Frozen Sunrise

Between the crazy winter we’ve had here in Massachusetts, and the craziness going on at work, I’ve unfortunately had little time to get out and shoot.   And less time to blog about my lack of shooting.  So I decided to remedy this, at least temporarily, by getting up early this past Sunday to photograph the sunrise.  I had my plan all set – get out to Eastern Point Light in Gloucester to photograph the lighthouse with the sun rising behind it.  All was good, until I neared the end of the road that leads to the lighthouse and discovered that the last half mile or so hadn’t been plowed in at least a few weeks.

So with no way to access the lighthouse, I turned to plan B, which was to drive around and pray that I could find something interesting to salvage the morning.  I could see that the colors were going to be nice, and candidly, I would’ve used a trash can as my photo subject just to get the sky behind it.  Luckily, I came across this small bridge which crosses a tidal river to the beach.  It was the perfect foreground subject, and allowed me to capture the sky and its colors reflected on the bridge and the snow.  And the bonus is that you can see the twin lights of Thacher Island in the distant background on the left of the image, so I still got my lighthouse shot.  Success.



I know you’re probably scratching your head and wondering why this post isn’t about lighthouses or abandoned mills, but occasionally I do branch out to other photographic endeavors.

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of shooting an engagement session with a friend/former colleague and his beautiful fiancé.  They are a fantastic couple, and came prepared with lots of ideas for what they wanted in their engagement images.  We chose a great location in Salisbury, MA, and had a lot of laughs throughout the session.  Congrats and best of luck, Chris and Jess.

Here are a few images from our shoot.

 

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Peaceful Cove

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME.  As I mentioned the other day, Bob Lussier and I were there last week to help a friend teach a photography workshop.  It started in the afternoon, but I decided to head up early to do some sunrise shooting and spend the whole day.  I was once again treated with another cloudless sunrise, so I decided to minimize the sky as much as possible, and play with some long exposures of the gentle waves over the rocks.


Wishing Stones

While the easiest reaction when seeing these towers of rocks and stones is to think that of aliens were here, it was pointed out to us that these are actually called wishing stones.  You’ll see them sporadically along parts of the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, ME, that is until you come across this one particular section where there are literally hundreds of these towers.  So many I was sure I would inadvertantly knock one over just by walking around.

Bob Lussier and I were in Ogunquit earlier this week to help a friend teach a photography workshop, and these structures were the perfect place to discuss composition, depth of field, etc. with the workshop participants.  We of course had to grab some shots for ourselves too, and this is one of my favorites.  We were shooting these during the middle of the day, so a black & white conversion seemed appropriate.

Make a wish.



Rock Steady

Just a quick post for today.  This is one of the jetties along Plum Island in Newburyport, MA.  I’ve posted shots of these rocks in the past, but thought I’d try a B&W long exposure for this one.  On cloudy or overcast days here, I almost always go in thinking about how an image will look in B&W, and then shoot and process accordingly.


Annisquam RocksBefore we made our way to the Cape Ann Tool Company this past weekend, Bob, Mike and I started our morning shooting at Annisquam Light in Gloucester.  I’ve shot this lighthouse many times, and my streak of being there with either clear or completely cloudy skies was still intact after this visit.  So instead of nice sunrise colors, I decided to try some long exposures, and also try to find some unique compositions as I did with this image.  I wanted to use this strip of lighter-colored rocks as a leading line to the lighthouse, and although they don’t lead directly to the light, I still like the effect.


Pebbles

Sometimes an ordinary scene like a simple beach can look a lot more interesting just by changing your perspective.  For this shot I put my camera on the ground and focused on the immediate foreground with a relatively wide aperture to limit depth of field and to exaggerate the size of the tiny pebbles and shells. Anytime my creativity or inspiration with a scene seems stalled, my default is to always go low as a way to get the juices flowing again.