Jon Crispin's Notebook

Summer Solstice

Posted in Dogs, Labradors, Seasons by joncrispin on 22/06/2015

Yesterday was the longest day of the year, and there was a little event at the UMASS Sunwheel.  We put the dog in the car and went down to see what was happening.  It was a beautiful evening.

This has been the greenest summer I can remember in a long time, although that could relate to the fact that I was in California earlier this month, and the contrast is striking.

End of a Week

Posted in Abandoned Buildings, Architecture, Art, Flowers, Friends, Landscape, Nature, Plants, Rivers, Water by joncrispin on 22/09/2013

Last Saturday I posted pictures from the Amherst Farmers’ Market.  On Thursday I got an email from Casey at Old Friends Farm asking if he could use some of the photos in the farm’s weekly newsletter.  I was more than happy to oblige and went into heavy negotiation mode.  Pictures for flowers;  quite a good deal for us both.

Earlier in the week I went to watch Cris teach an undergrad class in one of the UMASS School of Ed. buildings.  The class meets in a now-closed elementary school  auditorium.   Down a hallway and behind a set of doors with a “NO ENTRY” sign was this school gymnasium.  I can remember being a kid at the East End School in Meadville and being in a similar gym (they all look pretty much alike).  I especially like the climbing ropes and the cargo net.

Today we drove to Williamstown to meet up with Peggy Ross, her husband Peter, and their friend Pierette who is visiting from France.   We met at the Williams College Museum of Art and then walked into town for a beer.  It is a lovely small New England town with 2 great museums (the other being the Clark, which is a gem).

Driving back along Route 2, I was compelled to stop and grab a few shots of the Deerfield River.

I hope to have the site up and running tomorrow.  I am so excited and will post an update as soon as it is online.

Stadium Thing

Posted in Architecture, Buildings, Landscape, Sport by joncrispin on 11/01/2013

I am not really sure what to call this post.  Just now when I uploaded the photograph, I saw that my shorthand for it was “stadium thing”.  I guess I’ll go with that.  I believe that it was built to sell snacks during UMASS football games, but I have never seen it in use.  If you look to the right of the photo you will note that there is a second one just to the south.  I have spent a lot of time around sports venues and never seen anything like it.  Oddly beautiful though.


Posted in Friends, Sport by joncrispin on 16/01/2011


I used to shoot a lot of sports.  I have always enjoyed it, and feel that shooting something that moves fast helps me to do a better job when shooting stuff that doesn’t move at all.  I bought a new work camera just before the end of the year, and haven’t had much of a chance to get comfortable with it.  My friend Thom Kendall has the contract to shoot all of UMASS sports, so I asked him if I could tag along for the UMASS v. LaSalle game in Springfield yesterday.  I got maybe 5 decent shots out of the whole game.  He probably got 30 really good ones and 50 more that were totally usable.  His support was really helpful, but it made me realize just how difficult it is to get good action photos when the athletes and officials are moving around right in front of you and the lighting in the arena sucks big time.  Anyway it was fun and a good learning experience.  And I am pretty sure that the next time I photograph something that isn’t moving, I’ll be just that much better at it.


Posted in People, Sport, Water by joncrispin on 24/10/2010

On Saturday, I shot swimming for my friend Thom Kendall who was out of town on another job.  I grew up as a swimmer, so being back in a pool is usually a lot of fun for me.  Just the smell of chlorine and the humidity brings back memories.  Shooting it can be a challenge.  How many shots of athletes breathing out of the side of their mouths can one take?  So I usually try to look around for different angles.  The UMASS pool has a nice balcony just above the starting blocks and I thought it would be nice for the backstrokers.  It worked.

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