Photographs by Frank

10 February 2019

Harsh February Light

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Frank @ 9:59 PM

In some ways we have had typical New Hampshire winter weather… periods of dull drab days and periods of bright, cloudless blue skies. What has not been typical are the multiple periods of warm weather. In the “old days” we would get a January thaw. These days we seem to get a thaw every few weeks.

The latest thaw was a couple of days in the middle of last week. The mud in the road was deep and spring-like. The road crew worked hard to keep it passable.

The last few days have been more typical of February, highs in the mid- to upper 20s F and lows in the low teens. The days have been bright and sunny… good for production by our new solar panels but challenging for photography. I have persisted none-the-less.

The first three photos were made in the last week, with a regular lens. The last six photos were made yesterday using a $20 “Holga lens” that I recently bought on an impulse. This 60 mm lens is all plastic and has a fixed aperture (f/8). Focusing is all manual and rather crude; there are small pictographs along the focus ring to indicate the distance. The resulting photos, all made in harsh February light, have “character”.

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Church Detail (Salisbury, NH)
Church Detail (Salisbury, NH)
Bend in the Road
Bend in the Road
Stone Wall Detail
Stone Wall Detail
Barn Roof
Barn Roof
Stone Wall
Stone Wall
Birches and Stone Wall
Birches and Stone Wall
Mill (Harrisville, NH)
Mill (Harrisville, NH)
Chesham Depot (long inactive)
Chesham Depot (long inactive)
Barn and Flag
Barn and Flag

2 Comments

  1. Like your eye on the first shot1 Those done with the Helga appear soft in detail.

    I did return to Boston Waterworks a few weeks ago and found more macro shots that I missed the first time. I relied on my 80mm macro lens for 80% of the shots. I also decided to fill out my Fuji lens family with the 100-400mm lens. It was sort of on sale or I could get a free 1.4 tele-converter. So my birthday present arrived early. Now I need an opportunity to get them all out and see what we can do!

    Comment by Joe Kennedy — 11 February 2019 @ 11:05 AM

  2. Wow, I definitely expected more snow on the ground, but I guess you just have to wait another few days and you’ll be topped up on snow again! I especially like the shadows on the mill one, and I think the birches one just before that also benefits from the dreamy quality of the lens.

    Comment by Katrina — 11 February 2019 @ 7:27 PM

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