As I’ve already shown in several previous posts here and here, this property is one of my favorite local spots to shoot. And for whatever reason, I’m drawn to this particular gate, and have worked on all different angles and times of day with it. When I saw that the sky was setting up for a nice sunset a few weeks ago, I decided to head over again and see what I could get for a sunset shot. As I approached the gate, I noticed that this sign had been recently added where there wasn’t one before. On most occasions, I find myself setting up for a wide view of the gate and the field beyond, but this time I tried a more intimate shot of the gate focusing on the sign. Previous attempts at a tighter view just never seemed to work out very well, but I thought this new variable might make a difference. My point in showing this image is that even small changes in the places or things you like to shoot can make a big difference in the images you create. Be on the lookout for these subtle changes, and familiar objects and places can feel new again.
As you can probably tell, today’s image is a panning shot of a wave at the beach. I know these images are kind of cliché, but I really do enjoy the process of creating them. It’s fun experimenting with different movements of the camera, as well as various f-stop and shutter speed combinations. And there’s that little bit of mystery from not knowing exactly what the image will look like until you see it on your camera’s LCD or your computer. While it’s not quite the same anticipation we would experience when we used to wait for our film to come back, it does make these images fun to create.
This image was taken this past weekend at a nearby beach that my kids really enjoy visiting. They love hunting for sea glass, and this beach always provides us with a treasure trove of goodies to bring back to our ever-growing collection. While we did manage to leave the house fairly early, having my wife and kids with me meant a sunrise shoot was obviously out. So even though I knew the light wouldn’t be ideal, I still debated whether to bring my full camera kit, or simply rely on the cell phone for a few candids of the kids playing. I actually find myself having this debate quite often, where I want my full kit with me, but just don’t feel like lugging it around. Anyway… I ended up compromising this time, and just took my camera and one lens, and threw it in our backpack with towels, sunscreen, etc. I managed to capture some good shots of the boys, and as we were leaving, this particular scene caught my eye. A handheld set of brackets was all I needed, and I ended up grateful I brought my camera.
As for the title of this post, can anyone guess what it references?
There’s something to be said for having to travel all of 15 feet to keep the creative juices flowing. The recipe for today’s image was very simple: combine one rainy morning with laziness and a desire to still get out and shoot, add the plants in your front yard, and there you have it. Add a dash of post-processing to garnish, and we’re done.
As you can probably tell after reading my first few blog posts, my primary subject choice is landscape and nature photography. I really enjoy the process of discovering and capturing something timeless that perhaps I will be the only one to ever see at that moment. With that said, there is no doubt that I probably take about 10 times as many pictures of my children as I do my landscapes. Now I have no intention of using this forum to show off pictures of my kids all the time, but every once and awhile, I’ll sprinkle one in.
This particular image of my older son is one of my all-time favorites. In one very simple frame, it epitomizes everything that’s fun about being a kid. From the wet, sandy clothes to the outstretched arms as he tries to fly, this image will always remind me how great it is to be a kid. It is these timeless moments I want to be sure to capture.
I spent the past few days in North Carolina for my day job in heat and humidity that could only be described as swampy. Unfortunately, walking out of the airport back in Boston last night wasn’t much better. And with record heat expected in the Northeast for the rest of the week, I thought I’d dig into the archives for something that reminds me of cooler weather. This shot was taken on an overcast morning along the Kancamagus Highway just outside Lincoln, NH, which is renowned for its fall foliage and picturesque mountains, rivers, and streams. Friends had let my wife and I borrow their condo for the weekend, and I took the opportunity to get up early both mornings to explore the area with my camera. I have always been fond of long-exposure shots of moving water, and capturing this movement is something I try to practice whenever I have the opportunity. After experimenting with various settings, I ended up with this single exposure of 3 seconds to get the water the way I wanted it. I remember the water being quite cold that day, but I’m sure it would feel great in this weather.
This is another image from my recent trip to the Trustees of Reservations property near my house. There is just so much to see here that I continually return and find new things that inspire me. Walking past this particular tree, I was originally drawn to the textures of it’s bark, but then noticed that the two holes in the tree actually looked like very angry eyes. Now I’m not sure if trees can exhibit emotions, but if you saw the movie The Happening, you’ll be as concerned about this as I am.
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.
Just a quick post today. This was taken at one of the Massachusetts Trustees of Reservations properties near my home. It was a foggy morning, with the sun trying desperately to come through. The sky had an eerie coloring to it and contrasted nicely against the greens and pinks of this tree. All I had to do was get down low and look up. The brightness of the sun left a bit of halo effect around some the branches which I initially wanted to correct, but then decided I actually liked the effect.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
I’ve read that Nubble Light in York, ME is the most photographed lighthouse in the US. Regardless of whether that’s true, it’s in a truly beautiful setting and undeniably photographed a lot. Unfortunately, though, most shots of it you see on Flickr, etc. are “tourist” shots as there are only a limited number of angles that you can actually use to photograph it (it’s on a virtually inaccessible island). I can probably guarantee that I’m not the first, and certainly won’t be the last, to create this particular composition of this iconic lighthouse, but I do like the fact that it takes a bit of a different approach to capturing Nubble than what you typically see. Someday I’d like to be able to do a series of images of “landmarks with the 25¢ viewer in the foreground,” but that will have to wait for another day.