Photographs by Frank

3 November 2017

Derelict Truck

Filed under: November — Tags: — Frank @ 7:00 PM

I am a sucker for derelict trucks… they are just so photogenic.

A couple of days ago, I noticed this truck sitting in the edge of a field that I pass by regularly. I never noticed the truck before, but I think that it just appeared there recently. I have no clue how it got there.

This morning I went back back to photograph the beauty… a Ford dump truck of unknown (to me) vintage.

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Derelict Truck #1
Derelict Truck #1
Derelict Truck #2
Derelict Truck #2
Truck Detail #1
Truck Detail #1
Truck Detail #2
Truck Detail #2
Truck Detail #3
Truck Detail #3
Truck Detail #4
Truck Detail #4

 

21 November 2016

Belfries, Clock Towers, Cupolas, Spires, Et Al.

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region,November — Tags: — Frank @ 6:04 PM

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.

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Church, Peterborough
Church, Peterborough
Town House, Peterborough
Town House, Peterborough
Mill, Harrisville
Mill, Harrisville
Church, Harrisville
Church, Harrisville
Library, Harrisville
Library, Harrisville
Church, Nelson
Church, Nelson
Town Office, Nelson
Town Office, Nelson
Town Office, Hancock
Town Office, Hancock
Meeting House, Hancock
Meeting House, Hancock
Church, Antrim #1
Church, Antrim #1
Church, Antrim #2
Church, Antrim #2
Town Hall, Antrim #1
Town Hall, Antrim #1

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!


 

13 November 2016

Washington, NH Again

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,November — Tags: — Frank @ 5:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon I headed back to Washington (NH) to make the photo I had envisioned the day before.

Being Saturday, I knew that the vehicles that were there the day before were not likely to be present. However the light was not quite as nice. There were a few scattered high clouds about but none to the west where they could diffuse the sun light. I prevailed none-the-less.

After I finished at the common (at a couple of minutes past four), I headed over to East Washington; there is both a church and a Grange hall to photograph there. I was too late for the Grange, it was in the shade already. The church which is up a hill from the Grange was still in good light. The light on the church lasted ten or fifteen  minutes.

I caught the  last of the sunlight on a few low clouds at Gregg Lake on the way home.

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Washington NH with camera obscura
Washington NH with camera obscura
Town Hall, Washington, NH (with camera obscura)
Town Hall, Washington, NH (with camera obscura)
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #1
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #1
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #2
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #2
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #3
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #3
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #4
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #4
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #5
Baptist Church, East Washington, NH #5
Gregg Lake Sunset #1
Gregg Lake Sunset #1
Gregg Lake Sunset #2
Gregg Lake Sunset #2

 

11 November 2016

Yesterday, The Photography Was Good

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,November — Tags: — Frank @ 4:00 PM

Yesterday afternoon looked good for photography… there were high clouds which softened the light and this time of year the sun gets low enough for nice directional light by mid-afternoon. I spent a couple of hours (roughly 2 – 4 PM) making a circuit of favorite places to photograph.

My first stop was an old barn which I recently learned is scheduled to be demolished at some point in the not too distant future. Thus I am feeling a sense of urgency in making photos of this barns last ‘gasp’ as it were.

This sense of urgency was heightened later in my drive when I passed an old house in East Washington that I have photographed in the past; it is now in the process of being dismantled.

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Old Barn
Old Barn
Dark Corner
Dark Corner
The Roof
The Roof
Gourds from Years Ago
Gourds from Years Ago
Barn Board #1
Barn Board #1
Barn Board #2
Barn Board #2

My second stop was Hillsborough Center. I have photographed the church there a number of times. Yesterday, I looked for other subjects there.

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Meeting House Spire (Hillsborough Center, NH)
Meeting House Spire (Hillsborough Center, NH)
Stone Wall
Stone Wall
Stone Wall and Maple
Stone Wall and Maple

My last stop was the Washington (NH) commons.

I have photographed here many times and was hoping to make some photographs using my camera obscura.  However, this was not in the cards for yesterday. There was a police vehicle parked next to the school house (which now serves as the police station) and there were other vehicles near the town hall. Plan B was to make photographs “looking up”… i.e. of  various roof lines.

I recently discovered that the subject of Paul Strand‘s famous photograph usually titled “Town Hall, NH” is, in fact, the Washington, NH town hall. The exterior of building is unchanged since Strand took his photo in 1946. However, the flag pole has been replaced (and moved).

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School House Cupola (Washington, NH)
School House Cupola (Washington, NH)
School House and Town Hall (Washington, NH)
School House and Town Hall (Washington, NH)
Church Steeple (Washington, NH)
Church Steeple (Washington, NH)
Town Hall (Washington, NH) #1
Town Hall (Washington, NH) #1
Town Hall (Washington, NH) #2
Town Hall (Washington, NH) #2
Church and School House (Washington, NH)
Church and School House (Washington, NH)

By four, the light was pretty much gone (even on the hilltop site of the common) so I packed up and headed home.

 


 

14 November 2015

Brimstone Corner Road Artifacts

Filed under: Monadnock Region,November — Frank @ 5:00 PM

artifact (är′tə-făkt′)
noun

      1. an object made by a human being, typically an item of cultural or historical interest.

 

Yesterday afternoon, I donned my blaze orange vest (the main deer hunting season began on Wednesday)  and took a short walk up  the unmaintained section of “our” road.

I make no claim about the significance of the artifacts I found (and photographed). However, they are interesting, at least, to me!

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"Our" Road
Corner of a Lot
Corner of a Lot
Stone Wall Detail
Stone Wall Detail
Property Private
Property Private
Practice Target #1
Practice Target #1
Practice Target #2
Practice Target #2

 

11 November 2014

November Skies

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

November is a slow time for me photographically. The hillsides, devoid of foliage, are an unphotogenic grey and the weather, in our neck of the woods, is often cold and grey. Today was NOT one of those days!

The temperature was in the high 50’s and it was partly sunny with wonderfully photographic clouds during much of the day. I made the photos shown below while running errands in the early afternoon.

I intended to head out again in the late afternoon expecting a good sunset. However, about 3:30 (sunset is about 4:30) the overcast rolled in and despite some ribbing from Joan and I did not bother to get out of the recliner!

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Gregg Lake
Gregg Lake
Birch Pond #1
Birch Pond #1
Birch Pond #2
Birch Pond #2

 

26 November 2013

Backyard Birds Redux

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,November — Tags: — Frank @ 9:05 PM

There was a bit of snow overnight and the low temperature was in the mid-20’s. However, by mid-afternoon the temperature was a few degrees above freezing and the wind was calm.  The light was not great as the sky was a dull, dark gray but I headed out the back door to photograph the birds in the backyard anyway.

As usual chickadees were most abundant. In addition to the chickadees, there were good numbers of both nuthatches and tufted titmice. Interestingly, I did not see a goldfinch or a junco in the ninety minutes I was out.

There was also a pair of downy woodpeckers present. This pair spent as much time watching and chasing each other as they did foraging for food. Watching their antics was quite entertaining.

By 4:00 PM, the light was too dim to photograph fast moving birds and I called it quits for the day.

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Tufted Titmouse
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch #1
White-breasted Nuthatch #1
Downy Woodpecker #1
Downy Woodpecker #1
Chickadee #1
Chickadee #1
White-breasted Nuthatch #2
White-breasted Nuthatch #2
White-breasted Nuthatch #3
White-breasted Nuthatch #3
Downy Woodpecker #2
Downy Woodpecker #2
Chickadee #2
Chickadee #2
White-breasted Nuthatch #4
White-breasted Nuthatch #4

23 November 2013

One Foggy Afternoon

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,November — Tags: , — Frank @ 4:00 PM

Yesterday dawned cold and rainy; it was 38o and raining light when I arose.

By mid-morning the temperature had made it to about 40o  but  the rain had stopped and the fog began to thicken… perfect weather for some photography!

When I headed out to photograph after lunch, I could not see the couple of hundred yards across the lake by the boat launch… there was no hint of the far shore line just a wall of white!

I decided to make a loop of some of my favorite wetlands in Hancock and Stoddard. All of the photos shown are from Hancock; by the time I got to Stoddard there was not enough light remaining.

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Beaver Pond, Hancock, NH
Beaver Pond, Hancock, NH
Eva's Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH #1
Eva's Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH #1
Eva's Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH #2
Eva's Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH #2
Winter Berries, Hancock, NH
Winter Berries, Hancock, NH
Wetland, Hancock, NH
Wetland, Hancock, NH
Carpenter Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH
Carpenter Marsh WMA, Hancock, NH

15 November 2013

Backyard Birds

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,November — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Earlier in the week, I put out the bird feeder (both seeds and suet) in hopes of attracting photographic subjects.  I need to take it in every night to avoid attracting bears… I have only forgotten once so far!

It took a few days for the birds to find the feeder but by this morning things were hopping! Thus, after I finished a few chores, I headed out to get some practice with my new photographic tool*.

In addition to the four species (junco, chickadee, gold finch, and white-throated sparrow) I photographed, there were two other species  (nuthatches and a downy woodpecker) that I did not get good photos of.

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Junco
Junco
Chickadee
Chickadee
Chickadee with Seed
Chickadee with Seed
Goldfinch
Goldfinch
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow

*All of these photos were taken with my new-to-me Nikkor 600 mm f/4 lens. Joan says “toy” but I am sticking with “tool”!


6 November 2013

Early November Olio

Filed under: Birds,Monadnock Region,November,Odontates,Uncategorized,Wildlife — Tags: , — Frank @ 9:00 PM

I was surprised to see male Autumn Meadowhawks around the yard on the weekend (2 and 3 November) since we had some cold nights (temperature in the low twenties Fahrenheit) last week. I only saw one or two individuals at a time but they were still flying strong.

On Sunday (3 Nov) Joan was raking leaves when she disturbed a very cold and torpid red-backed salamander nestled among the leaves. As I moved him from the spot where we found him, he became a bit more active. I grabbed the camera which was rigged for odes and made a couple of exposures. I then headed back into the house for the macro lens… all for naught, as he was gone from the rock where I had placed him by the time I got back. I searched the area in vain for some minutes but he was not to be found.

Tuesday evening (no…  make that late afternoon, as sunset is about 4;30 these days), I headed down to the lake in hopes of a nice sunset to photograph. I was rewarded with less than five minutes of nice pink colored clouds but this was enough to make a nice photograph.

Today (Wednesday, 6 Nov) I headed up Pack Monadnock for some more raptor watching. I arrived just before noon and stayed until about 3:30. We saw a number of raptors including two golden eagles, but none were close enough to photograph. (Henry’s full report is here).  I did, however, make a few photographs of smaller birds which alit briefly nearby.

There is another week and a half of  the raptor watch season remaining, so hopefully I still have time to get a “portfolio quality” photo… if not, there is always next year!

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Autumn Meadowhawk (male)
Autumn Meadowhawk (male)
Red-backed Salamander
Red-backed Salamander
Wetland Sunset
Wetland Sunset
American Robins
American Robins
Bluejay
Bluejay
Purple Finch
Purple Finch

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