Tag Archives: Assabet River

October 2017 Wallpaper

Autumn painting the landscape along the Assabet River in 2008.   Here’s hoping this year is as colorful.

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Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 at 70mm; 1/200 sec at f/4.5, ISO 200.  Handheld from a kayak.  Processed with Lightroom CC, Camera Faithful profile, strong contrast curve, vibrance +15, clarity: +25, masked sharpening.

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.

July 2016 Wallpaper

July 2016 Wallpaper

A photograph from July 2008 when I spent many a warm evening photographing osprey at the Assabet headwaters in Westborough.  This photo has something both subtle and amazing every time I see it: the water lily is literally indented into the water with surface tension inconceivably not broken.  Considering this is in the middle of a large body of water is a bit of a testament to how still it must have been that evening in July…

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Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, 500mm f/4L IS, 1/1600 second at f/7.1, ISO 400. Handheld from kayak. Processed with Lightroom CC.  Minor exposure tweaks: Ev-0.8, whites +28; linear contrast curve with slight tweak to the “darks” part of the curve, masked sharpening.

March 2016 Wallpaper

March 2016 Wallpaper

March is not a month that produces a lot of great “spring is here” photographs.  We’re really in between winter and spring and it varies greatly from year to year as to whether you are outside on the right day to find a good photograph.  I dug 10 years into my archive to find something that didn’t have snow and ice…  I hope you enjoy this little sign of spring.

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Technical: Canon 1D Mk II, EF 70-200 f/2.8 L, with 1.4x TC at 210mm, 1/640, f/5, ISO 400. Handheld from kayak. Processed with Lightroom CC 2015 – minor contrast tweaks and spot exposure adjustments.