Shot of the Week – vol 12

Nubble at night

This week’s shot of the week is a throw-back, as weather and time were not exceedingly cooperative this week.

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Nubble at Night

 

It’s not a frequent occurrence for me to do night photography, even though it is something that I enjoy, as it’s a thinking photographer’s game.  This shot is from December 2014, when Nubble Light on Cape Neddick, ME, was decorated with lights for the holiday season.

From a position, low on the rocks, I noticed that I could get a nice long reflection of the light on the island, including some on the rocks that were moist from the surf.  In case you wonder, the ocean was flat, as this is a side effect of very long exposures.

Hope you enjoy!

Technical Details

This image was captured with my Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  Exposure settings were at f/18, 100 ISO and 2.5 minutes of open shutter (yes, a full 130 seconds).

WPC – Landscape(6)

Smooth surface

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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Morning Serenity

Today’s image is from somewhere much more local to me than the vistas from the past couple of days, as it is from the neighboring town of Boylston, Massachusetts.

One of the things that I enjoy doing during my daily commute, is finding locations that I can photograph time and again, as they change over the seasons.  Rocky Pond in Boylston is one such place (of course, my commute has changed with my new job, but I’m looking for some spots).

On this particular morning, there was nary a breath of wind, as the sun had just risen and left the pond with a glassy surface.  All that could be noticed was the song of various birds, which is a perfect accompaniment for a moment of serenity.

Technical Details

This image was shot with my iPhone 5S using the standard camera app and some minor adjustments in Instagram.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (5)

Cloud cover

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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Iceland Vista

After leaving Ólafsfjörður, I followed the road along the northern coast of Iceland, which is an amazingly scenic ride with many places to stop and soak in the beauty of the landscape, such as at this location.

As you can imagine, what caught my eye was the line of the road leading toward the cloud cover hanging over the fjord in the distance.  The light was not ideal, but at some point, I will improve the quality of this image.

In the mean time, I hope you like it.

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 image was shot at 1/100 second at f/16 at 400 ISO.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

WPC – Landscape (4)

Pining for the fjord

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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View across Eyjafjörður

This shot was taken in the town of Ólafsfjörður looking out over the dock that reaches out into the Eyjafjörður.  This little town sits nestled into the hills that rise from the fjord.

The town grew up around the herring industry that was in much bloom in the 1940s and 1950s, but the herring are gone now.

Ólafsfjörður was connected with a road for the first time in 1940, when the horse riding trail through Lágheiði was improved enabling cars to get over the heath. Before, ships, seaplanes, and horses provided the transport.

Hope you like it.

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 image was shot at 1/125 second at f/11 at 320 ISO.

Inspired by Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge – Landscape

Winter’s Beauty – pt 5

Snow in Spring

Just when you thought that I might not mention Winter again, I ran across this image from last year that wasn’t actually from Winter…

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Spring is coming!

Last year, I captured this image on March 29th, so it really was Spring!  The Winter of 2015 was by far the snowiest in my memory of New England.  This little vista appeared before me when I went for a short walk, while my wife was getting a herding lesson with on of our dogs.

Hope you enjoy the Spring that is coming (and Autumn for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere).

Technical Details

This was shot with an iPhone 5S using the standard camera app.

Winter’s Beauty – pt 4

Warm tones on a cold day

Another entry in the short series on Winter’s Beauty, as today’s temperature went up to 76F!

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Sunset on a Cold Beach

This shot was the final image that I captured during a long, cold day of shooting at various snowy beaches, from which you have seen some other images.  As the sun started setting I wanted to create something that summed up both hope for warmer times and the stark beauty of this chilly beach.

The posts provided a great leading line to juxtapose the water’s edge and the horizon lines.

Hope you enjoy this image!

Technical Details

Shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III and a EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.  The exposure settings were f/10 at 1/160 second and 400 ISO.

7-Day Nature Photo Challenge – Day 2

Rosy-fingered dawn

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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ρόδoδακτύλos Ηως

This image came from arriving at a golf course, as the sun was still making its presence felt.  What came to mind was Homer’s oft-used epithet for Eos, the goddess of Dawn, the rosy-fingered Dawn.

This image also gives me a sense of the cycle of death and renewal, as petals are dying on this rose-bush, while buds are showing the promise of new growth.

Technical Details

This image was captured with an iPhone 4S using the standard camera app and treated through Instagram.

The Rules

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

Nomination

The challenge of nominating a fellow blogger…  gottatakemorepix runs a blog full of amazing images, many of which are nature at its finest!

Winter’s Beauty – pt 1

Not really beach weather

As Winter is losing its grip on New England, I thought it might be interesting to have a short series of images that show some of the beauty that the coldest season presents.

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Winter Beach

This was an image from last year’s outing with John Slonina Photography along the northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire coast.  It was a blustery day with gray skies, but sufficient sunlight to make for wonderful photographic opportunities.

It’s not often that we get enough snow to stay on a beach, such as we see here; usually, wind and sea spray will clear the snow over a matter of days.  This beach was beautifully presented with this snow, as nobody had traversed it yet; the dune fence and grasses provide some interest against the leaden sky above the ocean.

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 1/125 second at f/14 at 200 ISO.  A circular polarizing filter was used.

A Yoga Tree Moment

Every sunrise is a story

As I feel that there can never be too much Yoga Tree coverage, I want to share this moment with you:

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Morning greets the lady

There’s always a story.
It’s all stories, really.
The sun coming up every day is a story.
Everything’s got a story in it.
Change the story, change the world.

– Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky

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The Lady of the Fields gazes across the remainder of the corn crop, as the Sun rises up to greet her.  In this moment from 2014, balance exist between earth, sky and tree, as the universe connects all.  Her story is unfolding that day and beyond.

 

A Day at the Beach

Frozen desert (not dessert)

As Winter is beginning to reliquish its grip on New England, a look back at a beach visit from last year.

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Desert Oasis

In 2015, the end of January was particularly cold and snow-filled, which made the last day of the month a perfect time to go visit the beach.  There were many wonderful snow images, but this one stood a bit apart for me.

While wandering around the beach, I noticed that there were some areas where the receding water had left some rather interesting formations in the sand.  Striations in the sand combined with the semi-solid salt water from the cold, created this wonderful view from a low angle (I laid down to get this angle).  To my eye, this felt like looking over a sand dune toward the edge of a desert oasis, an interesting juxtaposition to the extreme cold of the day!

Hope you enjoy it as well!

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D MkIII using a 25-105mm f/4L lens at 105mm.  Shutter speed was 1/60 second at f/10 and 250 ISO.

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