Digital Photography Workshop

Beginning Wed., November 1st, take a personalized photography workshop! Three Wednesday evenings Nov. 1, 8 & 15 from 5-7 pm at Gallery North, Setauket, NY. Sign up at

Learn how to make great images in this 3-part digital photography forum for all levels that’s fun and challenging. It involves participation, discussion, critique, a bit of history of the art, and a visual presentation that will incorporate student work in the second class. Each class presents a different theme: Composition and Basics; Critique and Collective Scrapbook; and Fabulous Photography Tricks. Bring images to the first class– either as prints, on a flash drive, or links to online images—to be part of the next weeks meeting, the Critique and Collective Scrapbook class.

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I’ll share secrets, techniques and giveaways and show you how to make your own Lightroom presets.

Exhibition at Water’s Crest Winery

Reception on Sat., December 2, 2017 from 2-4 pm

Waters Crest Gatewood Schreiber announcement

Now through January, stop in to see the fine art photography of Miranda Gatewood and Steven Schreiber. The tasting room and gallery at 28735 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY is open noon to 6 pm Friday through Sunday.

Making Paper

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I discovered a remarkable property of water during a papermaking workshop taught by Lorena Salcedo-Watson, Gallery North, Setauket, NY.  Many pairs of wet hands stirred and sieved and sculpted. But in the end, it was water that made the paper.

Adding torn, soaked paper pulp to a blender filled with water, we pulsed it so finely that it essentially thickened the water. Blending in other fibrous substances–dried flower petals, corn husk fibers, even a cut-up currency note from Costa Rica–gave each handmade sheet its character. Using a screen mounted to a hand-held frame, we sieved the pulp into a sheet. Watching the water drain, the paper formed.


“This is simple,” said Lorena Salcedo-Watson, below, left. “You need to dedicate yourself to this.”



July 4th, Historic North Fork, Long Island

© Miranda Gatewood-4739Independence Day has been celebrated on eastern Long Island’s historic North Fork a bit longer than other locales like Suburban Nassau County. Yet even Nassau County eschewed its potato fields, farms and pumpkin patches as recently as the 1940s and ’50s to make way for the post-war baby boom development. Arrowheads from Long Island’s original dwellers can still be found there. ♠

The “Bike Guy”

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I met Javier, the self-proclaimed “Bike Guy” at Iron Pier, on the Long Island Sound, Jamesport, NY, as he was about to return to Patchogue–a good 60-mile round trip–on those two wheels he holds so high.  “Take my picture!” he exclaimed, handing me his phone. Elated, he posed for me briefly before getting back to the task at hand–going home.