography intimidates me which is exactly why I should do more of it. Just know I am doing this under protest because shooting people is more fun for me given how much I like to talk to my subjetcs and flowers rarely talk back but do line up to have their pictures taken and are quite polite. Birds always talk back but I kinda like that.)

#photography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #hqspmonochrome   #splittoning   #channelingedwardweston   #mountainphotos   #googleplusphotos   #googleplusphotographers   #anythingforpaulhoward   #ispyabullelkndamountingoatmakingout  Photo: White Birch standing guard against the storm clouds

Doing more of that which scares me (landscapes). And feeling incredibly vulnerable in the process. Yikes.

#photography #landscapephotography   #landscape   #domoreofthatwhichscaresyou #hqsplandscape 
#btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography 
#birchtrees  Photo: Photo: Tappan Zee Bridge, New York

#photography #bridgephotography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #googleplusphotographers 
#bridgesovertuesday  Photo: On being the Lighthouse
Growing up, I went through all the typical dreams of what I wanted to be when I grew up: astronaut, fireman, rockstar, benevolent dictator of a small island nation...finally ending up in advertising. Today, I want to add another "occupation": I want to be a Lighthouse... No matter how old they get, they still manage to look halfway decent. They get a prominent place in a spectacular and ofttimes dramatic oceanfront setting where they can stare out at sunrises and sunsets each day and night.
Perhaps best of all; they get to be a safe, consistent guiding light.
Truth be told...this is something I've spent my whole adult life aspiring to; and while it's not always been easy or even possible, it's something I never lost sight of. So here's to that as my birthday wish. And many, many thanks to those of you who allow me to be just that. It's an honor and a privilege to be able to share what I love with those who share my love.

PS. My friends at +Nik Photography gave me a wonderful early Birthday present in the form of an updated Analog Efex Pro 2. Kinda perfect gift for someone feeling a bit older and more worn (but devastatingly distinctive nonetheless.)

Stay inspired

#nikcollection #photography #analogefexpro2 #lighthousethursday #lighthouse #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #seascape #textureblendphotography #coastalthursdayPhoto: Tell me Hoodoo you love
I walked forty-seven miles of barbed wire, I got a cobra snake for a necktie
A brand new house on the road side, and it's a-made out of rattlesnake hide
Got a band new chimney put on top, and it's a-made out of human skull
Come on take a little walk with me, baby

#landscape   #nikcollection #silverefexpro2 #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #hoodoo #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #alanshapirophotography   #photography        Photo: Trailer and White Birch Trees

#photography #nikcollection #nature #landscape #treetuesday   #landscapephotography #silverefexpro2 #nikphotography #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #mosquitoesasbigasbirds #monochromeworld #monochromephotography              Photo: Photo: For me, the only way golf becomes remotely appealing is when there are clowns and windmills involved. And as for playing in the rain...pffffft. But there I was when the light show started and all I could do was smile. Wishing you all a day that is above par.

#photography #sport #golf #golfcourse #rainbow #landscape #btplandscapepro #hqsplandscape #alanshapirophotography          Photo: A barn and some clouds daydreaming with me.

#photography #landscape #farm #btplandscapepro #nikcollection #nikcollectionbygoogle #colorefexpro4    #hqsplandscape #clouds #alanshapirophotography        Photo: I was wandering through squalor and found beauty.
Colors pushing and shoving aside the shadows with no apology,
Order arm wrestled with chaos and seemed to be winning
as reason sang backup for the island rhymes.
For a brief moment I saw hope pushing aside the incoming tide and crashing waves of despair.

#photography #urbancolor #googleplusphotography #streetart #streetstyle #streetpics #urbandecay #wanderingwithmycamera #alanshapirophotography #stayinspired #googleplusphotographers  Photo: searching for sea turtles

#photography #landscape #seascape #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers #oceanphotography #hqsplandscape      #lessmaybemorebutitdoesntfeelthatwayrightnow #btplandscapeproPhoto: I see fallen towers in the most unlikely of places.

Today I have no words. Just anguish and a little too much despair that I thought would have lessened with time. On second thought... no; some things should never lessen with time.

#remembering911 #memories #photography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #googleplusphotographers #heartache #neverforget #neverforget911      Photo: Icons past and  future
I love New York for its history, its energy and the seemingly endless juxtapositions that reach out, envelope me and draw me in.

#monochromemonday #photography #monochromeworld #bridge   #btpmonochromepro   #newyorkcity #newyorkcityphotography #hqspmonochrome #brooklynbridge #freedomtower #googleplusphotographers #monochrome   Photo: So there I was with my shopping cart in a parking lot humming a mashup of Copland's Fanfare to a Common Man and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody (it totally worked) when this happened...

#wordlessonwednesday #photography #rainbow #hqsplandscape #sky #googleplusphotographers #alanshapirophotography #signsfromabove  Photo: Morning has broken.
Funny it doesn't look broken

#photography #cityscape #buildings #nyc #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers #urbanphotography  Photo: I have spent a lifetime loving my city of New York, despite living in and loving several elsewheres (Providence, Boston, Vienna, Paris, Banff...) and feel like I want some permanent reminders in my daily life.
I recently met very talented photographer and ILFORD Master Printer +Alan Winslow who spoke so eloquently and emotionally on the art and craft of printing. As he spoke, I was flipping through his portfolio of prints and it took my breath away. There was a depth of detail, a richness and a specialness that came from holding a flawless print on fine paper. Going into our meeting, I didn't understand why I might want to print my own work but I'm starting to feel the pull. He piqued my interest (and makes me want to take his workshops and share his knowledge with you all) and so I thought I'd begin a little journey (that I hope will turn into an epic one). I am going to discover the thrill of printing; taking something I've seen and turning it into something I can share physically (vs digitally). Creating something I can touch, frame and hang or hand to people I care about knowing that I totally controlled the process from beginning to end. To me, it seems like it might make my art feel that much more loved.
Perhaps it's simply because I have none of my own work hanging on my walls and need to fix that. Or perhaps its because I simply want to extend the amount of joy I derive from this passion that so totally consumes me. Either way, I can't wait to see (and share) what happens.

#photography #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #cityscape #googleplusphotos #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotographers #monochromeworld #monochromephotography #iceskating #splittonefivedaychallenge #centralpark_nyc #silverefexpro2   #nikcollectionphotography   #nikcollectionbygoogle   #centralparkmoments   #centralparkphotography  Photo: "Cherub takes a selfie as Angel poses"
for +Susan Marinello 

At first I thought the cherub was merely shooting the lone camera-shy dove as it ducked out of the picture but then I noticed the cherub's expression and it just screamed #selfie (along with ‪ #shortandadorableseekssame‬ and #OMGFabHairDay )

#photography #angels #monochrome #monochromeworld #niksilverefexpro2 #nikcollectionbygoogle #silverefexpro2 #monochromephotography #hqspmonochrome #centralpark #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers #selfiesunday #splittonefivedaychallenge #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography  Photo: Comings, goings and dark tunnels (albeit with a beautiful ceiling)

Funny how sometimes I can ascribe so much meaning to a single image. I see a parable, a fable and an epic Norse poem. What I don't see is how the story ends.

#photography #monochromemonday #monochrome #monochromeworld #hqspmonochromephotography #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #tunnels #nycphotography #alanshapirophotography #centralpark #googleplusphotographers #niksilverefexpro2 #nikcollectionbygoogle #silverefexpro2 #blackandwhitephotography #streetphotographyPhoto: Waiting for the clouds to weigh in and the trees to share their point of view.

#monochromeworld #photography #monochromephotography #monochromemonday #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers #landscapephotography #landscapephotoPhoto: Feeling the pull of tides

#photography #seascapes   Photo: This little cow went to market,
This little cow stayed home,
This little cow had roast beef,
This little cow had none,
And this little cow cried wee wee wee all the way home.

#photography #landscape #cowscape #hqspmonochrome #landscapephotography #btpmonochromepro #cows #farm #stonebarns #cloud #blackandwhitephotography #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotographers  Photo: Manhattan Sunset (looking over the Hudson River towards Jersey)

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#sunset #photography #landscapephotography #cloudscape #cityscape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #landscape #clouds #hudsonriver #nycphotography #nycphotographer   #alanshapirophotography #hudsonriver #sunsetphotography #googleplusphotographers #landscape #cityscapephotography #nycphotographyPhoto: A simple wish: May the coming new year be filled with joy, magic, nutella, bacon, inspiring and inspired moments, growth, big glorious mistakes, more than a few smiles and all manner of delight for each and every one of you.

#happynewyear2015 #happynewyear #photography #newyearseve #delight #joy #nutellabaconandsmiles #alanshapirophotography #signsofthetimes #thankgawdthisyearisover #hulahoop #googleplusphotographers #nyc #urbanphotography #nycphotography      Photo: A (big as all outdoors) Happy Birthday to +Barry Blanchard

As beautiful as the world is, it gets even more so when shooting next to Barry.

#happybirthdaybarryblanchard #landscapephotography #californiaphotography #sunsetsseebarryandsmilebigger  Photo: Navigating rocks, waves and sea monsters both slimy and sharp

#photography #beach #rocks #seascape #landscape #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #splittoning #bwphotography #alanshapirophotography #california #coastline #googleplusphotographersPhoto: Long day at work. Came home tired and frustrated. Went on to the balcony and this was waiting for me. Was gonna wish on a star but got mooned instead. Contemplative as I have been lately, I didn't know if it felt more that my glass was half empty or half full.
This morning,  I decided it was simply that my glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

#moonscape #photography #sunset #alanshapirophotography #glassistwiceasbigasitneedstobe #balconyview #clouds #ivelookedatcloudsfrombothsidesnow   Photo: While Lindsey was roaming Manhattan with a camp friend visiting from Paris, I got to wander with my camera (which for me is the most spiritual experience I know).
It led me to this thought:
Not all prayers have to be spoken. Some can be captured.

#photography #landscapephotography #cityscape #church #religiousexperiences #cityscapephotography #stpatricks #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #buildings #monochrome   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #blackandwhitephotography   #architecturephotography #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #nycphotography   Photo: Bear Mountain looking out on Hudson River on way to Cold Spring, NY. No...the sky didn't fall. Not yet anyway.
#scenicoutlooksunday 

#photography #landscapephotography #cloudscapephotography #cloudscape #clouds #storm #hqsplandscape #specialplaces #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #landscape #hudsonriver #riverscape #riverscapephotographyPhoto: A lonely chair on a cloudy day with two pots to piss in.

#photography #monochrome #monochromeworld #wandering   #monochromephotography #hqspmonochrome #backyardblues   #btpmonochromepro #blackandwhitephotography #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers 

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www.instagram.com/alanshapiro515Photo: Paying homage to those that fell before.

For me, this scene felt like visiting a graveyard. With an elder looking out over past generations.
And now that I have set those words down (with a thump),  I wonder why it matters; this journaling I do.
I talk about using your words...how much they matter.
But here I feel small. And the thought feels trite. Landscapes do that to me. With flowers I am a giant. With people; an equal. With landscapes, I am but a tiny insignificant piece. Or better still, like a tree falling where there's no one there to hear it.

#landscapephotography #photography #landscape #riverscapephotography #riverside #hqspmonochrome #hqsplandscape #btpmonochromepro #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #blackandwhitephotographyPhoto: I had a new (mini) epiphany:
For me, it's not always about the actual picture.
It's who you are with when you make the picture.
And as beautiful as some places just are,
they are invariably more beautiful with the right people beside you.

#photography #landscape #landscapephotography #valleyoffire #nevada #landscapephoto #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #epiphanies #desert #googleplusphotos #googleplusphotographers #cloudscapephotography  Photo: Looking around awestruck as the sun set in the Valley of Fire, Nevada

#landscape   #photography   #desert   #valleyoffire   #hqsplandscape   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotographers   #landscapephotography   #btplandscapepro  Photo: Here's another from the Valley of Fire. I am humbled by all I don't know. But thrilled at all I have to learn and the unbelievably inspiring teachers that are my friends: +Barry Blanchard +Karen Hutton 

#landscape #photography #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #desert #rocks #cloudscapephotography #clouds #sunsetphotography #sunsetphotos #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotosPhoto: Between a rock and a soft place.
I could wander around here forever.

#photography #landscape #landscapephotography #cloudscape #clouds #desert #valleyoffire #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #vuisbetter #landscapephotoPhoto: And then, when I couldn't get any more overwhelmed, this monster said I dare you.

#photography #landscapephotography #landscape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #rocks #bigrocks   #cloudscapephotography #sunsetphotography #sunsetphotos #googleplusphotos #googlephotos #valleyoffire #nevadaPhoto: Rockin' out in the desert

#photography #landscapephotography #landscape #desert #cloudscape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #valleyoffire #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotosPhoto: Falls falling

#landscape #landscapephotography #waterfall #waterfallphotography #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #monochromeworld #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotosPhoto: Wow. There's something really wonderful about taking an early morning walk in the woods. On a Wednesday.
No lions. No tigers. No bears. Deep sigh.

#photography   #landscapephotography   #monochromeworld   #monochromephotography   #forestphotography   #walksinwoodsonwednesday   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos 

Squirrel!!!Photo: Dreaming of Road Trips and Apple Crumb Pie

#photography #antiquecar #ford #fordtrucks #garage #alanshapirophotography #redcar #specialplaces #googleplusphotosPhoto: Yup...there are gonna be bumps and rocky parts. But I figure if I do my job right, even the rocks might smile a little. So, today's gonna be all about positive energy, making the best of rocky things. While I'm at it, I'm gonna be a rock. And plop myself down where forever starts to enjoy a sunset or two.

#landscapes #photography #valleyoffire #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #cloudscapephotography #cloudsPhoto: Memes come and memes go but #caturday is here to stay.
I tawt I taw a puddy tat. I did. I did. In Miami.

#photography #cat #sandcastle #beach #beachscape #hqsplandscape #Btplandscape #alanshapirophotography   Photo: Dreaming of Tiki Bars and slushy drinks with elaborately whimsical, "Carmen Miranda" garnishes piled atop as the sun rises and a seagull waits patiently for her boudoir session.

#photography #landscape #beaches #beachphotography #sunrise #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography  Photo: Falling into a fall in the Fall.
Falling (and getting up) is so much more beautiful these days.

#landscapes #fall #waterfall #fingerlakes #waterscape #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #monochromeworld   #monochrome_photography #monochromelandscapes #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromeproPhoto: And then the gray hair showed up as the cosmos and forces of nature conspired to thwart her. (Thwart! Thwart?...who says that in real life?)

#monochromeworld #photography #cloudscape #clouds #valleyoffire #alanshapirophotography #landscapephotography #landscape #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #landscapephotoPhoto: There are days when volleying, diving, spiking and scoring as many points as possible give way for the nets that tangle us to fall away and make room for totally different views.

#landscape #monochromeworld #volleyball #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #beachscape #beach #landscapephotography #alanshapirophotography #specialplacesPhoto: The other day when looking for lighthouses, I realized how much I want to become one.

#lighthouse #photography #landscape #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #specialplaces #googleplusphotos #becomingalighthousePhoto: Gone fishing.

#landscape #landscapephotography #seascape #photography #seascape #seascapephotography #pacificcoasthighway #californiadreaming #monochromeworld #monochromephotography #hqsplandscape #hqspmonochrome #btplandscapepro #btpmonochromepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos  Photo: Sharing the sunset

#sunset #landscape #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #photography #cloudscape #cloudscapephotography #specialplaces #alanshapirophotography  Photo: You'd never know it was the end of November here in New York

#landscape #landscapephotography #photography #beachscape #cloudscape #sunset #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #specialplaces  Photo: Another shot from the Long Island beach yesterday shooting the Christmas Day surfers. This time in monochrome, which I totally adore and can't wait to print (on  #ilford  Galerie Gold Mono Silk)

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#landscape   #photography   #surfer   #surfing   #landscapephotography   #beach   #beachlife   #monochrome   #monochromephotography   #monochromeworld   #hqspmonochrome   #btpmonochromepro   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #seascape   #alanshapirophotography  Photo: This is what the inside of my head looks like this morning.

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#photography   #landscape   #cloudscape   #cloudscapephotography   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #alanshapirophotography   #googleplusphotos  Photo: I love walking on the beach in the middle of winter. Who's with me?

#landscape #beachscape #seascape #photography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography  Photo: She sent her minions to storm the shores of Gilgo with rhythmic relentlessness as the Surfers hunkered down to plan their counterattacks from the protection of their camouflaged all terrain vehicles behind the brilliantly whitened dunes.

#beachscape #landscape #specialplaces 
#waving  "hello" #fromtheoutside 
#photography #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #wavesPhoto: Two rocks do not make a duck*.
And despite heroic efforts, eleven rocks do not make a giraffe.
But if you squint and cock your head,you might see a rhinoceros in need of rhinoplasty.

#cairn #photography #monochromephotography #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #monochromemonday #monochromeworld #hqspmonochrome #btpmonochromepro #rocks #balance #alanshapirophotography 

*any hikers out there?Photo: Between a rock and a soft place

#beacscape #seascape #landscape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #photography #rock #ocean  Photo: Gone fishing. Again.

#seascape #landscape #photography #mexico #ocean #btplandscapepro #cloudscape #sunrise #morning  Photo: Finding zen in Sayulitas

#photography #landscape #beachscape #seascape #escape #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #landscapephotographyPhoto: Like those giant spiral lollipops from when the carnival rode in to town complete with sky-born tumbleweeds of cotton candy and an ominously chipper Mariachi soundtrack.

#skyscape   #photography   #clouds   #beach   #beachumbrella  Photo: He (me) wants to sell seashells by the seashore

#photography #boats #landscape #landscapephotography #clouds #cloudscapephotography #beach #beachphotography #canonphotography #alanshapirophotography #btplandscapepro #googleplusphotosPhoto: One of my happy places: Valley of Fire, Nevada

#photography #landscape #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #valleyoffire #nature #desert #sunset #sunsetphotography #cloudscape #nevadaPhoto: There's a lot to be said for seeing the forest for the trees.
But there's more to be said for seeing the magical places that exist past the trees, begging to be explored. There's so much to be said for seeing the adventures that await rather than the tangled, gnarled limbs that hold us back. And there's even more to be said for looking past things, through things...and then pushing your way through to get to wherever your "there" is.

#photography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephotos   #pch   #california   #pacificcoasthighway   #seeingtheforestforthetrees   #pacificcoast   #alanshapirophotography 

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#photography #landscape #seascape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #ahhhhh #googleplusphotos #landscapephotographyPhoto: Do you see the thunderstorm or the sunrise?
Are the clouds moving in or out?
Will the sea be calm or rough? Soothing or filled with flotsam?
The truth is none of these are within our control.
But the greater truth is that the way we react to them; individually and collectively, makes all the difference.

Paradigm shift: Don't have a nice day. Make a nice day

#seascape #landscape #sunrise #photography #ocean #cloudscape #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #goodattitude 
#seascape #landscape #sunrise #goodattitudePhoto: There are happy places and there are HAPPY PLACES!

#photography #landscapephotography #seascape #landscape #ocean #sailing #happyplace #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotosPhoto: Lower West Side sunset, NYC

#landscape #sunset #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #googleplusphotos #landscapephotography   #tugboat   #nyc   #nycsunset   #manhattan   #lowerwestside  #btpcityscapeproPhoto: We are vast.
And grow vaster with every new shared experience.
Take a moment and take in all that is around you. And then all that is inside you.
Now, find the lizard.

#photography #landscape #landscapephotography #desert #valleyoffire #cloudscape #wideopenwednesday #madewithmefoto #vuisbetter #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotos #nevadaPhoto: Hard to imagine anything better than floating into the sunset


#landscape #seascape #sunset #landscapephotography   #sunsetphotography  Photo: Today, let the ocean whisper sweet nothings in your ear

#landscape #seascape #beachscape #cloudscape #escape #photography #landscapephotography #hqsplandscape #btplandscapepro #alanshapirophotography #googleplusphotosPhoto: Dreaming windblown dreams (with a salted rim)


#landscape   #beachscape   #escape 
#photography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #hqsplandscape   #btplandscapepro   #alanshapirophotography   #specialplaces   #sailing