PHOTOWALK OF FREEPORT, NEW YORK.

I had an opportunity recently to explore, and do a photowalk of the town of Freeport, New York. Freeport is a village in the town of Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, New York, on the South Shore of Long Island. Freeport is a Long Island hot spot during the summer season in New York. I have read that a popular festival occurs on Freeport’s Nautical Mile on the west side of Woodcleft Canal the first weekend in June each year, which attracts many people from across Long Island and New York City. The Nautical Mile is a strip along the water that features well-known seafood restaurants, crab shacks, bars, eclectic little boutiques, fresh fish markets, and much more.

I found out about this location via a photography colleague/friend who had shown me some photos of the area that he had received from a friend of his. We both thought that the photos did not look like they were taken in New York. It looked like they might have been taken in another state or town, or even some place out of the United States.

Based on that thought needless to say. That we both found the photos interesting and we thought it would be worth the time to explore and do our own photowalk of the area. Once we had gotten to the town of Freeport, we picked a starting point and planed our route that would take us around town to places that we thought would be of interest.

After less than five minutes of starting our photowalk, we stopped and said to each other. “Let’s just abandon our original plan of walking a pre-set route, and just walk aimlessly around. The area is just way to interesting to plan a route.”

With that said the only question that was hard to immediately answer was “which way to go?” North, south, east or west? For everything seemed interesting to us. So we just started walking a direction of north up an area known as Nautical Mile.

We also wanted as well to capture the trees and surrounding outdoors for it was the start of the fall season, and we both wanted to take photographs of the change of colors that the leaves have on the trees as well. That was for us a major factor for photographing the area as well.

My camera configuration for the photowalk was the following: Canon EOS 600D with a Canon EF 28–90mm standard zoom lens aperture f/4 to f/5.6. And a Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG Macro telephoto zoom lens. Both lenses used an ND2 lens filter and or UV(c) (ND2 stands for “Neutral Density.” And UV(c) is “Ultraviolet Coated”.)

The photos below are of what we had discovered during our photowalk.

Visitor/comfort station located near the Woodcleft fishing station at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Visitor/comfort station located near the Woodcleft fishing station at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Pier with view of local street located at Woodcleft fishing station at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Pier with view of local street located at Woodcleft fishing station at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Plastic drinking cups at a local restaurant at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Plastic drinking cups at a local restaurant at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Local street/residence at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Local street/residence at Nautical Mile in Freeport L.I.

Fishing boat traveling through Nautical Mile.

Fishing boat traveling through Nautical Mile.

If you are wondering how good it is to fish out here, I say it’s “very good.” My friend and myself, had a short conversation with one of the locals who lives in Freeport. The folks here are quite friendly and easy to talk to, and the person below told us that he had an off day from work. So he thought to use his day off to go fishing. He mentioned that he went out boating at five in the morning and he showed us his “catch of the day.”

Local resident/fisherman shows his “catch of the day.”

Local resident/fisherman shows his “catch of the day.”

That’s one big fish if you ask me. The seagulls in the area also had an interest in the gentleman’s fish.

Seagull on a fence.

Seagull on a fence.

Needless to say that the seagulls did not get any of the fish. Then after a short while, me and my fiend traveled to Cow Meadow Park and Preserve. A local park that was a short drive away and we took some photos of the local area.

Southwest view of Cow Meadow Park and Preserve.

Southwest view of Cow Meadow Park and Preserve.

Flight of wooden stairs at Cow Meadow Park and Preserve in Freeport L.I.

Flight of wooden stairs at Cow Meadow Park and Preserve in Freeport L.I.

We had also went to the Norman J. Levy Park Preserve in Freeport L.I. as well. The view there was just awesome to capture.

Houses located near the Norman J. Levy Park Preserve in Freeport L.I. during sunset.

Houses located near the Norman J. Levy Park Preserve in Freeport L.I. during sunset.

The area as well was full of wildlife too.

Group of Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) in flight.

Group of Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) in flight.

Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) at the Norman J. Levy Park Preserve in Freeport L.I.

Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis) at the Norman J. Levy Park Preserve in Freeport L.I.

Sunset was fast approaching so there was very little time left for me and my friend to get in so good shots. But the passing of light into darkness did make for a good photo.

View of sunlight and low clouds.

View of sunlight and low clouds.

If you recall earlier in this blog post, I mentioned that one of the reasons that we came out here was to capture the trees and surrounding outdoors. It was the fall season of course, so we wanted to capture trees and changing colors that was on the trees as well. We was in a rush trying to find the perfect shot to take, the sun was starting to go down. So time became very limited. Then all of a quick sudden while standing at the top of a very large hill, we had noticed our “perfect shot.”

Local residence in Freeport L.I.

Local residence in Freeport L.I.

On an interesting note. With all the running around that we did at the last few moments to find that “perfect shot.” We did actually take ten minutes to talk about the area in the above photo. We just looked and talked in awe and bliss for it felt that we was both no longer in New York City. Or even New York state for that matter. It was as if we was in another state other than New York.

After a moment of taking in the beauty of the area. We had taken several photos and just commented to each other that it’s moments like this that make me and him love what we do. Once we had taken all the photos that we had wanted. We packed up our gear and before we started walking back down the hill to the car. To return back home to New York City we just took a good long look of the area and location. For we just wanted to take in the beauty of it all.

And it was exactly that… “Beautiful.”

I hope you all enjoyed this post.

 

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