Samoset, Rockport, Maine, Harbor, New England, Coast

As a photographer I need to be cognizant of the ‘quality’ of light at all times. Geez, I’ll be driving my car and looking at scenes and thinking about how good or bad the ‘light’ is! On the mid-coast of Maine there are many opportunities for various types of light and therefore is a great location for photography. I went to Rockport, Maine’s harbor area in the afternoon before the sun got too low so that I could capture some scenes in ‘warm’ light. The dinghys, ropes and schooner was just a perfect location to explore. A little luck never hurts either as the schooner left about 30 minutes after I got there. The scene wouldn’t have been the same without that schooner (named Heron).

Rockland Harbor in Rockland, ME

So, chase the light to get the best shots you can. Anyway, I’m off to chase some clouds in my scenes now! Good luck.

Going back…

It’s been a while since my last Blog! Way too long actually. I’ve been busy with photo workshops ( and my own landscape photography. I’d rather be busy than just sitting around though!

These are exciting times for a photographer as new cameras continue to be introduced that ‘raise the bar’ for image quality and size at reasonable prices. Software is right along beside those new cameras with exciting new techniques to enable great ‘standard’ style images but also to be able to create unique imagery. All fun. End of July we go to Lubec, Maine for another ‘BOLD Coast of Maine’ photo workshop. Arguably one of my favorites and I’m looking forward to be bringing along a new camera with me. How can one go wrong? Explore the Maine coast, photograph Puffins, go onto Campobello Island in Canada! How fun & diverse is that?!

Just came back form the Great North Woods of Maine (another top favorite workshop of mine) where we photographed moose up fairly close along with some great scenery. Mt. Katahdin located in Baxter State Park is one of my favorite mountains and one I just love photographing. If you’re into photography you should check it out. If you’re into hiking you should….check it out.

So, a key point here is in order for a photographer to get great images of their favorite locations they should be Going Back… and going back again! That’s how you get great images. The image here of Katahdin is arguably my personal most favorite one I have ever taken of that mountain. And, trust me I’ve been back many times!

Colors Around Katahdin : Prints Available

This is now one of my favorite images that I’ve ever taken of Mt Katahdin in Millinocket, Maine.  Can’t add anything else!

Anyway, back to work!

Back From Martha’s Vineyard!

Martha's Vineyard

Sweeping By : Prints Available

Slow motion of the waves sweeping by a few boulders along the beach.

I’m back from Martha’s Vineyard after a wonderful photo workshop in a fantastic location. Hard to beat MVI for photo opportunities especially at the beaches. Well, even around the towns too! There’s so much to see & do and all of it just makes me think: New England.

Martha's Vineyard

Sun Rising : Prints Available

The sun rising up over ‘sand sculptures’ at Lucy Vincent Beach.

Back From The Smokys!

The Dogwoods of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just great to photograph and arguably one of my favorite subjects while there.  Simple yet brilliant against the new green grass and leaves of spring.  Hard to beat!  Photographers will use every lens in their bag from wide angles to macros to long telephotos.

Dogwood, Smokys, trees, Spring

The many streams, cabins, scenics, wildlife, sunrises and sunset keep a photographer very busy! But I like it! Worth the trip for someone wanting to see one of our country’s most visited National Parks!


Already planning next year’s photo workshop there…it’s that good:

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 ( 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.


My Best Camera

My Best camera?  Actually there are many that I have had or do have today.  I used to always say oh yeah I’m a photographer and I always want to get the best shot I can under any and all circumstances.
Lynn, MA, Shore, Coast, New England

But you know what?  I don’t always have my camera or any camera with me.  My cell phone? Yikes! Do I really want to use my cell phone to get shots like this ‘Big Rock’? Ah, no.  I have a few great cameras.  They range from 16 megapixels to 36 megapixels.  I don’t have them with me all of the time.  Maybe I should.  I splurged and got myself a small point’n shoot to have in my jacket pocket.  And you know what?  Without it I could never have got an image like the one above or the one here:

Lynn, MA, Walkway, Shore, New England

So, I know you know this but it bears repeating:

The Best camera you have as a Photographer (you did say you’re a photographer, right?!) is the one you have with you!  If you can – have one with you….always……


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
know may help our business ( 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!

Cape Cod,Snow, Provincelands, fence, New England


New Blog And New Gallery!


Well, I’ve finally done it > started a blog for my web site! I hope to talk about various things that will include workshops, photo shoots, images, how-tos and much more as I get this thing started! Stay tuned for blog posts along the way.

Other News is that I’ve created a new Gallery on my web site. I know. About time. But anyway I’ve called it Fine Art. And of course that could bring up another argument such as what is Fine Art? I’m not gonna go there if you don’t mind. At least not for today. Here’s the link to it if you’d like to check it out:

So, that’s enough News for one day: New Blog And a new Gallery called Fine Art
Thanks, Bob Ring