2014, The Best Of?

Looking Back,

                      Memories Of 2014

As the New Year begins I like to take a look back and share my favorite images of the previous year.

Are they my best?

That’s too subjective for me to decide. What they are is a selection of favorites from another year long journey looking through a lens. Most you’ve all seen before, some are being shared for the first time. One or two aren’t even all that great, photographically speaking. The stories that go with them as what make them special.

Without wasting another minute of your precious time, in somewhat chronological order, here are some of my favorite memorable moments from 2014.

(For your viewing pleasure, I’ve included a slideshow of these images at the bottom. Enjoy!)

-10°F, let me get my camera!

Whaleback In The Sea Smoke

Happy Hour begins at Three.


Temp., 0°F. Wind, 40mph. View, Awesome!

Lafayette To Lincoln Winter On Franconia Ridge.

White-out at sunrise? Fashion shoot!

Tracey, Adam, And The Weather In Tuckerman Ravine

Seeing in black & white. For the first time.

Riverbank 2

Getting high with new friends.

Hiking Life

Book covers.

Sunrise On The Boott Spur Trail

Hot air and silhouettes.

Silhouettes, Shadows On A Partially Inflated Hot Air Balloon.

Pink after dark, yes please.

Spending The Night Under Aurora Skies

Looking for fairies.

The Forest Primeval

Dawn in the wilderness.

Mountain Silhouettes. South Twin, The Bonds, Bond Cliff.



Golden mornings.

Morning Gold, Hampton Beach, NH

Lighting the way.

Morning Light At Portland Head

Blue-white and late day light.

Blue Hour In The Land Of Snow And Ice.

A room with a view.

A Room With A View

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Thank you all for being my fans. I hope 2015 is an amazing year for each of you.

A Twist Of Fate.


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.


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.

I Like To Move It – Move It!

It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing.


Been to all your favorite places and taken the same old shots you do every time?

Spice things up a bit and get your camera on the move to put some abstract into your nature photography.

Feeling adventurous?

Do like I did for the image below and grab your camera by the legs and give it a swing.

Tripod legs that is.

But before you do, make sure all the leg sections of your tripod are tight, the camera is securely tightened on the ball head, and you have a god grip on the tripod. Nobody wants to see their camera go sailing into the river, right? A remote shutter release comes in real handy too. I was able to swing the camera and then press the shutter button on the remote, mid-swing.

I had to practice swinging the camera out over the water a few times before I got the look I wanted, but it was a heck of a lot of fun seeing the different results.


River Bend

And if you’re not adventurous (crazy?) enough to go swinging your camera around by the tripod. Just loosen the head and pan the camera from side to side with the tripod firmly on the ground.

Forest Floor

For that matter, you can just hand-hold the camera and give yourself a spin.

All I Wanna Do Is Zoom-A-Zoom-Zoom-Zoom.

Another way to get your abstract on is zooming the lens during exposure. The effect kind of looks like you’ve just hit warp speed.

So frame up your shot and give that zoom ring a twist.



Green Leaves


Tips For Having Fun With Camera Motion.

When creating abstract nature images let your imagination be your guide, but I’ve learned a few things in my experimentation that might take some of the guess-work out of it for you.

1~ For zooming, having the camera on a tripod is going to be way easier than trying to hand hold it.

2~ Stop the lens way down. You want a fairly slow exposure time to allow you to maximize the effect, either the panning/swinging or the zooming. Too fast a shutter speed and the look won’t seem intentional. It’ll just look like accidental camera movement or an out of focus image.

3~ Since the zoom effect will always be from the dead center of the frame, you’ll want to center the main subject. You may then need to adjust the crop for a more pleasing composition. Having the effect start in the center of the frame in every single photo you take using this technique is going to get boring pretty quick.

4~ Experiment. With all of it. Shutter speed, swing/panning speed, and zooming speed. Also try zooming in and out during exposure.

5~ If you are crazy enough to swing your camera on the end of your tripod, make darn sure everything is tight. Especially your grip on the tripod legs.


To see more “On the Move,” visit the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Better Photography Takes More Than A Fancy Camera.

I my latest article for the New England Photography Guild I share a few tips on how to take your photography past the snap-shot and on to creating beautiful and compelling photographs.  

None of the tips involves buying any new gear, except maybe an alarm clock. ;-)

Snap-shot, Mad River Falls

Hand-held, snap-shot. Camera on full auto setting.

Mad River Falls, Farmington, NH

Tripod mounted and set to Manual. Quite a difference.









Through Mist And Fog.


On a mountain path through mist and fog.

Only footfalls on granite break the morning silence.

A stone sentinel the only witness to my passing.


Misty Morning On Davis Path


Mirror ~ Mirror

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Part II

Water ~

The mirror through which the sky may admire its performance.


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