Local Fare ~ CMOG ~ Corning, NY

This will be the first in a series of  posts on local travel locations.  Often, because I have lived here so long, I have overlooked the obvious.  Many of these sites I visited regularly when I was a kid and they have all stood the test of time for a reason.  My hope is to share these fascinating places in a new light.  I am kicking the series off with

Mono Lake

Mono Lake ~ California

Mono Lake (moh-noh) is a large, shallow saline soda lake in Mono County, California, formed at least 760,000 years ago as a terminal lake in an endorheic basin. The lack of an outlet causes high levels of salts to accumulate in the lake. These salts also make the lake water alkaline.

This desert lake has an unusually productive ecosystem based on


Yosemite ~ Part Three ~ Tuolumne Grove

Well there is no doubt that if you have followed me for a while you know that I am a bit of a Star Wars geek.  Without a doubt, this story about Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park, will drive that home for you.  Now I am not one tot collect action figures, legos, or do cosplay.  Even though I know and love those that do.  I think I find joy in the Star Wars of real life and those sorts of comparisons.   The whole master and

ICE ND Filter

ICE ND Filter Review

I, like most photographers try to do as much research on gear as I can before I purchase.  Some of it is scouring reviews like these, and some of it is feature based.    I try to weigh price against feature and work my way to a decision based on that.  With that said, I doubt

Yosemite Valley

Yosemite ~ Part Two ~ Inspirationville

So, as stated in part one of this series, Yosemite for me was all about channeling inspiration.  I tried to do this at every location we visited.  I would try to imagine what it was like to hike to the spots that we drove to, even the ones that we hiked to after we drove to the trail-head.  The days it must have taken to get to where we can get to now in just a few hours.  The payoff must have been

The PhotoTools Store

Phototools Giveaway

Enter below to win a prize bundle including all of the items in my Phototools store. A 109.00 value.  Gain points by retweeting, sharing, etc.  The more points you have, the better chance you have to win!  Drawing will be December 24th and winners will be

Pennsylvania Camping

Pennsylvania Camping ~ Ives Run

Pennsylvania Camping, pffft! I will start out this post by saying that I am really a hotel kinda guy.  I love the outdoors,  as well exploring some of the most dark, moldy, disgusting places on earth. But, when I lay my head down, I prefer


Abandoned Catskills Part II ~ Albert House

The Catskills are an abandoned paradise, literally. So much history, so much good times, so much gone.  Oh, many of the structures remain, and some of the history.  For those that care to remember and retell it.  That too is fading I am afraid.  The place I show you today is

Abandoned Catskills, NY ~ Shoot the Pool

Abandoned Catskills, NY ~ Shoot the Pool

On a recent exploration located deep in the Catskills, NY region.  A group of friends and I came upon an old pool table hidden in one of the rooms in this old hospital.  It was pretty cool and at the time I took a few shots but didn’t think much of it.  A great time was had by all (featured in an upcoming blog), and that was that.  When I returned home I

EasyAcc Classic Power Bank Review

EasyAcc Classic Power Bank Review

I have to admit, I used to laugh when I saw people lugging these things around to charge their phones.  I personally had never had a reason to have to charge on the go.  Right up until I took my first non-stop flight across the US from Philly to San Francisco this past September.  I did some research and found out that there was no power for the 5.5hour flight.  My concern was to keep my iPad charged so I could play Lego Lord of the Rings for the

Bodie Ghost Town

Bodie Ghost Town ~ Bodie, California

Located in the middle of nowhere just beyond Mono Lake, California outside of Yosemite National park is Bodie Ghost Town, or what is officially known as Bodie State Historical Park.  Bodie became an official State Park in 1962  and is not administered by the Bodie Foundation which uses the tagline “Protecting Bodie’s Future by Preserving its Past”.  And it’s a great tagline too. It certainly got my attention as it