Photographs by Frank

20 November 2018

Unanticipated Consequences

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Frank @ 12:01 PM

I made this exposure back on the 12th of November at the church in East Washington, NH. The building was locked up tight. Thus I was outside with the camera help above my head and the lens pressed flat against the window pane. I framed the photo using the tilting LCD on the back of the camera. Ain’t modern technology wonderful!?

One might ask how I knew that this scene existed if I had to hold the camera above my head. Well, I initially peeked in the window by standing on tiptoes on a small ledge and steadying myself by holding on to the sill. The scene, lit by the late afternoon window light, was wonderful but I was not going to be able to photograph it while standing on that ledge.

When I got back to my digital darkroom (i.e. the computer) I cropped the frame (as I most often do) to a 4:5 ratio, converted it to black and white and “developed” the image to my liking (in this case with a very slight warm tone). Next, I went to make a print.

One of the features of Lightroom’s print module is that it remembers which print template you had used during your last session. In this case, it just so happened, that the template which popped up containing my 4:5 cropped image was set to make a square print.

I was immediately struck by the square-cropped version, a possibility that I had not considered. The image had much more impact cropped to 1:1 than at the 4:5 ratio I had originally selected. Being stubborn, I printed both versions and have spent some time living with them.

The square crop is, to my mind, definitely stronger. What say you?

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Pews, East Washington NH (1:1)
Pews, East Washington NH (1:1)
Pews, East Washington NH (4:5)
Pews, East Washington NH (4:5)

Here are two more photos made using my camera obscura on the same afternoon. Since the ground glass of the camera obscura is square, these images are always in the 1:1 ratio. The two photos were made from essentially the same spot, at roughly ninety degrees from each other.

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Baptist Church, East Washington NH
Baptist Church, East Washington NH
Grange Hall, East Washington, NH
Grange Hall, East Washington, NH

 


 

22 May 2018

Rainy Day Colors

Filed under: architecture,Garden Flowers,Monadnock Region,Spring — Tags: , — Frank @ 6:00 PM

After finishing my errands this morning, I took a stroll (with camera in hand) around downtown Peterborough in a light rain.

The light was dull and flat, it was not a day for black and white photos, but the rain did make the colors really pop!

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Blue Spokes
Blue Spokes
Once Blue
Once Blue
Spring Flower #1
Spring Flower #1
Spring Flower #2
Spring Flower #2
Colorful Detail #1
Colorful Detail #1
Colorful Detail #2
Colorful Detail #2
Colorful Detail #3`
Colorful Detail #3`
Colorful Detail #4
Colorful Detail #4
Fixed!
Fixed!
Traffic Cone
Traffic Cone
Flammable Gas
Flammable Gas
Life Is Good, Etc.
Life Is Good, Etc.

 

23 April 2018

Meetinghouse Hill

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 8:00 PM

Meetinghouse Hill was the original center of Antrim. The original meetinghouse was built near the summit in 1785. The associated cemetery is still well maintained an offers nice views of Mount Mondanock after some recent logging activity on the southwestern flank.

The meetinghouse building was moved to the foot of the hill (maybe a half mile trip) in 1832 and was purchased by the Antrim Grange in 1894. It still used as the Grange Hall and they are in the midst of a campaign to restore the building. Across Meetinghouse Hill Road from the Grange is the Uplands, an old farmhouse and barn. The Uplands is the home of our friends Victor and Lynne who run a bed and breakfast there.

Last Friday, I spent some time on Meetinghouse Hill making photographs.

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Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
Cemetery Wall Detail #1
Cemetery Wall Detail #1
Cemetery Wall Detail #2
Cemetery Wall Detail #2
Antrim Grange Hall #1
Antrim Grange Hall #1
Antrim Grange Hall #2
Antrim Grange Hall #2
Antrim Grange Hall #3
Antrim Grange Hall #3
The Uplands
The Uplands
Last of the Winter
Last of the Winter

 

20 February 2017

A Few from Keene

Filed under: architecture,Monadnock Region,Winter — Frank @ 1:00 PM

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.

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Memorial #1
Memorial #1
Memorial #2
Memorial #2
Memorial #3
Memorial #3
Keene Structure
Keene Structure
Church Steeple, Keene
Church Steeple, Keene
Syd's Snooze Room
Syd's Snooze Room

* I know… I’ve been a bit slow in processing these!


 

26 January 2017

Thursday Meander #2

Filed under: architecture — Tags: — Frank @ 10:30 PM

This morning I had some VCP business in Brattleboro; after I finished I headed west on another meander.

This one took me through Marlboro, Newfane, Townshend, Saxons River and into Bellows Fall; all in Vermont. After crossing the river back to NH, I headed more-or-less straight home, stopping only in Acworth as I wanted to try photographing the church there with my camera obscura.

I gave in to the temptation — the light was great as I passed through Newfane — and photographed some “foreign” building tops, but not as part of my project!

The weather was warm (around 40 deg. F) but all over the place… rain at times, short breaks in the clouds and nice light, but mostly gray overcast. Twas an interesting drive anyway.

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Roadside Artifact #!
Roadside Artifact #!
Roadside Artifact #2
Roadside Artifact #2
Church, Newfane, VT
Church, Newfane, VT
Union Hall, Newfane VT
Union Hall, Newfane VT
Church, Acworth (camera obscura)
Church, Acworth (camera obscura)
Church, Acworth
Church, Acworth

 

15 January 2017

Early Morning Light

Filed under: architecture,Landscapes — Tags: , — Frank @ 1:00 PM

On Friday morning I had coffee and talked photography with my friend Jeff.

I headed out early enough so that I had time to stop and make some photographs on the drive to Peterborough.

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Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #1
Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #1
Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #2
Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #2
Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #3
Early Morning Light, Gregg Lake #3
Town House, Peterborough
Town House, Peterborough
Church, Peterborough
Church, Peterborough
Museum, Peterborough
Museum, Peterborough

 

11 January 2017

Meeting Houses, Churches, etc.

Filed under: architecture — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

My architecture project is coming along nicely.

I started photographing the “tops” of civic buildings back in mid-November. The combination of “winter light” and white clapboard makes for some nice photographs.

This afternoon, I drove up to South Sutton and Bradford to make a few more photographs (see photos below). I think I am almost done.

In between, I have been all over southwestern New Hampshire photographing meeting houses, churches, schools, etc. I have visited a number of towns twice (and a few three times) in hopes of getting the right combination of light and sky.

I made an initial selection of almost 200 photographs from those I processed. Over the past couple of days, I have culled these down to fifty (each of a different building) including the first and third photos in the set shown here.

I am going to “sit on” this selection for a couple of days and then get to work on sequencing the photos. This is the hardest part for me.

Initially, I am planning to present all of the photos in a press-printed book. Once that is done, I will think about a subset to print large (16″x20″) for display in the traditional way.

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Meeting House, South Sutton (detail)
Meeting House, South Sutton (detail)
Meeting House, South Sutton
Meeting House, South Sutton
Church, Bradford
Church, Bradford

P.S. I upgraded WordPress to the most current version (released today) and this seems to have fixed my problems with the gallery software. I have full control of titles and sorting again. I am a happy boy!


 

15 December 2016

Doors and Wreaths

Filed under: architecture,Monadnock Region — Frank @ 11:00 PM

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!

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Door with Wreath #1
Door with Wreath #1
Door with Wreath #2
Door with Wreath #2
Door with Wreath #3
Door with Wreath #3
Door with Wreath #4
Door with Wreath #4
Door with Wreath #5
Door with Wreath #5
Door with Wreath #6
Door with Wreath #6

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.


 

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

 

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