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Bullseye :: CT

25 Apr

 

They say bad things come in 3’s, unless you’re one of the unfortunate few (me) for whom there is no limit to the amount of short straws you can draw at once. That means that like most stressed out Americans, I have a full complement of coping mechanisms.

 

Most of them involve alcohol and eating too much ice cream…er…I mean exercise and wholesome board games. But the best escape is through art! So sometimes when insomnia hits, I’ll take a drive with my camera.

 

This is the sort of magic I come home with….star trails obscured by a cloud bank and light pollution. Lol  At least it was pretty. 🙂

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Serenity :: NY

12 Apr
Serenity :: NY

Serenity :: NY

Sometimes you drive two hours for a sunset, and end up wading through spring runoff to photograph a waterfall instead. Life, right?

But there is a lesson there (besides a reminder to buy waterproof boots)… Opportunity is all around us, we just have to be open to it.

This shot is a single exposure, taken after the sun went down in a rapidly darkening forest. ( 14mm, 55 second, f/8, ISO 100 ) It was very blue…because blue hour…and color correcting made it look natural, but not better, so I opted for B&W instead!

Ships Passing :: CT

20 Sep
Ships Passing :: CT

Ships Passing :: CT

Sometimes, to make a photo outing work with the conditions you’re given, you have to think outside of the box a bit.  I hit the road thinking I’d create a wide-angle landscape shot and ended up striking gold with this intimate landscape instead.

Last month our students focused on minimalism, so the idea of simplifying has been on my mind. This particular sunset, the sky was sort’ve “blah” but the reflecting color was so damn purty. ❤

Settings: 75 mm, f/8, 30 sec, ISO 100

Summer Nights & Lightning Strikes

25 Aug
Summer Nights :: CT

Summer Nights :: CT

 

These last few weeks have been full of pretty incredible storms.  It has been a great learning experience for me.  Obviously, safety is the number one concern with lightning shows.  Once you take the basic precautions, though, it’s interesting to focus on the absolute beauty that comes along with this powerful display.

This shot was taken in Bolton, CT at the heritage farm. f/2.8, 137 sec, ISO 100, 11 mm

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All We Are is Dust in the Wind….

18 Aug
Dust in the Wind :: CT

Dust in the Wind :: CT

 

Star trails over a still pond on a quiet summer night.

Nerdy stuff: About 5-6 stacked shots for the sky, one long exposure for the foreground.  Foreground Image EXIF of 175 seconds, f/2.8, ISO 320, 11mm

Name Suggestions Wanted

26 Jul

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Sometimes I think that one of the hardest parts of releasing a photo is thinking of a name.  Anyone have any good suggestions?  I’m all ears! (I mean, not literally. I couldn’t type with just ears.)

Oh…and yes, this is a photo.

This image was a long exposure, of a stand of trees bathed in some tasty golden light, while moving the camera vertically.  As you can tell by the silly-string looking wisps, I do not have the steadiest hand for slow-panning.  In this case, it turned out alright though. haha

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The settings, for those who like that technical stuff: f/11,  sec, 135mm, iso 100

Radiance Wild

6 Jul
Radiance Wild :: OR

Radiance Wild :: OR

 

This waterfall, known locally as Sawmill Falls, is part of the Opal Creek Wilderness in Oregon.  It started as a “side stop” along the way to the Alvord Desert, but it ended up winning me over within just a few short minutes of stepping foot beneath the trees.  The whole forest was lush, the light was diffuse, and the waterfalls…well…as you can see, they weren’t bad. 😉  This water was actually a spectacular shade of blue-green, but when I started the edit, because of the overcast skies it seemed to work best in black and white.

This shot is actually a composite – one exposure for the trees, and one exposure for the sky and water using a 10 stop ND filter.

Also (earmuffs, Mom!) this particular vantage point involved a narrow crest of rock with a…um….steep decent behind me.  While it wasn’t the most comfortable of seats, you couldn’t beat the view. 🙂