Boardwalk Sunrise

For me, 2014 will probably be remembered as the year of not so much shooting.  Between craziness at work, a busy schedule with my family, and a general lack of sufficient motivation, I just didn’t get out to shoot nearly as much as I would’ve liked.  I’m under no false illusion that 2015 will be prolific in terms of photography, but I’m resolving to at least make a concerted effort to get out there more often.

This effort began this past weekend when I set my alarm for a sunrise shoot.  I decided to head to a familiar go-to location on Plum Island, hoping for a nice sunrise at a location I know well. And thankfully I was rewarded with a pretty decent sky full of pastel color and clouds.  This image won’t win me any awards, but it was very gratifying to have made the effort and to come away with some good images.

Happy new year everyone.


Not much to say about this image.  Living in New England I’m fortunate to have easy access to the many salt marshes in the area, and I’m always on the lookout for small and winding rivers and streams among the marshes such as this one.  With a better sky I would’ve left this shot in color, but decided to minimize the sky instead and convert to black and white.

Snowy Owl

As my mill and landscape images would indicate, I am not a wildlife photographer.  Nor do I own the necessary glass to be one.  I was, however, in the right place at the right time the other day, and came across this beauty just sitting on a branch waiting to be photographed.  I fortunately had my camera with me, and quickly slapped on my longest lens.  He sat for a few minutes, and I was able to get close enough to grab this shot before he flew away.  This image isn’t going to show up on an Audubon calendar anytime soon, but I thought it was at least worth sharing on my blog as it will most certainly be my first and only snowy owl portrait.

Have a great weekend.

Moon Over Marsh

Although I got up early to catch the sunrise on this cold morning, it was the setting moon that became the focus of my attention.  It was incredibly bright, and of course big, as it slowly set behind the marsh.  You can even catch a glimpse of it’s reflection in the water if you look closely.  I used the longest focal length I could to get the moon to look as big as possible, while also keeping the water in the frame.  A bit of a balancing act, but I like the look I was able to create.

Boardwalk Dawn II

Today’s image is another shot from my sunrise shoot this past weekend.  This angle is looking in the opposite direction on the same boardwalk as yesterday’s image.  It’s amazing how the light can change so much in the pre-dawn hours, both in terms of time and direction.  Looking at the two images, it’s hard to believe that they were taken on the same morning within 30 minutes of one another.

High and Dry

Happy Monday, and I hope everyone had a nice Mother’s Day.  We spent the day at a wonderful beach house on Plum Island that was being rented by some of my wife’s family for the week (thanks Kerry and Ben!).  Late in the afternoon I spotted this boat from the deck, and managed to sneak away for a few minutes to grab some shots.

It was low tide which always provides excellent photo opportunities, and this one was no exception.   Usually it’s exposed rocks or the remnants of an old pier that I’m pointing my camera at, but this time it was a boat stranded by the tide.  Although it’s difficult to tell form this angle, a storm was moving in from the west when I set up, so I decided to go with some darker processing to reflect what was about to hit.  And speaking of reflections, when I got this image on the computer last night I noticed that you can see the sky reflected on the side of the boat near the stern.  Bonus.

P.S.   I have absolutely no idea why there is a giant wooden owl hanging from that line.

Rock Steady

Just a quick post for today.  This is one of the jetties along Plum Island in Newburyport, MA.  I’ve posted shots of these rocks in the past, but thought I’d try a B&W long exposure for this one.  On cloudy or overcast days here, I almost always go in thinking about how an image will look in B&W, and then shoot and process accordingly.

Good morning and happy Friday.  Towards the end of September I was at the beach at Plum Island on one of those warm fall days.  It was the middle of the day, so I decided to play around with some close-up and abstract wave images.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Have a great weekend.