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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Summer Portraits, Events & Classes


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It’s the busy season for weddings, events, parties and even portraiture packages that you’ve been meaning to book.  Call or email me for a quote. I would love to count you among my highly regarded clients. 631-268-4195 or

On July 11 and August 1, North Shore Public Library in Shoreham, NY is hosting two Domestic Photo Safari™ outings. Free. Visit North Shore Public Library for details.


Beginning July 13, East End Arts, 141 East Main Street, Riverhead, will offer a Digital Photography Workshop SESSION II: Fridays, July 13, 20, 27, August 3 from 10 am-12 pm  (4 classes).

Join me for a multi-level course that’s fun for novices and challenging, too. Any camera is welcome, even mobile devices. The class involves participation, discussion, critique, a bit of the history of art, visual presentations, and an onscreen show of student work. We will learn the rules, then break them to make beautiful images and apply fun, new techniques unique to photography. Cost per session: $160 EEA members / $192 non-members. Visit East End Arts.

It Began with Alewife

The New Face of Conservation is Young, Active and Outspoken.

       I’m thrilled to be a documentary photographer for Charles Bevington’s Alewife Migration “webisode” on Coastal Resiliency for The Sierra Club.  The alewife is a little fish with a big role in the ecosystem. Meet them in downtown Riverhead, NY at Grangebel Park Fish Passage and Woodhull Dam across from the County Center. They leave salt water to spawn in our rivers even in populated areas. –Miranda Gatewood 


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Above: Douglas Morrow of D.A.M. Video, Sarah Schaefer, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst, and Charles Bevington, creator of the “webisode” series on Coastal Resilience for the Sierra Club. 


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The March 8, 2018 filming at Grangebel Park and Woodhull Dam, downtown Riverhead, NY with Byron Young, ret. Marine biologist, DEC; Elizabeth Hornstein, Peconic Estuary Program State Coordinator; Douglas Morrow, DAM Video; Charles Bevington and Sarah Schaefer, NEIWPCC Environmental Analyst.

See the video here: