TTT – Looking down

Always look in every direction..

This week’s tip is a rather simple one, but one that has resulted in some interesting photographs for me and, I hope, may result in some cool shots for you as well:

Look Down.

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During those moments when we look for the grand landscape to capture, it may lie at our feet.

How often have you run into this scenario: you are all set to come up with a fantastic landscape shot, but nothing you see through your viewfinder strikes you as ‘the shot’.  What you do next will determine whether you come up with an interesting image from this location or nothing at all.

You could shake your head and walk off to find another great vista, or… you could look down and examine what lies around you and, possibly, find something rather nifty to photograph.

The choice is yours!  Each of the images on this page is the result of my looking down and noticing something that is worth photographing.

Your mission, should you accept it, is to find something to photograph over the next week by looking down.  Feel free to link it to this post, so that I can see what you came up with, as I’m very much looking forward to seeing your creations!

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 4

Water everywhere!

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

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Guggins Brook

This photo is the result of my curiosity.  All over Massachusetts, many towns have their own conservation areas, which usually are buffer zones to keep development in check.  Often, these areas are wetlands that are a habitat for many native species, which would otherwise be driven into urban areas with little chance of survival.

Although one can search the internet and find many of these areas with some amount of description, it’s often hard to tell what they will be like and if they are worth the drive over.  The other approach is to notice the (usually) small signs that indicate a conservation area, pull over and start exploring them.

My discovery of Guggins Brook came from my curiosity about what lay behind this sign, which caused me to pull into the small parking area one day on my way to work.  As it had been a wet early April, I was greeted by lots of water and trees just beginning to recover from Winter’s regime.

The short hike through this land was refreshing and had several pleasing vistas, such as this simply composed patch of trees in the wetlands.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/16 at 1/250 second at ISO 400.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  AgathaO‘s blog provides a wonderful view into the world, as seen by her, which is particularly interesting, as she tends to observe what many of us might miss.  If she accepts this challenge, I certainly will look forward to the results!

Monday’s Food Fix – Margaritas!

Salt or sugar?

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Mmmm…Margaritas!

Hold on for a moment, you say! Margaritas aren’t food!  I beg to differ with you, as a margarita without salt on the rim and some lime, just is not a complete margarita.

So, on this Monday, please enjoy yourself a margarita on me!

Have a wonderful day!

Technical Details

This image was lit in my studio with a single strobe in a softbox, and a reflector to reduce the shadow a bit.  The ice is fake… in a comfortable studio, ice just melts way too fast!

Winter’s Beauty – pt 3

Cool morning beauty

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as tomorrow’s temperature might be positively Spring-like!

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Winter on Rocky Pond

This image goes back to 2010, as I decided to take a little detour during my daily commute.  The sky was doing beautiful things, and it came to me that there might be an opportunity at Rocky Pond in Boylston, MA, to get something worth shooting.

Luckily, I had my tripod with me, as I wound up shooting a series of 5 shots around a mid-level exposure to combine them into this HDR image.  This allowed me to get the drama in the clouds clearly translated into the image.

I hope that you enjoy this cold shot!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.  The middle exposure settings were 1/30 second at f/22 at 160 ISO, and 4 additional shots were taken at -2, -1, +1 and +2 EV (Exposure Value).  The images were processed in Photomatix Pro.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 3

Canis lupus walks with us

I was nominated by a fellow blogger, Project Relish, for a 7-Day Nature Photo Challenge.

So for the next week, let’s see, if I can come up with some interesting nature images and pass the challenge onto some of my fellow bloggers.

 

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Denahee, our Ambassador

Today’s image is from a wonderful experience that I had in 2010, when I had the privilege of walking with a wolf, Denahee.  This was at an education-oriented wolf sanctuary not far from home.

Denahee walked with us through the woods and would wander off on her own from time to time, but always come right back to our group.  At one point during the walk, she walked up beside me and leaned into me, which was an amazing moment of bonding.

This image was taken at about eye-height for Denahee, from a distance of approximately 5 feet.  You can see that she is listening to the photographer in background.

Technical Details

This image was captured with my trusty Canon EOS 5D Mk II and 24-105 f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were f/6.3 at 1/160 second at ISO 1250.

The Rules

Post a #naturephoto every day and nominate another blogger for this challenge.

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  Michael of mlambertsphotography has a beautifully organized photography blog, which is well worth checking out!  If Michael accepts the challenge, I look forward to the results!

Shot of the Week – vol 9

Simple tulips for today

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Think Spring!

Some weeks high-technology work can be soul-devouring to the point of leaving precious little time for any other creative expression.  Given that I barely got time to escape the office this past week, I present to you an image of tulips to help us employees lift our spirits.

Please accept this with a promise that soon, not nearly soon enough, I will get additional time available to get some real photography in… Stay tuned for the announcement!

The image is not re-cropped, as I shoot mostly square with my iPhone 6S; it’s an aspect ratio that forces my eye to observe things just a little different.

What do you do when you can’t get away from it all?

Winter’s Beauty – pt 2

Follow the fence line

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty that gives us in the northern hemisphere  a chance to look back at the season that is giving way to warmer days.

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Cold Morning

This is another image from last year’s outing with John Slonina Photography along the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.

This was during the earlier part of the outing on Plum Island, Massachusetts.  The wind was still blowing and the sun was well-filtered by the heavily overcast sky.  As you might guess, I laid down in the snow to get this angle on the snow fence that is well buried.

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III and a EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens.  Exposure settings were 1/25 second at f/5 at 125 ISO.  A circular polarizing filter was used.