Apr 17, 2017

Boston Night Photography - How, Where and When: North End Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Boston Photography Galleries

Friday night I traveled to Boston and explored the skyline opportunities from the Commercial Wharf in the North End. There are limited views directly from the wharf but the view in front of Joe's American Bar and Grill is great. 

Equipped with my Canon wide-angle lens I was able to incorporate the waterfront and parts of the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel as well as the colorful gazebo at Christopher Columbus Park into the composition. The background is dominated by the historic Custom House and beautiful Market Place Center building. 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 scenery. 

Aperture was set to f/11 providing a shutter speed of 13 seconds at ISO400. 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 North End Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Apr 15, 2017

Accepted into the Fine Art Exhibit "All Cape Cod" organized by the Cape Cod Art Association

Cape Cod Bay sunset photo from Skaket Beach

Day ends at Skaket Beach has been accepted into the fine art exhibition as part of the Cape Cod Art Association's 2016 exhibit "All Cape Cod". The art exhibition features a selected number of artists including my beautifully framed photography wall art print from my photography galleries. All artwork is for sale.

The art exhibit is organized by the Cape Cod Art Association and runs from May 8, 2017 through June 4, 2017.

Regular gallery hours: Monday through Saturday - 9AM until 4PM, Sunday 12PM until 4PM.

The beautifully galleries of the Cape Cod Art Association are located at: 3480 Route 6A, Barnstable, MA 02630.

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

Apr 14, 2017

Sunrise at Beavertail State Park Rhode Island

Sunrise at Beavertail State Park Rhode Island

Experiencing a beautiful sunrise to me is always a worth-while and magical outdoor adventure. I love the quietude that comes with it and it even gets better when I am able to convey the moment in a photograph. No difference at today's sunrise at Beavertail State Park in Jamestown, Rhode Island. Arriving on time was key as I was not familiar with the location and needed to carefully explore this Rhode Island nature jewel. After slip sliding in the dark across the obstacle course of rocks and stepping into a few tide pools that awarded me wet feet and shoes, I eventually arrived at this final seascape photography composition. It was right in time for daybreak. Glad I didn't miss the moment although it was a close call. 

During post processing I brought back shadows and adjusted highlights. I then adjusted brightness and contrast, lighting and color saturation before removing dust spots and imperfections and sharpening the final Ocean State photography image. 

Let me know if you have any questions regarding filters and camera setting - happy to answer those.
 
Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Apr 10, 2017

Sunrise Photography at the Claiborne Pell Bridge in Newport, Rhode Island

 Newport Bridge

After photographing Hazard Rock in Narragansett last week I returned back for some more sunrise photography. I envisioned a picture of the Claiborne Pell Bridge aka as the Newport Bridge. The suspension bridge spans Narragansett Bay connecting the city of Newport on Aquidneck Island and the town of Jamestown on Conanicut Island. It turned out to be a stunning sunrise that made for pristine photography condition. On my way there I got a bit lost and did not find the location I had my eyes on at first. Since sunrise was quickly approaching I decided to pull over on Bay View Drive and enjoy the magic. There were basically no other cars around which it was ok to park that way on the sidewalk. 

I quickly set up tripod and camera. Equipped with a Canon Mark IV and a Canon 28-70mm I went to work. In this image composition I opted to incorporate a bolder in the foreground which serves as an anchor for the viewer. The strong contrast between the dark rock and the bright morning sky also added more interest to the photograph. I used a spit ND filter to balance the light in the front of my camera and the magical sky.

During post processing I brought back shadows and adjusted highlights. I then dialed up contrast, lighting and color saturation before removing dust spots and imperfections before sharpening the final image of The Claiborne Pell Bridge.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Apr 1, 2017

Accepted into The Fine Art of Photography Juried Exhibition at the Plymouth Center for the Arts

The Fine Art of Photography Plymouth, MA

Happy to announce that my photography images "I Got my Red Dress on Tonight" and "Somes Pond" were selected into The Fine Art of Photography juried exhibition at the Plymouth Center for the Arts. The exhibit features many photo artists from around the country and overseas showcasing their inspiring and beautiful photographs. 

Opening reception with awards ceremony, live music, refreshments and cash bar will be on May 7th, 2-5 pm - hope to meet and see you there! Please contact me with any Questions or for directions.


Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Mar 23, 2017

Creative Photo Adventure: Boston Financial Waterfront District and Boston Harbor Skyline Photography


Fan Pier was always one of my favorite photo locations. The views of the Boston Harbor and the Financial Waterfront District skyline is just one of the best and most exiting The Hub has to offer. It was no difference on my very last visit at this prime skyline photography location. I arrived well before sunset because the weather forecast predicted partial cloudy skies and I was after a photograph that included some sky fire. At sunset the sky turned magical. The clouds were moving fast into the frame from the far upper right but the beautiful red and orange hues were fading slowly but surely. Luckily I was well prepared, equipped and ready to go. A ND filter provided a longer exposure time that created motion blur in the clouds and the harbor water. A split density ND filter balanced the light between the darker foreground and the brighter sunset sky. Aperture was set at f/16 making for a 25 seconds exposure at ISO100. The wide-angle was at 19mm. During my routing digital photography post processing steps I adjusted lighting, contrast, color saturation and removed image imperfections before sharpening the final image of Boston Harbor and Financial Waterfront District.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Mar 20, 2017

Creative Photo Adventures: "Atlantic Glow" - Maine Seascape Photography

Maine Acadia National Park Photos

Sunrise and sunset are some of my favorite times to explore nature with my camera. The bold colors in the skies combined with a picturesque landscape or beautiful seascape scenery makes for great creative adventures. I captured this sea-view at an undisclosed area in Maine Acadia National Park during the wee hours of the day. I arrived on time before the magic unfolded allowing for setting up at a location that I scouted the day before. The wide-angle lens setting was at 24mm. The aperture for this nature photography image was adjusted to f/22 providing a 1 second exposure time at ISO100. A split neutral density filter balances the darker foreground against the super bright sunrise light. In post I brought back the shadows and tones downed the highlights, adjusted brightness, contrast and saturation before removing dust spots and imperfections. In the final step I sharpened the seascape photo of Atlantic Dawn.     

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Mar 15, 2017

Creative Photo Adventures: Boston Full Worm Moon Skyline Photography

Boston moon rise photography image

Last Sunday night, I experienced a full worm moon rise over Boston and its iconic skyline. I adventured out despite the freezing temperatures, bracing the cold and envisioning a perfect evening to capture this Astronomical Phenomena. Weather forecast called for clear skies and moonrise was predicted for 7pm, only minutes after sunset. I figured the moon would become visible during twilight and make for a beautiful Boston skyline photography composition addition. Based on my research and a bit of scouting I picked the Mass Avenue Bridge as my photo location and best option to capture my vision. Mother Nature didn't let me down. At the blue hour the full moon rose between the office building and across downtown Boston, perfectly to the right of the newly constructed Millennium Tower. In this second photograph I chose a wider view to include the familiar Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower. The moon appears much smaller due to the wider lens. The moonlight and skyline was beautifully reflected in the Boston Charles River in this Long Exposure Photography image. 

Boston skyline with full worm moon

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Mar 13, 2017

Story Behind the Photography Image of Wellesley Hills Isaac Sprague Memorial Tower

Wellesley Hills Isaac Sprague Memorial Tower

Since we moved metro west and a bit further away from Boston I have been exploring and enjoying my new surroundings in Natick, MA. The other night I went to Elm Park which is also known to locals as the clocktower park. The park is home to the beautiful Isaac Sprague Memorial Tower. The tower is a local historic landmark that is on the daily travels of thousands of drivers commuting in and out of the area on Route 9 or Route 16. I stopped by the other night to finally capture this iconic architecture at the blue hour; believe it or not but photographing this historic tower was on my bucket list for about a year. Equipped with a Canon Wide-Angle Lens I started exploring the structure from different perspectives. I took multiple long exposures but the first one turned out to be the best because it shows a couple of the clocks and the lighting was its most exquisite. Shutter speed was 10 seconds at an aperture setting of f/16 and an ISO200 setting. 

During post processing I opened up shadows and turned down highlights and whites, adjusted contrast and color saturation before removing dust spots and sharpening the final image of Wellesley Hills Isaac Sprague Memorial Tower.

Good light and happy photo making!


Juergen

Mar 2, 2017

New Boston Sunset and Night Photography on Tap This Morning

Last week I explored a new location that I scouted month back. Instead of going to one of my usually Boston Photography hot spots I stuck to the plan and went to this new spot.

I think I couldn't have picked a better day; the light at sunset and twilight was spectacular. The location awards with a couple of interesting views of familiar Boston landmarks:

Boston State Street Corporation and Millennium Tower
Boston night photography

John Hancock Tower
Boston sunset photos

Good light and happy photo making!

Juergen

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