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The Plunge

25 Jan
The Plunge :: VT

The Plunge :: VT

“Plunge boldly into the thick of life, and seize it where you will, it is always interesting.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

The settings: 1 sec, f/9, 10 mm, ISO 100

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Quiet Abandon

20 Jan
Quiet Abandon :: VT

Quiet Abandon :: VT

“It is not the length of life, but the depth of life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Introducing Warren Falls in Vermont. If you take Route 100 in the Green Mtn Forest, you’ll see a very popular waterfall along the roadside called Moss Glen (Granville). Right up the road is Warren Falls, which in my opinion are more impressive. The clear water, the multiple levels of deep, inviting pools and the rock erosion make for a beautiful scene.

 

In the summer, this is a popular swimming hole, and its difficult to photograph. Late fall though, if you’re brave (stupid?) enough to ford the river for this vantage point, then there are some great images to be made. ūüôā

The settings: f/22, 1 sec, 16 mm, ISO 100

10 Must See Places You Need to Photograph This Summer (New England Area Edition)

10 Jun

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Exploration and landscape photography go hand-in-hand, but finding time to research potential locations can be challenging.  If your time is at a premium, but you want to see some of the beauty of the Northeastern region of the US (and beyond) has to offer…this list is for you.

Light The Sky :: Maine

Light The Sky :: Maine

1)   Acadia:  This is a no-brainer.  Acadia is a gorgeous national park that highlights the natural, rugged beauty of northern New England.  Furthermore, there is something for everyone and every fitness level in Acadia, from relaxed strolls to involved hikes.  Several of the beautiful, varied landscapes are easily accessible, with convenient parking and short walks to the site.  Personal favorites are Sieur de Monts and Little Hunter Beach.

 

Vigilance :: RI

Vigilance :: RI

2)      Rhode Island lighthouses: For the purposes of landscape photography, Rhode Island has some great shore line.  Although not as rugged as Maine’s coastline, there is still a great variety of rocky foreground shoreline and sandy beaches along the ocean sides of the state.   Because there is so much rocky shoreline, there are also several beautiful, accessible lighthouses in the state.  Personal favorites are Beavertail in Jamestown, RI and the lighthouses on Block Island.

 

Shades of Gray :: MA

Shades of Gray :: MA

3) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Cape Cod, MA: The small towns and beaches that make up ‚ÄúThe Cape‚ÄĚ are a perfect representation of what makes the shore of New England so irresistible. ¬†There are picturesque sandy beaches, salt marshes and lighthouses mixed in with iconic New England villages. ¬†As a bonus (depending on you how you feel about the booming population), you can likely try your hand at Grey Seal photography. Personal favorites are Grey‚Äôs Beach boardwalk and the hike out to the Provincetown lighthouses.

 

In Wildness

In Wildness :: NH

4)      White Mountains National Forest area:  If you are looking for rugged wilderness, hiking, camping, waterfalls, ponds and birch trees then the White Mountains are for you.  The National Forest is well maintained, but retains a strong sense of nature throughout the entire area, including the land surrounding the green space.  Personal favorite hikes are Mount Washington (mountain and waterfalls), and Pondicherry (site of our forest and ponds workshop).

 

Currents :: Vermont

Currents :: Vermont

5)      Vermont Green Mountains area: The Green Mountain area of Vermont is interesting in that it is interspersed with pockets of civilization throughout, but never loses the magical feel of an untouched wild space.  There are plenty of mountains views, forest hikes, waterfalls and wildlife (moose!) to be had in upper Vermont.  As a bonus, it’s not far from Lake Champlain.  Personal favorite hikes are Camel’s Hump and Sterling Pond.  Personal favorite, easily accessible waterfall is Moss Glen in the Green Mountain Forest

 

Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

Winds of Winter :: Massachusetts

6)   Quabbin Reservoir, MA:  Massachusetts gets two listings because the Quabbin is that nice.  This reservoir used to be four towns that were removed and the valley was flooded to provide drinking water for Boston.  If the creepy abandoned relics factor isn’t enough for you, then the generally flat hikes, biking and abundant wildlife are sure to win you over. Personal favorite is Hanks Meadow on the lower Quabbin shore.

 

Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

Round and Round She Goes :: Canada

7) ¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Niagara Falls, NY / Canada: For those of you who have a passport, Niagara is a MUST SEE. ¬†The falls themselves are the kind of powerful that leaves your jaw on the floor and your knees a little shaky. ¬†There are locations and activities along both sides of the border, but in my opinion, the Canadian side does it best. ¬†It can be a bit ‚Äútouristy‚ÄĚ in town, including a giant ferris wheel to get the best view of the falls light show up at night, but there is a wider variety of things to participate in. ¬†Personal favorites are Cave of the Winds (American side) and the butterfly sanctuary (Canadian side).

 

The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

The Space Between :: Ricketts Glen, PA

8)   Ricketts Glen in PA: What if I told you there was a park with 21 beautiful waterfalls in Pennsylvania?  Now, what if I told you that 18 of those waterfalls were easily accessible along a 3 mile hike?   Ricketts Glen is a photographer’s day hiking paradise giving you a lot of bang for your buck.  (Or time, as the case may be!)  Personal favorite is Oneida Falls.

 

Breathing Dreams

Breathing Dreams :: NY

9) ¬† Upstate NY gorges: There is a reason that Ithaca, NY‚Äôs slogan is ‚ÄúIthaca is Gorges.‚ÄĚ ¬†The area surrounding Ithaca is loaded with rock walls and stunning waterfalls. ¬†The waterfalls vary from ‚Äúeh‚ÄĚ to ‚Äúdang!‚ÄĚ, the sheer volume of photographic opportunities makes this area worth a mention. ¬†Personal favorites are Watkins Glen (if you‚Äôre looking for a good return on your time investment, and extremely well-manicured paths) or Taughannock Falls if you‚Äôre looking for drama.

 

Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

Sounds of Silence :: Connecticut

10)   Connecticut’s Quaint Pockets of Nature:  Connecticut is interesting in that the entire state is the attraction.  It is loaded with small working farms, fishing villages, so much forest.  In fact, we’re kinda famous for our foliage in the Fall.  Personal favorites are Enders State Forest for waterfalls and foliage, and either Lighthouse Park or Walnut Beach/Silver Sands Beach for fun shoreline photos.

 

Now get out there and take some pictures!

Seeing Spots Photo offers day lessons, including guided site visits to some of our favorites locations.  For more information about that, check out our private sessions page.

 

Free Photo Giveaway!

1 Jun
Currents :: Vermont

Currents :: Vermont

 

Who likes free stuff???!!

Obviously, you do.  And boy, oh boy, did you come to the right place!

For this week only I will be holding a free 8×10 giveaway contest. ¬†The winner will be drawn on Friday June 5, 2015 and can choose one image from my gallery¬†to decorate their walls.

To qualify, you need to do at least 2 of these things:

– sign up for my newsletter (if you haven’t already)

AND

– like me on one or more social media pages, if you haven’t already (twitter, facebook, instagram, G+, etc)
– share this post
– follow my blog¬†(if you haven’t already)

Yes, we will be checking. ūüôā

Also, for those of you wondering, the above photo was taken in the Green Mountains of Vermont. ¬†This particular peak is Camel’s Hump, the third highest in the state.

Top 5 of 2014

30 Dec
Bones in the Sand

Bones in the Sand :: Maine

Tis the season for end of the year recaps and “best of” lists (and presents and family and joy), so I challenged myself to narrow my list down to just 5 images that I personally love the best. ¬†It’s been a year of major photography and artistic growth for me, so each of these images represents, in part, one of my milestones.

The top image, “Bones in the Sand” is memorable for me because it was a trip that required some will power to make – a 1:30 am wake up call, and a 4 hour drive to get there – for a sunrise that never really manifested. ¬†But it has always been a struggle for me to get up early, and it felt like a bit of a turning point for me.

Also, it was one of the first images I really remember laboring over the edit for. ¬†Not as in…I don’t know what I’m doing, how do I make XYZ happen….but more of a drive to make sure that my art was worth the effort I had put in to capture the edit. ¬†I remember worrying down to the littlest detail, wanting everything – even the title of the image to be perfect. ¬†In¬†retrospect, I think that is one of the characteristics needed to put out good, consistent work and I’ve finally reached that milestone.

 

Our Rain Song

Our Rain Song :: Vermont

Our Rain Song continues to be a bit of a personal favorite, even though it never seems to catch fire with the rest of the world. ¬†This image came with a lesson on life – remember to enjoy the journey. ¬†You can read the full story here, but the short version was a 2+ mile hike up to see this lake and the sky opened up. ¬†I got very frustrated I was unable to put together a good shot. ¬†When I let those negative emotions go and just appreciated the good things that day had to offer, I had a “creative ah ha!” moment and the image just came together.

 

In Wildness

In Wildness

In Wildness came together based on some of the most important characteristics a landscaper can have – it was the result of patience, perseverance and the willingness to put ourselves out into the world to find the beautiful spaces left to us. This lake was also about 2 miles in (about halfway to the summit of a 4m hike), and the weather was a bit dreary. ¬†In typical New England fashion, it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be overcast, windy, cold, sunny, sleeting or mild. ¬†I believe Mama Nature settled on a mix of them all. haha

When we arrived at the lake, I marveled at the view.¬†¬†I took my camera out trying to find the right composition and everything I did kept falling a bit flat. ¬†The lighting just wasn’t very dynamic, but I knew we couldn’t linger all day…we still had half a mountain to conquer. ¬†‘Just a few more minutes,’ I kept thinking. ¬†I knew there was something in the spot that could be magical, I just had to find it. ¬†As I settled into search mode, the clouds started to shift and some sunlight hit the ravine. ¬†It was thhheeeee moment I had been waiting for.

The weekend was physically exhausting, but ultimately, I was able to overcome the difficulties and uncomfortable (aka kinda dangerous…don’t read this, Mom!) conditions, I was able to focus and be patient and walk (limp) away with a few beautiful images. ūüôā

 

Dreamsong

Dreamsong

Dreamsong was based around one major principle…find a new shot. ¬†This image was taken in Acadia National Park ¬†– a beautiful, very popular (highly photographed) place. ¬†I had already seen a million gorgeous shots of Otter Cliffs, Bass Harbor Light and Cadillac Mountain…the world didn’t need one more. haha ¬†I mean, don’t get me wrong…I took photos of the light house, but I have yet to edit it. ¬†I wanted to do something different though. ¬†I wanted to make an image of Acadia that was a representation of my vision, not a rehash of someone else’s composition. ¬†Thankfully, this beach/tree allowed me to do just that. ūüôā ¬†At the time, I didn’t know it would end up being one of my favorites, but everything came together perfectly.

 

Silk Ribbons :: Ricketts Glen, PA

Silk Ribbons :: Ricketts Glen, PA

Last, but certainly not least, Silk Ribbons is in my tops because it was a reminder that the details are just as important as a grand, sweeping scene. ūüôā

 

Happy end to a 2014, and hope that you all have a lovely 2015!!

 

Xoxo

Shannon

100 Days of Happy

28 Aug
Drink the Wild Air

Drink the Wild Air :: Vermont

Lately, I’ve seen an awful lot of gratitude and happiness #100happydays hashtags on the social medias. ¬†I have to say, the 100 days of happy challenge is refreshing, for more than one reason.

First of all, being battered by constant negativity is bad for your mental and emotional health. ¬†If your Facebook feed is filled with haters, it’s going to affect you. ¬†That was a lesson I learned early in life. ¬†When I surrounded myself with sarcasm and glass half full kind of people, it was harder to see the reasons to laugh. ¬†When I moved towards people bubbling with optimism, suddenly anything seemed possible. ¬†Not to say I don’t appreciate some solid sarcasm and dry humor…I do. ¬†But I much prefer to hold onto happiness where I can.

This past week a good friend of mine lost her horse and all of us barn girls felt the pain of it. ¬†It was an animal we had all worked with, loved and enjoyed watching them bloom together. ¬†They had been in each other’s lives almost as long as we had all been friends.

With any loss, though, comes the negative side of life.  Pain.  Bitterness.  Blame.

None of us wanted that for our friend. ¬†The grieving process is hard. ¬†If we were in a logical frame of mind during our hard times, we would never chose to make it worse on ourselves…but so often, we do just that. ¬†If you aren’t in the habit of happiness, it’s easy to fall into the trap of negativity.

We all encouraged our friend as best we could, and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. Point out the positives.  Smile.  Laugh.  Remember the good memories.  Be grateful for the time you had and the experiences that shape us.

Maybe the 100 happy days challenge isn’t your thing…you’re not a hashtagger by nature. ¬†But the lesson is applicable to all of our lives. ¬†Our perception of a situation almost always affects our reaction. ¬†If you view something as overwhelming, its easy to feel helpless. ¬†However, if you make an effort to make the best of something, it’s much easier to find your happy place.

You can face things out of your control without acting out of control.  In fact, one of the few things in life you can control is your reaction to life.  So ask yourself, would you prefer to wallow?  Or would you prefer to shine?

Train yourself to appreciate, to be grateful, to smile and to laugh. ¬†It won’t always be easy. ¬†Generally speaking, life is hard. ¬†But you will get so much more out of it if you let go of the small stuff and embrace the¬†blessings that comes your way, however big or small¬†those blessings happen to be.

As my buddy Nick used to say, “Live Life :: Love Life”. ūüôā

So…this is really kinda sorta a photography blog. ¬†Why did I choose that particular photo for this soap box speech? ¬†Because it makes me happy. haha ¬†I printed up for the winner of our quotes project, Marie and loved the way it turned out. ¬†I¬†felt pride that the effort I put into the image came through in the print. ¬†I loved the feeling it gave me when I looked at it. ¬†It was, in a nutshell, a smile-maker. ¬†And I wanted to make you guys smile. ūüôā

Enjoy your holiday weekend, friends!  Next week we a revealing a super cool collaborative project, so stay tuned!

The Edge of Forever

31 Jul
The Edge of Forever

The Edge of Forever

 

‚ÄúWe need, ourselves, to go to those edges, and peer over them, if not to see what lies beyond, then to see what lies within.‚ÄĚ

I recently picked up a book called A Beautiful Anarchy by David duChemin…and I’ve been following along on his inspiring blog, same title. ¬†One of his posts was about changing our perceptions, facing our fears and embracing each day with a sense of adventure.

In his words, “What would our art, our businesses, our relationships, look like if we embraced and nurtured a spirit of adventure in our daily lives? If we willingly went to new places, opened new doors, and explored new ideas? What would we discover there, about possibility, about others, and likely most of all about ourselves? How much more interesting would our lives be, free from the need to be surrounded by the familiar, the known, the certain, and the too-comforting illusion of safety? What kind of stories would we find ourselves living and telling? How would our audience for these stories, and for the art that emerges from them, grow, and how would our engagement with them change?”

Those are all very good questions.  Talk about an instant perception shift.

I’ve said for a long time that it’s very easy to get caught up in our own little box. ¬†To get trapped in the day to day, to go to work, to bed, to eat the same foods, to let our souls wither on a bland diet of sameness. ¬†We are biologically engineered to desensitize ourselves…its a survival mechanism that keeps our bodies alive. ¬†But what does it do to our spirit?

The above photo was created as an homage to this idea of embracing the unknown. ¬†Last weekend we took a road trip to Vermont, just to get a way for a day and to see some family. ¬†I got up early on Sunday to catch the sunrise, which turned into an overcast morning and a sky full of texture. ¬†It was nice to spend a little time in the peace and quiet, watching the world wake up. ¬†As I sat on the edge of the dock, enjoying the moment, I started thinking about how important those little road trips and adventures are to my life. ¬†As my cousin said, I’m a traveler. ¬†But truly, what better way to develop an emotional connection with people and places than to experience them? ¬†And how much better would the world be if we could all embrace things that were new and different, rather than demonizing and judging without true knowledge of…whatever it is…to draw on?

So, today, I encourage you to embrace adventure. ¬†Try something new. ¬†Eat something different. ¬†Cook a new recipe. ¬†Learn a new skill. ¬†See the world. ¬†Travel to a place that you’ve never been. ¬†Take a leap of faith into the unknown and revel in the experience.

Life is a beautiful gift and it is meant to be messy, joyful and most importantly, full. ¬†Don’t wait until tomorrow. ¬†Today, you stand at the edge of your forever. ¬†Now is the time to embrace your future. ūüôā

A little housekeeping…

This shot is a manual blend, Canon 7D, Induro tripod adventure series

Also, I’m looking for your help on an art project! ¬†Pretty please with a cherry on top. ¬†I’ll be giving out a free print to the person who’s quote gets chosen, and to one of the people who helped spread the word about it in the first place. ¬†So please, check out the post, share it, and tell me what quote the image reminds you of. ūüôā¬†