Photographs by Frank

11 February 2021

Ten Photos

Filed under: Landscapes,Misc.,Winter — Frank @ 10:05 PM

February, thus far, is turning out a lot like January… snowy, cold and gray.

High temperatures recently have been in the mid-twenties, the lows in the low teens. It is 11 deg F, as I write this, headed to right about zero by morning.

The cold only slows down the photography. The drab gray weather is what brings things to more-or-less a standstill. Maybe I’ll take up still life on the dining room table like my friend Jeff!

The first three of these photos were made on the first in Peterborough, the remaining seven were made yesterday at the Canterbury Shaker Village.

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Untitled
Untitled
Snowly Cafe
Snowly Cafe
Snowy Sign
Snowy Sign
Maple & Fence
Maple & Fence
Shaker Buildings
Shaker Buildings
Apple Tree / Sun Set
Apple Tree / Sun Set
Orchard Shed
Orchard Shed
Shed Shadow
Shed Shadow
Blue Hour / White Door
Blue Hour  / White Door
Arcs and Lines
Arcs and Lines

31 January 2021

A Group Portfolio

Filed under: Misc. — Frank @ 5:59 PM

I belong to a self-organized group of photographers who meet once a month at the Vermont Center for Photography in Brattleboro, VT*.

We call ourselves “Carry It In” as we are focused on the sharing of physical prints on paper. We also have much discussion about the art of photography.

Recently we decided to put together a group portfolio in which we each contributed a print on letter-sized paper.

We made fourteen copies of the portfolio. One copy for each contributing member and one that we donated to the Vermont Center for Photography. Each set of prints was packaged in a nice folder with a title page and a colophon.

In the interest of wider distribution, we have also made a pdf version of the portfolio, it is available here. This file is best downloaded and viewed in the full screen mode of Acrobat Reader.

Enjoy!


* At least that was our pre-pandemic modus operandi. Like everyone else we meet mostly via Zoom these days, although we did meet masked and outside for a few of the warmer months last summer.

29 January 2021

Random Photographs

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

Cold*… snowy… drab… gray.

A pretty apt description of January. My photography slows down this time every year, but still I try. These days the little Fuji I bought about a month ago goes with me whenever I leave the premises.

Learning to see wide-angle compositions** has been interesting and fun.

These photographs were all made with the Fuji over the past ten days.

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Snow Memorial
Snow Memorial
Untiled (Tree and Sky)
Untiled (Tree and Sky)
Harrisville Reflection
Harrisville Reflection
A Short Story
A Short Story
Lakeshore Landscape #1
Lakeshore Landscape #1
Lakeshore Landscape #2
Lakeshore Landscape #2
Lakeshore Landscape #3
Lakeshore Landscape #3
Untitled
Untitled
Road Side Oddity #205
Road Side Oddity #205
Snowy Trrees
Snowy Trrees

* The temperature is 5 degrees F as I write this. The high today was 12. More typically over the past several weeks, the highs have been in the low 20s and the lows around 10 or 12 degrees F.

** Remember the Fuji X100F has a 22 mm (35 mm in “full frame” terms) lens that can not be removed.

19 January 2021

Farm Trees

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 6:00 PM

That is “Farm Trees” not “Tree Farms”! Signs, bearing the latter being a common sight in this neck of the woods.

I had been eyeing the two apple trees near the house at the Bass Farm for some time. They are situated at the cusp of a rise in the field. In my mind, I envisioned a photo of the bare branches against the sky made with my camera obscura.

Late yesterday morning, I headed out to see if I could create what I had in mind. The skies were mostly cloudy, but I was hoping for just enough sun to make things interesting. While I was there, I explored similar photos of a number of other trees on the grounds.

After I finished at the Bass Farm, I headed to a farm field in Hancock with an interesting old (dead) elm in the middle. It is too far away from the field’s edge to use the camera obscura and the field is surrounded by an electric fence precluding a closer approach*. Thus, I made a photograph (the last one in this series) using a short telephoto on my ‘normal’ camera.

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Bass Farm Tree #1
Bass Farm Tree #1
Bass Farm Tree #2
Bass Farm Tree #2
Bass Farm Tree #3
Bass Farm Tree #3
Bass Farm Tree #4
Bass Farm Tree #4
Bass Farm Tree #5
Bass Farm Tree #5
Bass Farm Tree #6
Bass Farm Tree #6
Dead Elm (Hancock)
Dead Elm (Hancock)

* I am contemplating approaching the owners of this field/tree to see if I can get permission enter the field so I can get close enough to use the camera obscura. If that happens, you’ll see the result here… I promise!

5 January 2021

Mid-day Visitor

Filed under: Monadnock Region,Wildlife,Winter — Tags: — Frank @ 12:28 PM

Late this morning Joan was talking to her cousin on the phone when she began to wildly gesticulate in the direction of the French doors to our deck. I meander over to see what was up and observed this porcupine climbing a small beech tree.

It took me a few minutes to find the tripod, put Big Bertha (my 600 mm lens) on the camera and mount both to said tripod. I made my first exposure at 11:51 AM and made eighteen exposures total before heading back inside. There just is not a lot of action when a porcupine decides to “have a sit” up a tree!

Here it is 12:20 as I write this. I’ll be pushing the “publish” button shortly. Thirty minutes from start to finish… ain’t technology wonderful!!!

As I learned from an old newspaper photographer, always give them a horizontal and a vertical), so here are two photos.

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Porcupine (hor.)
Porcupine (hor.)
Porcupine (vert.)
Porcupine (vert.)

1 January 2021

Adams Dozen — 2020

Filed under: Adams Dozen — Frank @ 2:30 PM

As has been my longstanding habit*, here is my “Adams Dozen” for 2020… the year of the pandemic.

Being retired and living a generally quiet life in the New Hampshire woods, our life has not been changed nearly as much as many others have. We made no big trips this year, but I still got out in the neighborhood regularly to make photographs**.

One of the highlights of this year was the successful nesting of a pair of loons on Gregg lake; the first in living memory. I spent many enjoyable hours back in May and June watching (and photographing) the nesting adults and then the pair of chicks, that joined them. Both juveniles successfully fledged this fall and headed to the ocean.

You will be glad to know that I have included only one loon photo and a single dragonfly photo among the dozen… there are many, many more of each subject in this year’s collection!

Additionally, I used some of my “home time” this summer to start making cyanotypes again (after a twelve year hiatus). This fall I also experimented with hand coloring black and white prints. I intend to keep making both type of prints in the future.

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Barns (hand-colored inkjet print)
Barns (hand-colored inkjet print)
Hillsborough Center, NH (hand-colored inkjet print)
Hillsborough Center, NH (hand-colored inkjet print)
Mill Building, Harrisville, NH (cyanotype)
Mill Building, Harrisville, NH (cyanotype)
The Great Stone Dwelling (Enfield Shaker Village)
The Great Stone Dwelling (Enfield Shaker Village)
Handpump
Handpump
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain
Apple Trees & Crotched Mountain
Meetinghouse, Lempster, NH
Meetinghouse, Lempster, NH
Church Detail (W Deering, NH)
Church Detail (W Deering, NH)
Loos with Chick
Loos with Chick
Blue Dasher (female)
Blue Dasher (female)
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
Foggy Sunrise, Gregg Lake
Foggy Sunrise, Gregg Lake

* The first edition (from 2011) explains the genesis of this tradition and here is last year’s edition.

** For those keeping track, I made 6651 exposures in 2020 (about two-thirds of what I made in 2019) and processed 1037 of these (about 15% of the total) which is about average.

29 December 2020

Apples – No Silicon Involved

Filed under: Still Life — Frank @ 6:45 PM

We have had a bag containing the last of the season’s apples on the counter for the past few days. Just before Joan began turning the apples into applesauce, I convinced a few of the more interesting heirloom apples to sit for their portraits. Somehow, a lone pear also found its way into the mix.

These heirloom apples might not look particularly appetizing, but looks can be deceiving.

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Apples
Apples
Apple #1
Apple #1
Apple #2
Apple #2
Apple #4
Apple #4
Apple #5
Apple #5
This Is Not An Apple
This Is Not An Apple

28 December 2020

Failure / Ice Abstracts

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

This morning I took the new camera on my walk down the road to the lake with the following results.

The new camera is so small and light one barely knows it is there. Having a fairly wide and fixed lens is going to be an adjustment!

The experiment continues…

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Failure (Holiday Bud)
Failure (Holiday Bud)
Failure (Power, Averted)
Failure (Power, Averted)
Failure (Maple)
Failure (Maple)
Failure (Postal)
Failure (Postal)
Failure (Santa)
Failure (Santa)
Ice Abstract #1
Ice Abstract #1
Ice Abstract #2
Ice Abstract #2
Ice Abstract #3
Ice Abstract #3
Ice Abstract #4
Ice Abstract #4

First Photos

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Winter — Frank @ 9:45 PM

I bought myself a new camera* as an experiment in creativity. It works very differently from the cameras I am used to and is probably best suited for street photography, a genre that I have not really explored.

It is going to be interesting to see where this camera leads.

On Saturday afternoon I made the rounds of some of my favorite nearby “photo spots”and made photos more to familiarize myself with the camera than anything else.

The results are not at all different from my usual photographs… not yet, at least!

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Gregg Lake - Winter
Gregg Lake - Winter
Riverine Field in Flood
Riverine Field in Flood
Farm Pond
Farm Pond
Church #1 (Hillsborough Center)
Church #1 (Hillsborough Center)
Church #2 (Hillsborough Center)
Church #2 (Hillsborough Center)

* Photographer talk ahead, proceed at your own risk! The new camera is a Fujifilm X100F and is very different from the dSLR s I have been using for the past sixteen years. The X100F is styled like and works similarly to an old-fashioned rangefinder film camera. Its an interesting mix of old (with actual dials for shutter speed, aperture and ISO) and new (it has menus galore and all of the bells and whistles that Fuijfilm cameras are know for). It also has a fixed (i.e. unchangeable) wide angle lens. The camera is small, unobtrusive and light… an ideal street photography camera.

20 December 2020

My Father’s Train

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank @ 6:21 AM

Electric trains were a holiday tradition in our house when I was young. The trains came down from the attic with the Christmas decorations in mid-December and went back up in early January.

There were two sets of trains. A “modern” set that my brother and I got for Christmas one year in the early 60s and to which a new car or two was added on each subsequent year. The second set was one that my father had when he was young. It probably dates from about 1940.

Both sets ran on the same tracks and we played with both. My father’s set consisted of a very sleek engine and two passenger cars. I seem to remember that the were somewhat balky in their operation. Not surprising, given their age. The “modern” set, consisting of freight cars including a missile launcher car (this was after all, the cold war!) made for more interesting play.

I have no idea what has become of “my” set. However, my father’s set recently came into my possession. When we moved my Mom to assisted living this Fall one of the boxes that ended up at our house contained the train set. When I got the box home, I stowed it in our garage and did not think much about it until last week.

When I opened the box last week, I found the three trains (engine and two passenger cars) that I remembered (in their original boxes) along with a receipt dated 2005 for their refurbishment. Also in the box are four unopened boxes of brand spanking new train track and a modern power supply. I don’t think that my father ever set them up after getting the trains fixed up.

I was inspired to make a photo of the engine. The box of trains is currently sitting in our house, I should probably set them up and give them some exercise. We’ll see…

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Lionel Model Train Engine
Lionel Model Train Engine
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