Posts Tagged ‘strobist’

“Back at West Point..” 18•Feb•15


Had a wonderful assignment last week for the NY Daily News to work again at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. (So many fond memories for me covering events the last ten years or so there on post). The upcoming story is a feature piece on their top player and leading scorer […]

“Back on Point…” West Point, NY. 24•Nov.•14

Dion Hart, Army swimmer.

Army cadet Dion Hart photographed in Crandall Pool at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Monday, November 24, 2014. Hart, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, is a senior on the Army swim team who was born to a 14-year-old mother and endured every possible hardship, including surviving homelessness, living in crack houses, […]

*Westchester Magazine – Cover. October 2014


My first cover on Westchester Magazine. I know the month is almost over, but I just came up with the .pdf file of the cover page…  ~cg.

Recent Work. April – June, 2014.


The new job, and a few trips into New York. Here’s a brief look at what’s caught my attention the past 2 months or so…  ~cg.

*My 2013 POY. (Pictures of the Year)


Where does the time go? Even though my tenure as a staff photographer at the newspaper was abruptly cut short in November due to layoffs that eliminated our entire photo staff, it was still a very gratifying year for making images. Boarded a few airplanes for out of town personal assignments, utilized remote cameras, strobes, […]

“March Madness… Hoops du Jour… Bring Your a-Game… Game-Face… I (Still) Love This Game…” March 1 – 3, 2013.


Kingston head coach Ron Kelder (left) embraces starting guard Justin Robinson (#12) late in the fourth quarter of their Section 9 Boys Class AA Championship game against FDR at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Robinson had 13 points as Kingston defeated FDR 80 – 52.  © CHET GORDON/Times […]

“Own the Night…” *(particularly for basketball) March 2012


A long time ago when I was just starting out in the business, and while attending a professional level weekend workshop ~ a colleague told me one of his basic philosophies for shooting big time sports: “You’re basically just in a big room (stadium, arena, etc.) and still have to make pictures…” I never forgot […]

“No Dance…” Newburgh, NY 1•March•12


Jason McAllister (#42) of NFA falls to his knees after their 64 – 53 loss to Middletown in their Section 9 Class AA Semifinal game at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Middletown will face Kingston for the Class AA Championship on Saturday at SUNY New Paltz. For as […]

“It’s Officially Here…” 1•March•12

Newburgh guard Antonio Harper (#2, right) and Mount Vernon's Quadere Lovell (#2, left) eye a rebound during their Class AA Regional Semi-Finals game at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mount Vernon defeated NFA

I’m talking about the March Playoff Basketball post season, known as “March Madness.” (certainly not yesterday’s snowy & rainy weather.) Later today I will install four Dyna-Lite strobes in one of my favorite venues in the area; the Wellness Center gym up at  SUNY New Paltz. I then have the big Section IX Semi-Finals game […]

Army – Navy Basketball (again). West Point, NY 11•Feb.•12

Navy's Carlton Smith (#20, left) misses a dunk over Army's Jordan Springer (#42, right) during the first half of their game in Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Saturday, February 11, 2012. Springer had 4 points as A

I’ve been quietly waiting a year to get back into Christl Arena at the United States Military Academy in West Point to work another Army – Navy basketball rivalry. Since I didn’t have to opportunity to cover what would’ve been my fifth Army – Navy football game in FedEx Field last December in Washington, DC, […]

"They’re just ‘Hammers & Nails’, man…" (Part 2) 24•Jan.•12


Packing up the hardware for a junior college basketball game between two local rivals tonight: Here’s a few favorites from the night, which included working with four cameras (one as a remote installed in the bleachers & aimed down toward a basket), two Dyna-Lite Uni-Jr. strobes clamped high in the stands in either corner of […]

"They’re just ‘Hammers & Nails’, man…" Jan. 2012


My gear used to cover Boys HS Varsity swimming between Monroe-Woodbury & Kingston High Schools at Monroe-Woodbury Middle School in Central Valley, NY on Tuesday, January 17, 2012. © Now that covering the indoor sports seasons are finally in full swing for me again, here’s a brief look at what I go through as […]

"Run – Bags, Location Lighting, & Making the Portraits I Really Like…" Late December 2011


Sometimes the pictures are already in your head. You just have to show up. With the appropriate amount of gear and occasionally your “A-Game…” These few images made in the last week or so were just simply fun to create with really pleasant subjects in front of the camera. (3) – Newly elected Newburgh mayor […]

Working an all-day "Zombie BBQ…" Newburgh, NY. 1•Oct.•11

Psychedelic Zombie BBQ II

Had some time off coming from the day job, so I was able to do a few things for a good friend & local restaurant owner here in town yesterday. A good day for a good cause, as the “Psychedelic Zombie BBQ II” was held inside the old Newburgh Armory. Some very large spaces, smaller […]

*"Building a Picture…" 14• June•2011

Ken and Jeannie Veltz in the backseat of their 1982 Mercedes Benz 240D outside their Cold Spring, NY home on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The 60 year-old couple, both established musicians and married for 36 years, and now grandparents, are taking off on a cro

Ken and Jeannie Veltz in the backseat of their 1982 Mercedes Benz 240D outside their Cold Spring, NY home on Tuesday, June 14, 2011. The 60 year-old couple, both established musicians and married for 36 years, and now grandparents, are taking off on a cross-country tour in the car, reminiscing their days as a touring […]

"What a Week for Pictures…!" Feb. 22 – 26, 2011.

Amanda Horvers (#33) of Mount Saint Mary College reacts after the Knights defeated Farmingdale State 71 - 50 in their Skyline Conference Championship game at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY on Saturday, February 26, 2011. Mount Saint Mary College

I haven’t uttered these words for quite a while it seems, but while closely examining last week’s work, it truly was “A Week for (Good) Pictures…” A couple of extra-early wakeup calls – I’m talking the 4:30AM kind on Thursday to get moving on the coverage for the slain Poughkeepsie police officer’s funeral across the […]

(Photographing) *The People We Know… June 2010.

HS Cellist @ THE WHEREHOUSE Restaurant. Newburgh, NY. 6•June•10 (Hardware / Software info): Nikon D-1X w/ 28mm – 70mm f/2.8AF. Nikon SB-800 into a shoot-thru umbrella at camera right at 1/4 power. Second small strobe at lower left w/ Stofen Dome on the floor at 1/16th. power. Triggered by Pocket-Wizard Multi-Max’s. ISO 400. 1/250th. sec. […]

"Mastering the 5 – minute portrait…" Newburgh, NY 14•May•10

“Sometimes the images are there waiting for you to just show up …” Graduating college student in an empty hallway in Aquinas Hall at Mount Saint Mary College in the City of Newburgh, NY on Friday, May 14, 2010. She is graduating with her MBA and has a job lined up with a local accounting […]

Popular Photography Magazine. March 2010, pg. 42.

In all the craziness of this year’s HS playoff basketball tournaments the past few weeks, I’ve just gotten around to writing about the above piece in Popular Photography magazine. A photo of mine with an accompanying story was published last month. (March 2010 – page 42.) Click HERE. It was actually a file photo from […]

"Bringing Your ‘A’ Game…" *Musings from late March / early April 2010.

*More on differentaspects of my sports photography – (particularly at the championship level…) I’ve thought a lot lately about approaching the challenges of not only the daily grind, but stepping it up when necessary to make memorable or game telling sports images. Sports portraits also offer that opportunity to show the viewer an athlete’s personality […]

*"It’s Gotten Ugly Up Here…" 19 – 20•March•10

Jake Palmer (#33, left) of John A. Coleman Catholic walks off the court as Maple Grove players celebrate their NYSPHSAA Class D Finals Championship win at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Maple Grove defeated Coleman 43 – 38. Times Herald-Record/CHET GORDON Writing live from courtside along press row here at […]

En route to Glens Falls, NY (Again) for NY State HS Basketball Tournament. 18•March•10

Newburgh players (L-R, standing): Marcus Henderson, Patrick Johnson, Michael McLeod, Will Bouton, Damon Cousar, and Davon McMillan (squatting) on Prospect Avenue in the City of Newburgh, NY on Thursday, March 18, 2010. Newburgh is the defending Class AA state champion and will face CBA of Albany in the state semifinal game on Saturday in Glens […]

HS Basketball Sectional Championships & NY State Tournament games. March 2010.

aka “March Madness…” Before I could even turn around and catch my breath after last weekend’s work, which began Friday night in helping out a colleague retrieve strobes from a local college gym after his two games, I found myself right in the middle of the craziness at this level of HS playoff basketball competition. […]

HS Basketball Sectional Championships. aka "March Madness…"

Did somebody ask if I wanted to work through this weekend…? This is perhaps my favorite time of year for work, particulary covering sports. It is (finally) the beginning of the high school sectional championship games here in our area. Besides covering marquee events like graduation at West Point, the annual Army – Navy football […]