Photography by J. Mita Studios

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Presentation for showing my photos (click to go to gallery)

As the time draws closer to have my next show, I have begun to develop a method of presenting my photos to those who can't quite visualize any of them in a room setting.  Interiors are always difficult, and peoples tastes are so different. 

The exercise I have begun allows me a different perspective of my photos as well.  There are many photos that I have taken that I just love, but I only saw the photo, not the place it could be.  As I began working with my plan, I realized many of my favorite photos did not work in room settings.  I started looking at other photos that I would never have considered enlarging and taking the time to mat or frame.  As I went to sites such as PICTURE FRAMES and began playing with mats and frames, I concluded that one never really knows what is going to work in a room setting. 

I do enter many of my photos into contests, and win a lot of ribbons, but a contest winner a marketable photo does not make.  Then I thought, "What if I start looking at rooms online to see what kind of art work they use."  From there, as I searched for things like traditional living room, entryway room, kitchen, etc., I began to get a feel for styles and use of art. 

Well, my next thought was "What if I take some of the art, as it is presented, download the room, and then replace the art with my photos."  This little exercise has given me an entirely new perspective on my art and how it works in the big scheme of things.

I would recommend trying this exercise to anybody that seems to have trouble making people see how the photos they are looking at can be used in their homes and offices.  All you need is an editing program, such as Photoshop, and a sense of how to cut and paste.  As you get better at it you can start adjusting the edges of your framed piece by using functions such as skew.  In the meantime, if you start looking at rooms, stick to rooms that have been photographed straight on. 

If you know enough people with different styles, perhaps you can take some interiors of their homes and try to apply your photos to their rooms.  Here is one that I completed, and the results are fabulous.  Follow the link for more samples.  Room Samples

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Out and About with CT. DEP - Salmon Stocking

Today I had the pleasure of photographing Bruce Williams of CT. DEP as a group of volunteers and workers headed for Granby to stock new Atlantic Salmon.  The program has been going on for many years, and the restoration of Atlantic salmon to our rivers has had some success.  Today, after canceling twice, the group was able to finally head to the east branch of Salmon Brook in North Granby, CT.  So I donned my waders to join the group.  Some important instructions include disinfecting your waders before you enter a water way to prevent the spread of bacteria and other agents that you may have picked up from another water way. 

We met at the commuter lot on Rt. 189 next to the 1st United Congregational Church in North Granby, CT.  In the above photo, Bruce is plotting the day, which started at 10 a.m. and would probably go on until 3 p.m. 

In all the blue boxes are the young salmon, called fry.

As we headed up North Granby Rd., we traveled for perhaps a couple miles when we came to the first actual place the stocking was going to occur, near Christenson's Pond.  Jack from Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT was going to help in this area. 

I think Jack is the one facing us.  The other two are Bruce and I believe a fellow by the name of Jeremy.

The second stop was where Jan, a volunteer from the area, and myself, headed to the river to begin our search for rocky areas without much sand, and where the current wouldn't wash the little tiny fish away.

First order of business was to fill the buckets with  the young fry,

There was a small trail that lead to the very rocky, shallow Salmon Brook.

                                                     Bruce gives Jan some last minute instructions.

                                                             THE RIVER
                              Jan enters the river.

We began our 1/3 mile trek upstream.  The river had some very strong currents, and sometimes the rocks could be very slippery.  The total time we were walking was perhaps 1/2 hour, but it was definitely very difficult trudging through the water.  I did take a few spills, but saved my camera.  Within the alotted area, Jan had to find about 20 different likely habitats that the fry could dash under rocks and have a good start to their wild life. 

Jan lets out some of the fry into their new home. 


We neared the end of our journey, and I got
up close to see the baby salmon swimming
about, looking for some rocks to huddle
One seemed to be having trouble.
It was a good thing, because I was able to
capture the fry in its search for a nice shelter.
Most of the time they dash so quick you
just can't see them. 

We were picked up by one of the other volunteers, and I decided to try one more location before heading home.  This time I went with Mindy, who is a dep worker.  We stopped at a popular spot for anglers and once again, headed for the rushing waters. 

                          Mindy lets out some of the fry.  It is a
                            great habitat, very shallow with lots of
                                 rocky places for them to live.

The river and Mindy.

In September I hope to join Bruce and his crew again to check on the progress of the young salmon.  Stay tuned.  It should be an interesting time, as today was.  I had a wonderful time, met some great people, and climbed out of my comfort level by actually going into the river with waders and a camera.  I would recommend it to anybody looking to volunteer for a good cause and wants to really commune with nature.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

My Blog Troubles

To all my followers.  It has been a long week.  I was unable to access my blog with my password.  I have been unable to add any more entries because of it.  The final solution was to change my browser from Explorer 9 to Mozilla Firefox.  I will be trying to catch up with all my latest photos and news, but I am totally fried right now after having spent so much time trying to resolve the problem.
Thanks for your patience.


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spring Rain

The rain of springtime has settled in for the week.  I am grateful that it is falling, because it is terribly dry right now.  The sights of rain can be depressing, but with a camera the world of rain becomes magical. 

It is a lowly wild cherry branch, but the rain clings to beautifully delicate beads that will be white blooms in a few weeks. 

Yes, the lilacs are at their peak this week.  Alas, the rain will turn them brown, but for now, they glow pinky purple in the late dimmed rain light.

This lilac I planted in the spring of 1997.  It is now tall and gives us lovely bluish tinted blooms every year. 

The spring blooms are nearly done, but the spring vegetable garden is growing well.  The peas have small tendrils that seek out a place to hold so they may grow tall and strong.  The rain will make them burst into growth, but for now they are simply stretching their young stalks.

I head for the corner of my yard.  It is heavily shadowed, but in the midst of the shadows is a mass of mayapples.  The lowly mayapple, so often overlooked, has a single bloom on each plant.
                                     It is hard to look at the wet ground, knowing that clothes will get wet,
   but  the bloom is shadowed and under the large leaves. 

The bloom is lovely and ghostly in the dark
 shadows under the plants. 

The camera is now moist with mist and small raindrops.  It is time to head inside, and wipe it down and put it away.  But there is one more picture just begging to be taken.  Outside of the window in the bedroom, is a honeysuckle tree.  It is very Anne of Green Gables feeling.  My favorite of all books, even today I must read it annually.  As I look at my version of the Snow Queen, I wonder what name Anne would give it.  I am still trying to hit on the perfect name for her.  I believe the tree is a her because she is resilient and always serves as a nesting place for many birds.  We have cut her down at least three times, and she still comes back.  She is sweet in the rain, and the droplets are a perfect contrast for her straight, simple blooms.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Spring Waterfall

A rainbow effect at Enders State Forest in West Granby, CT.  Taken on 4-26-2011

Today I finally went out with my camera after trying to cut back on my gas miles. I went up to Enders State Forest in West Granby, CT. There is a series of several falls that you can view off a trail that follows the river. It is a beautiful area. I will be having an exhibit for the month of July at the Granby Library of my four seasons of waterfalls at Enders Forest. Details will follow as it grows closer.

The area the waterfall is located is off of Rt. 219.  There is a series of about 6 waterfalls in a half mile walk.  It is a very steep incline to the river at the bottom of the gorge the falls flow through.  It is a marvelous summer retreat.  The pools at the base of the different falls are frequently jumped into.  It is best to go up to the falls after a heavy summer rain, in order to be sure there will be water flowing down the river.

The State of Connecticut DEP stocks the rivers in Granby with salmon every year.  These are two of the workers after stocking the river at Enders today.  I missed them actually stocking the river, but got them as they were leaving.  I will have another opportunity to photograph the river stocking in May.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Historic Rockville Vernon, CT - Exhibit Apr. 23-30

The town of Vernon, and especially its historic community of Rockville, CT.  is having an exhibit at the BPOE Elks Club, 9 North Park Rd.  I have three photos on display.  The landscapes, architecture, waterscapes, and cultural diversity are varied and sometimes unique for such a small factory town.

Rockville is the original beginning to Vernon.  It is along the Hockanum River, which lent itself to a very active factory presence at the turn of the 20th century.  Many of those factories are still standing.  Rockville has seen many transformations as businesses came and went.  Today there is a renaissance going on in the Rockville section of Vernon.  It is worth a trip, especially at this time of the year.  Walking down the sidewalks, the many Victorian style homes have been restored, and the flowering trees in every yard create a lovely colorful landscape. 

My photos that will be in the exhibit:

                                        Vernon Landscapes - Lupines at Bread and Milk Rd.

Vernon People - Sledding Family At Henry Park

Chapel At Grove Hill Cemetery

It should be an interesting exhibit.

Hours at the hall will be
Apr. 23 12-4 p.m.
Apr. 26, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 28, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 29, 4-7 p.m.
Apr. 30, 6-9 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Strength Of The Draft Horse


Plowing Contest at UConn in Storrs, CT.
The Halflingers from Voluntown

On Apr. 16 I was invited to the annual Eastern Connecticut Drafthorse Assoc. plowing competition held at Uconn every year.  This years participants consisited of 7 teams.  This halflinger team was small in comparison to some of the others, but they were very spirted.  These two had the most attitude of all of the horses.  You couldn't help but love them..  More photos can be found at my website:  J. Mita Studios

The next drafthorse activity will be on May 7 in Wilbraham, MA.  The teams will be plowing a community garden.

May 7, Saturday - Eastern CT Draft Horse Association "Plowing the Community Garden" Event. Wilbraham, MA. 10AM start time. Invited teamsters from the ECDHA will plow the town's 3 acre community garden with horses and oxen. All are invited to spectate. Open to the public. Food and activities planned. For more information, or if you are an experienced plowman with a good team and would like to plow, call Melissa Graves (413) 244-4934

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I am a local Connecticut photographer.  My images are varied, because I love to take photos of nearly anything.  Versatility and flexibility are my buzz words.

Projects from the past include photographing penguin plunges for Special Olympics.

I have also been involved in a yearlong project with Coventry Regional Farmers Market called Market Roots.  We have gone to many farms to take photos of their activities throughout the year.  The list of photographers included Dot DrobneyLiss Flint-Tischofer, Sue Muldoon, Amy Benson, Laura Stone, and David Cope.  The photos will be on display throughout the state.  Schedule will follow as the final exhibit shapes up.  For now, I have some photos from the Coventry Regional Farmers Market to share.

My next assignment will be for the Eastern Ct. Drafthorse Association.  They will be having a plowing tournament on Apr. 16, 2011 at the University Of Connecticut at Storrs.  It should be a wonderful day.