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The results are in!

A couple of weeks ago, in the post Out There, I shared some images that I had submitted to a call for entry at the A Smith Gallery with the theme, Vistas.  Yesterday, the juror’s choices were announced and I was pleased to have the image, The View from Shore #10, accepted for the exhibit.

View from Shore #10
On exhibit at A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, November 3 to December 17, 2017.

Dan Burkholder was the juror for this exhibit.  As I mentioned in the earlier post, each call for entry has a different juror.  While each juror is very capable and accomplished, they too have personal preferences.  It’s fun to see what sort of images are accepted.  Was this one of your choices?

You can view all the images that were accepted here in this online gallery (click on the images to advance through the entire exhibit).  Of course, if you happen to be in the Johnson City area in November, stop in and check it out in person.  It’s a great gallery.

Now I need to get a print sent to the gallery!

Adirondack Colors

Fall is currently putting on a spectacular show in upstate NY.  We’ve had warm sunny days and incredible colors.  The only thing that is not good about Fall is the long winter that comes after.   We went on a little adventure to savor these amazing days and took a drive on the Powley-Piseco Rd. in Fulton County, NY.   It’s in the southern portion of the Adirondack Park.

If you live in the area and have an opportunity, I highly (Haile, get it?) recommend exploring this bit of paradise.

Here’s a few of my favorites from our day.

Powley Piseco Rd-1-©GailSHaile Powley Piseco Rd-2-©GailSHaile Powley Piseco Rd-3-©GailSHaile Powley Piseco Rd-4-©GailSHaile Powley Piseco Rd-5-©GailSHaile Powley Piseco Rd-6-©GailSHaile

The Color of Water

Many years ago, I read the remarkable book, The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride.   I’ll leave it to you to check it out and see what “color of water” refers to in that unforgettable story.  But the phrase has always stuck with me and it came to mind last week when I was in the Adirondacks enjoying a warm-ish spring day, photographing details and patterns as the forest comes out of it’s deep freeze.

Water, in all it’s forms, was everywhere.  

Thick, dense, white fog floated above the streams early in the day.   Where snow had melted from the forest floor, there was still a coating of whitish ice but the colors of pine needles and twigs beneath showed through. The lakes were half water, half ice.  Expanses of water  reflecting the blue sky were interspersed with expanses of grayish ice in varying stages of melting.  Two feet of white snow covered one trail but was so close to melting that we just kept sinking into it.  Water was flowing and dripping everywhere.

The phrase, “the color of water” came to mind as I observed all these different forms of water and the variety of colors being presented.

Here are just a few of the water forms and patterns that I witnessed that day along with some mandalas that deepen the experience of the colors.  Perhaps you will be able to tell which images provided the source for each mandala?

Color of Water 1 ©GSHaile The snow is gone from the forest floor but a thin coat of ice remains giving a hazy, unfocused look to the pine needles underfoot.

Color of Water 1 ©GSHaile
In some spots, the snow is gone from the forest floor but a thin coat of ice remains giving a hazy, unfocused look to the pine needles underfoot.

Color of Water 2 ©GSHaile A patch of ice on the parking lot asphalt takes on a bluish cast from the sky reflecting in the highlights.

Color of Water 2 ©GSHaile
A patch of ice on the parking lot asphalt takes on a bluish cast from the sky reflecting in the highlights.

Color of Water 3 ©GSHaile Water streaming down to the lake from the snow melt creates interesting patterns in the sand.

Color of Water 3 ©GSHaile
Water streaming down to the lake from the snow melt creates interesting patterns in the sand.

Color of Water 4 ©GSHaile Reflection of the sky and trees in a patch of melting ice on top of Fourth Lake.

Color of Water 4 ©GSHaile
Reflection of the sky and trees in a patch of melting ice on top of Fourth Lake.

Color of Water Mandala 1 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 1 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 2 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 2 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 3 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 3 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 4 ©GSHaile

Color of Water Mandala 4 ©GSHaile



Piseco Lake Gloaming

Piseco Lake is in the southern portion of the Adirondack mountains of New York state.   It’s a place that holds memories of many special times with our family.  For ten years, each summer, we rented the same cabin  for a week, the same cabin that looks out on this view.

I’ve been working for some time with images of water as well as long exposure images.  Several weeks ago, I made a point to drive up to Piseco Lake to try and capture that beautiful spot and the feelings that it holds for me.  I was rewarded with a spectacular light show that evening, not a showy sunset but gentle, quiet colors that better suited my feelings about Piseco. There’s another word for twilight that I just love. It shows up in Scottish stories a lot … the gloaming. The colors that night were exactly what I always envision when I hear that word.

The first image is a straight photograph with a “regular” exposure, that stops any movement and freezes the moment.  In the second two images I played a bit with a longer exposure, about a second or two, and moved the camera while pushing the shutter.  For me, the long exposure images have more emotion embedded in them and are closer to expressing how I feel about that place.  Does one of these speak to you more than the others?

Piseco Twilight ©Gail Haile

Piseco Twilight ©Gail Haile

Piseco Twilight 2 ©Gail Haile

Piseco Twilight 2 ©Gail Haile

Piseco Twilight 3 ©Gail Haile

Piseco Twilight 3 ©Gail Haile


spent a few days in the Adirondacks  with 2 photographer friends at the end of August.  While hiking, (I need to interject here that hiking with photographers is a different sort of hiking…walk 5 minutes, find something interesting, shoot for 10 minutes, or more, walk 5 minutes, shoot for 15 minutes, and on like that. )  So, while hiking, I kept seeing all these single leaves and was drawn to capture them.

It wasn’t until I was reviewing my images that the thought occurred to me that these were early signs.  Yes, we all know that fall is coming and the leaves signal that to us.  We readily see the large overall change in the color of the forests that will be here in a few weeks. But unless you looked closely, you could have missed these single leaves, early signs of the next phase.  In our lives there are often small, barely noticeable signs that we are moving into a new phase.  Sometimes we may not notice them, other times, we may choose to ignore them but signs are there nevertheless.  Just something to ponder.  🙂

Would you please share this with anyone you know who might be interested in my work?  Thank you!

The Sound of Silence

I had the opportunity to spend a couple of days in the northern Adirondacks this week.  We were in the Elk Lake – Clear Pond Nature Preserve, 12,000 acre private forest preserve, staying at Elk Lake Lodge.   

It has been years since I have heard such utter silence.  We forget how much noise fills our lives.  As I sit in my office in our home at the end of a cul-de-sac in a small village, you would think it would be quiet.  Yes, it’s relatively quiet, but I can hear the hum of my computer, the click of the keys, a truck making a delivery on our dead end street, my husband moving things in the basement, an occasional plane way overhead, the dryer running downstairs, children playing in the street, and on and on.  Little bits of sound that fill our lives and we, for the most part, are not even aware of them anymore.

While kayaking on the 600 acre private Elk LakeI stopped and just sat in the water and listened.  What I heard was silence, complete silence. It was the middle of the afternoon and I was in the middle of the lake so wildlife sounds were not even apparent.  Utter silence.  I encountered the same thing when we hiked to Clear Pond  (image below) the following day.  It made me realize how seldom, if ever, we hear that.  And I realized, or just was reminded, how good it felt.  That’s been on my mind ever since and I’m now keenly aware of all the little sounds that fill our days.

How long has it been since you’ve heard the sound of silence?

“The trees, the flowers, the plants grow in silence. The stars, the sun, the moon move in silence. Silence gives us a new perspective. ”  Mother Teresa

Clear Pond, Northern Adirondacks, NY  ©Gail S. Haile

Clear Pond, Northern Adirondacks, NY ©Gail S. Haile: Click to Enlarge image

Fifth Friday: 8/30/2013

Welcome to the end of August.  Like me, you probably are stunned that we’ve come to the end of what we think of as summer.  How did that go by so quickly?!

On the last Friday of each month I’ve been sharing a bit of what I’ve been doing creatively the past month.  For your visual enjoyment, I offer a sampling of August’s images.


I really enjoy creating images of people’s homes, camps, even businesses.  We spend much of our time and create many of our memories in these places, so it’s very meaningful  to have a formal “portrait” of them. This is a camp in the Adirondacks that has witnessed a great deal of this family’s special moments, both the ordinary and the extraordinary.

Lake Bonaparte Cabin_2012

Lake Bonaparte Cabin_©GSHaile


Much of my time this month has been spent in the studio capturing the bounty of the flowers that we are blessed with in the summer.  I have thousands of images that I can work on during the cold, grey days to come.  I have, though, worked up a few of them and these are a couple of my favorites.

Purple Coneflower 1_©GSHaile

Purple Coneflower 1_©GSHaile


Purple coneflower 2_©GSHaile

Purple coneflower 2_©GSHaile


For two days, I had the pleasure of working (playing) with my daughter-in-law, Katy, sharing some of my knowledge of photography.  One of the days, we headed out on the back roads to do some long exposures and panoramic images. This panoramic scene from the farmland near Augusta, NY begins to capture the beauty that I have come to love about central NY state.

Summer Fields_AugustaNY_©GSHaile

Summer Fields_AugustaNY_©GSHaile


One of the techniques I’ve been working with is exposure blending and this is an example of that process.  It is a layering and merging of 5 different exposures, choosing by hand, which parts of each exposure will be part of the final image.

Queen Anne's Lace_©GSHaile

Queen Anne’s Lace_©GSHaile


And finally, this lovely aspiring actress with whom I spent a very creative couple of hours in the studio.  I love working with actors and dancers, as they are so comfortable in front of the camera and come with their own set of ideas so that the session is a very collaborative time.

Never See Me Fall from Grace_©GSHaile

Never See Me Fall from Grace_©GSHaile

September is already filled with many creative possibilities.  The Class of 2014 has begun coming in for their senior portraits and I love how they fill the studio with their special energy. I have a few special projects and excursions planned.  I hope your September holds the process of good energy and possibilities.