Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York

Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York

Spent the weekend in beautiful Pine Bush, New York and captured this blue swallow going making its nest. I had to be very patient because this little bird was extremely skittish. Taken with a Canon 7D and 70-200mm f/4.0 lens.

Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

Blue Swallow in Pine Bush, New York (Christopher John Sztybel)

 

Two Peas In A Manfrotto Monopod

Two Peas In A Manfrotto Monopod

Manfrotto monopodUsually I shoot video using a tripod instead of a monopod, but lately I’ve been working in close quarters, and the tripod legs were getting in the way. Manfrotto produces a very high quality monopod¬†and I already love using it. Quick to extend and a very solid piece of equipment. It’s also great if you’re a pirate and termites got to your wooden leg. Pop this baby into place. Try gnawing through aluminum ya scurvy bugs!
Photo Shoot with Dana Zipkin

Photo Shoot with Dana Zipkin

Wedding Celebrant and much more!Dana Zipkin needed new photos for her web site. Dana happens to be a certified¬†Life-Cycle Celebrant and you can learn more about her on her web site. She also happens to be the lady that married Lindsay and myself. Downtown Nutley, New Jersey served as our backdrop. The photos of Dana sitting on the steps have been nicknamed “The Huxtable Look” because they remind us of the surburban dwelling on “The Cosby Show”.

The photos on the steps were taken just before the sun had completely set, so I brought back some daylight by adding an orange gel to my flash. For other locations, we embraced the darkness.

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

Dana Zipkin: Life Cycle Celebrant (Christopher John Sztybel)

 

Photo Shoot with ChocoVision Mini Rev

Photo Shoot with ChocoVision Mini Rev

I get excited when I get to combine two of my favorite things; food and photography. Sometimes food photography is a lot of trickery to get a good result. Weird things are added to the food to make it look better on camera. Not the case here, folks! One huge semi-sweet chocolate bar was melted and CAREFULLY poured into the machine baffle. The chocolate had to sit in the bowl without dripping down the sides. The whole place smelled like a Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.

Mini Rev with melted chocolate fondu (Christopher John Sztybel)Mini Rev with melted chocolate fondu (Christopher John Sztybel)