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Doing a shoot and print

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 05 December 2012 - - - - - - · 4132 views

I have been recruited by my cousin to take pictures of pets and Santa. I wanted to stream line the process, provide a couple of options and have a holiday mask on the print to include year and my cousin's logo.

First I needed a background. I found a red graduated one that had snow flakes. I needed to create a transparent opening. I did this by us...

Kane Mt.

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 21 October 2012 - - - - - - · 1608 views

Our adventure Saturday was a new experience for Deb and I. "Bob the Body Builder" is a trainer at the local fitness center that we have hired from time to time. He is a energetic young man that likes to change things up for his clients. There were 8 of us and we climbed Kane Mt. in the southeast corner of the Adirondacks.

It was listed...

Remsen, NY

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 16 October 2012 - - - - - - · 2494 views

I was headed north today for a party and was early with time on my hands. I pulled off of the main road and into the small village of Remsen. The area had a large population of Welsh immigrants and the village has an on-going relationship with Wales. There is an exhibit in the historical society funded by the Welsh government. At one point it was a ra...


Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, in Nature 27 August 2012 - - - - - - · 1160 views
I had promised to write more here in my blog. Oops. Time to catch up.  (Wow, I just found this draft from two years ago.  I guess I need to update it)

My goal, as should be the goal of all photographers, is to improve my skills and adventure into new areas. I have long admired the Bird work that photographers like Ron, Tee Cee, Jeff, Waterfowl...

Boldt Castle

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, in Travel 05 August 2012 - - - - - - · 9274 views

Part of our 3 hour boat cruise through the Thousand Islands was a stop at Boldt Castle on Heart Island.

George C Boldt, was the proprietor of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Beginning in 1900 he and his family spent summers in the Thousand Islands. This was the time of the "robber barons" and they were building estates on the river. He st...

Catching up.

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 30 July 2012 - - - - - - · 861 views

We have been spending a lot of time on the water. With this heat its a good thing. We are going about twice a week and paddling between 12 and 15 miles in that time period. The good news about the heat is that my lawn hasn't needed mowing. A bit of rain this week has greened it up and I am in the process of cutting the weeds (they are the only thi...

A very busy weekend

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, in Travel 23 July 2012 - - - - - - · 672 views

I need a vacation!!! What a busy weekend I had. On Friday, Deb had me helping her around the house, putting up shelves, cleaning up the house.

On Saturday was the Syracuse Nationals Car Show at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse (actually Solvay). The event had over 7500 vehicles of all types and sizes, loads of vendors supportin...

Another day of trying out the D7000.

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 20 July 2012 - - - - - - · 1171 views

After doing a little more research I am beginning to get a better understanding of the Auto Focus options. I like the button in the focus selector to quickly change the options. One thing I did learn today was that in poor light I want to use a spot when trying to get pictures of wildlife in poor light. I was trying to get it to focus on a Kingfisher i...

Finally, a NEW camera

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 18 July 2012 - - - - - - · 720 views

I recently bought a new Nikon (is there any other brand) D7000. The emphasis here is on New . My last (and first) new digital camera was the D70s purchased around 2006. After that I got a used Fuji S3 Pro when the S5 was released and a D200 when the D300 was released. There is a pattern here.

After they closed my office and I was placed unwilling...

Butterfly Conservatory, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, in Travel 13 December 2011 - * * * * * · 1380 views

Thanks to Art for introducing me to this great facility. Art and I arranged to meet here, not quite halfway between us. It was a 12 hour round trip for me and worth every minute.

Coming from the US side take I190 from the Buffalo area. This road crosses Grand Island and skirts Niagara Falls, NY. There was some construction north of the the falls, b...

West Canada Creek

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 17 August 2011 - - - - - - · 1299 views

Yesterday our kayaking group, Go With the Flow Kayakers, paddled Oxbow Lake in the Central Adirondack Mountains of New York State. On the way back I stopped for some photo ops. The West Canada Creek is actually a 74 mile long river that runs out of the mountains into the Mohawk River, to the Hudson and eventually out to the Atlantic. Many years ago it...

Covered Bridges

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 06 July 2011 - - - - - - · 618 views

My mini-vacation over the 4th of July was two-fold. The primary reason was to visit "She..." s sister and play golf with the brother-in-law. Not a pretty site. (golf that is):P Secondary was the ingress and egress travels to collect pictures of covered bridges. I like to have themes to my photo excursions and hit on the bridges since we would...

Adirondack Scenic Railroad

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 28 September 2009 - - - - - - · 4928 views
"She..." decided we needed to do something relaxing this past weekend. School was starting to wear on her and she wanted a nice break. So, I booked us on a railroad excursion on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad (ADX).

The ADX is the results of a group of railfans joining together in the 1980s to restore train service into the Adirondack Mounta...

NYC Trip

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 01 September 2009 - - - - - - · 735 views
So, we were in New York City last weekend. Had great plans, things to do places to go, pictures to take. Well got some, but not as many as I would have liked. But alot of the plans I had worked out well.

First of all the hotel. We stayed at Park 79. This is a small boutique hotel just off Columbus Ave on 79th St. The rooms are small and there are n...

Connies Trip Part 3

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 26 August 2009 - - - - - - · 625 views

Well the folks worked faster than predicted. I came back to work this week and she was Gone!!. I did manage to get these photos of her stripped down the week before. The wings are off and the fuselage sits on a trailer ready to go.

These are a few of the items pulled off that will be loaded on a separate truck. The tail section went on on...

Connie's Trip Pt. 2

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 12 August 2009 - - - - - - · 480 views

I have learned that Worldwide Aircraft Recovery, LTD. is handling the move for Connie. Check out the site,

So far they have removed her tail, the props, engine nachelles and the wing tip tanks are off. There are no engines mounted. Much of what has been removed is staged for shipping. They have a tractor truck with a small crane attached on site. I w...

Connies Trip to Seattle Part 1

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 06 August 2009 - - - - - - · 519 views

I felt that since this may be of limited interest I would untilize my blog to track the efforts to get Connie to her new home in Seattle. She came to Rome from Toronto, where at one point she was used as a resturant at the airport there. Empire Aero Corp was hired to prepare her for display at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. Two years ago she arrived...

A great week

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 27 April 2009 - - - - - - · 517 views

Well it has been a while. I have neglected both of my blogs, but I recently had a great week and I wanted to share it with you.

On Thursday, April 9, the adoption papers were signed for my grandchildern. The judge set time aside to visit with the kids, had balloons for Jon's birthday and made it a special treat.

After signing the papers she as...

Reflection and Inspiration

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 21 January 2009 - - - - - - · 693 views

I must admit I have been a bit lazy lately, not feeling real good, a bit of cabin fever, etc. I haven't taken a lot of pictures. I have been sitting in front of my computer being envious of the eagle and old building pictures of Ron, the great portraiture of Jon, Chas experiementing (quite successfully) with portrait work, Brian's excursions int...

Arizona Memories

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 01 December 2008 - - - - - - · 780 views
For what the trip cost us, I guess it's OK to revisit the GSWA and post up some new pictures.

For Christmas presents I am makeing a calendar and having it printed for friends and family. I spent about two weekends going through the images and preparing them for printing. I figured I would post some here for your comments, and enjoyment.

Sedona is...


Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 05 November 2008 - - - - - - · 608 views
You're probably thinking, doesn't he ever stay home. Well hopefully I can stay put long enough to get caught up on my PP and posting.

This trip was to man a display at a conference for Critical Infrastructure Protection. We arrived on Tuesday, set up our booth and then headed out. My partner had a meeting with an old friend for dinner. I head...


Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 24 October 2008 - - - - - - · 893 views
I was in Annapolis this week. What a great town. Historic, active, shops, and of course food!

I arrived at 2:00 PM on the day prior to the conference, so I dropped my luggage in the room grabbed my bag and headed out for a "walk-about". I try to do this when ever I am on company travel. Have gotten some nice photos in the past.

I staye...


Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 17 October 2008 - - - - - - · 583 views
Well it's been a while since I posted and it's nice to see people stopping by to read my rants. Over 3,000 vistors, thanks.

Last weekend we traveled to Milford, NH, to visit my sister-in-law and her family. It was a beautiful weekend, great colors and 27 holes of golf. On Saturday night we drove in to Boston to see yet another sister-in-law....

Hops Fest

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 13 September 2008 - - - - - - · 661 views
I put this under travel because you would have to travel to get there. For many years Madison County was a large producer of hops and we know what they are used for, eh Jazz?

For several years now the Madison County Historical Society has hosted a hops fest where the history of hops in our county is brought back. The festival displays hops, home br...

More Planes

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 11 September 2008 - - - - - - · 602 views

I have posted pictures before of the planes doing touch and go's here at the Oneida County Airport (formerly known as the Griffiss Air Force Base).

For the past month we have had two E-3 Sentry's (AWACS) from Tinker AFB, La, flying out of the old base here. With two miles of runway they love this place. There is some rumor that they may permane...

MSEA, Pt. 3 Gettysburg Day 1

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 29 August 2008 - - - - - - · 754 views
Like I said earlier, I got out of order.

The battle for Gettysburg started with Cavarly units of Buford and Devin intercepting Heth on the northwest of the village. Later Oliver Howard's XI Corps moved in and was positioned north of the town. The NY 157th, a regiment raised in Madison and Cortland Counties was part of Howard's XI Corps and had...

MSEA Pt 3 Gettysburg Day 3

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 26 August 2008 - - - - - - · 851 views
Eddie Izard claims that "Europe, that's where history comes from". Well we have history, it's just not as old.

After stopping at Little Round Top we drove up to the Union line at Cemetery Ridge. As a child I read about "Pickett's Charge" was was impressed by the ferocity of that part of the battle. Only in later years did I...

MSEA Pt 2, Gettysburg

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 26 August 2008 - - - - - - · 696 views
I am a bit of a history buff, (duh!!) and enjoy getting pictures of locations to support my interests. I have been to Gettysburg at least 8 times in the past 10 years. On our way back, from Duke, I managed a quick stop to get some pictures.

On day two of the battle (July 2nd) Gen. Stickles had been ordered to align his troops along the end o...

Cliff and Deb Minor Southeast Adventure (MSEA)

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 22 August 2008 - - - - - - · 834 views
Yes I was traveling again!

Our youngest daughter Kari (of digging up bones fame) is going to be doing her doctoral work at Duke University, in biological anthropology. Her last move was to Las Cruces with two suitcases. This time it was to Durham with two car loads.

Deb, my Mom and I headed out on Thursday night, getting as far as Carlisle, Pa....

GSWA The End

Posted by Old Dog New Tricks, 14 July 2008 - - - - - - · 557 views
Well I have stretched the Great Southwest Adventure as far as I can. I did get out of order as the "Bones" project was our last day and White Sands was the day before.

Our guide for the day was Kari, she had been there before. We drove up over the Organ mountains and then out across the Tularosa Basin, which included part of the White Sands Mis...

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