It’s Pink! Greenport 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival

The Third Annual Cherry Blossom Festival–a one-square mile walk–explodes with the color pink from May 1 through May 15, 2019 in the historic Long Island whaling village of Greenport, NY.

Outdoor Photo Treks, a class I am conducting every Wednesday from May 8 through May 29 through East End Arts, will make this the first stop of two-hour field adventures open to all levels of photographers and filmmakers.

The Village of Greenport Tree Committee offers a color-coded map to view the bounty of different species of trees in the height of their bloom, including Kwanzan Cherry, Pear, Snow Goose Cherry, Sargent Cherry, Okame Cherry, Yoshino Cherry and Crabapple trees. Maps for a self-guided tour are provided by the Floyd Memorial Library, Village Hall and the Carousel as well as some participating restaurants and retailers.

Map courtesy of Greenport Village.  Photos ©Miranda Gatewood.

How Photography Reveals Who We Are

Long Exposure & Night Photography and Outdoor Photography Treks are two of the field classes I am teaching through East End Arts this season. Whenever I take a class out to a spectacular eastern Long Island location to create images, it gives me great pleasure to watch women entitle themselves with opportunity and awaken to their own vision with such passion. They are defining their success on their own terms.

Iron Pier on the Long Island Sound, the location of last evening’s Long Exposure & Night Photography class. We were blessed with a little sunshine before a front came through as well as a close-up visit from “Joy”, “Snickers” and “Excalibur 5-0”, three of the nearly dozen horses that enjoyed the beach with us. Always wave to a horse; they’ll look up for their picture.

Thirty Seconds

“We have seen what we thought was unseeable. We have seen and taken a picture of a black hole.”

— Sheperd Doeleman, EHT Director and astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. during a press conference on April 10, 2019 describing seeing something for the first time: a black hole photographed through a telescope.

In honor of today’s news–the first photograph through a telescope of a Black Hole–this gallery of images have one thing in common: to see the unseeable, they all required thirty-second-long exposures.

As part of the homework I gave my Long Exposure and Night Photography class at East End Arts, Riverhead, NY, I, too, did the assignment (see the above image of the road) and here are the unusual results. Low light/long exposure photography can reveal what was previously unseeable, like a nocturnal wonderland of color shifts, contrast, noise and the digital version of film’s reciprocity failure, all of which is not visible in daylight.

Long Exposure & Night Photography

Thanks to East End Arts, hosting my 4-part workshop beginning this evening at Iron Pier Beach on the Long Island Sound.  And special thanks to our team that gathered for fun in the field, for fine art photography and a great walk in a beautiful location. We had a quintet of photographers learning how to shoot in low light, including sunset, moonrise and slow shutter, silky, water effects.  Call East End Arts at 631-369-2171 to register for remaining classes, singly or for an upcoming series with personal attention from instructor, Miranda Gatewood.

Stories Told at the 2018 Emerald Summit

If you like personal stories as much as I do, you would have loved to attend Friday’s  Moxxie Mentoring Foundation 2018 Emerald Summit, The Heritage Club, Bethpage State Park, one of the most beautiful and moving events I have attended all year.  Pictured are Leadership Award honoree Teresa Ferraro, president of  East/West, a Long Island woman-owned business, and her husband, Sal, as they were inspired by the plethora of stories told that afternoon. © Miranda Gatewood-2685

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The Art of Meditation, Islip Art Museum

Freedom 8933, archival pigment photograph by Miranda Gatewood,  has been chosen for The Art of Meditation, Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY, curated by Seung Lee.   The exhibit runs from August 15 through October 7, 2018. IMG_8933-EditFreedom 8933 is part of a series of images that explore motion. Using the camera to freeze a definitive moment, transient and somewhat random views are made solid. Light, itself, and the temporal properties of the day are made into objects to behold. The series comments on the way things are seen and absorbed in a hypervisual culture, with its deficit of depth, lack of deep examination, and the brevity of the experience. I use photography to make an object of time, to make an object of light, or both.


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