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Saturday, November 24, 2012

2013 Calendars are available online

I have two calendars for sale this year. I did my Desktop Calendar again this year. It comes in a CD case, which measures 5" by 5.5", so it is small and doesn't take up a large amount of desktop space. Open the CD case, and fold back the lid and it becomes the calendar holder, all in one neat package. Each month is a separate page. For the next month, just move the page to the back of the holder. 
Order here on my website.

This year I decided on the theme Along the Atlantic Coast. We have traveled up and down the Atlantic, and particularly like lighthouses. In going through my archives I found many images that would fit this theme. The images go from Florida to Nova Scotia, Canada. 
I put this together in September, before Sandy hit the area. Ocean City, MD, Cape May and Long Beach Island do not look the same. The calendar images head north to New Hampshire, with one of my most popular images from the Isle of Shoals, entitled Morning Row. I was at Star Island for a photography retreat with the NHSPA, and Jerry Monkman. At sunrise, we were all on the boardwalk to the boats. I saw the skiffs below lined up. Rather than wait for the shun to break the horizon, I went down to the dock and watched as the sunlight lit up the shoreline and the boats. It reminds me that an alternate view, and looking both with your eyes and feet, and provide great rewards. 


I continue on to Acadia National Park, and finally to the port area of Peggy's Cove, Canada's second most photographed area (behind Niagara Falls). It is a great gift or stocking stuffer, and it is only $12.00, plus NYS Sales tax and shipping. I will ship it in a cardboard mailer, which can be reused if you want to send it to someone else.

Order the Along the Atlantic Coast Desktop Calendar here with PayPal. 2013 Along the Atlantic Coast Desktop Calendar


My second Calendar is the Beauty of Locust Grove. It is a wall calendar, which measures 11" across and 17" high. It has 13 images from Locust Grove, the Samuel F. B. Morse Estate. I have a solo show of thirty five landscape images there now until the end of January, 2013.
It is a limited edition prepared in connection with the show. 




The calendar has many of the photographs hanging in the show, but also has an image from the annual Car Show and the mansion, and other images. Have the beauty of Locust Grove on your wall all year round for only $14.50, plus NYS Sales tax and shipping.
Order The Beauty of Locust Grove Wall Calendar here with PayPal. 

You can order on line using PayPal, or send me a check payable to Bogle Photography, 21 St. Anne's Rd., Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5012. Here is the link to order from my website Boglephoto.com. If you have any questions, please e-mail me at Bill@Boglephoto.com. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

We give Thanks on this day

Thanksgiving is such a special time for me. It is a time with family. As a child, it meant piling into the station wagon and heading north to Albany, NY to my Aunt and Uncle's house with cousins and my Mom's family. It was football on TV, pearled onions and peas, tomato aspic, lemon tarts and turkey. Being the youngest, and relegated to the table in the hall, I did not get a choice as to turkey, it was always dark meat, which I still prefer.Turkey and its trimmings was my father's favorite meal, as we would have it on almost every holiday except Easter. We would have the grand meal, and my Dad and I would walk to his friends house after dinner to walk off the meal. We would return to to have dessert, Eskimo Pies from the freezer, and a turkey sandwich for the next day. It was a tradition that we always did. 
As our families grew and moved away, schedules and distances kept us from getting together. Turkey is my favorite meal. My brother in law Bob, who owns Kitchen Kapers stores in NJ, PA and DE (www.kitchenkapers.com), couldn't get away from Black Friday. My sister Julie offered to have Thanksgiving at their house in Cherry Hill, NJ, and we have rekindled the gathering. A big table, lots of delicious food, and the old standards. It has become the central location, with our daughter Emily in DC, her boyfriend Tom in Baltimore, Justin in college at Ursinus in Collegeville, PA. We all descended on Cherry Hill. Dinner at Razz's in Marlton, NJ on Wednesday night has become a staple of the holiday. 





Generations together, all bringing food. Multiple conversations all going on at once. It feels like one big hug. Without a doubt, my favorite holiday.


 
On this wonderful day, we give thanks that we are able to be together and enjoy the food, the fun, and the family. From our family to all, have a wonderful thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quiet Places - Landscapes of Locust Grove

My solo show, Quiet Places, Landscapes of Locust Grove, is up at the Visitor's Center, 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. For those not familiar with Locust Grove, it was Samuel F. B. Morse's house and grounds. Although he is known primarily for Morse Code, he was considered "America's Leonardo." His paintings hang in the National Portrait Gallery in DC and other renowned locations. The Mansion is quite nice, with great views across the Hudson River. But it is the grounds and the trails that interest me the most.








There are brooks, streams, and even a small waterfall which they call the Cascade. There is an overlook of the Hudson River, and a pond and Sun Fish Cove. Great for hiking, snowshoeing and just a walk in the woods. 




This is my first solo show. It has thirty five images of the grounds and trails, all shot at Locust Grove. It is the crisp sunlight over frosted grass, fresh snow on a stream, fall colors, and the walls along the trails. I have gone there so many times, and think I have taken every image, yet I come back with fresh new images. At least five of the images in the show were made in October of this year. It is the familiarity of a place that lets you express so much more detail and feeling in your images. 


Please stop by and view my show. The Visitors Center is open every day from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. There is an Artist's Reception on Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please stop by for some refreshments and to talk. Thank you.


Friday, August 24, 2012

A PhotoWalk in the Woods: Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY

Late light in Spring
If you have not heard about it, Scott Kelby is promoting his fifth Annual Photowalk. What is a Photowalk? It is a gathering of people interested in photography at a location, where they have the opportunity for about 2 or 3 hours to make images of that location, and then gather back at a restaurant to discuss that effort and results. The best part about it is that it is FREE. Yes, if you want to eat at the restaurant, you have to pay for your meal, but other than that, no expense -zip - zero -nada!


Here is the Link to the Locust Grove Walk:   http://worldwidephotowalk.com/locations/?q=Poughkeepsie%2C+NY

Winter Stream
Early Spring Stream

I have been on several of these Photowalks and really enjoyed myself, enough that I lead one on the Walkway over the Hudson in 2010 on a very hot day in August. I am again leading a walk this year, but to Locust Grove, the Samuel F. B. Morse Estate, on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, NY. It will be on Saturday, October 13, 2012, which will be much cooler than the Walkway in August. We will spend the morning on the grounds of the Estate, which if you have never been there, are incredible. Yes there is the beautiful Mansion with the horse cart under the portico, and the view of the Hudson River from the porch, but it is the gardens and trails that I find most interesting. The formal gardens behind the Visitors Center are in bloom most of the Spring, Summer and Fall, and have wonderful photographic opportunities, with the Caretaker's Cottage in the background. When you start down the trails, you are taken a world away from busy Route 9. There you will find wide carriage roads for trails that loop around fields, deep old growth forests, with streams and even a waterfall and large pond. Further down the trail is a stream that feeds to a site where a sawmill stood, and you can even get to Sunfish Cove and the Hudson River above the railroad tracks. 

Foggy Trail
In October, you may have the benefit of cooler weather and some morning fog lifting, and some early fall color. 
Fall at Locust Grove


It is a an easy hike, with some elevation change down to the River, but no rock climbing or scrambling. You can go off on your own if you want, or generally follow the group. I am always amazed when a group of people go to the same place at the same time to shoot, and come away with such different images.

Afterwards we will go to the Table Talk Diner on Route 9, just south of Locust Grove, to enjoy some lunch together. We can share images we made on the backs of our cameras, and talk about what worked best, and what didn't work. If you 

Morning Light 
Join me for a great walk in the woods. I will update the blog and the Photowalk page with some thoughts on how to prepare for a photowalk, what to bring, and what you might find. After the walk there will be a page to post your images from the Walk, and you can enter to win one of Scott's books. As the leader, I will recommend and pick an image to get the book, and you can also enter the Worldwide Group for other prizes. The one thing I hope you will get (and know you should get) is a wonderful appreciation of such beautiful grounds and trails close by, and return often to Locust Grove.

Please note that the walk does not include a tour of the house. You can on your own sign up for the house tour, which does have a fee. This walk is for the grounds and trails.

Take a walk back in time

Any questions, please e-mail me at Bill@Boglephoto.com. Thanks.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

The 2012 Beauty of the Mid Hudson Valley Desk Calendar



For 2012 I have a new desk calendar. It is a Calendar in a CD case, that opens to sit on your desk. Each page is a separate month, with a new photograph from the Mid Hudson Valley. See Locust Grove, Marist College, Walkway over the Hudson, and the Hudson River images. The CD case is easily mailed (it can be shipped with a cardboard mailer) and takes up little room on the desk. It is not for your computer, but next to your computer. It is approximately 6" high by 5" wide on your desk opened.

Only $12.02, plus $0.98 NYS Sales Tax and $2.45 for shipping. Total $15.45

It makes a wonderful Holiday gift. It shows off the beauty for those who live in the Mid Hudson Valley, or it brings back memories for those who have moved from the Mid Hudson Valley.

Locally, you can find it at the Gift Shop at Adams Fairacre Farms on Route 44 in the Town of Poughkeepsie, or at the Locust Grove/Morse Estate Gift Shop on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie.












$15.45 includes Sales Tax and shipping in a cardboard mailer.

You can also order direct from me. I accept PayPal. You can click on the pay now and purchase it directly. New York State Sales Tax applies, as well as $2.45 for shipping and handling. Get one for yourself, and one to give to your friends.



Buy it here!






If you have purchased it in the past and still have the CD case, and only need the pages, e-mail me Bill@Boglephoto.com for a reduced price!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Its that time of year again!

Well, we had our first snow, and massive power outages, but we will not be deterred! The Craft Shows are upon us, and I will be at the Hudson Valley Artisan's Guild Fall Colors Show this weekend, Saturday November 5, 2011 at Spackenkill High School, 112 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. Admission is $4.00, but there are $1.00 off coupons available. E-mail me at Bill@Boglephoto.com and I can send you the coupons.


Come by and see my photographs, and buy a framed or matted print. I will also be selling two calendars. My annual desktop calendar, which again highlights the Beauty of the Mid-Hudson Valley, is available for $13.00, which includes NYS sales tax. It has 12 separate pages and images, and is in a CD case, which opens to be the desk stand. Here is the cover and one month.



I also have a wall calendar this year to benefit the Dutchess County SPCA. It is 11" by 17" open, with a different shelter animal featured each month. Many have been adopted, but there is the need to support and help those who still need to be adopted. It is a $15.00 donation to the DC SPCA. All proceeds of the sale of this Calendar go directly to the DC SPCA. You can write the check out directly to the DC SPCA. 

I will have many framed images displayed, all for sale. You can buy framed photographs wired and ready for hanging, or if you want to frame it yourself or have it framed, matted prints. Several favorites, such as Bridge in Fog, are available in many sizes, or if you want a special size, I can print and image up to 16" by 24" and mat it to 20" by 30", or go even larger. These are archival pigment inkjet prints, matted with archival materials. Here is one of my most popular images, Morning Row, from the Isle of Shoals, NH.



Come by and say hello. Talk Photography. I am working on Digital Asset Management, which I think will benefit all photographers (even family photos), and have a number of ideas and tips on the same.  I hope to see you there.


Bill Bogle, Jr.
Bogle Photography
www.BoglePhoto.com

PS, I will be at the DCAC 19th Annual Fine Art & Craft Market Show on November 19 and 20th, 2011 at the Clarion Hotel, 2170 South Road, Poughkeepsie, NY. More information to follow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What to do when water starts coming in

I live in the Northeast and before the last several weeks I have only had water in my house once in twenty years. We had a very wet summer, and when Hurricane Irene started up the coast, there was already saturated ground to flood. We got hit hard by Irene. In preparation for the storm I shut down all of my computers, unplugged all of my printers and peripherals, and thought I was prepared. What I prepared for, in part, was wind and tree damage, loss of power or surges, but not water.

I was in my studio on Sunday morning, watching TV on an old set, tracking the weather on the Weather Channel. I turned around and saw water, about half covering my area rug, and advancing fast. I immediately thought to get the battery backup boxes off the floor, and started to think what to do. I had an old shop vac that my father in law had bought. It has a 3" hose and is the width of a trash can. I searched for the surge protected outlet strip I bought several years back. Although many of the outlets in the basement are GFCI protected, I did not take my chances. Years ago I bought this outlet strip which has its own GFCI breaker in it. My outlets are up high - it is a raised ranch with a 4' poured concrete wall in the basement. I would not have gone in to shop vac the water if I did not have a GFCI connection. SAFETY FIRST!



The shop vac worked great. I filled it up and emptied it so many times over the next three hours, but kept the water contained in two rooms, one being my studio, the other the laundry. The carpet was trashed, and I pulled that out. I found bits and pieces of carpet, and water in spots where I did not think it could seep. I dried it all out, ran my dehumidfiers, and washed down the floor with a bleach solution. I thought about a new rug, but did not go out and get one. Good thing. Started to hook my computers back up, and just in case I made small wooden trays for the battery back ups to keep them elevated off the floor. Almost lost a large box of fine art paper, but got it before the paper got wet.

Over the next several days it was recovery. We fared pretty well, as other places had over 4 feet of water, and no power. It kept raining, but no water seeped in, so we felt it was a once in 20 year thing. I worked late into the night on my DC SPCA Calendar Wednesday to get the CD of pages to the printer. We felt we had gotten past it.

Until Lee. My wife woke me up Thursday morning at 6:00 a.m. with the words "we have water, again." The uncarpeted floor had little resistance to the incoming water. Got the battery back ups out of there. Hooked up the GFCI power strip. Got the shop vac. Three and half hours later, we saw the water going down. We had not put everything back, so there was a little less to get off the floor. We knew where to look. No further damage, and the clean up begins again.

So why the story, other than to go on about our water woes. First, have a plan. Run your back ups. Consider elevating any electric item that can be affected. I moved my computers to the desktop years ago as I am in them more often, there is less dust than on the floor, and the cables reach better to the desktop. I am grateful I did this. Second, unplug. Shut down computers when there is a threat of weather, as a crash can affect your hard drives and computers. Have back ups off site. If I had everything in my basement, and got 4 feet of water, I would have lost everything. And if you rely on a sump pump, consider a generator, as if the electric goes out, a sump pump will not help.

When I was in New Orleans, LA in November, 2008 doing post Katrina rehabilitation work, we went to the Lower Ninth Ward. There, a husband and wife photography team, Keith Calhoon and Chandra McCormick, had rehabilitated their double shotgun as a gallery. One side had the current work, the other the work they rescued from Katrina. Prints had the emulsion washed off or damaged, mats and frames were wavy and water stained. We learned they were shooting film in 2005. A freezer full of shot but unprocessed film gave some hope that the water damage could be minimized so that some images could be rescued. People lost all of the images of their lives, their families, their events in Katrina.

Here is one of the images rescued.


Here is more on them:


I want to make it clear, Irene and Lee combined had nothing on Katrina. But when you think that it cannot happen to you, it can. It is so vey important to back up and have a plan. I work on my Digital Asset Management (DAM). Hardware and software have to be included in any plan. And you have to do it regularly and consistently.

Be back soon. Got to clean up!

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