Blue Light Special

Bob and I had a great time this past weekend leading our first light painting workshop at the Stone Mill.  We had a small group of eager photographers with us, and really enjoyed showing how amazing the mill can be at night.

We were too busy shining colored flashlights on the various subjects in the mill to make any images ourselves, but this is a shot we had worked on prior to the workshop.  I really liked the shadows on the wall from the exterior lights coming through the large windows, and thought some blue light coming from the windows of the door would contrast nicely. Bob was kind enough to light the door from the other side, and he was also able to make a great image from a similar perspective as well.

We’re looking forward to hosting another light painting workshop in the near future, so stay tuned for more information soon.

Night at the Mill

I’m very excited about the new Nighttime/Light Painting workshop that Bob Lussier and I will be hosting this weekend at the Stone Mill in Lawrence.  We will be leading a small group of photographers through the various abandoned parts of the mill, for what should be a fantastic night of shooting and learning.

While we of course really enjoy photographing the mills during the day, there’s something about being there at night that is very cool.  The ambient light coming in from the moon, as well as the various exterior lights outside, creates a unique mood compared with what we can capture during the day.

This image takes advantage of the red light coming off the exit sign, as well as the yellowish light coming from outside into the stairwell.  We added a little blue light on the stairs with some light painting, and the result is a multi-colored image that you just couldn’t accomplish during daylight hours.



I’m taking a brief break from the fall images with this shot of the Boston Harbor Hotel.  I captured this image during the Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk this past weekend, which took us in and around part of Boston’s waterfront during the early evening.

This massive open area is the centerpiece of the hotel, and connects the front of the hotel on Atlantic Avenue with the harborwalk along the water.  It’s a beautiful piece of architecture, and looks especially nice at night.

Night Light

One more Marblehead image for today.  This was the last shot I took the other night as the mosquitos had pretty much gotten the best of me once the sun went down.  Yes, that building is the public restrooms, but I still really liked the glow of the lights coming from inside.  It seemed to work well with the green light from the lighthouse and the fading twilight.

The other night I had the privilege of joining a great group of photographers to shoot the Boston skyline from Fan Pier behind the federal courthouse.  I was joined by Bob Lussier, Dave Wilson, Rich Williams, Brian Arsenault , and Stewart Mellentine on what turned out to be a stormy, but thankfully dry, evening of shooting, followed by much needed food and beer.  Or maybe it was beer and food.

I’ve shot the Boston skyline several times in the past from this location, so just like Rich mentioned in his post, I tried some different angles to get something I hadn’t done before.  The position of these benches wasn’t ideal for what I was going for, but I still like the added dimension they give the image.

Have a great weekend!

I haven’t done very much night shooting, but it’s something I would like to try more often.  I usually pack up towards the end of the magic blue hour, but I decided to try some shots the other night when it was truly night.  This is the keeper’s house at Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine.  The house is now a museum and store, and they apparently like to leave the lights on at night, for which I said thank you very much.  The interior light combined with the light illuminating the front of the house from the lighthouse itself made for a nice subject against the star-filled sky.  I found it challenging to get an exposure that would show the stars and not blow out the highlights from the house lights.  This exposure was the best compromise I could get.  I was exhausted that night, and didn’t even think about blending multiple exposures.  Oh well, maybe next time.   I’ll have more images to share of this famous lighthouse in future posts.

This is the Hood Milk Bottle which is located in front of the Children’s Museum in Boston.  It’s a beautiful location along the Fort Point Channel overlooking the Boston skyline in the background.  The structure is actually an ice cream stand and snack bar that was moved to it’s current location in 1977 from it’s original location in Taunton, MA.  In terms of random facts about it… it’s 40 feet tall, 18 feet in diameter and weighs 15,000 pounds.  And more importantly, if it were a real bottle. it would hold 58,620 gallons of milk.  It’s interesting facts like this that draws so many viewers to my blog.  That was sarcasm by the way.  🙂

Well I’m back after a week of vacation at home and time away from the blog.  I had a fantastic week with my family full of fun day trips and some much needed R&R.  While I certainly love to take vacations to new and interesting places, sometimes a staycation at home is still the best.

Last week we were fortunate here in Boston as the city hosted Boston Harborfest, the War of 1812 bicentennial celebrations, Navy Week, and OpSail Boston.  These overlapping events meant that Boston played host to numerous ships and boats, including some of the Tall Ships.  These two ships, the Guayas from Ecuador and the Gloria from Colombia, were docked at Fish Pier, and are just incredibly impressive and beautiful ships.  The Guayas is a 257 foot long Ecuadorian Naval Academy ship, teaching seamanship and navigation skills to naval cadets.  The Gloria, at 249 feet, is the official flagship of the Colombian Navy, and was commissioned in 1968 as a sail-training ship, similar to the Guayas.  I woke up real early to grab some shots at sunrise before the crowds, and was pleasantly surprised with both a nice sunrise, as well as finding the lights still lit on both ships.  I’m endlessly fascinated with the Tall Ships, and will post some more images in the near future.

Well it had been quite a while, but I finally got out this weekend to do some shooting.  I was up early Saturday morning, and headed up to Gloucester with a friend to shoot the Annisquam Light.  The lighthouse sits at the northern end of the Annisquam River as it empties into Ipswich Bay.  The river separates Cape Ann from the mainland, and is home to the seaside communities of Gloucester and Rockport.  The original lighthouse structure was a wooden tower, and was built in 1801.  It was rebuilt in 1850, again from wood, and the current cylindrical brick structure was erected in 1897 on the same footprint as the original tower.    This was my first visit to the lighthouse, and was as much a scouting trip as anything else.  The sunrise was unspectacular, but there was still some nice warm light that bathed the eastern side of the lighthouse.  I was just so happy to be back out shooting in the early morning that I wasn’t at all disappointed with the cloudless sky.  This shot was made by combining two exposures in PS to allow for proper exposure of the foreground and sky.  I have several more images from here that I’ll share in future posts.  Happy Monday.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18mm, 1/160 second

It’s been a while since I posted a shot from Newburyport, so I thought I’d dig into the archives for one today.  This was taken right in downtown, and contrary to the lack of snow, it was taken just a few days after Christmas.  Now this is the type of shot that I’d normally process as an HDR, but for some reason I just liked the way the O EV bracket looked on its own.  I made a few slight tweaks in Lightroom, but that was about it.  I did consider masking/cloning out the mysterious woman in the middle (who was standing oddly still for a 4 second exposure btw), but then decided to keep her to add some human interest.  On a side note, this is one of my ongoing internal debates about my photography – whether to have people in my images or not.   While I do prefer to keep my images free of people, sometimes there are images like this one where having people in it actually works.  I suppose I usually just end up doing what feels right for each image.   What do you think?

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/8, 18mm, 4 seconds