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Tidal Pool 6240 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 03 November 2014 20:35

A tidal pool at dawn, on North Carolina's Outer Banks.

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Dock, Currituck Sound 5665 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 02 November 2014 20:31

A calm morning before sunrise.  Currituck Sound, Outer Banks of North Carolina.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 02 November 2014 20:47
Mount Washington Hotel 9068 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:30

In Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love," we experience a concoction of music and breathless primal sounds that swirl around the room, building a dizzying ecstatic sonic orgy via masterful audio mixing.  Envision the producer running the audio mixing board, sweeping the guitar pick scrapes left and right in the stereo mix, over the escalating grunts and moans, then bringing up the level of the drums for the thunderous climax.  Love it or hate it, he precisely mixes, matches, and places the raw ingredients of a multi-track recording into a stereo mix, assembling his vision, and taking us for one hell of a ride.

Photographers too have such tools on their workbench.  Not every song should be as ambitious as "Whole Lotta Love," nor should every photograph be worked with such vigor.  But I often pre-visualize an image as an assemblage of raw ingredients to be mixed into a final product.  This photo of the Mount Washington Resort Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire is such an assemblage.

I deliberately wanted the streaks of the car headlights on the windy road.  That's easy to obtain at night.  But I also wanted detail in the hotel facade and roof, separation between the layers of mountains, detail in the mountain surfaces, and good separation between the mountains and the sky.  All available only  during the day.  I also wanted an indigo sky - not daylight blue or nighttime black.  No combination graduated neutral density filters would isolate the tones of the sky, mountains, roof, siding, window lights, headlight streaks, street lamps, and foreground greenery to map their tones all in a single exposure.  The image I had in mind demanded multiple exposures made at different times of the day. 

I set up on a good sturdy tripod, in a place where I could leave it undisturbed for hours.  That way, I could make my multiple exposures, all in registration, analogous to different instruments on their own audio tracks.

I started shooting exposures at 3:30 on this chilly October afternoon, before the sun went behind the mountains at my back.  This recorded detail in the hotel and mountains.  More shots at dusk recorded the wispy clouds over the mountains and the indigo sky.  As soon as cars started using headlights, I added a 10 stop neutral density filter.  This allowed me to record streaks of headlights a few minutes long, even though the scene was still relatively bright.  As it got darker, I removed the neutral density filter, and continued making exposures.  Lights appeared at various times in the hotel windows.  I recorded several combinations of lit windows.  With all the pre-planned types of exposures recorded, I stopped shooting at 8:15pm.  I'd made more than 100 individual photos, my raw ingredients.

In the digital darkroom, I assembled selected elements of many of these photos by layering them, and masking off the parts where I did not want a contribution from that layer.  For example, I wanted the indigo sky from dusk, so I masked off the bright sky from the mid afternoon images.  Further, I made extensive use of a "lighten" layer blending mode which took only the brightest, unmasked point from each layer.  That built up multiple headlight streaks, and collected all the lit windows from all the frames I used.

In all, this image was made from a selection of about 10 individual photos, layered, masked, and blended to give me the results I had envisioned.

The scene is the Mount Washington Resort Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Mount Jefferson looms in the background, with the slope of Mount Washington to the right of the frame.  Click here for info about obtaining prints or gifts with this image, or to instantly license and download it.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:03
New Hampshire in Infrared PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 26 October 2014 17:06

Many of us are familiar with dog whistles.  These whistles seem to produce no sound when we blow into them.  Actually, the emit a sound that is at a frequency higher than what humans perceive.  A dog's hearing range extends beyond the highest frequencies that we can hear.  Our canine friends can be trained to respond to this whistle which they hear clearly, but does not annoy us humans.

Like sound, light extends beyond frequencies that our human eyes can perceive.  And in the infrared range, just outside our perception, it causes some cool effects.  With the help of machines, we can record its effects for our enjoyment.

I had a digital camera modified by http://lifepixel.com to largely block visible light, and instead record light in the infrared spectrum. This produces a very distinct look, in which broad-leaf foliage takes on a white, glowing, ethereal look, and clear skies turn very dark.  This is not a new photographic effect.  Very similar results have been available for decades by shooting with black & white infrared film.

While on a two week photo trip to my native New England this fall, I got my first experiences making infrared images, including these five.

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Fourth Iron Bridge, Crawford Notch 1046

The Fourth Iron Bridge, in Hart's Location, Crawford Notch, New Hampshire was built in 1906. It is one of three identical bridges in the Crawford Notch area, and is actually made of steel, not iron. It served the Maine Central Railroad Mountain Division, on a line connecting Portland, Maine to St. Johnsbury, Vermont. It is now used by the Conway Scenic Railway.

Saco Lake and Mt. Jackson 0922

Saco Lake and Mt. Jackson, along US 302 in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

Mount Washington Summit 1235

The rocky summit of Mt. Washington and the Sherman Adams Summit Building. Deer's Hair Sedge, Alpine Azalea, Diapensia, Dwarf Cinquefoil, lichens, and mosses, grow among and over the rocks above the treeline.

Mts. Jefferson, Adams, and Madison from the Top of Mt. Washington 1252

Mounts Jefferson, Adams, and Madison, as seen from the top of Mount Washington, all part of the Presidential Range of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The Mount Washington Cog Railway (front) and Mount Washington Auto Road (rear) cut across Washington's landscape.

Crawford Notch 0911

The gateway to Crawford Notch State Park, along US 302 in New Hampshire, as recorded with a camera sensitive to infrared, rather than visible light.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 18:36
Autumn in New Hampshire PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 October 2014 16:30

As a kid, my family spent spring, summer, and fall weekends at a lake shadowed by Mount Chocorua in New Hampshire.  Although I now live on the wonderful shore of North Carolina, come fall, I miss my native New England.  This year, I was able to return for a two week solo photo trip.  It was a pleasure to revisit these familiar grounds, and to explore and share them photographically.

Please enjoy these ten images.  Prints or gifts with these images are available by clicking the photo or its title.  You may also license an image for your own project.

Little Lake Foliage 0515

Colorful foliage of red maples and white birch at the edge of Little Lake in near Mount Chocorua in Tamworth, New Hampshire.

Diana's Baths 8815

A view of one of the falls of Diana's Baths, along Lucy Brook, in Bartlett, NH.

Sabbaday Falls 8896

The upper section of Sabbaday Falls, off the Kancamaugus Highway in New Hampshire.

Falls Pond and Bear Mountain 0642

A still autumn morning at Falls Pond, above Rocky Gorge along the Kancamaugus Highway in New Hampshire. Bear Mountain is reflected in the pond.

Red Leaf, Lichen 8797

A red maple leaf on a lichen-covered tree trunk, Bartlett, New Hampshire.

Fall Colors 8743

A riot of colorful autumn leaves surround a white birch trunk on a hillside near Willey House, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

Saco River Bridge, Conway, NH 8942

The Saco River Bridge, in Conway, New Hampshire, is reflected in the chilly Saco River on a gorgeous autumn day. This bridge was built in 1890.

Crawford Notch 8738

A colorful autumn view along US Highway 302 thru Crawford Notch in northern New Hampshire.

The Basin, Franconia Notch 0111

The Basin is a 20 foot diameter pothole, scrubbed out by the Pemigewasset River in Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

Mount Chocorua in Fog 0398

Dawn at Mt. Chocorua, as fog lifts off Chocorua Lake. Chocorua, New Hampshire.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:54
Mother Black Bear and Three Cubs 7006 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 July 2014 20:31

While grazing in this field, the mother black bear noted another bear that had entered their safe zone.  After quickly assessing the situation, Momma hustled her three cubs to the safety of the woods.  Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Dare County, NC, near the Outer Banks.

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