The Last Train, Long Ago.

No more calls to board,

The last tickets to ride have long ago been sold,

Even the rails no longer pass,

Broken in spirit,

Yet not ready to succumb,

Maplewood Depot, Bethlehem, New Hampshire

Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

In the darkness, forgotten amidst decay.

Hidden beneath graffiti and peeling paint.

Shadows of the past lie long in the fading light.

The ravages of time exacts its price.

Nothing escapes.

Abandoned Garage.

If you wish, you may lurk in the shadows of others.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside.

Desolation 

From the inside looking out.

Abandoned garage with sunlight streaming in the broken doors

Abandonment 

The outside looking in.

Part of the clutter of years found in an old abandoned barn

(A broader view of the interior of my favorite abandoned barn)

The Collection

Five Minutes To Sunrise.

Sunrise, and a five-minute walk.

Sunrise over Baxter Lake in Rochester, New Hampshire

One of the things I love most about living on a lake are the ready-made photo opportunities it presents me with.

Even when I have no set plans to go out making pictures, all it takes is quick glance out the window to have me reaching for my camera and tripod.

With less than a five-minute walk bringing me to waters edge, there’s almost always time to make a picture.

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Is there a place close to home that inspires you to grab your camera, even when you had no plans to do so?

Thursday’s Special: Luscious Curves

The lovely curves of an old Chevy pickup. Covered in meticulously laid orange paint.

What did you expect with a title like that, a naked woman?

Every so often the influence of my “real” job rears its ugly head in my photography. It happened again a little over a week ago.

Sunday, August 18th, was a very long day for me. As I mentioned in this postI had gotten up at 1:30 in the morning to be on top of a mountain for sunrise. The Barrington, NH Antique Truck Show just happened to be on the same day. Even though I was running on very little sleep, I couldn’t resist the allure of polished chrome, and custom paint.

About Thursday’s Special.

A theme-less photographic free-for-all for you to share your interpretation of the world around you, brought to you by Paula. Stop by her blog and share whatever photo(s) tickles your fancy.

HDR Software At It’s Finest

Just got even better!

With the release of Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

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Nik Software produces some of the finest creative plugins on the market. Almost every one of my images is enhanced using them.

Here is an example of an HDR image created using HDR Efex Pro, I can’t wait to see what they’ve done in 2!

Lilypadss dominate the foreground looking out over the Bellamy Reservoir towards the setting sun. A sky filled with clouds adding drama to the scene. The suns bright glow appears like a fire on the horizon just over the tree line on the far shore. Faint pinks, purples, and golds ever so slightly coloring the clouds.

Another 12 From 12

This weeks weekly photo challenge theme is “My 2012 In Pictures.” 

Well as luck would have it I had already done a post of my favorites from the past year HERE. Let me tell you, it wasn’t an easy task narrowing it down to 20 for that post!

BUT

Never one to pass up a challenge, here are another dozen, give or take, images from the past year that I’m rather pleased with.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to vote for your favorite image that I’ve shared this year! 

Details and rules (Please read them carefully) are HERE.