This was the original destination for our visit to Portland, ME this past weekend.  I had seen a few images of this location online, and finally had an opportunity to go up there and get a shot of my own.  Along with fellow photographers Bob Lussier and Mike Tully of course.

These three shacks are on Fisherman’s Point and can be seen and photographed from Willard Beach in South Portland.  We were fortunate to get some really nice color in the sky just before sunrise, and with the tide just starting to recede, the ocean added a nice foreground element as it held the reflection of the sky.  I’m looking forward to getting back here in the spring to get a different perspective on this wonderful spot.


Back Bay Dawn

A cloudy pre-dawn morning is an excellent time to create long exposures, especially when you can include a skyline, such as the Back Bay area of Boston, as part of the image.  Streaking clouds with pastel colors always contrasts nicely with buildings.

What makes this image kinda interesting, is that someone unfamiliar with Boston would think that the snowy foreground area is simply a large field, when it’s in fact the frozen Charles River.  Hopefully frozen for not too much longer, however, as I think we’ve all had enough of this winter by now.


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.



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…


Winter Sky

While I almost always prefer shooting in warmer weather, the winter can sometimes offer up incredible colors in the sky, especially before and after stormy weather.  For this shot I didn’t need to go very far as this barn is about 3 miles from my house.  It makes a great photo subject in any season when I don’t have the time or energy to go beyond the town borders to get some shooting in.


Parallel

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday season filled with good times spent with family and friends.

I wanted to post an image today that was symbolic of the new year/new beginnings, etc., but I just couldn’t find one that worked.  So instead, here are some trains that have questionable symbolism at best (maybe I’m on track for something, or need more train-ing???).  Anyway, I met up with Bob Lussier over the weekend for an impromptu shoot at a train yard in Lawrence on a cold and gray morning.  The bitter cold made our time outside short, but I was able to grab a few images that I liked, including this one.

After seeing one of Bob’s images converted to B&W, I decided to try the same with this shot.  Not sure which version I like better, but I’m definitely liking the processing options using Perfect B&W from OnOne Software.  It provides so many ways to convert images that you can really find something to fit any taste and style.  I hope to try more of this in the new year.

Parallel 2


I don’t know why, but anytime I see an old arcade, whether it’s in full swing in the summer or shut down in the offseason, I’m compelled to take it’s picture.  I can’t exactly explain what draws me to them, and frankly I seem to have a hard time getting the image I envision when I’m composing the shot, but I still make the attempt virtually every time.

Camer settings: ISO 200, f/10, 18mm, 4 brackets