Aug 19, 2019

Hidden Cape Cod gem: Quissett Harbor in Falmouth

The other day I explored Quissett Harbor in Falmouth, MA. It's a hidden Cape Cod gem providing many photography opportunities from boat close ups to beautiful harbor scenery.

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Aug 1, 2019

Maine Sunburst at Nubble Light on Cape Neddick

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Cape Neddick is home to one of New England's most scenic lighthouses, Nubble Light. This Maine lighthouse towers on top of a giant rock formation atop the twirling Atlantic Ocean. I love visiting and photographing this iconic landmark and usually do so at sunrise. The other week I set my alarm clock for 3 am and traveled up north to catch the first light here. The morning did not disappoint, light and cloud cover was great making for excellent photo conditions. Upon arrival I checked out new perspectives and views of the lighthouse. For this one I incorporated some of the rocks as foreground features while patiently waiting for the sun to rise across the horizon and paint the sky in beautiful hues.  

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Jul 30, 2019

New England Milky Way Photography on Cape Cod


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Visiting and photographing Cape Cod and the Islands is always a lot of fun, but unbeatable fun with Tom Gaitley, a fellow member of the New England Photography Guild. During our last visit, we stopped at Nauset Beach Light to pursue a starry night and milky way shot. Nauset Light is an iconic New England Lighthouse, located in the town of Eastham near Coastguard Beach along the National Seashore. 

After arrival on location at about 10 pm, we immediately started scouting for interesting compositions of the lighthouse with the milky way location in mind. After a few test shots at high ISO settings to finalize focus and composition, I dialed in my initial camera settings. While patiently waiting for the milky way to rise into the desired position, I took multiple test shots, making adjustments and working my way towards the final milky way camera settings. Blowing out the night sky milky way and the bright Fresnel was a major concern, so I used a piece of paper that I positioned in front of my lens periodically during the long exposure time. Covering the lens with a cloth, your hand or a piece of paper allows less light in certain areas of the night sky and for more contrast between sky and milky way. Tom taught me that trick while on this iconic Massachusetts lighthouse location and I wouldn't have gotten away with this image if he hadn't. So many thanks to him, and also to spark my inspiration and desire to capture more night milky way photography images in the future. The final camera settings were f/2.8, 25 seconds at ISO1600. 

Back home, I post-processed the final image Milky Way over Nausett Light in lightroom and photoshop which may a topic for a future blog post.

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Juergen
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Jun 26, 2019

New England Waterfalls Photography at Bash Bish Falls

Visiting Bash Bish Falls State Park is always a ton of fun. Bash Bish Falls is one of the most scenic and beautiful waterfalls in New England. So glad to have the falls relatively near by in Berkshires County of Massachusetts, 2 hours and 30 minutes from home to be precise. It's been a while since I came out here photographing waterfalls but last Friday time was right and I traveled to Western Massachusetts to visit my favorite waterfall in the Bay State. Upon arrival, rain was still coming down in a good pace. I grabbed an umbrella and walked the 3/4 mile from the parking area to the falls. The adrenaline level rose with each step I took alongside Bash Bish Brook, the roaring of the falls became apparent and louder as closer I got. Then you arrive at your final destination, looking straight ahead, facing these majestic falls. It's just amazing and I love this scenic waterfall view. Equipped with my Canon 24-70mm lens I got to work capturing this  highest single drop waterfall. Rain and keeping the lens dry was a pain at first, but luckily it stopped raining soon after I started photographing. This made things more pleasant and easier, allowing for further exploration of this prime Waterfall Photography location.

Using a 6 stop LeeFilters ND filter with an aperture of f/5.6 provided a long exposure shutter speed of 20 seconds at ISO200. During post processing I adjusted shadows, highlights, brightness, contrast and color saturation before removing image imperfections and sharpening the final Massachusetts waterfall photography image of Bash Bish Falls State Park.

In case you missed it, here is the link to my appearance on The Chronicle's Waterfall Road Trip TV show, amazing to learn about some waterfalls I had no clue they existed in Massachusetts.

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Jun 4, 2019

Join me Tomorrow for a Talk on Waterfall Photography on WCVB-TV (Channel 5)’s CHRONICLE

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Very excited to announce the airdate of the WATERFALLS show on WCVB-TV (Channel 5)’s CHRONICLE on June 5th, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The TV show is all about waterfalls and includes an interview where I discuss the appeal and challenges of waterfall photography and provide some insight and photo tips.
Watch it on TV or live stream on the CHRONICLE website HERE. The separate segments are posted on the site after the show. Show/segments can also be viewed on YouTube HERE.

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May 15, 2019

Nubble Light Sunrise Silhouette Photography

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For this photo I planned to arrive on location well before sunrise, so I had time to explore for suitable compositions and set up in time. I got immediately to work upon arrival and equipped my Canon camera with a wide angle lens 24-70mm. At 70mm I was able to frame this New England lighthouse beautifully while Mother Nature provided the rest. What a great morning; Maine, worth a visit, worth a lifetime!

Back at home I followed my routine post processing workflow where I cleaned up the image from dust spots, adjusted contrast, lighting and color saturation before sharpening the final image of this historic Maine lighthouse of the Nubble Light.

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May 8, 2019

Spring into Boston Beacon Hill Photography

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I always love getting into BOSTON during the early spring time. The Public Garden with its Swan Boats and blooming tulips is iconic. Beacon Hill is not far behind and equally stunning with its tree lined streets blossoming in beautiful colors and hues. This Boston photography image took a while to compose and then to capture was no picnic either. Car were constantly driving through the composition and so were Bostonians walking through the frame. Eventually I succeeded capturing an intimate BOSTON BEACON HILL scenery that represents its unique and historic charm.  

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May 1, 2019

Butterfly Photography at the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory


The other week I visited Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. I met up with a bunch of like-minded friends and photo enthusiasts. We were able to gain early access to Magic Wings and bring in tripods with plenty of other gear. Butterflies were quietly resting and slowly starting their day. It was awesome having the place for a couple of hours to ourselves. I always like to use my tripod, even in bright daylight but it came in quite handy in this butterfly garden as it allowed for easier manual focusing. I started out with a 100mm macro lens but quickly switched to my 100-400mm lens. I actually prefer Photographing Butterflies with a long lens as it blows out the background nicer and also provides a more manageable working distance to the butterflies. Where is your favorite butterfly garden?

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Apr 24, 2019

6 Beautiful Examples of New England B&W Photography

In this photo blog I curated 6 of my favorite New England black and white photography images that were taken on Cape Cod and in Boston, Massachusetts, Newport, Rhode Island, Maine Acadia National Park and Old Orchard Beach, ME.

Castle Hill Lighthouse, Newport, RI

Nobska Light, Cape Cod, MA

Bass Harbor Head Light, Maine

Maine Acadia National Park
Boston, MA

Old Orchard Beach Pier, Maine

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Apr 17, 2019

New England B&W Photography of Bass Harbor Head Light

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Bass Harbor Head Light is a picturesque New England lighthouse located within the boundaries of Maine Acadia National Park on the southeast corner of Mount Desert Island (MDI). This scenic lighthouse beautifully towers over the swirling Atlantic Ocean and granite seacoast, marking the entrance for boats and ships to Bass Harbor and Blue Hill Bay. It is one of the most iconic scenery of Acadia National Park as Bass Harbor Light is dramatically located on the edge of rugged cliffs.

For this Black and white photography image of Bass Harbor lighthouse I opted for a long exposure photography setting to render the incoming waves into a smooth water effect; conveying a sense of moving Atlantic Ocean waters pounding the Maine Seacoast. A graduated neutral density filter balanced the bright sunset light in the sky and clouds against the dark foreground of the granite cliffs.

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