Jackie Stevens Images: Blog https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jackie Stevens 2023-2029 (Jackie Stevens Images) Wed, 17 May 2023 01:19:00 GMT Wed, 17 May 2023 01:19:00 GMT https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u217339516-o744173184-50.jpg Jackie Stevens Images: Blog https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 My Girl https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/5/my-girl

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/5/my-girl Wed, 17 May 2023 01:18:25 GMT
Modeling Photo Wins Award https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/4/modeling-photo-wins-award

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/4/modeling-photo-wins-award Mon, 10 Apr 2023 09:04:36 GMT
Wins Best in Show https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/3/wins-best-in-show

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/3/wins-best-in-show Sun, 12 Mar 2023 03:28:22 GMT
Missing Manhattan https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/2/missing-manhattan

(Jackie Stevens Images) The Vessel https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/2/missing-manhattan Sun, 19 Feb 2023 01:06:07 GMT
Featured in Montauk Magazine https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/featured-in-montauk-magazine

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/featured-in-montauk-magazine Wed, 01 Feb 2023 03:52:48 GMT
Grand Central https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/grand-central

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/grand-central Mon, 30 Jan 2023 10:08:16 GMT
Baymen Project Re-Launch https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/baymen-project-re-launch

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/baymen-project-re-launch Sun, 15 Jan 2023 13:28:28 GMT
Oil Painting Photo https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/oil-painting-photo

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/oil-painting-photo Sun, 15 Jan 2023 13:19:40 GMT
Ski https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/ski

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/ski Sun, 01 Jan 2023 22:37:19 GMT
Creating a Legacy https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/creating-a-legacy

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/creating-a-legacy Wed, 14 Jul 2021 14:31:24 GMT
Moving People 1, 1996 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/moving-people-1-1996

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/moving-people-1-1996 Mon, 12 Jul 2021 02:30:48 GMT
Always a Storm Chaser https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/always-a-storm-chaser

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/always-a-storm-chaser Wed, 07 Jul 2021 01:43:36 GMT
Beach https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/beach

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/6/beach Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:21:49 GMT
Between the Clouds https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/between-the-clouds

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/5/between-the-clouds Thu, 27 May 2021 14:56:56 GMT
Professional Category, Photo Selected as Editorial on Unsplash https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/professional-category-photo-selected-as-editorial-on-unsplash Photo taken: November 2019.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/professional-category-photo-selected-as-editorial-on-unsplash Tue, 27 Oct 2020 22:58:29 GMT
International Space Station Fly Over 250 Miles https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/international-space-station-fly-over-250-miles

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/international-space-station-fly-over-250-miles Wed, 21 Oct 2020 16:06:01 GMT
Blue Room https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/blue-room

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/blue-room Wed, 21 Oct 2020 01:16:25 GMT
Light & Motion Wins Award, 2021 Artist Network, Photography https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/light-motion-wins-award-2021-artist-network-photography

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/10/light-motion-wins-award-2021-artist-network-photography Thu, 08 Oct 2020 18:13:31 GMT
Built by Nature, Dahlia Series 2020. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/built-by-nature-dahlia-series-2020

(Jackie Stevens Images) Dahlia flower Long Island nature https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/built-by-nature-dahlia-series-2020 Tue, 22 Sep 2020 01:11:42 GMT
The Big Apple Welcomes You Back, Tourism Photo NYC Promotional October-December 2020 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/the-big-apple-welcomes-you-back-tourism-photo-nyc-promotional-october-december-2020 Copyright; Library of Congress, NYC Bureau of Tourism, September 2017.

Location: FDR Four Freedoms Park, NYC.  Closes at dusk.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/9/the-big-apple-welcomes-you-back-tourism-photo-nyc-promotional-october-december-2020 Thu, 03 Sep 2020 03:11:02 GMT
September 11, 2020 | Tribute in Light https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/september-11-2020 Every year the light shines on us in memory of the tragic events that took place on September 11th.  September 11, 2020 the twin columns will not be projected into the sky this year because of Covid-19 concerns for the workers who put it together to make it shine. Instead of the luminous beams, the memorial and museum is planning to honor the anniversary with an alternative that will involve buildings across the city illuminating their spires and facades with blue lights. This illumination will start at dusk on September 11 this year and last until the following dawn.

The beams were first projected on March 11, 2002, six months after the attack, and only three months after fires at the trade center were officially declared extinguished.  Close to 40 stagehands and electricians work in proximity for more than a week as part of producing the tribute.  The source of light consists of 88 specially made Cannon lights, each with a 7,000 watt compressed gas bulb. The lights are powered by generators, are sent out on the roof of a garage on Greenwich Street in two squares of approximately 50 by 50 feet.  

I haven't missed a year photographing the event and the night time sky. These photos will remain timeless for all of those who captured this radiant night sky. These are some of my photographs taken throughout the years including a saved photo from approximately 1974 with a Kodak Instamatic camera loaded with 110 film. All photos have been preserved in several formats including archival with the Library of Congress. Copyrighted all Images, Jackie Stevens Images 1974-2020, 2021-Library of Congress, Storage and Archival Photography Historical Department, Washington, D.C.





(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/september-11-2020 Fri, 14 Aug 2020 15:51:59 GMT
Hurricane Number One https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/hurricane-number-one


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/hurricane-number-one Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:58:53 GMT
Dumpster Food Makes Art | Four Restaurants Share Their Waste https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/dumpster-food-makes-art-four-restaurants-share-their-waste

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/8/dumpster-food-makes-art-four-restaurants-share-their-waste Sat, 01 Aug 2020 22:01:37 GMT
Upside Down Image https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/upside-down-image

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/upside-down-image Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:05:20 GMT
Photographer's Delight https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/photographers-delight There may be a time when you are blessed by a community. I have been very fortunate to be a part of a truly amazing photography community.  From the stellar professionals who have illustrated that a photograph is truly a reflection of one self. The photograph taken is a story, not just an image. The strength and determination, endured showing through the unnecessary chaos holds the foundation of character and integrity.  Their generosity of time, patience, and willingness to share is wholeheartedly appreciated.

To the amateur photographer who's thirst for education and experimenting is a creative grasp as to what is yet to come.  Their style and creativity shaped allows us to see their progress and hope.  To the beginner photographer who's fortitude yields a vast array of directions is selected.  Their paths lead to photography members where this great community is formed.  

It is with great gratitude and the fine respect of one another that holds this community together.  Their unique styles are intriguing, some are timeless, and others are a true sense of expression which is gift yielded to another. We keep supporting each other, and providing the greatness we have embarked. The pure genuineness of a person is within their deep personality, which we have all come to love.

Photo taken: 1981, Copyrighted, Jackie Stevens Images; Library of Congress.

  Photo taken: 1993, Copyrighted, Jackie Stevens Images; Library of Congress. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/photographers-delight Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:52:55 GMT
January 2016 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/january-2016

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/january-2016 Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:09:31 GMT
December 2008 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/december-2008

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/december-2008 Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:02:56 GMT
Different Time https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/different-time

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/different-time Thu, 26 Mar 2020 11:48:11 GMT
Re-stock, Real Butter https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/re-stock-real-butter

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/re-stock-real-butter Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:57:26 GMT
Bread Day https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/bread-day

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/bread-day Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:53:00 GMT
2-Ply https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/2-ply

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/3/2-ply Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:50:59 GMT
Photo of the Year 2019 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/photo-of-the-year-2019 Holding on to Summer.  Photo taken October 2019.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/photo-of-the-year-2019 Wed, 01 Jan 2020 01:39:53 GMT
Hideaway Hollow Woods https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/hideaway-hollow-woods

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/hideaway-hollow-woods Sat, 28 Dec 2019 21:28:58 GMT
Camouflage Pose https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/camouflage-pose

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/camouflage-pose Sat, 28 Dec 2019 21:18:33 GMT
Bird’s Eye View https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/bird-s-eye-view

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/bird-s-eye-view Sat, 28 Dec 2019 21:16:05 GMT
Sleeping Beauty https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/sleeping-beauty

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/sleeping-beauty Tue, 24 Dec 2019 02:15:06 GMT
My First Snowy Owl, Long Island, NY https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/my-first-snowy-owl-long-island-ny

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/my-first-snowy-owl-long-island-ny Wed, 18 Dec 2019 01:38:38 GMT
Winter 2020 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/winter-2020

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/winter-2020 Wed, 18 Dec 2019 01:34:13 GMT
Pantone Color of the Year 2020 | Classic Blue https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2020-classic-blue "A timeless and enduring blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.

Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience."

A homage to Classic Blue for 2020.  Photographing for the upcoming year in Classic Blue.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/pantone-color-of-the-year-2020-classic-blue Fri, 06 Dec 2019 19:16:52 GMT
For Father Brett https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/for-father-brett

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/for-father-brett Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:27:29 GMT
13 Hour Solar Eclipse December 25, 2019 (till December 26, 2019) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/13-hour-solar-eclipse-december-25-2019-till-december-26-2019

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/13-hour-solar-eclipse-december-25-2019-till-december-26-2019 Tue, 03 Dec 2019 19:25:23 GMT
Flying Monkeys https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/flying-monkeys

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/flying-monkeys Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:40:55 GMT
The Human Element https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/the-human-element

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/the-human-element Sun, 03 Nov 2019 00:38:13 GMT
Spookyville https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/spookyville

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/spookyville Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:39:45 GMT
The Future is Here. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-future-is-here The incredible transformation of Hudson Yards, NYC.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-future-is-here Mon, 28 Oct 2019 00:38:52 GMT
Finding Fall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/finding-fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/finding-fall Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:40:15 GMT
Macro World https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/macro-world

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/macro-world Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:25:17 GMT
The Best City in the World https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-best-city-in-the-world

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/the-best-city-in-the-world Thu, 10 Oct 2019 02:01:21 GMT
Selected! Publication: Will the Cloud take over the World Wide Web? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/selected-magazine-story-will-the-cloud-take-over-the-world-wide-web

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/selected-magazine-story-will-the-cloud-take-over-the-world-wide-web Fri, 27 Sep 2019 11:42:51 GMT
Why do photographers wake up at 4:00am? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/why-do-photographers-wake-up-at-4-00am Most photographers will tell you they wake up early, and some do.  Some won't.  I do.  In my opinion, the best photographs happen with the rising sun between 4:00am-6:30am.  I have spent many times with other photographers reluctantly getting up on a weekend, with no plan in sight. As we move together silently photographing the landscape before us, we are delighted to come across amazing scenes.  They are only for us, ones to capture, and will continue to inspire us. 

As sunrise is currently 6:42am EST, there is plenty of opportunity to photograph just before this hour. Photos taken: September 2019.

Why do photographers photograph so early?

1.  Best parking!

2.  Beat any kind of crowds.

3.  Mosquitos aren't feeding.

4.  The light is crisp and bright.

5.  Great control of early light.

6.  Always meet new and interesting people.

7.  Nature puts on its best show.

8.  Cast of color is perfect, less post processing.

9.  Its generally cool and comfortable.

10.  Sunrises are spectacular.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/why-do-photographers-wake-up-at-4-00am Tue, 24 Sep 2019 19:21:41 GMT
Because every website needs a photo of a dog. Patience. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/because-every-website-needs-a-photo-of-a-dog-patience

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/because-every-website-needs-a-photo-of-a-dog-patience Mon, 16 Sep 2019 21:27:36 GMT
Purple Afternoon Light : Almost Fall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/purple-afternoon-light-almost-fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/purple-afternoon-light-almost-fall Mon, 16 Sep 2019 20:59:07 GMT
Almost Fall - Soon https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/fall Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:25:31 GMT
Almost Fall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/almost-fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/almost-fall Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:36:56 GMT
End of Summer Part 2 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/end-of-summer-part-2

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/end-of-summer-part-2 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 12:05:17 GMT
Published - Magazine Cover https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/published---magazine-cover

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/published---magazine-cover Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:25:13 GMT
Undisclosed - Coal https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/undisclosed---coal Coal Wall in DarkCoal Wall in Dark

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/undisclosed---coal Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:21:08 GMT
End of Summer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/end-of-summer

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/end-of-summer Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:19:20 GMT
How do you choose ten images that are your best? {From a total of a million images}. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/how-can-you-choose-your-top-ten-images Jackie Stevens Images: Total photographs taken to date: 1,289,707 give or take a few recently deleted.

An overwhelmingly daunting task when an Editor calls to request ten images of your best work.  From a previous portfolio review, my work has evolved while creating fine art documentary images.  Searching through thousands of negatives, hundreds of digital files, and finding lost images was different than I had imagined.  Rather than viewing the image for best composition and stunning light, the viewing yielded the thoughts of when the original image was actually taken. The exact moments leading up to the capture is how the image was selected. 

It's when everything cleared the precious four square feet of available space to slide in-invisible to anyone surrounded by pure silence.  The silence was the art being created, the thought process and the careful consideration to the finished product.  The connection between the two, with no interruption, no looking up or recognizing a photographer is there capturing the shot.

This is the only image taken during this brief encounter. I could have stayed, lingered and captured different angles. Here, this is the image I quickly envisioned; encapsulating the genuine feeling.  The location and place is unknown, forgotten-when I see this image I remember everything about the mood and nothing else.  I recall how incredibly silent it was, even with the humming of the ink applicator, there still remained complete concentration and deep silence.  The patience is what I remember right before I released the shutter-this is what I saw through the lens-I adored it, applauded it, and honored it-while taking it all in.  

This is how I go about choosing my best ten images in my vast library. 


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/how-can-you-choose-your-top-ten-images Thu, 29 Aug 2019 01:40:01 GMT
Preserving NYC Project - Photography https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/preserving-nyc-project---photography Copyrighted Image © Jackie Stevens Images with Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.


(Jackie Stevens Images) © Congress Copyrighted Image Images Jackie Library of Stevens with https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/preserving-nyc-project---photography Sat, 24 Aug 2019 11:24:16 GMT
Extreme Heat and Necessary Mosquitoes https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/extreme-heat-and-necessary-mosquitoes Remembering the hottest Day at Robert Moses 2016 5:39 AM.

Waited here with a fellow photographer for an hour or so; welted with bites as the mosquitoes rise with dawn.  Two deer, male and female, walk along the shore leaving very recognizable prints in the sand as they head back into the brush of the dunes to escape the rising sun. Well spent research of finding the right places and right time, with patience and diligence lead to worthy photographic scenes to share.





(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/extreme-heat-and-necessary-mosquitoes Tue, 23 Jul 2019 12:36:48 GMT
The Blank Canvas https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/the-blank-canvas My Artist Statement:  Created by Jackie Stevens

The black thick texture of the paint creates a green, blue, or magenta hue when photographed in certain light. The deep engraved lines are the flow of water, the flow of signals, or what you interpret the remaining lines left to dry. Similar to white the color black, varies in shades and hues. The experimentation of purposeful yet loose abstracts are shown here in this depiction. 

The experiment with black paint particularly one color, represents the inhibition to explore and express oneself with no judgement. 

The definition of judgement; the ability to make considered decisions or come to sensible conclusions.  This series represents judgement, and the unconditional way the flow of paint appears on the surface.  It is unpredictable yet transforming to perform unique designs and shapes yet unseen.  This meditated abstract monochromatic print series is available in book form.  Please contact me for additional information to obtain a copy of this book.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/the-blank-canvas Mon, 22 Jul 2019 21:51:43 GMT
Assembled Actors July 4th https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/assembled-actors-july-4th Perfect Height for me-you're 10 feet tall nowPerfect Height for me-you're 10 feet tall now

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/assembled-actors-july-4th Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:18:21 GMT
Found Locker # 45 in the Dark https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/found-locker-45-in-the-dark

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/found-locker-45-in-the-dark Mon, 08 Jul 2019 12:13:03 GMT
Crown Access https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/crown-access The TiaraThe TiaraOne obvious element that can be seen from the statue is the tiara that has seven spikes, which represents the seven continents and seas on our planet.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/crown-access Wed, 03 Jul 2019 13:01:39 GMT
Hail Storm https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/hail-storm

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/hail-storm Sun, 30 Jun 2019 23:12:50 GMT
Surprise Landing - Long Island Beach https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/surprise-landing---long-island-beach








(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/surprise-landing---long-island-beach Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:54:45 GMT
Baymen Photos https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/baymen-photos

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/baymen-photos Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:14:43 GMT
Location: 2nd part of the Movie "IT" September 6, 2019 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/location-2nd-part-of-the-movie-it Trailer:  https://www.itthemovie.com

The goosebumps are real.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/location-2nd-part-of-the-movie-it Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:07:54 GMT
Miniature Movie Set backdrop with Green Screen, or Camera Angle? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/miniature-movie-set-backdrop-with-green-screen-or-camera-angle

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/miniature-movie-set-backdrop-with-green-screen-or-camera-angle Mon, 17 Jun 2019 00:02:41 GMT
Official Adobe Stock Contributor | Jackie Stevens Images https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/official-adobe-stock-contributor-jackie-stevens-images Official Adobe Stock Contributor

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/official-adobe-stock-contributor-jackie-stevens-images Sun, 16 Jun 2019 00:49:58 GMT
Love City Art, an Instagram Favorite https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/love-city-art-an-instagram-favorite

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/love-city-art-an-instagram-favorite Fri, 31 May 2019 01:04:41 GMT
December 18, 2020 Color Consultant Filming & Release of Avatar 2 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/december-18-2020-color-consultant-filming-release-of-avatar-2 Color correction for the "blue"....Coming soon, December 18, 2020.  Moved date to December 17, 2021.  Photo of digital Sony film camera.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/december-18-2020-color-consultant-filming-release-of-avatar-2 Fri, 31 May 2019 00:53:15 GMT
Selected Cover for Long Island Magazine - Jackie Stevens Images https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/selected-cover-for-long-island-magazine---jackie-stevens-images

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/selected-cover-for-long-island-magazine---jackie-stevens-images Fri, 31 May 2019 00:41:54 GMT
Geographic https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/geographic

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/geographic Sun, 12 May 2019 19:08:59 GMT
Binoculars & Lens Photography https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/binoculars-lens-photography

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/5/binoculars-lens-photography Sun, 05 May 2019 22:49:00 GMT
Donated Image - New York Church https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/donated-image Donated image for preservation, archival print 40"x 60".  Due to recent events at Notre Dame, this image was brought to the church (location: New York) for prosperity and to pass down to others. Photo taken-Jackie Stevens Images copyright Library of Congress: April 2018.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/4/donated-image Mon, 15 Apr 2019 19:18:15 GMT
One Million Photos-Podcast with the Artistic Labs! https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/one-million-photos-podcast-with-the-artistic-labs The year is 2013:  Lucky to be in the elevator with my camera, this is not about the off-white balance or the person in the photo. The moments were all too quick and all too fun.  Standing next to this person, everyone in the elevator couldn't remember who he was  I felt so tiny, so small, I came up to about his waist (exaggeration) he is 6'5"!! We had a great time joking around, remembering (yes, incredible) who he is, and reciting the many-many famous lines.  We had him laughing so hard....

But-this is not about the photo, or the person, it's about how I somehow reached to ONE MILLION PHOTOS taken (clicked) by me in the form of a camera, whether film, or digital, or a home made camera from a shoebox.  The total camera clicks equal to over a cool mil.  Each photo captured is in raw form and contains a lot of data to be stored.  This is a challenge, and will be shared on the next podcast called-ONE MILLION PHOTOS.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/one-million-photos-podcast-with-the-artistic-labs Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:33:44 GMT
Drop of Light inside a Calla Lily https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/drop-of-light-inside-a-calla-lily Pink Calla Lily:

Though calla lilies are most commonly white, they actually grow in a variety of colors including pink, purple, yellow, and even black. Calla lily symbolism varies by flower color.

  • White calla lilies symbolize purity and innocence.
  • Pink calla lilies symbolize appreciation and admiration.
  • Purple calla lilies symbolize charm and passion.
  • Yellow calla lilies symbolize gratitude.

The calla lily was named after the Greek word for beautiful — calla. It is associated with the Greek goddess Hera. The most common meaning for calla lilies is purity, holiness, and faithfulness. It’s commonly depicted in images of the Virgin Mary. Calla lilies are also symbols for rebirth and resurrection, tied to the resurrection of Jesus in part because they bloom around Easter and in part because they are shaped like trumpets which symbolize triumph.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/3/drop-of-light-inside-a-calla-lily Sun, 10 Mar 2019 19:06:55 GMT
Frozen Possibilities https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/frozen-possibilities

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/frozen-possibilities Thu, 31 Jan 2019 20:08:34 GMT
Poise in Motion https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/poise-in-motion

(Jackie Stevens Images) ballet dance photography dancer dancer in motion https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/poise-in-motion Sat, 12 Jan 2019 02:38:50 GMT
Lightning Chaser - January 2019 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/lightning-chaser---january-2019

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/lightning-chaser---january-2019 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:43:26 GMT
"May Your Inner Beauty Shine" Jackie Stevens https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-may-your-inner-beauty-shine-jackie-stevens

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/1/-may-your-inner-beauty-shine-jackie-stevens Mon, 07 Jan 2019 00:40:08 GMT
2019, Color of the Year, Living Coral https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/2019-color-of-the-year-living-coral The 2019, Pantone color of the year is Living Coral.  Living Coral represents brighter, with a softer edge. The challenge to incorporate coral into photographs is difficult. How does Pantone come to pick their Color of Year? Well, they write that "the selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis" and that their color experts "comb the world looking for new color influences."

From Pantone:  

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolizing our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Welcome 2019 and Living Coral!  Photo taken; 2015, October Sunrise, North Shore, The Long Island Sound, Long Island, New York. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/2019-color-of-the-year-living-coral Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:31:53 GMT
New: Behind the Scenes Launches | 2019 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/new-behind-the-scenes-launches-2019 Storytelling, details how to light, and create a magical place. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/12/new-behind-the-scenes-launches-2019 Sat, 08 Dec 2018 01:58:20 GMT
Wildfires https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/wildfires

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/11/wildfires Thu, 15 Nov 2018 00:14:59 GMT
The center of everything, is where life pulls us.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/the-center-of-everything-is-where-life-pulls-us   It doesn't matter where you are going, the destination is the right direction.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/the-center-of-everything-is-where-life-pulls-us Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:45:54 GMT
Owl https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/owl

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/10/owl Fri, 19 Oct 2018 00:55:25 GMT
1/2000 of a second https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/1/2000-of-a-second

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/1/2000-of-a-second Mon, 03 Sep 2018 22:32:30 GMT
End of Summer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/end-of-summer

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/end-of-summer Mon, 27 Aug 2018 12:39:13 GMT
Don't Feed the Dragon https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/dont-feed-the-dragon

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/8/dont-feed-the-dragon Sun, 19 Aug 2018 00:50:26 GMT
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
The Artistic Lab Q&A Session with Jackie Stevens Part 3 | Light https://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) https://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 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/11/fish-day

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

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

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://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. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/a-staring-contest-gives-back-an-opportunity-and-a-smile

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

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/mud-day Thu, 14 Sep 2017 18:16:36 GMT
9/11 Memorial Photography with 1,200 photographers https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/9/11-memorial-photography-with-1-200-photographers

(Jackie Stevens Images) 9/11 forget never nyc https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/9/9/11-memorial-photography-with-1-200-photographers Mon, 11 Sep 2017 12:12:04 GMT
Eclipse Robert Moses Field 5 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/eclipse-robert-moses-field-5

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/eclipse-robert-moses-field-5 Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:55:11 GMT
Sometimes you gotta say yes...... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/sometimes-you-gotta-say-yes  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/sometimes-you-gotta-say-yes Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:50:52 GMT
I was invited to a spectacular garden.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/i-was-invited-to-a-spectacular-garden Bee

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/i-was-invited-to-a-spectacular-garden Sun, 16 Jul 2017 13:16:44 GMT
Greatness comes in unexpected forms. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/greatness-comes-in-unexpected-forms

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/greatness-comes-in-unexpected-forms Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:45:20 GMT
Caution: https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/caution Inspiration on the rise here, stay tuned.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/caution Mon, 26 Jun 2017 15:49:48 GMT
Stand Tall, Your Inner Beauty Will Show https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/stand-tall-your-inner-beauty-will-show

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/stand-tall-your-inner-beauty-will-show Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:11:41 GMT
New beginnings... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/new-beginnings

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/new-beginnings Sun, 28 May 2017 13:54:29 GMT
The weather now is spectacular. Warmer days are ahead. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-weather-now-is-spectacular-warmer-days-are-ahead

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/the-weather-now-is-spectacular-warmer-days-are-ahead Fri, 26 May 2017 10:55:19 GMT
A list of new projects and one revisited: https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/granted-access-one-of-my-first-adventures-revisited  

(Jackie Stevens Images) drop lens cap https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/granted-access-one-of-my-first-adventures-revisited Mon, 15 May 2017 14:58:34 GMT
Happiness radiates..... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/petals ........like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. ~Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Serenity and fragrance is all around me.  The goodness and happiness is purely exquisite.

(Jackie Stevens Images) beautiful flower forward happiness spring https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/petals Mon, 08 May 2017 17:21:44 GMT
Where I find Inspiration....peace and forever waves. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/where-i-find-inspiration-peace-and-forever-waves Sunrise

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/where-i-find-inspiration-peace-and-forever-waves Mon, 08 May 2017 01:19:08 GMT
Smiling three water bottles, when I have a cell phone. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/smiling-three-water-bottles-when-i-have-a-cell-phone When photographing, I always get a very different reaction when I have a cell phone vs. a camera.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) Photography Street https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/smiling-three-water-bottles-when-i-have-a-cell-phone Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:09:14 GMT
Purple Haze, is all the rage this month. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/purple-haze-is-all-the-rage-this-month

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/purple-haze-is-all-the-rage-this-month Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:07:53 GMT
A Thousand Happy Holi https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/a-thousand-happy-holi Happy Holi to All, March 12, 2017.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/a-thousand-happy-holi Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:40:50 GMT
The unexpected is the breath of NYC. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/the-unexpected-is-the-breath-of-nyc

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/the-unexpected-is-the-breath-of-nyc Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:05:31 GMT
The Most Beautiful Person Is..... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/the-most-beautiful-person-is A person that gives....cares, and is truly appreciative.  I am always in awe of the amazing people who inspire me, encourage me, and are truly beautiful inside.  You all fill my life with joy, honesty, and beauty.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/the-most-beautiful-person-is Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:39:33 GMT
Success..... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/success ...isn't just about what you accomplish in your life, its about what you inspire others to do.  Providing value and support, while giving back to others brings me inspiration.  

I am honored to be selected and represented amongst my talented friends and photographers.  www.cultural-center.org/set-in-motion.  A special thanks to NYPD, and the many photographers who are starting out or dusting off the camera gear.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/success Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:00:00 GMT
I love being happy, because it brings happiness to others. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/i-love-being-happy-because-it-brings-happiness-to-others  

A beautiful place, a serenity of hope, promise, and an amazing future ahead, what a wonderful 2017!

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/i-love-being-happy-because-it-brings-happiness-to-others Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:31:24 GMT
Morning Kisses https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/morning-kisses

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/morning-kisses Sun, 05 Feb 2017 23:19:01 GMT
Water Ripple on Light https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/water-ripple-on-light

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/water-ripple-on-light Tue, 31 Jan 2017 02:02:16 GMT
Texture Overlay and Paint, Winter 2012 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/texture-overlay-and-paint-winter-2012

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/texture-overlay-and-paint-winter-2012 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:08:08 GMT
Frozen, Clear Ice Circles. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/frozen-clear-ice-circles

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/frozen-clear-ice-circles Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:05:44 GMT
Waiting for Summer, Dormant https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/waiting-for-summer-dormant

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/waiting-for-summer-dormant Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:03:51 GMT
Gorgeous at White https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/gorgeous-at-white

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/gorgeous-at-white Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:00:55 GMT
Grant's Forest https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/grants-forest  A quiet little forest for Grant.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/grants-forest Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:39:24 GMT
The Smiling Frog https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-smiling-frog

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/the-smiling-frog Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:27:33 GMT
As a photographer you should know ....... {copyright 2016-2020} https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/as-a-photographer-you-should-know-copyright-2016-2020 The Color of the Year 2017 - Greenery.

"Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the reassurance we yearn for amid a tumultuous social and political environment. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose."

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/as-a-photographer-you-should-know-copyright-2016-2020 Thu, 05 Jan 2017 19:04:24 GMT
Forest at Night - New from the Alternative Collection https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/forest-at-night---new-from-the-alternative-collection

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/forest-at-night---new-from-the-alternative-collection Tue, 03 Jan 2017 03:44:01 GMT
The Beach That Keeps Giving Back https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-beach-that-keeps-giving-back  

The Jewel of the Island, Jones Beach.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-beach-that-keeps-giving-back Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:57:55 GMT
The Farmers Winter 2017 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-farmers-winter-2017 Photo taken: 2012.  According to the farmers I have interviewed, this Winter will yield a great crop to harvest in the Fall. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) Long Island winter scene https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-farmers-winter-2017 Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:40:07 GMT
Abstract Art Wins Award https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/abstract-art-wins-award

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/abstract-art-wins-award Sun, 27 Nov 2016 01:32:13 GMT
Left for Fall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/left-for-fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/left-for-fall Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:25:10 GMT
I see the Passion and Beauty in Everyone. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/i-see-the-passion-and-beauty-in-everyone

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/i-see-the-passion-and-beauty-in-everyone Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:32:33 GMT
Creativity takes courage. Henri Matisse https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/creativity-takes-courage-henri-matisse

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/creativity-takes-courage-henri-matisse Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:39:47 GMT
Kindness comes in many forms. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/kindness-comes-in-many-forms Kindness comes in many forms.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/kindness-comes-in-many-forms Fri, 30 Sep 2016 01:09:06 GMT
Thank you Carlos Morales. Your curiosity builds your inspiration. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/thank-you-carlos-morales-your-curiosity-builds-your-inspiration Carlos is a great friend, a true artist, and is very diligent in finding buried inspirational treasures.  He is a photographer and has amazing potential.  His projects are very touching and brings a lot of emotion with them. When he is ready, he will share his website with all of us here.  I was deeply honored today to be interviewed by him for a project he is working on.  I can't wait to see the results.

The below photo taken, 2014 reminds me of the five year project I now dedicate my future to, and wishing Carlos all the best.

Strengthening Home & FamilyStrengthening Home & Family

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/thank-you-carlos-morales-your-curiosity-builds-your-inspiration Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:52:15 GMT
My photo featured on http://greaterfireisland.com. Thank you Mike Busch. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-featured-on-http--greaterfireisland-com Thank you Mike Busch for the warm welcome and honor featured on Greaterfireisland.com.  About Greaterfireisland:  Covering Fire Island and the Great South Bay from inlet with news, information, events, and more. 

My first photo posted on their Facebook page was selected from a very special group of Long Island photographers called, Long Island Sun Chasers and also featured here:  http://greaterfireisland.com/photos-best-long-island-sun-chasers-sept-16/.  Scroll down to Jackie Stevens Robert Moses 9-12-16.  You can also find more features and photos on their Facebook page called Greaterfireisland.


Processed with Snapseed.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/my-photo-featured-on-http--greaterfireisland-com Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:45:13 GMT
To All My New Pals: Please e-mail me to receive your password! As I begin to build the Gallery. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/to-all-my-new-pals-please-e-mail-me-to-receive-your-password (Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/to-all-my-new-pals-please-e-mail-me-to-receive-your-password Sun, 04 Sep 2016 21:56:14 GMT The Fisherman's Blue Catch of the Day https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/the-fishermans-blue-catch-of-the-day Art meets the Sea.  Photo alternative collection, Part 2.  On the vessel, you can note my prints on the bottom left, lifting the image, revealing the catch of the day.  Dinner always taste better on the boat.

Blue ClawBlue Claw

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/the-fishermans-blue-catch-of-the-day Tue, 23 Aug 2016 23:30:00 GMT
"Let's see where the nets take us." https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/-lets-see-where-the-nets-take-us

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/-lets-see-where-the-nets-take-us Mon, 22 Aug 2016 21:16:51 GMT
Mosquito Bites, Poison Ivy and 98 Degrees at 5:00am EST. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mosquito-bites-poison-ivy-and-98-degrees-at-5-00am-est  

Location:  Undisclosed, Long Island, New York.  The beach at Sunrise. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/mosquito-bites-poison-ivy-and-98-degrees-at-5-00am-est Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:35:41 GMT
There is a Crane on Top of Every Building. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/there-is-a-crane-on-top-of-every-building Crane on Top.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/there-is-a-crane-on-top-of-every-building Sun, 31 Jul 2016 03:34:25 GMT
The Wings Downtown. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/the-wings-downtown The Wings Downtown.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/the-wings-downtown Sun, 31 Jul 2016 02:22:46 GMT
The Artistic Lab Q&A Session with Jackie Stevens https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/the-artistic-lab-q-a-session-with-jackie-stevens Your newest additions to the Alternative Collection are receiving attention.  

A: Can you tell us: Where does the inspiration come from for this collection?  

J: I was showing my artwork to a friend at a Gallery reception, it was said, "You should try Art."  That came to no surprise, as I consider my artwork as Fine Art Photography.  Traditional photography was becoming too traditional. People come into my life at amazing moments, and have strongly influenced me in a positive light.  I am grateful for this.  I was able to see a person experimenting in a particular medium which appeared to be their first time; there was evidence of uninhibited creation filled with risks.  I was drawn to that, and started experimenting in that fashion.  I paid attention to chemicals and lifting of transparencies adhering to film and final prints.  The process was repeated several times, and the results are never the same.  

A: Do you use Photoshop to manipulate these images? 

J: Yes, yet I feel it is not necessary to use it all the time, less is more where images themselves become Art.  

A: What is the piece called?  What is it?  

J: This piece is called Goldfish, there is only one Goldfish in the image, can you spot it? 

A: I think so, is that it?  What are you planning to do with these images?

J: Continue on my journey to be inspired, and make art.  These images would be best displayed on acrylic.  Upon closing this body of work, I may select a few images and print on acrylic.  

A: Can I have one?

J: Of course! 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/the-artistic-lab-q-a-session-with-jackie-stevens Wed, 15 Jun 2016 03:05:48 GMT
I saw fishermen dance on water. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/i-saw-fishermen-dance-on-water I've never seen men dance and move efficiently on water as I did today.  No words, movement off the ship, into the loading dock, where I was allowed, to become invisible once again, and see the feast of the ocean come out of the nets and splash on to the ground.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/i-saw-fishermen-dance-on-water Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:44:23 GMT
Social Media Mania Wins Award for Embracing Our Differences https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/social-media-mania-wins-award

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/social-media-mania-wins-award Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:27:02 GMT
3 Lifeguards & Me https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/3-lifeguards-me

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/3-lifeguards-me Sun, 05 Jun 2016 02:15:06 GMT
Take Me Home - Posing Pooch https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/take-me-home---posing-pooch Dogs on the beach, always seem to find me when they just shake off the ocean water.  This is usually followed by intense curiosity by leaning up against me, or dropping the ball right next to me.  This dog is tired from running back and forth into the water, and is taking a short rest right in front of me. It's really early in day, the dog puts his head down, and closes his eyes for a minute, and then jumps right up again.  It's the quick short sweet moments, that is special to me in every way.  Glad to share this with you.

All my best,


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/take-me-home---posing-pooch Sun, 05 Jun 2016 02:11:39 GMT
1,984 Words Today https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/1-984-words-today Today, everything emerged.  Yesterday, was 1,984 words in total.  There is more to do.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/5/1-984-words-today Sat, 14 May 2016 13:12:29 GMT
Wooden Plank-The New Alternative Collection https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/wooden-plank-the-new-alternative-collection Wooden Plank-my newest edition to the Alternative Collection, is inspiration from the hundreds of artists that bring joy to my life.  

My inspiration comes in many different forms and from many different places.  Here the flooring on an old ship, shipwrecked underwater, raised from the sea, leaves deep grooves, patterns of salt, plant life, and history undone. Wavering through rough seas, and unforgiving winds, a storm collides against a warm current ripping the large sails, recklessly spinning the old ship.  The vessel is tossed from side to side taking in too much water, giving way to the grasp of the unforgiving storm.  The ship sinks quickly as timber wood is heard snapping like soft twigs in the wind. The vessel is gone and is seen momentarily peering beneath the muscular surface, before crashing to the sea floor. Nearly one hundred years later, the ship is found, treasures are located, and stories re-told.  The wooden planks are linear with deep groves, with no seams detected.  The length of these planks are impressive, each one if sanded down will reveal its inner beauty.  Their color, their story, the footsteps, their life.

This is my inspiration.

The Alternative Collection was NOT created with the use of a DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera.    

Wooden PlankThe Alternative Collection

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/wooden-plank-the-new-alternative-collection Sat, 23 Apr 2016 04:10:08 GMT
Two Lips First Kiss, April 1, 2016 Artist Show Long Island, New York (Selected Artist) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/two-lips-first-kiss-april-1-2016-artist-show-long-island-new-york-selected-artist My Artist Statement, Art Exhibit:

I spend countless enjoyable hours on the facets of digital photography, and the aspect of creating Fine Art with my camera.  My idea of the First Kiss concept photo and the passion behind it resulted in using a microscope with a high intensity light.  The corner of the rose was placed in a small glass dish on its side.  The digital camera was connected to the microscope using many different attachments.  The view and composition I had created in my mind was only visible tethering (connecting) the camera to a laptop so I could see through the lens and positioning the rose just right without moving the camera.  After many attempts, I created the sincerity and warm sensation of the First Kiss.  Where nothing around it mattered, and the focus and intensity did not even allow of slither of light to enter between the two petals of the rose.


My work is of experimental photography pushing the boundaries and taking risks to create work that has never seen before.  Art in which, you may not realize what it is, as you are drawn to the piece of curiosity and interest, your eyes become transfixed and hopefully smile as you draw in closer.  After careful inspection to see that it is a Rose, Kissing for the First Time.


Two Lips First Kiss

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/two-lips-first-kiss-april-1-2016-artist-show-long-island-new-york-selected-artist Sun, 27 Mar 2016 21:44:12 GMT
Reflection of the Freedom Tower at the 9/11 Memorial https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/reflection-of-the-freedom-tower-at-the-9/11-memorial Reflection of the Freedom Tower 9/11 Memorial

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/reflection-of-the-freedom-tower-at-the-9/11-memorial Sun, 20 Mar 2016 23:36:34 GMT
A sigh in the Breeze. A message on the Shore. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-sigh-in-the-breeze-a-message-on-the-shore

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/a-sigh-in-the-breeze-a-message-on-the-shore Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:13:56 GMT
Winter Beach https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-beach

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/winter-beach Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:12:01 GMT
Mini Jewels of the Beach https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/mini-jewels-of-the-beach

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/mini-jewels-of-the-beach Wed, 20 Jan 2016 03:10:17 GMT
My town, My city, New York City. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/my-town-my-city-new-york-city

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/my-town-my-city-new-york-city Thu, 26 Nov 2015 19:06:48 GMT
The Jewel of the Island, Jones Beach. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/the-jewel-of-the-island-jones-beach

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/the-jewel-of-the-island-jones-beach Mon, 23 Nov 2015 01:16:52 GMT
Coal Vein Found https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/coal-vein-found

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/coal-vein-found Thu, 12 Nov 2015 02:20:04 GMT
Do You See What I See? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/do-you-see-what-i-see

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/do-you-see-what-i-see Wed, 11 Nov 2015 01:58:52 GMT
No Photoshop Allowed, No Entry Allowed https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/no-photoshop-allowed-no-entry-allowed  

This all wood frame building is condemned, and beautiful.  Happy Halloween.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/no-photoshop-allowed-no-entry-allowed Sat, 31 Oct 2015 23:19:39 GMT
Keeping the Foreman company, Access Granted, Location Undisclosed. https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/keeping-the-foreman-company-access-granted-location-undisclosed A secret formula leads me here; my wonderment and questions are warmly welcomed. {2014}. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/keeping-the-foreman-company-access-granted-location-undisclosed Sun, 25 Oct 2015 20:13:15 GMT
You cannot describe passion, you can only live it. Enzo Ferrari https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/you-cannot-describe-passion-you-can-only-live-it-enzo-ferrari

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/you-cannot-describe-passion-you-can-only-live-it-enzo-ferrari Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:11:46 GMT
The Hawkins House https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/the-hawkins-house Sometimes you just get lucky.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/the-hawkins-house Wed, 21 Oct 2015 00:14:24 GMT
Being Present at 10,000 feet above Sea Level https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/being-present-at-10-000-feet-above-sea-level There are times where the moment overcomes you.  Being present, is singularly an inner personal desire to connect to where you are.  Here, I hear nothing, it is silent and moving.  I see clear down the valley, past the immense slice through Earth, all so delicate and timeless.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/being-present-at-10-000-feet-above-sea-level Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:49:34 GMT
Everything is Changing https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/everything-is-changing  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/everything-is-changing Sun, 11 Oct 2015 02:20:58 GMT
Your Best Critic-My Favorite Photo https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/your-best-critic-my-favorite-photo Editing and selecting your own work is difficult.  Some photographers edit right away, while others let the images brew in the pot for a while.  You can't be biased, you need to step back and view your work as not your own.  This trait is challenging and rewarding at the same time.  Reviewing images and selecting the top 25, reduce to 10, reduce to 5, and select 1 is a process.  My best image for 2015 is one in which is difficult to sum up in words. Cataloging photos as Best; and to conclude the photo for this year is premature, yet I am excited about it.  It's because you wait and want the best image possible, so many factors are at stake.  You get the shot, and say nothing, and wait some more, until someone else sees it, and you hear the same response again and again.  You feel validated, yet you knew when you first saw the image, it was the one.  You release the shutter and let the brilliance fill the room.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/your-best-critic-my-favorite-photo Sat, 10 Oct 2015 02:18:49 GMT
Montauk to Manhattan at 5:00am https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/montauk-to-manhattan-at-5-00am It's 5:00am, the whole town is sleeping.  The best photographs are when you can hear the water all the way across reaching the other shore.  My senses are alert and the wildlife is vibrant and strong.  The Sound is rippling and I can see the bottom clear across.  I am photographing and someone is watching nearby, wondering what the photograph will look like.  I can taste it, waiting patiently and how incredible this place really is.  I don't want to leave, but the sun is rising fast, and a new day has begun.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/montauk-to-manhattan-at-5-00am Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:46:12 GMT
Strings of DNA https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/strings-of-dna    A delicate spider web after the rain.  



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/strings-of-dna Sun, 20 Sep 2015 00:13:43 GMT
Saved by Water https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/saved-by-water  

Saved by Water, many times, many years, many lives.  Here, I am in the water, photographing what I feel around me, underneath are not thousands but millions of kelies all healthy and fast.  I see them everywhere, but mostly on the North side.  When I swim, they normally go underneath, but now they swim around me, forming an infiniti shape all around me.  They are fast and serve an amazing purpose all as one.  It is almost night, and they are reaching their destination.  It is time to go home.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/saved-by-water Tue, 08 Sep 2015 01:42:19 GMT
The Pulsing City with a Heart Beat.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-pulsing-city-with-a-heart-beat   There are 8 million people living in NY Metro Area, during the week, at any given time there is 10 million people in the City.

  But it only takes one, to make a brighter happier difference....Glad to be a part of it......Never been happier.

  It's not about what you have, it's about what you give....

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/the-pulsing-city-with-a-heart-beat Sun, 02 Aug 2015 20:52:21 GMT
What I really know.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/what-i-really-know    A lobster in the tank....that is Jackie...she lives here....and over there is her studio....Do you want to meet her?


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/what-i-really-know Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:41:45 GMT
New Project: Social Media Mania https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/new-project-social-media-mania Social Media Mania isn't hard to find or hard to photograph.  In fact, I enjoy it.  I enjoy watching everyone's reactions, pressing seamless buttons, seeing their work before them on the device used instantaneously.  It is somehow magical for that split second, and then quickly forgotten.  No one knows what the future holds regarding these devices and new technology.   

A friend's relative had recently passed away at 92, what an incredible journey to see so many things evolve and people evolve during that time span.  Babies or infants today, who may live to that age, will see the year 2107 or longer; something to think about.  As often as I do, meaning time, people, and journeys.  My legacy is this; to capture history and preserve moments for a very long time.  This is now, so enjoy it.  Caption:  Time Stands Still.

All my best,



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/new-project-social-media-mania Tue, 07 Jul 2015 02:51:57 GMT
There are No Boundaries, to What You Can Do...... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/there-are-no-boundaries-to-what-you-can-do

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/there-are-no-boundaries-to-what-you-can-do Sat, 06 Jun 2015 20:21:50 GMT
Anything Goes https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/anything-goes

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/6/anything-goes Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:09:20 GMT
Listening to Artists, Inspires Me https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/listening-to-artists-inspires-me Listening to Artists talk about their Art is inspiring.  I am truly blessed to be friends with all of you.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/listening-to-artists-inspires-me Tue, 26 May 2015 00:02:09 GMT
Landing on Mars https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/landing-on-mars There's discovery in all of us.  

Copyright protected.  Jackie Stevens Images.

Landing on Mars.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/landing-on-mars Wed, 06 May 2015 23:39:15 GMT
Patience https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/patience Patience.

Is not about how long one can wait, but how well one behaves while waiting.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/patience Sun, 03 May 2015 19:59:21 GMT
Why Abandoned Buildings? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/why-abandoned-buildings Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Helen Keller.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/5/why-abandoned-buildings Sat, 02 May 2015 12:01:46 GMT
Utah Desert August 2014 (250 miles out) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/utah-desert-august-2014-250-miles-out   What's great about facing all your fears, is knowing there is another place where there are none.

  Copyright 2015-2016 Jackie Stevens Images.

  To all the beautiful friends in Utah.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/utah-desert-august-2014-250-miles-out Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:49:31 GMT
Lureness Castle - Worth Repeating https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/lureness-castle---worth-repeating Walking Back in Time I found this Castle.  This Castle actually found me, I looked up and there it was.  The location is undisclosed, and a beautiful site with a sad ending.  This castle was to be home of three individuals; a mother, a father, and their little girl.  A series of events lead to a turn of plans.  Close to 100 years later this castle was never occupied.  Not a single residence has lived in this massive place.  It is here, where its great majestic structure is amiss a series of large pine trees and a hidden entrance, waiting for someone to enter.  In this case, the castle is preserved, abandoned, but saved by a photographer, and the willingness of adventure and wonderment.



Castle Angleress-The LureCastle Angleress-The Lure

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/3/lureness-castle---worth-repeating Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:18:57 GMT
The Theory of Everything to Me https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-theory-of-everything-to-me The Theory of Everything to Me. 

Means:  Everything happens for a reason, we are all here for a reason.  Taking a risk should feel like a risk.  

Wanting and Wishing and Needing are all very different.  Happiness and love can be in the same sentence.  

The Passion of Photography is the single most creative thing to freeze a moment in time.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/the-theory-of-everything-to-me Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:39:20 GMT
I'm peeking at you-Peel Paint-Look for the Drawing https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/im-peeking-at-you-peel-paint-look-for-the-drawing To the far left someone drew in a person holding back the peeling paint.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/im-peeking-at-you-peel-paint-look-for-the-drawing Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:59:21 GMT
Pup Seal at Cupsogue Beach, Westhampton Beach, New York https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/pup-seal-at-cupsogue-beach-westhampton-beach-new-york

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/pup-seal-at-cupsogue-beach-westhampton-beach-new-york Sat, 03 Jan 2015 22:54:58 GMT
Captree State Park, New York right after Sunrise https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/captree-state-park-new-york-right-after-sunrise

(Jackie Stevens Images) Captree State Park https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/captree-state-park-new-york-right-after-sunrise Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:37:28 GMT
#7 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/-7-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #7-Learn to Share-Pay it Forward.

Learn to Share, everyone starts somewhere. 




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/11/-7-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Sat, 29 Nov 2014 23:34:42 GMT
#6 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-6-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #6-Have a Great Sense of Humor.

Having a Great Sense of Humor is the ability to laugh at yourself and laugh with others, when everything doesn't seem to be the way you want it to turn out, its best to smile.  Trying to get it (the moment of great photography) just right, is challenging and difficult, sharing moments and great places with other photographers alike the photographs all remain different and unique.  Here, the moment of accomplishment here is finishing as we are all so loud cheering, YOU DID IT, YOU DID IT!!! (safely and cleanly with our camera equipment).  As we put our photography equipment away safely, we were all tossed into the mud one by one.  There was mud in the car for weeks.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-6-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:43:52 GMT
#5 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-5-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #5-Trust-It is better to be honest with yourself, and build trusting relationships by saying what you are going to do and follow through.  If you can't commit to something, say it.  Commit to deadlines, and be accountable.  Here, not only is the trust evident in this photograph; the trust and openness is seen throughout as I welcomed here warmly, and became instant friends.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-5-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Tue, 28 Oct 2014 00:35:08 GMT
#4 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-4-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #4-Take Risks-Some of your greatest risks are right in front of you.  You know what they are.  You'll be pleasantly surprised, the harder the risk, and greater the challenge, and ultimate success, and greatest feeling of achievement.  Go for it.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-4-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:51:21 GMT
#3 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-3-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #3-Challenge Yourself-Never give up, photography is not easy, it's hard, and the harder it seems you are learning and challenging yourself. Learn new things, and create challenging goals for yourself. 



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-3-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:47:05 GMT
#2 Attribute that Make a Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-2-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer #2-Humility-You will unfortunately come up against obtactles, and hurdles ever so high. Don't be discouraged, get back on your path and journey, sometimes the most negative moments can lead to some of your greatest achievements later in life.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/-2-attribute-that-make-a-great-photographer Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:32:33 GMT
8 Attributes That Make A Great Photographer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/8-attributes-that-make-a-great-photographer #1-Integrity

Photographers are crazy about photography.  Photographers live, eat, and breathe photography, and will go to great lengths to learn something new, or to try something new.  We research everything, continuously look for that better shot, and seem to search for the best mix to make it all come together seamless.  I am always interested in what photographers are doing now, and find it interesting some revert back to their past, as how they obtained their first camera.  As this is all very important, and shaped our futures in photography, it is equally important to what we are doing now to grow, develop, and to support one another.

Attributes That Make a Great Photographer:

Number 1.  

Integrity:  A photographer called me and told me this story.  In the middle of a photo shoot, a photographers shutter broke on his camera, he had no back-up camera.  Another photographer at the same shoot, noticed this, and offered to drive home to get a back up camera for this person.  He just jumped in his car, went to get the extra camera, and handed it to the guy with the look of desperation and despair.  Suddenly, he was relieved and so appreciative of this moment, and told everyone about it.  We were simply happy he turned a unfortunate event to a positive one for someone in need of help.   When we talk about this photography event, this is what we remember of that day, this is what we talk about.

Next Post:  Attribute Number 2.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/8-attributes-that-make-a-great-photographer Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:24:28 GMT
I miss Utah https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/i-miss-utah There is no words to describe Utah, particularly the National Parks.  I think about the incredible views often, and the amazing people I have met there.  A quiet place with so much beauty around it.  The striking views are breathtaking and simply leaves me in awe as these majestic landscapes surround me.  The National Parks are always changing with the light, with the seasons, a landscape can change rapidly, as I went back sometimes three times a day.  I miss everything about it, and will more than likely return back in Winter.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/i-miss-utah Tue, 23 Sep 2014 01:06:27 GMT
Abandoned-No Access-Yet https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/abandoned-no-access-yet New locations:

Coal Factory, Accessible, Permission Granted

Chemical Plant, Not Accessible, Dangerous Hazardous Materials

2 Hospital's, One Accessible, Permission Granted

School, Undetermined, Thank You KS

Working Drive-In Theatre, Accessible

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/9/abandoned-no-access-yet Thu, 04 Sep 2014 12:42:15 GMT
Natural Backdrop https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/natural-backdrop

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/natural-backdrop Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:56:47 GMT
My First Real Documentary Project https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/my-first-real-documentary-project I'm ready.

I'm ready to photograph my first documentary project.  This has been on my mind for quite some time.  I have been inspired by young artists where I was fortunate to be surrounded by last Spring.  Young artists or Generation Y, take on multiple risks and creativity comes to them in many different forms.  I have been truly inspired by these young and talented artists.  I have given this project much thought, and put together a small list to get started on my exciting new journey.

1.  Get Permission:  My subject matter will be unusual and different for me.  There are associated challenges; obtaining permission along with access will need to granted along helping those to understand what I am trying to achieve.  

2.  Staying Organized.  Printing several hundred photos and editing consistently with multiple tools.

3.  Deadlines.  This is a personal project dear to me, setting realistic deadlines will make this happen.  Goal setting will be key, hoping not to let this project fall to the side-continue to pursue.

4.  Why? To tell a story of importance, to document and record for future generations and those current.

5.  Final Output:  Book-I see the final product.  The title has not come to me, but the subject matter and tools are there.

6.  Having Fun:  This will be fun and extremely challenging and ready for more inspiration.


*at the Holi Festival in Queens New York, 2012.  I had gained respect and trust to get this close and waited patiently.  {This photograph and series is not part of the project, but the concept remains the same}.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/my-first-real-documentary-project Sun, 10 Aug 2014 14:22:02 GMT
An Artist Reveals the #1 Abandoned Location https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/ghost-town-an-abandoned-town It's above 100 degrees and walking through the small town in Utah.  A great local artist asked me what I like to photograph, and kindly recommended a great place to go about 100 miles away in the middle of nowhere.  A town left where brave men and women lived to make a life and a future for their children.  A not so simple life, hard, and unforgiving in the middle of the desert. Oil was drilled, and freight cars pulled in slowly in the middle of the night.  A woman who lived here, drove her daughter to town every day one hour each way to ensure her child received an education.  There was no running water in this town, and a post office the size of a small bathroom.  One of the last residents left about four to five years ago.  This place had feelings, emotions, life and soul, this gem was called home.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/8/ghost-town-an-abandoned-town Mon, 04 Aug 2014 01:49:41 GMT
Utah's Backyard https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/utahs-backyard

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/utahs-backyard Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:46:52 GMT
My Biggest Risk https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/my-biggest-risk Today, friends and colleagues talked about risk.  What is the biggest risk you took?  What was it?  Why did you take it?

Risk involves the unknown, uncertainty, with a hint of excitement.  Sometimes, we take many risks at the same time, which sometimes leads to great outcomes.  Consensus of the group says, the bigger the risk, the greater the success and the greater the challenge.  Risk can be scary, but without it, where would we be.  A lot of great conversation, reflection, and potential risk lies ahead for many. 

The photo below has been to date, the most challenging and came with great risk.  I was petrified taking this photo, given the location, the uncertainty, and the overall heightened excitement.  To date, this photo has been my most successful photo to date, as I categorize success, which lead to many great opportunities.  The delicateness of the paint peeling appearing like butterflies or small cocoons waiting to hatch in this small corner-was momentous for me.  This place is very special to me, and glad I took the risk in capturing this photograph.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/my-biggest-risk Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:21:38 GMT
This is My Backyard https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/this-is-my-backyard Well, not really, but glad I got your attention.  This location is only 4.5 miles away from my house.  As I am planning an extensive photography travel vacation across 7 to 8 states, this photograph gave me a few thoughts.  I always come back to my favorite photographs that were taken within a very close radius of my home.  This photograph was taken in mid-Winter (2013) with very high winds. I waited very patiently, close to an hour to get this shot.  The inspiration was to capture light similar to paintings.  Paint the photograph with light and the color will come.  I had two pairs of gloves on.  I was quick enough to take the gloves off and take this shot, just as the sun peeked thru for just a moment, and went back behind the clouds to turn all the color to grey and white mid tones.  I am hoping to capture more great moments on my travels across the country soon.  I can't wait to meet new people, and see the beauty they see everyday in their backyard.

All my best,

Jackie Stevens


Sunken MeadowSunken Meadow

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/7/this-is-my-backyard Wed, 09 Jul 2014 01:51:33 GMT
Inspiration from a Medium Format Camera https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/inspiration-from-a-medium-format-camera Contrary, this photograph was not taken with a Medium Format Camera.  

These cowboys in Manhattan were captured with my sturdy Canon Rebel my first Digital camera with a Prime lens.

The inspiration comes from a fellow photographer from China using a Medium Format camera.  After careful thought the Canon Rebel with the Prime lens was the closest and challenging representing the Medium Format, on a clear a perfect night.  Thousands of people gathered from all of the over world, speaking different languages, with different cultures, all enjoying the sights and sounds of stunning Times Square, New York City.


All my best,

Jackie Stevens



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/inspiration-from-a-medium-format-camera Sat, 07 Jun 2014 18:54:52 GMT
Do What I Do https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/do-what-i-do  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/do-what-i-do Thu, 05 Jun 2014 01:41:14 GMT
In the Tropics https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/in-the-tropics  


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/6/in-the-tropics Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:22:21 GMT
Snow White Lives Here https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/snow-white-lives-here

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/snow-white-lives-here Tue, 27 May 2014 00:50:24 GMT
Memorial Moments - Memorial Day https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/memorial-moments---memorial-day To All the Beautiful Strong Men & Women Who Truly Make Sacrifices.....We Salute You Memorial Day and Every Day.  (See two photos).


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/memorial-moments---memorial-day Sun, 25 May 2014 01:16:17 GMT
Applying Bronzer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/applying-bronzer It's been a long winter, the snow seems like a distant memory.  The warm weather is an exciting time for photographers, although photographing all year long is just as fun and challenging at the same time.  I encourage everyone to photograph daily. The saying practice makes perfect has some truth to it.  Photographing on a regular basis gets you familiar with your equipment, in any weather.  You begin to feel comfortable with the various settings.  Photographing with friends is also fun, asking a friend out or meeting new people is another great way to learn.  Your friend will be glad you contacted them to photograph.  Wear sunscreen, bring water and snacks, a comfortable planned out day with friends leads to great memories, some good laughs, with hopes of getting that great shot.  

Have fun,

Jackie Stevens

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/applying-bronzer Fri, 23 May 2014 03:27:52 GMT
Circa June 2013- NYC a stroll in the Park https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/circa-june-2013--nyc-a-stroll-in-the-park

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/circa-june-2013--nyc-a-stroll-in-the-park Thu, 22 May 2014 01:50:53 GMT
Undisclosed Slatsworth Penitentiary https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/undisclosed-slatsworth-penitentiary



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/undisclosed-slatsworth-penitentiary Wed, 07 May 2014 01:05:09 GMT
Phone Dangling & The Lureness Castle https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/phone-dangling-the-lureness-castle Two incredible finds in one weekend, several hundreds miles apart.  Two different worlds.

Dangling Push Button PhoneDangling Push Button Phone

Three Blind MiceThree Blind Mice

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/5/phone-dangling-the-lureness-castle Mon, 05 May 2014 03:29:52 GMT
Undisclosed Abandoned - The Ultimate Connection https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/undisclosed-abandoned---the-ultimate-connection Urban explorers of abandoned buildings like myself feel it necessary to not identify the exact location of their find.  Protecting the location for further ruin, overall safety, and privacy for the owners property.  These treasurers of decay bring upon respect of the people who were once here, and spent their lives living here.  Finds like these preserve the inner beauty, appreciation of the actual structures, and feelings of despair and lost hope, that is created in my artwork.  The feelings I evoke are strong, as I am connected to these very special places.  Here this photograph drew me and stopped me from raising my camera, as I normally would when creating a moment.  

There is a deep inner connection that goes into these photographs, that cannot be taught, repeated, or in some cases understood.  I have visited many challenging abandoned locations, which includes, patience, determination and the deep passion I have for photography and particular abandoned structures that will soon find their place onto destruction to make way for new.  These unwanted structures or in rare cases protected and preserved, places kept frozen in time, to reflect on progress, or lack of from ignorance.  These buildings are deep felt, I'm fortunate to be a part of this personal project to preserve and continue on their legacy whether gone or taken on another found awakening.  

Undisclosed location. 

Jackie Stevens

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/undisclosed-abandoned---the-ultimate-connection Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:22:48 GMT
Lincoln Memorial - 2nd Post https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/lincoln-memorial---2nd-post The Lincoln Memorial stands at the west end of the National Mall as a neoclassical monument to the 16th President. The memorial, designed by Henry Bacon, after ancient Greek temples, stands 190 feet long, 119 feet wide, and almost 100 feet high. It is surrounded by a peristyle of 36 fluted Doric columns, one for each of the thirty six states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death, and two columns in-antis at the entrance behind the colonnade. The north and south side chambers contain carved inscriptions of Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address and his Gettysburg Address. Lying between the north and south chambers is the central hall containing the solitary figure of Lincoln sitting in contemplation. The statue was carved in four years by the Piccirilli brothers under the supervision of the sculptor, Daniel Chester French. The statue of Lincoln is 19 feet high and weighs 175 tons. The original plan was for the statue to be only ten feet high, but this was changed so that the figure of Lincoln would not be dwarfed by the size of the chamber. A commission to plan a monument was first proposed in 1867, shortly after Lincoln's death. The design for that plan called for six equestrian and 31 pedestrian statues of colossal size, with a 12-foot statue of Lincoln in the center. That project was never started for lack of funds. Congress approved the bill to construct this memorial in 1910. Construction began in 1914, and the memorial was opened to the public in 1922. The Memorial is visited by millions of visitors each year and is the site of many large public gatherings and protests.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/lincoln-memorial---2nd-post Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:03:19 GMT
Lincoln Memorial https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/lincoln-memorial The featured Lincoln Memorial here is spectacular in the morning light.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/lincoln-memorial Fri, 25 Apr 2014 01:56:45 GMT
Vietnam Memorial - Fort Meade - Respect https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/vietnam-memorial---fort-meade---respect  

A Vietnam Veteran is pictured here (a school teacher) walking away from the wall with his bag.  The Washington Monument dark outline is also featured in the touching reflection.

Vietnam Memorial - Veteran Walking Away from the Wall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/vietnam-memorial---fort-meade---respect Fri, 25 Apr 2014 00:44:22 GMT
Istanbul, Turkey & New York https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/turkey I see so many advertised beautiful photography trips all over the world.  Photographers come back with once in a lifetime moments, great captured photographs, with wonderful people, all sprinkled with fun.  I have not been fortunate to participate in one, but with hopes of going to India, China, Peru, Turkey, and Nebraska, yes Nebraska. Here, my immediate attainable radius is filled with incredible places, memorable events, and awesome people.  As these trips all sound so inviting, I have created my own destination photography trips right here.  Enjoy.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/turkey Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:00:33 GMT
My Favorite Topic https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/my-favorite-topic Digital Photography - Abandoned Buildings - Me

About three years ago, at a restaurant a group of photographers and I had dinner together.  One photographer had asked me, what do you photograph?  {Or in common lingo, what do you shoot?}  I haven't really thought about it, film was versatile to me.  I photographed people, landscapes, and abstract art for close to twenty years.  I had switched to digital reluctantly, and the learning curve was steep.

At that time, my focus was on film and digital photography was something I would never venture to.  All the controls, all the training, all the practice, had been within the camera, with no LCD screen to check your work.  Transitioning to digital felt like cheating, it was too easy, all the same controls existed, but this time, I had instant results and a ton of film.  I mean too much virtual film.  It didn't feel right.

My first digital camera, I had intentionally photographed only 24 to 36 frames.  This idea, was simply impossible.  Digital photography and the art of photography combined is forever evolving.  Over time with improved technology, creativity is limitless.  With patience, determination, and an open mind, digital photography had adopted me.  It fit me.  So now, when someone asks me what do I photograph, I don't pause, I don't ponder.  I photograph abandoned buildings with a digital camera.  This is my favorite topic.  

~ by Jackie Stevens



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/my-favorite-topic Wed, 26 Mar 2014 01:48:26 GMT
The Bronx - Circa 2012 - "Get the Car" https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/the-bronx---circa-2012 October 2012 - Bronx, NY. 

Walking in the Bronx with my camera is always fun.  People are always curious, ask questions, and wondering why I am there.  I have been there several times, especially Arthur Avenue.  You know this is a great place to eat when all the New York City fire trucks pull up, and the firemen grab their favorite lunch on queue.  

Behind me here, is a well attended restaurant.  Everyone is watching me, as I pass the car, to my left, cross the street to get to the other side.  Everyone sees me, and starts banging on the windows of the restaurant as I am just about to raise my camera to get this shot.  The restaurant owner dressed in a pressed shirt and pants, and the waiter all in white, and two patrons sitting down with white linen napkins tucked in their shirts are shouting and pointing, "Get the car, look, get the car!"  I raised the camera, as they instructed me to do, and they all nod their heads approving.  I smile, laugh, thank them, and continue on my way.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/the-bronx---circa-2012 Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:01:10 GMT
What I See https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/what-i-see This is the basement, part of concrete molding from a section above tore through this section ripping the rebar inside the above floor along with it.  

The terra cotta tile dangling above is a piece from the roof above.  That particular piece traveled over 200 feet and landed in a web of tangled rebar.  The rebar is encased in the concrete pulling down.  {Rebar is a common steel bar or mesh of steel wires commonly used as a tension device in reinforced concrete and reinforced masonry structures, to strengthen and hold the concrete in compression. The surface of the rebar may be patterned to form a better bond with the concrete}.

The sound of this sudden decaying moment was deafening.  Although it wasn't heard, one can only imagine, the amount of skill (welders) to put the maze of rebar together.  Certain countries will reuse the rebar, and sold for its worth in weight as scrap.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/what-i-see Sat, 08 Mar 2014 14:22:18 GMT
2 Red Eyes https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/2-red-eyes  


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/2-red-eyes Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:21:02 GMT
Abandoned Rose Farm-Beauty in True Decaying Form https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/abandoned-rose-farm-beauty-in-true-decaying-form A deep breath, a walk in the snow and mud, leads to an unexpected abandoned rose farm.  Abandoned quickly, supplies left with a few roses still decaying, leaves me in awe.  A story untold in the middle of this farm, is yet another inspiring find.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/abandoned-rose-farm-beauty-in-true-decaying-form Sun, 02 Mar 2014 23:58:49 GMT
Number 4 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/number-4

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/number-4 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:42:28 GMT
Wyatt Earp https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/wyatt-earp Wyatt EarpWyatt Earp

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/wyatt-earp Sat, 01 Mar 2014 20:36:26 GMT
A Perfect Time to Light the Night https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/a-perfect-time-to-light-the-night A great cold night is perfect for warming it up with light.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/a-perfect-time-to-light-the-night Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00:18 GMT
Lying on my back-I never get tired of it (Abandoned Places) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/17 I always remember to look up.  Here, lying on my back, in the dirt, is always worth it. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/17 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 22:40:32 GMT
Surface Coal Mine in Winter https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/surface-coal-mine-in-winter

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/surface-coal-mine-in-winter Mon, 17 Feb 2014 02:38:12 GMT
A Mother's Hug, Shaped as a T https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/a-mothers-hug-shaped-as-a-t

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/a-mothers-hug-shaped-as-a-t Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:59:10 GMT
Little Red Riding Hood https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/little-red-riding-hood

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/little-red-riding-hood Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:54:47 GMT
Abandoned is Now Open https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/abandoned-is-now-open My favorite place, is undisclosed, and full of life.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/abandoned-is-now-open Sun, 16 Feb 2014 03:53:37 GMT
Champagne Valley https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/champagne-valley Champagne ValleyChampagne Valley

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/champagne-valley Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:45:57 GMT
The Breathing Wall - 2nd Visit - Its Moving https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/the-breathing-wall---2nd-visit---its-moving

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/2/the-breathing-wall---2nd-visit---its-moving Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:44:26 GMT
Waiting to Operate-Abandoned Hospital https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/waiting-to-operate-abandoned-hospital Sterile RoomSterile Room

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/waiting-to-operate-abandoned-hospital Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:16:29 GMT
The Child Who Can't Speak Points-Abandoned Hospital https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-child-who-cant-speak-points-abandoned-hospital If a Child Can't Speak, PointsIf a Child Can't Speak, Points

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-child-who-cant-speak-points-abandoned-hospital Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:14:53 GMT
The Blue Tape-Abandoned Barn https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-blue-tape-abandoned-barn Bind to Blue to HoofBind to Blue to Hoof

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-blue-tape-abandoned-barn Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:14:10 GMT
The Breathing Wall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-breathing-wall This wall was breathing life....

Breathing WallBreathing Wall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/1/the-breathing-wall Wed, 01 Jan 2014 23:10:45 GMT
“Nothing is mysterious, no human relation. Except love.” ― Susan Sontag https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/-nothing-is-mysterious-no-human-relation-except-love-susan-sontag Title of LImited Edition Print:  Reflections of the Past - 2013

Reflections of the PastReflections of the Past

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/-nothing-is-mysterious-no-human-relation-except-love-susan-sontag Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:57:20 GMT
In My Backyard - A Fish out of Water https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/in-my-backyard---a-fish-out-of-water Recently, I visited the beautiful state of New Mexico and captured incredible landscapes and interesting sites.  I realized after spending time wandering around New Mexico, and coming back home, there are so many beautiful things right around us.  Here are a few of my photographs in my amazing backyard, my town, the place I call home.  Sometimes, the best things are right here.

I see beauty in everything around me.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/12/in-my-backyard---a-fish-out-of-water Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:48:41 GMT
Twisted Vines https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/twisted-vines

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/twisted-vines Tue, 12 Nov 2013 06:11:13 GMT
Daredevils on Wires - Comcast Building PA https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/daredevils-on-wires---comcast-building-pa  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/daredevils-on-wires---comcast-building-pa Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:25:02 GMT
Philadelphia quiet at Night https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/map


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/map Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:15:56 GMT
Solar Eclipse- Sunday November 3, 2013 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/solar-eclipse Solar Eclipse-Robert Moses State Park, NY

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/11/solar-eclipse Mon, 04 Nov 2013 02:09:58 GMT
Shedding Skin into Fall https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/shedding-skin-into-fall

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/10/shedding-skin-into-fall Mon, 21 Oct 2013 02:22:31 GMT
24,652 Photos, 343 Days, 2 Cameras, & 509,612 Incredible People: My Story https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/24-652-photos-343-days-2-cameras-509-612-incredible-people-my-story This is my Story:  One year ago, this is where it all started, at a soccer tournament with another new camera.  This time its a newly purchased Canon Rebel T3i, a digital camera that fit me well.  Between soccer games, I wandered around, asking people to have their photograph taken, and I was pleasantly enlightened that answer was always, Yes.  After this experience, I got in the car with no destination.  There were many wrong turns and ultimately getting lost.  I pulled over checking a map (yes, a map, not a GPS).  I was in the middle of the property of Kings Park Psychiatric Center.  I looked up at the striking building that cast a huge shadow, and was in amazement.  I got out of my car, fearless and curious, and started photographing, where the silence is of pure abandonment.  I was completely hooked with all the new sights before me.  Photography became a way of exploration, pursuing my passion, while making friends along the way.  Sharing, laughing, with uninhibited exploration.  My journey has been incredible and as there is no end, it is just the beginning.  This web site has been not only a way of expression and displaying photographs, but to to share it with others to enjoy while telling my stories along the way.   I have photographed this year alone, (which marks many years of photography), 24,652 photographs, approximately over 343 days and counting, with two amazing loyal cameras: Canon 6D, and Canon Rebel T3i, and over the course of this year so far, I have met so many amazing people, they are always there; waiting for me, as I am waiting for them to explore and continue this journey. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/24-652-photos-343-days-2-cameras-509-612-incredible-people-my-story Sun, 08 Sep 2013 14:06:07 GMT
Light My Fire https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/light-my-fire Under careful precautions, I was in awe of this.  Extremely dangerous and performed by professionals only.  I was so close and very fortunate to capture these shots.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/light-my-fire Sun, 08 Sep 2013 12:56:03 GMT
Where's Your Ink? I Don't See Any https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/wheres-your-ink-i-don-t-see-any I met the most incredible tattoo artists.  They are born with this amazing talent.  Each artist was their own unique style, and is different from the next.  I admire their determination and devotion to this particular form of expression.  I admire their sincerity and candor, and welcoming me in to share their world. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/wheres-your-ink-i-don-t-see-any Sat, 07 Sep 2013 12:13:15 GMT
How a Building Becomes Abandoned https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/how-a-building-becomes-abandoned This particular building was a famous restaurant.  Two bodies of water joined together squeezing this building from either side-creating an unforgiving water table.  Here, food was stored in the basement in this large building.  A row boat was used in the basement to secure items and quickly abandoned after several attempts to save it.  Blue outdoor carpet is still seen leading up the stairs, where valet parking was available. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/how-a-building-becomes-abandoned Tue, 03 Sep 2013 03:38:50 GMT
Kings Park Psychiatric Center - The Story - LOOK CLOSELY!!! https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/kings-park-psychiatric-center---the-story Today, KPPC was off.  The weather was perfect, and the noises were loud.  There were footsteps everywhere, and felt someone tap me on the shoulder.  I turned around and heard, "Shhhh." I turned around again, and took this photo, and left immediately.   More to come......


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/kings-park-psychiatric-center---the-story Fri, 30 Aug 2013 00:10:09 GMT
Fans of White https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/fans-of-white Fans of White

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/fans-of-white Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:29:27 GMT
More Licks of Summer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/more-licks-of-summer

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/more-licks-of-summer Tue, 27 Aug 2013 02:26:30 GMT
New Glow in the Dark Infrared https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/new-glow-in-the-dark-infrared Reeds in White

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/new-glow-in-the-dark-infrared Mon, 26 Aug 2013 02:15:49 GMT
Two More for Fun https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/one-more-for-fun

Infrared Bridge - Jumped over the fence, really

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/one-more-for-fun Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:13:09 GMT
More Infrared without the Color https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/more-infrared-without-the-color

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/more-infrared-without-the-color Sun, 25 Aug 2013 00:02:45 GMT
Joint Custody of this Infrared Camera and Jumping the Fence https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/joint-custody-of-this-infrared-camera-and-jumping-the-fence

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/joint-custody-of-this-infrared-camera-and-jumping-the-fence Sat, 24 Aug 2013 23:51:14 GMT
Go Live in 14 Days - Tie The Knot Studios https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/go-live-in-14-days---tie-the-knot-studios A New Adventure:  The following site goes live in 14 DAYS:  tietheknotstudios.smugmug.com.  The site is currently in beta.  More excitement in the air. 


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/go-live-in-14-days---tie-the-knot-studios Thu, 22 Aug 2013 22:41:24 GMT
The Magic Magellanic Penguins https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/the-magic-magellanic-penguins  


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/the-magic-magellanic-penguins Wed, 21 Aug 2013 01:25:27 GMT
Titanic - The Bottom https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/titanic---the-bottom

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/titanic---the-bottom Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:21:20 GMT
Not a Haunted Mansion https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/not-a-haunted-mansion This is an abandoned Water Tower hidden on the grounds of this Mansion in CT.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/not-a-haunted-mansion Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:05:58 GMT
17 Steps & 2 Inches Away https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/17-steps-2-inches-away From bringing home this dog with me......(see all three photos below)...

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/17-steps-2-inches-away Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:02:33 GMT
Swing the Hat https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/swing-the-hat

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/swing-the-hat Tue, 20 Aug 2013 01:34:11 GMT
Machines of the Deep https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/machines-of-the-deep

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/machines-of-the-deep Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:20:31 GMT
Last Licks of Summer https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/last-licks-of-summer

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/last-licks-of-summer Mon, 05 Aug 2013 01:33:30 GMT
One Thing https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/one-thing By Invitation Only.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/one-thing Sat, 03 Aug 2013 16:59:00 GMT
Different Perspective https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/different-perspective

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/different-perspective Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:46:45 GMT
Proud https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/proud This father and son were so proud to show me what they caught.  Including proud Boston Red Sox fans.  

{Calico Bass, with real worms, and released}.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/proud Fri, 02 Aug 2013 02:15:11 GMT
Need to Get It Right https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/need-to-get-it-right I had to go back to Kent Falls to make it feel right.  See two images below.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/need-to-get-it-right Fri, 02 Aug 2013 01:49:49 GMT
Double Throw https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/double-throw I have known Guy Wolff for over 25 years.  He continues to make beautiful garden pots in his CT workshop.  He has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart, and Oprah.  Several turns on Country Roads with a small sign in front of his house that says, Guy Wolff Pottery made me stop right away.  I met him in front of his house, we had some laughs, and because it was late in the day-I promised him I would return after he wakes up the next day.  

He said I wake up at 10:00am so come back at 11:00am, so I did.  I couldn't believe it was him.  I asked him all about his TV debut and of course the pottery.  The morning started off with him turning on the kilns, checking the temperature and humidity of the workshop, and changing into this pottery clothes.  He started making a bell pot which requires a Double Throw, two large pieces of clay incredibly yielded together by the talent and careful skill of Guy.  The pot was completed in about 12 minutes, and cautiously transported to the drying station.   The entire process was so interesting and I was so glad to have the opportunity to spend time with him in his pottery workshop.  What a treat. 


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/8/double-throw Fri, 02 Aug 2013 01:31:24 GMT
Skill, Determination, and Great Art https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/skill-determination-and-great-art


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/skill-determination-and-great-art Thu, 01 Aug 2013 03:57:33 GMT
Kent Falls - Five Tier Falls https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/kent-falls---five-tier-falls This falls is so beautiful it doesn't seem real.  Perfectly balanced starting at the top of the mountain ending at the wading pool is a spectacular site and for all to enjoy.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/kent-falls---five-tier-falls Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:22:49 GMT
Hyundai Meets the Fort https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/hyundai-meets-the-fort

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/hyundai-meets-the-fort Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:13:49 GMT
Deserted Village - Wachtung Reservation https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/deserted-village---wachtung-reservation

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/deserted-village---wachtung-reservation Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:05:18 GMT
Inside the Wall to Nowhere https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/inside-the-wall-to-nowhere

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/inside-the-wall-to-nowhere Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:00:12 GMT
Low Light with the 6D https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/low-light-with-the-6d Almost all digital cameras save photo (JPEG, RAW, TIFF) files with EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) data. 

Camera settings and scene information are recorded by the camera into the image file.  Examples of stored information are shutter speed, date and time a photo was taken, focal length, exposure compensation, metering pattern and if a flash was used.

Camera Used: Canon 6D

EXIF Data:

ISO: 12800

Aperture: f 5.6

Shutter Speed: 1/15

Focal Length: 105mm

Photo File: JPEG, Edge blur (slightly)

Location:  Northport, NY


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/low-light-with-the-6d Tue, 23 Jul 2013 01:54:55 GMT
Wandering is Me https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/wandering-is-me

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/wandering-is-me Mon, 22 Jul 2013 01:32:44 GMT
To Whom Who Is Close to Me - I Thank (and Cherish) All of You https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/to-whom-who-is-close-to-me---i-thank-and-cherish-all-of-you

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/to-whom-who-is-close-to-me---i-thank-and-cherish-all-of-you Sun, 14 Jul 2013 23:07:19 GMT
Infrared with more Juice https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/infrared-with-more-juice Lovely 93

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/infrared-with-more-juice Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:53:52 GMT
The Mouse is Wearing Sneakers and a Dress https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/the-mouse-is-wearing-sneakers-and-a-dress Catwalk to 93, the Mouse

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/the-mouse-is-wearing-sneakers-and-a-dress Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:52:15 GMT
He says, "I have to tell you my story." https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/he-says-i-have-to-tell-you-my-story Today, its approximately 90 degrees at KPPC and I'm starring at Building 93 wondering how hot all the patients must have been.  The Long Island sound is shimmering from this high point clear across the horizon below.  While most rooms in 93 face the water, I painfully wonder if any of the patients dreamt about the water or swimming to cool off.  As a constant reminder the majestic 93 towers over this beautiful site, where the sky meets the water, and continues far away.  

A man approaches me and says, "I haven't seen you here."  We talk for some time.  I learned all about his life, and incredible details of KPPC.  We walk from building to building showing me all his favorite spots.  He explains the daunting history attached to each one, including those buildings gone.  There is much history here, including a farm, stable, shoemaker building, wood shop, and buried train tracks, all of which he showed me.  I have walked over these train tracks many times, and have never noticed them.  He never stops talking.

We also talked about photography for some time.  There were many questions of piqued interest.  I explained as best I could the borrowed Infrared camera I had with me.  I showed him the shots I had taken, there were wow's.  

Then we stopped in the shade, overlooking the Coal building, and he turned to me and said, "I have to tell you a story."

He said, "Do you believe that things happen for a reason?  Or being at the right place at the right time?  Do you believe in destiny?"

His Story:

He grew up in Northport, NY, and one day his family decided to go fishing on the dock.  A photographer approached his father and explained he was taking photographs to be later printed on Post Cards of Long Island.  The photos were taken, and the photographer mailed a couple dozen of these Post Cards to the family.  His parents recently passed away, and the Post Cards were no longer to be found.  A few months after their passing he went to a Tag Sale (on Long Island), and pulled out a $5 bill to purchase the same Post Card that was postmarked in Minnesota, inscribed on the back, "Having a Great Vacation on Long Island."  He wrote this story attached it carefully to the Post Card and put it in a safe for his children.  

Below is a photo I had taken along our journey, including a photograph of my new friend.  As we were both walking briskly-this is what I got.


Dedicated to Tom - for opening his life to me Tom

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/he-says-i-have-to-tell-you-my-story Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:50:33 GMT
Crazy Good Infrared Photography One on One https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/crazy-good-infrared-photography-one-on-one The opportunity to photograph with an Infrared Camera comes along not so often.  This week will be exciting and there will be more exploring. 

When I saw this - I sighed heavily, someone asked me, what is wrong, I said look. It's just unexpected, not planned, and everything it should be. The chair facing the hay stack between the tree means and says everything to me.

Folding Chair Makes Two




Landed on Red Lake, Mars

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/crazy-good-infrared-photography-one-on-one Sun, 07 Jul 2013 13:16:44 GMT
Quality Time with the Pros Makes Me Crazy Good - More to Come https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/ikujyh

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/ikujyh Sun, 07 Jul 2013 05:02:34 GMT
Chasing Lost Sunsets https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/chasing-lost-sunsets Right on queue.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/chasing-lost-sunsets Tue, 02 Jul 2013 00:27:42 GMT
Boat Yard Paparazzi https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/boat-yard-paparazzi Boat Yard - around the back

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/boat-yard-paparazzi Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:04:05 GMT
My Island https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/my-island I'm filming a movie (short film, the story board is under fifteen minutes) about surfers.  Taping today ended with four seconds of good footage, and seven seconds unexpectedly added.  It is challenging and exciting, it will be completed in a number of weeks.  The Production company is called Feather Light Films, more to come.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/my-island Sat, 29 Jun 2013 01:30:51 GMT
Nor Supermoon or Moon https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/nor-supermoon-or-moon An image of a fake moon with a hand held flashlight.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/nor-supermoon-or-moon Thu, 27 Jun 2013 03:27:42 GMT
365 24x7 My Camera Doesn't Sleep https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/365-24x7 On a beautiful Summer night, I like to see special things.  



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/365-24x7 Mon, 24 Jun 2013 02:10:22 GMT
The Perfect Catch of the Day https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/the-perfect-catch-of-the-day The perfect catch of the day requires patience, deep thought, and perseverance.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/the-perfect-catch-of-the-day Fri, 21 Jun 2013 02:22:30 GMT
Fishing at Sunset https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/fishing-at-sunset After I had set this shot up, close to twenty people were taking this photo behind me with their phones.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/fishing-at-sunset Tue, 18 Jun 2013 01:14:03 GMT
7 1/2 Minute Chukker https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/7-1/2-minute-chukker Can you use the same horse for an entire game?

No.  Polo ponies run the equivalent of one to two miles during a seven-and-a-half-minute chukker, so they must be rested frequently.  At the high-goal level, players ideally will have a fresh horse every period although many will double on their best ponies.  Even at this level, it’s rare but not unheard of for a pony to be played three chukkers in the same game—it happened in the famed International Matches between England and the United States.


Can anyone tell me if this is Nacho below?  If so, then this is really a great photo, because of Nacho.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/7-1/2-minute-chukker Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:03:56 GMT
Polo Match https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/polo-match These are the best photos of the day (see the three photos below).  I enjoy listening to the players talk to one another during the match.  I am lying on the ground watching them play, and listening very closely.  The horses and players are inches away from each other and never bump into each other.  They stop and turn with ease and speed, and the horses know to go after the ball.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/polo-match Sun, 16 Jun 2013 22:04:58 GMT
Bison https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/bison

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/bison Sun, 09 Jun 2013 02:57:50 GMT
Camera, Culture, and Kindness https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/camera-culture-and-kindness I am always intrigued and fascinated with every culture.  Especially cultures I know nothing about.  Their language, their customs, their idea of thinking, their kindness, and willingness to open up to someone and share their stories.  Here I am snapping away, and he is gesturing for me to come over to play his instrument.  I carefully play the instrument with extreme ease, and he laughs.  It is so simple and yet the sound is so distinct.  I ask many questions, and he cannot speak my language.  I cannot speak his language, we can't understand each other, so we laugh some more.  He plays a song for me, and now we understand each other perfectly. {See two photos below}.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/camera-culture-and-kindness Fri, 07 Jun 2013 03:08:37 GMT
Funny Knows Funny https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/funny-knows-funny What's really funny about this, is the character resting their feet is staring intently at an amusement park below.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/funny-knows-funny Fri, 07 Jun 2013 02:52:27 GMT
NYC - Warm Glow https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/nyc

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/nyc Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:29:15 GMT
Owl in Waiting https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/owl-in-waiting This is part of a beautification program back in 2003-2004.  Children paintings were placed over the windows of this particular building and the Surgical building.  The paintings are more adult like and are really captivating.  This particular painting is spectacular and remains outside exposed to the elements.  The green areas are where sun and water have peeled away the paint.  Scroll down to see the two images below.

Kings Park Psychiatric Center - Building 144



Owl in Waiting


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/owl-in-waiting Sat, 01 Jun 2013 03:05:58 GMT
I Do Declare - Invitation Back to the Civil War https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/i-do-declare---invitation-back-to-the-civil-war I've been invited back from WWII to the Civil War.  Do I really need to wear period clothes?  No one will see me.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/i-do-declare---invitation-back-to-the-civil-war Wed, 29 May 2013 04:13:50 GMT
The Star and the Snip https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/the-star-and-the-snip This is Watermark-the name of this horse.  He has a distinguished marking on its Star.

The Star is a marking located on the top of the horse's head, and the Snip is a marking located near the nose.

I learned this today, from his owner.  Watermark has an irregular Star and it is quite unique.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/the-star-and-the-snip Mon, 27 May 2013 18:18:34 GMT
Superfecta https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/superfecta Today was challenging, difficult, choosing the correct exposure settings were trying, and an incredible experience all at the same time.  There is more to learn, more to ask, sharing with friends, and having fun is a Superfecta.  

This is the winner, he is smiling and won by just a few inches.


I Won

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/superfecta Sat, 25 May 2013 12:11:35 GMT
History & Photography https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/historyandphotography Today was a little too easy.  Meaning photography; the set up, the plan, the tactic, and the results.  I researched WWII and photography a great deal.  My full intention for this collection was to shoot in black and white only.  Listen to the stories, as there were many, learn from them, and then the photography will come.  As this happened, I leaned in closer, and asked for photos so many were delighted-as I felt this opportunity comes around not so often.  I admired the pure appreciation and dedication in keeping history alive.  There was a certain feel to this time and era, that will never be repeated, and held so close to so many people.  Do you know what it is?


Perfect Height

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/historyandphotography Sun, 19 May 2013 00:45:17 GMT
My Photography Formula: Urban Risk Archaeology + 3 Lucky Charms = Amazing Find https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/3-lucky-charms-amazing-find Some like golf, the beach, gardening, and then there is this.  

Something told me to carry or wear charms of luck that is significant to me today when photographing.  I wore three lucky charms and found this below.  When I started photographing seriously with digital in September 2012, someone had asked me what I like to photograph.  He asked, "What do you photograph?  What is your specialty?"  I didn't find or have an answer at that time.  His wife also explained to him, that I was exploring and learning digital photography, and finding my way.  My answer now, is two genres in order of preference: 1. Urban Risk Archaeology 2. People-Strangers

The neologism {a newly coined term created by me that has not yet been accepted into mainstream language} describing my photography specialty or genre is what I call:  Urban Risk Archaeology.

Urban Risk Archaeology:  Definition:  Photographing abandoned property, buildings, or sites, that were in high usage and of special interest at the time before abandonment and generally have a risk associated with photographing these sites.  This term came to me while I was lying on the loading dock reading the Census book from 1990 that I found. This Census book was in perfect condition, exactly 23 years old, and completely dry and unsoiled.  Pencil and pen marks checking off the residents status was clear as if it was completed yesterday.  I closed the book (yes, left it in the same position) in disbelief.  I forgot that I was even there while reading it, when the sound of thunder reminded me where I was.


Wow-Coal Room

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/3-lucky-charms-amazing-find Sat, 11 May 2013 21:42:40 GMT
1,000 Apples https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/1-000-apples The Kings Park Psychiatric Center Quad consists of four buildings which all appear to be connected.  Buidling 41, 42, 43, and 44. The hexagon piers are known as the solariums where patients would sun.  There are four of them strategically placed in the direction of the sun's path.  Two young men approached me in the back, and asked me if I was going in-I said, no, I am too scared.  They both said, we are scared too.  I asked them if they smell apples, as if there are 1,000 of apples everywhere in bushels and in crates.  They said yes.  I didn't see any apple trees. Kings Park the QUAD

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/1-000-apples Fri, 10 May 2013 14:22:33 GMT
Lucky in Love with Photography & People https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/lucky-in-love-with-photography Sometimes, I get lucky, and generally, most people are very receptive and open, when I ask to take their photo.  I haven't been told no yet.  This is what happens, when you don't even have to ask, ponder, or wonder, it just naturally happens. You have to really be ready. Fortunately, I recognized this opportunity, but it was this man that created this photo and feeling, on his own. I was there at the right time to capture this moment.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/lucky-in-love-with-photography Sat, 27 Apr 2013 18:32:13 GMT
This Is It https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/this-is-it This is it...the last day of a new beginning.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/this-is-it Sat, 20 Apr 2013 21:26:30 GMT
York Hall Building - 80 Kings Park Psychiatric Center https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/york-hall---building-80-kings-park-psychiatric-center York Hall, Building 80, is easy to miss, one of the nicest buildings, and sits quietly to the left of the entrance of Nissequogue State Park.

This building is a theatre with seats located in the balcony.  Plays, performances, religious events, and meetings were held here.  This building is completely sealed off with cement on the front two windows opposite the main entrance, which I have not seen on any other building.


York Hall - Building 80 Kings Park Psychiatric Center


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/york-hall---building-80-kings-park-psychiatric-center Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:35:00 GMT
Wisteria Building - 15 Kings Park Psychiatric Center https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/wisteria-building---15 Constructed in 1939, this building is called Wisteria, number 15.  It sits next to 93 to its right.  Although, I have not seen Wisteria around the surrounding area-this building appears to be the most overgrown with brush and vines.  The name of this building is unknown, and this is the loudest building, the Surgical remains the one with the most sounds.  There is a small basketball court in the back, with two decorative exits, and a large kitchen area on the left.  There are several rumors regarding this particular building, all of which remain as rumors.


Wisteria Building - 15




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/wisteria-building---15 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 21:17:48 GMT
Macy Building - 90 Kings Park Psychiatric Center https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/macy-building-90---built-1917 Dr. William A. Macy Superintendent 1904 - 1918 

In my opinion, this is the quietest building, it is still, it doesn't move or breathe.  Built in 1917, It sits across the street from Building 93. From 90, 93 looks spectacular.  This building (90) doesn't feel right, it's not placed right.  However, as the sun was setting through the broken glass on the second floor I went in the back and caught an orange glow from the sun illuminating the interior.  I left immediately after the sun went down on building 90. 




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/macy-building-90---built-1917 Wed, 17 Apr 2013 02:11:31 GMT
Kings Park Psychiatric Center - Jody https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kings-park-psychiatric-center---jody Jody and I did not go into any buildings.  She shared some very interesting stories, before the sun finally set.  What a treat.

Her favorite building is 93, where we both went to afterwards.  My favorite building (and the building with the most sounds) is this one, the Surgical Building.  I thought it was very interesting that all four photographers never walked in the street.  We all avoided it for whatever reason, we stayed on the sidewalks or walked on the grass.  Although all these buildings are abandoned, we all stayed close to the buildings. 


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kings-park-psychiatric-center---jody Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:46:40 GMT
Dreams - Jenny https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/dreams---jenny

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/dreams---jenny Mon, 15 Apr 2013 01:00:42 GMT
The Long City by the Beach that could https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/the-long-city-by-the-beach-that-could After several months since Hurricane Sandy, Long Beach, NY looks great.  I have not seen most of the damage, but the recovery is well underway, the beach is clean, the town is ready, and the water is so clear.  Several surfers were out, and a recommended restaurant was closed due to Private Party, everyone was out and about, and construction for the new boardwalk will start soon.  The new boardwalk will be made of a hardwood tropical wood and the phased approach will be implemented.  Sections of the boardwalk will open one at a time.  Plans and dates are difficult to estimate-but everyone remains hopeful and excited about the Summer ahead.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/the-long-city-by-the-beach-that-could Sun, 14 Apr 2013 18:15:31 GMT
Kings Park Psychiatric Center - Week Four - Jody https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kings-park-psychiatric-center---week-four---jody I met three other photographers on April 13, 2013 in the late afternoon at the Kings Park Psychiatric Center, which was not planned.

Glen, discovered this place recently, this was his seventh visit.

Scott and Son, second visit.

Jody, unknown visit.

Jackie, me, fourth visit.

Jody and I are were near my favorite building, the Surgical Building.  I came up behind her and told her I'm there.  She says, I know I was watching you by the Surgical building.  I say to her, "Have you ever gone in?" She says lots of times.  I said, "Really, I never went in.  I'm too scared, and afraid I would get lost in the buildings."  She said, "I know my way around almost every building." She begins to rattle off all the buildings names and numbers accurately.  She said, "You know if we go in, I can show you how to get out, its not that hard."  I reply, "When were you inside last?" She says, "Not in while, but I remember a lot from when I worked here from 1981 to 1996."  I said, "Jody, you need to cancel all your important plans that might occur in the next hour.  Whether its picking someone up at the airport, making dinner, or a critical appointment, everything as you know it, is cancelled for the next hour."

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/kings-park-psychiatric-center---week-four---jody Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:34:03 GMT
You Can't Smile https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/you-cant-smile Here's the story:

10 construction workers hanging around-The only one not wearing a hood or a baseball cap was this one.  He was watching me climbing over the man made dune placed in front of the missing board walk.  I asked him if I can take his photo, he asked me if it will be in the paper.  I said, "Buddy, probably not," and I explained why.  He was smiling like a ham, loving every minute of it.  I said, this is the only time in a thousand times, I'm going to have to ask you not to smile.  He said, "What?" I said, "Who's sunglasses are those?" I said, "Listen Brian, today you are like Bob the Builder, but Brian the cool construction surveyor dude; building an awesome boardwalk worth $40 million dollars, where thousands of people will enjoy."  He said, "My name is not Brian, it's Mike, and that's what I'm DOING."  I said, "Yeah Brian, than look like it."  And this is what I got.....he loved it.


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/you-cant-smile Sun, 14 Apr 2013 12:09:04 GMT
3 Things I Love Right Now https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/3-things-i-love-right-now 1.  Generation Y

2.  Memorabilia

3.  Mayor Bloomberg, Roof Top Initiative.




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/3-things-i-love-right-now Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:47:06 GMT
What did I say? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/what-did-i-say What did I say to him to make him smile?  I looked at these three photos for so long-before I recalled what I said.  

"I know there is an incredible smile, underneath all that chalk."   



I sneaked up on you

I made you smile!

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/what-did-i-say Thu, 04 Apr 2013 21:58:53 GMT
A Photographers Dream - Soaking Wet https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/a-photographers-dream---soaking-wet As a photographer, and to be surrounded by other amazing photographers...being tapped on the shoulder, to say, come with me, let me show you my culture, let me show you my family, let me show you my song and dance, is a blessing...As I knew about this Holiday, I was very excited to go, and didn't know what to expect.  I met with the NYPD and they estimated due to the weather, 50,000 were in attendance.....I met beautiful families and heard amazing stories, and had so much fun, my stomach hurt from laughing so much.  I was covered in chalk and soaking wet later on--after being attacked by 6 year olds from this awesome family.  I let them have fun with me, I couldn't resist.  Thank you so much for connecting with me, and letting me in to meet your families, your friends, and truly appreciating this beautiful Holiday. Happy Holi everyone.


Two Sisters, Two Daughters

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/a-photographers-dream---soaking-wet Sun, 31 Mar 2013 12:49:53 GMT
Week Three https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-three

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-three Fri, 29 Mar 2013 16:01:02 GMT
Place holder Kings Park Interviews https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/place-holder-kings-park-interviews April 13, 2013:


Kings Park Psychiatric Center:  On this particular day, there are three other photographers, near and around my favorite building that makes the most noise.  I meet Glenn, followed by Jody.  Glenn meets Scott. Then Scott, meets up with the rest of us,


I follow Jody, I say to her, I am right behind you and don't want to scare you. She says, I saw you in front of the Surgical building.  I said, Isn't this great? 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/place-holder-kings-park-interviews Wed, 20 Mar 2013 19:12:34 GMT
New Web Site Announcement https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/new-web-site-announcement (Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/new-web-site-announcement Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:19:36 GMT KPPC Project-The Writer, the Photographer, and the Ghost Hunter https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/kppc-project-the-writer-the-photographer-and-the-ghost-hunter Two web sites: New One: Title of Web Page:  Author (require/need one). 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/kppc-project-the-writer-the-photographer-and-the-ghost-hunter Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:15:25 GMT
Week Two-KPPC Project https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-one-kppc-project Building 29  Power Plant - Coal Supply 


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-one-kppc-project Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:12:16 GMT
Week One-KPPC Project https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-two-kppc-project (Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/week-two-kppc-project Tue, 19 Mar 2013 00:12:05 GMT Kings Park Psychiatric Center-Building 93 https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/kings-park-psychiatric-center-building-93 To be completed.....

Week One:  Building 93 and Doctors House?

The largest of all buildings has 11 floors, an attic, and a basement totaling 13 floors.  The rooms inside get smaller intentionally for less mobile patients the higher the floor.  The building seems to taper off towards the top, which may be an optical illusion or the design.  This building is perfect and spectacular to see.  Each window has 7 levels of glass, or rows, and 6 panes high.  The building sits perfectly positioned with the sunrise and set on an angle on purpose.  I was completed awestruck to this particular building and surrounding structures.  This particular photography project will be over the course of 13 weeks, capturing all the details of each structure.  There has been plans to tear these buildings down, but for now that has been placed on hold.  These buildings should never be entered, as they are completely unsafe and loaded with asbestos.    

The Story:

The Visit:  My first visit was about an hour, it had just snowed and was windy, there was one other person walking around.  I drove around the back towards the section of buildings near the fire station.  I came upon a road and drove down-I stayed long enough for a security guard to approach.  He knew I was not in the buildings, as he was watching me closely.  I left on my own accord.  

The Knee:  I counted my steps from the top of the stairs to the edge of the grass, 13.

I was being watched from inside Building 93.


Kings Park Psychiatric Center

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/kings-park-psychiatric-center-building-93 Mon, 18 Mar 2013 15:45:25 GMT
Challenging Photographs https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/challenging-photographs Ahead of time, I researched the Rules and Regulations of photography at the NY Public Library.  There is no flash photography allowed, no tripods, and most of the Research rooms are completely off limits to photographers.  One of the Research rooms, is directly behind me in this photo, which two photographers were ushered out.  There are even clearly posted signs throughout these rooms.  They are standing right next to me, watching me setting up this scene, and in the middle of it, they drop a filter which echos across the entire room.  Right before that I am on my knees, taking this shot.

Here comes security, they address me, I say, "I never saw these two before in my life."  They other two photographers say, "She always says that."

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/challenging-photographs Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:36:04 GMT
Where is Trouble going? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/where-is-trouble-going Emma requests Chicken Marsala and pancakes for dinner.  She quietly enters the kitchen and says, "Where is Trouble going?" Now, I look at her, and several thoughts cross my mind at once.  Did he open the window and jump out?  Does she mean he left?  As the look on her face is fairly calm, I remain calm, I still have the spoon in my hand, and Emma holds on to my apron as we quietly enter the bedroom.  

Trouble managed to get himself inside the suitcase (on the floor), which is fairly large, the one I am donating.  This suitcase can pack two weeks of clothes, and more than likely not allowed on planes anymore.  So, there Trouble is, tail out, head out, huge paws off the side, cozy and snug inside my suitcase.  This is where he sleeps now. Emma thinks he wants to go on a trip.  Trouble looks at me and Emma and puts his head back down on the rug, we both shrug and go back to cooking.  

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/where-is-trouble-going Sun, 17 Mar 2013 15:35:20 GMT
Hide the Lion https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/hide-the-lion Last night, between baking cookies, playing with chalks, hopscotch, Old Maid, rainbow (princess) dust, and pasta necklaces.  Emma says to me, "Let's play Hide the Lion."  What?  Trouble is sleeping calmly because I took him around the track with Emma.  Later Emma gave up running, so its me, the rope attached to Trouble and Emma in the stroller.  Trouble is exhausted, luckily I am not. 

Hide the Lion is where, you put Trouble underneath a blanket, he goes 'hides' and will growl if you can't find him.  Now, Trouble is the size of a twin bed and is as tall as a doorway, when on his back hind legs.  As I am so tempted to witness this game-I decide against it.  I still have visions of my camera flying around my neck landing next to me in the sand, as giant chewbacca tackles me (more about the cleaning of my camera).  Many have asked me, where is Trouble during the day?  Trouble goes to 'big dog' daycare, where he has the option of running around on three plus acres.  When I pick him up, he looks directly at me and Emma, and says-Game On. 

Latest treats (but not chewed):  Barbie bus, claimed my blanket, and my suitcase.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/hide-the-lion Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:42:06 GMT
I got Trouble https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/i-got-trouble Besides, me and Emma, I am babysitting Trouble-this is Trouble.  Why I agreed to do this is beyond me.  Trouble is larger than my car, and larger than life.  Trouble is huge and lays next to me at night on the floor-he won't 'allow' me to get in my bed (tons of barking and jumping).  I can't move at all, without Trouble putting his paws on my blanket.  Trouble's leash is a rope from a ship yard.  He takes me for a walk and will eat anything not tied down.  His list of treats so far are: my boots, my frying pan (the entire handle), two pillows, and a whole onion-don't even ask.  His 'stick' is a fireplace log-and oh by the way freaks out when I put my camera to my face to take his photo.  My face is always wet and we both sleep so well at night. So, no photos to be posted for just a few days.  


(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/i-got-trouble Sun, 10 Mar 2013 19:27:18 GMT
Up to my Knees in Mud-well almost https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/up-to-my-knees-in-mud-well-almost For some reason, I can find a barn, stable, jockey room, horse corral, or ranch in two seconds (without directions).  This particular ranch was easy to find-the Arabian horse owner, directed me around the back to 'go' find Nick.  I clearly had my camera taking photos of Sundance his horse, and told me again, go in the back, hurry go see Nick-he is shoeing now.  Now, lets be clear I know nothing about horses.  So, at this point I think he is the horse shoe guy.  There's another barn-WAY in the back, where the black crows are calling, and a dog is following me, saying to himself, where are you going with your camera Ma'am.  So, I hear the metal, clanking and the loud grinding, so I go inside the barn, no one is there, even the horse is surprised to see me.

He says, Long Island has the most horses and barns, stables per square foot than any other state! He said, this is a fact, I say, I don't doubt you.  That's where his business is, that's where he grew up.  He doesn't even ask what I am doing with the camera, he just goes about his business and starts shoeing the horse, and I go about my business photographing this--I can't miss this, I can't lose any moments, but to focus on him and the horse.  After he is done shoeing, I tell him, I am done, he says, so am I.  And at that point, the horse turns around and sighs heavily.  This female horse got her first pair of shoes.




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/up-to-my-knees-in-mud-well-almost Fri, 01 Mar 2013 22:45:28 GMT
Sometimes a Photo is Worth Sharing https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/sometimes-a-photo-is-worth-sharing  

I received this as change, and smiled.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/sometimes-a-photo-is-worth-sharing Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:37:02 GMT
To The Baker https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/to-the-baker I was completely invisible when photographing this collection.  I was only two feet away from each baker, at times inches away.  I was in their personal space at all times.  Silence and a smile went a long way.  I hope you all know what I mean.



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/to-the-baker Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:29:16 GMT
I've Been Tagged! https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/ive-been-tagged

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/ive-been-tagged Sat, 23 Feb 2013 22:18:22 GMT
Coe Hall Grandchildren https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/coe-hall-grandchildren  

Immediately I went to the left and not the right, the flow and layout of this mansion was perfect.  I cut across the lawn pass the frozen pool and garden further down.  I kept going not even interested in the pool, and the gated garden.  The arches of this portico and height of the covered area which lead to the formal dining room was brilliant.  The design was amazing, and it felt extremely safe, and warm in this outdoor area, even during WInter conditions-it was 26 degrees outside.  Luckily I found a photo of the Coe grandchildren, sitting at the same spot where I was.  I later learned this is where they played, this is where they came.  Now I know why.

Coe Grandchildren

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/coe-hall-grandchildren Tue, 19 Feb 2013 21:27:03 GMT
My Other True Love https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/my-other-true-love My First Love is Photography-but I really like Video--More to Come...Stay Tuned. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/my-other-true-love Mon, 18 Feb 2013 00:32:13 GMT
It Just Takes One https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/it-just-takes-one Congratulations Vic on over 7 million hits.  It really just takes one.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/it-just-takes-one Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:20:17 GMT
By Popular Demand | Winter Wonderland https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/by-popular-demand-winter-wonderland I received numerous requests to post the conventional winter blizzard storm photos. 

I will post them here.  I converted one of them to HDR last night--and melted all over again.

Meaning, I love HDR so much.  See also More Winter Storm Gallery.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/by-popular-demand-winter-wonderland Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:02:52 GMT
I stopped 94 people in their tracks.... https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/i-stopped-94-people-in-their-tracks with this photo......After a 3' snow storm, with close to 4' in drifts.  I received close to 25-30 e-mails in an e-mail stream complaining about the lack of snow removal.  Thankfully everyone had power; stranded in their houses.  Every few seconds, another e-mail would alert me of an additional complaint.  It was the first day after the storm, and the sky was amazingly blue, even aqua at times.  So, I sent a responding e-mail to all 94 people:  I stated:  Greetings, We all live in a beautiful town.  I hope you don't mind if I send you these two photos-on this gorgeous day.  One is the photo below-and the other was a photo of icicles.  {These photos were in the most unusual places}.  From, Jackie.  

And this was a response I received: Thanks Jackie, Just when I wanted to join in the complaining. 

The e-mails stopped immediately.  Everyone enjoyed the photos.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/i-stopped-94-people-in-their-tracks Mon, 11 Feb 2013 05:24:07 GMT
Zoom Feature https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/zoom-feature In the zoom feature of many photo editing tools-you can find a lot of detail.  In this photo, there is another photographer taking a photo of me...I completely forgot about this, until I used the zoom feature to see the details in the vendor cart.


(Jackie Stevens Images) feature zoom https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/zoom-feature Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:02:44 GMT
I'm finally out of Green Mode https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/im-finally-out-of-green-mode Thank you to all who have supported me.  I am especially grateful for those who spent the time and patience with me, teaching me. 

I am incredibly fortunate to have met real professionals in the field.  Their stories are funny, amazing, and I love having coffee with them anytime......

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/im-finally-out-of-green-mode Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:17:59 GMT
Have you ever been Tagged? https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/have-you-ever-been-tagged I have not been tagged yet.  However, I haven't been to many 'hot spots'.  What does this mean?  Hot spots around here, are typically in NYC.  These hot spots have several security cameras and devices post 9/11.  These typical areas are highly congested such as; under bridges, near entry ways, tunnels, train stations, national landmarks, and tourist areas.  I was recently in Grand Central Terminal Station; this is designated as a hot spot.  I did not have a tripod-although they are allowed here with limited use, extended use requires a permit.  If I had a tripod today, I would have been tagged, more than likely.   There are many photographers in Grand Central Terminal, but with iPhones.  I have not been tagged by local officials-whereas, they do not want you to take numerous detailed photos of these structures.  This is understandable.  Using discretion, and letting people know in advance what I am doing helps me a lot.  Not in all cases, does this work.  However; today it did.   

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/2/have-you-ever-been-tagged Wed, 06 Feb 2013 22:42:05 GMT
Funny Line | Printing Your Work https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/funny-line-printing-your-work Favorite Barn photo - Canon Print Challenge Printing photographs are equally important in addition to storing them digitally.

                       I heard someone recently say related to this topic.

This person's line was: "Print out your photos, your kids don't grow up on JPEG."

           I really could't stop laughing....it was hilarious (to me).

My friend had 'assigned' me or rather challenged me to print a photo by Tuesday.

I printed the same photo; horse barn shot in two sizes (above), 4x6 and 8x10 on Monday.  

The 8x10 was given to someone who really wanted it.  I'm left with the 4x6, brought

it to work, and someone else wanted it.  I'm now left with no prints, but was able to share my work,

which made me smile even more. 



(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/funny-line-printing-your-work Tue, 29 Jan 2013 03:31:53 GMT
Things I Love https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/things-i-love I recently posted (quickly) about the discovery of HDR and how I taught myself how to do it.  Then I was thinking of what I really love as it relates specifically to photography.

What I love about photography so far:

1.  My tripod does its job.

2.  Digital 'film' will never stop fascinating me.

3.  Sharing my photographs.

4.  Making people smile and laugh.

5.  I am always learning and improving.

6.  I met some really neat friends.

7.  The smallest thing can make me happy.

8.  Discovering a new 'spot' is simply awesome.

9.  Wearing all black works for me.

10.  I so want to buy a horse now.




(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/things-i-love Mon, 21 Jan 2013 04:20:25 GMT
I Love HDR https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/i-love-hdr I'm in love with HDR............

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/i-love-hdr Sun, 20 Jan 2013 01:37:28 GMT
Photography & Me https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/photography-me I am never alone when it comes to photography.  It is more than a hobby now, but rather a passion, and drives me.  I dusted off and renewed this interest most recently.  The curiosity of people and openness is never expected, but always a pleasant awakening.  It's a small gift, I receive when I go out and photograph things I admire, and people that are more than interesting.  I don't find it intimidating and don't approach in that manner, when asking permission to take photos.  There are so many opportunities and places to visit, people to meet.  I find it interesting unlike other hobbies, exploring through the lens, has opened so many doors.

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/photography-me Sun, 06 Jan 2013 13:59:46 GMT
2 Invites in One Day - Friday, January 11 Astrotrail https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/2-invites-in-one-day---friday-january-11-astrotrail I am not sure what this is about.  I will find out the details and post them, but count me in.  Thank you for including me.....I don't like NOT having a laptop anymore.  I have learned to live without it.   

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/2-invites-in-one-day---friday-january-11-astrotrail Wed, 02 Jan 2013 03:46:36 GMT
Owl Sanctuary - Oyster Bay Friday, January 4th, See you there! https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/owl-sanctuary---oyster-bay-friday-january-4th-see-you-there Thank you for the invite.  I hope we are able to capture the owls at night.  It will be cold and clear out so dress warm.....

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/owl-sanctuary---oyster-bay-friday-january-4th-see-you-there Wed, 02 Jan 2013 03:38:05 GMT
I have a new website to add: myshutterspace.com/profile/Jacqueline https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/i-have-a-new-website-to-add-myshutterspace-com/profile/jacqueline (Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/i-have-a-new-website-to-add-myshutterspace-com/profile/jacqueline Tue, 25 Dec 2012 01:57:23 GMT JPEG vs. RAW https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/jpeg-vs-raw I shot RAW the other day, and not on purpose.  I normally shoot JPEG. What's the difference?  There are many articles on this topic-and this is what I learned from experience.  RAW is similar to an unprocessed negative.  JPEG is processed and has limitations on editing.  Although, I have not found limitations on JPEG.  With more flexibility and details to be edited on RAW, most of my phots are shot using JPEG.  How to Measure a Horse, was photographed all in RAW-again lucky mistake, then I converted each shot to JPEG after editing.  I am pleased with these results although timely, it was worth it.



(Jackie Stevens Images) JPEG vs RAW https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/jpeg-vs-raw Sun, 11 Nov 2012 21:35:00 GMT
Photography at Night https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/photography-at-night With only a few hours limited to the day to shoot--my photography, recently, has forced its way to shoot at night.  During film days and 35mm cameras, carrying around a clunky flash was awkward and cumbersome, so I steered away from night time photography.  With the age of Digital cameras, the ability to shoot without the flash while allowing light in-or back light, sometimes called the Flash Off feature, is an excellent way to capture night time shots without disturbing the surrounding around you.  The Flash Off feature proves useful in situations where Flash is Prohibited as well.  All photos shot in the Route 110 Delights were shot in this method. 

(Jackie Stevens Images) https://jackiestevens.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/11/photography-at-night Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:17:11 GMT