Montauk Hamptons New York Travel Photographer Writer Ocean images
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Montauk Hamptons New York Travel Photographer Writer Ocean images

"Rolling into Montauk I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. I’ve been visiting Montauk for more than 40 years when it was known as “A quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem”. Montauk is still recognized as one of the sportfishing capitals of the world, but it is anything but a quaint little village any longer. It has taken on all of the glitz and glamour of The Hamptons and has become a most desirable summer resort destination…with exorbitant oceanfront hotel rates commensurate with its new-found status."

-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 is one of those images. This image entitled "Absolution" is one of the most popular of my collectible fine art editions. This long exposure photograph captured at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk, NY is a personal favorite as well. What the viewer perceives as the sky in the background is actually the next set of waves rolling in from the Atlantic Ocean in this oceanfront spot on the south fork of Long Island, NY. The image was captured many years ago using a Nikon DSLR camera equipped with a Nikkor zoom lens. Come to think of it, I was probably traveling on one of my Harley-Davidson motorcycles when this image was created. The original digital image was processed using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom software on my Apple MacBook Pro computer. A little enhancement work in 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, Boston, MA and Ottawa, Canada. 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 did creating it. Thanks for taking a look.