Feb 20, 2017

Now that the Light is Fading - New England Sunset Photography from the Charles River in Dover, MA

Beautiful New England sunset photography from the Charles River in Dover Massachusetts
Beautiful New England sunset photo from the Charles River in Dover, MA
I don't think I have ever seen a sunrise or sunset that I did not like. In fact it is one of my preferred times to be on location and photograph Mother Nature at its best. No difference a couple nights ago when I made my was over to the Charles River in Dover Massachusetts. There is a bridge that spans the Charles River and I just arrived in time when the light was most dramatic and the cloudscape caught some fire. The snow banks on the side of the road were still high and I made my way one step at a time through the deep snow to the edge of the bridge. Ones I found my spot I quickly set up and started shooting the sunset magic in front of me. There was no time to change lenses and I figured the Canon 16-35mm on the 5D Mark IV was my best choice to capture the beautiful scenery any ways. I used a split Neutral Density filter to balance the light better between the darker foreground features in the landscape and river against the bright evening sunset light. 

An aperture setting of f/22 provided a shutter speed of 1/3 of a second at ISO100. During post processing I adjusted shadows, highlights, brightness, contrast and color saturation before removing photo imperfection and sharpening the final image of "Now that the Light is Fading".

Good light and happy photo making! 

Juergen

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Feb 18, 2017

New England Winter Photography at Mill Pond in Ashland, MA

Mill Pond Ashland Massachusetts
New England Winter at Mill Pond in Ashland, MA

After the last Nor'easter dumping 1-2 feet of snow across New England I decided to head out to a location that I actually had on my photography bucket list for Fall Foliage Photography but haven't been able to stop there last autumn. Mill Pond in Ashland, MA has a couple run-offs that suit themselves to be incorporated as interesting foreground elements and leading the viewer into the surrounding landscape. The morning after the snowstorm I spontaneously decided to make the short drive over as I imagined a beautiful winter wonderland. Mill Pond did not disappoint! To my delight the small parking area was already plowed and instantly took the question mark out of the equation. The side walk wasn't and I stumbled through deep snow to set up tripod and gear. The use of the Canon 16-35mm Mark III allowed to include as much as possible of the gentle waterfalls into the composition while capturing the snow covered pond, trees and much of the fast moving. At some point the sun peaked through the sky and lighting the entire scenery in warmer and lighter hues.

An exposure time of 1/20 of a second for this Massachusetts winter photography image was based on a f/22 aperture setting at ISO400. The exposure time allowed some of the overflowing water turning into silky water effect while the landscape and cloudscape was rather frozen.

During post-processing I adjusted highlights and shadows, lighting, contrast and color saturation in moderation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of New England Winter.         

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

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New England winter photography at Mill Pond in Ashland, MA
New England winter photography at Mill Pond in Ashland Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2017

The Making of "The Hub" - Boston Night Photography

The Hub - Boston skyline photography images

Boston makes for great Night Photography and I regularly head out to capture its landmarks, skyscrapers and skyline views at that time of day. The other night I went back to a location in the Seaport District that allows an unobstructed view of Boston State Street Corporation, The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, The Boston Millennium Tower and the One Financial Center. These are some of the tallest skyscrapers in Boston but falling a bit short of the John Hancock Tower and the Prudential Center. The weather played along and provided perfect conditions. There was not a single cloud in the sky and the sunset and twilight light was beautiful. Equipped with a 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens from Canon and the Mark IV I was able to isolate the 4 buildings against the turquoise light of the night. An aperture setting at f/9 provided the depth of field and at ISO200 a long exposure time of 15 seconds. 

During post-processing I adjusted highlights, shadows, lighting, contrast and color saturation in moderations before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of The Hub.         

Good light and happy photo making!



Juergen

Jan 23, 2017

New England Winter photography at Lake Cochituate Massachusetts

New England Winter photography at Lake Cochituate
New England winter photography at Lake Cochituate

Last autumn I photographed the New England Fall Foliage at Lake Cochituate in Wayland, Massachusetts. I found this beautiful bolder on the edge of the lake and went back last week the explore this spot in winter. I arrived just in time for sunrise and to my delight Mother Earth perfectly arranged a couple of fallen leaves in front and to the right of the rock. Nature keeps blowing my mind with these things! I set up on the ice and composed the image around the rock and the two autumn leaves. A split neutral density filter managed to overcome the contrast between dark foreground and bright morning sky. An aperture of f/11 provided sufficient depth of field for this Landscape Photography image. Shutter speed resulted in 3 seconds at ISO100. During routine post processing I removed dust spots and image imperfection, adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final image of New England Winter.

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Jan 20, 2017

Boston Nightlight - Latest Skyline Photography from the Hub

Boston skyline night photography
Boston skyline night photography of familiar landmarks
Boston Nightlight was taken from a new location that I recently scouted while driving home from a fun trip to Hunts Photo & Video in Melrose, MA. 

It is always very exiting to explore a new spot that shows Boston from a different angle and in a new light. I haven't seen this view of the Hub online yet but I am sure other photographers have discovered it as well. Equipped with my longest Canon prime lens and a 1.4x telezoom extender I made my way over. The lens was just right and framed this Boston skyline view perfectly. Upon arrival I set up and patiently waited for the magic of twilight to appear. It still amazes me when the short moment of perfect balance between city lights and night light occurs and transforms the urban scenery into a magical picture. 

Aperture was set to f/22 providing a shutter speed of 20 seconds at ISO200. During post processing I followed my routine  work flow where I removed unwanted dust spots, adjusted lighting, color saturation and contrast before sharpening the final image of Boston Nightlight. 

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Jan 16, 2017

Photographing Pemaquid Point Light at Sunset

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Maine
Pemaquid Point in Maine

A while back I traveled to  Pemaquid Neck in Maine to visit and to photograph the Pamaquid Point Lighthouse. It is a historic Unites States lighthouse located in Bristol, Lincoln County. This New England lighthouse is a cultural and historical treasure and was added to the National Register of Historic Places as Pemaquid Point Light on 16th of April in 1985. The iconic lighthouse is famous for its dramatic setting at the tip of the Pemaquid Neck where it rises above the pounding surf of the Atlantic Ocean and spectacular rock formations.

Upon arrival I climbed the rocks below the lighthouse and explored many composition. This image was one of the first one I took that evening. I used the rock formations as an interesting foreground element that leads the viewer to the scenic setting of Pemaquid Light. The clouds were painted in beautiful warm colors by the setting sun. I used a split density neutral density filter to overcome the strong contrast between the darker foreground and the bright sunset sky. Metering on the darker rocks and locking the exposure before placing the split ND filter in place allowed for a more balance exposure throughout this iconic New England Scenery.

During post processing I adjusted lighting, contrast, vibrancy and color saturation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of Pemaquid Point. 

Good light and happy photo making! 

Juergen


Jan 9, 2017

An Acadia National Park Sunset Adventure at Jordan Pond and the Bubbles

Jordan Pond and the Bubbles at sunset in Acadia National Park Maine
Jordan Pond and the Bubbles at sunset

Last September we spent a week on Mount Desert Island. I used the opportunity to photograph in some of my favorite spots in Acadia National Park. Jordan Pond is famous for its beautiful views of the Bubbles. The Bubbles consist of the South and the North Bubble, a couple of scenic mountains that make for great photography subjects. Parking is pretty easy since the famous Jordan Tea House is nearby providing plenty of spaces at night. This is popular photography spot and I wasn't on my own. I recall three other photographers and we chatted it up a little bit while waiting for sunset and the magic light to appear. Equipped with a wide-angle zoom lens set at 28 mm and my split graduated neutral density filter in end I started photographing ones the sky turned pink. I had to use the filter because I had to account for the dark foreground and the bright sunset light. Aperture was set at f/22 providing a long exposure of 15 seconds at ISO100. During post-processing I removed undesired dust spots and imperfection. I also  adjusted lighting, brightness, contrast, exposure and color saturation before sharpening the final image Sunset Drama at Jordan Pond and the Bubbles

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen