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September 2015 Wallpaper

September 2015 Wallpaper

Another summer is drawing to a close..  Time to exhale.  A view from Lobster Lake in Maine taken on our recent trip there.

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Technical: Fuji X-T1, XF55-200mm f/3.5 @ 90mm, 1/400 @ f/13, ISO 400. Handheld. Processed with Lightroom CC 2015: clarity +15, exposure almost untouched: just pushed the whites +67 with graduated filter below the horizon to better match what the eye would see).

Sun dogs and Sunset


A beautiful sky this evening…   We were in Lancaster (at Kimball’s) for a mini-birthday party for our grandson and on the way out Betsy noticed the sun dogs.   So we took the long way home and stopped at Wachusett Reservoir, which provided some nice views.  During the time we were there the sun dog to the right was so bright you could see it reflected in the water.

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Shortly after arriving home the clouds were putting on a show….


… so I scurried over to the “Ice House Landing” (Assabet River, Ben Smith Dam impoundment) which had a nice reflection going on.



Technical: All “sun dog” photos were taken with an Fuji X100S, handheld.  The sunset photos are mostly a Fuji X-T1 (10-24mm), handheld  (one is with the X100S).  Processed with Lightroom 5.


August 2012 Wallpaper

A sunset from “Height of Land” outside of Rangeley, Maine taken on a camping trip we took over the past week.

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Just missed it!

Taking a break from an editing session I walked into the kitchen to get a drink and saw what is a very rare sight in our neck of the woods: a nice sunset. The only problem was the good part was probably about 5 minutes before I saw it. I grabbed a camera that had a lens attached and a tripod (taking no time to find a jacket, but the weather here is back to unseasonably mild), ran out to the river and grabbed a few exposures.

Oh to have been there a few minutes earlier with another lens or two in hand! There are so many good photographs hiding in these frames…

Anyway, as Dewitt Jones says, celebrate what nature gives you – and I do. So here’s a little “fire on the water” from our little corner of the world.

You might be asking “No sunsets?”. Nope. I live right next to a river and, for all it’s beauty when you are next to a river you are, by definition, at the bottom of a valley. To the west from where we are the land rises up, so the sun drops below the horizon a good 30 minutes before it “sets”. Only when the clouds are in the right configuration do we get anything resembling color in our sunsets — and believe me that doesn’t happen very often (like maybe a couple of times a year at the level that these photos are at). Over the past 8 or 9 years I think I only have one other set of images with similar conditions. And now you know why I wish I was thirsty a few minutes earlier!

One from Umbagog


Canon 5D Mark 2, 16-35mm f/2.8 L at 35mm.  0.6 second exposure at f/11.

No Lightroom adjustments.  Nada.  Straight out of the camera.

We spent a nice long paddling weekend with friends up at Umbagog Lake.  Beautiful weather, but that makes for boring photography.  Fortunately there was some nice fog every morning.

More to come on this trip.