Landscape Photography Inspired by Hudson River Painters

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.

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Clouds Over Ipswich 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.

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Triple Exposure Moon and Trees

This image was inspired by what I refer to as 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.

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Fixing the Keyword Export in Lightroom 2.0

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.

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Windy Day at Plum Island

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

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Equestrian Action in the Surf: Have Your Camera Ready

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.

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Black & White Panorama On Quincy Bay

I had packed my camera bag planning to shoot only building interiors, and left the polarizer at home. But this was a day that called out for the magic that a polarizer can make, accenting puffy clouds, darkening the blue sky, and cutting through the haze.

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End of Summer In Franconia Notch

Ancient geologic forces carve rivers and streams in Franconica Notch New Hampshire, as early red and yellow colors adorn the hardwoods. Fall may come early this year. I returned to a few favorite photographic haunts to find both familiar scenes and a few surprises.

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Summer Woods

In the late summer woods of Eastern Massachusetts the trees themselves seem to be enjoying the last days of greenery.

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The Photographer Loves Trees

As a certified tree hugger I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been photographing trees since I first held a camera. 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.

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Revealing The Covered Bridge: Pulling out the details of light and shadow

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 on the ancient wooden timbers of this landmark, and take about 5 bracketed exposures of the interior of the span.

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Mountain Streams: Another View

Photographing mountain streams in the White Mountain National Forest

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