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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.

Sunrise and Sunset

A serene sunrise reveals an unblemished beach framed with petrified live oak trees.

Tidepools & Trees

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"Miss Liberty" lighting NY Harbor with a colorful sunset.

Miss Liberty Sunset

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Beautiful blues & pinks fill the sky as dusk falls.

Twilight Afterglow

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Lone surf fisherman braves the surf & cold of a late fall sunset.

Surf Fishing at Sunset

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With the sun just below the horizon, the sky fires up with color.

Afterburn

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The sun sets over the Great South Bay giving up the last of it's warmth

Great South Bay Sunset

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A beautiful sunrise frames petrified trees on a pristine beach.

Rose Prelude

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Pink light highlights the Montauk Light sunset.

Montauk Light Sunset 2

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Blue Sunrise 2

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Pastel Dawn

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Popcorn Dawn

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Pastel Sunrise

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BoneYard Sunrise

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A New Dawn

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Rose Prelude 2

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Pristine Beach

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Footprints Washed Away

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Pristine Beach 2

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Tranquil Sunrise & Popcorn Sky

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Morning Sun

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Sunrise Silhouette 2

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Blue Dawn

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Sunrise Silhouette

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Driftwood Sunrise

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Red Sky at Dawn

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Driftwood Everywhere

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A New Day

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Driftwood at Dawn

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Tranquil Sunrise

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St. Augustine Light Twilight

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St. Augustine Nightlight

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“Beacon of Light”

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Gulfport Sunset

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Pass-A-Grille at Twilight

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Pass-A-Grille Sunset

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Sky Aflame

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St. Pete Beach Sunset

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Bermuda Bay Sunset

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Last Dive

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Sky on Fire

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Beacon of Light

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Water Tower Moonrise

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Last Light

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Rippled Sunset

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Pink on the Rocks

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Reflections at Dusk

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Montauk Light Sunset 1

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Instant Karma’s Demise II

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Last Light Pano

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Captree Basin Sunset

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Fire Island Inlet Bridge Sunset 7

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Marathon Light Sunrise

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Sky Fire at Dusk

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Lifeguard Patio

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Instant Karma’s Demise

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Captree Basin Moonrise 1

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Captree Basin Moonrise 2

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Fire Island Light thru the Grass Panorama

Fire Island Light thru the Grass Panorama

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Fire Island Light from the Dunes #3

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Fire Island Light from the Dunes #2

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Blowback

Blowback

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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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Fire Island Light Panorama in Golden Hour Light

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Fire Island Light Sunset Afterglow 2

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Fire Island Light Sunset Afterglow

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Fire Island Light – the Golden Hour

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St. Augustine Light Sunset

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Blue Morning

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Early Morning Mist

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Smokin’ Tree

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Ponce Inlet Light at sunset

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Willett at Sunset

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Driftwood at Sunrise

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Driftwood Moonrise 2

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Petrified Oak Sunrise

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Captree Bridge Sunset 4

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Sloop Priscilla Sunset Cruise

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Captree Bridge Sunset 3

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Surf Fishing Sunset 2

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Nubble Light Sunset

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Great South Bay Sunset 2

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Perkins Cove Sunrise

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Great South Bay Sunset 3

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Timberpoint Sunrise

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Last Light at Pemaquid Point

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Captree Sunset 3

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Jones Beach Bathhouse Sunset

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Frosty Morning II

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Wayward Snack Bar

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Sunset on the Boardwalk

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Long Beach Walk

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Fire Island Light Reflection 2

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East Islip Sunset

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Kismet Sunset

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Great South Bay Sunset

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Fire Island Inlet Bridge Sunset 2

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Frosty Morning

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Heckscher Sunset

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Fire Island Inlet Bridge Sunset

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Petrified Oak sunset

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