May 212013
 

Clouds Over Ipwich Bay

Sometimes I feel as though I’ve been conditioned by the great late god of Kodachrome to seek out and photograph perfect blue skies. But here over Ipswich Bay in Massachusetts one evening, as darkening clouds block the setting sun, I feel liberated for a moment from the urge to photograph cobalt blue and puffy-white cumulus clouds. Seeing these shades of grey, tan and pale yellow over the glistening bay I feel freer than before.

If you are looking for a sense of renewal in your landscape photographs, try responding to the darkness.

Click here to see a larger version of this photograph. It is available as a collectable fine art print and as a licensed stock image for commercial use.

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Jun 022012
 

This image was inspired by Japanese watercolor, or brush and ink landscapes. I used the multiple exposure feature in my Nikon to take 3 superimposed images, each at a different focal length with the same 18-70mm lens. In the days of film achieving this effect was more difficult and less predictable. If your camera body did not have a multiple exposure button you had to press the film-rewind button on the bottom of the camera while flipping the film advance lever with your thumb. This re-cocked the shutter, and if you were lucky, the film stayed in place and didn’t jump a sprocket or two.

This photograph is available as an open-edition fine art print or a licensed stock image for commercial use. Click in the image for a larger view and ordering options. Your comments are also welcome here!

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Dec 032009
 

Adobe Lightroom, radical changer of photographers’ workflow the world over, still has some imperfections. Recently, I’ve been frustrated to find that the stack of keywords I assign to stock images are not always exported with the file when using the Export command. I discovered that when clicked in the Keyword List, many of the keywords have the “Include On Export” check box de-selected. I went over and over the Lightroom menus many times, but could not find an appropriate preference setting to use. Finally, I found the cure on the Adobe site.

It turns out that when you import a catalogue from Lightroom 1.x to version 2.0, the default setting is de-selected. However, new keywords created in version 2.0 do have a checkmark. The solution adds a simple Script pulldown menu to your toolbar that converts the keyword library with a few keystrokes.

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/405/kb405074.html Happy keywording to you! Not the great joy of my life.

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Nov 282009
 

With gusts over 40 mph the challenge today was keeping my tripod from vibrating and blowing over. Continue reading »

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Nov 222009
 

Cornfield by the West Branch of the White River, Rochester, Vermont

© Paul Mozell

When photography was in its infancy in the early 19th century, the art of landscape painting was approaching a new zenith. Work of the members of the Hudson River School and later, the White Mountain School,  was growing in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic. Continue reading »

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Nov 122009
 
Rider in the surf

Rider in the surf © Paul Mozell

I make a few trips to the beaches of Massachusetts in the summer but often my best visits are during the fall, when the crowds are gone and the landscape opens up. Continue reading »

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Oct 022009
 
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Quincy Bay © Paul Mozell 2009

Although I’ve lived in the Boston area for many years, this long, rocky Wollaston Beach has escaped me. On my way home from a rather urban photo shoot in Quincy, Massachusetts, I had a strong urge to shoot at least one good landscape.

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Sep 202009
 
"The Basin" in Franconia Notch is formed by the headwaters of the Pemmigiwasett River

"The Basin" in Franconia Notch is formed by the headwaters of the Pemigiwasett River. This is a multiple exposure, each frame at a little more than one second. © Paul Mozell 2009

This weekend I returned to some favorite photographic and hiking haunts in Franconia Notch and found familiar themes and a few surprises, including earlier fall colors and a rugged volunteer trail crew. Continue reading »

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Sep 042009
 

© Paul Mozell 2009

Tall Trees

Tall Trees in Breakheart

Although it’s a mere 12 miles from Boston, the forest protected by Breakheart Reservation is lush and resplendent in late summer green. Once again, I am relishing my new-found photographic toy; HDR, or High Dynamic Range processing. This file wants to be printed LARGE and TALL! My D300 was mounted on a Manfrotto tripod. Five bracketed exposures were triggered with a Nikon MC-20, an accessory I bought years go to use with an N90S body. Amazing, that it hasn’t been obsoleted!

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Aug 242009
 

© Paul Mozell 2009

Old Hollow Oak Tree

Old Hollow Oak Tree

As a certified tree hugger I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been photographing trees since I first held a camera. I think it was the free-form sculpture of the 1960’s and 70’s that I saw at New York City’s museums and galleries that taught me to admire trees for their shape and form. On this sultry, hot, nearly unbearable day in Massachusetts, when a walk of about two miles in the The Appleton Farms Grass Rides (Ipswich, MA) was the most I could muster, I made just one photograph.

With bright sun, strong shadows, and burn-out highlights on the oily leaves of the Continue reading »

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Jul 292009
 

© Paul Mozell 2009

Why do we love covered bridges? Perhaps for the same reasons we love watching the ocean or a crackling fireplace. I’ve been over the Albany Covered Bridge which crosses the Swift River, slicing through the White Mountain National Forest, a hundred times. On this day, accompanied by my 7 year old assistant Molly Mozell, I took a few moments to plant my tripod on the ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and took about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

The Albany Covered Bridge over the Swift River

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Jul 142009
 

Copyright Paul Mozell 2009

Pink Granite and Water

Pink Granite and Water

As a young child I loved playing beside the brooks and rivers where our family camped and hiked in the forests of New York and Jersey. When I discovered Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams as a teenager, those streams became one of my favorite subjects, and they remain so to this day. Continue reading »

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