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.....
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:
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.
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:
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/
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.