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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!

Here are your wallpaper options:

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: 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.

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.

Happy New Year! January 2015 Wallpaper

January 2015 Wallpaper

Just in case anyone was under the impression that I had a New Year’s Resolution to get these images out on time in 2015…

Last week we had a burst of cold weather that reminded me of a similar frigid January morning in 2009.  The rising sun stirring the river into steam wherever the rays touch the surface creating a magical few minutes that reinforces the old photographer’s adage: bad weather makes for great photographs.

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

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

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

Technical: Canon 5D Mark II.  Processed in Lightroom 5.  Minor contrast adjustments.

December 2014 Wallpaper

December 2014 Wallpaper

A variation on a gallery print I used in an exhibit on the Assabet River. Photograph was taken in December 2007.

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

Technical: Canon 7D. Processed in Lightroom 5 (variety of exposure and contrast tweaks, masked additional clarity to the rocks and frost, leaving the water alone, somewhat aggressive sharpening to emphasize the frost crystals).

January 2013 Wallpaper

January 2013 marks my 4th anniversary of my monthly wallpapers.   I hope you continue to enjoy the little slices of nature I dig up each month and wish everyone a Happy New Year.

The recent snow we’ve had here at the turn of the year inspired me to find a slightly more picturesque January — this image was taken in January 2008.  It is the Assabet River as it transitions from Acton to Concord (there’s a town line somewhere in there, I think…)

If you like the above image you can download it to your computer and use it as your desktop or tablet wallpaper. A few of the common screen sizes are available:

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

Download the 1280×1024 version here.

Download the 1680×1050 version here.

Technical: Canon 1D Mark II, 24-70mm f/2.8 at 70mm.  1/13s at f/11, ISO 200.  Filtering unrecorded.   Processed with Lightroom 4.   There was a lot of tonal compression applied here — too many tweaks to detail.  The two most important were a selective mask of the river where I lowered the exposure by 1/3 stop and added clarity — effectively reproducing what a polarizer would do.  The second biggest push was to move the highlights down to recover some detail in the snowbank.  (I actually had the image ready to go without that and upon a third look decided something needed to be done there!)