Sep 28, 2016

Jesup Path Birch Trees Intentional Camera Movement Photography

I am always enchanted when walking the Jesup Path in Maine Acadia National Park. It is a beautiful walk on a boardwalk flanked by a number of birch trees. I have seen many images capturing this Acadia magic and I finally photographed in my own creative way. In this Intentional Camera Movement Photography image I positioned tripod and camera at a promising stand of birch trees. Equipped with a polarizing filter allowed for a lengthened shutter speed and sufficient time to intentionally move the camera and lens set up during the exposure. Aperture was set at f/11, providing a 1/2 second of exposure time at ISO100.

Explore ICM Photography for yourself next time you out and about - watch out though, it may become addictive! 

Good light and happy photo making!


Sep 26, 2016

New Publication: New England Lighthouse Photography – Practical Photo Tips

I am happy to announce my latest publication with Apogee Photo MagazineLighthouse Photography – Practical Photo Tips

In this new photo magazine article I highlight what equipment is needed, when is the best time for photographing lighthouses, where to photograph a lighthouse in New England, and how to compose a lighthouse image. This better photography guide is Free for Grabs and features some of my latest New England Lighthouse Photos - enjoy!

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Sep 23, 2016

How Boston Works Out

Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA provides a top notch photo location for Boston Skyline Photography. Usually parking near or around the Massachusetts Avenue bridge yields in some great photo opportunities. I really enjoy coming here at any time of the day but this spot yields great photography potential at late afternoon into the night and in the wee hours at dawn into the early morning. In the morning plenty of rowers working out hard on the Charles River in preparation for the Head of The Charles or for their own health and fitness. I love watching them and always feel like it would be a ton of fun to try it it myself! 

In this latest crew photography image I patiently waited until the rower went into gear and took off upstream. I anticipated where the rower would be starting out and the potential route the rower would take. This allowed be to settle on a pleasing composition ahead of time. With manual focus in play I pre-focused on the anticipated area where I wanted the rower in the picture and ones the rower was close I started releasing the shutter. I really like how the image tells a tail of the early morning solitude and experience that the rower must have felt that morning. The composition is enhanced by the single scull adding additional interest to the foreground and the tail in the water behind the boat leading towards Beacon Hill and the newly constructed Millennium Tower in the background.

During post-processing I removed dust spots and imperfections, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Working Out Hard. 

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Sep 22, 2016

Sunset at Somes Pond near Somesville, ME

On our way to our house that we rented for the duration of our photo tour to Maine Acadia National Park we passed by this gorgeous little pond just off Somesville center. Originally I planned to stop by here in the morning since it looks so Maine when the light paints the wooden shoreline in beautiful hues. 

Sunset is not bad either. Coming back from a long trip and outing at the national park I decided to stop at Somes Pond and wait for the magic hour. So glad I did - the sunset was magical and the clouds turned their best pink. I targeted a reflection of the colorful sky within the near waters as there was not much of an attractive foreground. A split neutral density filter balanced the darker light in front of me and the brighter sky colors.  Feel free to share and like!

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Sep 20, 2016

Flower Photography at the Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor, ME

During my last photo tour to Mount Desert Island and Maine Acadia National Park we finally got an opportunity to explore Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor. With a strong flower photography portfolio this was a paradise to get lost at. Lots of flowers were surprisingly in full bloom making for great subjects. An overcast sky supported the quest for exceptional floral photography at this garden. There is a parking lot right in front of the main entrance, however parking at the bottom of the hill and climbing the staircase through Maine woodlands rewards with exceptional views of Northeast Harbor and its lobster and pleasure boats

When you go make sure to bring your tripod to steady camera gear. A polarizing filter boosts colors of the flowers and eliminates any unwanted glare on leaves and petals. I usually photograph at the lowest ISO setting to minimize camera noise. A large aperture (small f/stop setting like f/5.6 and smaller) provides a shallow depth of field that isolates the blossom from a distracting background thereby making for greater Flower Photography images.

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Sep 12, 2016

Sunset at Raven's Nest Cliffs in Acadia National Park

Schoodic Peninsula is the only part of Acadia National Park located on mainland. It is often referred to as the quiet side of Acadia as only an estimated 10% of the annual national park visitors make the 45 minute journey from Bar Harbor. Traveling to Schoodic Peninsula awards with great sea views of coastal Maine along the Schoodic National Scenic Byway. The pure landscape makes for excellent seascape photography at sunrise and sunset. On my last photo tour I finally explored the area around Raven's Nest. Ravens Nest is one of the most dramatic sights in the park as the steep cliffs rise about 36 feet above the Atlantic Ocean sea level. A short trail through the woodland leads quickly to the cliffs and I opted for sunset to photograph this iconic Acadia treasure. Upon arrival I took in the majestic view for a few minutes and chatted it up with some folks that also found their way to these secretly tucked away cliffs. With the setting sun finally painting the sea cliff in warmer hues I composed an image that invites the viewer to explore the coastline along the cliff. Clouds were moving in fast from the left corner of the frame, turning pink just at the right moment. The magic did not last long but I was ready to capture this unforgettable experience with tripod, camera and wide-angle lens in place. A Polarizing Filter minimized glare on the rocks and evergreens; the filter also boosted color on land and sea. A Split Neutral Density Filter balanced the darker foregrounds against the sun lit cliffs, brighter sky and cloud formation.

During post processing I adjusted brightness, contrast, color saturation and removed image imperfection and dust spots before sharpening the final image of Sunset at Raven's Nest.     


Photography Guide to Acadia National Park Photo Locations (Part 1)
Photography Guide to Acadia National Park Photo Locations (Part 2)
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Aug 31, 2016

Nauset Beach Light under a Sky Full of Stars - Night Photography

Nauset Light in Eastham, MA on Cape Cod is one of New England's most iconic lighthouses. The red and white structure stands tall atop Nauset Beach and the Cape Cod National Seashore. It is well known as the logo for Cape Cod Potato Chips and also goes by Nauset Beach Light. The famous lighthouse makes for a great photography subjects at any time of the day. I recently ventured out to capture the lighthouse at night under a sky full of stars. 

At daylight the parking lot is filled with beach lovers and parking is a hassle; arriving at sunrise, sunset or night makes it a no-hassle activity and free. It's a short walk across the street and you can get to work right away. 

That night mostly clear sky was dominant, perfect for star and night photography of Nauset Light. I quickly set up tripod and camera gear and got to work. I used my Canon 7D with a 10-22mm lens set at f/3.5. The shutter speed was 20 seconds at ISO1600. During post -processing of the lighthouse photo I minimized noise, adjusted white balance, lighting, color saturation and contrast. Before sharpening the final image I removed dust spots, imperfection and further minimized digital noise.       

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Aug 29, 2016

Cape Ann Harmony - Seascape Photography North of Boston

In recent weeks I have been exploring and chasing the light on Cape Ann, located just a short drive north of Boston. Singing Beach is one of my favorite beaches in New England as it hidden by a scenic cliff. 

Early morning is a great time to be at this location and make the best of a sunrise adventure. Beach crowds haven't arrived yet and the lighting is beautiful during dawn. This seascape photography image was taken only minutes before the sun peaked above the horizon. The sky was beautifully painted in orange and blue hues while the Atlantic Ocean surf gently greeted the sand

I set up tripod and gear near the incoming ocean waters while studying any obviously patterns and getting wet feet.  Once I composed a pleasing composition of the sea view I waited for the right wave to hit the beach. 

Aperture was set to f/11 allowing an exposure time of 1/20 of a second at ISO100. A split ND filter balanced the light in the darker foreground against the brighter and colorful sky. During post processing I removed dust spots and other imperfections, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of Cape Ann Harmony.

Good light and happy photo making!