Photographs by Frank

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.

24 November 2012

November Landscapes

November is not the best month of the year for landscapes in New England.

Although we often have nice clear, crisp days… the cloudless skies and grey hillsides can conspire to make for somewhat bland photographs. None-the-less, I keep trying!

On Thursday (Thanksgiving) afternoon, Joan and I walked up the road to Brimstone Corner while the turkey was in the oven. Nick pulled up just as we arrived back at the house and we extended our stroll by heading down to the lake. I had not taken the camera along on the first part of the walk, but the sun was low enough to tempt me as we headed down to the lake.

Yesterday afternoon, the three of us  took a hike up North Pac Monadnock; the trail head in the Wapack NWR is about a 20 minute drive from the house. We finished the hike in the light of the mostly full moon.

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Patten Hill and Gregg Lake #1
Patten Hill and Gregg Lake #1
Patten Hill and Gregg Lake #2
Patten Hill and Gregg Lake #2
Looking "South-ish" from North Pac
Looking

30 October 2010

Black and White Landscapes – Revisited

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Frank @ 11:24 AM

I  have a new tool, an ink-jet printer… it is not a toy, no matter what Joan says! She seems to believe that adage “The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.” Not me… I’m sticking with “tool”!

One of my main motivations in making this purchase was to get a printer with multiple “black”  (i.e. black and two shades of gray) inks. This enables one to print true black and white images.

My old printer, which is four or five years old, is still working fine but it has only one black ink, among a bevy of colored inks. This means that even “black and white” images are printed using the color inks and this makes it essentially impossible to get truly neutral shades of gray out of it. Despite my best efforts (including building, refining and re-refining custom profiles for each paper) all my black and white prints made with this printer had an ever so slight green cast to them.

Actually, until I directly compared some of these old prints to ones from the new printer, I thought that they were perfectly  neutral… and they are very close  in some light (i.e. day light) and not so close in other light (e.g. fluorescent light). Ugh! But such is the nature of the beast. The old printer is simply not the right tool for creating black and white prints. However, the new printer is a perfect tool  for black and white printing.

The ability to print “real” black and white has caused me to go back though my images and rework some of them before printing them with the new tool. All of these images, which were captured in the last roughly four years, were originally presented as black and white images but I went back to the original color files to rework them.

The reason for this is two-fold. The software tools for processing images gets better (and more complicated) with time and my skills in using the tools also, hopefully, gets better as well!

So, here are a half dozen landscapes that I have reprocessed and printed in the last few weeks. Some of them are significantly different from the older versions and some very similar, so much so that the small electronic versions displayed here will not look different from the older versions. However, the prints from all of them are much, much better than I could have done with the old printer.

In closing, I am reminded of a quote from Ansel Adams (Wikipedia entry). Old Saint Ansel,  perhaps the most famous landscape photographer even a quarter century after his death, was purported to say:

“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”

I think that this is still (maybe even more) true in the digital age. Not only can we reprint images as our skills improve and the tools change, but we can reprocess our “negatives” … the original (raw) file… as well!


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