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.

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

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!

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

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).

October 2016 Wallpaper

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Happy Autumn.   For this month’s image I stuck my hand into the October archives and by chance this decade-old image popped out.   I don’t know if we’ll have good color this year with the drought and all.  We may need to travel to locations like this (Addison, Vermont) to get our color fix for the year…  I hope you have a great autumn season!

Here are your wallpaper options:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Canon 1D Mk2, 70-200mm f/2.8L at 73mm; 1/250 @ f/8, ISO 200.  Processed with Lightroom CC.  Started with some small overall exposure tweaks: -0.3EV and brought down the highlights and black clipping -15 which created a solid tonal base. Added a general strong contrast curve.  The foreground grass was reflecting pretty strongly, so I pulled the greens down -11 and then added a GND filter which further pulled the foreground down (-0.4EV, h-10) into a comfortable range.

September 2016 Wallpaper

September 2016 Wallpaper

I had planned on publishing this along with a travelogue of our recent trip to Aziscohos Lake, but that’s taking longer than I had hoped, coupled with holidays and crazy schedules and work commitments… September is almost halfway gone (a terrifying realization as it is!)

This is a photograph taken a few weeks ago of Twin Brook, Aziscohos Lake, Maine which was nestled into an inlet along the side of the lake.

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Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

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Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Fujifilm X-T1,XF10-24mm F4 R OIS at 10mm; 1/3 sec at f/8.0, ISO 200. Processed with Lightroom CC: more or less straight out of camera (dragged the highlights down to deal with the untimely sunshine)

August 2016 Wallpaper

August 2016 Wallpaper

We’re in the middle of a pretty severe drought here in Massachusetts (and central MA is ground zero) so most of the plants in the area are struggling and I’m hard-pressed to find a new photograph for this year.  August is also when we take our annual kayaking trip somewhere far away from there, so I thought I’d go with a photograph from August of last year at Lobster Lake in Maine.  (For 2016 we’re returning to a remote site on Aziscohos Lake and hoping for good weather and maybe an aurora to compliment the waning moon!)

This particular image was difficult to crop into the 3 different versions below – there are major differences between them, so I hope you enjoy the one you use!  I’m actually very fond of a black & white version of this photograph, but decided it might not be what people are looking for on their computer screens…

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Anyways, here they are:

Download the 1024×768 version here. (Great for your iPad)

Download the 1280×800 version here.

Download the 1366×768 version here.

Download the 1920×1080 version here. (HDTV widescreen)

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Download the 2448×1836 version here. (iPads with Retina Screens)

Technical: Fujifilm X-T1, XF 55-200 f/3.5 at 200mm, 1/1600 at f/7.1, ISO 400; probably on a tripod (I don’t think we were on the water yet when I took this). Processed with Lightroom CC: just some simple contrast tweaks – the scene did most of the heavy lifting (as it should be).