Aug 28, 2011

Rainy Days

Rainy days create special opportunities for all kind of photography including macro photography. I love to get out into the field after an overnight rainstorm passed through the area or has just tapered off. I frequently visit the Minot rose garden in Brookline or the Boston Arnold Arboretum. The overcast sky provides us with balanced light and is ideal for macro photography of rain soaked and raindrop filled photographic objects such as flowers and leaves. I find droplets add substantially to an image and add the extra spark that keeps a viewer glued to it. I usually use a polarizing filter to eliminate any distracting glare and unwanted reflections. In addition it saturates the colors beautifully and makes them pop. A tripod will provide stability and combined with the camera self timer will optimize image quality and sharpness.

Aug 22, 2011

At the Wildlife Sanctuary Hall's Pond

The other day I made another trip over to the wildlife sanctuary Hall's Pond in Brookline. It is very close to Boston and just a minute from a T-Station. Hall's Pond is an amazing place that provides diverse flora and fauna in the middle of the city. On this summer morning I got up early to visit the pond; Great Blue Heron was in his usual spot, did not see the Black Crowned Night Heron. A Cormorant was on the hunt for its breakfast and red winged blackbirds were singing along.

I walked along the boardwalk enjoying the place all to myself and at one of the overlooks I captured the Heron up close. While strolling along the boardwalk I was able to capture the smirking turtle and got hang up on dragonflies. In all images I used a polarizing filter to saturate colors and eliminate any distracting glare. Lots of fun and good times.

Aug 21, 2011

Photo of the Week - Teary Rose Leaf

This week's photo is Teary Rose Leaf that was taken on a drizzling morning at the Minot Rose garden in Brookline near Boston and is one of my latest rose leaf photography gallery addition. The misty morning and raindrops drained roses and leaves made me go around the rose garden twice until I finally arrived in the creative groove and started composing and photographing. Starting today each photography print and canvas of this rain soaked rose leaf photograph is on sale in my online gallery throughout the week of 22 August 2011.

Aug 18, 2011

29 Pictures now Showing at the Brookline Hunneman Hall

"29 Pictures" ~ A photo exhibit of my New England landscape and seascape photography is now on display at the Hunneman Hall of the Brookline Public Library. The solo gallery exhibit features a broad range of my award winning nature photography, including local flower portraits and abstracts from the Minot Rose Garden and Wildlife Sanctuary Hall's Pond in Brookline as well as New England landscapes and seascapes ranging from Cape Cod through Acadia National Park. Photo descriptions provide photo tips and stories.

The art exhibit runs from 18 August through 27 September, 2011 and is open to the public:
Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
Friday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday 1 pm - 5 pm

The Hunneman Hall gallery is located at 361 Washington Street in Brookline, MA 02445.

Please contact (617) 730-2370 to check when the Hunneman Hall may be closed to the public for special events.

Aug 13, 2011

At the Boston Science Museum

Post sunset is one of my favorite times to take photographs. I regularly go out and capture the Boston city skyline at twilight on days that I am not occupied hunting for nature photographs. The best time is 20 to 30 minutes after the sun has set. The optimum light does not last long. Because twilight is hard to predict I set up my tripod and camera prior to the actual sunset and then fire away once the sun sets and disappears. This approach requires sufficient battery power and flash card memory to keep shooting while closing in on the optimum light. The twilight effect also works on cloudy days and really long exposure times are not unusual.

Last night I set up on the parking garage of Boston Science museum. There is the Gilliland observatory that is open to the public free of charge on Fridays during the summer and I had a chat with the guy who opened the telescope to view the night sky and stars. He pointed out the international space station appearing over the Boston John Hancock building and then traveling above the skyline and disappearing under the full moon above Beacon Hill. Although only seeing a traveling light in the sky it was quite exhilarating to see. I then went back to business and kept on photographing the city skyline of Boston. At ISO 100, the aperture was set to f/5.6 resulting in a 15 second exposure time. In the post processing steps I removed dust spots, minimally adjusted lighting and color saturation before sharpening.

Aug 6, 2011

Photo of the Week - Abstract Sunflower

This week's photo is Abstract Sunflower that was taken at the comfort of my home in Brookline, near Boston.

Starting today each photography print and canvas of this magenta rose photo is on sale at Fine Art America throughout the week of 08 August 2011.