Just a quick post and run for today.  This is another shot from Ogunquit, Maine, and was taken during the WWPW last month.  The conditions were far from ideal, but I did manage to get a shot or two that I liked, including this one.

Have a great weekend.

I love when you stumble across a location that you didn’t anticipate.  Traveling down Rte 103 near Bradford, NH this past weekend, I saw this small little cut-off from the road.  I decided to check it out and drove down to find this river flowing very hard due to the recent rains.  A short little hike brought me to this vantage point where I captured this shot.  I debated how long of an exposure to use, and opted for something around 1 1/2 seconds to slightly blur, but still show the incredible motion of the water.  Add in some rocks and fall foliage, and you have the finished product.

You may recognize this gate from a previous post, but this shot takes a much wider view of it.  This was one of those mornings where I had made the commitment to get up and out early, but was disappointed in the weather when I left the house.  I just couldn’t bring myself to make a long drive that morning, and decided to hit this spot around the corner which has been a great fall-back location for me when a need a quick fix.

No, this post title is not meant to be symbolic of a new endeavor or change in my life.  It’s actually just an image of a new path I recently discovered.  I’ve probably driven past this little walkway 1000 times without ever knowing it was there.  Then one day it caught my eye, right off one of the main roads in my town.  So I made a note to come back and see where it went as soon as I could.  While it only travels a short way through the woods and doesn’t lead to some dramatic photographic opportunity, it did provide me something new to shoot.  It was a new path, at least for that day.

Ogunquit, Maine is one of my favorite local places to visit and shoot.  It’s only an hour drive from my house, and I get up there a fair amount either with my family, or alone with my camera.  Anyone who’s ever been there will recognize this image of Perkins Cove harbor.  It’s always filled with lobster boats, and there’s a really cool wooden drawbridge over the harbor’s entrance that provides an excellent vantage point for capturing this quintessential Maine fishing village.   As much as I like a beautiful sky for scenes like this, I think a foggy morning is probably the best way to represent the “feel” of this wonderful place.   I need only to look at it, and I can smell the salt air and hear the fog horns in the distance.

As everyone knows, all is not lost for landscape photography when it’s foggy, cloudy, rainy, or all of the above.  Sometimes it’s just what you need.  This particular image was taken last summer on the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Ogunquit, ME.  It was an early morning walk, and we arrived at the meeting place around 5:00 am which meant I was up around 3:30.  Needless to say I was disappointed that I had gotten up so early only to find a total absence of any visible sun or sky.  I did, however, end up getting several images that morning that I really like.  The lack of an interesting sky certainly presents challenges, but the flip side is having that beautiful, soft, contrast-free light you get when the clouds/fog act like a giant softbox.  This light combined with the morning dew helped set up this shot of rose hips, which are found in abundance along the Marginal Way where this shot was taken.  The toughest challenge was finding the right ones to shoot among so many.

P.S.  Sorry for the corny title to this post.  I’m very tired as I write this, and I couldn’t come up with anything better.  Have a great weekend.

Just a quick post today.  This was taken at one of the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations properties near my home.  It was a foggy morning, with the sun trying desperately to come through.  The sky had an eerie coloring to it and contrasted nicely against the greens and pinks of this tree.  All I had to do was get down low and look up.  The brightness of the sun left a bit of halo effect around some the branches which I initially wanted to correct, but then decided I actually liked the effect.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Sometimes the best laid plans…

A few weeks ago, I decided to drive up to Newburyport, MA for a sunset shoot of the harbor.  While I’ve photographed many parts of this beautiful coastal community in the past, the harbor is one area I’ve unintentionally neglected.  When I left my house that afternoon, all signs pointed to good sunset conditions – some mild humidity/haze, nice clouds throughout the sky, etc.  Did I mention that the conditions were good at my house?  As I got nearer to Newburyport, the conditions worsened until I reached unbelievably thick fog all along the coast and harbor.  While this image of the dock is not what I had planned on shooting, I was actually pleased with how it came out.  One thing I’m consciously trying to do is experiment with different angles when shooting, and I took the opportunity to get down really low with the few things I could actually see that evening.  When your photo shoot gives you lemons, you make lemonade.