Harry, overlooking Camden Harbor, Maine.
Typically every June, we head up to Maine for the summer. But this year is not a typical year. Covid-19 has turned everybody’s world topsy-turvy … so for now, we only plan day to day and take nothing for granted, especially our health. And we are thankful for the thousands of folks who risk their lives daily to care for those who have succumbed to the virus. #shelteringinplace #flattenthecurve
iPhone 6 Plus, edited in Lightroom, July 2015.
Sarasota Pier, Florida.
We’re back!! We spent a week traveling back to Florida from Maine with our two doggies in tow, Harry and Lucy. We didn’t stay quite long enough in Maine to catch the beautiful fall colors I see others postling, but nonetheless, I’m happy to be here, even if the weather is still a bit too warm. My first week back, I participated in Jennifer Khordi’s workshop, hosted by our photo club. Our work was focused on sunrise/sunsets, the twilight hour and capturing the Milky Way, although the weather did not cooperate for any Milky Way shots. I had fun, met some new folks and learned some more photo skills.
Beer Can Island, Longboat Key, Florida.
We spent some evening time in Sarasota photographing the John Ringling Causeway Bridge and its constant changing color schemes. I haven’t done much evening shooting so it was fun to experiment as the sun set and the sky darkened. I look forward to coming back to these locations in the future. The Sarasota lights would make a good subject to practice on!
Until next time friends …..
Cadillac Mountain Sunrise, Acadia National Park, Maine.
One of my highlights this summer was to experience sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park. Overlooking the Gulf of Maine, Frenchman Bay, and Bar Harbor, it is the first sunrise in the United States and an important event for hundreds of people who gather here every day to witness its beauty. We arrived an hour before sunrise, walked a pathway to the highest point seeking a spot to set up my tripod and gear among eager folks bundled up in the cold air. In the darkness, you could see other people spreading out over the rocks, others adjusting their tripods. It was certainly a photographer’s event as we all hunted for our spots. Despite the crowd, which seemed to be 100+, the mountain embraced its feeling of quiet.
As the moment neared, a golden, molten glow appeared in the moments just before the sun actually made its appearance.
This image is a compilation of 6 iPhone X images, stitched together with the app AutoStitch, and the app Distressed FX+ for the final texture.
Acadia, Boulder Beach in early morning.
Recently, I spent several days in Acadia with the hopes of capturing some great sunrises and sunsets. Last year on our visit to Acadia, the weather wasn’t the best so I was pleased when I saw we were going to have great weather. I did the typical sunrise trek to Cadillac Mountain for sunrise photos along with about a hundred other folks but the real shots were along the east coastal trail in the early morning hours. The image above is at Boulder Beach with its smoothed basketball-size boulders that make up the rocky shore. These round, egg shaped rocks made a perfect foreground to capture the rising sun against the distant cliff. I used this image for this week’s assignment of ‘shaped bokeh’. Although, the bokeh isn’t really shaped, I hope at a later time to learn how to do ‘shaped bokeh’. In fact, some may argue that this is lens flare and not bokeh!
Nikon D810, 24mm, ISO 100, 1/30 sec at f/22
Photographers at Work, Pemaquid Point Lighthouse, Bristol, Maine
The 3-day photography workshop that I participated in with Downeast Maine Magazine illustrated to me how I could better capture sunrises and sunsets by using a method called HDR, high dynamic range. It is taking a series of images at different exposure levels (bracketing and best with a tripod) combining them to create a single image comprised of the most focused, well-lit, and colorful parts of the scene. In the past, I would have had to do a lot of post-processing work to bring out the shadows when shooting into a sunrise or sunset. So I was excited to learn how to better capture those scenes. In the above image, two of my fellow classmates where capturing the same sunrise. One with a tripod in the lower right corner and the other hand-held in the upper left corner. I shot 3 images bracketed at +2 stops but in post processing I realized that I should have captured at least 5+ images since I had to do a bit of processing to bring up the shadows in the rocks. That probably would not have been necessary had I given myself more images to work with.
Nikon d810, Tamron 24-70 lens, 26mm, ISO 200, f/11,
June Beetle on Cacti Flower, Selby Botanical Garden, Sarasota
I have done very little macro photography but when we planned our visit to Selby Gardens, I thought it might be the perfect place to experiment. I didn’t take my tripod and I quickly discovered that it’s almost impossible to capture a sharp image without one when doing macro shots. But it was fun … learning and experimenting with the light and my camera settings but I’ve got a long way to go to capture good macro shots!
This was captured with my Nikon D810, 60mm, edited in Lightroom.
Lioness, Ngala Wildlife Preserve, South Africa
This lioness from the Birmingham pride had just risen from her suckling cubs when I noticed the wound on her nose, probably caused from a scrap with another lion. It’s a wild wild world they live in with no guarantees that they will see tomorrow.