News from Robert M Ring

August 12, 2014: Stormy Day In Massachusetts

Stormy Day In Massachusetts

On July 28, 2014 a tornado touched down in Revere, MA causing a wide area of damage to many homes in that area.  I live about 25 miles north of that but experienced what seemed like torrential downpours and high winds.  That was in the morning.  Later in the day another set of storms came by and warnings were out for even another tornado in the area.  Realatively rare for this part of the country.  I 'chased' the storm clouds as they headed northeast towards the coast from my town.  I ended up in Newburyport, MA to capture some great cloud & sky images.

July 28, 2014: Penobscot Bay and more....

Penobscot Bay and more....

Penobscot Bay on the coast of Maine includes many great spots for a photographer.  Camden & Rockland Harbors are great, Marshall Point Lighthouse is fantastic day or night.  There's so much more to see and enjoy along the Maine coast.  I highly recommend this area for one to explore and enjoy as the Maine coast is full of scenic "treasures".

July 1, 2014: The Great North Woods Of Maine

The Great North Woods Of Maine

Well, Don & I just completed a couple of photo workshops up in Millinocket, Maine.  Our 3rd year of holding a photo workshop in and around Baxter St Park.  Just a wonderful place full of nature and wildlife.  We'll be going back again to explore the area for great scenics, birds & wildlife such as deer, moose & bears!  Check out the workshops tab at the following link.....www.nephotoworkshops.com

June 2, 2014: Dream Road On Chappy

Dream Road On Chappy

I had the opportunity to visit Martha's Vineyard a couple of times in the past two months.  What a wonderful place.  I've added some other images to my web site but this one is a favorite of mine.  Chappy is what the 'locals' call Chappaquiddick Island which is really part of Edgartown.  The moment I saw this road on Chappy I had to take the photo.  Some 'extra' processing helped it to get to the final image you see here.
Search  Marthas Vineyard to see more from this wonderful New England location!

May 5, 2014: Portland Head Lighthouse

Portland Head Lighthouse

We just spent a day on the southern coast of Maine exploring lighthouses, and harbors of Maine.   Portland Head Light is one of my favorite lighthouses (although Nubble Light is right up there!).  The image here in this News clip is my favorite ever of this light house.  We had perfect conditions for a sunset on Friday and on the sunrise the next morning.  And that is often times the key....be there....spend time...to get the shot you want.

April 29, 2014: Exploring Martha's Vineyard

Exploring Martha's Vineyard

We've got a photo workshop coming in a couple of weeks on Martha's Vineyard.  Haven't been there in a long time so we went from before dawn to sunset and explored the island for a day!  MVI has a lot to offer and should be a great workshop with small harbors, little towns, lovely beaches, old stores and so much more.

April 19, 2014: The Great Smoky Mountains

The Great Smoky Mountains

Back home from the Great Smoky Mountains.  What an adventure!  A truly photo rich location for any photographer and I'm glad we went there.  We liked it so much we're going back again next year!  The history, the overlooks, streams, waterfalls, nature & wildlife were just fantastic to see & photograph.  I heartily recommend that if you've never been....you should go.  A great location for anybody who enjoys our wonderful country!

April 5, 2014: Traveling To The Great Smoky Mountains

Traveling To The Great Smoky Mountains

It's been a busy winter so far and now for Spring I head off to the Great Smoky Mountains for ten days!  So, my photography here in New England takes a break.  As co-owner of New England Photo Workshops (www.nephotoworkshops.com) Don & I have our first outside of New England photo workshop!  Should be fun & exctiting as this National Park is the most popular one in the country.  Can't wait to see the fog over the mountain tops.....

January 20, 2014: Snow In New England

Snow In New England

Yup, we got snow.  And more cold temps are coming.  Hey, it's only mid January so we got a ways to go.  This weekend we had our first really wet, heavy snow storm of this winter.  That's the time for photographers to head out and do their thing.  I did.  The roads were slippery and almost treacherous but go slow and get your shots!
I really like snow scenes and always want to get some images when we get snow.  You have to get them while the gettin's good as some winters we may only get a couple of storms all year.  One never knows with New England weather!  
I also went out the next day and found a nice red barn and an old hay rake in the snow besides the usual 'down the road' shots.  Hope your winter is going well!

A couple of more from this snow storm here:
http://www.robertmringphotography.com/photo/taylorsawmillinsnow/
 http://www.robertmringphotography.com/photo/oldhayrakeinsnow/

January 4, 2014: New Year - New Web Site Name!

New Year - New Web Site Name!

After a lot of thought I've decided to change the web site name from one with the word 'Scenics' in it and web address of my 'Scenics' web site to www.robertmringphotography.com.  I've had the logo 'kicking' around for years and just finally thought it was time to freshen things up a bit.  So, the first image I've added to my web site is 'Big One' taken yesterday at Gloucester, MA as the first blizzard of 2014 heads away from New England.

November 18, 2013: Reflections In The Morning

Reflections In The Morning

The lobstermen I overheard in Rockport Harbor said it best: "there's absolutely no wind".  That's a good thing for those guys but Great for photographers!  I traveled around Essex, Ipswich, Rockport & Annisquam, MA one morning looking for still water and reflections.  Got'em!  These harbors are well known to those living on the North Shore in Massachusetts & in particular what's known as the 'other' cape or Cape Ann.  I frequent these locations at various times of the year and almost always find great images. Some new images from that morning can be found here:
http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/essexmarshhouse/

http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/annisquamreflections/

http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/annisquamreflections2/

October 1, 2013: Foliage In Northern NH

Foliage In Northern NH

WOW!  Did I say WOW!?  Living in New England my whole life I've seen many seasons come and go.  And of course the fall is my favorite with great temps and nice foliage.  Now, some years the foliage leaves a lot to be desired.  Not this year. Up in northern NH this past weekend it was PEAK and fantastic!  The plan now for me is to follow it as it heads south.  Ok, I'm off to check out some more foliage scenics.....

PS: One of my favorites from the past week is here: http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/lakefrancisboatdock/

September 14, 2013: Stormy Afternoons

Stormy Afternoons

This past week here in the Northeast has been an interesting one with all of the sunny moments followed by storms and big downpours.  It's catching the light in between that makes all of the difference for a photographer though.  The sunflower field (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/cloudysunflowers/) (not far away from my home) and the 'lonely tree' made for some great subjects with the dramatic skies to offest them.  An old pink house (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/pinkhousewithstorm/) on the way to Plum Island stood out against storm clouds with a small un-paved road leading to it.  A great week for photography!

August 24, 2012: Lubec, ME For A Week

Lubec, ME For A Week

I just came back from being in Lubec, ME and area for a week.  What an exciting photo workshop we just had (www.nephotoworkshops.com)!  I've always been keen to visit that area since I really wanted to photograph the lighthouses there.  East & West Quoddy Lights are spectacular & unique but Mulholland Light (shown here) offers it's own brand of excitement.  Easily seen from Lubec and best photographed in the afternoon this lighthouse offers a different experience when photographed in the morning.  One can see Lubec in the background for a great story.  But this cloud made it one very unique experience!

July 27, 2013: Owls Head, ME Visit

Owls Head, ME Visit

I just recently (July 2013) visited Owls Head harbor again.  This harbor is my most favorite harbor anwhere.  There, I said it: anywhere!  I love visiting this harbor.  Not only as a photographer but as someone who enjoys watching part of the lobster industry at work.  There's always a lot of activity here.  There's always something to photograph.  How can I go wrong?  This past time I had one great visit thanks to the weather this time.  I started out under a bland & gray sky to passing rain showers to a little sun to rainbows to colorful skies.  It'll be tough for Owls Head to match that kind of 'show' again!

July 12, 2013: Monhegan Island Visit

Monhegan Island Visit

Monhegan, ME is a great place to visit.  It's 10 mi from the mainland and has just a few autos (mostly trucks) on dirt roads. The 2000 census reported 75 year-round residents.  It's a pleasure to be able to 'go back in time' so to speak so close to home.  Walking around for a day affords one the opportunity to really explore the island and for a photographer to capture the essence of Maine at its very best.  Looking forward to going back again.

June 7, 2013: Baxter State Park Never Fails!

Baxter State Park Never Fails!

Baxter State Park never fails!  Taking the short hike out to Sandy Stream Pond early in the morning certainly has its rewards.  You'll either see moose on the loose or a beautiful scene before you.  The morning I took this photo we saw both.  If you ever have the opportunity go out to the pond do it....and enjoy nature at it's finest in the wilderness of Maine!  You won't regret it I'm sure.

February 23, 2013: The Nubble Light Project

The Nubble Light Project

The Nubble Light Project: Born & raised in Masachusetts I have photographed Nubble Light on the Maine coast too many times to count!  Going back to the days of Kodachrome to my digital SLRs I use now this is one of my most favorite lighthouses.  It's so accessible for me by car that I can monitor the weather and drive to the lighthouse on a moment's notice.  I hope to make some images that I'll treasure for years to come and hopefully for others to admire as well.

February 6, 2013: Take The Photograph!

Take The Photograph!
I've driven by this front porch many times and never stopped.  There was always some reason.  But this day there was nice light and nothing on the porch but a lone chair.  I stopped and took the photograph.  I wanted something plain and simple and in black & white.  Got it!

January 1, 2013: Black & White and 2013

Black & White and 2013
I've missed a few months with no 'news' items.  My new year's resolution is to lose weight.  Uh, no....wait a minute.....it's to post a news item and new images at least once a month. Now...that's more like it.  Latest image is a Black & White image and you can expect more this coming year.  I've been keen on B&W photography much more lately as digital photography makes it so much easier.  Oh, and it allows me to be more creative in my conversions too!  Anyway, Happy New Year!  Bob

September 7, 2012: Good Harbor Sunrise

Good Harbor Sunrise
I am a co-owner of a photography workshop business here in New England (www.nephotoworkshops.com) and some of our attendees wonder why we always ask them to get up for sunrise.  The photo beside this article is how the day started but the photo at the link here is a great example of why we get up early!  The best light for a photographer is early morning and evenings.  So, why not take advantage of that!  Today was one of those exceptional mornings but if you're not there you won't get the shot!

July 10, 2012: Why New England?

Why New England?
My photography career has brought me to some great places around New England to photograph & explore. Me & my business partner Don T have turned our New England Photo Workshops business (www.nephotoworkshops.com) into a small company that helps photographers to learn about all aspects of photography. Most of all though we (and they) get to enjoy some great locations that only New England can offer. Most of my images are taken right here in New England! I really enjoy doing what I'm doing and hope you enjoy my work! Thanks, Bob

April 5, 2012: Lighthouses

Lighthouses
I haven't posted here in a while since I've been so busy with my company  (www.nephotoworkshops.com) with Don Toothaker so I thought I'd post some of my favorite images.  Yup, lighthouses!  How can one go wrong with lighthouses? They're so 'iconic' and interesting to photograph that it's always something different with the various weather and conditions here in New England.  In order to capture the best that each lighthouse has to offer a photographer should visit the lighthouse frequently and wait it out.  Meaning stay from the afternoon into the evening as the changing light can provide some interesting variations. 

December 16, 2011: 2012 Calendars Available!

2012 Calendars Available!
I'm busy planning workshops for next year (www.nephotoworkshops.com)  but wanted to offer my Robert Ring Scenics 2012 calendar for sale.  These wall hanging calendars are made from very good quality stock here in the USA.  The size is 8½x11 with spiral binding and hole for hanging.  I'm sure you'll enjoy it in your office or home!
Thanks, Bob Ring

September 30, 2011: From The Beach to Foliage

From The Beach to Foliage
Don Toothaker & I just completed a long weekend photoraphy workshop (web site: www.nephotoworkshops.com) on Cape Cod with base of operations at Provincetown.  I've added three photos to the 'New England' portfolio from that workshop.  There's no other place like Cape Cod here in Massachusetts!  But, now we move on to our fall season and prepare for a photo workshop in Vermont.  We've been to Vermont many times and have chosen places that really illustrate Vermont at it's finest.  The foliage should be better this year than last as the state received plenty of rain (arguably too much).  Fall is my favorite time of year!

August 29, 2011: Summer Ending In New England

Summer Ending In New England
Summer in New England this year has been unlike many before it. The sky & clouds have been dramatic more often than not even when the temp is in the 90's.  I've been real busy working on our New England Photo Workshops(www.nephotoworkshops.com) as we grew from 3 last year to 7 scheduled this year.  Don & I have been fortunate to have some great friends join us in the various locations in Maine, Massachusetts & Rhode Island so far this year.  I've added four photos to my scenics web site where a couple were taken during workshops & two were not.  Scouting locations is a year round job!  Am looking forward to the fall as that means I get to go to Cape Cod (after the vacationer rush is over) and Vermont for foliage.  Hope you had a great summer!

April 18, 2011: Morning After A Spring Storm

Morning After A Spring Storm
Just had an evening rain storm here in Massachusetts. Really glad that winter is finally over! I went out the next morning to Rockport & Gloucester to check out the clouds & ocean waves and shot a lot of photographs as the ocean & sky was really dynamic. The message for any photographer is that bad weather can make for great photographs as shown here. The other note is that these types of scenes lend themselves to great black & white images as well.

February 1, 2011: NE Winter & Snow

NE Winter & Snow
Well, so far it has been quite a winter.  The avg winter season snowfall as recorded in Boston is about 42 inches and we've passed 60 inches so far.  As I type this we're in the middle of another storm that will bring 3-8 inches depending where you are by the end of the day.  The news though is about a foot more tomorrow will have fallen.  Two days, two snow storms. And so it goes!  So, for a photographer winter is usually quite gray & boring.  Not the case this year! 

January 7, 2011: Thinking In Black & White

Thinking In Black & White
Winter for a photographer is a perfect time to be 'thinking' in Black & White.  Historically, all photography was originally monochrome (or black & white) so it's really the foundation of photography but all too often it gets left behind.  I enjoy B&W images and especially enjoy prints in B&W.  A good black & white print provides one with the 'classic' look of an old photograph. 

Sept. 13, 2010: September In Vermont

September In Vermont
I know what you're thinking. Why not October in Vermont? Well, yes I'll be in Vermont in October as well. I just went up to Vermont with Don T. to prepare for our upcoming workshop (www.nephotoworkshops.com) that begins on October 8th. Vermont is really wonderful anytime of year and has lots to offer for both the photographer & the tourist. I just loaded 3 new photos from yesterday's trip onto the web site and think that they really speak to a few highlights of Vermont.  One is of an old non-working farm (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/oldvermontfarm/) and the other two photographs of a stream and a waterfall can be found here: http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/texasbrook/ and here:  http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/vermontwaterfallone/.

August 19, 2010: Mid-Coast Of Maine

Mid-Coast Of Maine
Last weekend I was along the mid-coast of Maine working with some great photographers in a photography workshop called Lighthouses & Lobsters Photo Workshop that was run by myself and my friend Don (www.nephotoworkshops.com).  What a great area to enjoy and photograph. Great weather and great locations.  All of the photographers in this workshop worked diligently for two straight, and very long, days.  We even had a chance to enjoy some Maine seafood in a couple of harbors.

August 6, 2010: Highlights On The Maine Coast

Highlights On The Maine Coast
My wife & I spent a week on the mid-coast of maine in late July at our timeshare (Samoset Resort). I did my usual 'thing' and took photos around the area and captured some nice moments. One shows a small schooner returning to port in Camden Harbor (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/cruising-into-camden/).  Another is a photo (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/rain-storm-moving-through-penobscot-bay/) I took from the top of Mt. Battie while I watched a rain storm roll by and through Penobscot Bay one afternoon. The third one I've added is of some boats just before dusk in Rockland Harbor (http://www.robertringscenics.com/photo/lightblue/).  Thanks for looking. Bob

June 30, 2010: NEPW at Acadia

NEPW at Acadia
Myself & Don Toothaker of New England Photo Workshops (www.newphotoworkshops.com) just completed a 3 ½ day photo workshop in Acadia National Park with 11 great photographers.  We hit all of the 'classic' locations in sun & rain but also explored some hidden gems.  This National Park is certainly a joy to behold in any weather and any season.  I can't wait to go back again!

June 20, 2010: Lighthouse Trip

Lighthouse Trip
Started out in the afternoon at Portland Head Light and ended up at Nubble Light late afternoon.  The waves all day were driving into the shore.  Not a common occurrence for a June day along the Maine coast but it made for some great photos!

June 5, 2010: Lupine Time Again

Lupine Time Again
It's Lupine time here in New England and many a photographer are driving to various locations to capture them.  In fact, this weekend a Lupine Festival is being held in NH.  The forecast is for showers & storms but there should be breaks in between.  This shot is a small field a few miles from my home.  I do enjoy the purples and made sure this image really captured the saturated colors. 

May 3, 2010: Visit To Cape Cod

Visit To Cape Cod
Took a drive to Cape Cod in early May where the day started out with rain but the forecast was for it to clear. My photos include overcast and bright blue skies with great clouds for a good "mix". I've loaded 3 other images from the trip to my New England gallery and will be adding more. One of my favorites is the one of the red boat on the sand in Chatham. The area was great with calm waters and really exemplifies what one would think of "the Cape" .

April 10, 2010: Saw A Moose In Maine!

Saw A Moose In Maine!
I was up at the Bar Harbor area preparing for our nephotoworkshop.com  June workshop in Acadia.  Don T & I were taking photos around the Bar Harbor downtown area and spotted this moose on the roof.  He was all lit up at night.  Couldn't miss him day or night!

March 25, 2010: Essex, MA trip

Essex, MA trip
I took a break from the computer (!) and went out to Essex, Massachusetts with my friend Don.  Our goal was to head towards Manchester-By-The-Sea for some coast line photography but we never got past a historic farm known as Cogswell's Grant in Essex.  This 18th-century farmhouse overlooks the Essex River. The owners who purchased this property in 1937 spent more than 50 years of collecting mostly objects with their original finishes and New England histories. We had rain and cold weather until mid-day when the clouds finally broke.  A photo of the Cogswell's Grant buildings is shown here but definitely check out the red barn at this link (www.robertringscenics.com/photo/cogswells-red-barn-in-spring/).

March 19, 2010: Cape Ann Highlights

Cape Ann Highlights
I visited Cape Ann with some friends to take some photos on a great New England day!  We were able to photograph Gloucester harbor while the boats were coming and going.  The morning sun helped as I captured a couple of panoramas of the harbor.  I really like the apparent closeness of the homes to the harbor in the background.  Blue sky and lots of detail were the highlight.  After that we moved on to Rockport and had lunch on the waterfront overlooking Motif #1 (www.robertringscenics.com/photo/motif-1-rev-a/).  While walking around we were able to meet a gentlemen that was carving out lobster buoys made of wood.  He shared a few stories with us about buoys and the fact that wood buoys were 'outlawed' years ago and that he is the only person he knows that still makes them (by hand!).  They were banned from use so that boats wouldn't lose their props if they ran over a wood buoy. A little piece of lobster history there.

March 9, 2010: The NH Circle

The NH Circle
Went with 3 friends for the day to take photos.  We started out in Exeter, NH then to Portsmouth off to New Castle and then to Rye Harbor for a day of photography!  Old barns, farms, rivers, seaside docks and harbors were the highlights of this trip.  One of the early stops was by the Hillside Farm (photo shown here). I really like the shadows from the big old tree while looking toward the farm.

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