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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The "The Amazing Photography Of Dave Newcomer: Part I" Story

It was an ordinary day.  Looking at some of the most beautiful photography imaginable taken by David Newcomer who happens to be one of my wife's medical doctors.  Met Dave for the first time this past April when Carol made an emergency visit to Lancaster Regional Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania due to appendicitis.  It was close to 8:00 pm when he found his way to Carol's bedside dressed in his blue scrubs.  Final outcome from that meeting was treating her appendicitis with antibiotics due to the fact that her white blood count was near normal and treating her malady with antibiotics has been the successful method of treatment in Europe for years.  That, and we were scheduled to leave on vacation in a few days to the the island of St. Martin and Dr. Newcomer felt she would be fine without removing her appendix.  He made the correct call and we both enjoyed our time on the beach.  That was until over six months later on her birthday, October 27, when the appendicitis returned in full force ... while vacationing once again … this time on the island of Providenciales in the Turks & Caicos Islands.  Well, her appendix was so inflamed that it was removed later that evening and we spent half of our vacation in the hospital and resort room.  Upon returning home we made a visit to see Dr. Newcomer to make sure the surgeon on the island had suitably performed the surgery.  Dr. Newcomer was impressed and gave his approval which made Carol feel more at ease with her decision of island surgery.  While in his office I noticed a few calendars which featured both land and aerial photographs.  Beautiful photographs which captured both landscapes and seascapes as well as wildlife.  Then I noticed that the photographs had all been taken by Dr. Newcomer.  Wow, what a talent!  Thanks to the office secretary Susan, I now have my own collection of over a dozen calendars that tell of the travels of this talented man.  I emailed him asking if he would mind if I shared his photographic talent with the world through my blog and I now have close to 75 files which he has graciously sent to me to share.  Most of the photos have accompanying information telling where the photo was taken, and in some cases his camera settings.  I plan to share some of his work in three different posts so you will get to see a variety of his photographs without flooding you with too many images all at one time and marginalizing his tremendous body of work.  Hope you enjoy his work which has been taken over his lifetime.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy.  PS - Click on the photographs to enlarge them.

Florida Keys --- as you know, 10,000 years ago when the oceans were 350' below their present levels, the keys were just a peninsular extension of the state of FL.  There were no islands. 
​This is an aqueduct near Lancaster, CA.  I love this pic b/c you never see aqueducts east of the
Mississippi.
This is an interesting photo I took at the Penn State - Iowa game a couple of weeks ago.  There is a flight restriction over college stadiums to 3,000' above ground level...we were about 5,000' AGL for this photo.  I took about 70 photos and 4 of them came out in focus.  That is par for shooting night photos from a moving airplane.  You shoot a ton of photos and expect to get 3% to 5% good pics.  The stadium was packed with over 106,000 people that night.
This moon shot is fairly good quality considering that the lens was not intended for astrophotography.
Here's a night shot of uptown NYC and the Empire State Bldg.  I really like the airplane wing in this photo.  I have the same photo without the wing and it isn't as good.  I have thousands of night photos from the air …. mostly from the east coast.
​Tangier Island, VA.​
​Zebra swallowtail.  I have an extensive insect collection from college … but I no longer collect
anything but photos.
​Sunglare and Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  I have over 2,000 aerial photos of this bridge.​
​Okracoke and the outer banks looking northeast.  The Atlantic Oc. is on the right and Pamlico
Sound on the left.
Virginia Beach, VA, at night --- waves clearly visible.  I  love this photo.
Great blue heron --- alpha predator on the Susq. River
​Downtown Phila. --- can you find the Billy Penn Statue on top of city hall??  It's a little to left of and 
above center.
Portrait of a female golden eagle --- these are magnificent birds.
Lake Powell about 30 miles north of Glen Canyon Dam.
Great egret.

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