The answer is…

Turning over an old leaf

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Shot before ‘Destruction of the Maiden’

As you can see in this shot of the subject matter in Destruction of the Maiden that I discarded, they were leaves…

I was not happy with this shot, but knew that there was something in these leaves that needed to be told.  So, I wound up combining zoom blur and a bit of twist to get the effect that I was looking for.

In post processing, I did adjust the levels and dropped a bit of saturation to push the color palette a bit more toward the redder end of the spectrum.

Thanks to all of you who checked this out and particularly those who put forth their guesses.

Hope you enjoyed it!!

Another Shot of Cold…

Snow on the beach

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Beachscape in Winter

In my earlier post, I talked a bit about finding a nice frozen waterfall to photograph, which was a blast. In case you thought that to be an isolated incident, let me set you straight with a couple of images from a tour of beaches on the Massachusetts Northshore and Southern New Hampshire.

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Crashing Waves

These are from the end of January, 2015, on a day that was windy and raw, as you can see from the waves crashing on boulders at the beach.  Luckily, I was dressed for this with warm boots, ski pants and sufficient layers to keep me comfortable.

Most of the day was pretty much overcast, which left the light rather flat…

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Flotsam

But in the afternoon, the sun started showing itself a bit more, which provided wonderful opportunity to photograph some of the more interesting pieces on the beach.

I wholeheartedly recommend going out on cold days to explore places that most people only visit when it’s warm.

Winter in New England

Frozen cascade

Over this past weekend, New England has been under siege by a cold front that has kept all, but the hardiest souls in-doors; Sunday morning the mercury dropped to -15F (-26C), which was downright chilly.

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Doane’s Falls in Ice

Regardless of this, Winter is one of my favorite seasons to photograph, as there is always such greate emotional content to be found.  I did go out to do a bit of photography, as I was looking into waterfalls in the area, so I thought it might be worthwhile to go check one out in this weather.

The particular waterfall I sought out is Doane’s Falls in Royalston, Massachusetts, which is about an hour’s drive for me.  When I arrived there, I found the falls very close to the road, which is rather considerate at these temperatures.  It’s a bit of an experience walking down a snow-covered, icy path next to a roaring stream, when you are all by yourself… a trifle unnerving, but luckily there were safety wires by the edge of the rocks.

In the image, you can see the massive amount of ice that has built up in the cascades; I’m not sure what the cause of the discoloration in the ice is, as I didn’t get close enough to find out.

Technical Details

I shot this with my trusty Canon EOS 5D MkIII using a 24-105 f/4 L lens with a circular polarizing filter attached.  Settings were f/7.1, 1/640 second at 400 ISO.  I kept the speed high, as I didn’t have a great spot for setting up my tripod (I did carry it in).

Hope you enjoy it, and stay warm!!

Another Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

1-versatile-blogger-awardI’m very grateful that I was nominated by Bikurgurl, whose Bikurgurl blog is truly awesome, for a Versatile Blogger Award.

First of all, go out and read Bikurgurl, as her writing, point of view on the world and overall outlook on life make her much more than just a gurl!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Rules (from The Versatile Blogger Award):

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
  •  Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  •  Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
  •  Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  •  Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

Facts about me:

  1. As I was born in the Netherlands, I love licorice (Dutch licorice, of course)
  2. I find Japanese culture very intriguing and want to travel there
  3. I am owned by 4 Cardigan Welsh Corgis and a cat
  4. My high school was founded in 1328
  5. I love exploring areas where there are few people
  6. My favorite photographers are Rineke Dijkstra, Dorothea Lange and Cindy Sherman
  7. There are lots of areas where I want to photograph, when I’m independlty wealthy!

There’s the tip of the iceberg 🙂

My Nominees (go check them out!!):

  1. It Is What It Is
  2. PK Photo of the Day
  3. Tesserology
  4. An Insight to my Thoughts and Experiences
  5. Impromptu Promptlings
  6. Angela Murdock
  7. TSS Reviews
  8. Erhynireh
  9. Lita Doolan
  10. Musings of an Insomniac
  11. Holly’s OCA Blog C&N
  12. A Kinder Way
  13. kidscrumbsandcrackers
  14. CJ Bane & Pearl
  15. La vie en orange

Each of these blogs is as unique as the folks that write them.  The one constant is that each blogger is devoted to running a great blog, which shows in the quality of what they provide, and the honesty of what they write.  You’ll want to check each of these blogs!

Thanks again Bikurgurl!!

Shot of the Week – vol 6

Embrace the Sun

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Embrace the Sun

Yes, she’s back!  Here we find the Yoga Tree gently embracing the Sun, as it rises up into the Winter sky.  A heavily overcast day with a glimpse of better light to come along the horizon.

Simple beauty is something we can often find during this season, as form and shape stand out more than color at this time of year.

Hope you enjoy this one and have a wonderful day!

Destruction of the Maiden

A possible mythical tribute…

On this Valentine’s Day, I’d figure to start off with something abstract, give you a chance to think, but not over-analyze, and give me your best guess.  This is not an image that is front and center in my collection, so, here it goes…

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Destruction of the Maiden

I captured this tableau during the same walk that provided Searching for Tranquility and several other images, so you can say that it was a good day for my abstract portfolio.

When I came upon the source material for this shot, I had a sense that something was trying to communicate with me at a deeper level about an occurrence in a distant past.  It was not until I saw the image on a larger screen that the title ‘Destruction of the Maiden’ came to me.  There was something inherently violent within the image, which gave me a sense of struggle or a possible ancient sacrifice; almost, as if a mythical creature was about to collect its annual tribute.

Technical Data

This image was captured with a Canon 5D MkII using a 24-105mm f/4 L IS lens, with an F-stop of f/22, 100 ISO at 1/5 second.  I started the lens focal length at 105mm and zoomed it back in during the shot.

Your Question

Now, that you have seen the image, and the technical specifics, what was the source material for this shot?  I’m looking forward to your ideas on this.

I will provide the answer on Monday…  Enjoy!

Valentine Sweets

Candy, candy everywhere

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Sweetness!

It’s upon us!  The day that must be loved by dentists universally, as their consumer base is expanded!  According to a 3-year old CNN article (Valentine’s Day Statistics) $1.6B is spent on candy for Valentine’s Day.

And what did I do to help this a couple of years ago?  Photograph more candy, of course, just in case there wasn’t enough consumption yet!  But no need to worry, as I didn’t eat the candy and brushed my teeth!

Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day, and remember to brush!!

Technical Details

I shot this in my studio, so camera settings are not really germane, but I will share that the lens I used for this is a Lensbaby Composer with a glass optic.  If there’s interest, I’ll be happy to do a post on Lensbaby at some time this Spring.