Warped Wednesday – pt. 4

Ghost ships on the water…

Part of my thinking behind this series of posts is to get a bit of feedback from all of the readers, which should help me formulate a crisper view on my photography.  It’s been very heartening to see your thoughts on some of my abstract images, so I thought I’d also mix something a little different in this week.

As the Tuesday Photo Challenge has the theme of Abandoned, this week’s Warped Wednesday image kind of fits pretty well…

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Flying Dutchman

This is an image that I took during a bit of urban exploration a number of years ago in Westborough, Massachusetts.  This is inside the farm that was part of the state hospital (I say was, as this building has been razed).

When I chanced upon this interior, I immediately had a sense of being inside the hold of a ghost ship, devoid of life and stripped bare; somewhere, there was the foreboding that all could come back in an instant: crew, canons and full ship to ship combat.

That’s why I decided on a 5 shot HDR series that I processed in a rather stark fashion, using a grungy look to get the desired effect.

I’m curious to find out how this image speaks to you.

Brooding Ambience

Water, sky, a safe haven

The Weekly Photo Challenges posted byWordPress’ Daily Post are always well thought out; despite that I find that this week’s challenge of Ambience really stands out, as it requires a bit of introspection on the part of the photographer.  Of course, the ambience of a scene can go into many directions, as it really is all about the character and atmosphere that you are trying to capture or portray.

After a bit of thought, I figured that I’d share this image for its ambience…

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Nubble Brooding

The lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine, aka Nubble Light, has been photographed millions of times, as people flock to it for its picturesque setting.  As a photographer who likes to create a one-of-a-kind connection between image and viewer, I had been loathe to photograph this scene during my previous visits; just another image of a pretty scene just didn’t speak to me.

However, on this gorgeous June day, I felt something a little different speaking to me from across this little expanse of ocean water.  It was a hint of recognition of a story being presented to me that urged me to clamber down the rocks to water level and set up for a series of shots that resulted in this image.

After some careful processing, I arrived at the scene that is presented here, which is very much the story that was being told to me on that beautiful day…

Changing Times

Urban decay at its finest

One of the types of scenery that I enjoy photographing is the changeing urban landscape, particularly when it shows the changes across the ages.  In New England one of the most significant developments during the Industrial Revolution is the establishment of cotton and other mills throughout most of the area.  In many towns, you’ll see the remnants of this time in mull buildings that are sprawling next to a pond or a power canal.

Luckily, a lot of these buildings have been restored and repurposed for modern usage, be it manufacturing, office space, living areas and many other uses.  These buildings are great to behold, but there are also those that have not found new use, such as this one here…

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Powers Street Decay

This mill was in a state of being demolished, when I photographed it.  Its location was right on Powers Street in Turners Falls, Massachusetts.  The street name indicates that it was right next to the power canal; in many towns a canal was dug to redirect river water and harness its power for industry.

The treatment for this image was to push it a bit toward the grunge side of life through HDR processing.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured using a Canon EOS 5S Mk II and a EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  A series of 5 exposures was taken and combined using Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.

Daily Prompt – Open

Potty humor?

Today’s Daily Prompt of Open is one of those interesting ones that we can take into multiple directions.  We can have Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Doors, be Open to New Ideas and even work with Open Source.

In today’s image, the Bathroom is Open, and I’d like to suggest that it’s open to all!

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The Bathroom is Open!

This image was taken a number of years back at the Chester Fairground in Connecticut; I got a couple of strange looks for setting up a tripod, but the end result was well worth it!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III with an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  It was taken as a series of 5 shots with exposure values of -2, -1, 0, +1 and +2 EV, which were processed in Photomatix Pro to create this HDR image.

Wednesday Wonderment – pt 12

Waste not, want not

There are lots of things in the universe that fill me with wonder, and there are a significant number that make me wonder.  Today I present you with something in the latter category.

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A Vista?

This was during a photography trip, led by John Slonina, to the Chincoteague area.  To finish up the first day of shooting, John had brought us to this beautiful stretch of beach where we’d have a great opportunity to catch the sunset over water.

As I’m not always the one to go for the obvious shot, I decided to add a little point of interest to the stunning beauty of the sunset: the not-so-stunning view of waste receptacles just off the parking lot by the beach.

The human footprint on our planet is something that I often wonder about, as I’m sure many of you do as well.  Minimizing our footprint and living in harmony with our space home is in our best interest, as we don’t want to overstay our welcome; the planet will survive, but will humanity?

Technical Details

This shot was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using a EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  The HDR effect came from the in-camera HDR.

WPC – Landscape (2)

Icelandic beauty

As landscape photography is one of my main areas of interest, I am am truly excited about this week’s Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape.  Each day this week, I will share some of my favorite landscape shots.

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Looking across Siglufjörður

Iceland is a truly beautiful country and just a dream for landscape photography, such as this shot that I captured last year of the view across the Siglufjörður on the north coast of Iceland.

The road in this area follows the coast line, which means it traces the fjords that are prevalent here.  Each of these fjords has its own character, with some of the smaller ones without settlement and the larger ones with small towns and villages.  The fjord often provides a natural harbor and shelter from the Atlantic storms.

The light off the peak made for a bit of magic in this afternoon image.

Technical Details

This image was shot with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with an EF 24-105 f/4L lens (circular polarizer attached).  This was a series of images with the mean exposure value at 1/100 second at f/11 at 200 ISO; the 3 images were at 0 EV, -1 EV and +1 EV.  Photomatix Pro was used to create the final image.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

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.