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Rich LaBella

NY|Displaying Since 2020

“I photograph mostly nautical and wildlife themes, concentrating on our shorelines & bays, yachting, the bridges, wetlands, lighthouses, wildlife, flowers and the unique things that make living near & on the water on Long Island and elsewhere a special experience.   I hope my work brings you as much enjoyment as it gave me in composing and capturing the beauty of our environment.”

-Rich LaBella, 2012

How do you learn to love photography?  You get a camera, start taking snapshots and then get hooked! Rich’s first camera, a Yashika rangefinder got him started taking pictures at the beach, surfing, out with friends, on travels and much more. Through high-school and college he learned a lot about photography through classes, trial & error, books and seminars – and over the years, through a better understanding of light & composition, the snapshots matured into a sizeable portfolio of quality photographs.

Rich has been particularly influenced by both Art Wolfe’s & Chas Glatzer’s approach to photography.    Through Art Wolfe, he learned to approach his works based on the principles of composition to bring out the beauty of nature & the environment.  Chas Glatzer showed him that “light illuminates, shadow defines” and that a three-dimensional image was indeed possible in a two-dimensional medium. With that foundation, and the help of many talented Nature & Wildlife photographers, he was able to develop and fine-tune his visionary approach, technical execution and post-processing skills in producing fine art which accentuates the interaction of light and color.

Early in life, he realized that we tend to be oblivious to much of the beauty that surrounds us.  Rich is an advocate of bringing awareness of that often-overlooked beauty in nature and wildlife behavior through his work. He prefers dynamic images to static “portraits” and tries to bring a better appreciation & understanding of our world through showing the interaction of nature, creatures, objects, and places that we might not notice around us.

Rich has participated in numerous contests & shows; held multiple one-man exhibitions at the Long Island MacArthur Airport and East Islip Library; won awards at the PFLI (Photographic Federation of Long Island) where he was awarded the Leonard Victor “Best Overall” & “Best in Class” Awards in 2014, NWPLI (Nature & Wildlife Photographers of Long Island), Long Island Photo Gallery (Wildlife, Fireworks, Flora, Animals & Creatures and Waterscapes competitions), FotoFoto Gallery 2011 International Competition finalist, and the Islip Arts Council “Local Color” exhibitions.

He has made numerous presentations in Libraries, Service Organizations, and Camera Clubs on various photographic subjects such as “From Snapshot to Photographic Art”, “Post-Processing Workflow”, “Framing on the Cheap”, “The Where in your Workflow”, and more.

He is a member and past-president of the NWPLI and a member of the Islip Arts Council. His works are featured at the Village Art & Framing Gallery in Babylon Village, PhotoArtPavilion,com (https://photoartpavilion.com/?s=Rich+LaBella) and the Long Island Photo Gallery in Islip.  His many works can also be seen on facebook (facebook.com/RJLaBellaPhotos) and on his website (www.RJLaBellaPhotos.com). These works now hang in many private collections and businesses and have been included in various Calendars & Magazine covers and articles.

Action Photography

At the LongBoard Classic in Long Beach, NY. This was the "shot of the day" for me. Look at the

OMG! This is Huge!

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Powering out as the barrel rolls all around you.

Makin’ It

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Common Terns duking it out over nesting rights. Tern rookeries are pretty crowded so you have to

Nesting Dispute

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C&C25 fleet close-crossing tacks just after the start.

Starboard! Comin\’ Thru

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Melges 24, "Wasn't Me" blasts thru waves while planing at top speed to overall honors in the

Blasting Thru

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Egret just manages to snag a meal - by the tail.

Grabbed by the Tail

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Soaring Bald Eagle passes by the rising moon.

Moon Flyby

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This eagle seems quite pleased to be bringing such a large eel back to the nest to feed his young.

Bringin\’ Home the Bacon

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Bald Eagle lowers his talons transitioning from search to acquisition mode in preparation for his

Prey Spotted

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Bald Eagle soaring so high he is almost out of sight searching for prey below.

On the Hunt

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Bald Eagle, Talons extended, concentrating on the target as he prepares to pounce. Love the

Got \’Cha

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Osprey find a housing shortage when they return in the spring so disputes over who owns the existing

Not on My Nest

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Fleet arrives at the mark together, so the foredeck crew has to spot for room to round.

Traffic Jam at the Mark

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Can't always make it. Sometimes you gotta' pay the piper.

Wipeout!

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Racing for the open while the barrel crashes at your heels.

In the Barrel

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Perfect break, but no one to ride it.

Empty Barrel

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It is a beautiful, clean wave, but things are not looking so promising ahead.

Screamin\’

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Looking ahead at the dim prospects of making it before the wave closes out.

Impending Doom

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Keeping an eye ahead of the barrel with a hand brushing the water for stability

Powering Down the Face

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The power of the barrel with a surfer in total control & concentration. Hurricane Teddy (9/21 &

Powering Out of the Barrel

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Truckin' past Greenport on a beam reach

Screamin\’ Beam Reach

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Attempt at escaping the barrel foiled as the section closes out.

Seconds from collapse

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Yachts reaching up the Peconic River in the Whitebread 2020 Regatta.

Peconic River Reach

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Foredeck prepares to drop the chute trying to maintain the lead.

Preparing to Drop

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Sail trim done, crews enjoy the ride as it is up to the helm to go fast

Overtaking

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Bowsprit extended & chute drawing nicely.   Great Red-on-Red shot.

Chute Set

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Geico SkyTypers performing in the annual Jones Beach Airshow.   Close-quarters flight crossing.

Two-Way Traffic

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"Port! Going Against the Flow" A lone port-tacker approaches a fleet of right-of-way starboard

Port! Going Against the Flow

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Power Exit

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