Photographs by Frank

6 November 2016

Shadowplay

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 2:00 PM

Yesterday, while photographing stone walls, I noticed that, when the sun peaked out from behind the clouds, the nearby trees were casting shadows upon a nearby granite ledge.

Me thinks that there might be a project in this idea… we’ll see!

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Shadowplay #1
Shadowplay #1
Shadowplay #2
Shadowplay #2
Shadowplay #3
Shadowplay #3
Shadowplay #4
Shadowplay #4
Shadowplay #5
Shadowplay #5
Shadowplay #6
Shadowplay #6

 

11 October 2016

Autumnal Abstracts, 2016 Edition

Filed under: Autumn,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 1:30 PM

Yesterday afternoon, I took a walk up the “wild” section of Brimstone Corner to work on the 2016 edition of my Autumnal Abstract series.

This is my third year of making Autumnal Abstracts; here are the 2014 and 2015 versions.

All of these photo are made using a slow shutter speed* and deliberate movement of the camera. A moderate telephoto lens (a zoom set to 80 mm this year) was used. The maxim “less is more” seems to hold here. Thus, the narrow field of view of a telephoto seems to work better than a wider lens.

The resulting exposures are unpredictable and irreproducible; this is what makes it fun!

Processing in the computer is limited to the usual adjustments (black and white point setting, contrast adjustment and cropping). The “abstractness” comes from the camera not the computer.

This year I seem to favor the very abstract with swaths of bold color.

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Autumnal Abstract 1 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 1 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 2 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 2 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 3 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 3 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 4 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 4 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 5 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 5 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 6 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 6 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 7 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 7 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 8 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 8 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 9 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 9 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 10 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 10 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 11 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 11 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 12 (2016)
Autumnal Abstract 12 (2016)

 

However, there were a few less abstract frames that caught my eye as well.

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Autumnal Semi-Abstract 1 (2016)
Autumnal Semi-Abstract 1 (2016)
Autumnal Semi-Abstract 2 (2016)
Autumnal Semi-Abstract 2 (2016)
Autumnal Semi-Abstract 3 (2016)
Autumnal Semi-Abstract 3 (2016)

* Typically the shutter speed is in the range of one to four seconds. A neutral density filter is used to achieve these shutter speeds.


 

19 August 2016

A Peterborough Walk

Filed under: architecture,Monadnock Region,Summer — Tags: , — Frank @ 8:30 AM

Wednesday dawned  partly sunny and windy. I had errands to run so I headed out towards Peterborough before breakfast. After a breakfast sandwich at the local bagel emporium, I spent a bit of time, with camera in hand, wandering downtown.

Here are the “keepers”.

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Orange Shutters
Orange Shutters
Doorway to Nowhere
Doorway to Nowhere
Untitled
Untitled
Bicycle & Tea
Bicycle & Tea
Ferns in Wall
Ferns in Wall
Green Door (detail)
Green Door (detail)
Fallout Shelter
Fallout Shelter

 

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Contoocook River at its Confluence with Nubanusit Brook
Contoocook River at its Confluence with Nubanusit Brook
Stone Walls (the City Version)
Stone Walls (the City Version)
Untitled #2
Untitled #2
Untitled #3
Untitled #3
Untitled #4
Untitled #4
Untitled #5
Untitled #5
Untitled #6
Untitled #6
Stone Steps #1
Stone Steps #1
Untitled #7
Untitled #7
Stone Steps #2
Stone Steps #2
Town House Cupola
Town House Cupola
Untitled #8
Untitled #8
Looking Down #1
Looking Down #1
Looking Down #2
Looking Down #2
Looking Down #3
Looking Down #3

 

19 October 2015

Autumnal Abstracts 2015 — Redux

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , , — Frank @ 1:30 PM

About two weeks ago, I made my first batch of Autumnal Abstracts for the 2015 season.

Since then, I have ventured out on a few more excursions in search of the ‘proper’ scenes from which to extract more abstractions.

All but the last photograph made using a long exposure (in the range of 6-12 seconds) and deliberate movement of the camera. The only ‘photoshopping’ done to these photos is the processing typically applied to raw files from the camera (i.e. levels adjustment, contrast, etc.).

Many of these are much more abstract than the previous photographs in this series, in that they do not really have any trace of their origin remaining. I would be interested in hearing folks reaction to these photographs.

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Autumnal Abstract 2015 #1
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #1
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #2
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #2
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #3
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #3
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #4
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #4
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #5
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #5
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #6
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #6
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #7
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #7
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #8
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #8
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #9
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #9
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #10
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #10
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #11
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #11
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #12
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #12
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #13
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #13
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #14
Autumnal Abstract 2015 #14

 

13 October 2015

Autumnal Abstracts Et Alia

Filed under: Autumn — Tags: , , — Frank @ 1:00 PM

It has been about two weeks since I last posted here. I have been busy… photographing! Thus this should be the first in a series of posts in rapid succession that will ‘catch me up’.

A week ago*, I took a late afternoon walk on the un-maintained section of Brimstone Corner Road. Newly fallen leaves were just beginning to accumulate on the ground and I was inspired to add to my collection of Autumnal Abstracts that I began about this time last year. (Also included are a couple of other less abstract photos made in the same time frame. Thus the ‘et al.’.)

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Stone Wall with Fallen Trunk
Stone Wall with Fallen Trunk
Maple and Granite
Maple and Granite
Autumn Flow
Autumn Flow
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #1
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #1
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #2
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #2
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #3
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #3
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #4
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #4
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #5
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #5
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #6
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #6
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #7
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #7
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #8
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #8
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #9
Autumnal Abstract 2015 - #9

* Tues. 6 Oct to be exact.


 

20 October 2014

More Abstracts

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

Over the past couple of weeks, I have added photographs to both of my recent abstract projects (“Flow” and “Autumnal Abstracts“), here are the latest:

 

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North Branch Flow #1
North Branch Flow #1
North Branch Flow #2
North Branch Flow #2
North Branch Flow #3
North Branch Flow #3
North Branch Flow #4
North Branch Flow #4
North Branch Flow #5
North Branch Flow #5
North Branch Flow #6
North Branch Flow #6
North Branch Flow #7
North Branch Flow #7
Autumnal Abstract #8
Autumnal Abstract #8
Autumnal Abstract #9
Autumnal Abstract #9
Autumnal Abstract #10
Autumnal Abstract #10
Autumnal Abstract #11
Autumnal Abstract #11
Autumnal Abstract #12
Autumnal Abstract #12

 

4 October 2014

Ashuelot Flow

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

As I headed north on Route 10 (after my attempt to photograph the Gilsum stone arch bridge) I noticed an obvious parking area with access to the river along the road. I pulled in and a within a couple of dozen steps found myself along a riffled stretch of river with very un-photogenic banks; the light was lousy as well.

Adding a neutral density filter to my lens, which allowed shutter of a few seconds, I spent roughly a half hour exploring the riffles with my camera on the tripod.

Life… Lemons… Lemonade?

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Ashuelot Flow #1
Ashuelot Flow #1
Ashuelot Flow #2
Ashuelot Flow #2
Ashuelot Flow #3
Ashuelot Flow #3
Ashuelot Flow #4
Ashuelot Flow #4
Ashuelot Flow #5
Ashuelot Flow #5
Ashuelot Flow #6
Ashuelot Flow #6

 

27 September 2014

Autumnal Abstracts

Filed under: Autumn,Landscapes — Tags: , , — Frank @ 3:00 PM

Thursday afternoon, I went for a walk hoping that the clouds would break near sunset and I would have interesting skies and “good light” on the landscape.

This was not to be.

While waiting for the “good light”, I entertained myself in the drab gray light by playing with long exposures (10-20 seconds) and deliberate camera movements as I am wont to do on occasions such as this*.

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Autumnal Abstract #1
Autumnal Abstract #1
Autumnal Abstract #2
Autumnal Abstract #2
Autumnal Abstract #3
Autumnal Abstract #3
Autumnal Abstract #4
Autumnal Abstract #4
Autumnal Abstract #5
Autumnal Abstract #5
Autumnal Abstract #6
Autumnal Abstract #6
Autumnal Abstract #7
Autumnal Abstract #7

*Warning photographer talk ahead! Dull, low light makes long exposures easier although I still needed a neutral density filter for these photographs.


 

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