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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.

Boats and Boating

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

Starboard! Comin\’ Thru

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

Blasting Thru

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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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Truckin' past Greenport on a beam reach

Screamin\’ Beam Reach

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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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"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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Pass-A-Grille Sunset

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Close Start

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Off to Windward

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Last-Second Drop

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Hardening Up on the Wind

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Keeping Clear Air

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Chute Parade

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And, they’re Off!

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Busy Start

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Rounding the Windward Mark

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Overlapped Chutes

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Dueling Chutes

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Setting the Chute

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Light Air Reach

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Jockeying for Position

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Last-second takedown

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On the Start

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Overlapped to Windward

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On the Line

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Crossing Tacks

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Newport Bridge & Light

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12 Metre Close Start

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Overlapped

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Chutes Up!

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Freedom preps her Chute

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Hot Pursuit

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Port Tack Out Ahead

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Newport Harbor Sunset

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Newport Marina Moonrise

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Crossed Swords

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Morning Commute

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Home for the Day 3

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Sloop Priscilla

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Wood Sloop

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Priscilla – Rigging

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Priscilla – The Helm

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Home for the Day 2

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Home for the Day 1

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Total Wipeout

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Tied Fast

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Peaceful Morning

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Drifting Past Bug Light

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Instant Karma’s Demise II

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Close-Quarters Action

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Ready About!

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Downwind Pack

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Fog Rolling into Perkins Cove

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Fireball to Fire Island

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Hey, Wait for Us

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Dying Wind

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Close Crossing

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Slow Going

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Watching for Traffic

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Harbor Start

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Greenport Sleighride

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Duelin’ Chutes

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Bug Light Finish

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Instant Karma’s Demise

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End of the Day

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Long Day’s Cleanup

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Working Dock

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Returning Home

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Captree Basin

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Captree Basin Moonrise 1

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Captree Basin Moonrise 2

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Sloop Priscilla of the old LaSalle Military Academy

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Captree Basin Sky on Fire

Captree Basin Sky on Fire

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Captree Sunset

Captree Sunset

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Foggy Morning Mooring

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Jenna Lee

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Crossing Tacks 2

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Sloop Priscilla Sunset Cruise

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Sloop Priscilla off Pt’O Woods

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Captree Boat Basin Moonrise

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Reaching for the Mark

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Chatham Harbor View

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Gay Head Light

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Shinnecock Fishing Fleet

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Afternoon sail on the Priscilla

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Melanie Jean

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Lobsterboats lined up at anchor in Perkins Cove.

Snug Mooring

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Perkins Cove Mooring Field

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Foggy Harbor I

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Foggy Harbor II

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Blasting Thru

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Owl’s Head Lobster Depot

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Classic wooden skiff

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Going Aloft

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Sailing by the New London Ledge Lighthouse

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Spinnaker broach

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Total Wipe Out

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Protected Harbor at Twilight

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Safe Anchorage

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Overtaking under Spinnaker

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Warp Speed

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Spinnaker Parade

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Big boat, Small boat

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Morning Constitutional

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New Year’s Drifter

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Really Truckin’

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