Photographs by Frank

14 May 2017

Star Island – May 2017

Filed under: Birds,Landscapes,Spring,Wildlife — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:30 PM

I spent this past Friday and Saturday on Star Island, one of the Isles of Shoals off the coast of New Hampshire and Maine. The trip (which is organized by Eric Masterson) was timed to coincide with the spring migration of birds.

Joan and I went on this trip back in 2014 (see this post for birds and this one for landscapes); this year I went by myself as Joan was occupied with editing the June issue of the Antrim Limrik.

The birding was not as spectacular this year as it was in 2014 but I had a good time anyway. One can always find something to photograph if you spend time looking carefully.

Birds

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Grackle in the Grass
Grackle in the Grass
Herring Gull
Herring Gull
Swainson's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Parula #1
Northern Parula #1
Northern Parula #2
Northern Parula #2
American Robin
American Robin
Mallard
Mallard
Song Sparrow #1
Song Sparrow #1
Authorized Personnel? (Tree Swallows)
Authorized Personnel? (Tree Swallows)
Gulls Standing Gaurd
Gulls Standing Gaurd
Chickadee
Chickadee
Song Sparrow #2
Song Sparrow #2
Song Sparrow #3
Song Sparrow #3
Tree Swallow #1
Tree Swallow #1
Catbird
Catbird
Red-breasted Nuthatch #1
Red-breasted Nuthatch #1
Red-breasted Nuthatch #2
Red-breasted Nuthatch #2
Black and White Warbler
Black and White Warbler
Tree Swallow #2
Tree Swallow #2

Other Work – Color

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Surf
Surf
Sunrise, Smuttynose Island
Sunrise, Smuttynose Island
Gulls Mob Lobstermen
Gulls Mob Lobstermen
Caswell Cemetery
Caswell Cemetery
Sunset, Star Island
Sunset, Star Island
Sunrise, Star Island
Sunrise, Star Island
Sunrise Shadow
Sunrise Shadow
Star Island, Early Morning
Star Island, Early Morning
Untitled
Untitled
Authorized Personnel, No Respect
Authorized Personnel, No Respect

Other Work – Black and White

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White Island Light
White Island Light
Untitled #1
Untitled #1
Reflection
Reflection
Song Sparrow Silhouette
Song Sparrow Silhouette
Grackle Silhouette
Grackle Silhouette
Gosport Chapel #1
Gosport Chapel #1
Gosport Chapel #2
Gosport Chapel #2
Art Barn Reflection #1
Art Barn Reflection #1
Art Barn Reflection #2
Art Barn Reflection #2
Untitled #2
Untitled #2

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

 

21 January 2017

Thursday Meander

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

Thursday evening was the first session of the new Photo Salon at the VCP. I left in the early afternoon so that I would have plenty of time to meander and still get to Brattleboro by six.

My route took me through Troy, NH then down through Hinsdale and into Northfield, MA. I crossed the Connecticut River in Northfield and headed back north on route 142 into Brattleboro.

Despite the heavy overcast (and dull light) I added to my collection of “building tops” in both Troy and Hinsdale. I resisted the urge to add more as I passed through Northfield.

One has to have limits and thus far the building tops series is pure NH; I have also resisted the urge in Vermont!

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Town Hall, Troy
Town Hall, Troy
Troy, NH
Troy, NH
Town Hall, Hinsdale
Town Hall, Hinsdale
Church, Hinsdale
Church, Hinsdale

Derelict trucks are another issue. I’ll photograph them where ever I find them.

These three and the “steam” shovel were sitting at the edge of a field along route 142 in Northfield (or possibly Gill).

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Truck #1
Truck #1
Truck #2
Truck #2
Truck #3
Truck #3
Shovel
Shovel
Detail #1
Detail #1
Detail #2
Detail #2
Detail #3
Detail #3
Detail #4
Detail #4
Detail #5
Detail #5
Detail #6
Detail #6

 

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

 

January Thaw – Wet and Foggy

Filed under: Landscapes — Tags: , — Frank @ 12:30 PM

We had our traditional January thaw in the middle of last week. The temperatures were in the upper forties during the day and the lows were right around freezing. Things were wet and, in the evenings, foggy.

There was an artist’s talk at the VCP on Thursday evening. I headed out early afternoon and meandered towards Brattleboro looking for photographs.

The drive home after the lecture was ugly… lots of patchy ground fog but fortunately no ice. I spent a half hour stopped on the narrow part of route 9 in Sullivan; there was a tractor-trailer on its side.

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Foggy Field #1
Foggy Field #1
South Branch Saxtons River #1
South Branch Saxtons River #1
Foggy Field #2
Foggy Field #2
South Branch Saxtons River #2
South Branch Saxtons River #2
South Branch Saxtons River #3
South Branch Saxtons River #3

 

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!


 

11 September 2016

More Barn Board and another Window

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

I headed out in late this afternoon in search of more barn board to photograph. The mission was a success! Pretty soon, I’ll have enough material to edit a finished project from.

I also found another window to photograph.

I have been looking back though my archives and may also have enough material for a series of photographs of windows… tentatively titled “Outside, Looking In”.

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Barn Board #5
Barn Board #5
Barn Board #6
Barn Board #6
Barn Board #7
Barn Board #7
Barn Board #8
Barn Board #8
Barn Board #9
Barn Board #9
Barn Board #10
Barn Board #10
Barn Board #11
Barn Board #11
Barn Board #12
Barn Board #12
`Barn Window #2
`Barn Window #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

 

31 December 2013

An ‘Adams Dozen’ for 2013

Back at the end of 2011, I added an entry titled  “Twelve Images” based on  Ansel Adams idea that twelve good photographs in a year is a decent crop. I had intended this to be an annual event but I seem to have missed last year.

I actually chose, printed and matted the twelve photos for 2012; they are stored carefully in their own print box. However, I do not seem to have written a blog entry about them… oh well! It doesn’t seem right to post them at this late date, so I’ll just forge ahead!

Thus, without further ado, here is my ‘Adams Dozen’ for 2013:

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Beaver Swamp in Early Winter
Beaver Swamp in Early Winter
Dunes in Winter
Dunes in Winter
The Presidential Range from Cherry Pond
The Presidential Range from Cherry Pond
Cannon Mountain
Cannon Mountain
Snag with Nest in Winter
Snag with Nest in Winter
Grouse Tracks in the Snow
Grouse Tracks in the Snow
Wetland Margin in Autumn
Wetland Margin in Autumn
Big Dipper on a Moonlit Night
Big Dipper on a Moonlit Night
Blue Flag Iris
Blue Flag Iris
Lady Bug Leap
Lady Bug Leap
Blue Dasher (male)
Blue Dasher (male)
Recycled
Recycled

18 June 2013

One Foggy Evening

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer — Tags: , — Frank @ 12:00 PM

Late yesterday afternoon a band of thunderstorms passed through the area… the temperature went from the upper seventies to the upper sixties in a manner of minutes. Several hours later, as the sun began to set and the temperature dropped further, all the moisture in the air began condensing out.

I saw the “show” at the north end of the lake begin to develop as I was out on the lake.  Sunset yesterday was at about 8:30 PM. However, the sun had already dipped below the ridge to the west when I made these exposures at about 8 PM.

One Foggy Evening (3 frame pano) A three frame panorama, it would print at about 11″ x 40″.

One Foggy Evening A detail.

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