Jackie Stevens Images: Blog http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jackie Stevens 2018-2020 (Jackie Stevens Images) Mon, 21 May 2018 12:46:00 GMT Mon, 21 May 2018 12:46:00 GMT http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u217339516-o744173184-50.jpg Jackie Stevens Images: Blog http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Long Beach Life: 2012, 2013, 2018 before and after Hurricance Sandy http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/long-beach-life-2012-2013-2018-before-and-after-hurricance-sandy Hurricane Sandy was formed October 22, 2012 and dissipated November 2, 2012.  Sandy is the fourth-costliest Atlantic hurricane ($68.7 billion in damage).  I have visited Long Beach after this storm on a few occasions.  Many people inevitably questioned if I was from Newsday or a well known TV station, the answer was always no. As town residents and visitors, turned their heads sideways not sure why I was photographing. I kept a log of the journey of the boardwalk rebuilt located at Long Beach, New York. 

The progress and newly built (2013) construction was a seamless endeavor, perfectly orchestrated, resulting in a welcoming connection of community and nature. Everyone who I spoke with were extremely generous with their time and provided many pieces of information, and displayed pride in their work.  All construction workers and community members were hugely anticipating the finished boardwalk.  As I was invited to the opening ceremony, many were glad to enjoy the connection once again. It is a simple reminder, of how lucky we are, as nature poured down and tour many things apart, the community came together. The efforts are reminded in the boardwalk visited by many today.

Nestled on the south shore this particular beach stretches 3.3 miles long and the newly rebuilt 2.2 mile boardwalk offers a variety of activities.  It is a stunning reminder of the beauty of Long Island and the diversity and cultures we share.  The full gallery is posted under 'Long Beach Life.'  More to come.....(scroll down for more photos). 2018, 2013, 2012.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/long-beach-life-2012-2013-2018-before-and-after-hurricance-sandy Mon, 21 May 2018 12:46:01 GMT
Wildlife Photo Workshop http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/wildlife-photo-workshop

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/wildlife-photo-workshop Sun, 13 May 2018 19:59:26 GMT
Rembrandt light...has a magical place. http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/rembrandt-light-has-a-magical-place

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/rembrandt-light-has-a-magical-place Sat, 12 May 2018 01:39:38 GMT
The Best Part of Photography...... http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/the-best-part-of-photography The best part of photography is getting invited to eat.  

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I'm looking at you...looking at me.... http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/im-looking-at-you-looking-at-me

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/im-looking-at-you-looking-at-me Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:11:53 GMT
Blue Heron Arrives http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/blue-heron-arrives Blue Herons are native to the North East region (in the United States), and are quiet hunters which build huge burrows and nests. One was lucky to cross my path, as she just finished eating a small fish she collected with her beak.  The drop of water that rested gently near its mouth, had fallen perfectly as the shutter released before cascading on the water.  The drop of water reflects her beautiful blue hue which is delicate and soft against her grey coloring and her clear bright yellow eye. Her pupil is focused down as she continues to search and hunt for small fish for dinner.  This is the first time I have captured a blue heron this close.  The occasion and opportunity is rare, as the heron was hunting I was capturing her.  

Blue herons, this one here is about 3.5 feet tall and has a wingspan of about 6 feet.  They cruise between 20 to 30 miles per hour, and typically hunt alone.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/blue-heron-arrives Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:39:38 GMT
Part I: An amazing couple, with a barn filled with gratitude and sincerity. http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/part-i-an-amazing-couple-with-a-barn-filled-with-gratitude-and-sincerity Part I.  This is Bob (Maggie lives here too!), they instilled hope, love, and prosperity for their appreciation to the land that was once left abandoned.  Seldom do you find places renovated and cherished to bridge the community, and bring forth future celebrations.  I was honored to be here to experience their passionate restoration stories of the main house, the barn, and the gorgeous surrounding land.  A treasure which I will always remember, as I am grateful for their opened hearts.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/part-i-an-amazing-couple-with-a-barn-filled-with-gratitude-and-sincerity Mon, 05 Feb 2018 15:08:18 GMT
What is your favorite season? http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/what-is-your-favorite-season This particular place encapsulates Winter, as the warmer months approaches nature is changing and I love to be a small part of it.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/what-is-your-favorite-season Wed, 31 Jan 2018 13:30:29 GMT
From your point of view, what makes a good photograph? My response............... http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/from-your-point-of-view-what-makes-a-good-photograph-my-response A good photograph will stop you in your tracks, will make you think, and ultimately will inspire you to do good things. 

Photo taken:  Memorial Day, 2015.


(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/from-your-point-of-view-what-makes-a-good-photograph-my-response Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:03:44 GMT
The Artistic Lab Votes for Photo of the Year - 2017 Jackie Stevens Images http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-artistic-lab-votes-for-photo-of-the-year---2017-jackie-stevens-images Each year the Artistic Lab votes for Photo of the Year, this year my photo has been selected below.  An incredible cooking class in NYC; where photographers, writers, food critics, foodies, and business owners gather together to collaborate and share wisdom, creativity, while making new friends.  I am proud to be part of this amazing honor and overjoyed with the kindness of everyone.  It is always refreshing to be accompanied by incredible talent, fresh ideas, and a supportive group.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/the-artistic-lab-votes-for-photo-of-the-year---2017-jackie-stevens-images Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:10:18 GMT
To the beautiful people.... http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/to-the-beautiful-people To the amazing people who have let me into their lives and their worlds.  It is always an honor to be with you and know you.  You are all so important to me.  You have shown me wonderful things while creating beautiful photographs.  You have amazing talent, joy in your hearts, and long-lasting friendship, that remains cherished always. 

To the warmest Holi I have ever experienced, thank you for letting me in your home, meet your family, and sing your songs....and to the girl pictured here who wanted to tell me something, as she reached over and smeared powder all over me.  We all laughed so very hard.  Thank you all for your gentle kindness.


(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/to-the-beautiful-people Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:39:44 GMT
Autumn Sunsets http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/autumn-sunsets

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/autumn-sunsets Wed, 29 Nov 2017 02:11:34 GMT
Gotta love it....Picture perfect. http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/thinking-about-it

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/thinking-about-it Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:01:51 GMT
Telescope Day - Can you see the footprint? http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/telescope-day

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/telescope-day Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:02:46 GMT
The Artistic Lab Q&A Session with Jackie Stevens Part 3 | Light http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/the-artistic-lab-q-a-session-with-jackie-stevens AL:  Hello again, tell me more about your process of light and what it means to you when you photograph.

JS:  Many years ago learning photography at a very early age, it was all about composition.  It's important to understand composition and to be familiar why certain things work in a photograph, and why it doesn't.  Images need to be appealing to the eye. Your eyes needs to stay in the image and not wander off.  Today, light is my focal.  To master light is to master photography.

AL: How are you learning about light?  What can you share with us?  

JS:  Light is all I see when photographing now.  Seeing where it falls and where it casts highlights and shadows are key.  Learning light calculations such as shadow length, time of day, angle between the sun and horizon, latitude and longitude all play an important role, in getting it right.  You may not have the tools available to perform such calculations; however, this comes with practice and time, planning a shoot around a certain time of day, you'll be able to improve your photography.

AL:  What tools do you use? 

JS:  A Photographer's Ephemeris tool is great start in understanding more about the positioning and capturing of sunlight.  There are many apps available that are free or for purchase to learn more about sunlight.  Understanding tides, and phases of moons also helps.

AL: Do you use these tools now?

JS: After careful planning I sometime use spontaneous light (getting up early and grabbing the camera), while not thinking about light, is sometimes the best unplanned light in creating great photographs.  It's a balance of the two, there's never a perfect formula.  It begins with trial and error, and never really being 'done'.  As photographers, we are always learning and experimenting.  Photography should be a challenge, a lesson learned, and a technique that can be shared with others.

AL: What do you look for?

JS: How the light is casting shadows, where are the highlights?  Where are the best darks?  Where are the best lights?  Understanding how they all work together is part of the creative process.

AL: What do you think is best when capturing sunlight?

JS:  Lots of patience, photographers are sometimes quick to capture a photo and move on quickly, looking at the back of the LCD screen not satisfied, and moving on to another spot.  

AL: What do you think is the best light?

JS: Sunrise, the best time of day and the softest light.

AL: What are you planning on next for light?

JS: Light painting seems like fun, I would like to learn more, and play with light at night.

AL: Seems like another great topic, thank you for your time.  Always a pleasure to catch up.  

JS: My pleasure.

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/the-artistic-lab-q-a-session-with-jackie-stevens Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:18:14 GMT
Fish Day http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/fish-day

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/fish-day Wed, 08 Nov 2017 15:53:01 GMT
Twin Day http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/twin-day

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/twin-day Sun, 29 Oct 2017 20:37:03 GMT
Gorgeous Light http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/gorgeous-light

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/gorgeous-light Mon, 23 Oct 2017 00:34:45 GMT
A quiet stare gives back an opportunity and a smile. http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/a-staring-contest-gives-back-an-opportunity-and-a-smile

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/a-staring-contest-gives-back-an-opportunity-and-a-smile Sun, 08 Oct 2017 14:30:36 GMT
Purple Painted Meadow Wins Award http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/purple-painted-meadow-wins-award I am delighted to have won this First Place Color Award, thank you!  One of my favorite colors is purple.  This photo has not been photo shopped or enhanced.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) http://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/purple-painted-meadow-wins-award Fri, 29 Sep 2017 19:27:02 GMT