Dec 31, 2016

Best of 2016 New England Photography - Happy & Healthy New Year!

Intentional Camera-Movement Jesup Path Birch Trees in Maine Acadia National Park. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Maine-and-Acadia-National-Park/G0000DectqkOMEv4/I0000C0kq1pUTMgo

Abstract fall foliage reflection at Lake Waban, Wellesley. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Scenic-New-England/G00004ZHSvhgR8T4/I0000IPh3Su7KGWo

Early morning workout on the Charles River in Boston. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Boston/G00003cWcZlgWzHI/I0000oCv4qGt_uhI

Boston as seen from Piers Park in East Boston. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Boston/G00003cWcZlgWzHI/I000029_X5vfRAGg

Blue Hour Boston skyline panorama photo featuring new and familiar landmarks. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Boston-Skyline-Panoramas/G0000ZLe2sOFV800/I0000hgzMmwUz8r8

Cape Cod Bay sunset. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000TwYiQj7qiNk

Dahlia from the Thuya Garden in Maine. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Flowers/G0000DCr8YHs9TZ4/I00008ndQEwvbZ5U

Sunrise at Lake Cochituate in Wayland. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000azcT0yV.8Uw

Lake Cochituate fall foliage and sunrise reflection. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Scenic-New-England/G00004ZHSvhgR8T4/I0000PW4f4yzGRa0

Backyard leaf macro with rain drop. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000TiXSz8KwjcU

Sunset at Somes Pond on Mount Desert Island. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Maine-and-Acadia-National-Park/G0000DectqkOMEv4/I0000ECoQNR5srgU

Starry night at Nauset Lighthouse on Cape Cod. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Cape-Cod/G0000YgMZTmCQA_U/I0000Of7KvQC9yyw

Sunset across Frenchman Bay with Cadillac Mountain as seen from Schoodic Peninsula. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Maine-and-Acadia-National-Park/G0000DectqkOMEv4/I0000j5KaetWyfyE

Steep cliffs on Schoodic Peninsula painted in warm hues at the end of the day. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Maine-and-Acadia-National-Park/G0000DectqkOMEv4/I0000R0rPk2MnKSI

Backyard Tiger Liy. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Abstract-Flowers/G0000xwJgMChQG_s/I0000U01PH7jICtQ

Thuya Garden in Northeast Harbor, Maine. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Maine-and-Acadia-National-Park/G0000DectqkOMEv4/I0000262k198l6t0

Sunrise at Manchester by the Sea on Cape Ann. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000P479Q.yASJ4

Great Blue Heron and South Natick Sargent Footbridge in South Natick, Massachusetts. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000BwqB_r38F78

Peak autumn colors in Southborough, central Mass. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000sX5rm12.bog

Trees surrounded by fall foliage peak colors. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000b7hld9CGvuc

Sunset at lake Waban, Wellesley College, MA. http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000alXlZtRNpbQ

Which one is your favorite? Feel free to share, like and comment - Happy New Year at all!

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Dec 26, 2016

Blue Hour Boston Panorama Skyline Photography - How, When and Where?

Magical Boston skyline panorama night photography
Boston panorama night photography: f/11, 20 seconds at ISO100

The Boston Charles River skyline always offers plenty of photo opportunities. The Back Bay and Beacon Hill neighborhoods features some of the most prominent Boston landmarks; Prudential Center, new and old John Hancock Tower, Massachusetts State House, Sheraton Hotel to name only a few. The mixture of modern and historic architecture is what I love to photograph the most. In this Boston skyline panorama photography image I stitched multiple photographs to arrive at the final blue hour photo. It represents the latest city view along the Charles River with all its latest architecture additions. The river waters were quiet calm and made for decent reflections of the city lights. At twilight the colors and the city lights are in balance for a few minutes that provide ample lighting and makes for great times to photograph cities.

During my routine digital post processing steps I cleaned the image of unwanted dust spots and image imperfections. Furthermore I adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before sharpening the final photo of Blue Hour Boston. This image provides sufficient resolution to be printed very large or be utilized in wall murals - feel free to Contact Me with your project specifics.

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Dec 22, 2016

Massachusetts Sunrise Photography at Lake Cochituate

Stunning New England nature and landscape photography

Photographing locally is one of my favorite things to do. There are so many photo opportunities at our doorsteps that we sometimes like to overlook. There are plenty of Macro Photography subjects like insects or flowers. There is your local village or if you lucky like me Boston is really close by and provides endless inspiration. There are local parks, sanctuary or lakes that make for great Nature Photography. Taking photos at your door steps provides easy access and keeps travel expenses low. Your photography is not heavily impacted by unfavorable weather conditions as we easily can re-schedule for the next day when conditions are more favorable. In recent weeks I explored the nearby Lake Cochituate in Wayland, MA. I went to a spot that is located right off Route 9 and only a few minutes away from my house. Sunrise was the last time I visited and let me tell you it was a real stunner. Ones the sun surpassed the horizon the tree tops were painted in beautiful hues. The cloud cover added its own drama to the image while the immediately foreground of the lake was covered with fallen leaves. The stillness of the morning made for a great reflection of autumn colors and colorful sky. I used a polarizing filter to boost colors and saturation while overcoming the high contrast between the foreground and brighter sky by placing a split neutral density filter mainly across the sky. During the digital post processing steps I removed unwanted imperfection and dust spots before adjusting lighting, contrast, color saturation and sharpening the final photography image of Massachusetts Sunrise.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Dec 20, 2016

Abstract Nature Photography of Dappled Dreams

http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Scenic-New-England/G00004ZHSvhgR8T4/I0000IPh3Su7KGWo

Finding and photographing abstraction in nature is always very enticing. When I am out and about I often look for various forms, shapes and colors that work naturally within an abstract Nature Photography composition. This autumn I encountered a fall foliage reflection in Lake Waban. The foliage was painted by the early sunset light in warm hues and beautifully reflected in the lake. The lily pads throughout the picture provided some visual anchor and clues for the viewer. Equipped with my Canon 5d Mark IV and a Canon 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens set at 200mm I isolated a small section of the fall foliage reflection. The narrow composition allowed to mainly focus on the red tree foliage reflection while the darker top third of the picture provided some interesting contrast.

During post processing I removed unwanted dust spots and image imperfection before making minor adjustments to lighting, contrast, vibrancy and color saturation. The final step involved sharpening the final image of Dappled Dreams.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Dec 12, 2016

Amazing Wellesley Lake Waban Sunset

http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000alXlZtRNpbQ

Lake Waban is an idyllic small lake on the border of Natick and Wellesley. Parking is limited and keeps the crowds in check. It is popular with runners, walkers and dog walking. The other week when the fall foliage was winding down I went to the lake for sunset photography. The partly cloudy sky looked promising and I envisioned a sky being on fire. After photographing Wellesley College covered in autumn hues and reflected in Lake Waban I made my way over to the sunset spot I had in mind. This sunset turned out to be a stunner. As I imagined the orange and red clouds exploded around the time the sun sunk behind the horizon. I followed my routine digital post-processing steps but had to scale back color saturation a little bit since the sky colors were so intense.  

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Nov 28, 2016

Boston Photography of Familiar Landmarks in B&W

Boston with its historic landmarks and skyline presents itself for black and white photography. I am currently on a mission to rediscover Boston in B&W. Hope you enjoy this virtual tour - feel free to follow, share one or all images, or like - thank you so much!   

Boston black and white photography,  

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Boston black and white photography,

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Boston black and white photography,

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Boston black and white photography,

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Boston black and white photography,

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Nov 26, 2016

Experience Cape Cod Sunsets at Day Ends


I regularly visit the beaches of Cape Cod Bay for sunset photography. Needless to say sunsets never disappoint here. No difference on one of my latest trips where I photographed at Skaket Beach. This was a new beach and it took a bit of time and exploring before settling on a pleasing composition. I finally succeeded when I found some nice beach grass leading into the picture. While the sun was nearing the horizon colors in the sky exploded. A saturated blue with clouds colored in pink and orange dominated the sky. The spectacle was beautifully reflected in the Cape Cod Bay and beach. I used a split ND filter to balance the bright sunset sky with the darker foreground directly in front of me. Aperture setting was f/14 providing a shutter speed of 1/2 a second at ISO100. During routine post processing I adjusted lighting, contrast, color saturation before removing imperfections and sharpening the final Cape Cod photography image of Day Ends.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Nov 25, 2016

The Taking of Boston Dark as Night

http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery/Boston-Photography/G00003cWcZlgWzHI/

Boston offers many photo ops for the local and travel photography enthusiast. There are plenty of historic landmarks and architectural marvels around. The skyline can be admired from many spots. One hot spot for Boston Skyline Photography is Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA. I love this area because it easily allows adjusting on the go. The other night I photographed into the night. While the sky turned dark, the city lights provided an interesting contrast. The icing on the cake was a really calm Charles River that I haven't experienced in quite some time. The windless night and quiet waters made for an excellent skyline reflection. Aperture in this picture was set at f/11, providing an exposure time of 20 seconds at ISO200. During routine post processing I adjusted lighting, contrast and color saturation before removing imperfections and sharpening the final Boston skyline image of Dark as Night.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Nov 23, 2016

Tiny Landscape Leaf Art Photography

http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Massachusetts/G0000uFrJYrQlk.M/I0000TiXSz8KwjcU

Macro photography often opens up a new perspective on nature. I regularly explore my own backyard for insects and flowers in spring and summer or for leaves and rain drops in autumn. No difference this year, only a new backyard which doubled the fun. This Fall Foliage season I found an array of leaves in various colors perfectly lined up and glued to the ground. The icing on the cake was a wonderful water droplet on the first leaf in the row. Equipped with a Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens on my 5D Mark IV I stared exploring and composing around the setting. It didn't take long to arrive at my final composition where I solely focused on the rain drop to make it the center piece of the image. 

The aperture in this shot was f/11 resulting at 1/5 of a second at ISO100. A polarizing boosted colors and eliminated any unwanted glare on the wet leaves. During routine post processing I adjusted lighting, color saturation and contrast before removing undesired imperfections and sharpening the final photography image of Tiny Landscape.  

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Nov 20, 2016

Experience Blue Hour along the Back Bay Charles River Skyline

http://juergenroth.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Boston-Photography/G00003cWcZlgWzHI/I0000vj0DcFjixXo

The Back Bay Charles River skyline is truly inspiring and provides some of the best spots to photograph familiar Boston landmarks such as the Prudential Center or the John Hancock tower, now also known as 200 Clarendon. I frequently visit Memorial Drive in Cambridge where one gets amazing views of the Boston Skyline. One of my preferred time is shorty after sunset when twilight kicks in and the sky turns into beautifully array of blues. The night is young, building lights become alive while balanced against this stunning blue sky, making for magical images. I captured this nightscape with a Canon 5d Mark IV and 16-35mm Mk iii lens and I am still blown away by the sharpness at hand of this prime combination.  

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen