Category: Landscapes

Kayak Rentals at Ft. Desoto, FL

Every time I go to Ft. DeSoto early in the morning, this kayak rental shop catches my eye.  This last trip was no exception and so out of the rental car I got and along with tripod and camera walked around with the place all to myself for a good half hour.

This is a pretty popular spot for photographers.  I’ve been here several times and some of you may have gotten a card from Darcy or me of this same shop but taken from the other side.  For those of you who subscribe to Photoshop User Magazine, take a look at page 87 of the December 2010 issue and you’ll see that RC Concepcion has also been caught by this location.

Another shot using HDR techniques, the only thing I really don’t like is the tree growing right in the middle of my shot.  Thought about cloning it out, but decided that was more work than I was up for, even with the new Content Aware Fill functions in Phoshop CS5.  I moved around to several other spots as well, but this one worked best for me, tree and all.  I also used a polarizer on this set of shots, and between it and the HDR there is some interesting flare shaped like a rainbow over the shack.

All in all, 5 images stacked in Photomatix with an exposure range of -2 to +2 from the Matrix Metered f8@160 sec., iso 200.  D300 with a 17-55mm @ 18mm, circular polarizer

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Oakdale Fall Day

Last week was one of those late fall days when there is still a lot of color, even though the local peak has passed.  I drive past this spot every day on my way home from work and it’s one of those scenes that I keep thinking look pretty good and I should try to get a photo or two.  Well, I’m usually tired after work and generally more anxious to get home than to stumble around in the brush, but one day last week I decided to give it a try.

About 5 pm and spots of sun coming out now and then, so I pulled over, climbed the fence headed toward Wachusett Reservoir on the south side of Oakdale, MA.  Got a few frames off before the clouds just blanketed everything and this looked pretty good to me.  I think it would have worked better if the tracks were more in focus, but that’s what you get for not dragging out the tripod for more depth of field.

I really should make the effort to stop more often.  The river comes into the the reservoir from camera left, and I keep watching it on those really oppressively humid summer days right after a thunderstorm.  The arch bridge for the railroad tracks always looks just great with fog rising off the cooler water.  Just have to get out and do it next year.

Nikon D300 with Nikon 70-200 mm @ f 2.8, 1/60 sec, iso 200.

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Barters Island, ME

Shot just after 7 am, this early morning image of the sun coming up and burning off the fog reminds me of just how peaceful it can be at that time of day.  Read More…

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Mt. Monadnock from Route 12

Yesterday, I had an errand to run in Swanzey, NH of all places.  It was an absolutely perfect New England morning and as I came up through Troy this image of Mt. Monadnock was just sitting there on the side of the road.

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The Ice is Starting to Go

A real break in the weather today with the much awaited spring warmup.  It’s New England, so it will be short lived.  At 1:30 in the afternoon it’s 70 degrees, but by Tuesday it’s going to be back in the 40’s.  There is still a little snow in the front yard, but it’s melting fast and the ice on the pond is well on its way out.  A few more days and it should be gone.

This sure is a welcome change from the 5 inches of rain earlier in the week.

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Happy New Year

What a Difference a Day Makes

What a Difference a Day Makes

A light snow this afternoon, and then the sun came out right at the end of the afternoon.  Yeah, so it’s a repeat.  I couln’t help myself and it was such a fresh looking view to end the year with.  Best wishes to all for a very happy and healthy New Year.

This is another HDR shot, set up the same as the other day.  Exposure bracketed at 0, -1, +1, -2, +2 .

Nikon D300, 17-55mm DX lens at 26mm.  Base exposure at ISO 400, 1/200 sec. @ f/8

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Let it Rain

Snowpond in the Fog

Any time after Christmas, I’d much rather have rain than snow.  1.24 inches of rain gave me the opportunity to get a couple of shots this morning.  Had it been snow, I’d have been entirely too busy digging out from under to check out the really subtle colors of winter in New England.  I really like this setup, maybe just because Darcy and I live here but I do find myself heading down to the dock for this picture over and over again as the seasons change.

This exposure is an HDR composite of 5 frames, processed with Photomatix.  With High Dynamic Range (HDR) you take a series of exposures which in this case were 0, -1,+1,-2,+2 from the metered reading.  The resulting composite reveals far more dynamic range than is available in only a single frame exposure.  Tonemapping the resulting image in Photomaix and really booting the luminosity turns a dull, washed out image into a study in narrow color transitions.  OK, so I also cranked a bit on the contrast and color boost using some of Dan Margulis’ Picture Postcard Workflow techniques.

Nikon D300, 17-55 DX lens @ 28mm, Aperture priority and base exposure of ISO 200, 1/320 sec,  f/8

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Now We’re Talking Holiday

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Merry Christmas  to everyone. When you talk about fun for the Holidays, this is what comes to our minds.  Shot last spring at Waterside Inn at the Beach on Sanibel Island.  For right now, this is about as close as Darcy and I will be getting to Sanibel until at least next spring.  Enjoy.

Nikon D300, 70 mm, 1/80s at f11 with polarizing filter

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