Last week I began my annual year in review of my favorite images that I made in 2019, covering January, February, and March. This week, I'll cover April, May, and June. I was busy last spring! I had a workshop in Rockland, Maine, I had a workshop in Letchworth State Park, New York, and then there was the trip I took out to the Palouse and Montana! There's lots to review, but I tried to keep it to only my absolute favorites. Read on to see what I picked!
For the past several years, I've been doing a year-end review of my work. For me, it's a way to look back on the year, remember the various happenings of the year, and kind of collect these images all in one place. Last year I did it as a two part blog entry, but this year, I've been so busy that I have a lot of images to share for my "Best Of", so I've decided to break it up into 4 entries. I'll start with January to March, and over the next six weeks, I'll post the other three quarters of the year. So here it is, my best of 2019, part 1!
I try to travel as much as I can, to photograph as much of this country and this world as I can. While I love what I do, these are most definitely work trips, with a job to be done and a set list of things to accomplish. I thought I'd share what a day was like on my latest trip to West Virginia, to capture the fall foliage there, chase down some historic barns, and find some pretty cool waterfalls. Read on to see what my day was like.
This year was probably the most active I have been in quite a while in capturing the autumn foliage. I started the season in northwestern Maine, continued to Vermont, and photographed a little in southern Maine before I headed off to Acadia for 5 days. But the capper for the season was definitely my road trip chasing the foliage as it moved south!
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days exploring Acadia National Park at the height of autumn. It was an amazing time to be in the park, and I was treated to a wide variety of weather conditions while I was there. I never cease to be awestruck by the beauty Acadia presents, so I wanted to share some of my experience while I was there.
Last week, I headed to Vermont to chase the autumn colors and capture some quintessential New England scenes. While all of New England has a certain charm, Vermont is unique with its small towns, dairy farms, mountains, and waterfalls. Read on to see what I found there...
One of the things I love about Maine is how different each of the four seasons are. Yes, the winters are cold, but when everything is freshly blanketed with snow and ice, it can be stunningly beautiful. Spring is colorful and filled with wildflowers. Summer is punctuated by stunning sunrises and sunsets. Autumn though, is by far my favorite time here. The air gets crisp and cool, and the landscape is filled with color- bright yellows, oranges, and reds. Recently, I headed up to northwestern Maine, near Rangeley, to capture some of the fall color. Read on to see what I got!
Last week at Portland Head Light gave me a lot to work with. Which is funny, because I will often avoid photographing there, for several reasons. But last week? Last week, Portland Head Light put on a show. Here's what I saw...
Fall is my favorite time of year, and I know many others love this time of year as well. The cool, crisp air, the smell of leaves as they drop, the smell of spices and pumpkins, and of course, the brilliant colors of the foliage as the leaves change. I've always loved finding nice spots to photograph and get the brightly colored landscape. I thought I'd put together a quick post with a few tips to help you get better photos of the foliage, whether you're using a camera on your smartphone or whether you're using a camera with interchangeable lenses. Read on for more!
On one of my early visits to Maine, and just as I was beginning to be interested in landscape photography, I visited an art fair in Portland with my then-wife. I saw a photo of Portland Head lighthouse with seas violently churning as a storm moved through, and that photo has stuck with me since then. I'd long wanted to make my own images of Portland Head Light in similar conditions, and this past Saturday, with Hurricane Dorian passing off the coast and high tide due at sunrise, I had my chance.
A week or so ago, I was leading a photo walk to the three lighthouses that mark the entrance to Portland Harbor- Portland Head Light, Spring Point Ledge, and I planned to finish up at Portland Breakwater Light, better known locally as "Bug Light." It was a strange afternoon because the light was in and out while we were at Portland Head Light. Then at Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse, the sky went almost completely gray, and the light went flat. Then it became time to move on to Bug Light, where magic happened.
One of my favorite signs of summer slowly fading is the blossoming of sunflowers. Wherever I lived, be it New Jersey, New York, or Maine, sunflower fields pop up every year in late August, just in time for back-to-school shopping, late summer trips, and the last few warm sunsets. Going in search of the sunflower fields is one of my favorite things to do in late summer. Here's the story of one I stumbled upon last week.
It takes a special kind of person to get out of bed before it's light out, throw their camera bag over their shoulder, and head out into the darkness, only to stand someplace waiting for light. Here's a look into my mind when I do just that.
This past weekend I was at the Art in the Park art festival in South Portland, showing my work. One conversation started out like many others, when the person asked me, "Do you Photoshop your images?" As the conversation progressed, we got more to the heart of the matter, and as I better understood what she was asking me, I thought it would be good to explain things here.
Capturing the Milky Way over a well-known landmark is always fun, and the lighthouses in Maine offer plenty of opportunity to do so. So last night, with the weather cooperating nicely, I headed to Marshall Point Lighthouse to see what I could get.
Every place I've visited or lived has a defining characteristic that leaves a lasting impression. New York City has its skyscrapers. Yosemite has the granite walls of Yosemite Valley. Long Island has its never ending line of traffic. In the Palouse, the defining characteristic is without a doubt, the rolling hills. They are seemingly never-ending. Mile after mile of green, brown, and yellow hills, undulating over the landscape, like waves on an ocean. As soon as I arrived, I couldn't wait to point my camera at them.
On a recent trip to Washington, I was treated to the beauty of Palouse Falls. I spent several hours with a friend, watching the sunset, listening to the rumble of the falls, and photographing their beauty. It was an amazing experience I wanted to share.
Last week I made my first ever visit to the Rocky Mountains. A few months ago I had planned a trip to the Palouse in eastern Washington, and decided I'd carve a few days from that trip and head a little further east, to Glacier National Park in Montana.
As much as I wish it were that simple, my images don't come out of the camera looking the way they do. Much like during the film age, a little darkroom is required to really get the images to look the way I want them to. I thought I'd take you inside my process.
Just over ten years ago, I took my first ever photos of Boston from Fan Pier. It was a beginning of sorts for me, though I didn't know it at the time. On Monday, I returned there and took more time to explore this time around.
I recently watched the Oscar-winning documentary "Free Solo", about the first man to climb Yosemite's El Capitan, without using any ropes. Watching the beautifully shot footage, I was reminded of my visits to Yosemite National Park, and the images I made of El Capitan.
When I posted my image "The Magic Bus" last week on Facebook, the response was tremendous. I made this image four years ago this week, and it remains one of my most unique images. I've also gotten some questions as to how it was done, so I thought I'd go into detail with the process here.
This winter has been a difficult one for me in terms of photography, so this past weekend I headed to the easternmost point in the United States (and even into Canada) to try and find some winter scenes.
I've never been much for photo contests or competitions. I've always been happy with just capturing images and sharing them, and as long as I'm happy with what I capture, that's all that really matters.
In my time as a professional photographer, I've gone through more websites than I've gone through cameras. There's always been something missing, or something that could be better. So without further ado, let me introduce you to my latest website.
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