Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sunrise

A chill in the air!

Welcome to week 151 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

This week’s theme is another instance of surprised that I haven’t used this theme before! While Morning has been a theme, Sunrise has not been used yet. As I always look for the themes to be accessible to everyone, I figured that the Sun is available to most of us, Earthlings. Of course, it does happen early in the day, so night owls might be disadvantaged, but I’m sure their creative minds can come up with a workaround for rising early!

Most of all, have a lot of fun with this theme!!

This sunrise is from last week…

A Cold Morning

I had the fun of spending a day with fellow photographers, braving the cold of the Maine coast! The temperature at this time was only 3F(-16C), but the sunrise was spectacular, and putting it behind the Portland Head lighthouse made for a dramatic image…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

Looking forward to see what comes round the bend this week!

WPC Final Week – Favorites – Pt. 3

Nubble brooding

The Final WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has presented their final theme of All-Time Favorites, which, while being a bit sad that it’s their last prompt, is a great way to finish.

Today’s choice is one of those photographs that has gotten a lot of positive reactions from many people, both on-line and those who have seen it in print. As a subject, it was something that I avoided for years, as it had been photographed so many times before and some great photos already existed. Until, this day in June 2013, when I was inspired…

So here’s what came about…

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Nubble Brooding

The vista that lay in front of me was not quite as dramatic as this final image.  There was a bit of surf; there were some (rather bright) clouds overhead.  My decision was to get down low to the water for this shot and find the right spot for the composition, which I wanted to be a little bit out of standard.  Then I took a series of exposures with different solutions to get all the elements that I needed.

I took five weeks before I was in the right mood to edit this image and produce what you see here.  There was a need for some darkness in this image, as well as the light that gives hope.  Hope you enjoy!

Have a great day!

Surreal Moments

Nubble brooding

The WordPress Daily Prompt gives us the theme of Surreal.  There are definitely some surreal moments among my collection of images!

I enjoy the process of creating something more than what is visible to the eye in my photography. Whether it is a straightforward (or not so) HDR image or combining many layers to create something otherworldly, there is something special about putting together an image that existed in my mind rather than the view through my lens.

This image comes from a beautiful, sunny June day…

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Nubble Brooding

As there was a bit of cloud cover, I thought it might be interesting to use it in a much darker fashion.  Taking a series of shots across a range of exposures, I got the clouds dark enough to become menacing, while leaving a hint of brightness around their edges.  It took a bit of manipulation, but I got it to a point that I like.

Have a wonderful day!

The Mighty One

Bull Moose in Rain

The WordPress Daily Prompt has the theme of Mighty.  This caused me to take a look through some of my images to see what resonated…

Then I came across this image of the mighty bull moose, happily browsing in a pond in the pouring rain!  Clearly, this bull was not overly impressed with the rain, and not nearly as bothered by it as the photographer.  Despite the weather I had a great day photographing in Baxter State Park in the great state of Maine.

Here’s a quick shot that shows off this beauty of a beast….

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Bull Moose in Rain

Have a wonderful day!

Diversity of the Earth – pt. 4

Catch bull moose at 4!

This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the theme of Earth, which is appropriate, given that Saturday is Earth Day.  So I figured that I would do a weeklong series of different views of the Earth that I have experienced.  Feel free to join in with the fun!

One of the areas of amazing diversity is the Animal Kingdom.  The level of adaptation to the opportunities presented in our planet’s environment is simply stunning!  From bacteria that thrive in volcanic vents on the bottom of the ocean to birds of paradise that create mating displays beyond human comprehension and everything in between!

Among my favorites is the moose, featured in our fourth episode…

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Bull Moose in Rain

This image was captured in June, 2006, during a photography weekend led by the wonderful photographer, Mark Picard, whose moose and nature photography are stunning!  As it happened, we were graced by a significant amount of rain during this weekend, for which I was prepared; one of the advantages of doing a lot of outdoor photography in New England is that preparation for lots of different weather conditions becomes second nature.

Despite the weather, we saw around 27 moose in under three days, which was phenomenal.  This bull was very happy grazing the underwater vegetation in this pond and was clealy not affected by the rain 🙂

Technical Details

This images were captured with Canon EOS 1D MkII using a Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG lens.  Exposure settings were 1/250 second at f/5.6 and 1000 ISO.

Lighthouses – Bass Harbor

A beacon for seafarers

Lighthouses are always great subjects for photography, as they often are located in picturesque locations and their architecture makes them stand out from their surroundings (intentionally).

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Bass Harbor Light

The lighthouse at Bass Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine, sits on the rugged rocks on the southern tip of the island.  Of course, Mount Desert Island is best known as the home of Acadia National Park, which is a truly gorgeous park with lots of trails and easy access to many areas, including Cadillac Mountain.

This lighthouse dates back to the 19th century with the original monies for its construction being appropriated by Congress in 1855 and its construction completing in 1876.

On the day that we visited the area, it was nigh impossible to get a wider angle view of the lighthouse without a significant number of tourists in the shot, so I opted to frame the shot with the trees, which I think worked pretty well.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4 lens.  Exposure settings were 1/40 second at f/10 and 160 ISO.