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In a previous post, I mentioned I was working on a special photography project. I’m happy to announce that I’ve received another commission by Scenic Hudson to create compelling landscape photographs of all 28 parks they own in the Hudson Valley region. The images will be used for promotional purposes on their website and print materials. I will also maintain the right to display and sell the images on my website, and in galleries and at art shows.

Poets Walk benches
Benches at Poets Walk Park

Though this project will be quite a challenge, and at times seems intimidating, it is also a privilege that I’m very excited about. In fact, before I was even approached about this project, I had already had a personal goal of photographing many of these same parks. So when I was asked if I was interested, it was an easy answer. I am already very familiar with many of the locations, having hiked them many times both for photographing and just plain recreation with my family.

I will be concentrating on roughly half of the parks during the summer, with the remainder to be completed toward the end of the year. I thought it would be a good idea to use the weblog as sort of a “behind the scenes” look at my progress, so you’ll get to see many of the images I shoot, and how I go about deciding which are the final keepers. I’ll be using my Canon 1Ds Mark III 21 megapixel camera exclusively for this project, and I’ll write a field report on my impressions using this new camera soon. So far though, all I can say is it is the best camera I have ever used both in terms of image quality and performance.

Shaupeneak Ridge
Shaupeneak Ridge

For those of you who live in the region, I urge you to get out this summer and visit some of these parks. In an area that is under tremendous pressure for development, it is really special to have land set aside for conservation and recreation. Maybe we’ll run into each other on the trails…you’ll know it’s me because I’ll be smiling as I always am when I’m out in nature doing what I love best.

PS – My previous project for Scenic Hudson which involved creating six 360° virtual panorams has been completed and should be on their website soon. Here is a sample from Poets Walk Park. – enjoy!

RR Jr

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