Category Archives: New England Photo Workshops

GET UP EARLY!

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Schoodic Lake in central Maine

Get up early! Do it for a few reasons.  I haven’t got up early in a while so when I did this past week on a couple of mornings I realized a few things.  I realized how much I missed the peace and quiet before the ‘world’ gets going.  It was so nice to be up and out the door before dawn and off towards the ocean.  It was refreshing, soothing and invigorating all at the same time! As a photographer I would argue that early is the best light of the whole day. Yeah sunsets are nice (real nice usually) but a sunrise can’t be beat.  At the beach the other morning were other photographers, joggers, walkers and just folks who drove up to the beach to see a sunrise.  All of that was happening while you may have been sleeping.  Get up early!

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West Beach in Beverly, MA

And of course when you’re up early you should have your tripod.  The light before sunrise will be dim so you want the best image you can get.  Bring along a neutral density filter for when the sun starts rising and the light is much brighter as you may want to get that slow’mo look to the water if your at the beach.  I adjust my ISO to get the ‘look’ I want usually trying to keep my aperture around f8 if possible.  Sometimes I may go up to ISO 800 to get the slow’mo look I like (most folks wouldn’t think so if you’re using an ND filter!). I may drift my ISO down to 100 or 50 when it starts getting more lighter.

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Essex, MA

See what I mean? I stopped by these boats on my way home. Look how peaceful it was! So, ‘Get Up Early’ if you want to get great images. Oh, and don’t forget to take a moment……and just admire the view yourself!

Sunrise, blue sky, clouds, sunrise, Atlantic, Acadia National Park, New England

Dawn At Acadia : Prints Available

Sunrise over the Atlantic at Acadia National Park

 

You Gotta Go there!

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Hey, when is the last time you went to a National Park?  One near you? Or one far away?  You Gotta Go There!  We are SO lucky to have such a wonderful National park right in our own ‘back yard’ here in New England.  I just got back from being there for five days and it was just wonderful.  Of course it helps when the weather is as perfect as it was for us this time.  Perhaps one of my best visits there regarding the weather.  We had great clouds and blue sky with a dash of fog thrown in for good measure.
The ‘trick’ of course is to go early in the day.  Can you say 4am?  That’s what it took to get these two sunrises.
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But, of course it’s not just about sunrises alone at Acadia.  One of my other favorite spots in the park is Jordan Pond.  It’s a great little pond with two mountains at the opposite end with rocks in the foreground. How easy is that for a great photo? in this case I took a photo of an old tree that had fallen into the edge.
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Time for true confessions…..As I walk around Jordan Pond taking photos I have one thing on my mind…and that’s dining at the restaurant there so that I can have one of their signature desserts.  Ice cream sundae Popover.  I’m still working it off……
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But really, You Gotto Go and enjoy our National Parks!

OK, back to the treadmill…..Bob Ring

Acadia National Park

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For New Englanders: If you haven’t been to Acadia NP go!  For those from outside New England: Make the trip!  The diverse locations and subjects of this National Park are just fantastic.  From the rugged Maine coast to a small mountain for sunrises and sunsets to a sandy beach to a stand of birch trees you can’t go wrong. Oh, and I didn’t even mention the deer and all of the various birds that frequent this park.  Check it out!

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Where’s The Snow?

PRNWR, New England, Winter, snow, pink house, sunrise, Newburyport

Where’s the snow?  This photograph above was taken a year ago in February 2015 one of our snowiest winters ever.  Snow around ‘The Pink House’ must have been knee deep.  Going there at sunrise was great to capture a different perspective on the often photographed building in Newburyport, MA.
This year 2016 El Nino is huge apparently so the weather patterns have changed all around the US.  Here’s the ‘Pink House’ this year February 2016.  Kind of looks like late spring to me!  Oh well.  Here’s hoping for some more snow…before it’s too late!

PRNWR, New England, Winter, snow, pink house, sunrise, Newburyport

 

What Foliage?

NEK, Northeast Kingdom Of Vermont, Fog, Sunrise. New England

 

Yup. it happens every now and then. Foliage arrives later than expected. And that’s the 2015 foliage report for you! Vermont as a state somewhat relies on foliage but in any given year it may be lousy or late. As a photographer you can’t let the bother you. Vermont is a great scenic state and one that has lots of photographic subjects to explore and see. So when you’re there and the foiliage is lacking go for other subjects like farms with cows, sunrises and sunsets, little towns, covered bridges and lots more. That’s what we did!

Chasing Sunsets

Now he’s chasing sunsets? Always have!

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There’s nothing more fun and exciting for a photographer to be chasing sunsets! I’ve done it many times and can expect to do it a lot more. This pond is near my house and it faces Westerly so it’s a perfect spot. That’s especially true if there’s no wind and the surface is nice and smooth because then you can get reflections too! Lots of fun. Lots of images. Changing skies. Changing reflections. In a short time.

So, even if you don’t have a pond or lake or ocean near your house…find one! Make it yours! Scout it out for sunsets. Knowing a location at its very best is an important thing for a photographer to do. The more times you go back to a spot the better you’ll be prepared and ready for the next time when conditions aren’t what you had hoped for. Being ready & flexible are important attributes for one to be a great photographer. Ok, go get it….

 

 

Off To The Smoky Mountains

_RMR1415_April_2014_tonemapped-Edit_RMRingYup, off to the Smoky Mountains tomorrow.  This New England boy ventures outside his home area to go with his business partner as co-owners of New England Photo Workshops (www.nephotoworkshops.com) explore the Smoky Mountains!  This image from last year was one of my favorites.  Looking forward to making some great images and working closely with the workshop folks.

 

WORTH THE TRIP…

Don’t you just wish everything was perfect?  Hmmm, maybe not you think.  Perhaps that’s right.
Don Toothaker & I did some judging at a camera club recently and it’s something that Don really enjoys a LOT.  And he’s very good at it.  I like it but find it difficult to do as I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.  Yet at the same time I want to help photographers learn.  So, I ‘judge’ on occasion.  It’s something as co-owners of New England Photo Workshops that we
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know may help our business (www.nephotoworkshops.com) as well by enabling camera club folks to meet & interact with us.
We got some feedback from one of the new folks we had just met. He said that he now knows he needs to learn to evaluate his images better to improve his techniques to get sharper photos based on our comments about his images.  He was going to take more steps to know his camera better and learn how to use it easily.  He even went so far as to say that we were an inspiration and he thanked us for doing what we do.

How cool is that?!

It was and is “worth the trip” to each us when we get feedback like that. We love photography and find things like this experience really rewarding.

Keep shooting, have fun, get the shot and shoot what you feel….

 

Is It Over?

Snow, storm, Salisbury, MA, Sky, cloud

Snow Dune And Hidden Fence : Prints Available

This photo was taken during a week long spell of snow storm after snow storm.  A few clouds here and there getting ready for the next storm!

 

I hope not! Ok, much to jeers from most folks out there I wouldn’t mind some more snow before it’s over! If it’s the end then OK. But I’m glad I chased the snow storms as best I could to shoot snow images through the many storms we’ve had this Winter. Yeah, I’m ready for Spring but I do find Winter to be fascinating in its own way.
OK, real reason why I want more snow? To beat the Boston, MA all time “in recorded history” snowfall amount. We’re only a couple of inches away. Let’s go for it!

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Cape Cod,Snow, Provincelands, fence, New England