Dan Nolan: Capturing Time

A photograph is a time machine. It allows us to see a scene or an event as it happened or as we perceive that it happened. A slice of a day gone by. An enhancement of our memory. It makes no difference whether our minds remember every detail or not. The finished photograph will be our expression to all the future viewers of a slice of time in our lives and likely to never be seen exactly the same again.
— Daniel J. Nolan

Dan is a 1962 graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. He currently does most of his work with several Nikon digital cameras and a barrage of lenses, but still has 35 mm film cameras on hand. He specializes in landscapes and seascapes. At the Sandnes, Norway, Photographic Salon many years ago, his work was the only entry from the USA to be chosen for exhibition. His work has been exhibited in salons in Hong Kong, South Africa, Calgary, Toronto, London, Paris and extensively throughout the United States. He and his wife Betty reside in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region, where they have been since 1973.

A number of Dan’s photographs have been published in books and magazines, as well as encyclopedias, calendars and periodicals. Kodak selected his photo “Boys Fishing on Honeoye Lake” as worldwide picture of the day for April 7, 2002. Dan has had one-man shows of 27 photographs, color, black and white and digital at the Link Gallery in the City Hall of Rochester, The café at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in the Mall Store in the Town of Greece, The gallery at The Senior Citizen Center of Corning and the Main Office of the Canandaigua National Bank.

In the Winter 2004 issue of Life In The Finger Lakes magazine, Dan’s photo “Snowy Terrain” was used on the cover, and his photo “Boys Fishing” was used on the cover of the Summer 2006 issue as well. His most recent exhibitions were at the Image City Photography Gallery and the High Falls Art Gallery in Rochester. His photo “Reflexion 2,” of a sailboat at rest in Maine, was used on the cover of the magazine Good Old Boat.

Much of Dan’s work can be seen on his website at dannolansphotography.com.

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“The boaters were quietly mesmerized at the deciduous tree color display looking east across Honeoye Lake while some dark late afternoon thunder clouds moved in. In a few moments the sun was obliterated and the fall showers began.”

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“‘Autumn Leaves on Honeoye Lake’ was taken on an overcast day with occasional patches of sunlight spotlighting parts of the recently fallen Norway Maple leaves prior to our annual chore of raking and bagging them. I manually prefocused on a spot about a foot and a half away and placed the camera on the ground after setting the F stop as high as I could to maximize depth of field. I then waited for a shaft of sun to highlight an area close to the camera.”

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“An old white pine tree stump provided home to a cluster of poisonous Jack-O-Lantern mushrooms in an interesting spiral arrangement. Coming back every year in various arrangements, they are beautiful, and are harbingers of the impending fall season.”

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“Nothing denotes fall more than the beautiful deciduous tree display surrounded by the evergreens in the Bristol Hill Landscape across from Hunt Hollow.”

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“Outside of Naples on County Road 36, I spotted these three horses, grazing and oblivious to the beautiful fall tree display behind them on Blueberry Hill.”

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“The leaves had piled on our porch steps. Then, after a powdery snowfall, the sun came out. As I was shooting, a gust of wind came up and blew snow off of our roof and all over the leaves as the sun was still shining. It was the day after Christmas and probably about 10 degrees above zero. I noticed that there were maple, oak, ash and hophornbeam leaves all joining for an autumn symphony amid the dancing windblown snowflakes.”

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“At the intersection of Dryer Road and Strong Road, south of Victor, a late afternoon fall sun highlighted the large hay rolls that seemed to be protecting the barn and silo in this photo titled ‘Fortress of Hay.’ A perfect example of being in the right place at the right time, with a camera. No waiting. It was perfect just when I got there. Two shots from different angles, and I was on my way.”


by Dan Nolan