Friday, November 30, 2012

Standing Post

ISO 400 f/8 1/640 of a second 35mm lens  Sepia
Saratoga Battle Field,  Stillwater, New York

This place interests me a great deal not only 
because it is  historically significant,  or because 
I 'm a history nut at heart. 

A great great grandfather ancestor of mine; 
Eleazer Whitney fought here, with the 
4th Massachusetts Regiment.

This place is a wonderful place to visit, 
history and nature is all around 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Our Old Moon

ISO 200 f2.0 1/40th of a second  1000mm Mirror Lens tripod mounted 
From West Townshend, Vermont

What an awesome site the Full Moon 
November 27, 2012 about 10:00 PM EST 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Time to go boys!

ISO 12800 f/16 1/400th of a second 400mm lens
Brattleboro, Vermont

I set out this morning camera in hand to capture animal images, 
had a list that I wasn't able to complete, pesky birds just would
not co-operate,  but had a really good time looking 

Hello! Whatcha Doin'

ISO 12800 f/8.0 1/3200th of a second 400mm lens
Brattleboro, Vermont

While standing in the weeds waiting for the ducks to come back around and do their thing I was distracted by this little guy.  He flew in and stayed for awhile, watching what I was doing.  I wish I had a shorter lens than the 400 to catch this guy a bit sharper, but the other lenses were in the car and moving around 
too much would have scared him off.  Cool birds Cardinals!

Toolin' Around Canadian Style

ISO 12800  f/8  1/6000th of a second 400mm lens
Brattleboro, Vermont 

My second stop of the day, these geese were part of a flock that I would guess numbered a couple of hundred and were set down around this meadow pond. Yesterday when I saw them for the first time, they were all in the pond.  You could have walked across that pond on geese and never got a toe wet.  Very small pond, lots of geese!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Moon

ISO 200 f/2.0 1/50th of a second  1000mm Mirror Tripod Mounted

Photograph taken from my driveway about 6:00pm this evening.  Happy Thanksgiving All!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

My iPhone Project: Little Falls

Dummerston, Vermont

This afternoon while driving on Route 30 around dusk I saw this little water fall that had formed in the rocks. It was cold enough for the mist from the falls to create this flowing ice in tree branches and sticks.  Because the space around this fall is so closed in I could not take just one shot to get everything so this is a 5 image stitch taken at the base of the falls.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

From the Earth to the Moon

ISO 200 f/2.0 1/40th of a second  1000mm Mirror Lens  Tripod Mounted
Townshend, Vermont

Space is Cool 238,900 miles away!! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Inside Beads Beaded Bead

 ISO 200 f/11 1/50th of a second  90mm Macro Lens: Studio Lighting conditions

Last night I posted a photograph of this beaded bead 
which was created by my wife Nancy. That photograph 
was taken with the same lens and nearly the same 
settings as these are, with one major difference.  This
series is lit primarily from inside of the bead, with a single 
umbrella outside. The designer of the bead, Florence Turnour, 
left a comment on my previous post; 

"Those photos are beautiful. One thing I love about this bead 
design is how hollow it is.  Any idea how to capture 
that in a photograph?  Just some food for thought."     

I did start thinking about it and this is what I came up 
with. I fashioned a "snoot" out of black photo background 
paper, which  allowed me to concentrate the light under 
the bead, and then added a single umbrella on 
the outside, bracketing the exposure I came up with 
these results

As Time Passes

ISO 12800 f/32 1/800th of a second  400mm Lens

It is interesting what you can find in your own yard;  
this is the remains of a rather large tree that fell on our 
barn in the spring a year or so ago, 
it didn't do much damage other than 
breaking a railing and knocking a shingle 
or two out of place.  I cut up what remained 
of the tree and disposed of it and was going 
to cut down this 5 or 6 foot remnant as well, 
but decided not to; it isn't in the way 
and I wanted to watch what happened with 
it over time. What remains of this 
once tall and thriving tree is slowly fading 
back into the earth; bugs, birds, wind, 
rain, hot and cold are all conspiring to reduce what is 
left to mulch.  

The textures and light on this fading tree remnant really 
caught my attention this morning so 
I thought I would share.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Beads; Beaded Bead

ISO 200 f/22 1/60th of a second  90mm Macro Lens: Studio Lighting Conditions

Nancy created this bead from different sizes and colors of 
seed beads, photographing her wonderful work has been 
given me a great opportunity to take the macro photographs 
that I like the best. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

My iPhone Project: The last Colors of Fall

Hinsdale, New Hampshire

Nancy and I were at local store one afternoon recently and they had the last of their fall flowers outside,  the colors as you can see were very striking I created these 4 images with my iPhone 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Christmas Star in Beads

ISO 200 f/4 1/1000th of a second  90mm Macro Lens Tripod Mounted 
Natural Light with a gold reflector

Nancy just completed this Christmas Star Ornament and she wanted a photograph to post, as it has been an exceptionally nice day, for a change, here in southern Vermont. I took it outside and used our Spruce Tree to hang it on for this image.  The only light enhancement was accomplished by a gold reflector under the piece to lighten from below. A little challenging as it rotated in the breeze but I like a challenge, makes it fun!!  

The ornament was designed by Nancy's friend Helena Tang Lim.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My iPhone Project: River Reflections

River Reflections
West River Brattleboro, Vermont

Returning home from shopping this afternoon, Nancy and I were traveling along Route 30 in Brattleboro VT. The West River was perfectly flat and calm, and this caught my eye, as it is usually flowing along at a good pace.   I took 13 photographs with my iPhone and stitched those together to create this approximate 180 degree view of the river and mountains.  The sun was in perfect position to create this wonderful reflection.   

Bridge Refections
West River Bridge  Brattleboro, Vermont

Friday, November 9, 2012

My iPhone Project: Tumbling Water

Bradford, Vermont

Today's travels brought me to the little Vermont Town of Bradford. On entering the village from the south there is a small park that borders this water fall, which is created by a small dam.  Every time I have passed this place there is a mist hanging in the air. It is one of those places that if you're not looking for it you will miss it and you truly need to stop and look to appreciate it.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Macro Bead

 ISO 200 f/14 1/60th of a second 90mm Macro Lens  Under Studio Lighting Conditions

Nancy needed some photographs take today or her new pieces so I was playing around with this necklace and these shots were the result.  Kind of cool, very interesting effect in the center on the lamp-work bead.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My iPhone Project: Beaver Pond

Beaver Pond
Monroe Bridge, Massachusetts
While traveling the other day, this Beaver Pond caught my eye,  another rainy autumn day!  
Beaver Pond Island

Friday, November 2, 2012

Portrait: Grandparents

Pentax 645 Medium Format Camera 135mm lens ISO 200 f/5.6  
Portable Studio Lighting 

I took this photograph several years ago with a film camera and converted the image to digital format.  I remember my grandfather had a great time watching all the setup he really like the picture and the fact that I took it right in his house they didn't have to travel to get it done.