Just a quick post for today.  This image presented a bit of a dilemma for me.  I like everything about the image except the pink buoy that the boat is tied to.  I tried to remove it, but with my primitive PS skills it was too difficult to clone out and have a natural-looking edge to the boat.  I really debated whether to post the image, or just leave it in the depths of my Lightroom catalog.  In the end I think the rest of the image outweighs the pink buoy.  What do you think?  How distracting is it to you?

Someday someone will need to explain to me the attraction that photographers have (myself included) to these telescope things we see everywhere there’s a vista of some kind.  Anytime I see one, I can’t help myself and have to grab a shot or two whether it stands alone like this one, or if it makes a nice foreground interest to a scene in the background.  For this shot, the lack of color from the fog surrounding the telescope (is that what they’re called?) cried out for B&W, although the color version almost looked B&W on it’s own.   Do you find these things to have a magnetic attraction to your camera as well?

I love ferries. Just being out on the ocean, knowing that the ferry is taking me to some island destination.  This is the ferry from New London, CT to Orient Point on Long Island from our recent trip to the Hamptons.  It was quite foggy that morning with a little sun breaking through here and there, and that made the color of the bench really stand out.  I was also digging the yellow/orange lights that run along the top part of the boat.  As for the guy in the green hat, I was going to try and clone him out, but decided to leave him there as he adds some additional visual interest to the image.  Would you have left him in the shot or removed him?

As I’m sure you’ve noticed if you follow my blog, I rarely take pictures with people in them.  Well aside from pictures of my wife and kids of course.  Street photography is something I’ve wanted to try, but never seem to actually force myself to do it.  So when an opportunity to do the next best thing appeared, I took it.  Welcome to boat photography. There was just something about this older couple on a ferry in the fog that seemed to resonate with me.  I certainly won’t be offended if anyone thinks it’s a bit odd, but I guess that’s the beauty of having my blog.  It’s mine and I can post whatever I want.  🙂

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

For today’s post we go back to Plum Island in Newburyport.  During the summer months, docks are attached to these pilings for the various tour boats, but in the offseason, these steel structures sit like sentinels guarding the beach.  The evening I took these shots was lacking in color, but I think this look actually benefitted the scene.  I tried it in both color and black and white, and can’t seem to pick a favorite.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/16, 18mm, 6 seconds

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

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