With Mother Nature taking us back to January-like weather this week, I thought I’d post an image from warmer times. This was taken on a beautiful summer morning in 2012 in Gloucester, MA. I remember thinking that I couldn’t recall ever seeing the ocean so calm as it was on that morning.
The glow of sunset reflected in the window of a shed is one of the scenes that makes New England what it is. There are no signs or anything that would indicate where this was taken, but you can bet it was somewhere along the coast of MA, ME, NH, CT or RI (sorry Vermont). This one happens to be in Gloucester, MA. I tried a few different angles to get the right view of the sunset color reflected in the window, and arrived at this one. And while only a small detail, being able to see part of the window on the other side of the shed made the image complete. Well at least to me.
When shooting subjects I’ve photographed many times, such as the Stone and Everett Mills, I’m always looking for interesting compositions that I haven’t previously used. This particular image was more fortuitous than planned, as the reflection of the smokestack of the Stone just happened to catch my eye as I was getting in my car to leave a shoot at the mills this past spring. Sometimes being lucky is better than being good.
While shooting the Duck Mill in Lawrence last weekend, I found myself breaking away from the more traditional views and seeking out opportunities for more detail shots of the various spaces. I still grabbed plenty of wide angle shots of this expansive mill space with its large windows and endless columns, but for some reason I kept coming back to the more intimate scenes during this shoot.
This was one of the first images I captured that morning, and is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I love the lines, the red, white and blue colors, and most notably, the reflection of the large wall of windows in this single window. It’s recognizable for what it is, yet also somewhat abstract. Or at least that’s how I see it.
Just a quick post for today. This image presented a bit of a dilemma for me. I like everything about the image except the pink buoy that the boat is tied to. I tried to remove it, but with my primitive PS skills it was too difficult to clone out and have a natural-looking edge to the boat. I really debated whether to post the image, or just leave it in the depths of my Lightroom catalog. In the end I think the rest of the image outweighs the pink buoy. What do you think? How distracting is it to you?
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.
Is there anything more peaceful than a warm fall sunrise looking out over a New England salt marsh? Well… maybe sleeping in would have been, but then I wouldn’t have been able to get this shot. This was taken in Gloucester, MA on the same morning as this image, but looking in the opposite direction. There was no one around, and no sounds to be heard aside from the few birds that were nearby. Bliss.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/11, 18mm, 1/20 second
Today’s post is another image from my trip up to Rockport, MA in late November. As it was my first time there, I was trying a variety of different angles and perspectives on Motif #1, the famous fishing shack you see in the background. When I was done, I came home and started reviewing the shots to see how I did. I immediately processed the shots I thought were keepers, and left the majority of them for another time.
So I was revisiting these shots the other day, and when I saw this one, I was so glad I had hung on to the non-keepers. I immediately saw something in the original files this time around which I hadn’t seen before, and processed it with that vision in mind. You hear it all the time, but there’s definitely something to be said about coming back to images a while after you shoot them. You’re almost guaranteed to see something different the second or third time around.
Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/13, 29mm, 3 brackets