Category Archives: Environment

March 2017 Wallpaper

Into the archives for the elusive “March” image.  I selected one from a trip we made a few years ago down the eastern seaboard to drop off my brother-in-law Glenn (who was beginning his hike of the Appalachian Trail in Georgia).  On the way back we stopped at one of my favorite National Wildlife Refuges: Chincoteague NWR in Virginia.   One of the denizens of the refuge is a group of feral ponies that have lived in the area since the 1800s.

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Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 500mm f/4 + 1.4TC = 700mm, 1/1000 sec at f/5.6, ISO 1000.   Processed in Lightroom CC.  Camera Neutral profile. Minor contrast tweaks; medium contrast curve.  Vibrance +16; Clarity: +13.

February 2017 Wallpaper

I was pawing through my February archives and ran across a series of abstracts of the Assabet River that I shot in 2012.  I don’t normally do abstracts as part of the wallpaper series, but strangely enough I did one last February.  Although shot two years apart the mystery and lightness of these images obviously keeps getting my attention.  I hope they look good on your screens – it really comes to life when it is displayed on a big surface.

Looking forward to Spring…

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Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, EF 24-70mm f/2.8 @35mm, 13 sec at f/14, ISO 100.   Processed in Lightroom CC. Surprisingly few adjustments – just some basic exposure tweaks to compress in the highlights and bring out the shadow areas (below the surface): Canon Camera Neutral profile; EV -0.1; highlights -37; shadows +64; blacks -44; clarity +9; vibrance +15.

January 2017 Wallpaper

Happy New Year!  This month’s photo was selected with two, somewhat opposing, thoughts in mind.  The first is to express my best wishes for the new year that is dawning upon us.  On many fronts I think it will be a hard-fought one in which to find joy, but the good things we believe in are worth fighting for.  And there is always the light of a new day.

The second thought that went into this selection is bittersweet.  The photograph, albeit from January 2010, is of the Assabet River in my backyard here in Maynard.   In 20-something days we will be handing over the stewardship of this part of the river to Jillian and John as Betsy and I move to (a far less picturesque location in) Fitchburg.   We’ve been here 30 years and we will miss the sound of the river waking us up each morning and singing us to sleep at night.  It has provided me with literally thousands of hours of scenes to photograph and treasure.  Our children and our grandchildren have dipped their feet in the water along the river’s shoreline, thrown hundreds of stones into it, forded its currents, and fed the occasional duck.  It’s time for a new generation to enjoy the gifts nature has provided us here in our little corner of the planet and we’re so very happy that the new owners are in as much love with the yard as we are and we’re sure they will take good care of it.

Here’s to fond memories of a small stretch of a small river … and the joy of discovering the beauty of the new vistas just over the horizon!

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Technical: Canon 5D Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm, 1/15 sec at f/6.3, ISO 100. Processed with Lightroom CC, neutral profile. White balance pushed to 11000K to capture the warmth of the low light.  Generally few exposure tweaks: +0.2EV, highlights -37, whites +61, clarity +20, vibrance +20  Strong contrast curve.

December 2016 Wallpaper

December Wallpaper

I was quickly running behind on getting this month’s wallpaper out when Mother Nature decided to send some inspiration.  Our first snowfall of the season greeted us this morning and I ventured out into the yard to find something of interest.  Grass stalks and gently falling snow are a solid combination.

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T1, XF50-140mm f/2.8 @ 84mm, 1/640 at f/2.8, ISO 400. Processed with Lightroom CC, Provia profile, minor exposure tweaks.  I chose a higher shutter speed to try to (if you’ll pardon the pun) freeze the snowflakes.  Some other candidates featuring the river had lower shutter speeds and “streaks of snow” which weren’t as visually satisfying to me.

November 2016 Wallpaper

November 2016 Wallpaper

Well, I guess I didn’t have to worry about autumn colors here in New England.  By all accounts it has been pretty amazing out there and it has made even routine errands a joy. Best wishes to the start of the holiday season!

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Technical: Fujifilm X-T1, XF55-200mm @ 128mm, 1/180 at f/5.0, ISO 400. Processed with Lightroom CC, Provia profile, with a few exposure and contrast tweaks (blacks -48, being the most drastic, to bring down the background a bit more).