This is a photo I took last winter but never posted. My original intent was to go to Popham Beach to photograph the milkyway but the clouds obscured it so I decided to photograph the clouds. The long exposure created some nice streaking action.
I haven’t taken many photos this summer but I went kayaking on Merrymeeting Bay while I was on vacation back in June. I brought my video camera with me and finally got the video edited and posted to Youtube yesterday.
I came up with the idea to shoot this image last year but before I did I saw a photo like it on someone else’s website. I didn’t want it to seem like I was copying an unoriginal idea so I never took the photograph. This year I reconsidered because even though it’s the same subect, everyone has there own way of seeing things. Last Monday after work I headed to Land’s End to take the picture. This is a blend of two images, one with the lens focused at infinity for the milkyway and the second focused on the statue. For the statue I used live view and zoomed in on the head and by lighting it up with my flashlight I was able to see to get a sharp focus. Both exposures were 30 seconds at f2.8, there’s a building right behind me and behind the building there was a street light providing enough ambient light to illuminate the statue.
I have thousands and thousands of photographs that either sit on a hard drive or are in a filing cabinet in slide form. A very small percentage have seen the light of day, I decided to change that. Recently I’ve started working on a 30 year retrospective book project and I’ve been going through my archives, here is one the photos I found taken on Fuji Velvia film. I used to be obsessed with macro photography but in recent years I’ve strayed away from that, I think it’s about time to go back to my roots.
A couple of weeks ago Google announced they were making the Nik software suite free to download. You can’t beat free so I downloaded the software and here is one of the first images I processed using Silver Fx Pro. This image was made by opening up Silver Fx and just playing around with it. There are a lot of how to videos on Youtube that cover the use of all the different aspects of the Nik suite, I plan on watching some so I can take full advatage of the program.
Here’s another example of when sometimes plans don’t go according to plan. I drove to Popham Beach for 3 AM hoping to get photos of the milkyway over Fox Island. Well, despite clear skies when I left the house there was a thin cloud cover at the coast. I did spend a couple of hours photographing the night sky because stars were still visible, I just couldn’t clearly see the milkyway. It was almost 5 Am when I decided to call it quits on the stars but figured there might be some potential for a good sunrise. The clock sprung ahead last night so the sun was not due to rise until almost 7 AM. I went back to the car to kill some time, I wanted to be back on the beach by 6 because on the coast, the sky starts to brighten at least an hour before the sun actually gets above the horizon (nautical twilight). This is just one image of many I took and not necessarily the best, I’ll save that for my 2017 calendar. This is one of those times where I was glad I decided to hang around.
This image is from my first trip to Pemaquid Point a few weeks ago. It was taken during nautical twilight and the sun is till an hour away from rising. To the naked eye it was still very dark but the 30 second exposure at F2.8 and ISO 3200 shows the sun is bright enough to light up the sky even though it was well below the horizon. Also, this is a focus stack of two photos, one with the lens set at infinity for the sky and lighthouse, the second one focused on the foreground rock. The two were blended in Photoshop.