Miami Skyline Sunrise

Miami Skyline Sunrise

We hold in a sunrise moment in photographer Shelley Neff’s ‘Miami Skyine Sunrise’. Composer Sean McCuaig provides a reflective, ambient track rich in warm synthesizer sound patches like the warm colorizations in the photo. Ambience in photo weaves with ambience in audio to spellbind us, to intensify our experience of the morning sun’s play on this group of beachfront hotels. Ambient music is atmospheric. Sometimes ambient music describes an environmental condition. Other times, as in composer McCuaig’s track, the music describes an emotional, or perhaps a spiritual condition. Sean’s sustained synth carries us slowly, over a minute’s time, through one single musical phrase. And really it is the experience of the sustain over the experience of the phrase which marks the ambient quality. Likewise, in Shelley’s colorization, we are held by the experience of warm oranges and purples, more than by recognition of the subject skyline hotels. The image offers a heightened experience of early morning’s light forming halos on buildings, glowing purple on harbor yachts. It is not the story of those buildings or those yachts. Shelley has done much with photo colorization. But the application of this technique in one of her building exterior shots is rare, and wonderful here. In her other building exterior shots, which include many of the Harrisburg, PA Capitol and many of Washington, DC landmarks, Shelley relies more on angle interest and time-of-day choices. We have been fortunate to offer images by Shelley as art greeting cards. We have expanded the offering now to include art photo prints in a variety of sizes. You can explore the entire Shelley Neff collection of...
Market Street Bridge Reflections

Market Street Bridge Reflections

There are several popular restaurants on the west shore of the Susquehanna River. Two in particular feature views of downtown Harrisburg and the Market Street Bridge. The closest to the bridge is RockBass Grill. On warm nights we can sit on the terrace and appreciate city and bridge light on water. Year round rows of tables border the inside of long glass viewing windows. The elegant interior gives the feeling of dining on a 1950’s yacht. The conversation level is a gentle buzz. Dockside Willies, right next door, is geared toward college students and the young at heart. The pub offers gourmet brick oven pizza, creative salads, “man-sized” sandwiches. You can catch the game (whatever the game might be) from just about any angle in this popping American dining venue. The conversation at Dockside’s is more an energetic drone than a gentle buzz, and when the Eagles intercept, well, you will know it! Here also a tiered terrace offers lots of outside seating in good weather and tables line glass viewing windows inside. If we were to guess which of the two venues offered photographer Shelley Neff a deck for her shot of the Market Street Bridge and downtown Harrisburg at Night, we would guess by the angle that it was RockBass.   The gently reflective nature of the photograph speaks of a sleepy Capital offering up a bit of warmth with a lit bridge reflecting on the water. Joe’s gentle piano and strings track reinforces the mood and adds feelings of romance and nostalgia. We invite you to explore the entire Shelley Neff collection by clicking over to the...