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I get a lot of comments about my watermark. Surprisingly, quite a few people aren’t sure how to create their own. Here, in my latest article for the New England Photography Guild, I explain how to create a simple text watermark using the tools available in Adobe Lightroom 4. I also tell how to make a more personalized watermark, such as mine, using a .jpg or transparent .png file of you brand or logo.

Stop by and give it a read. And while you’re there, take a look at the outstanding work of some of the New England Regions best photographers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Changing Seasons

New England at its finest!

There are four reasons I love being a photographer in New Hampshire.

Spring.

A large moss covered, sunlit rock dominates the foreground of this image of Tucker Brook falls. Remnants of a late April snow storm can be seen on the forest floor. A long exposure gives the water flowing over the falls in the left background a soft, silky look.

As is typical of New England weather, the stream-side rocks and surrounding forest was covered in 6 inches of  late April snow the day before I made this photo. The remnants of which can be seen is the forest beyond the stream.

Summer.

Closeup of the pink cone flower, the orange tipped yellow seeds radiate from the center of the cone. Bright pink petals circle the central cone.

In the summer, sunrise comes too early, and sunset too late, but there are flowers, oh yes, plenty of flowers. Whether in my yard, deep in the woods, or waist deep in a pond, flowers of all kinds are one of my top choices for photographic subjects.

Autumn.

Looking north from the exposed granite summit of Foss Mountain in Eaton, NH, the vibrant Autumn colors show a beautiful palette of red, orange, and golden yellow foliage painting the mountain sides. Streaming pink and purple cotton candy clouds top the scene. Mount Washington and the Presidential range can be seen in the distance towards the upper left of the scene

The colors of Autumn, there is no single better reason than Autumn’s glorious color to live and photograph in New England!

Winter.

The Presidential Range, including Mt. Washington seen in late winter over a frozen Cherry Pond in the Pondicherry National Wildlife Refuge.

My second favorite season, after Autumn, Winter provides some of the best photographic opportunities. As long as you’re willing to brave the cold.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign.

Since I’m not much of a traveler, I went with an “out-of-place” take on this weeks theme.

The rusted remains of an antique vehicle found in the woods. Laying half covered with brown fallen leaves, all that remains is the frame, firewall, and the engine block. The steering shaft still sticks up through what used to be the floor, the steering wheel spokes and rim are long gone.

Walking through the forest you never know what you might come across. For many of you, finding an old car, or what’s left of it, a piece of farm equipment, or even a grave yard, might seem “out-of-place.” Not here in New Hampshire, or dare I say, most of New England.

Found deep in the woods, the remains of an old horse drawn manure spreader sits among the trees growing up around, over, and through it. The large, spoked steel rear wheels, frame, spreading auger, and the front wheels, as well as what is left of the wood siding and floor, is slowly being reclaimed by the forest.

The forests throughout New Hampshire are often a window into the past. You can’t go far without stumbling upon a stone wall, or some other sign that the forest you’re walking through, was once farmland.

 

What may now seem out-of-place, was not always so.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Every Day Life

My Every Day Life.

Part of my every day life, the most important part, my daughter Nicole.

I’ve made several photographs of the Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse in York, Maine.( Along with every other person who has ever set foot in the state of Maine :-)). I’ll never make a better one than this. Nicole and her iPhone, shooting the waves. She is my every day life.

Planning Your Shot With The iPhone.

My latest article for the New England Photography Guild (NEPG), and a reminder on how you can win a free print from one of the very talented photographers of the NEPG.

Click for article > Plan Your Shot With These iPhone Apps.

Billowy pink and purple clouds fill the sky of the silhouette of a lone apple tree. The rising sun peaking over the distant tree line, it's rays bursting forth at the base of the apple tree

And now for the good stuff!

Free print of a beautiful New England scene? Who wouldn’t like that?

How would you like a matted, 5″ x 7″ print of a beautiful New England scene, for free? Just a few clicks of your mouse is all it takes to be entered in our monthly drawing. Each month, one lucky winner, drawn at random, will receive a matted 5″ x 7″* print from that months featured photographer. This months featured photographer is Jane Ogilvie, and as luck would have it, September’s featured photographer is ME!

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No purchase necessary, contest rules can be found here.

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Unrealistic Expectations

Third times a charm.

June 24th, 2012 was going to be the day I photographed sunrise from the summit of Mt. Washington, NH. The mountain on the other hand was not informed of this plan and did its best to thwart the effort.

The tallest peak in the Northeastern U.S., Mt. Washington’s claim to fame is being “Home to the worlds worst weather,” where on April 12, 1934 a wind gust of 231 mph was recorded, a record for the highest wind speed measured on the earth’s surface that stood for 76 years, until 1996 when Cyclone Olivia snatched the record away. The summit is also shrouded in fog an excess of 300 days a year.

Foiled again!

Somewhere in that cloud is the summit.

Not far after we passed the 5 mile mark on the auto road, we were directed to a pull-out, the summit was completely fogged in and it was suggested we go no further. From past experience, I wasn’t going to argue. The first time fellow photographer Denise Ryan and I tried for a summit sunrise, we waited hopefully as the fog teased us with the possibility of clearing. It didn’t. As I recall, neither one of us pressed the shutter button that day. Lesson learned, if the summit is in the clouds, head down.

A tough act to follow.

On this years adventure I was accompanied by John Vose of Jericho Hills Photography. John’s wildlife photography is outstanding, take a look when you get a chance.

Anyway, this year I was going to better last years photographs, plain and simple. Easy right? The first two images in last weeks Weekly Challenge post are from last years attempt at sunrise on the “Rock pile,” as Mt Washington is affectionately known. Shouldn’t be too hard to top those, just be on the mountain for sunrise, piece of cake.

Not so much as it turns out. Remember those 300+ days I mentioned, this was one of them. The clouds obscuring the sun to the east weren’t any help either.

To say I was disappointed would be an understatement, at least initially. The sunrise was a non event, with clouds off to the east all but blocking out the sun, add to that  not being able to get as high on the mountain as I would have liked, and almost all my enthusiasm was gone. My unrealistic expectations for coming away with photographs topping last years was in hindsight, foolish. I shouldn’t have even been trying to “top” last years photos, I should have concentrated on making this years. Looking at the images from this year, on their own, I’ve become pleased with the results. The sky may not be as dramatic as last year, but overall I think the the images are basically good.

In a first for me, I’ve actually included a person in one of my photographs.

Weekly Photo Challenge, Create.

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”

- Ansel Adams

All the photos below were made, “created” if you will, not simply taken.

To me, taken implies I just showed up and happened to be pointing my camera in the right direction at the right time. Made however, conveys the effort that went into the creation of the photograph. From choosing the subject and composition, to the willingness to be on location at 3 in the morning or kneel in an icy mountain stream, all to capture the image you have envisioned.

Moments before sunrise from just below the summit of Mt. Washington, NH

As the sun peaks above the horizon, it sets the sky on fire. Mt Washington, NH

A foggy sunrise over New Hampshire’s granite coast. Rye, NH.

Early light over the salt marsh at Odiorne Point, Rye, NH (9 image pano)

My suggestion to you is to get out there and create!