Sunday, January 22, 2012

First Snowfall of 2012, Long Island, NY

By Ann Parry (

Yesterday, shortly before dusk, I put on my boots, coat & gloves, and went outside during our first snowfall of 2012 to brush the snow from my car and sprinkle ice-melting pellets on our front stoop and path leading to the driveway.

© 2012 Ann Parry, All rights reserved -  My Trusty Honda along Milburn Pond, Baldwin, NY, 1/21/2012

Then I went back inside to get my Nikon D700 with f/2.8 24-70mm lens, and drove to Cammans Pond in South Merrick.

Though I wish birds the best, I'm not particularly interested in photographing ones that aren't pets, but the seagulls and ducks were the most promising subjects at the gray, snowy pond.

© 2012 Ann Parry, All rights reserved -  Cammans Pond Merrick, NY, 1st Snowfall 1/21/2012

And it wasn't long before I realized I should have brought my f/2.8 70-200mm lens. So I sat on the bench nearest the seagull, and when that wasn't close enough, I sat down on the snowy ground and inched my way closer and closer until the bird flew away, and then we repeated the dance when the exquisite ball of fluff returned.

Then before it got quite dark, I headed to Milburn Pond alongside Coral House, with its lovely lights shimmering in the pond.

Though the flock of ducks kept their distance, the pair of swans swam to the edge of the pond to meet me. Once it was clear I had come bearing a shiny black box, rather than food, alack & alas, they slowly paddled away.

Photo Gallery (in progress): First Long Island, NY, Snowfall of 2012

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Happy Holidays, NY 2011

By Ann Parry (

Happy Holidays from my family here in New York to yours.

Here are my daughters skating at Mohonk Mountain House's outdoor skating pavilion earlier this year, in New Paltz, New York. And, yes, older sister is pushing younger one around ;) 
    photo © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved. Skating at Mohonk Mountain House

    Happy New Year's 2012!

    smiles - Ann

    Sunday, October 30, 2011

    Merrick Street Fair 2011

    By Ann Parry (

    Last weekend's Merrick Street Fair - about a month later than it's traditionally held - was Merrick's best one ever. Besides great booths and rides, we had lovely weather.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, Click to see scene without added snow

    The weekend after that, October 29, 2011, yesterday, we had a record-breaking early snowfall. So, to commemorate that, I've added a photoshop blizzard to the above image that started out as an editorial shot of several Auxiliary Unit members of Merrick Post #1282 of the American Legion at their fair booth. You can see the actual snow-less scene at my Merrick Street Fair gallery.

    Though at the fair mainly to work, I happily stayed longer to capture shots of many colorful people and booths. I used the Nikon D700, 24-70mm/f2.8 lens, and SB900 Speedlight with my wonderful new Rogue FlashBender (a flexible light deflector) and Quantum Turbo SC external powerpack.

    Click here: Merrick Street Fair 2011 gallery

    Click here: Slideshow of Merrick Street Fair

    I also made a photo video with licensed music at, but those were different images for a different story.

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011

    Bellmore Family Street Festival 2011

    By Ann Parry (

    The threat of a rainy weekend - at the end of our summer of rain - certainly didn't keep people away from the recent 25th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival.

    Climbing to the LIRR elevated platform of the Bellmore Train Station, I saw awesome views of the fair, especially the carnival rides, and all against a gorgeous blue sky with white clouds.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved. Bellmore Street Fair from LIRR Platform

    I did a double-take while walking by the Nassau County Police and Auxiliary Police Building, for an eye-catching mannequin wearing a Nassau County Auxiliary Police uniform and woman's wig stood attached to a "No Stopping Here Any Time" sign, and appeared to be staring at the two auxiliary police at the literature table.

    With local elections little over a month away, many candidates and elected officials visited the fair. And Sunday afternoon, it was easy to find U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) as he shook hands and chatted with fair-goers during his long and energetic walk up Bedford Avenue, since aides held two big signs with "Meet Senator Chuck Schumer" in red, white, and blue.

    In the military area, the U.S. Army was a standout - literally - with men in military camouflage scaling a portable rock climbing wall jutting up past nearby rooftops. 

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved - U.S. Army area, Bellmore Fair

    Make sure to catch the Bellmore Family Street Festival next year if this sounds like fun: rides and local entertainment to enjoy; food, crafts and other items to buy; local organizations to join; services and subscriptions to sign up for, even pets to adopt. 

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Chihuahua and Her Paparazzi

    By Ann Parry (

    When I was in downtown Merrick last night, I saw a woman carrying a chihuahua smaller than my cats.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, all rights reserved - La Chihuahua

    The furball and I had fun the next few minutes - she the star, and I her paparazzi.

    Using my Nikon D700 with its 24-70mm/f2.8 lens, I captured the below image at f/6.3, 70mm, 1/50s, and ISO 1600.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved, Chihuahua

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Doo Wop Concert on L.I.'s South Shore

    By Ann Parry (

    Unlike many of my family and friends, I've never been particularly interested in Doo Wop, so I didn't have a clue what fun I was in for when I headed to my first Doo Wop concert Saturday.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved. Danny and the Juniors with Fan

    Merrick Bellmore Community Concert Association ( presented this special event Doo Wop concert, which was not part of its regular season of four concerts, and it starred: Danny and the Juniors, Larry Chance and the Earls, and more.

    The quality of the singing, so many decades after these groups burst onto the Rock and Rock and Blues and Rhythm scene, was great, and so was the showmanship.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved - Larry Chance of Larry Chance and the Earky on Stage

    I quickly realized that audience participation is a big part of the fun at a Doo Wop concert, with singers walking down from the stage to pick lucky members from the audience to be part of the act, and lead singers talking - with jokes that debuted well before the 1950s, but that was part of their charm - with the audience between songs. Also, a couple or two got up to dance at the side of the front row.

    And - for the first time I recall in over five decades of MBCCA concerts - audience members took photographs throughout the concert! One enthusiastic fan walked up right below the stage and held her camera phone up to record some songs - and the groups clearly were fine with it.

    © 2011 Ann Parry, All rights reserved. Doo Wop Concert

    As MBCCA's photographer, I often get permission before concerts from our performers to take photos, as discretely as possible, while sitting in the audience, but this was the first time that I (and a couple of other photographers with heavy duty equipment) not only got up from my seat but also used flash - my Nikon SB900 Speedlight on full-frame D700 with 70-200mm/f 2.8 V2 zoom lens - to capture the action on and off stage during an MBCCA concert.

    When I walked into the rehearsal before the concert at Kennedy High School, I was unfamiliar with any of these inductees to the Hall of Fame for Vocal Groups or/or Rock and Roll, but by 11:00 that night, I walked out smiling and one of Doo Wop's newest fans.

    • CLICK HERE for more photos from MBCCA's Doo Wop Concert
    • CLICK HERE for more concert photos available for Editorial RM licensing

    This concert blog post is dedicated to the memory of my brother John Parry, an opera singer and pianist. He died 19 years ago and would have been 55 today. "You were one-of-a-kind, great fun to play horse shoes with, and we miss you, John."

    hugs - Ann