Author Archives: Jerry Skrocki

About Jerry Skrocki

I am a freelance Graphic Designer and Photographer. I retired in 2002 from my job as NYS Correction Lieutenant. I am a single gay man, a Veteran of the US Army who owns his own home in the City of Amsterdam, New York. I often volunteer my time and photos for a few choice charitable organizations. I specialize in image editing and fine art prints.

A Walk in the Park


Today was the first time I left my house for something other than once a week shopping in over two months. The pandemic lockdown is slowly relaxing. Montgomery County, NY is among a few that are allowed to open in phases. With the gorgeous weather today, I ventured out to Riverlink Park. It was great to get out and smell the flowers and feel the sun on my skin again. Riverlink Park did not disappoint.

Photos were taken with the new Fuji X-T4 camera with both the XF 16-55 f/2.8 and the XF 50-140 f/2.8 lenses.

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The View From Here


Photography is the art of capturing light. Light is the factor that can make an average or mundane scene spectacular by adding splashes of color and contrast.

The Covid-19 pandemic and its enduring lockdown has limited photographic subjects. My home happens to have an interesting view that comes alive with each sunrise or sunset, lit by either reflective or direct light.

Here are some images taken from my kitchen window over the past few months. The first was taken today, May 4, 2020.

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Buddha’s Birthday 2019


The City of Amsterdam’s Buddhist population celebrated Buddha’s Birthday on May 11th.  Holy Master Ziguang Shang Shi blessed the attendees as they bathed the Buddha signifying the birth of Shakyamuni Buddha. The celebration took place in Freedom Square just opposite the Five World Buddha Temple.

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Bring the Light Holiday Celebration


Saratoga Arts sponsored a multicultural holiday event at the Grove at Saratoga on Sunday December 2nd. The event featured music, dance and a poetry reading celebrating the holiday season. The event was organized by Bobby Carlton and many local artists participated. It was a very enjoyable evening.

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New York City Marathon 2018


It was a beautiful day for a marathon! On Sunday, November 4, 2018 the largest marathon in the world with a distance of 26.219 miles, was held in NYC. Established in 1970 with the course running through all five boroughs of New York, the marathon’s many categories allow anyone to take part. We arrived about 9am and watched from the 18 mile marker (East 96th Street).

This year’s time did not break the course record of 02:05:05 set in 2011 but came close. In the  top spot for  the Pro Men was Lelisa Desisa /ETH with a time of 02:05:59, followed by Shura Kitata /ETH 02:06:01, Geoffrey Kamworor /KEN 02:06:26, Tamirat Tola ETH 02:08:30 and Daniel Wanjiru/ KEN 02:10:21.

In the Pro Women’s category the course record is 02:22:31 set in 2003. Mary Keitany /KEN came very close with a time of 02:22:48, followed by Vivian Cheruiyot /KEN 02:26:02, Shalane Flanagan /USA 02:26:22, Molly Huddle /USA 02:26:44 and Rahma Tusa /ETH 02:27:13.

It was my first time at the marathon and I was very pleased to photograph the fastest men and women in the world!

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Blue Oyster Cult at Empire State Plaza


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Monday at Saratoga Raceway


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Saratoga Racetrack – Warmups


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Stickermule Riverfest 2018


Categories: Amsterdam, Amsterdam Photography Club, Celebration, Entertainment, mohawk river, Music, Outdoors, Photography, sports | Tags: , , , , ,

Pinky’s Summer Party 2018


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