Ayer Mill Clock TowerThis past Saturday was an incredibly windy day with plenty of clouds in the sky – a perfect recipe for some long exposures.  Unfortunately, by the time I was able to get out with my camera in the afternoon, much of the cloud cover had moved out.  There were thankfully still enough, however, to provide some nice movement in the sky, anchored by the various mills of Lawrence like the Ayer Mill here.

I really liked this composition, but because my subject was at a distance, the motion of the clouds was less noticeable in this 30 second exposure even though they were still moving pretty fast.  I have some other images I’ll share in future posts where the camera is positioned closer to the mills, and the clouds appear to move much faster across the frame.  This shoot really highlighted the importance of perspective and camera position with long exposures of moving clouds, as this is a key factor in determining how much of the “streaking” effect you can achieve.  Please click on the image for a larger view.



Profile Falls

This past weekend, Bob Lussier and I visited the small mill town of Franklin, NH to photograph some of the old buildings in the area.  We headed up a bit early to check out Profile Falls in Bristol first, which is just a short distance from Franklin.  As we missed the early morning light, and had whole lot of nothing in the way of clouds, I decided to move downstream and focus my attention on some shaded areas where there was less direct sunlight and I could eliminate the boring sky.

This is one of the images that seemed to work best.  I chose a fairly long exposure to completely smooth the water, and add some visual interest from the faster moving water seen in white.  Not that you can see it here, but the falls themselves are actually quite impressive, and will definitely merit a visit back in the fall.


 

After the Storm

After all the stormy weather we had yesterday here in the Northeast, I made a last minute decision to see what I could find to shoot at sunset.  While the colors I had hoped for never materialized, there were enough clouds moving across the sky for me to try some long exposures.

I headed over to this barn, which fortunately is only 5 minutes away, and slapped on the 10 stop ND filter.  At a little over a minute exposure, I was able to get some action in the clouds, as well some fleeting color.  There was even some filtered sun hitting the front of the barn, which was an added bonus.  And most importantly, I was also back home 5 minutes later to put my son to bed.  Not a bad evening.


Pawtucket Falls

The other night I had the opportunity to join up with a bunch of local photographers to do some sunset and night shooting in Lowell, MA.  We started out at the Pawtucket Falls at sunset, and basically took over the bridge and gatehouse that looks out over the falls.  Before I even got there, I was looking forward to trying some long exposures, and knew right away the location I wanted.  The flowing water of the Merrimack River and curved leading line of the dam made a nice composition.

As there were more than a dozen of us jockeying for similar positions, I’m guessing the internet is probably flooded (no pun intended) with this same shot.  Which ain’t such a bad thing.


Stormy Motif

When you’re in a creative rut like I’ve been for the past few months, any old photo subject will do.  Even one that happens to be one of the most photographed and painted structures on the east coast, Motif #1 in Rockport, MA.  This thing has been documented to death, yet it’s still great place to go when you need a slam dunk, no-brainer photo subject.

The fact that we had some major clouds and wind made things perfect for long exposures like this image.  Same old structure; perhaps somewhat unique image (thanks clouds!).


Stormy Skies

So… after a somewhat lengthy separation and some time apart, my camera and I have decided to resolve our issues and get back together.

It really has been quite some time since my last blog post, stemming from a long drawn-out winter, a new job, and a busy family.  But I managed to get out of the house this weekend to finally do some shooting, and I convinced my friend Bob Lussier to join me for an afternoon of shooting up on the north shore.  We started in Rockport, and ended up in Essex where this image was taken.   It was a very windy and cloudy afternoon, which always makes for some nice long exposure photography.  Our much needed shooting was then followed by some much needed fried clams.  A great afternoon to get a jump start on the upcoming summer season.

Feels good to be back.


Winter Chill

Another image today from Portland Head Light in Maine.  No sun at sunrise usually means I’ll convert most images to black & white, especially long exposures like this one (yesterday’s post was an exception).  It was a cold 5 minutes waiting for this exposure, but ultimately worth the wait.  When it’s still early and the light is low, my 10 stop ND filter can make for some very long exposure times.  One of these days I need to get myself a variable ND filter so I can better dial in the right (read: shorter) exposures, especially for these cold winter mornings.  Be sure to click on the image for a larger view.


Everett Drama

This black and white exterior image of the Everett Mill in Lawrence was actually taken during a beautiful summer sunset, but for some reason I just felt that the B&W treatment was more appropriate.  The clouds were really moving, and I used a 3+ minute exposure to draw out as much of the movement as I could.

 


Facade

I’m honestly not sure what I was originally trying to create here, but ended up with this image which I like quite a bit.  This is the part of the exterior of the New England Aquarium, specifically the IMAX Theater building, and the image was taken during the Kelby Photowalk this past fall.

After trying some full view shots that just weren’t working, I got in close to play with the interesting patterns on the exterior, and ended up with this kinda abstract shot.  Because it was night and I was so close to the building, a 30 second exposure was needed.  Which worked out great because the movement in the clouds ended up adding some additional interest.