Seek The Peak

Summit In The Clouds

 

In a little over one months time I’ll again be hiking in support of the Mount Washington Observatory(MWOBS). Seek The Peak is an annual Hike-A-Thon fundraiser for the non-profit weather research facility located atop the tallest peak in the northeast, and home to the “Worlds Worst Weather.” The highest surface wind speed recorded by man, at 231 mph, was recorded here in 1934. No wonder the old summit building is chained to the ground!

As I did last year I’m seeking your support for this world-class research facility. And, to make it worth your while, I’m again raffling off two signed prints as a reward for your support. For each $10 (U.S.) tax-deductible donation made through my personal fundraising page  your name will be entered into a drawing for a signed 16″x24″ print of any of the photos found on my website.

That’s right, you as the winner gets to choose your prize!

But there’s more. For the person making the largest donation*(see the not so fine print below), you will automatically receive a signed 20″x30″ canvas gallery wrap of the image of your choice. Simple, make a big donation, take home a big print, no taking chances your name whether or not will be drawn.

*The not so fine print. The signed print is available to anyone worldwide. Sadly the signed canvas for the largest donation can only be shipped to the U.S. and Canada.

 

Please consider making your donation today.

Thank you, and see you at the summit!

Here’s a slide show of images made during last years hike.

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Photographing Sunsets

Sunsets Witness

Looking for a few tips to improve your sunset photos? My latest article  on the Craftsy.com Photography Blog has just what you’re looking for.

A Room With A View Revisited

Sitting high atop Stairs Mountain overlooking the vast White Mountains of New Hampshire.

 

One evening last fall I had the pleasure of staying in a most spectacular and spacious room.

A room like no other.

Its walls beautifully decorated in shades of evergreen and autumn gold, with well placed splashes of crimson.

The finishing touch, a border of distant mountains under a nearly cloudless blue sky.

The cost of this room, merely miles underfoot, the reward for a nights stay, immeasurable.

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For a look at some more equally wonderful rooms, click Here

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second

Tire spinning, fire breathing, two top fuel dragsters launch from the starting line at New England Dragway

 

Things Happen Fast On The Way To 300 Miles Per Hour.

Blink and you just might miss it.

For more Split-Second Stories, go HERE.

A Twist Of Fate.

Twisted

I’m a photographer.

If others are to be believed, a pretty decent one too. Though I still have my doubts.

Yet I fell into photography completely by accident.

Now I’ve sold quite a few prints, been published on a Nationally recognized children’s magazine, have my own website, a fan page, and of course, this blog.

Ten years ago I would have laughed at the idea.

 

I’m uneducated.

High school is as far as I went with my education, knowing early on that college was not for me.

I disliked English class so much that the thought of actually paying for any more in college seemed insane.

And yet,  I’ve been told I have a way with words.

And now I’m being paid to write.

The fine people at Craftsy.com have taken a chance and asked me on as a writer.

My first and second articles.

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Life is full of twists.

Enjoy the ride.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

Art is everywhere.

From the paint on a race car to graffiti on a wall.

Seek it, embrace it.

The Photographers Curse.

The Insidious Photographer’s Ailment.

Curves And Raindrops

When you look at a photograph what do you first see?

Do you see a well composed photograph that perfectly captures the beauty of the scene, or do you see the slightly blown highlights in the water in an otherwise good image of a waterfall?

Do you see a dramatic sunset with an amazing sky, or do you notice a horizon that is almost imperceptibly crooked?

Do you see an excellent image of a city skyline at night, or do you see the digital noise, however slight it may be?

Do you notice the brilliant green and wonderfully patterned leaves covered in raindrops, or are your eyes drawn to the several specs of dirt that should have been clone out?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you are afflicted with what I refer to as The Photographers Curse. 

I too am cursed.

Sadly I’ve found the better I become at the craft of photography, the more severe the symptoms of this insidious disease, the more even the slightest perceived flaw in an otherwise perfect photograph jumps out at me.

Edited to add – I don’t necessarily find these “flaws” detrimental to the overall photograph, a good photo is a good photo after all. It’s that I can’t not see them if they are there in the first place that is the curse.

 

 

Are you afflicted, and are you able to “turn off” the inner photographer and simply enjoy?

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