It’s been a while since I posted a long exposure image, and I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. This is one of the wooden jetties that protects the entrance to Three Mile Harbor in Easthampton, NY. To get to this location on the western side of the channel you need to have 4 wheel drive, and I was fortunate that the friends we were visiting had a Jeep that they let me borrow. I brought my boys with me as they love riding in the Jeep out on the beach, and we all had a really great time combing the beach, finding crabs, and of course taking pictures. This is a nearly three minute exposure which tuned the water into silky goodness. And a b&w conversion seemed to fit this scene to my liking. I hope you like it too.
So it seems that my lighthouse theme must continue again today. This is another shot of Eastern Light in Gloucester MA from my sunrise shoot there about a month ago. It’s a 3 minute exposure which was sufficient to smooth out the choppy water, and also bring out the nice pre-dawn colors. I continue to absolutely love the effect of long exposures on both water and light, and am always searching for opportunities to use my 10 stop ND.
On a side note, I just realized that that it was a year ago last week that I started this photo blog. What started out as a “hey, let’s see if I can do this” effort, has turned into something so much more. It has inspired me to get out and shoot as much as possible, and to share my images with all of you. And speaking of all of you, I wanted to just say thank you for your visits, your comments and feedback, your inspiration and your friendship. It’s been a great year.
Happy Monday, and I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Here in the northeast we had the classic summer combo of absolutely beautiful weather mixed in with some nasty storms. This shot was taken right after some t-storms had passed just before the sun set. I had to scramble to catch the last of the color, and found this spot not too far from my house. By the time this long exposure was finished, the color was fading, and I was hopeful that I had managed to get something good. Fortunately the 2 minute exposure really helped to bring out the colors in the sky and the reflection in the water.
This is the Wayside Inn Grist Mill in Sudbury, MA, which is part of the historical Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. The mill was built in 1929, and produces approximately 5 tons of flour per year. Although not operating when I was there a few weeks ago, the mill is obviously water-powered, and uses two separate grinding-stones to produce the corn meal and wheat flour that is used for the Wayside Inn’s baked goods. Interestingly, it was used by Pepperidge Farm as a full-time production facility from 1952-1967, and is the basis for their company logo. It’s located on a beautiful site with many open fields as well as the neaby Grist Mill pond. I took this shot long after all the leaves had fallen, and without much color around besides the mill wheel, it seemed to work best in B&W. I decided to leave just a little bit of color in the wheel however to provide some additional interest.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 18mm, 50 seconds
Today’s image comes to us from Nubble Light in York, Maine. As I mentioned in a previous post here, I believe that this may be the most photographed lighthouse in the country. Or at least in New England. I was there with my 8 year old son this past weekend, and we spent about 45 minutes doing our usual activities. He climbed all over the rocks, and I took some pictures. It was pretty windy, and had just rained a bit so some of the rocks were still wet. I was too nervous watching him climbing around on the wet rocks to get more than a few shots, but I like how this one turned out. I may have used a shutter speed that was a bit too long, but I still was pleased with the results. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of trying get the perfect shot of this iconic lighthouse.
And here’s a black and white conversion as well. Still deciding which version I like better.
Every year around mid-September, many of the beaches near us begin to allow dogs again. As we visit these beaches quite frequently during the summer, and are forced to do so without the dog, my wife and kids jump at the opportunity this time every year to hit the local beach scene with the dog in tow. On this trip, like many others, I also brought the camera and tripod and did some shooting while the dog was running around. This is the beach on Plum Island, and is one of several stone jetties along the coast. This is one of the larger ones, and allows many different compositional possibilities, although for this one, I chose a fairly straightforward comp. And for whatever reason, I just like the simplicity of the final product.
Just a quick post for today, and apologies for the lame title. This was taken on Lucy Vincent Beach in Chilmark on the Vineyard. During the summer months, it’s a very exclusive private beach, but it is open to the public in the offseason. It’s really quite beautiful with these boulders strewn around the beach and the cliffs that frame it. Combine that with a moderate surf and warm afternoon light, and it’s just a great place to explore and enjoy.
Ok. I admit it. I may actually be in love with my new B+W 10 stop ND filter. I’ve been doing a lot of shooting lately around water, and I keep finding myself attaching the ND10 for any and all compositions to see what type of effect I can achieve with it. This one is another shot from my weekend on Martha’s Vineyard. This was taken on lighthouse beach near the entrance to Edgartown harbor. I took several shots of the lighthouse itself, but wanted to post some of the other shots first.
Well I just got back from a beautiful long weekend with my wife on Martha’s Vineyard to celebrate our 10th anniversary. We had fantastic weather and without the kids with us, we ate, drank and slept like it was our job. It’s where we got married, and we try to visit whenever we can. I’ve actually been visiting or living on the Vineyard since early high school, but I still love going there and I of course always try to get out and shoot when I can.
So while my wife slept in Sunday morning, I was up before sunrise and out the door. This shot is of the ferry terminal in Oak Bluffs. It’s one of several on the island, and on a normal summer day it would have been full of people, cars and ferries coming and going. As it’s now considered offseason on the island, it had recently closed leaving only the Vineyard Haven terminal open. I got there a little before 7 am, and had the whole place to myself. This is a single exposure with some minor Lightroom adjustments. I decided to try more of a cinematic crop for this image, and I think it works well for the composition. I also like the way it looks in B&W which I posted below. I’ll have more shots to share from my trip as soon as I get around to processing them all.
By the way, I’m suffering again this morning from another episode of NDSS. That’s Next Day Sunrise Syndrom. While the light was nice yesterday morning when I took this shot, it was virtually cloudless and kinda boring. Today however, I witnessed an absolutely beautiful sunrise with just incredible colors that would have looked amazing as a backdrop for this shot. Unfortunately, I was veiwing it through the window on the train to work. This seems to happen to me all the time. Is it just me?