Well it finally snowed here in Massachusetts this weekend, and since I wasn’t able to get out and shoot any of it, I decided to post an image from last winter instead.  This is one of those small rivers/streams you find virtually anywhere that can make a nice photo when the conditions are right.  I caught a glimpse of this scene as I crossed the bridge, and pulled over to grab a quick shot.  Nothing fancy here… just a simple B&W conversion with a little additional contrast added.  Happy Monday.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/5, 1/125 second

There’s something about a local farm that I just love.   Photo opportunities typically abound, regardless of season, and I’m fortunate to have several very close by.   This particular farm is usually overrun with people leaving limited opportunity to get pure shots of the scenery, equipment, etc.  A foggy and cold early winter morning is a whole different story, however, and if I had had enough time the other day, I could’ve shot every inch of the farm without any evidence of human existence.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/10, 31mm, 1/100th second

I’ve shot this small road many times in the spring and fall trying to get a good shot with the trees full of colorful leaves, but never really got anything I liked.  Ironically, this B&W image I made on a dreary, foggy winter morning has turned out to be better than any of the autumn shots I’ve taken.  It just goes to show you, don’t take any weather conditions for granted… good or bad.  Get out and shoot whenever you can because a gray and colorless day can be just as good, if not better, than a crisp colorful one.

Have a great weekend.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70mm, f/10, 24mm, 1/20 second

Good morning, and I hope everyone had a very happy new year’s.

Today’s post comes to us from Salisbury, MA.  This is the underside of the Pavilion at Salisbury Beach, an ocean-front complex that consists of several restaurants, a gift shop, and a music hall.  Although I’ve never actually been inside, I believe that this section that I shot is directly beneath the music hall.  It was a foggy morning, and I was drawn to the simplicity of the concrete supports and building with the cloudy sky and relatively calm tide.  As you can probably tell from some of my recent posts, I just can’t seem to get enough of long-exposure photography, and have been experimenting using several long exposures and combining them in Photoshop to get more detail in the highlights and shadows.  Lately I’ve been liking the more natural look of a Photoshop blended image instead of the more traditional HDR shot.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, B&W ND10, f/11, 18mm, 30 and 60 second exposures blended in CS5

This is the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, MA, which is part of the historical Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.  The mill was built in 1929, and produces approximately 5 tons of flour per year.  Although not operating when I was there a few weeks ago, the mill is obviously water-powered, and uses two separate grinding-stones to produce the corn meal and wheat flour that is used for the Wayside Inn’s baked goods.  Interestingly, it was used by Pepperidge Farm as a full-time production facility from 1952-1967, and is the basis for their company logo.  It’s located on a beautiful site with many open fields as well as the neaby Grist Mill pond.  I took this shot long after all the leaves had fallen, and without much color around besides the mill wheel, it seemed to work best in B&W.  I decided to leave just a little bit of color in the wheel however to provide some additional interest.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 18mm, 50 seconds

I like the colors of a beautiful sunrise as much as the next guy, but sometimes not-so-good weather can make for some really interesting photos.  We had a fog the other morning unlike any I have seen in a very long time.   The “pea soup” kind of fog.  The “I can’t see my hand in front of my face” kind of fog.  By the time I got to this location it had started to burn off, leaving just enough over this pond to create the mood I had envisioned before setting up.   And with hardly any color to speak of due to the conditions, this shot just had to be converted to B&W.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-210, f/11, 70mm, 1/200th

Another quick post for today.  This is the lower window on Plum Island Light which I’ve shown on the blog before here.  When shooting this lighthouse, I usually try for a more broad view of it against a nice sunset or interesting foreground.  This time, however, I opted for a more intimate approach.

Just a quick post for today, and apologies for the lame title.  This was taken on Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark on the Vineyard.  During the summer months, it’s a very exclusive private beach, but it is open to the public in the offseason.  It’s really quite beautiful with these boulders strewn around the beach and the cliffs that frame it.  Combine that with a moderate surf and warm afternoon light, and it’s just a great place to explore and enjoy.

While I typically like my fall images full of their incredible colors, sometimes an image just looks better in B&W.  This is one such image, at least for me.  This was taken last fall in Lincoln, NH, and is an image I played around with for a while trying to find the right look.  Hopefully I’ve achieved it.

I finally stopped one day to grab a few shots of this old building.  I had very little time to explore the area, but wanted to get a few images.  As a result, I have no idea what it’s purpose is, whether it’s still used, etc.  It’s actually attached to the back of an Italian restaurant, but that’s where my information stops.  This is one of those shots that I like equally well in both color and black and white.  It just seems to work in both formats.  Do you have a  preference?

Have a great weekend.