Higgins Beach Trip

Had a chance to spend a couple days up in Maine at Higgins Beach. On the way, we visited Portsmouth, NH. So, there are some photos worth sharing as a result. At the top is a panorama of Pebble Beach near Portsmouth, along Rt1A near Odiorne Point State Park. Click here to see the Photosynth version. These photos don’t really tell the story, though.

Cairn Art at Higgins Beach Cairn Art at Higgins Beach

It’s a collection of rock art in the form of cairns. I didn’t count them but there were likely 40 or more. Some were as small as a few inches tall.

The next stop was Nubble Light. I didn’t plan to photograph this because I’d been there before and the magic happens early in the morning or late afternoon. But, as it happened, a couple of kayaks came by. I had my iPhone handy so I did what I could. I liked what I got.

We eventually got to Higgins Beach in time to enjoy low tide and the amazingly large beach area that forms. There’s a comforting feeling you get when you look out into the vast span.

The tide comes sweeping in and covers over most of the visible beach here. The water is quite shallow. Continue reading

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June Hike Club Photo Adventure 2012

Many years ago, I used to hike in the White Mountains with a group of friend. We did this each June. We called ourselves the June Hike Club. After about 10 years, I got more interested in the photography I was doing while on the hikes. Then, my tendency to get leg cramps made much of my hiking happen in the seat of a car.

I’ve had a long hiatus since those days, but this year, I managed to get this June thing going again. Instead of the Whites, we concentrated on the Greens…the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Jenne Farm

A good number of my previous images have included weird HDR techniques. I still do this and many of the following images use this technology. However, I’ve moved away from the weirdness. In fact, this sign photo has the most aggressive effects applied. It’s a bit Crayola Crayon colorful, but I find it interesting.

This sign is at the Jenne Farm in Reading, VT. This farm has been photographed by countless photographers over the years. It’s one of those iconic scenes from Vermont. I chose not to include an image of the farm because I really didn’t find one I liked.

We drove down to the Jenne farmhouse to buy some maple syrup and chatted with the owner. I asked him about how he gets along with photographers. He said he was OK with them for the most part. He doesn’t like it when his hay field gets trampled by the photographers because he doesn’t have the right kind of hay machine to scoop up the grass. On the other hand, he likes the contributions that the red box gets. (We made sure we put in some dollars…and we bought a half gallon of syrup between us.) Continue reading

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Wahconah Falls

Once again, the New England Photo Oddities Photography group had a field trip and I was able to tag along and do some work that resulted in a contribution here. The falls are in Pittsfield State Forest in Massachusetts in the town of Dalton. For us here in the western part of the State, it’s a relatively short drive. I had never been there before and was quite surprised and how beautiful the area is. The falls are quite photogenic, too. You can walk up and down along the river and photograph different parts. I didn’t have to walk far to get my shots and was tempted to go further. I think I’ll save that for another time.

I’m trying to wean myself off of HDR grungy looking images. This time, I used a more reserved setting in doing the HDR work. It’s called Painterly and I think it works as advertised. I still did additional tweaking after this step. I can’t help myself, I guess.

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Becket Quarry

The New England Oddities Meetup Group had scheduled a trip to the old rock quarry in Becket, MA. This property is maintained by the Becket Land Trust and contains not just the quarry, itself, but some old rusty equipment that looked like it was just shut off one day and abandoned. Time and weather have taken their toll, leaving the rest to the enjoyment of those to travel there and, especially, to the photo gatherers who like that kind of thing.

I learned that despite the no swimming and diving warnings at the trail head, this is a popular spot for teens to go to jump off the cliffs.

There are lots nature trails in addition to the ones leading to the Quarry’s points of interest. On this day, in mid-October, there would normally be a temptation to photograph all the fall foliage, but this year the colors are off. This may be because of the heavy rains we’ve had recently. Fortunately, there is lots more to point a lens at here.

The equipment that was used day-to-day at the Quarry looks like it was just abandoned as the workers walked away one day, never to return. Cables, derricks, tanks, engines, trucks, and probably lots of other interesting stuff buried in the brush and leaves. The property is open to the public and donations are appreciated (but not required). You can find your way around by downloading a couple PDF maps or, taking a map at the trailhead. There’s enough area to explore to be able to spend many hours, or come back another day. Continue reading

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Photo Trek with Richie and Steve

Had a chance to spend the day (the 26th) with friends doing some photography…

L-R: Richie, me, YIG-ie, and Steve

We started off the day heading west on Rt. 20. We spent a few minutes checking out the underside of the Mass Pike bridge as it crosses the Westfield River somewhere near the border of Westfield and Russell. The next stop was going to be Woronco. (I’m not sure if this is actually a place called Woronco, as in it is a subsection of Russell by that name, or if it’s just Woronco Street. I like thinking of it as Woronco, though. Cool name.)

Here’s YIG urging us to do some photography at this nice place. It has old mill buildings, a couple bridges, a rocky gorge, a river cutting potholes in the rock, infrasturcture decay, and nice scenics. All this is just about 10 miles from where I live. Nice.

We spent a while at this spot. I had been here before, about six weeks ago, with my brother, on a rainy day. We got some nice shots then, but this time, I explored the concrete bridge that is officially closed to traffic. There are gates and road blocks at both ends. The gates are open to allow foot traffic through, so I felt safe photographing from the bridge. Here, you can see that there’s quite a drop from the bridge. (The metal structure in this photograph isn’t the bridge, but was photographed from the bridge.) Continue reading

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Trip To MoCA

My brother, Art, was here for an extended visit and we decided that the best thing to do on a rainy Monday is to go visit a museum. Of course, we don’t go anywhere without cameras of one kind or another. So, my images in this post can provide evidence that this is true.


It’s not that Yiggy goes everywhere with me, but I did take him  for just this kind of shot.

MOCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. It’s in the site of the former Sprague Electric company. (We have a relative who worked for them once and often visited the plant there on business. Now we have some stuff to talk about. Hear that, Bob?) Continue reading

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Middletown, CT

We stopped to meet Ed coming from Newport. He was heading down to Philly and we decided to grab some coffee and say hi. There’s a small park on the banks of the Connecticut River and one of the sculptures was a collection of metal items, including parts of an engine block. With nothing else to do, and iPhone in hand, I thought, “Why not?”

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Yiggy Visits Our New Living Space

We’ve have a new addition to our home almost near completion. Yig came for a visit and made himself comfortable on our new floor.

It should be fun seeing how many places we can find this character.

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I found Kaycie’s Yellow Intel Guy (let’s call him Yiggy), made popular by some of Intel’s processor commercials from a few years back. I had been inspired by some work by other photographers who started using Star Wars characters in the photos. Actually, they made very clever and funny – almost cartoonish – photos. I’m not sure I could aspire to that level, but I thought I’d see how many ways I could use this character.

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An Oddities Visit

I had a chance to visit the New England Oddities Photography Meetup Group this afternoon. I had had a successful morning in Amherst photographically (see my previous post) and I thought I’d see what I could do here with my iPhone/camera as well.

We met at a photo studio in Chicopee and I spotted an interesting combination of window light and a chair. Some of the photographers there were posing for one another using the chair and I noted the way the sun was creating the window light pattern. I had to wait for the photographers to finish so that I could work with the patterns of the window light. I decided to use the chair as a prop. I also had to wait for the pesky clouds to break up and apart enough for the sunlight to come back to recast the nice pattern on the wall. Usually, I give up after a few minutes (clouds can be cruel, sometimes). This time, my patience paid off.

Next, the Meetup organizer asked if anyone wanted to go to the basement to see how cool that is (both in what you see and its temperature). A bunch of us went and, while there, she also took us outside. I made a few photos and saw this set of windows as I was going back into the building.

Here’s a collage of images and, if you’d like, you can click here to download a short slideshow from the mill trip or view it online here…


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