Photographs by Frank

12 February 2020

Canterbury Shaker Village Redux

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Frank @ 11:04 PM

Today, I made a return visit to Canterbury Shaker Village. After my first visit I felt that there were more photographs to be made. I still think that this is true even after a second visit. We’ll see.

The large majority of the photographs I make with the camera obscura are intended to be black and white. In my mind monochrome is just part of the “feel” of these images.

However, every once in a while, an image just begs to be left as a color photograph. This was the case today. The yellow of the Ministry Shop in contrast with the blue sky was just too much to lose!

Anyway, here are a few of the photos I made today. The last one was made in Canterbury Center; a few miles from the Shaker Village.

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Dwelling House, Canterbury Shaker Village
Dwelling House, Canterbury Shaker Village
Sone Wall, Canterbury Shaker Village
Sone Wall, Canterbury Shaker Village
Garden Barn & Shed, Canterbury Shaker Village
Garden Barn & Shed, Canterbury Shaker Village
Meeting House (right) and Ministry Shop (left), Canterbury Shaker Village
Meeting House (right) and Ministry Shop (left), Canterbury Shaker Village
Church, Canterbury Center
Church, Canterbury Center

5 February 2020

Two from South Elmwood Road

Filed under: Landscapes — Frank @ 9:00 PM

Yesterday, on my way to Peterborough, I swung by Elmwood. I suspected that the light might be good for a photograph of my favorite hand pump. I was not disappointed.

Although I have made photographs of this pump on at least two other occasions over the past couple of months, none of the photographs were exactly what I had in mind. Yesterday the light and the clouds came together and I was able to make the photograph I had in my head.

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The Pump
The Pump
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain

4 February 2020

Chichester & Canterbury

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Winter — Frank @ 12:05 PM

A few weeks ago, I passed through Chichester. At the time, I was not able to stop but I added it to my the list of places to explore photographically. Yesterday, I returned specifically to make some photographs.

I had a quick sandwich for lunch at the Chichester Country Store and successfully resisted the cider donuts which they are apparently famous for. After lunch, I headed towards Canterbury.

In the many years I have lived in New Hampshire, I have never visited either of the Shaker Villages in NH (Canterbury and Enfield). That changed yesterday.

The buildings are closed for the winter but I walked the grounds making photographs with my camera obscura. The place was deserted except for a young fellow, Dan, who had set up his easel and was making a small oil painting. We chatted briefly, but the light was beginning to fade and he needed to finish his painting so I did not dally. Dan said that this lovely spot is his go to place when he needs peace and quiet. I can see why!

I’ve put Canterbury on my list of places to return to and I think that I will try to get to Enfield in the near future.

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Chichester Barn #1
Chichester Barn #1
Chichester Church
Chichester Church
Chichester Barn #2
Chichester Barn #2
Chichester Barn #3
Chichester Barn #3
Chichester Barn #4
Chichester Barn #4
Chichester Barn #5
Chichester Barn #5
Canterbury Shaker Village Firehouse
Canterbury Shaker Village Firehouse
Canterbury Shaker Village Cow Barn Foundation
Canterbury Shaker Village Cow Barn Foundation
Canterbury Shaker Village Ministry Shop
Canterbury Shaker Village Ministry Shop
Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House and Tree
Canterbury Shaker Village Dwelling House and Tree
Canterbury Shaker Village Orchard Shed
Canterbury Shaker Village Orchard Shed

23 January 2020

Harrisville Again

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 10:00 PM

After my last visit to Harrisville, I had the nagging suspicion that I had missed something… that there were more photos to be had. Thus, this afternoon, I headed back… just to see what else I could find.

When I arrived, I parked next to a red Subaru with adornments one could only find in Harrisville (see the last two photos)!

I made a few more photographs, but I think that I got most of the interesting photos that could be made with the camera obscura the first time.

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Mill Building #6 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #6 (Harrisville, NH)
The Vestry
The Vestry
Mill Buildings #7 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #7 (Harrisville, NH)
Outlines of the Past (Harrisville, NH)
Outlines of the Past (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #8 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #8 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #9 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building #9 (Harrisville, NH)
Stairway to Heaven?
Stairway to Heaven?
Only in Harrisville! #1
Only in Harrisville! #1
Only in Harrisville! #2
Only in Harrisville! #2

17 January 2020

Harrisville

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Tuesday morning I had an appointment in Keene. After the appointment I did a bit of shopping and met my friend Al, a commercial photographer with a studio in Keene, for lunch.

On my way home, I stopped in Harrisville and pointed my camera obscura at the mill buildings.

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Mill Buildings #1 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #1 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #2 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #2 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #3 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #3 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #4 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #4 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building Detail (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Building Detail (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #5 (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings #5 (Harrisville, NH)

12 January 2020

More Local Landscapes

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Yesterday afternoon, with broken and fast moving clouds (perfect for landscapes) and the temperature around 60 degrees F (downright tropical for mid-January and perfect for photographers) I headed out with the camera obscura and made the rounds of some of my favorite spots in Hancock.

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Powdermill Pond with North Pack in the Distance
Powdermill Pond with North Pack in the Distance
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #1
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #1
Pump and Farmhouse
Pump and Farmhouse
Barn
Barn
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #2
Crotched Mountain / Powdermill Pond #2
Meetinghouse & Vestry, Hancock, NH
Meetinghouse & Vestry, Hancock, NH
View from High Street (North Pack and Pack Monadnock))
View from High Street (North Pack and Pack Monadnock))

10 January 2020

Local Landscapes

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 8:30 PM

Wednesday, mid-afternoon, I thought that the clouds were breaking up. I hoped that maybe we would have a break in the cold, gray skies (and accompanying flat uninteresting light) that has characterized the past week. Alas, this was not to be. By the time I gathered up the camera and got out the door the gaps in the clouds were closing up and the snow showers began.

I persisted anyway and made a short drive around Antrim with my camera obscura.

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Meetinghouse Hill #1
Meetinghouse Hill #1
Meetinghouse Hill #2
Meetinghouse Hill #2
Hedgehog Mountain on a Snowy Day
Hedgehog Mountain on a Snowy Day

9 January 2020

Slow Finish

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 10:30 PM

Last year (2019) ended on a slow note. Since we returned from our trip in October, I made exposures on only a handful of occasions.

Here are a few from December…

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Framed
Framed
Ice #1
Ice #1
Ice #2
Ice #2
Ice #3
Ice #3
Should Have Headed South
Should Have Headed South

2 October 2019

2019 Trip — Landscapes

Filed under: Early Fall,Landscapes,Road Trips — Frank @ 5:00 PM

This trip was mainly about the landscape and it did not disappoint.

As much as possible, we stuck to local roads and hugged the coast beginning with coastal US1 from Brunswick to Calais, Maine. We spent time at Acadia National Park, both on Mount Desert Island and on the Schoodic Peninsula.

At Calais, we crossed the border into New Brunswick and followed the north shore of the Bay of Fundy. We spent time at the Bay of Fundy National Park. Eventually, arriving in Nova Scotia, we hugged its western coast and spent time at Cape Brenton Highlands National Park.

Turning back towards home, we explored the northern shore of Bras d’Or Lake on Cape Brenton Island and the eastern shore of mainland Nova Scotia. We turned north towards Turo before we got into Halifax (we like to avoid cities) and then turned westward at Turo to follow the coast again. Heading back into New Brunswick, we retraced our outward bound route down the coast and home. We were gone two days short of three weeks.

We could have stopped to photograph at many more places than we did… we would still be on the road if we had!

One subject that we ignored this trip were the wonderful little churches found in almost every village and hamlet we passed through. Many are perched scenically on a high point of land. One could spend an entire trip just photographing churches. Maybe someday I will!

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Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, Lubec, ME
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Beach, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Nr. Capre Enrage Light, NB
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Surf
Surf
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Campobello Island, NB
Campobello Island, NB
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Surf
Surf
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Pointe Wolfe Covered Bridge, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Laverty Lake, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Watherfall, Bay of Fundy NP, NB
Atlantic Sunset #1
Atlantic Sunset #1
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Atlantic Sunset #2
Atlantic Sunset #2
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Otter Cove, Acadia NP, ME
Otter Cove, Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Acadia NP, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Schoodic Peninsula, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr. West Quoddy Light, ME
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Nr, Corney Brook, Cape Brenton Island Highlands NP, NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Cape d'Or , NS
Hopewell Rocks, NB
Hopewell Rocks, NB

1 October 2019

2019 Trip – Lighthouses

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Joan and I left on our more-or-less annual fall trip on the 9th of September and arrived back home last Friday evening (the 25th). As usual, we towed our teardrop camper and stayed mainly in parks; filling in with nights in commercial campgrounds when necessary.

This year we headed east and north… to Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. We visited Acadia National Park, the Bay of Fundy National Park, Cape Brenton Highlands National Park and many points in between. As is our habit, we stayed off the highways and traveled mainly on the local roads, hugging the coast on this trip.

Thinking that this trip would be mostly about the landscape (and not about wildlife), I brought along my camera obscura in addition to my regular camera gear. This thought turned out to be true. Although we did spend time watching birds in a number of places and whales from shore at the Head Harbor Light on Campobello Island, NB the opportunities to make good wildlife photographs were few.

If one is going to photograph the landscape in this part of the world, one will eventually point your lens towards a lighthouse… or two… or three… or more! I certainly did!

My favorite lighthouse — not for its architecture, but for the people — was the Cape d’Or light in Advocate Harbor, NS. Cape d’Or is located at the head of the Bay of Fundy right where the bay splits into two “forks”. We arrived at this lighthouse one foggy morning shortly after breaking camp and parked at the end of the road.

Getting out of the car, the first thing we noticed was the noise of moving water. My thought was “this is going to be a good place to photograph crashing waves”. Heading steeply down the drive to the lighthouse proper, the noise of the water got louder but there was no surf to be found! The noise was caused by the Dory Rips, roiling currents caused by the tidal movement of water around the point. We had timed our visit perfectly to observe this phenomenon. By the time we left, a couple of hours later, the waters were quiet.

In addition to the lighthouse, we were pleasantly surprised to find that the keepers house was now a guesthouse and restaurant. When we arrived at the light, I began photographing mainly with the camera obscura. We seemed to be the only souls around although there was music gently wafting from the restaurant. After a few minutes, a fellow poked his head out of the door and shouted out to me asking if I was so-and-so. I said that I was not and continued to photograph.

When I was done, I headed into the restaurant to introduce myself. The fellow who shouted out was Darcy, the chef/proprietor. He said that there is a guy who looks like me (scary!) and sometimes photographs at Cape d’Or with a large format camera. Darcy was in the process of cleaning up after breakfast — the overnight guests had left shortly before we had arrived — and he offered us coffee and the last of the four-berry crisp leftover from the previous evening. We gladly accepted and spent some time chatting with Darcy and his girlfriend (whose name I don’t know but who is a medical student at the Univ. of Rochester).

As we went to leave, Darcy would accept no payment for the “leftovers” as he put it. (I’ll be sending him a few photographs!). On our way back up the hill to the parking lot, we met another couple on the way down. They would get no berry crisp… timing is everything!!!

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Bass Harbor Light, ME
Bass Harbor Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape George Light, NS
Cape George Light, NS
Enragée Point Lighthouse, NS
Enragée Point Lighthouse, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Mulholland Lighthouse, Campabello Isssland, NB
Mulholland Lighthouse, Campabello Isssland, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
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Bass Harbor Light, ME
Bass Harbor Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light, ME
West Quoddy Light
West Quoddy Light
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape Enrage Light, NB
Cape George Light, NS
Cape George Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Port Bickerton Light, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Cape d'Or Lighthouse, NS
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
Head Harbour Lightstation, Campobello Island, NB
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