Rudder

Just a quick post for today.  I’ve photographed Perkins Cove in Ogunquit countless times, and decided to try some more intimate detail shots the last time I was up there this past summer.  This is the rudder of a small sailboat that was moored in the harbor.  The boat itself was difficult to isolate due to all the other boats around it, so I focused on this one small detail instead.


Evening Skyline

This may be a cliche shot of the Boston skyline, but you can try to make it your own by shooting it under different lighting conditions.  On this particular night, there were just enough clouds still visible in the sky to add some additional interest to the image.  They also had a nice glow to them which became more evident once I started to process the shot.

BTW, I’m a little embarrassed that my private yacht ended up being such a prominent part of the image on the right side, but I just didn’t feel like Photoshopping it out.  🙂



Morning Fog

Just a quick post for today.  My son was kind enough to wake up my wife and I around 4:30 the other morning.  So instead of going back to sleep, I decided to grab my gear and head out to catch a sunrise.  As much as I was disappointed that the area was socked in with weather, I really love images of small fishing harbors in the morning fog, and came home with this shot of Rockport harbor that I’m very pleased with.


Tied Up

Back to Ogunquit, ME for today’s post.  This is one of the many small boats in Perkins Cove that people use to get out to their moored lobster boats or sailboats from the docks.  Perkins Cove is a fantastic place to photograph in any season, time of day, or weather condition.  Boats, docks, lobstermen, restaurants and shops, etc., all provide great photo opportunities.

Although the boats were packed in tightly together, I wanted to focus on this one particular boat, and stylized the image to help create that focus.  I can’t explain why, but this has become one of my favorite images.


Rockport Harbor

While most people (myself included) typically aim their cameras at the iconic Motif #1 while shooting at Rockport Harbor, the view in the other direction ain’t so bad either.  This was taken a few weeks ago on the night that Rockport held it’s first ever public fireworks display.  I’m saving the images from that for later this week.


Ocean Urbex

This may very well be my first image that was taken while leaning out a window and hanging out over the ocean.  I’ll go through my archives to confirm, but I’m pretty sure this is the first.

I took this shot from the renovated office space located next to the former Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory.  All of the office windows had screens except this one, and my new friend at Ocean Alliance allowed my to open it to grab a shot of the side of the old factory which is otherwise only visible by boat (or a pretty big telephoto lens from across the harbor).  Looking at the outside, you can get a sense of the danger inside, and why I was only allowed in there for a short and supervised time.  A fun time nonetheless.

Have a great weekend.


Harbor Glow

It’s back to Rockport, MA and Motif #1 for today’s post.  I know I’ve probably posted too many shots of this iconic location, but you’ll have to indulge me another one.  This was taken this past winter on one of those cold and very crisp evenings when the sun seems to set just after lunch.  I used a long exposure to smooth the water and sky, and to add that depth of color that results from extended exposures.


Manufactory

This rundown building in Gloucester, MA is the former Tarr & Wonson Paint Manufactory.  It was originally built in 1863, and was known for making the only bottom paint for boats in the United States.  That paint covered the bottom of fishing boats, and kept all manner of living things from growing into, and eventually destroying, the wooden hulls. Prior to its invention, boats were sheathed in metal, which was far more costly.

After years of mixing its paint in this building, it accumulated several inches of paint made of copper, lead, arsenic, cadmium and a host of other unsavory metals on the floor and walls, and was eventually closed in 1985. 

This image was taken from across the harbor with a telephoto lens on a windy day, and this site has since been on my list for a more intimate exploration.  There has been much discussion about tearing it down over the past few years, so I’ll need to get back soon to have any hope of getting some more images.  That’s if I’m not too late already.