“Featuring, Again. . . Joe Kennedy”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Member Spotlight


I have asked nicely at our meetings, included a request or three in our Weekly Musings and even try to focus on specific members in hopes of getting others to be “Featured. . . ” I have had promises to submit but other than Carl and Bernie in the past few months, that’s been it! So starting with this month, i will be revisiting many of the earlier members to see what they have been up to.

I figured I’d start with me as I am available and have a difficult time refusing requests from me! I’ll be sending notices to some of you who were first “Featured. . .” back in 2010. Be ready, you may be next!


Member since Day One

"Hiking the Navajo Loop"

“Hiking the Navajo Loop”



President and Co-founder


Program Committee Member

Competition Committee Member

Website Assistant

Library Liaison Committee Member


Being one of the co-founders of Hockomock Digital Photographers, it stands to reason I would be a member since its inception.


At HDP, I have witnessed tremendous growth, not only in the number of photo enthusiasts over the years but, more importantly, the growth of photographic skills our members have exhibited along the way. This is greatly due to all of you who share their time, treasures, and talents unselfishly with other club members!


Since I was first featured back in 2010, I have changed my main method of capturing images from a Nikon D200 to a Nikon D7000 and I have added a few lenses along the way. A big difference in my photography has been the use of the NIK Plug-ins along with my limited Photoshop abilities. I have plans in the works to finally get my Lightroom program up and running (I’ve had it for two years now).


Besides watching over the doings of HDP, I have traveled a lot in the past five years. I made my first excursion across the Big Puddle to visit Italy for about thirty days; got to experience our Southwest national parks on two separate treks; managed to return to Europe this past spring to visit Amsterdam, Paris (and side trips from the City of lights), and Rome.


The dangling carrot of future photo trips would have to be Australia and New Zealand. I had this dream photo shoot mapped out several years ago and then got more serious about what I’d do and where I would go a few years later – only to scrub the six week trip of a lifetime because of doing it solo and driving on the wrong side of the road. However, this past year the embers have been stoked as a club member just returned from New Zealand and I met several Aussies who offered assistance if I should dust off the plans.


So, here is what I have been shooting since we last talked. . .


2010 08 – WW II Re-enactment



"WW II Re-enactment"

“WW II Re-enactment”


2011 05 – Italy

"Ponte Vecchio, Venice"

“Ponte Vecchio, Venice”


2011 10 – Acadia I


"Duck Brook Scenic"

“Duck Brook Scenic”


2012 04 – Orlando

"Mel's Diner"

“Mel’s Diner”


2012 08 – Redcoats and Rebels Re-enactment




2012 10 – Acadia II

"Otter Rocks Sunrise"

“Otter Rocks Sunrise”


2013 04 – OBX and DC

"Currituck Light Stairway"

“Currituck Light Stairway”

"Framed Washington Monument"

“Framed Washington Monument”














2013 07 – Ontario

"Outer Limits"

“Outer Limits (CN Tower}”

2013 10 – SW Trek I


"Gifford Barn, Capitol Reef N P"

“Gifford Barn, Capitol Reef N P”


2014 05 – Waterfalls of NH

"Sabbaday Falls"

“Sabbaday Falls”


2014 09 – SW Trek II


"Along the Navajo Loop"

“Along the Navajo Loop”


2015 04 – Europe

"Conciergerie Cell"

“Conciergerie Cell”


2015 05 – Waterfalls of MA

"Garwins Falls"

“Garwins Falls”





“Featuring. . . Carl Albro”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Member Spotlight


Member since 2011

Carl Albro Title


I got my first SLR (film) more than 45 years ago.  During the film days I shot mostly family, tourist photos, and promotional photos for the research company where I was employed. Yet I would take some landscape and nature images. When I got my first DSLR in 2003, I started to expand on my photo skills starting with sunrise and sunset landscapes, then expanded big time into birding.  
As a member of the HDP club, I have been encouraged to start pushing myself into portraits and architecture.  I have also been reconsidering whether to crop or not crop images.  For example, I am starting to include more surrounding with bird photography.  I like going back to the same areas to try to find better and different images from what I took there before.
For my ten images, I decided to select 10 of my early digital images so that you can decide if my photos are improving.


Nature Calling!

Pelican at Sunrise II

“Pelican at Sunrise”



"Palm Tree after Sunset"

“Palm Tree after Sunset”





"Mushroom Mountain"

“Mushroom Mountain”













Locally shot. . .


Sailboat at Wings Neck Lighthouse II

“Sailboat at Wings Neck Lighthouse”



"Robins Pond Early Morning"

“Robins Pond Early Morning”



"Robin's Pond BW"

“Robin’s Pond BW”














Getting Around!


"Early Morning Fishermen"

“Early Morning Fishermen”



"Juno Beach"

“Juno Beach”



"Columbus, Ohio"

“Columbus, Ohio”

















“Featuring. . . Bernie Creswick”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in "Featuring. . . ", Member Spotlight, Members

Member since 2013

01 Bernie


What came first, the photographer or the birder? 

Honestly, I don’t remember.  I was always fascinated by the pictures of exotic places and the animals in National Geographic Magazine.  I think I became interested in birds because of my Mother, and trips to Florida as a kid.  As I grew up into a full-fledged (pun intended) science geek, my interest in birds expanded into all things nature.  Somewhere along the way, I started taking pictures, sometimes with the family Polaroid to pester my older sisters, later with a 35mm Kowa while on trips with the family.  I was also the photographer for my high school yearbook. 

Unfortunately, life (college and career) got in the way.   During 33 years in the biotech field, time and energy available for photography was usually limited to family events and vacations.  My old 35mm Minolta sat in the closet for many years, supplanted by a point-and-shoot for convenience.  Eventually, an early 3MP Olympus Ultrazoom got me into the digital world, and as a result of the more or less instant feedback, quality improved.  Also, for me, the fun factor increased since I no longer thought about the cost of each photo.  

Vacations resulted in decent travel photo with family photos looking better and better.  A Nikon D40 worked well for few years, but I still wanted better results.  I didn’t know what was missing, but if I wanted to improve, I needed to get serious.  A colleague suggested classes, but I came across the Hockomock Digital Photographers first.  Since joining in late 2013, I have learned so many things, little tips (proper cropping), and major changes (shooting RAW instead of .jpg).  I never knew how to look at a photo critically, now I can see details in pictures that I would have missed before.  Results have improved, but by seeing the incredible work of others in the club, I can also see how much more there is to learn. 

Sure, I can take nature photos all day, but I have a long way to go in the architecture and portraiture categories.  As a science geek, the artistic side of my brain is as yet undeveloped.  The club competitions and assignments continue to challenge me to try new things, and will hopefully make me a better photographer.  I am grateful for the continued help, knowledge, and experience of the club members. 



'Nathaniel and Jess"

‘Nathaniel and Jess”

"Jess's Wedding"

“Jess’s Wedding”











"Jenna in Disneyland"

“Jenna in Disneyland”



"Snowy Takes Flight"

“Snowy Takes Flight”


"Early Morning Majesty"

“Early Morning Majesty”

"Ready to Pounce"

“Ready to Pounce”










"Moose on the Loose"

“Moose on the Loose”


"Sanibel Sunset"

“Sanibel Sunset”












"Big Papi"

“Big Papi”



"Bridge of Sighs"

“Bridge of Sighs”













“Featuring. . .Gail Silva”

Written by Hockomock Joe on . Posted in Member Spotlight

Member since 2011


"Gail and her Daughter, Liz"

“Gail and her Daughter, Liz”




I’ve always enjoyed looking at pictures, the stories that they tell us and the memories that they share.  I can close my eyes and clearly see the picture of my father as a small child sitting on his tricycle or my mother as a teenager sitting on the roof of their house with the family dog!  These images and the stories that go with them have been with me my entire life.  

As a small child I would pour over my mothers photo albums or beg to look at the family pictures that were on slides, as most were in the late 70s.  For Christmas one year I was given a Holly Hobby camera that took real pictures and I was hooked.  From that time on I always had a camera and I was always taking pictures.  In high school I made use of my hobby by writing for the school yearbook and contributing pictures as well.  In college I was always the one who had a camera to photograph whatever trips or events I was involved with.  Back then we didn’t all have cell phones with cameras built into them in our pockets so this was important.  

Thankfully, my husband Bill encouraged my hobby.  On a trip to Arizona we even took a class together to better learn how to use the SLR camera he had purchased while in the Army.  Around the time our daughter Elisabeth was born he realized that my hobby was going to become rather expensive if we kept with film so we purchased our first point and shoot digital camera.  A few years later, I proved that even a Kodak camera can be used to death and Bill surprised me with a Canon DSLR for Christmas.  

Elisabeth is still one of my favorite subjects to shoot.  I’m still always the one with the camera in my hands. Bill’s grandmother tells me I’m the family historian because I photograph every time we’re all together.  I also enjoy taking pictures of places that mean things to me like Scituate Light or my family camp in Vermont.  

In 2011 I put my name on a waiting list to join the Hockomock Digital Photography club which met right up the street from where I live.  I was thrilled and a bit intimidated when I received an email letting me know that a space had opened and I could join.  Participating in Image Studies and listening to the judges’ remarks during Competitions, I have learned a great deal about the art and science of photography.  The members are friendly and helpful, always encouraging novice photographers to learn and grow.  Being involved with the club has helped me take the next steps with my photography.



"Bill and Gail"

“Bill and Gail”










"Liz and her Cousin, Bella"

“Liz and her Cousin, Bella”

"Liz and the Driftwood"

“Liz and the Driftwoo











"Black-eyed Susan"

“Black-eyed Susan”











"A Vermont Winter"

“A Vermont Wint











"Paos Volcano, Costa Rica"

“Paos Volcano, Costa Rica”











"Jaco, Costa Rica"

“Jaco, Costa Rica”










Favorite Location


"Scituate Lighthouse"

“Scituate Lighthouse”