Good morning and happy Monday.  Today’s image brings us back to Gloucester, MA and the Annisquam area.  This building is located right next to the Annisquam Light (see some previous images here, here and here), although I’m not really sure whether there’s any actual connection or link between the two.  I had raced up here the other night after work in hopes of a nice lighthouse sunset, but traffic unfortunately caused me to miss it by just a few minutes.  I hung around for a while to get some of the warm after-sunset colors you see here, but the bugs soon got the best of me, and I had to leave.

One of the things that drew me to this composition is the positioning of both the building and the clouds.  While I utilized the rule of thirds in positioning the building on the right, having the clouds on the left side really added some nice balance to the shot.  Balance is something I always look for when either composing a shot, or when cropping it during post, as it definitely can add that something extra to an image.


Very creative post title, huh?  This shot was taken this past weekend on an impromptu sunset shoot.  A friend took me along some of the rural backroads not too far from home to this quaint little farm.  It’s elevated position on a hill allowed for us to incorporate the sky into the images, and it was the light reflected on the side of the barn that drew me to this composition.  I’ve been so focused lately on coastal photography, and this trip through the country was a wonderful break from that.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 52mm, 3 brackets


Ok, so maybe this isn’t really giant grass, but it sure looks that way when you put the camera down low and close.  That’s Annisquam Light in the background which I posted about several times last week.  As we were about to head back to the car after a few hours of shooting, this beach grass caught my eye and I thought it would make an interesting foreground.  I had to hold  the camera by hand as my tripod wouldn’t go low enough, and after a few attempts I was able to get this shot.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 34 mm, 1/500 second


Happy Tuesday, and I hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend.  Have you ever had one of those times where you keep trying to find the right composition at the right moment, but each time you set up you wish you had stayed in the spot you were just in?  That’s how my morning on Plum Island went this past weekend.  Each time I moved from the wide angle shots of the boardwalk and sky to some abstract shots of the waves and sand, and vice versa, the lighting conditions kept making me wish I stayed put.   Finally, long after the sun had risen, the light and the clouds conspired together and presented me with this shot.   As for processing, I blended two exposures – one of the boardwalk and grass, and one of the sky – in PS to balance the contrast of the scene.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/13, 24 mm, 2 exposures blended in PS


I didn’t really know what else to name this post, so I just went with a literal description.  Some days it’s the best I can do.  The is the harbor in Newburyport, and is one of so many possible compositions you can find there.  The harbor is huge and quite busy as it provides access to both the open ocean, as well as the Merrimack River.  For this particular image, I was really drawn to the contrast of the beach grass and the water, and along with some nice light, it was all I really needed.  I tried an HDR of this scene, but found that just processing one of the brackets looked best.

Camera settings: ISO 800, f/11, 48mm, 1/160 second



Good morning and happy Monday.  This shot was one of those unfortunate situations where I got an image I really liked, but had forgotten to change my camera settings before pressing the shutter, and was unable to really do what I wanted with it as a result.  I had spent the afternoon with my kids at the beach and had taken quite a few pictures of them playing, etc.  On the way home I spotted this boat stuck in the grass at low tide, and jumped out to grab a few shots.  Unfortunately, my camera was set to a relatively low jpeg file size and I forgot to switch over to RAW before taking this shot.  The image also required some cropping, so I ended up with a very small file and what you see here is about as big as this is going to get.  Although I can’t do much to enlarge it (I don’t have any of the image enlargement software), I still really like it.   Maybe I’ll carry it in my wallet along with the pictures of the kids.  🙂

Camera settings: ISO 400, f/4.5, 56mm, 1/2000 second


Quick post and run today.  This another shot from that glorious morning in Gloucester, MA.  Even though the sky was kinda washed out just a few minutes after the sun rose, it still cast warm beautiful light on the rocks and grass.  I was tempted to follow the road to see where it leads, but decided to leave that for my next visit.

Have a great weekend.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 18mm, 3 brackets