Welcome. Edgartown News was born from the simple fact that I have ink and Dektol in my veins and I need to write and photograph more than I need air or food, and from my love for this little town where I grew up and raised my family, the town I have left a few times but can't quite shake for good. Here you will find the wanderings and musings, photographs and commentary; the people, places, and happenings - past and present - of a small island town: my home town.

Thursday, January 20, 2022

All's Well That Ends Well

 

I don't know much, but I do know this: What can go wrong will go wrong - guaranteed - and it's always something. I can’t believe I did this. A perfect day in my favorite place in my favorite kind of weather should have resulted in my best video yet, but somehow I managed to lose half my files along the way. Nevertheless, it was a great day, and I guess half a vlog is better than no vlog. Besides, the photographs are the main event, and I’m happy with them. As always - it’s a little chit-chat, some scenery, and a few photos at the end. The images you see here, and many more, may be seen and/or purchased in my gallery in Edgartown. Stop by for prints, cards, books, calendars, as well as the odd story, song, or fiddle tune. Contact me (via comments) for hours and directions. My 2022 calendar, "Sara's Vineyard," is in and is available by mail order or for local pick-up from my gallery.
snow, vlog, edgartown news, vineyard photography,

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Out and About and Testing New Stuff

 

Continuing my photo-blogging adventures, today I stayed close to home and took a walk over to Eel Pond while testing my new G7X Mk III, purchased for the mic jack. Why have only one G7 when you can have two? (The Mk II I will keep to use with the underwater housing set-up) 

Glad to report that my simple set-up (G7, Joby GorillaPod, and Rode Wireless Go) worked well. Typically, for vlogging adventures, I am carrying a heavy backpack with two mirrorless bodies and a few lenses and a couple of tripods, so this was a treat. The audio was fine (though I think the wind-screen may have cut out some of the ambient noises I wanted), but I was caught short by some focusing problems (why have anything come out perfectly with no technical issues - that would be boring) which were mostly my fault for not being more diligent about setting the focus point more accurately. 

These vlogs are not meant to be tutorials (plenty of that stuff out there by people who know a ton more than I do), or trail guides, or gear talk, necessarily. These are mostly the wanderings of an end-of-life-Boomer amusing myself while learning new things; a multi-media version of my daily written diary: "A little chit-chat, some scenery, and hopefully a few photos at the end to show for my effort." The photography is the thing, really, and if anyone is entertained by my offerings, all the better; if not, that's fine, too. 

The images you see here, and many more, may be seen and/or purchased in my gallery in Edgartown. Stop by for prints, cards, books, calendars, as well as the odd story, song, or fiddle tune. Contact me for hours and directions. My 2022 calendar, "Sara's Vineyard," is in and is available by mail order or for local pick-up from my gallery. 
My website: https://www.sarapiazza.com 
My Irish traditional music activities: https://traddiary.blogspot.com/ 
Contact me: sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Moody

I bike past these two things frequently. It often crosses my mind to stop and photograph them but sometimes it just seems too daunting to slow my roll, get off the bike and get the camera out of my pocket, especially when it's something I take for granted and know will be there the next day. And something that is seen so often tends to lose its impact, and I think, "Ho hum." But today I went to the oh-so-extreme effort to stop the bike, dismount, extricate the camera from my pocket (insert dramatic sarcasm here), and grab these two shots. Turns out, I love them. I've been off of social media for a while (the two Big Ones, anyway - my blogs and my YouTube channel I consider to be in a slightly different category) - best thing I've ever done for my mental health and overall quality of life - and having removed myself from the onslaught-ad-nauseum of mind-numbing images (and other peoples' brain content) I am enjoying - immensely - the slower process of printing the photos I love. There's no comparison between holding a photo that's been printed on fine art photo paper - holding it for many minutes and savoring it; leaving it in full view on my coffee table to enjoy through the day or even a few days - and seeing an image on a screen. Having said all that - behold, on your screen, two photos that I think capture Vineyard Winter Gray very well (better yet, stop by my gallery and see these, and many more, and have a conversation in person).

 
BW, black and white photography, Edgartown photography, Edgartown News, Beach Road, Bend in the Road, Vineyard photography, moody, texture
Beach Road

BW, black and white photography, Edgartown photography, Edgartown News, Beach Road, Bend in the Road, Vineyard photography, moody, texture
Wooden Bridge

Monday, December 27, 2021

Snow Day

Just as I was hunkering down to spend a delicious day at home, I looked out the window and saw that it was snowing, so of course I had to grab a camera and get out there. But why am I out traipsing through town on Christmas Eve Day when I have so much to do at home? I'm still finding my way in the vlogging world - so much to learn - and loving it all. I have had zero training or experience shooting videos, only what I have absorbed by osmosis from growing up with TV and film, plus fifty years' worth of photography experience. Basically, I'm out there talking to myself and taking pictures. That pretty much describes my life so I may as well document it. "A little chit-chat, some scenery, and a few photos at the end." Shot entirely with the Canon G7 mk II.

The images you see here, and many more, may be seen and/or purchased in my gallery in Edgartown. Stop by for prints, cards, books, calendars, as well as the odd story, song, or fiddle tune. Please contact me for hours and directions. My 2022 calendar, "Sara's Vineyard," is in and is available by mail order or for local pick-up from my gallery.

Monday, December 20, 2021

Stormy Bike Ride

Biking was a challenge on Saturday - cold, with a strong north wind, and I didn't go my usual five or six miles - but I love these blustery high contrast Vineyard days. Some people like Florida this time of year. I like this. And yes, a fire in the fireplace and a cup of hot cider when I got home was greatly enjoyed.
clouds, high contrast, BW, Reading Room, Edgartown
To see the print version of this photo - and many more - stop by my gallery in Edgartown. Also, my 2022 Sara's Vineyard calendar is in. Email sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com for hours and directions.

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Christmas in Edgartown 2021

It seems to rain every year for this event for some reason. No rain this year, just very gray and damp, but no spirits were dampened at all - very festive and fun. My friend asked, "Are you going to the parade?" "Honey, I'm always at the parade, whether I want to be or not." It was a fun day - a town filled with people, and a fire and hot cider in the gallery. My 2022 Sara's Vineyard calendars are in. Call 617-872-6110 or email sarapiazza@sarapiazza.com for details.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

A Bike and a Hike and a Visit with the Woods Creatures

What was supposed to have been a 15 minute bike ride to do an errand turned into a nearly two hour excursion that included an extended bike ride out of town and a hike through the woods. My only intention had been to get a little exercise and do a little scouting for my next vlog project, but of course the little G7 had to come out of my pocket; I just couldn't help myself. There's something about the deadwood in the forest - the shapes, the textures, and the markings - that intrigue me. They remind me of whales and animals and prehistoric creatures. I always find myself drawn to these woodland beings. There were many fungi as well. All sizes and all colors. I guess it's just not possible for me to simply take a walk without turning it into a multimedia production.