Photographs by Frank

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

16 August 2019

Piles of Stone

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

Someone has been having fun balancing stones down by the lake,

I had fun photographing the rock piles!

I wonder how long these sculptures will last.

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Rock Pile #1
Rock Pile #1
Rock Pile #2
Rock Pile #2
Rock Pile #3
Rock Pile #3
Rock Pile #4
Rock Pile #4

Windmills

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 9:03 PM

Those who know me know that I don’t (usually) make photos on assignment. However, when my wife suggests that she needs a photo of a windmill wind turbine for the upcoming Limrik*… well you know!

I spent part of this afternoon driving the roads of Antrim looking for places to photograph the new windmills wind turbines** along the Tuttle Mountain ridge. I knew that I would not find good views if I was too close since the area is heavily wooded. Thus, I took my long lenses (300 and 600 mm) and searched for spots with an unobstructed, if somewhat distant view. I had some success.

I gave Joan fourteen photos to choose from; five of which are shown here. Hopefully one will be satisfactory!

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Antrim Windmill #1
Antrim Windmill #1
Antrim Windmill #2
Antrim Windmill #2
Antrim Windmill #3
Antrim Windmill #3
Antrim Windmill #4
Antrim Windmill #4
Antrim Windmill #5
Antrim Windmill #5

* The Antrim Limrick is our quarterly community journal. Joan is the editor. Consequently, I am the staff photographer!

** A nine windmill turbine, 28.8 MW “wind farm” on a local mountain ridge is scheduled to begin producing power shortly.

15 August 2019

Portsmouth, NH

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Yesterday, I made the two hour (one way) drive to Portsmouth, NH over on the seacoast. I had arranged to pick up an old Epson printer that I am going to convert to use only black inks. (details below, after the photos).

After getting the printer safely ensconced in my truck, I took a walk, camera in hand, around downtown Portsmouth, a bit of New Hampshire that I am not familiar with.

Despite the hordes of tourists, I spend an enjoyable couple of hours. I visited a special NH Art Association exhibit at the Sheafe Warehouse in Prescott Park and a photography exhibit in their permanent gallery on State Street. The sights and sounds of the city were interesting, but I was glad to head back to the peace and quiet of our neck of the woods before too long.

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Memorial Bridge
Memorial Bridge
Sheafe Warehouse (detail)
Sheafe Warehouse (detail)
Gundalow Rigging (detail)
Gundalow Rigging (detail)
Cafe Tables
Cafe Tables
Pilings
Pilings
North Church (detail)
North Church (detail)
Portsmouth Shadows #1
Portsmouth Shadows #1
Portsmouth Shadows #2
Portsmouth Shadows  #2
Portsmouth Shadows #3
Portsmouth Shadows  #3

Warning… photographer talk ahead!!!

I already have one converted printer with a set of Piezography “warm neutral” inks installed; it makes wonderful prints on all sorts of matte papers.

I am trying to decide on which ink set to use in the “new” printer. I’m torn between a set which resembles selenium toned gelatin silver prints or the “special edition” set which emulates the tones of platinum/palladium prints.

Decisions… decisions!

1 August 2019

Poking Around Town

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Summer — Tags: — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Yesterday afternoon I headed to town to drop off some photos for an upcoming exhibition at the library. As I headed back to the truck, I noticed the nice light. There were dark gray clouds (and presumably rain) just to the south. We were clearly on the edge of this weather system.

I was inspired to get out my camera and to poke around the old Goodell Company mills across the street from the library. It sprinkled very lightly and for only a few minutes while I explored.

Most of my non-wildlife work these days is in black and white. However one of the first things that struck my eye yesterday was the wonderful combination of weathered blue paint and rusty hinges on a mill building door. Thus the resulting photo and the next one I made (of a nearby window) are rarities in my oeuvre.

After I finished poking around “downtown”, I decided to head to the Antrim Center and Meetinghouse Hill (the original “downtown”). It is about three miles from the library to the top of the hill.

I may have a need for a photo of a stone wall for the next issue of the Limrik and there are plenty of stone walls on Meetinghouse Hill. Of course, the same can be said about the rest of Antrim… or New Hampshire… or New England! However, I am particularly fond to those on Meetinghouse Hill.

On the way by, I stopped and made a couple of photographs of the Stone Church, where Joan and I were married some thirty nine plus years ago. For some reason, I have not made many photographs of this building.

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Mill Door
Mill Door
Mill Window
Mill Window
Mill Building
Mill Building
Up!
Up!
Stone Church
Stone Church
Untitled
Untitled
Stone Wall #1
Stone Wall #1
Stone Wall #2
Stone Wall #2
Stone Wall #3
Stone Wall #3
Stone Wall #4
Stone Wall #4

18 July 2019

One Intersection — Five Photographs

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

Two dirt roads cross in an out of the way corner of Hancock, NH.

A light rain falls.

So much photographic possibility.

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Crossroads #1
Crossroads #1
Crossroads #2
Crossroads #2
Crossroads #3
Crossroads #3
Crossroads #4
Crossroads #4
Crossroads #5
Crossroads #5

20 June 2019

A Short Drive in the Rain*

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 9:30 PM

This afternoon, despite the rain, I headed out to Tenney’s , our local farm stand. I was in need of a real local** strawberry fix; the first of the all-to-short season.

Of course, I took along my (current) favorite optical tool… the camera obscura. After the strawberries were safely stowed behind the seats in my truck, I decided that the rain was light enough for some photography and thus went on a short drive.

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Bandstand & Vestry (Hancock, NH)
Bandstand  & Vestry (Hancock, NH)
Bench, Hancock (NH) Green
Bench, Hancock (NH) Green
Meetinghouse (Hancock, NH)
Meetinghouse (Hancock, NH)
Dam & Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Dam & Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Meetinghouse (Greenfield, NH)
Bench, Greenfield NH
Bench, Greenfield NH
Bandstand (Antrim, NH)
Bandstand (Antrim, NH)
Coke & Wood Pile
Coke & Wood Pile

* The fourth post today. I think that that is a record!

** We have been subsisting on those inferior substitutes — the grocery store variety — for some weeks now. They are better than nothing, but not by much.

Camera Obscura Photos / River Project

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 1:04 PM

I am a little behind in my blogging…

Last Friday (the 14th) I headed out with the camera obscura towards Hillsborough and Henniker. The intent was to add to my river project collection. Not all of the resulting photos are “river project” material, but such is life!

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Hedgehog Mountain
Hedgehog Mountain
Farm Pond (Bear Hill Farm, Hillsborough, NH)
Farm Pond (Bear Hill Farm, Hillsborough, NH)
Contoocook River RR Bridge Piers (Near Henniker, NH)
Contoocook River  RR Bridge Piers (Near Henniker, NH)
Downtown Henniker / Contoocook River Bridge (from upriver)
Downtown Henniker / Contoocook River Bridge (from upriver)
Coverd Bridge Across the Contoocook at NE College (Henniker, NH)
Coverd Bridge Across the Contoocook at NE College (Henniker, NH)
Coverd Bridge Across the Contoocook at NE College (Henniker, NH)
Coverd Bridge Across the Contoocook at NE College (Henniker, NH)
Jones Road Bridge (Hillsborough, NH)
Jones Road Bridge (Hillsborough, NH)
Riverine Field Near Contoocook River (Deering, NH)
Riverine Field Near Contoocook River (Deering, NH)

8 June 2019

The River Project

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Over the past several days I have headed out four times to explore (photographically) the North Branch and the Contoocook Rivers. One of these excursions was in the morning; the others were afternoon trips, after the clouds began to build as they tend to do in the summer. Clouds can make or break landscapes.

I have learned two things from these explorations. The first is that I think that I am going to stick with the camera obscura for this project. The softness of the camera obscura helps hide distracting details in the landscapes. I also simply like the unique nature of the photographs.

The second thing that has dawned on me it that this is going to be a long term project. In these four sessions, (totaling more than a dozen hours) I have covered the small fraction of the rivers that I know best. As I go further afield the process will slow down further as I will need to do significant scouting of locations. However, I am in no rush.

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Powdermill Pond/Contoocook River at its Confluence with Moose Brook (Elmwood Junction, Hancock, NH)
Powdermill Pond/Contoocook River at its Confluence with Moose Brook (Elmwood Junction, Hancock, NH)
Powermill Pond/Contoocook River -- Crotched Mountain View
Powermill Pond/Contoocook River --  Crotched Mountain View
Covered Bridge Across the Contoocook River (Forest Road, Hancock/Greenfield, NH)
Covered Bridge Across the Contoocook River (Forest Road, Hancock/Greenfield, NH)
Contoocook River: View from Forest Road Bridge
Contoocook River: View from Forest Road Bridge
Contoocook River by the Paper Mill (Bennington, NH)
Contoocook River by the Paper Mill (Bennington, NH)
River Bottom Farm Field (near the Contoocook River, Deering, NH)
River Bottom Farm Field (near the Contoocook River, Deering, NH)
North Branch River near River Road (Antrim, NH)
North Branch River near River Road (Antrim, NH)
North Branch River near Loveren's Mill (Antrim, NH)
North Branch River near Loveren's Mill (Antrim, NH)
North Branch River near Loveren's Mill (Antrim, NH)
North Branch River near Loveren's Mill (Antrim, NH)
Contoocook River Railroad Trestle (Bennington, NH)
Contoocook River Railroad Trestle (Bennington, NH)
Crotched Mountain Across Powdermill Pond/Contoocook River (from South Elmwood Rd, Hancock, NH)
Crotched Mountain Across Powdermill Pond/Contoocook River (from South Elmwood Rd, Hancock, NH)
Contoocook River at its Confluence with Nubanusit Brook (Depot Square, Peterborough, NH)
Contoocook River at its Confluence with Nubanusit Brook (Depot Square, Peterborough, NH)

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