Fine Art Travel Photography Hamptons Long Island New York Author and Writer
Michael ONeill Photographer Writer Motorcyclist Adventurer
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Fine Art Travel Photography Hamptons Long Island New York Author and Writer

"Heading back west away from “The End” I take lots of back roads through the communities of Springs and Northwest Harbor; roads that the throngs of tourists don’t know of, and are only lightly traveled by local residents. I pass through the lovely town of Sag Harbor into North Haven and board the south ferry to Shelter Island, a beautiful sanctuary nestled between the twin forks of eastern Long Island. I tour briefly around the enclave, which boasts a year-round population of less than 2,500 people; passing its many wonderful beaches and wildlife preserves, before arriving at the north ferry which will deliver me to Greenport on Long Island’s north fork."

-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.

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 "Halcyon" is one of the most popular of my fine art editions. It was captured on Acabonac Harbor in the village of Springs, NY; a tiny hamlet in the famous affluent area known as The Hamptons on Long Island. 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. I visited this site on three consecutive days at different times of the day. I envisioned the final image, just as you see it here, with the fog rolling in and nary a ripple in the waters. On day three the conditions were perfect and I captured the peaceful scene. A little enhancement work in Adobe Photoshop gave the image it’s soft watercolor like feeling, and ultimately printing it on a very high quality Gicleé paper leads many a viewer to think this is a painting, not a photograph. In addition to being a very popular collectible fine art edition in my body of personal work, this image has gathered 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. A couple of side notes: The title of this image "Halcyon" is a reference to a mythical bird who has the power of charming winds and waves into calmness. Though often jokingly asked by other fellow photographers (who’s works were displayed alongside this one) I had no hand in the sinking of this boat. I’m truly grateful for being blessed with the ideal environmental conditions under which I captured this image. A few days after I took this picture "Halcyon" succumbed to the sea, sinking for good. The image was captured many years ago using a Nikon DSLR camera equipped with a Nikkor zoom lens. In retrospect, I was probably traveling on one of my Harley-Davidson motorcycles back when this image was created. The original digital image was processed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom software on my Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer. It is also one of my most awarded images in professional photography competitions. On the local level at PPGNY (Professional Photographers of Greater New York) this image was awarded Best-In-Show in their image competition. On the international level, this image earned a silver award at the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) annual 16 X 20 Print, Album and Film Making Competition held annually at the MGM Grand Hotel and Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. "Absolution" is available artist direct. Use the contact page on this web site to acquire a copy. "Absolution" can be printed to any size on a variety of materials. I would be happy to quote a price for any size and material that fits your collection. I hope you enjoy viewing this image as much as I enjoyedcreating it. Thanks for taking a look.