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Articles highlighting my photographic style, images, and techniques, photo opportunities at selected locations, with a few tips for photographers on the road.

Cleveland Harbor Ice Covered Lighthouses

West Pierhead Light

West Pierhead Light

I traveled to Cleveland, Ohio for Christmas and had an opportunity to photograph the frozen Cleveland Harbor lighthouses covered in ice. The two lighthouses sit on the ends of breakwaters which protect the harbor from the waves of Lake Erie. The larger of the two lighthouses is the West Pierhead Light, located on the west breakwater, while the East Pierhead light sits on the breakwater to the east of the entrance to the harbor.

Both lighthouses, as well as other fixed objects in the area, were encased in layers of ice by crashing waves in frigid air temperatures during mid-December.

Below are a few of the images captured:

The Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light covered by layers of ice

The Cleveland Harbor East Pierhead Light covered by layers of ice

Another view of the Cleveland West Pierhead Light

Cargo ship M/V Sam Laud in Cleveland Harbor in front of the ice covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light

Seagulls fly in front of the ice covered Cleveland Harbor West Pierhead Light

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All images © Clarence Holmes

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Boston – A Few Images

Boston Night Skyline

Boston Night Skyline

I was in Boston a few days over the last week to attend a family reunion. Between spending time helping with some of the preparations and attending the reunion events, I only had a little time to spend on capturing images of the city. I spent most of my time along the Charles River revisiting some of my favorite vantage points from my college days at M.I.T.

Below are a few of the images captured:

A view of the Boston skyline including the John Hancock building, as seen over the Charles River from the Longfellow Bridge. Also visible are the Hatch Memorial Shell and boat basin along the river.

The stone and steel girder arch supports of the Longfellow Bridge, which spans the Charles River from Cambridge to Beacon Hill in Boston

An abstract view of the steel girder arch supports of the Longfellow Bridge

Contrasting facades of the John Hancock building and surrounding buildings

A twilight view of the Boston skyline including the John Hancock building and the Prudential Center, as seen over the Charles River from the Longfellow Bridge.

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All images © Clarence Holmes

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Visiting Promised Land State Park for Odonata

Lilypad Clubtail

Lilypad Clubtail

I recently had the opportunity to visit Promised Land State Park, located in Greentown (Pike County) Pennsylvania, to focus on macro photography of insects, particularly Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies).

The park encompasses a beautiful area with mixed hardwood forests, vegetated lakes, streams and other wetlands, and is surrounded by the Delaware State Forest. Follow this link for a detailed map of the park.

I found the following areas to be productive:

  • Conservation Island – There is a parking area for access to the trails of Conservation Island. Here I observed Petite and Racket-tailed Emeralds flying over the parking area and trail. Just past the parking area is a short bridge which connects the mainland with the island. Down the banks on either side of the bridge a number of skimmers and pond damsels species were observed. I also spent time wading in the waters of Promised Land Lake, just off shore from the parking area. This is an excellent section of vegetated lake where I observed and photographed pond damsels, skimmers, and clubtails. My images of Lilypad Clubtail were captured here.
  • Parking Areas and Trails – Off the road from park headquarters to the lower lake campground (Lower Lake Road), there are 3 parking areas for hiking the trails. I observed a number of species flying in this area, which is away from water, and along the trails. Observations here included Black-tipped Darner, Ski-tipped Emerald, and Sweetflag Spreadwing.
  • Little Falls Trail – The trail to Little Falls hugs the edge of the east branch of the Wallenpaupack Creek. Along the trail, or on the creek, observations included Dragonhunter, Eastern Least Clubtail, Orange Bluet, and Band-winged Meadowhawk.
  • Lower Lake – The vegetation between the parking area and the edge of Lower Lake was good for Swamp and Elegant Spreadwing.

I was fortunate to photograph a number of different dragonfly species. A few of the images are included below.

Lancet Clubtail (Gomphus exilis) Dragonfly – Male

Frosted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia frigida) Dragonfly – Male

Lilypad Clubtail (Arigomphus furcifer) Dragonfly – Male

Frosted Whiteface (Leucorrhinia frigida) Dragonfly – Female

Lilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti) Damselfly – Teneral Male

Swamp Spreadwing (Lestes vigilax) Damselfly – Male

Skimming Bluet (Enallagma geminatum) Damselfly – Tandem Pair

Skimming Bluet (Enallagma geminatum) Damselfly – Mating Pair

Lilypad Forktail (Ischnura kellicotti) Damselfly – Juvenile Female

Species Observed

I observed the following species while visiting the park:

Calopterygidae – Broad-winged Damsels

Calopteryx maculata – Ebony Jewelwing

Lestidae – Spreadwings

Lestes forcipatus – Sweetflag Spreadwing
Lestes inaequalis – Elegant Spreadwing
Lestes rectangularis – Slender Spreadwing
Lestes vigilax – Swamp Spreadwing

Coenagrionidae – Pond Damsels

Argia fumipennis – Variable Dancer
Enallagma civile – Familiar Bluet
Enallagma geminatum – Skimming Bluet
Enallagma signatum – Orange Bluet
Enallagma traviatum – Slender Bluet
Ischnura kellicotti – Lilypad Forktail
Ischnura posita – Fragile Forktail
Ischnura verticalis – Eastern Forktail
Nehalennia irene – Sedge Sprite

Aeshnidae – Darners

Aeshna tuberculifera – Black-tipped Darner
Aeshna umbrosa – Shadow Darner
Anax junius – Common Green Darner

Gomphidae – Clubtails

Arigomphus furcifer – Lilypad Clubtail
Gomphus exilis – Lancet Clubtail
Gomphus lividus – Ashy Clubtail
Hagenius brevistylus – Dragonhunter
Stylogomphus albistylus – Eastern Least Clubtail

Corduliidae – Emeralds

Dorocordulia lepida – Petite Emerald
Dorocordulia libera – Racket-tailed Emerald
Epitheca princeps – Prince Baskettail
Somatochlora elongata – Ski-tipped Emerald

Libellulidae – Skimmers

Celithemis elisa – Calico Pennant
Celithemis eponina – Halloween Pennant
Celithemis fasciata – Banded Pennant
Erythemis simplicicollis – Eastern Pondhawk
Ladona deplanata – Blue Corporal
Ladona exusta – White Corporal
Ladona julia – Chalk-fronted Corporal
Leucorrhinia frigida – Frosted Whiteface
Leucorrhinia intacta – Dot-tailed Whiteface
Leucorrhinia proxima – Belted Whiteface
Libellula cyanea – Spangled Skimmer
Libellula incesta – Slaty Skimmer
Libellula luctuosa – Widow Skimmer
Libellula pulchella – Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Pachydiplax longipennis – Blue Dasher
Perithemis tenera – Eastern Amberwing
Plathemis lydia – Common Whitetail
Sympetrum internum – Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
Sympetrum semicinctum – Band-winged Meadowhawk
Sympetrum vicinum – Autumn Meadowhawk

On the Road

For RV’ers and campers visiting the park, there are a number of campgrounds to choose from (although 2 are currently closed for renovations.) Follow this link for more information on Promised Land State Park.

Click on the photos above for more information, click the link in the caption to see all photos for that species, or click here to see more images from Promised Land State Park.

See my page on Odonata (Dragonflies and Damselflies) Images to find links to all dragonfly and damselfly images by family, scientific name (genus and species), or common English name.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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Fine Art Prints and Canvas Gallery Wraps now available

Canvas Gallery Wrap

Canvas Gallery Wrap

I am pleased to offer fine art digital prints and fine art canvas gallery wraps for sale on-line.

These image display presentations will be a great addition to your home, office, restaurant, or other place of business. For more information, please select Prints from the navigation menu.

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Capturing the Pace of Times Square

Taxi in Times Square

Taxi in Times Square

New York City’s Times Square is known worldwide as a popular destination for a variety of reasons. The brilliant, changing displays of lights and advertisements have been famous for many decades, and there is no better place to see the pace of the city as exhibited by the traffic that runs through the square.

I visited Times Square this week working on, among other things, capturing a sense of the hurried pace in a somewhat abstract way. I focused on capturing traffic rushing through the square at night with the bright colorful lights as a backdrop. I used shutter speeds between 1/3s and 1s, with corresponding apertures to provide the correct exposure, while panning with the subject.

Below are a few images captured during my visit.

Taxi in the rain rushing through Times Square

Traffic in Times Square

Cyclist riding through Times Square

Public Bus passing through Times Square

Taxi in Times Square

Click on the photos above for more information, click the link in the caption to see all photos from Times Square, or click here to see more images from New York City.

All images © Clarence Holmes

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