Describe your perfect staycation in Dutchess, or your idea of a fun weekend in the County.
My ideal weekend activity is enjoying the outdoors, hiking some place new with my family and dogs. The adventure wouldn’t be complete without snacking on locally made WholeyOats granola bars (preferably a chocolate coconut almond or apple walnut bar!). To cap the day off, heading over to Four Brothers Drive-In, watching movies all night and indulging on food and milkshakes.
What equipment do you use for your photography?
I currently use a Canon Rebel t6i with 18-55, 50, and 75-300mm lenses. I also utilize a variety of filters such a neutral density (ND) and Hoya’s macro.
What is your favorite place to photograph in Dutchess and why?
I love to photograph Dover Stone Church. It’s close to home and each time I go, it feels like it’s my first time there. Over the years, it’s been improved and new trails have been added. Beside capturing the beauty and uniqueness of the stone church, you never know what wildlife you may have the opportunity to photograph.
Photo: Greg sitting in the middle of the trail that begins the hike to Dover Stone Church
Do you have somewhere on your list that you want to photograph in Dutchess, but haven’t gotten there yet?
I’ve yet to hike to Mount Beacon Fire Tower. It would be ideal to dedicate an early morning or late afternoon to catch a sunrise or sunset from that vantage point. The views look absolutely amazing.
Photo: View of Rhinebeck from a hot air balloon
Can you give us a few photography tips?
#1 Angles! It’s easy to shoot an interesting subject at eye or chest level. However, getting low, high, or a different side may tell the story much better. For instance, shooting low (worm’s eye view) often portrays the subject as powerful.
Photo: A crew beginning to pack their hot air balloon as the sun falls behind the trees.
#2 Shoot with intent. Now that photography has become so digital, it’s easy to shoot a ton of photos with hope one of them is the ONE. Instead, take the time to check the composition, lighting, positioning, and background to better create the image you desire. On top of that, shoot in manual mode so you have entire control. A high or low aperture will manipulate your depth of field, while a high ISO will create grain in your image.
Photo: Radishes at the Dover Farmers' Market