On Monday, I meandered home from Peterborough via Temple, Wilton, Lyndeborough and Francestown… I know, it was not exactly the direct route!
On Tuesday I meandered through the western White Mountains… Kinsman Notch and Franconia Notch.
On Wednesday, I had an errand to attend to in Warner… I meandered back home stopping in Bradford Center to make some photographs using my camera obscura.
Here are some of the photographs I made:
White Mountain Landscapes
With the Camera Obscura
Woke up this morning to 4 deg. F and a stiff wind blowing. The temperature finally made it to double digest by noon.
I’ll have to head outside eventually… we need a resupply of wood
Yesterday was not so extreme weather wise. We had flurries most of the day but it was in the high 20s F.
By mid afternoon cabin fever kicked in and the dusting of new snow looked tempting.
I headed out, camera in hand, for a short walk around the neighborhood.
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About a week ago (Tues., 14 Feb, to be exact), I headed to Keene to run some errands.*
I parked in the Gilbo Street lot.
As I returned to my truck, I noticed the nearby snow-covered skate park. Upon wandering over to investigate, I noticed the tracks of a single individual going into the park and over to a pile of stuff on the ground. The pile of stuff turned out to be a memorial for a Pabst-drinking skateboarder.
After photographing the memorial under snow, I pointed my lens at some of the nearby structures.
* I know… I’ve been a bit slow in processing these!
Around noon today Joan’s cousin Liz called to say that there was a barred owl sitting, clearly visible from the dining room window, in a tree at the back of her house.
I did what any self-respecting wildlife photographer would do. I headed out the door headed to Liz’s house as soon as I gathered up my gear! Joan came along too.
These two photos were taken from Liz’s bathroom window with my 300 mm lens. The first was made through the storm window and the second after I raised the storm window. The owl was completely unperturbed by my raising either the regular window or the storm window even though it was maybe twenty five feet away.
I can’t believe that it has been almost a month since my last post.
I have been busy working on my “belfries and spires” project. However, I am not quite ready to “go public” with this project.
I have been out regularly, photographing and re-photographing (hoping for perfect light and skies) the meetinghouses, churches and town halls all over the area. I have somewhere between two and three dozen “selects”… each one a different building. I am hoping for at least forty eight photos total for the project.
The snow (about seven inches a few days ago) has not slowed me down but the cold temperatures (high of 17 deg. F or so today, with a low of -4 predicted for tonight) certainly have. Operating a camera at those temperatures is hard on the hands even with gloves on.
As I have traveled about, I have noticed that many of buildings have holiday wreaths adorning the doors. Duly noted, I have made a few photographs!
Sorry about the lack of useful titles… I recently update both the WordPress software and the gallery software. Now seems to be a glitch in my ability to edit things within the gallery. Hopefully this gets resolved quickly.
Last Thursday morning, I meandered back home from Peterborough stopping to photograph buildings (or, more accurately, parts thereof) in Peterborough, Harrisville, Nelson, Hancock and Antrim.
Warning photographer talk follows:
When one points a camera up, say to photograph a tall building, the optics cause the problem of converging verticals… vertical lines, that are parallel in reality, look like they are converging and the building looks like it might fall over backwards.
This problems can be overcome in three different ways. There are special cameras and lenses with “tilt shift” mechanisms that allow one to compensate for this effect. Digital photos may be corrected (to an extent) in the computer using the proper software. Lastly, there is the solution I used for many of the photographs in this post. Tip the camera so that there are no vertical lines. No verticals, no convergence… Simple as that!
Early yesterday afternoon, the light was nice… soft but directional.
I spent an enjoyable couple of hours in a favorite out-of-the-way corner of Hancock making photos.
I headed home only when the clouds thickened making the light dull and drab.
Yesterday, while photographing stone walls, I noticed that, when the sun peaked out from behind the clouds, the nearby trees were casting shadows upon a nearby granite ledge.
Me thinks that there might be a project in this idea… we’ll see!
Have you ever noticed that folks who put bumper stickers on their vehicles are not usually satisfied with one?
Found in Peterborough yesterday…
I spent last Friday evening and Saturday morning/early afternoon making photos of people at the Antrim 2020 community planning event.
People are not my usual subjects – my father once commented that I was the only one he knows that goes on a six week vacation and comes back with nary a single photo of a person – and I won’t bore you with photos of people you don’t know.
On Saturday morning, after the rain had stopped, I slipped outside for a short break from ‘event photography’; this diptych is the result: