02.27.2015 Hidden in Plain Sight

What do you see here?  I am usually fairly literal with my photographic compositions.  Many photographers are pretty good at pulling something relatively unseen from the landscape or some component of what is present in front of them and creating something that isn’t really there.  For me, most often what I see is what I photograph but occasionally I see what is not there.

This is probably not as difficult to see as the face that was in a previous post, but still….what do you see?

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02.25.2015 Color to the North-the Sun is to the East-8/8/2010

Where else would the sun be at dawn?  Just having fun as Linda mentioned she prefers clouds over the sun.  This is a popular sunrise location in New Salem, just off Route 202.  The large distant mountain is Monadnock in New Hampshire and this looks like unbroken wilderness, but there really are a lot of homes and a few towns hidden by all those trees.  Only one is visible from this spot, but I cropped it out to the left.

Northern-Dawn-Color-080810-2-700WebThe weekend is looking good.  Still cold, but snow not in the forecast until Sunday night.  Nice and warm today so:

One of these days, maybe this weekend, I’ll make some new images.  Until then, I’m living in the past. :-)

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02.23.2015 The Patten Redux w/Nuclear Sunrise

This is a similar but different image from that which I posted back in October.  Again, sorting through files I decided to give this a go as it includes the sun which I had avoided in the previous composition seen here.

The-Patten-Sunrise-2A101314-700WebGrrr…..I’ve tried a few altered versions, but WP is killing the saturation or overdoing it.  Either way, this looks a bit better on Facebook than it does here.

This is a combination of three exposures processed initially through Nik’s HDREfex Pro and then modified in Photoshop which was also the case with the first post.

The title?  That’s a reference to a recent post by my friend Greg Russell.  If you are not familiar with Greg, he is a great photographer of the west and writes some very thoughtful and thought provoking posts.  Worth a click.  I agree completely with his point that the real reason we are out there is for the love of place and photography.  Although I have some vivid color in this image, that is not the reason for the photograph but rather the excitement and pleasure of the experience at that moment which I hope you can sense in this image….and the less colorful ones that are often my ice or fog shots.

Posted in Autumn Color, Fall Foliage, Landscape, Nature Photography, Sunrise, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

02.22.2015 Crashing Waves at Otter Ledges

We had a few more inches last night, but today the sun came out and the temperature got high enough to do some melting.  I was able to clear most of the ice from the edge of the roof and out of about half of the gutter above my study where I had the ice dams and water entered the house.  Fingers crossed that whatever remains of winter will be less dramatic than the last month.

So I’m still in reminisce mode.  A few years back I had one day at Acadia after a visit to Millinocket and Baxter State Park.  It was a bit stormy, but for a few moments a sliver opened and allowed a little brightness to hit Otter Ledges.  F/16 @.6 seconds, ISO 400 was just enough to catch the waves crashing against the rocks.

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02.19.2015 More Escapism

I suppose we could say this is the winter from hell frozen over.  It just doesn’t want to end and the temperature is staying around 20-30 degrees below normal for this time of the year.

Here’s another February warm me up.  This moose was grazing around in Compass Pond along the Golden Road near Baxter State Park in Northern Maine back in June of 2007.   I am hoping to get up there again this summer…I missed my visit last year.

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Posted in Animal Behavior, Fauna, Maine, Nature Photography, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | 23 Comments

02.16.2015 A little winter escape

I was just going through a bunch of images for the submission and came across this one.  I am not thinking of entering it, although I think there may be a frog involved, but thought it would bring a smile in the middle of winter.

Bullfrog-on-Lotus-Pad-800FB-BlogThis little bullfrog was just sitting in the middle of the lotus leaf.  I suppose I could have asked him to move a scoch to his left.  :-)

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Amethyst Brook through a tree-shaped ice hole

Well, I think that title leaves little to wonder about what the subject is.

I must be going soft.  I mean besides my mid-section.  It was 2°F this morning (snow tonight and tomorrow morning, then come the 30 mph winds and sub-zero wind chills) and I decided to stay in.   Slept a little later, did a little wood hauling from the garage to the basement and then a little shopping.  Filled the garage with more wood in advance of the coming snow and am now deciding what images to enter into a contest.  When I entered this contest last year, the image from the other day of the hoar frost/green ice crashed and burned along with another ice abstract, but the lotus leaf closeup did alright.  What to do this year?  Probably no abstracts.  Any suggestions?

Returning to the subject of this post, openings in the ice like this can sometimes be pretty attractive.  This makes me think of a snow-covered pine tree, kind of what’s left after a cookie-cutter does its thing.

Amethyst-Brook-Ice-Hole-011015-700WebThere is just a hint at the mid-left of the underneath intricacies of a sheet of ice like this.  Several years ago I was able to get a shot of some of the icicles hanging below an ice shelf on Atherton Brook in the Quabbin.

Rounded-Icicles-010811-800FBI guess that’s it for today.  I have always disliked winter but for the past few years a fondness was growing.  I do believe that little fling is over.  :-)

Posted in Black and White, Closeup Photography, Ice, Intimate Landscape, Nature Photography, Patterns in Nature, Water, Western Massachusetts | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 23 Comments