I live in a wildly visual place, blessed with hulking grain elevators, historic streetscapes,
downright crazy weather and many-an-interesting character. I’ve always been
enticed to explore it with a camera and try to capture its imagery. I love to
photograph – and do it for just that reason. I have no clients, no expectations
for “results” or “success.” The joy is in the process.
Yet, of course, I love to show my work —I’ve had several photos exhibited and published, and have placed in a few contests. And, yes, I photograph when I travel, but I find deep inspiration throughout the Buffalo/Niagara region and environs (sometimes just across the border in Canada).
This blog is all about giving you – the amateur photobug – some ideas and inspiration for capturing the Buffalo/Niagara area (visitors — and even pros — may find it of interest, as well).
Don’t look for technical advice – there are plenty of other sources of information about F-stops, depth of field and Photoshop techniques (though I may point out resources I find
helpful – and please feel free to do the same).
Mostly, I’ll share my “finds” and discoveries (I call them “sweet spots”), and ways you can present, publish, exhibit and generally share your work. I’ve found through the years
that there are plenty of opportunities for amateurs right here in Western New
Finally, I hope you will share your “finds” and insights, ideas, thoughts and links to or posts of your photos. In my experience, photo bugs love to learn from one another and share their work. I hope this will become an interactive forum that will enrich your experience and enjoyment of photography; help you become a more creative artist; and help you better appreciate this unique corner of the world I call home.
My goal is to make this site a kind of community photo album, where Buffalo Photobugs will enjoy sharing images, ideas, successes and tips.
My posts will generally (though not always) fall into the following categories.
- “Sweet Spots:” Places, spaces and photographic “finds.”
Cool, amazing, interesting spots to explore with your camera.
- Access: Tours and events that allow photography of places
generally not open to the public.
- Learning: Opportunities for formal and informal workshops,
classes, online and print resources.
- Art for Inspiration (Exhibitions and Online Galleries)
- Contests (open to amateurs)
- Showcase Your Work: Exhibition & Publication Opportunities
(open to amateurs)