Friday, February 12, 2016

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse.....

Back in the 80's and 90's when I was active in the local camera club, one of the rules for entering a nature competition was the photograph could not show the "hand of man." Any photo with something man made in it would not qualify in the nature competition category, even cultivated garden flowers would be a no no. With the blog name being Maine Nature Photos, I've tried to stick to those guidelines when posting photos but this isn't a competition so I don't need to stick to strict rules. A good example is today's photo, a man made object in a natural setting, it may not qualify in a nature competition but I still think it's appealing. Pemaquid Point is one of the iconic, and oft photographed lighthouses in Maine, but this was actually the first time I ever photographed it.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

Baby Got Back Two....

This baby loon is getting a nice protected ride on its mothers back.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Another Backyard Bird...

This female Downy woodpecker came to visit my suet feeder but landed on a nearby tree before going to the suet.

Friday, January 15, 2016

3 Seconds to React....

This is my favorite photo I took in 2015. I made it last February and didn't post it till now because I saved it as one of my calendar exclusives. The two chickadees posed together on this fallen deer antler for maybe three seconds before the top one flew off.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Acadia Sunset....

Here’s another from last autumns Acadia trip. The first evening there I was photographing by Thunder Hole but I really didn’t like the photos I was getting, the sky was kind of gray and there were a lot of people milling about. I packed up my gear and headed out on The Loop road. I hadn’t driven for 10 minutes when I noticed the sky starting to light up. I pulled off into the first turn off which happened to be Otter Point, by this time the sky was on fire. I hurried and got the camera gear back out and rushed down the trail from the parking lot to the actual point. When I got everything set up and started taking photographs this was the only color left in the sky. Lesson learned, get to a place early and stick it out.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Solitude Can Be Found......

Acadia National Park can be a very busy place during the fall, making this image was the only time I had the whole area to myself. It shows that it is possible to find solitude in one of the busiest national parks in the country, you just need to find the right spot and the right time of day.This is The Bubbles and Jordan Pond. I was hoping to get a picture of the milky way over The Bubbles but it happened to be straight overhead going from left to right. This photograph is a combination of two, the sky and foreground are seperate exposures. The sky was f2.8 for 30 seconds at ISO 3200 and the foreground was a ten minute exposure at ISO 1600. It was very breezy on this particular evening, causing ripples in the water, so the stars were not reflected on the pond surface.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Season's Greetings....

I took this photo last March specifically for posting today. Except for the text, no Photoshop was used in the making of this image.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Time For The Close Up.....

My favorite type of photography is macro, these two images were taken a few years ago during warmer times. I used to do this type of photography a lot in my film shooting days. I still do a lot of close ups but not so much the early morning dew variety. Mainly because my favorite areas are no longer accessible. Houses have gone up blocking my favorite place in Sabattus. Across the street from my home was a big meadow but the property changed hands and now the new owner keeps it mowed. Not much wildlife is attracted to a huge lawn.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Stretched Out....

This image was taken at Reid State Park. I created the panorama by combining four images together in Photoshop. In this case I took the photos horizontally but I should've had the camera in a vertical orientation, that way more of the foreground would've been included. That's how you get better, trial and error.

Friday, December 4, 2015

2016 Calendar Cover...

My 2016 calendar is at the printers and I think it's my best one yet.

Friday, November 27, 2015

As White as Snow....

I wanted to try my hand at taking a bird photo with a clean uncluttered background. All I did was set up a white sheet as a background next to my bird feeder and wait, this is what I came away with.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Happy Trails...

Here's an image I took on the same night I shot for my star trail photo, I saw a few shooting stars this night but most of them were behind me. Most of the time when I see them it's between exposures but I finally lucked out and one went through the frame while I had the shutter open.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sabattus River Star Trails....

Sunday night I went to Sabattus River to try my hand at Star Trail photography. This was my first attempt and it wasn't that difficult. The first thing I did was download some free software that combines all the images called Star Stax, a Google search will find the free download website. Afterward, I just went to Youtube and watched a video on how to use the software, pretty easy. This photo happens to be a compilation of 90 images taken in a 45 minute time span. I would've taken more but I got cold and a bank of clouds was moving in from behind me so it would've obscured the stars. I made sure to point my camera north so I would get the circular pattern, another section of sky and the streaks would've appeared as arcs.

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Is In The Air....

This oak leaf got hung up in my winterberry bush so I photographed it on a frosty morning.