Autumn Livery

Ever-changing, Nature adapts

In New England there are few more sights spectacular than the color of the trees during the Autumn season; during a good year, vibrant red, yellow and orange hues contrast the remaining green leaves and evergreens across the landscape.

Autumn’s Colors

Yoga Tree is no stranger to the changing seasons and is adapting nicely from the vibrant greens of Spring and Summer to Autumn’s more earthly color palette.

This image was taken in October of 2014 with an iPhone 5s (many generations since then!). I did a re-edit of the image in Luminar AI using a template that I developed for some of the Kinderdijk images. Final touch-ups were done in Adobe Photoshop.

Autumnal Gold at Dawn

Gold remains as Autumn persists.

Getting great light early in the morning is always a blessing and leads to beautiful images. Getting a gorgeous cloud cover to go with that light puts a great big smile on my face…

Autumnal Gold at Dawn

Some stubborn leaves remain attached to Yoga Tree on this chilly November morning in 2013; she is getting prepared for Winter’s cold grip and looks striking against a magnificent cloud cover.

The Early Bird…

Sometimes, the early bird gets the shot!

Sunrise and sunsets are always fun to photograph, and for the reason of not having to get up early, I prefer sunsets or winter sunrises. I’m sure that many of you agree that the end of a good night’s sleep includes waking up when you can see the Sun’s warming rays.

On the East coast of the United States, there is one place where capturing the sunrise is almost a ritual, as it boasts being the first point of the continental states to see the sun rise. Cadillac Mountain in Maine sits on Mount Desert Island in Acadia National Park. As it rises to 1,530 feet (466 meters), the sunrise view from the top is pretty early…

Watching the Sun rise

This shot was captured about 30 minutes past sunrise, as I caught these sun worshippers admiring the copper orb. The sun rose around 4:46 a.m. on that day, and provided some magic…

First Glimpse

We were the early birds on that June day, as we found a spot around 4 a.m., and it was worth experiencing this bit of magic!

Morning’s Warm Promise

Warmer days are in our future!

The cold of Winter and its short days and long nights might cause our spirits to flag a bit from time to time. At those times, we can count on Mother Nature to cause these spirits to rise up again…

Morning’s Warm Promise

On this particular morning, the cold grip of Winter was trying to hold on a bit longer; looking across the snow-covered fields and seeing the rose-fingered dawn extend her reach across the sky, my heart knew that warmer days lay ahead.

There’s still more of Winter coming in the Northern Hemisphere, which also brings us ever-closer to the first hopeful days of Spring!

Neon Daybreak

As the Neon Day Breaks

One of the fun parts of going through my collection of Yoga Tree images is seeing what ideas are created now, as opposed to how I saw this more than 8 years ago. I’ve made in-roads into organizing this collection of nearly 500 images and found this one inspiring…

Neon Daybreak

As I have more tools in my arsenal than I did back when I captured this image, I happened upon a Luminar AI template that provided a great starting point: Neon Skyline, which is part of the Artistic Collection. Building on this, I forged my own template that worked better for this image and coined it Neon Daybreak.

This image evoked both a sense of hope and a feeling of futurism, which I think is part of what all of us might experience; I can imagine the next generation of flying machines that might one day cross this sky… will they be support vehicles or terminators?

I would love to hear what thoughts come to your mind when you view this image.

Sunrise at Portland Head

A chilly morning, but worth the effort!

In this second post in the Thursday sunrise/sunset series, we experience quite the contrast over last week’s post. Whereas the weather in Bar Harbor in June was rather pleasant, this morning in March of 2019 was a little colder…

A Cold Sunrise at the Lighthouse

For this photoshoot, a number of us hardy souls met at Portland Head lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. On this early March morning the temperature was about 4F at the time of this capture (6:00 am).

I vividly remember wearing several bulky layers to stay warm and wearing my woolen flip-top mittens, so that I could expose my fingers for the shortest possible amount of time. I was happy that there was barely the lightest breeze, as any significant wind would have been brutal.

At this location, I took my first pre-dawn shots at 5:32 am and the last ones at 6:44 am; for each I took a series of 3 exposure-bracketed shots, so that I could process them for HDR. This series centered at ISO 320 F/10 and 1/60s using a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon EF 17-40mm F/4L USM lens.

Processing for HDR was done using Skylum’s Luminar Neo; I then made use of a template that I have created for Skylum’s Luminar AI software for color adjustments and structure; after that I used Adobe Photoshop to add a bit of soft light, contrast, final crop and text.

Birth of the Sun

When planets align, the universe brings us a new day!

As I’m gathering steam in the re-establishment of my creative spark in photography, I want to revisit some of the series that I have enjoyed in earlier posts.

I’m sure that many of you remember the ‘Yoga Tree’ series of a tree in an astounding pose, photographed against various skies and across the seasons. Let’s make Wednesdays about her!

Birth of the Sun

Just over 9 years ago, I captured this image. It inspired me to think that when planets align, the universe brings us a new day.

Let’s keep our planetary voyage moving forward toward all that is good and inspiring!

A very early sunrise in Maine

During the photography trip to Acadia National park in Maine, there were several key photo opportunities that were not to be missed; one of these is to photograph the very early sunrise atop Cadillac Mountain in the park.

During a large part of the year, Cadillac Mountain allows one to see the earliest sunrise in the United States, a fact that attracts a significant number of photographers to this location, despite the incredibly early hour. The following is one of the images that I captured during this morning session…

Cadillac Sunrise

This was captured at 4:45 a.m. on June 8, 2021, as the Sun is just beginning to show a sliver of its orb above the horizon. The weather really cooperated on this day, as the clouds made for a great canvas for the Sun’s early rays to paint the rose-fingered dawn, as Homer might say.

This image was shot with a Canon EOS R5 using a Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM lens; aperture was at f/9 with an exposure of 1/250s at 800 ISO. Post processing was done using Luminar 4 by Skylum.

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 151

Rising to the occasion!

Welcome to the 151st round up of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!

Thank you for a truly amazing set of Sunrise posts this week! With each new dawn, there were more gorgeous photos and great posts to enjoy. The variety of approaches showed off your creative touch, and I really enjoyed reading each and every one of them!

A big thanks for your effort and I hope you enjoy each other’s posts!

Here’s a sunrise from a number of years ago…

Sunrise over Warfield Ridge

As my wife and I were in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I decided to take the opportunity to get some early morning photography of the battlefields, before tourists would descend upon the locale. The power of these locations around dawn is palpable and left a deep impression on me.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge with links to their posts:

  1. We start with another wonderul contribution in pensivity101, where she shares great sunrises, some of which are from special days!
  2. Brian shares some amazing sunrises in his post in Bushboy’s World; plus there’s some rather fitting music for this week: great choice!
  3. Kammie has some great sunrises in her post in Nut House Central; love of camping helps experience them!
  4. We’re shown the benefit of getting up early in Geriatri’X’ Fotogallery; that is a stunning series of images of the sunrise!
  5. In ladyleemanila‘s post, we are treated to a beautiful series of images silhouetting the city at sunrise.
  6. Yinglan shares a stunning sunrise photo this week in This is Another Story; Capitol Reef National Park looks amazing!
  7. Na’ama’s post in Na’ama Yehuda brings us both an amazing image and thoughtful prose to ponder the new dawn…
  8. A truly stunning sunrise is featured in Land of Images, as the Sun comes up over the Ribble.
  9. Mariola’s post in Little White Pearls brings us a couple of gorgeous sunrise shots from different seasons!
  10. Maria has another stunning photo in her blog KameraPromenader, where she captures the Sun’s first rays in frozen waterdrops…
  11. Sarah’s post in By Sarah features a stunning sunrise over the sea! Truly magical!
  12. Ann-Christine’s post in To See a World in a Grain of Sand shares some amazing sunrises, one of which must have been pretty noisy!
  13. In a lovely post in Willowsoul, we get several perspectives on sunrise; the dog maybe the smart one 🙂
  14. This week’s entry in Chateaux des Fleurs captures several stunning sunrises from altitude.
  15. In a great post in Travel with Tech, we are treated to a gorgeous series of sunrise images.
  16. In a stunning post in Don’t Forget the Half, we get to see a great view of a stunning sunrise from an airplane.
  17. Jase definitely knows how to start us up in great photo in Proscenium; that is a wonderful sunrise!
  18. In a beautiful photo in Fleeting Muse, we get to see the Sun rise over the river Ganga in Varanasi, India.
  19. Penny’s poem in Penny Wilson Writes brings us to yearnings, unquenched, with tension that is palpable!
  20. Ken shares some amazing sunrise photos in his post in Pictures without Film; those look like great places to visit!
  21. Woolly found a trully glorious sunrise to photograph in Woolly Muses; the color and the water are amazing!
  22. More amazing sunrises show up in a lovely post in A Day in the Life; the light on the beach is stunning!
  23. With another great photo in their blog sgeoil, we are treated to a stunning sunrise!
  24. In a great post in Touring with Kids, we get to see sunrise from the point in the continental United States that sees it first: Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park!
  25. In iball round the world‘s post, we get to see the Sun rise at a truly exotic location: the Nile river!
  26. With a stunning photo in David Meredith’s Photoblog, we are treated to a fantastic set of cloud layers!
  27. Susan’s sunrise photo in Musin’ with Susan is truly gorgeous and has great color!
  28. In Don’t Hold Your Breath‘s post, we get to see a sunrise of the salt mines!
  29. Olga brings us some gorgeous sunrise photos in Stuff and what if…, which bookend a wonderful poem!
  30. Debbie has an amazing sunrise photo in her post in Twenty Four; the purples are stunning!
  31. Hammad’s post in the Blog of Hammad Rais reminds us the purpose of sunrise…rise and shine!!
  32. In another fabulous post in Another LQQK, Teressa gets us some great sunrises, regardless of the weather!
  33. In Junk Boat Travels, Jackie takes us to Bangkok, Thailand, where the sun is waiting…
  34. Ulli brings us an amazing photo in Banactee, and the temperature was definitely a bit cold!
  35. Irene’s photo in her post in Heaven’s Sunshine takes us to a sunrise over Mt. Baldy; it’s gorgeous!
  36. Debbie’s post in Travel with Intent is fabulous! The melodic sunrise in Venice is an experience of a lifetime!
  37. This week’s post in One letter UP – diary 2.0 brings us two stunning sunrise images; which one is your favorite?
  38. In a wonderful post in Thief Images Photography Blog, we learn the value of long walks along the beach, with your camera!
  39. Khürt produced yet another stunning photo in Island in the Net; Sunrise over Carnegie Lake is simply amazing!

Please let all of these great bloggers know your thoughts about their posts!

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!

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