Collectible Fine Art Photography Montauk Point Lighthouse
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Collectible Fine Art Photography Montauk Point Lighthouse

“I’m riding locally today. Hard to imagine, I know, after spending the better part of this book complaining about the traffic congestion here on my native Long Island; particularly the closer one gets to New York City. To my two-wheel friends who have never visited here I describe it as “motorcycle hell”. Our roads are in the worst condition of any byways anywhere in The United States, and I’ve certainly ridden on enough of them to make that statement authoritatively. As I write this we are heading into Labor Day weekend and the potholes from this past winter still have not been repaired on most major thoroughfares; a minor inconvenience to those who make their way on four wheels, but a downright dangerous situation for those of us that choose to travel on two wheels. In the last chapter I described riding in The Adirondack Mountains of New York and covering a 70 mile stretch without encountering a single stop sign or traffic signal. On parts of Long Island that interval decreases to 1/4 mile or less and is usually accompanied by wall-to-wall, bumper-to-bumper traffic congestion comprised of some of the nation’s most unskilled, discourteous, distracted drivers.”

-Excerpt from “Road Work: Images and Insights of a Modern Day Explorer”

The excerpt above is from my Amazon #1 best selling road travel book which is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon as well as on Apple Books. If you love motorcycle travelogues give this one a read. As the author I may be just a little bit biased, but I happen to think it’s a great one.

Having been a working commercial photographer for almost 40 years I had established a fairly successful career capturing the types of images that my clients demanded of me. At this juncture I want to do some personal work...the kind of imagery that I want to do for myself. Not all of my photographs are created on lengthy, long distance motorcycle journeys far from my home. Some of my favorite images are created during day rides or overnighters, on my BMW motorcycle, right here on beautiful Long Island. This image, entitled “Blue Atlantic” is one of the most popular of my fine art editions. This image was captured from a vantage point within Camp Hero State Park, looking north towards the structure across Turtle Cove, a popular spot with east end surf fishermen and surfers alike. The photograph was taken with a tripod-mounted Nikon Digital SLR camera fitted with a 70-200mm Nikkor lens. The original digital image was processed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom software on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer. I have spent many days exploring the east end of Long Island from Southampton to Montauk Point, and have created many wonderful images in this oceanfront stretch of land known as the south fork. In addition to being a very popular collectible fine art edition in my body of personal work, this image has garnered much critical acclaim. It has hung in two juried art shows at two different venues in East Hampton, NY. It is also offered for acquisition in prestigious art galleries in The Hamptons, New York City and Ottawa, Canada. I’m truly grateful for being blessed with the ideal environmental conditions under which I captured this image. The legendary lighthouse at Montauk Point is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the east end of Long Island. The image was captured on a cold spring day with the sun shining brightly over the Atlantic Ocean. My photographic images and written words have reached the pages of many magazines and online portals in the photographic, motorcycle, motorsports, travel and hospitality industries. The images you see here on my web site are just a small portion of my body of stock photographic work (all of which is available for sale or lease) and I am available to discuss and undertake any creative project assignment that you may have in mind…preferably ones that can be accessed on two wheels. After all…I’ll use any excuse to ride; and what better reason to ride than one that encompasses all of the things I am passionate about.