Friday, July 24, 2015

Eagle Lift Off...

This image was taken in Lubec, ME. Moments before the shot the eagle was sitting on the rail of the boat.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Night TIme is The Right Time.....

Sometimes plans don’t go according to plan. I originally had the idea of taking photos of the milky way with black eyed susans as a foreground subject. Well, the lights of Freeport and clouds washed that idea out. Instead I just pointed the camera to a darker section of sky (the west) and got this photo instead. This image is a focus stack of two photos, one focused on the sky, the other on the foreground flowers and blended in Photoshop. The sky exposure was 25 seconds at f2.8, ISO 1600 and the flowers, 30 secs @ f2.8 and the same ISO but for the flowers I used my headlamp to skim light onto them. The lens was the Canon 16-35 2.8L on my 7D Mark II. After shooting the daisys I learned not much light is needed, I just move the beam from my headlamp across the flowers for about a second or two. I discovered if you shine the light for too long on one area you tend to get a too bright, spotlight effect. I like the way the long sky exposure cause the clouds to streak, adding a little something extra to the photo.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Machias Seal Island.....

Here are some of the puffin photos I took during last months vacation. This actually made the seventh time I've been on the island, the first time being back in the 80's. The downeast area has a lot to offer in the way of photography so puffins are not the only attraction. The birds were still incubating the eggs so if I do this trip again I'll go later in the season. The puffins will be feeding the young and there's a better chance of getting photos of the adults with fish in their bills.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Wait Is Worth It....

This photo was taken during vacation. It was a very beautiful sunset in Lubec and of course there were tourists there taking photos and selfies with the sun setting in the background. In typical tourist fashion though, as soon as the sun set below the horizon, everyone left. The best colors of sunset usually happen 20 minutes to a half hour after the sun disappears. As you can see here, waiting it out paid off.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Daisys By Night....

The other night the northern lights were visible in Maine. I wasn't out with my camera that night but I read some Facebook chatter the lights were going to make another appearance on Wednesday night. When I got out of work I grabbed my camera and took a drive to Sabattus River, the aurora was a no show but I did get this image of a batch of daisys. There was a half moon out so the milky way didn't show up as brilliantly as it did last Friday. This time of year and the time of night I was out, the milky way shows up best looking south, I was looking north hoping to spot the northern lights. As for the daisys, I used my headlamp to skim a little light onto the blossoms.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Attempt.....

The internet has been inundated with Milky Way photos lately but here's my first attempt taken last night at Reid State Park.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Younsters are Hungry...

Every year I have birds nesting in the nest box I built. I’ve had tree swallows nesting in it but most of the time it’s chickadees. This year a pair of titmice took up residence. Right now they are actively feeding their young. I took this photo a couple of days ago as the adult paused before going into the box to feed the little ones. I’m loving the 7D Mark II.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Different Perspective....

We've all seen many photos of loons, usually taken from the side or head on, I've taken a lot myself. I have to say this is one of my favorites because of it's different and uncommon angle.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Dew Season is Here....

Before sunrise is the best time for these type of photos.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Baby Got Back...

Soon it'll be time to photograph the loons again.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pineland Farms....

A place I like to visit is Pineland Farms in New Gloucestor. They have a wonderful flower garden, it's very accesible and a good place to practice your flower photography. These images were taken last summer and I'm looking forward to going back again.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Abandoned Beach...

I took this image a couple of years ago at Reid State Park, it was taken during my favorite time to go to the beach, when no one else is there. This was the morning after a full moon and you can just make out the moon, through the haze, on the top of the photo just right of center. It was a very hot and humid day so later on this beach had wall to wall people on it.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's National Wildflower Week....

This was taken by Sabattus River after an evening of fog.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mellow Yellow....

The forsythias are finally blooming around here. The bright yellow is a welcome sight after a long, cold winter.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

It's Earth Day...

Celebrate the beauty all around us.