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Real-time Airport Information:

Click on an airport below for up-to-the-minute arrival and departure information.

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Real-time Flight Tracking by FlightAware.com
Live tracking of any U.S. airline flight.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control
Check the status of major airports throughout the U.S. Updated every five minutes.
Local Transportation:
Town of Islip MacArthur Airport--Airport Code: ISP
Official website of the Long Island MacArthur Airport.
Cross Sound Ferry
Service between Orient Point and New London, CT via vehicle/passenger ferry and passenger-only high speed.
Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company
Service between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport, CT via vehicle/passenger ferry.
Long Island Railroad
Direct link to the LIRR section of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority website. You'll also find links to LI bus, bridge/tunnel advisories, E-ZPass, Metro North and NYC Transit.
The Official Site of New York City Tourism
Sponsored by the NY Convention & Visitors Bureau
NY City Tourism Information
Great info and links for visitors and residents alike
The Official Site of NY State Tourism
Great info and links for visitors and residents alike
New York Metro.com
Official tourism/information site of New York Magazine
Discover America Tourism
Links to tourism offices in all of the U.S.A.
International Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Links to tourism offices throughout the U.S. and the world
Info Hub Specialty Travel Guide
"World's largest source for unique vacations worldwide"
Travel Smith
A comprehensive site offering worldwide weather forecasts, U.S. Embassy information, travel agency listings, packing lists and more. It is sponsored by a mail order catalog specializing in clothing
Planet Rider (travel links)
Provides links to thousands of travel web sites
U.S.A. CityLink Project
Comprehensive listing of U.S. cities for travel, tourism and relocation
A guide to festivals and events worldwide
Time-Out (the events magazine publishers)
A guide to restaurants, events, museums in major cities throughout the world.
Roadside America
The best guide to offbeat tourist attractions throughout the U.S.
Fall Foliage Tours:
Yankee Magazine's Travel Section
Yankee magazine is a great resource for all things New England and it's perfect for "leaf-peepers"!
"The Miracle of Fall"
Direct links to the fall foliage web sites of many states.
Useful guide to local getaways and daytrips in the Northeast.
International Travel:
U.S. Passport Information
Official U.S. Dept of State web site. You can also track your application from here.
U.S. Dept. of State
Obtain travel advisories, warnings and fact sheets about countries around the world
Discounted travel reservations. Cheapflights does not sell tickets but is dedicated to simplifying consumers' search, publishing great deals and also providing them with the best travel guides.
Discounted travel reservations.
Lower airfares and discounts for hotels, car rental, etc. The site is owned by several U.S. airlines.
Airfare Watchdog
"When Fares Are Low, We'll Let You Know." Monitors all airlines for the lowest fares.
An excellent site for discounted hotel rooms and more.
Hotel Discounts.com
A central reservations system that offers discounts in major cities worldwide--even in "sold-out" situations.
Quikbook (hotel reservations)
Offers discounts in seven major U.S. cities.
Offers discounts in hotels nationwide.
Hotel Express.com
Discount hotels worldwide.
NYC Central Hotel Reservations
This site will provide links to several NYC hotel reservations systems that offer discounts and rooms even when the city is "sold-out."
Local Lodging:
Carr Family B&B
The first and only Bed & Breakfast in Eaton's Neck.
 "Top 10 Tips for Better Vacation Photos"      

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the world’s largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers, recently polled its members to come up with the “Top 10” tips to help travelers take better vacation photos. "With digital cameras, it has never been easier or cheaper to take top quality vacation photos,” states SATW past president and broadcast travel journalist, Bea Broda.  “However, there are still some things that travelers can do to help them come back with stunning images of their vacation,” she said. Listed in order of votes with comments from SATW writers and photographers, the “Top 10” tips for better travel photos are:

1. Shoot photos early in the morning and late in the afternoon. Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the sun is overhead and the light is flat. Shooting in early morning and late afternoon will add more color and shadows to your photos, giving more definition to the subject.

· “Although morning and late afternoon are considered the best light for making photographs, some exceptions apply.  In the Caribbean, for instance, to capture the water at its most electric aquamarine, shoot the seascape from on high, preferably at noon.” — Patricia Borns, maritime and travel writer/photographer.

2. Move in close to your subject for impact. Too far back and your photo can be too busy. Get close, and then get closer!  Fill the frame with your subject.

· “Use your camera to record details you would like to remember later such as street signs, place names and menus.” — Shelly Steig, freelance writer and photographer.

3. Don’t shoot every photo at eyelevel. Don’t be afraid to get low to the ground or climb up to get a better vantage point.

· “Shooting a scene at other than eyelevel can add drama or perspective to an otherwise static setting.  Even if you can’t peer through the lens, hold your camera overhead or at waist level and experiment.” — David Swanson, freelance travel writer/photographer.

· “Carry a rubber mouse pad in your camera bag.  It will make it easier on your knees and clothing whenever you kneel down for a low camera angle.” —Michele & Tom Grimm, photographers and authors.

Avoid visual distractions, such as the tree here that looks as if it's growing from the woman's head
Avoid visual distractions, such as the tree here that looks as if it's growing from the woman's head
4. Pay attention to details and distractions in the back of the photo or behind the heads of your subjects.  Frequently, a telephone pole or tree is sticking up behind your subject.  Move around until there are fewer distractions in the background.

· “Don’t rely on your zoom lens to compose your images. You have two feet. Move about for the best angle and composition.” — Dennis Cox, travel photographer, director of Photo Explorer Tours.

5. Shoot lots of photos and edit and erase at night. Digital space is cheap. Shoot in the highest resolution possible.

· “Bracket your exposures and remember that if the light is low, you can increase your ISO (the equivalent of being able to change film speed) for every shot.” — Catherine Watson, freelance travel writer.

6. Always show a sense of place as to where you are. If in the tropics, frame the photo with palm trees; if in the mountains, frame it with pine trees.

· “On cloudy, dreary days, try to include bright colors such as red (a person’s jacket, an umbrella, a sign) in the photo, since reds, oranges, yellows and fuchsias can make a washed-out rainy scene pop with liveliness.” — Susan Farlow, freelance travel writer.

Shoot important subjects from several different angles. Doing so here captured the severe leaning of the tower.
Photo: Eric Maffei
Shoot important subjects from several different angles. Doing so here captured the severe leaning of the tower.
7. Shoot important subjects from several different angles and vantage points and with different lens and at different exposures. Take an overall wide shot, a medium range shot and a close up detail shot. Check your photos on site to make sure you have your shot.

· “When shooting with a slow shutter speed and no tripod, shoot three quick frames in a row, making a better chance one will come out sharp.” — Michael Ventura, freelance travel photographer.

· “Remember to shoot verticals as well as horizontal shots. Verticals work best for covers or full single pages.” — Susan Farlow, freelance travel writer.

8. Wait before you click! Wait for the clouds to clear, the truck to move away from in front of the cathedral or other distractions to pass.

· “Look around you and see what’s happening. If a child with a red balloon is coming around the corner, wait until she runs into your frame.” — Mary Love, freelance travel photographer and writer.

9. Put local people in your photos. Ask permission first and try not to pose them. Put people in your photos to give a sense of size and scale.

· “Learn the phrase for 'Smile, please' in the language of the place where you are traveling, and smile before, during and after you click the shutter.” — Maxine Cass, freelance travel photographer.

· “After photographing a local, turn your digital camera around and show the image to your subject. Everybody is happy to see what a great photo you just took.” — Annette Thompson, associate travel and livings editor, Southern Living.

10. Use fill-flash, even outdoors, to “fill-in” shadows.

· “Sometimes you don’t have the option of waiting for the right light. The fill flash will light up a person’s face and remove shadows when the sun is overhead.” — Laurie D. Borman, editorial director, Rand McNally.

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) is a non-profit professional association that works to promote responsible travel journalism and to provide professional support for its members, including travel journalists, photographers, editors, electronic media, film lecturers, television and film producers, and public relations representatives from the travel industry. (Your Editor, Steve Trombetti, has been an associate member of SATW since 1988.)

Previous Travel Articles:

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Spring 2009
Top 10 Tips to Save Money Traveling
February 2009
Top 10 Ferry Boat Rides