Photographs by Frank

24 August 2020

Forgotten Exposures

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

On Saturday, I took my camera obscura out for a “spin”. I had not used it in a while. I have had a photo in my head for some months now and Saturday afternoon I thought that the conditions (skies, light, etc.) might be good, so I headed out.

The photo I had in mind is the last one in this set. It is the old railroad trestle across the Contoocook River by the paper mill in Bennington (NH). In addition to the light being right and having a good sky, this photo required that the river level be fairly low as I needed to “rock hop” out into the middle of the river in order to get the angle of view I wanted. It all worked out pretty well, except that I strained a muscle in my left thigh “hopping” the rocks. I put “hopping” in quotes because in reality there was no hopping done; only a slow cautious crawl out and back! In the end I made the photo I had in mind and as the saying goes one has to suffer for one’s art!

When I got back to the computer, I discovered that there were some exposures on the memory card that I made back at the end of April (the 28th to be exact). I had never downloaded these files and, in fact, had completely forgotten about them… sort of like what happened back in the day of yore film when you developed a roll of film and found exposures at the beginning that you made some months prior. This doesn’t happen often in the digital age, but it is fun when it does!

The first four photos below were made back in April. The last three were from Saturday.

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Mill Buildings (Harrisville, NH)
Mill Buildings (Harrisville, NH)
Skatutakee Lake (Harrisville, NH)
Skatutakee Lake (Harrisville, NH)
Untitled #1 (Hancock, NH)
Untitled #1 (Hancock, NH)
Untitled #2 (Hancock, NH)
Untitled #2 (Hancock, NH)
Untitled #3 (Hancock, NH)
Untitled #3 (Hancock, NH)
Papermill Dam and Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Papermill Dam and Powerhouse (Bennington, NH)
Railroad Trestle (Bennington, NH)
Railroad Trestle (Bennington, NH)

15 August 2019

Portsmouth, NH

Filed under: Landscapes,Summer — Tags: — Frank @ 10:00 PM

Yesterday, I made the two hour (one way) drive to Portsmouth, NH over on the seacoast. I had arranged to pick up an old Epson printer that I am going to convert to use only black inks. (details below, after the photos).

After getting the printer safely ensconced in my truck, I took a walk, camera in hand, around downtown Portsmouth, a bit of New Hampshire that I am not familiar with.

Despite the hordes of tourists, I spend an enjoyable couple of hours. I visited a special NH Art Association exhibit at the Sheafe Warehouse in Prescott Park and a photography exhibit in their permanent gallery on State Street. The sights and sounds of the city were interesting, but I was glad to head back to the peace and quiet of our neck of the woods before too long.

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Memorial Bridge
Memorial Bridge
Sheafe Warehouse (detail)
Sheafe Warehouse (detail)
Gundalow Rigging (detail)
Gundalow Rigging (detail)
Cafe Tables
Cafe Tables
Pilings
Pilings
North Church (detail)
North Church (detail)
Portsmouth Shadows #1
Portsmouth Shadows #1
Portsmouth Shadows #2
Portsmouth Shadows  #2
Portsmouth Shadows #3
Portsmouth Shadows  #3

Warning… photographer talk ahead!!!

I already have one converted printer with a set of Piezography “warm neutral” inks installed; it makes wonderful prints on all sorts of matte papers.

I am trying to decide on which ink set to use in the “new” printer. I’m torn between a set which resembles selenium toned gelatin silver prints or the “special edition” set which emulates the tones of platinum/palladium prints.

Decisions… decisions!

18 July 2019

One Intersection — Five Photographs

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 10:00 AM

Two dirt roads cross in an out of the way corner of Hancock, NH.

A light rain falls.

So much photographic possibility.

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Crossroads #1
Crossroads #1
Crossroads #2
Crossroads #2
Crossroads #3
Crossroads #3
Crossroads #4
Crossroads #4
Crossroads #5
Crossroads #5

30 May 2019

Contoocook & North Branch Rivers

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: — Frank @ 11:30 PM

Inspired by a discussion at yesterday’s conservation commission meeting, I took a drive along our local rivers this afternoon .

The Contoocook River runs roughly seventy miles, from Jaffery (south of Antrim) to Pennacook (north of Concord) where it joins the mighty Merrimack. It forms the eastern border of Antrim.

The North Branch (of the Contoocook) River runs about seventeen miles, from Stoddard to its confluence with the Contoocook in Hillsborough. Most of its run is through the north part of Antrim.

I took both my “normal” camera and my camera obscura with me on the drive but I was moved to use only latter.

I am mulling beginning a larger project involving photographing along the entire length of each river. We’ll have to see how this pans out. Watch this space for future developments!

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Iron Bridge Over the Contoocook River between Bennington and Antrim, NH
Iron Bridge Over the Contoocook River between Bennington and Antrim, NH
Contoocook River Near the Iron Bridge between Bennington and Antrim, NH
Contoocook River Near the Iron Bridge between Bennington and Antrim, NH
Riverine Field Near the Contoocook River, Deering, NH
Riverine Field Near the Contoocook River, Deering, NH
Riverine Field Near the Contoocook River,Antrim, NH and Hedgehog Mountain, Deering, NH
Riverine Field Near the Contoocook River,Antrim, NH  and Hedgehog Mountain, Deering, NH
Contoocook River from the Second NH Turnpike Bridge (Antrim and Deering, NH)
Contoocook River from the Second NH Turnpike Bridge (Antrim and Deering, NH)
North Branch River Near River Rd., Antrim, NH
North Branch River Near River Rd., Antrim, NH

10 November 2018

Random Photos

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 10:07 PM

I often carry a camera with me as I go about my day-to-day activities. Sometimes I even activate the shutter release!

These photos were all made in the month or so since we returned from our road trip. During yesterday’s rain, I remembered to take the memory card out of the camera and see what had accumulated.

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Roadside Oddity #9
Roadside Oddity #9
Autumn Cascade
Autumn Cascade
Autumn Leaves
Autumn Leaves
October Skies
October Skies
Untitled
Untitled
Pumpkin
Pumpkin
Fungi
Fungi
Morning Light
Morning Light


 

22 May 2018

Rainy Day Colors

Filed under: architecture,Garden Flowers,Monadnock Region,Spring — Tags: , — Frank @ 6:00 PM

After finishing my errands this morning, I took a stroll (with camera in hand) around downtown Peterborough in a light rain.

The light was dull and flat, it was not a day for black and white photos, but the rain did make the colors really pop!

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Blue Spokes
Blue Spokes
Once Blue
Once Blue
Spring Flower #1
Spring Flower #1
Spring Flower #2
Spring Flower #2
Colorful Detail #1
Colorful Detail #1
Colorful Detail #2
Colorful Detail #2
Colorful Detail #3`
Colorful Detail #3`
Colorful Detail #4
Colorful Detail #4
Fixed!
Fixed!
Traffic Cone
Traffic Cone
Flammable Gas
Flammable Gas
Life Is Good, Etc.
Life Is Good, Etc.


 

26 April 2018

Bailey Brook

Filed under: Early Spring,Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:59 PM

This afternoon, I spent some time at Bailey Brook in Nelson. This brook has two very nice water falls separated by about a quarter mile of stream containing numerous small cascades. The stream was flowing well as we had about a half inch of rain yesterday.

The lower falls is visible from the road and is the smaller but more photogenic of the two. The upper falls has a very nice swimming hole at its top. I did not avail myself of this amenity today. It was breezy and the temperature was in the mid-50’s! The skies were partly cloudy with periods of bright sun (not so good for photographing waterfalls) and periods of thick clouds (good for the task at hand). The clouds were moving quickly so I never had to wait long for the light to change.

Bailey Brook is one of the few places in our neck of the Monadnock region where I have observed skunk cabbage*. There were newly emerging plants at numerous locations along the edge of the brook.

Damp feet and knees were a small price to pay for the photographs I made.

Color Work

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Lower Falls
Lower Falls
Lower Falls (detail)
Lower Falls (detail)
Cascade
Cascade
Upper Falls (3 frame panorama)
Upper Falls (3 frame panorama)
Cascade (detail)
Cascade (detail)
Skunk Cabbage
Skunk Cabbage

Black and White Work

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Lower Falls (detail)
Lower Falls (detail)
Cascade #1
Cascade #1
Cascade #2
Cascade #2
Cascade #3
Cascade #3
Cascade #4
Cascade #4
Cascade #5
Cascade #5
Cascade #6
Cascade #6
Cascade Detail
Cascade Detail
Cascade #7
Cascade #7

* Edit: Joan says that this plant is American False Hellebore, NOT skunk cabbage. I have enough trouble with odes… plants are too much for me!


 

24 April 2018

Spring Runoff Redux

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region,Spring — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:30 PM

This afternoon I took a walk in the woods behind our house. My goal was to visit (and photograph)  two small woodland streams,

The nearest one (about a quarter mile from the house) was a bust. Too little flow and too much light (contrast).

The second (about another half mile along) panned out well. Just the right combination of flow and light.

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Vernal Flow #1
Vernal Flow #1
Vernal Flow #2
Vernal Flow #2
Vernal Flow #3
Vernal Flow #3
Vernal Flow #4
Vernal Flow #4


 

23 April 2018

Meetinghouse Hill

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

Meetinghouse Hill was the original center of Antrim. The original meetinghouse was built near the summit in 1785. The associated cemetery is still well maintained an offers nice views of Mount Mondanock after some recent logging activity on the southwestern flank.

The meetinghouse building was moved to the foot of the hill (maybe a half mile trip) in 1832 and was purchased by the Antrim Grange in 1894. It still used as the Grange Hall and they are in the midst of a campaign to restore the building. Across Meetinghouse Hill Road from the Grange is the Uplands, an old farmhouse and barn. The Uplands is the home of our friends Victor and Lynne who run a bed and breakfast there.

Last Friday, I spent some time on Meetinghouse Hill making photographs.

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Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
Cemetery Wall Detail #1
Cemetery Wall Detail #1
Cemetery Wall Detail #2
Cemetery Wall Detail #2
Antrim Grange Hall #1
Antrim Grange Hall #1
Antrim Grange Hall #2
Antrim Grange Hall #2
Antrim Grange Hall #3
Antrim Grange Hall #3
The Uplands
The Uplands
Last of the Winter
Last of the Winter


 

Spring Runoff

Filed under: Landscapes,Monadnock Region — Tags: , — Frank @ 11:30 AM

Last Friday was cool and partly cloudy. Perfect weather for photographing flowing water. The snow is almost gone, but the spring runoff is still near peak.

I spent a bit of time with neutral density filers and tripod, making photographs at two different small woodland streams during the day.

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Spring Runoff #1
Spring Runoff #1
Spring Runoff #2
Spring Runoff #2
Spring Runoff #3
Spring Runoff #3
Spring Runoff #4
Spring Runoff #4
Spring Runoff #5
Spring Runoff #5
Spring Runoff #6
Spring Runoff #6
Spring Runoff #7
Spring Runoff #7


 

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