The Mighty Piscataquog

The Piscataquog is my favorite river.  I know, weird, huh?  It's an important waterway not only for people, but for many animals and plants that thrive in the ancient glacial habitats along its course. It has 3 branches (north, middle and south), runs for 57 miles with little interruption and its name translates from a... Continue Reading →

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With Unpredictable Results

Fall is one of the most productive...well, if I can call it that, times for me as a photographer.  There are so many things that catch my eye and the season is so volatile that there is a surprise almost every day.  Here's a few of my favorite catches. Early in October things are still... Continue Reading →

The Power of Scouting

Up until recently, I've been a catch-as-catch-can type of photographer.  If I was going somewhere, I took my camera and tried for photos as I went.  Rarely did I return to a location to do better or capture a different aspect of the place.  Now though, I understand what scouting a location can do.  Remember... Continue Reading →

Cedar Swamp and Rhododendron Preserve

Late last year I visited a nearby Nature Conservancy property called The Cedar Swamp Preserve.  Yeah, real romantic sounding place, right?  Well it's got two great things going for it - Atlantic White Cedars and Great Laurel or Giant Rhododendron as it's sometimes called.  This is a small preserve jammed between huge condo developments, some... Continue Reading →

Consequence

The weather and the hordes of mosquitoes have kept me from doing a lot of shooting, but I have been out.  The thing is that the shots don't really seem to go together.  Then I had a morbid thought about some of them.  Poison mushrooms and grave stones.  Heh.  It's ridiculously me and goes with... Continue Reading →

I’m not Ansel Adams but…

An online photographer friend said that he doesn't do much black and white landscape work because he feels he needs the color to be there because it was there.  I agree with him up to a point.  No, I'm no Ansel Adams, but I do like how a black and white photograph can work when... Continue Reading →

More Microscapes

Been working on my microscapes this year.  Experimenting with light mostly.  Including dappled sunlight, trying for some drama and separation.  That's what the sunlight does in the woods, it highlights certain things and shadows others.  It's some of what makes the woods magical, at least to me. Here's one of a medium-sized painted turtle I... Continue Reading →

Black and White Photography 201

The next step along the monochrome brick road is manipulating images once you've converted them and done the basics like cropping, white balance and sharpening.  Sometimes the color palette we're presented with isn't as dynamic in monochrome as we want it to be.  I mean that the gray values of the colors aren't separated, they're... Continue Reading →

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