Finally got out this weekend for some fall shooting.  I only had a short amount of time around a bunch of kids soccer games and birthday parties, but managed to get a few keepers.  This barn sits right on the main road, and I’m guessing is photographed fairly often.  I thought it was kinda cool to have the moon still up in the morning and hovering over a barn called Sunshine Farm.  Although I’m thinking that maybe my definition of cool needs a little work.  🙂

As I mentioned yesterday, I was up early on Monday for some sunrise shooting in Gloucester, MA.  Although it’s known as a vibrant fishing community, there are other parts that are far less commercial but equally photogenic.  With that in mind, I chose to visit the salt marshes this time around.  I’ve always really enjoyed photographing them, but I went there this time mostly because I didn’t get going soon enough to reach the harbor by sunrise. 🙂

While I made it here just as the sun was coming up, I was disappointed that there was not a single cloud in the sky, so I decided to try some different things.  This image is a five shot panorama that I created in CS5.  It was my first time trying this technique, and it will require a great deal of practice to learn the nuances of combining multiple shots in varying light (I already know that I should’ve bracketed each shot for more control of the final product).  I’m definitely up for the challenge, however, as I really like what’s possible when creating panoramic images.  Cloudless sky aside, I’d love to get your feedback on this one, as your input will help me further develop my skills in this area.  Thanks.

First off, I wanted to say thank you for all the nice comments and feedback you’ve been kind enough to share during my first few months of blogging.  The response has been beyond my expectations, I sincerely appreciate the fact that you’re reading and commenting on my blog.

Now on to today’s post.  This is another shot from my recent beach vacation in Seabrook, and was taken during a very nice sunrise where I had the beach all to myself.  Some of the best images from the week came from this one morning as there are of lot of interesting subjects there to shoot – waves, rocks, jetty, lifeguard chair, etc.  Not too much else to say about it, other than it was probably the first time I used shallow puddles like this as a foreground interest.  I typically look for something strong in the foreground that can either anchor the image, or draw the viewer through it.  For this shot, however, I liked the simplicity of these small pools of water and how they balanced the rest of the scene.  Well at least that’s how I saw it at that moment.  And that’s what photography is really all about right?  Capturing a singular moment.

Have a great weekend.

Sometimes I create an image that looks good, but is just missing something.  It seems like a nice photograph, yet it wouldn’t necessarily be something I’d frame and hang on the wall.  This particular image is a great example.  Strong subject… check.  Foreground interest… check.  Rule of thirds… check.  Dramatic sky… check.   Yet it still needed something else.  Then it came to me.

It’s missing text.  I realized that this is the type of image that would make a good mystery book cover as opposed to framed artwork.  Adding a title and my name completely changed it.

Now all I need to do is write the story.  🙂

Normally I get a bit cranky when my kids wake us up too early in the morning.  The day I took this shot, however, I actually felt obligated to thank my youngest for coming in our room at 5:15 am.   I had not planned to get up early for sunrise more than once on our vacation, as the days were action packed and most nights found us out late with the kids either having a late supper, getting ice cream, or staying late at the beach (or all of the above).  As a result, we tried to sleep in each morning as best we could, knowing that we’d be at it again the next morning.  This was not the morning I had planned to be up at sunrise, but since my 5 year old had other plans, I rolled out of bed and headed across the street to the beach, and ended up catching a terrific sunrise.  Fortunately, my son had gone back to sleep while I was out, and I was able to go back to bed myself for a little while to get ready for another fun day at the beach.

As for the image itself, I had mostly used the rock outcroppings at the end of the beach as my foreground interest (as seen in yesterday’s post), but thought this lifeguard chair would make an interesting subject as well.

I’m not entirely certain, but I’m very hopeful, that the glow of the sunrise on the morning I took this shot in Seabrook, NH was not the result of my proximity to Seabrook Station (also known as the Seabrook Nuclear Power Plant) which is located not very far from the beach.  Until there’s evidence to the contrary, I’m sticking with the theory that Mother Nature had the wheel for this one.  🙂

Today’s image was taken along the Marginal Way in Ogunquit, Maine.  Stretching from Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach, it’s an incredibly stunning public footpath that winds along the rocky cliffs of southern coastal Maine.  These benches are scattered along the path and provide beautiful vantage points to enjoy the ocean and crashing surf.

As I was crouched down on the ground for this shot trying to get the composition I wanted and the light I was hoping for, something occurred to me.  This was one of those instances where I seriously debated whether I’d rather be down on the ground waiting for the moment when the light was perfect to capture a memorable image, or would I rather just be part of the scene, sitting on that bench watching the incredible colors of a Maine sunrise.   The photographer in me obviously won the battle this time, but I still think about how nice it would have been just sitting there watching and enjoying.

A while back, I saw a great tutorial on how to create a gallery poster on Jeff Revell’s PhotoWalkPro site.  Now typically, I prefer to create prints with the more traditional image + mat + frame, but certain images seem to work well in this poster format.  And this particular image fit the bill for me.  The morning I captured this scene on the beach at Plum Island in Newburyport, MA, I was actually disappointed that the sunrise was somewhat uninspiring with no clouds whatsoever to add the vibrant colors and glow you can sometimes get from a New England sunrise.  When I got home and processed the image however, I was very pleased with the simplicity of the sky and its subtle color shifts.  I’d been wanting to find an image that would look good as a gallery poster, and I really like the way this one came out.  Just as Jeff did with his poster, I printed it with Mpix, and the results were fantastic.