More Joy, Less Judgment

I was procrastinating this morning, thinking of ways to avoid going out into the -2.9 degree weather (citing the temperature in tenths of a degree gives it dramatic effect) to shoot or run errands, when I stumbled across a really fine New Yorker article by George Saunders about Grace Paley. I love reading how great […]

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Liz at The DrawingBoard

Montpelier Merchants

I have started working on a Meet the Merchant project with Montpelier Alive, and along with environmental portraits of the owners, and interior shots of their stores and merchandise, we decided to create Cinemagraphs of each downtown proprietor. What is a Cinemagraph? Well, it is sort of a mash-up of a still and video image. […]

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Mountaintop Wedding

A week ago, I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful marriage of Amanda and Brian (whom I met last fall under rather serendipitous circumstances). Originally, they had asked me to shoot what was to be their conventional wedding, but then they decided to elope and asked if I had any ideas for a good outdoor […]

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Montpelier March

Today’s Women’s March on Montpelier brought the largest demonstration in memory to the capital (the Burlington Free Press estimated 15,000, SevenDays 10,000), clogging traffic in both directions on I-89. The weather was warm for January (just 35 degrees), and the gathering was a colorful, energetic display of free speech, full of music, Muslim rappers, a surprise […]

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Amanda and Mike

Saving a Farm

Thanksgiving is a good time to think about where our food comes from, about what it takes to nourish and encourage farms, to preserve Vermont’s living, agricultural landscape. Well, first it takes money – lots of money, from a variety of sources. Second, it takes farmers – the people who want to work the land, and who know what […]

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Owl's Head at Dawn

On Top of Vermont

One of my favorite places in Vermont is Owl’s Head. It is in Groton State Park, and has a parking lot that is a quick 10-minute hike from a summit that offers unobstructed 270º views of endless forests, several peaks, and multiple ponds. The problem is, since it’s only 10 minutes from one’s car to the lookout, […]

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Brubeck Brothers Quartet

Brubecks in Vermont

This fall the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a client, was scheduled to perform in Manchester, Vermont, so I headed south for an overnight road trip to scout out the southwest corner of the state (and shoot the harvest moon over Mt. Equinox) and to enjoy the concert at the Southern Vermont Arts Center. I have been to BBQ concerts in Moscow, […]

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Montpelier Panoramas

With the generous assistance of Ashley Witzenberger at Montpelier Alive, I been able to make a few forays up steep ladders, past spiderwebs and ancient clockworks, to the top of the Montpelier City Hall tower. The goal was to capture a series of panoramas of Montpelier – one for each season. Technically, each panorama is actually a vertorama, because it is shot in […]

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Last weekend I was exploring the backroads of southwestern Vermont. I scouted many excellent sites for future visits through the coming seasons, met some really interesting people (best meal: Eggs Norway Style at Bob’s Diner), and had a great time shooting the Brubeck Brothers Quartet concert at Manchester’s Southern Arts Center. As I was looking back […]

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Moon Shot

I WAS HALFWAY down the steep, rocky trail when I first heard their quiet voices floating up the path. It was 7:30 in the morning and I had been utterly alone on this peak for the last two hours, having risen early to catch the setting of the harvest moon over Mount Equinox. It had been […]

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Yelena Dyachek

Festival Napa Valley

This summer was the sixth I have been involved with the amazing Festival Napa Valley, and the fourth where I photographed and coordinated the work and output of other photographers. Those inside the organization liken FNV to a marathon, and the analogy is apt. All year long we train and prepare for a week and […]

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Montpelier Birdfest

I heard about this weekend’s Birdfest and, knowing nothing about birding but having run through the fields of the North Branch Nature Center many many mornings, I thought it might be an interesting opportunity to do a different sort of event shoot. I only have a 300mm zoom, which did not bring the warblers and […]

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The Spine of Russia

Our epic Russian-American road trip from the Barents to the Black Sea is now over. We accumulated 6,000 kilometers, 3,500 photos, 100,000 words, and experiences to fill several volumes. Some of the stories were posted on our blog during and immediately after the trip. I have posted a few of my favorite photos below. This winter, we […]

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Just Add Water

I admit it, I have a routine. Not a rut, a routine. What I like to do on a Saturday or Sunday is roll out of bed about an hour before sunrise, make a thermos full of coffee, grab a quick bite, then hop into the car and plunge into the murky darkness, hugging the […]

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Buried Stories

A few nights ago, I went out during Blue Hour to explore and shoot at a fascinating graveyard here in town, St. Augustine’s. I was looking for texture and the deep, saturated colors that can be found at this time of day. I found something else as well… The Catholic cemetery sits on a hill, facing west to […]

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