Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Calendar Photos

The theme for this year's calendar is The Boats of Perkins Cove and Waterford Harbor. You can view the photos at

I have about 20 of the calendars printed for family and friends. Unfortunately, the price has risen sharply over the past couple of years, and I'll need to look for a different source for next year. Hopefully I can find a solution where I can also sell calendars online.

I also prepared a PDF file with shooting information for each photo. You can view that document here.

Monday, December 25, 2017

It's a White Christmas!

A nice 5 to 6 inch snowfall overnight on Christmas Eve created some nice scenics in the neighborhood. So before I shoveled or cleaned off the car I walked over to the river and across the bridge to Waterford with my 5D Mark III and 24-105mm f/4L lens.

I almost never use protective filters but since it was still snowing I stuck on a UV filter. It's easier and safer to wipe off a filter than the front element of a lens.

These are all HDR composites, Some are four bracketed files, some are all five. There was no real color in the ones I processed as monochrome.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snow On The Coast of Maine

This past weekend was the annual Christmas by the Sea weekend in Ogunquit, Maine. Saturday's weather was cloud filled as a coastal storm approached and we waited for the snow to start. By mid afternoon it had begun snowing and by Sunday morning, as the skies cleared, there was between five and six inches on the ground.

This was a perfect amount of snow for photographs while still allowing easy walking along the Marginal Way. The entire 46 image gallery can be viewed at Here are six examples from Sunday morning.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Starting Up December

We'll start off December with some shots from Peebles Island this morning which relate to posts from earlier this year. For one day only back in April, I saw a pair of Cooper's Hawks on a nest that, after that day, saw no activity. That post can be viewed here.

This morning a Coopers Hawk being harried by a bunch of crows landed in a tree just above me right at my favorite Eagle nest vantage point. I was carrying my Canon 7D and the 70-300mm DO lens. The second shot is actually at 275mm it was so close to me. Nothing here is cropped.

These shots would have been better if the bird was better lit with a darker background but it is what it is. Back in June I posted about the wooden extension on the dam between Peebles Island and Bock Island which had been washed away. You can view that post here.

This morning the water was really low on this portion of the Mohawk and I think they were diverting the water around another dam so they could repair the wooden extension. In any case, there is a new wooden structure on top of the concrete dam. We'll see how long it lasts before it too is washed away.

I will say that this new extension appears sturdier than the previous version which is shown in the earlier post.