Oh Buoy, It's Cold

Sorry for the dumb title, but sometimes these things get the best of me.  This image was originally destined for the recycle bin when I first looked at it, but upon a second review and some processing, I ended up making it into something I like.  For this very reason, I rarely delete photos immediately when I first load them on the computer.  Sometimes it takes a second or third look before I see an image’s true potential.

For this image, it just need some desaturation and some heavy vignetting to get to the vision I originally had when I pressed the shutter.  Now this philosophy means I have a lot of images on my hard drive that I’ll probably never process or post, but it does provide the opportunity to review older shoots, and pull out a few gems that may have eluded me the first time around.  Please click on the image for a larger view.



WInter Sunrise

This is another image from the blizzard we had a few weeks ago.  I’ve shot this locations during other seasons, and was finally able to get a winter shot I liked.  The early morning sun created wonderful light and shadows, and I shot at f/18 to get the sunstar through the trees.  If not for the little red shack, I probably would’ve converted this to B&W as I do with many wintery scenes.  In the end, the little bit of red was enough for me to keep the image in color.



Frozen Marsh

Well we survived Nemo this weekend… all 28+ inches of it.  Aside from a driving ban for a day and a half, and some sore muscles from shoveling, it was a great snow storm.  Huddling by the fire watching movies.  Wondering if the power would go out as the snow kept piling up.  I loved every minute of it.  And watching my kids sled and make snow forts reminded me of the blizzard of ’78 when I was their age.  I loved every minute of it then too.

Once the driving ban was lifted, I made a few quick trips around to see what some of my favorite locations looked like buried in snow.  Unfortunately it was difficult stopping anywhere as the roads were more narrow than usual, and many parking areas were not cleared.  I did grab a few shots, however, including this one of the salt marsh in Essex, MA.  It’s strange to see it frozen, when it’s typically flowing with water among green grass like in this image.  I guess it’s a different kind of beautiful in the winter.


Fun O Rama

There’s something about coastal New England resort towns in the offseason that’s very appealing to me.  This is from last winter in York, ME.  During the summer this place is packed with people, but in the winter it’s just you and your thoughts.  And your boots.  And your hat.  And your…


When I came across this scene, the first thing that came to mind was that these icicles looked like giant fangs.  Or perhaps they just look like icicles.  You know, that’s one of the things I love about photography and art in general… everyone’s interpretation of a photograph or piece of art can be different.  No one is ever right or wrong.  Wouldn’t it be great if everything in life was like that?

Have a great weekend.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/8, 18mm, 1/10 second


Good morning and happy Monday.  I’m back at it again after a wonderful ski vacation last week with my family.  We had an incredible time, and although I barely touched my camera during the week, I did manage to get a few shots here and there.  Today’s image is from a short hike I took with my son to Sabbaday Falls on one of the days we didn’t ski.  The lure of this hike is of course the falls itself, but there’s also the short distance to get to it from the parking lot which is helpful when hiking with an 8 year old.  Unfortunately, so much of the falls was frozen over that we couldn’t really get a good glimpse of it.  I did manage to get this shot of the river a few hundred yards down from the falls on our way up, as well as several others I’ll share soon.  Thanks for your visits last week while I was gone, and I’m looking forward to catching up on your blogs and images.

Camera settings: ISO 200, f/11, 18m, 1/15 second


Well it finally snowed here in Massachusetts this weekend, and since I wasn’t able to get out and shoot any of it, I decided to post an image from last winter instead.  This is one of those small rivers/streams you find virtually anywhere that can make a nice photo when the conditions are right.  I caught a glimpse of this scene as I crossed the bridge, and pulled over to grab a quick shot.  Nothing fancy here… just a simple B&W conversion with a little additional contrast added.  Happy Monday.

Nikon D90, Nikkor 18-70, f/5, 1/125 second


Well it’s back to the archives for another image of Nubble Light in York, ME.  I’ve posted shots of this iconic lighthouse several times before (here, here and here), but until today, no winter shots.  Even though this is mostly just a postcard shot, the light and subdued colors give it just a little something extra, and enough where I wanted to share it.

Nikon D70, Nikkor 18-70, f/13, 38mm, 1/125 second