I’m not entirely certain, but I’m very hopeful, that the glow of the sunrise on the morning I took this shot in Seabrook, NH was not the result of my proximity to Seabrook Station (also known as the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant) which is located not very far from the beach. Until there’s evidence to the contrary, I’m sticking with the theory that Mother Nature had the wheel for this one. 🙂
Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine. Stretching from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach, it’s an incredibly stunning public footpath that winds along the rocky cliffs of southern coastal Maine. These benches are scattered along the path and provide beautiful vantage points to enjoy the ocean and crashing surf.
As I was crouched down on the ground for this shot trying to get the composition I wanted and the light I was hoping for, something occurred to me. This was one of those instances where I seriously debated whether I’d rather be down on the ground waiting for the moment when the light was perfect to capture a memorable image, or would I rather just be part of the scene, sitting on that bench watching the incredible colors of a Maine sunrise. The photographer in me obviously won the battle this time, but I still think about how nice it would have been just sitting there watching and enjoying.
I have a love/hate relationship with the process of coming up with a name for each blog post. Some images seem to have names custom-made for them, where others are just not so easy. This post was definitely the former, as I had several potential options come to mind as I was preparing it. In addition to “A Good Year,” I thought about using “I’m Tired,” “Let’s Roll,” or “Retired” as possible options. Anyway… on to today’s image. I was doing some things around the house last night and looked outside to see what was the tail end of a beautiful sunset, so I grabbed my gear and quickly headed out. I ended up missing the peak of the good color, so I decided to come in close on the tire of this tractor that was sitting idle in the middle of the field. There was just enough good light left to provide a pleasing background, so I fired off a few brackets before the light faded. I was able to capture some other shots around this field as well that I’ll share in future posts.
Another sunset shot for today, this time from another favorite haunt of mine – Newburyport, MA. The Captain’s Lady II is a 90 foot yacht that takes passengers on dinner and sunset cruises, as well as charters and other corporate events, and departs from the northern end of Plum Island. While I would’ve liked to get a more creative composition here, the green head flies were out and on a mission to destroy my legs (those of you from New England will know what I mean), so I barely had the time/courage to set up my tripod on the beach for a few sets of brackets. I did manage a few other shots that night as well before these creatures really got the best of me, which I’ll save for future posts.
Have a great weekend everyone.
As I’ve already shown in several previous posts here and here, this property is one of my favorite local spots to shoot. And for whatever reason, I’m drawn to this particular gate, and have worked on all different angles and times of day with it. When I saw that the sky was setting up for a nice sunset a few weeks ago, I decided to head over again and see what I could get for a sunset shot. As I approached the gate, I noticed that this sign had been recently added where there wasn’t one before. On most occasions, I find myself setting up for a wide view of the gate and the field beyond, but this time I tried a more intimate shot of the gate focusing on the sign. Previous attempts at a tighter view just never seemed to work out very well, but I thought this new variable might make a difference. My point in showing this image is that even small changes in the places or things you like to shoot can make a big difference in the images you create. Be on the lookout for these subtle changes, and familiar objects and places can feel new again.
This image was taken this past weekend at a nearby beach that my kids really enjoy visiting. They love hunting for sea glass, and this beach always provides us with a treasure trove of goodies to bring back to our ever-growing collection. While we did manage to leave the house fairly early, having my wife and kids with me meant a sunrise shoot was obviously out. So even though I knew the light wouldn’t be ideal, I still debated whether to bring my full camera kit, or simply rely on the cell phone for a few candids of the kids playing. I actually find myself having this debate quite often, where I want my full kit with me, but just don’t feel like lugging it around. Anyway… I ended up compromising this time, and just took my camera and one lens, and threw it in our backpack with towels, sunscreen, etc. I managed to capture some good shots of the boys, and as we were leaving, this particular scene caught my eye. A handheld set of brackets was all I needed, and I ended up grateful I brought my camera.
As for the title of this post, can anyone guess what it references?
A while back, I saw a great tutorial on how to create a gallery poster on Jeff Revell’s PhotoWalkPro site. Now typically, I prefer to create prints with the more traditional image + mat + frame, but certain images seem to work well in this poster format. And this particular image fit the bill for me. The morning I captured this scene on the beach at Plum Island in Newburyport, MA, I was actually disappointed that the sunrise was somewhat uninspiring with no clouds whatsoever to add the vibrant colors and glow you can sometimes get from a New England sunrise. When I got home and processed the image however, I was very pleased with the simplicity of the sky and its subtle color shifts. I’d been wanting to find an image that would look good as a gallery poster, and I really like the way this one came out. Just as Jeff did with his poster, I printed it with Mpix, and the results were fantastic.
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.
I’ve read that Nubble Light in York, ME is the most photographed lighthouse in the US. Regardless of whether that’s true, it’s in a truly beautiful setting and undeniably photographed a lot. Unfortunately, though, most shots of it you see on Flickr, etc. are “tourist” shots as there are only a limited number of angles that you can actually use to photograph it (it’s on a virtually inaccessible island). I can probably guarantee that I’m not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, to create this particular composition of this iconic lighthouse, but I do like the fact that it takes a bit of a different approach to capturing Nubble than what you typically see. Someday I’d like to be able to do a series of images of “landmarks with the 25¢ viewer in the foreground,” but that will have to wait for another day.