Astrophotographer Bob Fisher grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, where his father and uncles introduced him to star-gazing. He first saw the superbly dark skies of the Adirondacks on summer camping trips, and at age 15 he built his own telescope. Soon after he obtained his first camera, he began photographing the night sky, and has been honing this craft ever since. Bob was active in the Passaic County Astronomical Society until he left the area for military service as an Army bandsman in Alaska, followed by study at New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music. However, his interest in the sky and in photography never waned.
After a career as a classical clarinetist, Bob did graduate work in science, and taught the sciences, including astronomy in New York City public high schools for more than two decades. Since 1991, he has spent summers in Olmstedville, and in 2006 he became a year-round resident. His botanical photographs appear regularly in Wildflower, the magazine of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, but astronomy astrophotography remains his focus. He frequently leads astronomy workshops in local schools, and organizes summer star parties for the general public. Selections from his Adirondack Dark Sky Series have been exhibited at Poema The Vault, North Creek, the Johnsburg Library, the Chestertown Library, and Minerva’s historic Irishtown Schoolhouse. Bob can be reached at 518-251-3819, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When he’s not busy holding down his day job as a technology manager in a small Connecticut financial firm, Jerry Wein divides his time between the Hudson Valley and Paradox, New York in Essex county. He has been interested in photography since the early ‘80’s.
Jerry's early work was primarily about people, candid captures of unusual moments or interactions, but his scope expanded with his growing love for the Adirondacks and his work in recent years has been focused on the fine details of that unique and wonderful landscape.
Jerry thinks of photography as a multi-phase process that begins with the key first step of seeing and he seeks interest and beauty in form, light, and colors of the ordinary. After many years of working in a chemical-based darkroom crammed in to an apartment bathroom, he was a resistant late-comer to digital medium, but now believes that, at times, some selective post-exposure manipulation can help achieve his visualization of a final image.