Jackie Stevens Images: Blog https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jackie Stevens 2018-2020 (Jackie Stevens Images) Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:51:00 GMT Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:51:00 GMT https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u217339516-o744173184-50.jpg Jackie Stevens Images: Blog https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Don't Feed the Dragon https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/dont-feed-the-dragon

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Summer Days https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/summer-days

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/summer-days Sun, 12 Aug 2018 20:53:18 GMT
"We have technology because of the heavens." Jackie Stevens https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/-we-technology-because-of-the-heavens-jackie-stevens Photo taken:  Summer 2016, in the middle of the neighborhood street.

"We have technology because of the heavens."  Jackie Stevens

Why is Astronomy Important?

Astronomy and related fields are at the forefront of science and technology; answering fundamental questions and driving innovation. Although blue-skies research like astronomy rarely contributes directly with tangible outcomes on a short time scale, the pursuit of this research requires cutting-edge technology and methods that can on a longer time scale, through their broader application make a difference.

A wealth of examples show how the study of astronomy contributes to technology, economy and society by constantly pushing for instruments, processes and software that are beyond our current capabilities. In this essay we outline both the tangible and intangible reasons that astronomy is an important part of society. Although we have focused mainly on the technology and knowledge transfer, perhaps the most important contribution is still the fact that astronomy makes us aware of how we fit into the vast Universe.

Source:  (EU-UNAWE, Leiden Observatory/Leiden University, The Netherlands) (ESO, Germany) Marissa Rosenberg, Pedro Russo, Georgia Bladon, Lars Lindberg Christensen.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/-we-technology-because-of-the-heavens-jackie-stevens Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:34:24 GMT
Why Photography should be social? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/why-photography-should-be-social November 2016 {After photography seminar}.

Having lunch with another photographer in NYC, the table next to us is a group of photographers, including a personal photographer of a famous celebrity.  After a quick conversation, lead to rearranging of chairs and tables as the six of us sit together and share our most challenging photo shoots, detailing the worse possible conditions.  As I listen, these stories include running from a bear, freezing rain locking the car doors (with equipment and clothes inside), recovering a camera from the bottom of a river amazingly dry in a ziploc bag, and a real runaway bride.  We laugh as the stories rotate from person to person.  In the span of three hours, no one reveals their cell phone, to share their photos or to check an urgent message.  The conversation remains fluid full of energy, passion, and respect for one another.

The professional photographers surrounding me use words describing their technical challenges, visualizing the clear image before us in our minds.  We revel of the pure modesty and gratefulness as professionals, we remain relevant.  We share information, exchange ideas, and instantly become a team.  We capture images, share in the delight of others with hopes to tell a story, an impact, to preserve, to remember, and to inspire.

Photo taken: June 2013.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/why-photography-should-be-social Thu, 28 Jun 2018 13:47:02 GMT
Sometime when the light shines on me, it pours good things. ~Jackie Stevens. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/sometime-when-the-light-shines-on-me-it-pours-good-things-jackie-stevens

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/sometime-when-the-light-shines-on-me-it-pours-good-things-jackie-stevens Sat, 16 Jun 2018 02:21:43 GMT
Skyscraper Personality on the Shore https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/skyscraper-personality-on-the-shore I've always wandered as a child, remained curious, and never lost my way.  Jackie Stevens

This oystercatcher chick is approximately three inches tall and has a personality of a skyscraper.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/6/skyscraper-personality-on-the-shore Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:24:11 GMT
Long Beach Life: 2012, 2013, 2018 before and after Hurricance Sandy https://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) https://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 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/wildlife-photo-workshop

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

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://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...... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/the-best-part-of-photography The best part of photography is getting invited to eat.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/the-best-part-of-photography Thu, 19 Apr 2018 22:00:47 GMT
I'm looking at you...looking at me.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/im-looking-at-you-looking-at-me

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/im-looking-at-you-looking-at-me Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:11:53 GMT
Blue Heron Arrives https://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) https://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. https://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) https://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? https://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) https://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............... https://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) https://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 https://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) https://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.... https://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) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/to-the-beautiful-people Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:39:44 GMT
Autumn Sunsets https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/autumn-sunsets

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

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

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/telescope-day Thu, 16 Nov 2017 03:02:46 GMT