Daughter’s bottle dump..

Well seems my youngest daughter has managed to find herself an old bottle dump buried out in the back woods of the house. She has unearthed a small collection so far. Everything from tiny little perfume bottles to old medicinal bottles and some nice looking Cobalt Blue, and White ceramic cream jars, etc..
Many have names nobody recognize so its interesting trying to research and locate information on individual companies, etc. to gain a little history. Here are a few images I took the other day…I of course will be taking more and better looking ones as time goes by…

a portion of her collection so far..

Some Cobalt Glass
Assume a medicinal type bottle
She even found an old locket with a (raised) horseshoe design. Unable to determine the metal used though, it is real thin and appears and feels almost like an aluminum or tin based metal…
She is eager and excited to get back out there and dig for more.. you just never know what you will find in these old hills around here.

New Client

I know a young man that is into rapping and song writing here in my area and he has used me as his photographer…A client..a first for such a thing anyway… His name is Phill, “DoctaPhill of DoctaPhill Productions..here is a cover shot I did for him the other day.

I have added a Clients tab to my menu as I hope to add to the list in the near future.. Phill has agreed to take me on as his photographer for future events, production shoots, etc.. Thank you Phill… Just sharing some news …

The Gate

This was a shot I did back in March during an early evening. I didn’t much like the accompanying background much so after a few alterations I decided to go with black to pull up the colors of the stone wall and the actual gates. I forget the actual name of the place but it was shot in Monmouth, Maine..It was some kind of fraternal order of sorts similar to KOC, or Masons, etc.. I just thought it was interesting and it gave me an opportunity to shoot something different.

I have always liked the stone wall masonry and style as long as I can remember back. Having been raised in New England a lot of farm lands, counties, etc. were always marked by them creating property boundaries, etc. I like the way the colors and structures play against each other and occasionally you get some really nice shots from cascaded sunlight, shadows, etc.. So naturally I had to stop and shoot off a couple pics of this gated area and stone wall.

Shooting the Moon

  For many that like to “shoot the moon”, as it were… the photographer is so keen and determined to capture the crisp, clear image of this incredible orb they tend to overlook many of the fascinating effects it can create from its light to its cascading glows and shadows. This shot was meant to be taken.. Even though you may not see the clear crisp orb in its best state..ie no lunar or surface conditions, etc.. you do get this great framed orb nestled in the tree almost like a nest was just made for it. I see many images of moon shots that have been altered and this is fine, but how often do we really see a red moon? I know from my part of the country it is an extremely bright yellow, to white and even grey on occasion, but I don’t believe I have ever seen a red one yet in my lifetime….

I like to add interest to my images, if at all possible I will use whatever nature provides and work with that as much as I can even if it may require some manipulation..I think the more one can incorporate with a moon shot the better and more appealing it can be. That is not to say a shot of the moon alone is of no interest… not by any means.I have taken several shots of the moon itself and found some interesting features in each image.

Night photography and especially Moon Shots can be difficult at best under some of the best conditions too. Its not so much the equipment used but the knowledge and application of using what you may have to work with. I don’t use or require humungo lenses, that can zoom to perfection at any distance.. although that would be nice to add to the arsenal, just a simple point and shoot can generate some great night and moon shots just fine. As most know, I use a simple Panasonic Lumix FZ-35  12mgp 18x zoom camera right outta the box and I can capture these kinds of shots easily.

 

The biggest trick to shots like these is to remember speed…. You need to know your settings for Aperture, shutter and have consistent ISO. and the more you practice at it, the easier and sharper your images will become. So have some fun.. get out there at night and try shooting the moon and capture some interest within your shots at the same time… and by all means if you happen to come across a red moon… pleas shoot it and tell me where it is ’cause I would sure like to see one in person….lol…

Of Mountains and Sky..

I took the following shot during sunset hours on 4/4. I noticed the large cloud bank forming and had to grab the camera. The sunlight had been playing with the edges of the clouds and off in the distance was a massive cloud emerging.  The formation began to look a local landmark in New England so I sat and watched as this cloud took shape. I thought it ironic that it began to take the shape of Mt. Washington our highest peak here in New England. At one point it was almost an exact match to the shape and size.. buy the time I had set up the camera and focused in.. it had already begun to take on a smaller version and shape. I did manage to capture a part of it toward the end of the sunset though.

What appears to be a mountain range off in the distance is actually all cloud. Everything from the dark tree line back is cloud cover. But It looks a great deal like a mountain range to me.. so naturally I had to click away….

 

Open Discussion – Names & or Title of an image..

What’s in a Name:

I am wondering what peoples views are on the importance of naming and or giving a specific title to an image and what goes into your train of thought as to giving a specific image a title. There are many facets that encompass a photographers view not only from the eye’s perspective but from a train of thought when it comes to composition, lighting, and so forth… but how much time and thought is actually given in naming the piece that was just created. What are the specific things you look for in coming up with a title. More so… why do we name the piece and why is it important to transcribe our thought or vision in that name or title?

Wind Turbine

 
Original image taken on a bright sunny day. I didn’t much like the vapor stream left behind by a jet and the overall color assembly. So I decided to play around with this image a bit. I shot a different sky the other day and thought it would make for a more dramatic look.
By removing the horizon of the sky image and the treeline behind the house and combining the two gives it a more open feeling. I had to adjust brightness, contrast, and sharpness a bit after combining the two to get the overall look I was after.  I then altered it further by creating a charcoal almost pastel look to it… really popping out the smaller details and that of the sky. The finished product….
Interested in your thoughts on this image….feel free to post away your comments, suggestions, etc…