Frank Parisi Photography: Blog https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Frank Parisi Photography frankparisiphotography@gmail.com (Frank Parisi Photography) Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:09:00 GMT Thu, 16 Aug 2018 20:09:00 GMT https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u463315223-o906825156-50.jpg Frank Parisi Photography: Blog https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog 120 117 Frank Parisi Photography website: Exciting new things to see-- https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/8/frank-parisi-photography-website-exciting-new-things-to-see "Whitecap" at sunset on the Toms River."Whitecap" at sunset on the Toms River.         AJOEPARISI7818642392MARCOISLANDFL

 

As promised, I have been very busy the last few weeks updating, revising, expanding, and improving this website for your viewing pleasure--in addition to shooting more great photographs!

The new items include:

- A new layout for the homepage, the blog and the "All Photos" page, with larger photographs and easier to use tabs to different galleries and different parts of the website;

- New galleries, including: "Beachy," "Great Faces," and "New York. " Also, two more timely galleries: "Works on Display", which show the works that are currently on exhibit at different shows in New Jersey, and "Just Captured," photographs that have been taken to date during the current month--some as recently as last night!  Both of these two galleries will be updated either daily or weekly, to allow you to see my latest work ASAP.

- More competitive pricing for all items, from photographic prints of all different sizes, to other items that feature my photographs, including mugs, playing cards, and shirts.

- Increased ease of order and purchase, to enable you to get any item more quickly and easily from the site and to be kept informed about the progress of your order.

- A "Photo Events Calendar" has been added (with a tab on the homepage) to let you know where me or my work will be available to see, as an exhibit, or to purchase, within the next few months.

    I hope that you like the changes and that they enhance your pleasure when visiting the website.  More changes will be come and there will always be updates about upcoming opportunities to see my work, so stay tuned.  If you have any comments or suggestions, please drop me a line.  I love to get real mail (not spam).

 

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A New Adventure...! https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/8/a-new-adventure  

                              

Although this blog is largely about photography, and my photography in particular, permit me to be personal for a second.

Today, August 1, 2018, I begin my life as a retiree.  I have completed 33 and 2/3 years as a public employee.  I have been given a lot of advice as to what to do in retirement, but I think the best thing i have heard is that I should think of it as the start of a new adventure.  I certainly plan to approach it that way.  I have been on 'vacation' for the last month, and if the rest of my life is the same as it has been the last month, I will be very busy, with more travel, a little golf, lunch out, get togethers with friends, sailing, time on the water, and lots and lots of photography.  Although my 'regular' job is over, I plan to give more attention to my photography, including this website. so stay tuned for changes.  I will also be doing more shows, so there will be more opportunities to see my work.  Details on that will be forthcoming.

I really do believe that we need to make the most of the life we have--tomorrow is not a sure thing--and I plan to spend a lot of that time behind the lens of my camera!!  Wish me luck!!

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It's the busy time of year again...... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/6/its-the-busy-time-of-year-again        

Fire in the Sky-2.Fire in the Sky-2.       AJOEPARISI7818642392MARCOISLANDFL

 

          Hey!  I missed a blogpost for May!  How did that happen?      

         Actually I know exactly how it happened--life has been very hectic and busy taking photographs and preping for the upcoming summer show and exhibit season.  It's now June and that time is here!  It will be a busy month--here's why:

        1) My photographs are on display at the Oceanic Free Library, on Two Rivers Road, in Rumson. The exhibit is open daily from 10 to 5 and 10 to 2 on Saturdays.  It runs until June 29th and it features some of my best Shore, beach, and bird photography, in a variety of formats and sizes. It is a very neat library--so stop in when you get the chance.

        2) I will again be participating in Art All Night, the art extravaganza in downtown Trenton, New Jersey, at the Roebling Wireworks building, off of Broad Street.  It is an amazing gathering of hundreds of artists of all genres from all over, also music and food trucks.  It runs continuously from 3 pm on June 16th to 3 pm on June 17th--yes, all night, like the name says.  I will also be attending at some point--there is no requirement that one stays for the whole thing, but you could if you have the stamina! 

         3) This will be my first time participating in Bay Head's Art in the Park, at the Municipal Complex in the tiny town of Bay Head.  It is a beautiful location and the organizer has put together an impressive array of venders--artists, musicians, crafters, food purveyors, you name it, it will be there!  Absolutely worth a trip to the Shore for this one.

      In between I plan to keep shooting and doing what needs to be done.  I hope you can make it to one of these events--or all!  Thanks in advance.

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Creative Arts and Music Festival--this Saturday, May 5th!! https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/4/creative-arts-and-music-festival--this-saturday-may-5th  

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 Please plan to join me and many other very talented visual artists and musicians at the 4th Annual Monmouth County Arts and Music Festival.  It will be this coming Saturday, May 5th, from 10am to 5 pm at Thompson Park, in Lincroft.  It is a beautiful local for a festival. There will be live music, food vendors, free activities and admission--and great art, of course!!  This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids and the grand parents!  I hope to see you there!!

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Hurrah for me!!! https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/4/hurrah-for-me  

     

      I am very pleased to note that one of the photographs I submitted to the Belmar Arts Centers 14th Juried Annual Show (JAS-14) titled "On Stand Down" received an achievement award at the show's reception last Saturday night.  The award brought with it a monetary reward, which is always appreciated!!  The range of art on display at the show was truly amazing--from photography, to painting, to watercolors, to sculpture, to glassware.  I felt honored to have my work accepted for the show (only 1/3 of the applicants were accepted), and to win an award was especially gratifying.  Thanks to the judge, the curator, everyone at the BAC, and the exhibitors of course, for helping to make the show such a great success.  The show continues until May 3rd, so there is still plenty of time yo stop by and see it--it is very much worth your time and effort!   

       Speaking of excellent shows--The show put on by the #BlackGlassGallery at the Middletown Arts Center is also quite spectacular.  The reception for the show was last Friday and it was very well attended by the artists, their friends and family, and the general public--more than 150 people in total.  The photograph-only show featured about 75 pieces by over 30 artists, all taken at Black Glass Gallery Meetups.  The results are stunning, and even though many of the artists took photographs of the same objects, no two photographs were the same.  Amazing!  I received many wonderful comments on the four photos I submitted for display.  The Center is open daily and the show runs through the end of the month.  Don't miss this one either!!

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The Show Season Begins.... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/4/the-show-season-begins
   

Just a note to let you know that two show are coming up that will include works of mine.  

The first show, opening this Friday, April 6th, will be featuring the work of the very talent members of the #BlackGlassGallery.  It will be the first group show in which I will be participating and it will be at the Middletown Arts Center (MAC), in Middletown, New Jersey.  The photographs are from the group's many #meetups, taken a varied locations from Asbury Park, to Brooklyn, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.  Each artist has his or her own unique perspective on the visual images they have encountered, and together the images make a very stunning collection. The center is open daily and the show runs until April 28th.

The other show is the 14th Annual Juried Art Show (JAS), hosted and sponsored by the Belmar Arts Center, in Belmar New Jersey.  This annual show features the work of some of the best visual artists at the Jersey Shore.  Photography is only one of the many arts that will be included.  There are also oils, watercolors, glasswork, pottery, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.  This show is always spectacular and difficult to get into, so I am pleased that two of my works were accepted for display.  The show is on now, with the reception and awards this Saturday night, April 7th from 5 to 7. The show closes May 3rd. The Belmar Arts Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 pm.

This is just the start of a very time of year for me.  Check in here for more information in the coming weeks.

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Growth as an artist https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/3/growth-as-an-artist    

    I have been thinking a lot lately about how some artists change their styles and interests over time.  For example, Picasso did not paint the same way when he was in this 60s as when he was in his 20s. Giuseppe Verdi also changed and his music got richer between the time of his first hit opera "Nabucco" and his later works much as "Otello" and "Falstaff." Bob Dylan underwent several transformations, from a folksinger, to a rockstar, to a county music devotee. Growth as an artist is also as true for photographers as it is for writers or any other creative.

    There are probably many reasons for this.  Growing maturity and wisdom is part of it, as is greater mastery of one's craft, which comes with constant work and practice.  Also playing a part is more exposure to emerging artistic trends and techniques over time. Part of it also is, I think that the artist gets bored doing the same thing or addressing the same subject. This may not be true for every artist, but there are many who master one style and then move on to something new, something fresh to explore and master. The new work is always informed and shaped by the old, and the result can be something entirely new for the artist and for his or her genre. Many artists are restless by nature, never complexity happy with their work, always looking for a new way to express a thought or emotion in their soul, and changes of style are a way to satisfy this demon--at least for a while.

   I must admit that I sometimes have similar urges.  Believe me, I love the water, and photographing sailboats and sunsets.  Yet there are times when I am drawn to the work of other artists, work that looks at different subjects or approaches familiar subjects using new techniques or ways of seeing.  I don't often  display resultant photographs on social media or on this website, but they do satisfy a creative urge I sometimes feel.  

   After much thought, I have decided to offer the public more of these photographs, on this site and on FaceBook and Instagram.  I believe doing so will show more of my range and interests as an artist,  and be of interest to the viewer.  I will be putting up a new gallery on this site in a few weeks and offering more, different work on FaceBook and Instagram during the next few days.  I believe it will help to satisfy more of my creative urges and be informative and satisfying to you, my audience as well. Let me know what you think!  

     

    

   

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A Photographer's Dilemma https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/3/a-photographers-dilemma         Fire in the Sky-2.Fire in the Sky-2.

     

    I participated in an interesting discussion recently that I thought I would share.  It involved members of a photo group I am part of and almost every  person either voiced the opinion or agreed with the idea that they were rarely satisfied with their work as a photographer.  Mind you this is, in my opinion, an amazing group of artists--with a large range of skills, from amateur to professional, using equipment from cell phones to professional grade. Each one does excellent work, so it is a bit surprising that so many said they were dissatisfied with their work, regardless of their skill level.  As an example of this, the group has been invited to submit work for a joint show--which will not be judged--and many of the members either cannot decide what to submit or think their work is not good enough. I wish I could say I don't understand this--because I have felt the same way many, many times. I just cannot explain it and that baffles me. Apparently it is as true for professionals as it is for amateurs.

        There may be a number of factors at play.  Some photographers compare their work to that of others, and feel that their work does not measure up.  It is an example of the old saying--we are always our own worse critic.  Perhaps it is that each photographer sees the errors or defects in his or her work, little things that most people ignore or don't pickup, and magnify their significance.  Another factor, for those of us who offer our work for sale, is that our work does not sell.  We put a lot of time and effort into attracting a buyer, only to come up empty handed.  All of these factors can be very depressing and have a negative effect on an artist's work.  Perhaps it is just part of being an artist--struggling to express a feeling or emotion, or to express or to convey something the person feels but cannot articulate successfully.   Even a person who has a positive opinion of his or her work can feel defeated if no one "likes" their work on social media or they do not receive validation in some other way.

       I have no solution to this dilemma.  I am better at analyzing the problem than solving it. The only thing I can offer is what I follow myself:  Believe in yourself.  Take photographs because doing so gives you joy and you love the results. Keep your mind open to seeing things in a different way.  Don't obsess over the equipment you don't have--remember, its not the camera it is the photographer.  Always be open to learning a new--or old--technique or trick to get your photograph to say what you want it to say.  If you are not trying to say something, just enjoy the act of capturing an image that catches your eye.

      One final suggestion, perhaps the best one of all. Get involved with a group of photographers who you feel comfortable with.  Almost every community has a camera club associated with a local museum or artist league.  Go to meetings, make friends, go on shoots, keep your eyes and ears open.  If you find the right group, you will enjoy it. One of the things I love about the group I mentioned above is that it is a group of people I enjoy. We are all very supportive of each other's work in person and on social media, and encourage each other to learn new things and ways of seeing.  Photographers are often seen as lone wolves, people who go out on their own to capture their unique vision.  There is nothing wrong with that.  But for many of us, participation in a group, or even shooting with just a friend, brings companionship, encouragement, good suggestions, opportunities, and visions that make the experience worthwhile.

       

 

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It's a funny time of year.... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/3/its-a-funny-time-of-year          

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       March is really a strange, transitional month.  One day is warm and sunny, and the crocuses and daffodils are blooming and the birds are chirping.  The next day is cold and rainy, unpleasant weather to be caught in and almost useless for the photographer. On Sunday, Optimist Dinghies were out gliding on the Toms River and an E-Scow was out practicing, getting really for the racing season.  Today, two days later, started out below freezing with wet, heavy snow blanketing the Jersey Shore.  Amazingly, Spring officially begins in one week!

       For a person like me who does not enjoy winter, these changes in the weather have a roller-coaster effect.  One day I am out enjoying a walk and shooting in the sunshine, the next I am home, hibernating like a bear.  I know that warm weather will be coming soon and during the hight of summer, I will look back longingly on these cool day--but for now I just grin and bear it.

       Still, I intend to make good use of the inclement weather.  I have been giving a lot of thought to the upcoming show season where almost every weekend I am out at a show or shooting.  After doing this for a while, I have finally come to realize that my customers really love my sunset shots--but most are not crazy about my sailing photos.  So for the next week or so I am going to go through my inventory of captures, identify some of my best sunsets and sunrises, print them, and get them ready for sale. The sailing shots will be tucked away until the right opportunity comes along which, with the return of summer, I am sure it will.

 

 

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March has arrived...... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/3/march-has-arrived  

         

....and with it comes nicer weather, longer days, and St. Patrick's Day. I am not much of a drinker, nor am I Irish, but St. Pat's Day is a favorite holiday of mine, probably because it is so festive, with good food and wonderful camaraderie. And the music is absolutely wonderful!! So lively and tuneful at times, and at times, so haunting, and at other times, so funny!  I was fortunately to be able to go on a photographic trip to western Ireland a few years ago, to county Mayo to be exact, and it was completely delightful.  I love the land, the people, and going to the pubs for a pint and listening to outstanding live music. I learned to love the smell of peat burning in a fireplace and the taste of real oatmeal simmered in a pot for hours, so different from the instant stuff cooked in minutes. I also came to appreciate the charms of a "gentle" day of rain or mist, and that sadly, there are no leprechauns, except for the replicas for tourists!  Preparing the Ireland Gallery here brought it all back--or almost.  Maybe I'll get lucky again and go back one of these days.

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Random thought for the day..... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/2/thought-for-the-day  

                                

Exactly three weeks (21 days) from today, Tuesday March 20, will be the first day of Spring   Ahhh!....We are almost there!

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It's raining today. What's a photographer to do........? https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/2/s-raining-today-whats-a-photographer-to-do      

       

 

       Rainy days can be hard on a photographer.  Our art depends on light, be it the light from the stars for astrophotography, to shadows, to the colors of a Barnegat Bay sunset (The Best, in my opinion). It is still winter, and although we have had some beautiful day and I have seen the shoots of spring flowers starting to pop, the weather is still cold and rainy. What are the options for a photographer who does not want to get his or her equipment wet and wants to capture something other than puddles and gray skies?  I offer the following:

     1) Catch up on photo editing.  There is always work to do in editing photos, including culling the bad ones, keeping and cataloguing the good ones, and setting aside the best for your website or to be printed to sell.  This can be an endless and boring job, but it is better to do it on a cold gray day, when your studio is warm and there is no rush, than on a beautiful day when you are pressed for time and the one thing you really want to do is go out and shoot!

      2) Review your website.  This is another job that can be tedious, but it is important.  For many of us, our website is our professional face to the world.  Just like our personal appearance, it needs tending to regularly so we don't look scruffy, messy, or out of date.  If you are like me, you website is your primary gallery.  You just never know when your next customer is going to happen across it and consider buying a photo or two of yours.  Even if selling your work is not that important to you, if you have a website it should be the best representation of you and your work possible.

      3) Practice your still-life photography.  Even with low light this is possible with a minimum amount of gear--just a flash, a tripod, and a reflector or a whiteboard.  The still-life can be of anything--fruit, the angle of furniture in your house, a house plant in a window, your pet or your spouse (with permission of course!). This is a good exercise to expand your range of competence, to try a new technique, to experiment with camera settings.  What you come up with may amaze you and may be useable for other kinds of work.

      4) Make lemons out of lemonade.  If you simply can't stand being in the house a minute longer, then go out and take your camera.  Even your cellphone will do.  Just made certain you protect it adequately with the appropriate rain gear.  There are very good products on the market, but even plastic bags will do, if used correctly. Once out, you may find good spots to shoot under overhangs, or you can experiment with slow speeds and high f-stops. Indeed, at night, moving vehicles on a busy road can produce some dramatic photographs!

      I hope these tips are useful.  There are certainly more that I did not include, such as checking out new software that you can get on a trial basis or, if all else fails, cleaning up your workspace and discarding old magazines and papers that accumulated for reasons that are no longer obvious. You could just stare out the window and wait for the sun to reappear, but that makes no sense--unless you have your camera with you and you are waiting for a bird or squirrel to come into your field of view!

      

  

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#Sunsetsarethebest! https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/2/-sunsetsarethebest  

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I never cease to be amazed at how many viewers like to look at my sunsets.  As you know, I have two gallery devoted to the beginning and the end of the day--one devoted to winter and the other more general.  Both attract more online visitors than just about all of my other galleries.  When I launched my latest sunset/sunrise gallery, I got more viewers thanI had in a long time.  I even made a few sales (thank you, wonderful people! know who you are). 

I guess it must be because the colors generated by the sun span the full range of the spectrum from black to white, from red to green, from blue to yellow, with an infinity of colors and hues in between. People also find that time of the day dramatic sometimes, peaceful sometimes, beautify and angry sometimes--in other words it generates as many emotions as it generates colors. 

I am very fortunate to live near the Toms River.  The sun setting or rising over the water always intensifies the colors and the depth of the event.  There is almost always a reflection and usually an additional point of visual interest, such as a boat, a tree, a bird, or a structure. The depth of the sun is also especially noticeable.  In mid-summer, the sun sets at the point furthest up the river (to the west) viewable from here in Island Heights, and the sun sets as close as possible to the middle of the eastern horizon, where it goes down behind Seaside Park (at least as seen from Island Heights). This provides a sunset where the sun seems to be going down into the river, and thus makes for glorious and memorable sunsets.  In winter, because the sun is always moving, it sets just to the west of the Island Heights Yacht Club and rises behind the highest hill in town.  The angle of the sun also varies due to the season, and that, of course, effects the light produced by a sunset or sunrise.

Whatever the reason, sunsets sunrises are the favorite time of day for many people.  Sunset certainly is one of my favorite times to pull out my camera and go for a walk near water! 

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Winter is the grayest time of the year, except that..... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/1/winter-is-the-grayest-time-of-the-year-except-that  

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....it is also the time of year with some of the most brilliant sunsets and sunrises.  I am not certain why that is; perhaps it has to do with the clarity of the air, or the angle of the sun, or the position of the clouds.  As the photographs in my newest gallery show, the colors seem to be more intense in winter than any other time of the year--and there is a wider range of colors, some are subdued, some striking.  At least it seems so.  This may not be true, but it gives me something to like about winter--and lord know that #winterisnotmyfavoriteseason! At least February is short, then its March and Spring is almost here.....YES!!

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#notmyfavoriteseason https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2018/1/-notmyfavoriteseason    

      

The title of today's blog says it all. It was -5 degrees when I rolled out of bed and it is now a blazing 20 degrees in the sun. I am a warm-weather summer person, which should be obvious from the photos on this site.  I usually endure Winter, at best, and this year has been a trial (weather-wise), to say the least.  I am counting down the days until Memorial Day Weekend (138 from today, FYI). I understand that there are many fans of Winter out there and I wish them well.  In the meantime, I am offering a few photos of mine taken this time of year in past years and enjoying the sun whenever I can.  How about you? How do you make it through the long cold days of Winter?

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Out with 2017, in with 2018....... https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2017/12/out-with-2017-in-with-2018      

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 I have just looked over my blog posts from 2017, and it is hard to believe that a year has gone by so quickly!  As I anticipated, it was a busy year for my photography--one solo show, one show with my pal Karen Pomeroy, and curating two shows, one at the OCAG for the members of TRAC and one at the Grunin Center for the Arts, also for TRAC.  This is while also participating in several shows at Belmar Arts, the Guild of Creative Arts, the TRAC Gallery, and the Ocean County Artists Guild, plus posting regularly on Facebook and Instagram, and shooting whenever possible--Whew!  I am tired just thinking about all this!

      I anticipate that 2018 will be just as busy as 2017. Although I have no shows in the pipeline that are either solo or curated by me, I expect to take as many photographs as ever and I will be participating in the same number of shows, exhibits, events, etc., if not a few more. I know I will have more opportunities to go on shoots, thanks in large part to joining with a group of excellent, awesomely-talented photographers know as the Black Glass Gallery. The group is based in Asbury Park, but it is much more than folks from that location (indeed, the members are from all over Jersey)--it is a fantastic group of people who go to the most interesting places within 100 miles of the city and take the most amazing photographs.  According to several people, my work has gotten markedly  better since I joined the group--and I am deeply thankful for that.  Photographically and personally, my joining the group was one of the highlights of 2017 for me. I am greatly looking forward to the adventures that 2018 brings with the group, and the trips I undertake on my own.  My wife and I have a nice long trip planned for next Summer and my camera is certain to along for the ride. 

       Anyway, as 2017 winds down, let me wish all the happiest New Year and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2018.  Whatever your passion, I hope you are able to enjoy it and that it inspires and fulfills you during the coming months.  If you are a photographer, happy shooting!!

           

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Scenes from the Turkey Bowl, 2017 https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2017/11/scenes-from-the-turkey-bowl-2017  

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       Anyone who has visited this site before knows that photographs of sailboats are among my favorite things.  So, I was glad to be invited to photograph the 2017 edition of the Turkey Bowl, hosted by Toms River Yacht Club and organized by my pal Billy Warner.  He did a fabulous job of organizing the event, the food provided by Past Commodore Art Bailey and his wife Tracey was great, and the weather was perfect. It was probably my last day of shooting sailboat races for 2017 and it could not have been more ideal.  The racing and the photographic conditions were pretty awesome as well!!

      To show the images from the day, I have tried something I hope that you like.  I have created a special gallery for the photographs and have featured them on the home page of my site, so that anyone looking for them can find them without difficulty.  If you or anyone wants to purchase a photo or two, which I would appreciate, you can buy it through the site or you can contact me directly at frankparisiphotography@gmail.com for pricing and deliver options. Meantime, enjoy the show!!

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Frank Parisi Photography and the BAC Winter Solstice https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2017/11/frank-parisi-photography-and-the-bac-winter-solstice  

        

Hard to believe, but it is time again for the holiday season and celebration of the new year.  Boy, did that year go by quickly!!

Like last year, my work will be included in the wonderful Belmar Arts Center "Winter Solstice, Fine Arts and Crafts Holiday Market."  There will be a wide variety of works from a variety of artists, including potters, basket weavers, sculpturs, jewelers, glass artists, painters, and photographers--of course.

The Market has everything you need for the special people on your holiday shopping list-relatives, friends, co-workers and everyone in-between!!

The Market is at the BAC building, at 608 River Road, Belmar, and open from 1 to 5 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, November 24 to January 12.

Please stop by and bring your holiday list--you will find great, unusual gifts and help an artist!

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Shooting with Friends--Try it! You Might Like It! https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2017/11/shooting-with-friends  

       

For many photographers, their craft is a solitary undertaking.  They enjoy the chance to get away from family, friends, or responsibilities for a morning or afternoon, and go and do something they love without interruption. Then there is also the time spent in post-processing images, a task that pretty much demands undivided attention for acceptable results to be achieved.

While I will admit to enjoying taking a stroll with just my camera and my creativity, I must admit that I get more enjoyment from going with another photographer or a group of photographers to shoot. I am fortunate to have stumbled across several such groups here in central New Jersey.  Of these, the best so far is a group out of Asbury Park named the Black Glass Gallery (www.blackglassgallery.com). No, it is not really a gallery like we usually think of one-a building or studio—Rather it is a collection of very talented photographers with many different backgrounds, in a variety of stages in life and ages, united by a deep love of photography and friendship with each other.  

Since I joined the group last March, we have gone to a number of fascinating places, including the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, PA, Luna Parc in northern New Jersey, and Sandy Hook Lighthouse. There were many more meet ups, usually one a weekend I wish I could have joined in but could not due to prior commitments. The group is composed of approximately 150 photographers with all levels of proficiency, from rank beginner with a cell phone to professional with a Hassablad. Not everyone is on every trip, which is good, because that way one gets a chance to chat and swap camera info with different members. I am always picking up great shooting tips because everyone is eager to share their knowledge about and enthusiasm for photography.

One of the amazing things is how after a shoot, when images are posted on social media, how every photographer sees the same things a bit differently, either from angle, or color, or after post-processing.  Each photographer has his or her own style or approach to what they see, so there are almost no duplicates.  Some people like close-ups, some further-back shots. Some people concentrate on the details, some like to juice things up in post-processing. Amazing and invigorating! I am not hesitant to say I have been inspired and energized by the work I have seen and the people I have met. In fact, the experience has been one of the best, photographically speaking, of 2017! I can't wait for more meetups with the group this year and beyond!

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"TOGETHER" Reception this Saturday, October 28th, at Belmar Arts https://www.frankparisiphotography.com/blog/2017/10/-together-reception-this-saturday-october-28th-at-belmar-arts  

                      Into the sun, together.Into the sun, together.

 

        "TOGETHER", a show I have co-curated with Belmar Arts Trustee Jim Aberle, will have its reception at the Boat House this coming Saturday, October 28th, between 5 and 7 pm at the Belmar Arts Center.  The idea behind this show is to display the work of people working "together" on a common project, or to produce variations on the same image, or to present several items that go "together."  I may be biased because I am so involved, but I think this is a great show!  The ideas submitted are truly ingenious and clever--very imaginative--in short, excellent art.

    For example, there are several works that combine the words or poetry of one person and the visual art of another.  An example of this is the piece submitted by my good friend Bill Ross, which features a poem and his incredible, meticulous drawing.  A fun piece is composed of brightly-colored items found on the beach at Belmar and offer a sad commentary on our disposal society and the plastic items people leave on the beach in summer.  My work is included and it features the above photograph and two variations on the same subject in very different mediums--very inventive!

   The prizes will continue the theme of "together", as the audience will actually be asked to select the winners.  Ballots are now available for any visitor to the gallery to vote for their favorite piece.  There will be no cash awarded, just bragging rights. But in order to avoid ballot stuffing, only one ballot per visitor will be permitted.  The results will be tallied up on Saturday and the winners will be announced at the reception!  

   I hope to see you Saturday.  If you cannot make it, the show will continue until November 18th.  But voting ends on Saturday, so if you want to make your choice count, stop by the gallery by October 28th.  I hope to see you then!! 

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