Day 31 (31 Jan 2012) Farmington River

Today marks 1 month down!  No days missed 🙂  But starting next month, I’ll actually have to remember what number I’m on instead of just looking at the date!

On my way home from work I decided to stop at a little park next to the Farmington River near southern Windsor, CT.  I thought it would look cool to do a longer exposure of the river, like I’ve done with waterfalls, just to see what happened.  I like how the first one almost looks like it was painted; I may print a large size of it for my wall 🙂

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51 mm, 2 sec, f/36, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Painted River)

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18 mm, 0.4 sec, f/22, ISO 100 EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens (Branch in Water)

Blue Water

18 mm, 2 sec, f/22, ISO 100 EF-S 18-55 IS kit lens (Blue Water)

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Day 30 (30 Jan 2012) Windsor Sky

As I was leaving work this evening, an hour later than normal, I glanced up from the road and saw a beautiful sky!  I drove a little out of my way to get away from the business park and found an open field where I could pull over, set up the tripod, and capture the sky.  Then I turned around and pointed at the traffic circle (round-about, for those from other parts of the country/world).  The surrounding towns put these in, most of which don’t have any other roads off of them, to keep the semi-trucks from taking a short cut through residential areas.  I’m not sure how well they work, ’cause I’ve seen tracks go over the top of them, or cutting the corners.  Problem not solved, and everyone has to deal w/ driving around these.  Gotta love government solutions (stepping down from my soap box, now).

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Dusk in Windsor, CT)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Windsor Sky)

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18 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Dusk in Windsor, CT)

Day 29 (29 Jan 2012) Zooming Stars

Good evening!

I decided to try to have a little fun with tonight’s photo.  I’ve shot photos in the past where I zoomed while the shutter was still open, but never tried it on a longer exposure of stars.  It might be more interesting when there is no moon out (but I’m not staying up that late tonight!).

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18 –> 55 mm, 30 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Zooming Stars)

Day 28 (28 Jan 2012) Sandy Neck Beach

Since today’s weather was more like May instead of January I decided to go for a hike at Sandy Neck Beach on the Mass Cape.  I took a lot of photos but here are the ones I like the best.  Yes, there are more than 1, but I couldn’t narrow it down to just one or two today 🙂

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47 mm, 1/40 sec, f/14, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Shingles on a house)

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32 mm, 1/60, f/13, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Grass on a Dune) 

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21 mm, 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Branch on a Dune)

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30 mm, 1/80 sec, f/16, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Grass and Clouds)

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18 mm, 1/60 sec, f/13, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Marsh Reeds)

Day 27 (27 Jan 2012) Rain, Rain, Go Away

It’s January, and it’s warm.  47 F was the high, to be exact.  It’s supposed to be in the 20s and snowing, but what can I do, but take the opportunity to try to photograph the weather?

In the first photo I was trying to capture the splash of rain drops.  I used my 50-200mm zoom lens so I could get ‘close’ w/o getting my camera wet 🙂  I like how you can see the remainders of the drops flying out from the railing in addition to the actual splash.

The other two photos are of trees and fog.  They seemed a bit bland, so I decided to jazz them up with filters in Lightroom.

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178 mm, 1/200 sec, f/5.6, ISO 1600, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Splashdown)

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200 mm, 1/60 sec, f/8.0, ISO 400, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Green Fog)

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50 mm, 1/100, f/8.0, ISO 400, Sigma DC OS 20-200mm 1:4-5.6 HSM (Blue Fog)

Day 26 (26 Jan 2012) Dead Tree

I have this tree in my house that should never have been left out during the first frost.  I’m pretty sure I killed it, but I haven’t had time to ‘dispose’ of it yet, so it’s still in my living room.  When I laid down on my couch and looked up, the entry-way light shining above the tree on the ceiling looked pretty neat.  I changed the white balance to make it a little more dramatic (the yellow-orange color you see).

With the weather being a bit dreary and it being dark by the time I get home, I’m feeling like there isn’t much to shoot, so if you would like to suggest a subject, please do!  I will try to fulfill your suggestion 🙂

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50 mm, 1/2 sec, f/8.0, ISO 1000, EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Dead Tree)

Day 25 (25 Jan 2012) Book of Jeremiah

25 days!  I’ve had a few close calls, but I’ve managed to keep this up for 25 days straight!  Not necessarily a huge accomplishment, but its a good milestone to have under my belt

So to celebrate, today’s photo is of something that is of great importance to my life.  The basis for who I am is my faith in my Saviour, Jesus Christ.  If not for Him, I would not be who I am.  I won’t preach at you, but I do want you to know that fact about myself.  I’m not into “religion” but a relationship with Jesus.  Feel free to ask me anything about that, and I’ll give you candid, honest answers.

I chose the book below, as it is written by the person I was named for, and because my life verse (11:29) is found in this book, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

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55mm, 1/20 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Book of Jeremiah)

Day 24 (24 Jan 2012) Goodwin College

Every day I drive past this college on my commute home, and love the way it looks in the dark.  Each street light is topped with a green light, and the tower glows a new color every 10 seconds.  It took some paying attention to realize it was a school and not a business of sorts.  I’ve been meaning to shoot this for a while, so today I took the exit and tried to capture its beauty.  I’m afraid that I was not able to do it justice; I’m not terribly proud of the results, but maybe on a darker night, when I’m not trying to get home and satisfy my hunger, I can take more time, try different angles & views, and get something I will be happy with.

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23 mm, 15 sec, f/11, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Goodwin College)

One of the street lights that only had the upper green light working:

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33 mm, 30 sec, f/11, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm IS kit lens (Green Street Light)

Day 23 (23 Jan 2012) Rain, Rain. . .

This morning as I was pulling out of a snow-covered drive way, I was thinking that shooting a snow-covered landscape under star light would look cool.  But that was before I checked the weather and learned it was going to rain today.

So I shot what was available: rain.

This first shot is of my windshield (from the inside) while parked at the local grocery store.
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55 mm, 1/4 sec, f/5/6, ISO 3200, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Rain on Glass)

This second photo was a lone street light at a freeway on/off ramp

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55 mm, 0.3 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Lonely Street Light)

Day 22 (22 Jan 2012) Sunday River, Day 3

Good by wonderful mountain!  I’ll miss you!

Today was great!  The light snow that fell yesterday coupled with a cold night and bright sun made for great conditions!  Some of the best I’ve seen on the East Coast!  The mountain was mostly empty, too!  It was great to just be able to point my board down and push the limits of control (I maxed out today at 43 mph!)!

Tomorrow starts ‘normal’ life again, but that’s not a bad thing!  I’ll get to see my friends again, and start a new semester!

These photos were taken after I decided I was done for the day/weekend.  It was 2 hrs before my lift ticket expired, but after 3 days of hard riding (and not being as young as I once was), coupled with a pending 5 hr drive home, I was finished!

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23 mm, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm Kit Lens (Goodby Sunday River)

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23 mm, 1/80 sec, f/22, ISO 100, EF-S 18-55mm Kit Lens (Goodby Sunday River)

Day 21 (21 Jan 2012) Day 2 at Sunday River

It’s hard to beat a day snowboarding; the pure speed, pushing the edge of control, and enjoying God’s creation!  I’ve always enjoyed being outside, and a physical challenge.  This gives me both 🙂

I wanted to get some vista views today, but the peaks started out shrouded in mist, so I just took some photos at the base (both in the morning and at night).  Even without going too far from the comfort of the lodge, there was plenty to shoot, but since it was cold, I limited my time outside (esp. tonight, when I was just wearing jeans and a light jacket in the 8 degree night).  I hope you enjoy them.  And as always, any feed back is appreciated (not just the good stuff, I am always looking for pointers on how to improve).

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I realize now that I should have used my speed light and fired it off from the left side to help accentuate the chairs.  This is a learning experience, so next time 🙂
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20 mm, 30 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS Kit Lens (Chair Lift Under Orion)

Day 20 (20 Jan 2012) Sunday River Day 1

Good evening!  Today was a great day; shredding the slopes up here at Sunday River in Newry, Maine!  Thought I’m feeling my age and lack of gym use 😦  But it’s worth it!  I did take my camera out on the slopes today but it was so cold that to take it out meant my hands about froze almost immediately.  But I did brave it once but nothing really good came out (was on the chair as dusk was falling).  But when I returned from getting dinner, I took a drive to the main resort building and shot the slopes lit up for night skiing.  Tomorrow I’ll take more photos from the slopes with a borrowed P&S camera.  I may brave the elements for a sunrise, but we’ll see 😉

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23 mm, 5 sec, f/8.0, ISO 800, EF-S 18-55mm IS ‘kit’ lens (Sunday River Night Ski)

On the way up, I did stop and try to shoot the sunrise from the side of the road.  I think it looked way more amazing in person, but here it is:

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21 mm, 1/20, f/8.0, ISO 100,  EF-S 18-55mm IS ‘kit’ lens (Sunrise in Maine)

Day 19 (19 Jan 2012) The Day Before

Tomorrow morning I’ll get up very early, hop into my car, and head for Sunday River for THREE days of snowboarding!

I’ve spent most of this evening packing, double checking that I have everything, and trying to find a way to cary my DSLR safely with me on a few runs.  I have been loaned a couple point-and-shoot cameras and a Flip cam that I can keep with me all weekend, but I want to be able to use the capabilities of my camera to capture some great photos. I will admit that photography is not going to be my focus this weekend 🙂    If I don’t get a post up each day, don’t worry, I’ll post one for each day no later than Monday.

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50 mm, 1/15 sec, f/1.8, ISO 400, EF 50mm f/1.8 II (Ready to Ride)

Day 18 (18 Jan 2012) Breakfast, it’s what’s for lunch

Right now I have my camera sitting on a tripod pointed NNE with the shutter open.  It’s been open for about 15 min, and if I don’t plan on shutting it for another 45 min.  I really want to get some start trails 🙂  I just hope my battery is up for the 2hr task (the camera does a noise [that grainy thing you see in some photos taken in low light or indoors] reduction process that takes as long as the exposure to improve the final image).  I won’t know till about 11:35 (or when I wake up and have a photo or not).

Since I planned this from early today (weather.com promised a mostly clear night), I planned ahead so we would all have something to see. 🙂  For a while I’ve been craving pancakes, so I decided to make some for lunch today, since I was working from home.  Nothing fancy, just my lunch:

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35 mm, 1/25 sec, f/4/5, ISO 500, Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens (Pancakes for lunch)

Day 17 (17 Jan 2012) Winter is Here

It’s taken long enough, but Winter decided to show up, half way through January.  We’ve had a few days of ‘normal’ January weather, and last night it finally snowed a couple of inches!!  I knew as I went to bed last night that I would finally get to shoot some true winter photos 🙂

I had a hard time picking out which one(s) to put up, so if you would like the see some more, please check out my Flickr Photostream.

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55 mm, 1/100 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400 (Snow on Backhoe Treads)

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55 mm, 1/60 sec, f/5.6, ISO 100 (Snow on Fir Tree)

Day 16 (16 Jan 2012) All Stop

A friend & initial photography mentor and I decided to do photography challenges periodically, and for this week, he chose “red.”  I’ll get to choose the next challenge.

So today on my way home I was thinking what I could shoot that is red or has to do with red.  And as I was sitting at a traffic light, it dawned on me that the reason I wasn’t going anywhere is because the light is red!  It was a fairly long light, and the though came quickly, so I grabbed my camera and tried to capture a red light at night.  The shot I like best (or am least unimpressed by) is one that I took out of focus.  You can see the three stop lights and the brake lights of the car in front of me.  It would have probably turned out better had I parked and set up the camera on my tripod and took my time, but that will have to wait for another day.

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55 mm, 1/15 sec, f/5.6, ISO 800 (Red Traffic Light)

Day 15 (15 Jan 2012) Life and Death

As I was driving home today from church, I passed this corn field I pass every time I come home.  But I noticed that there was this knarley dead tree out in the middle, and I thought it looked pretty cool.  I thought I could shoot some pics of it as the sun set and get one good enough to post here.

But since today it’s acting like the first day of winter; it was 18F out and windy, I didn’t quite make it to sunset.  I spent about 15 min fighting numbness in my gloved fingers as I ran around the field trying different angles and positions.  It was so cold I wasn’t thinking about the settings on the camera, or hardly remembering to look at the preview after shooting to see if it came out ok.  So, most of my shots were not quite what I was hoping for.  They weren’t necessarily bad, just not what I had envisioned.  But as I was running back to my car, a flock of geese was heading south (finally) and I managed to capture this shot (slightly edited):

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36 mm, 1/200 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Geese and Dead Tree in Corn Field)

Day 14 (14 Jan 2012) 13 Minutes In Heaven

13 minutes and 39 seconds to be exact.  That’s how long the shutter was open pointing at the North Star tonight.  It was great finally having a clear night I could do this!  I’ll be trying much longer times to see how long I can get the star trails.  The bright area in the lower left is light pollution from a nearby town.  It’s hard to avoid in New England 😦

Taking long night exposures is very time-consuming: first you have the actual time the shutter is open, then over twice as long (it seems) for the camera to conduct noise reduction processing.  But it’s worth it, IMO.  Enjoy!

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20 mm, 13 min 39 sec, f/10, ISO 100 (Star Trails North)

Day 13 (13 Jan 2011) 571 Photos

My goal with this has been to share one photo a day with you.  I’ve shared 2 or 3 photos at different times, but today, I wanted to do more.  I’m sharing 571 photos with you!

Wait!  Don’t click away!  I promise that it won’t take long for you to look at them all, in fact, you can see all of them in 1 min, 16 sec!  You probably don’t belive me, and that’s ok, just look below:


571 photos combined in iMovie, 10 fps

That wasn’t so bad, was it?  My first time-lapse 🙂  Not perfect, I know.  And I know there should be some awesome sound track to go with it, but I had way too much going on today to do that kind of editing, and iMovie (the software I used for this), will only allow a max of 10 fps (most videos are 24 or 30 fps); that is why it’s ‘jumpy’.  I need to get some other software for future projects.  But I do welcome your feed back: anything from a music score to add to this to software I can use to editing techniques.

Day 12 (12 Jan 2012) Yesterday and Today

Yesterday I took what is probably my favorite photo of all I’ve ever taken.  It was taken well after I posted my daily pic, but I love it so much I’m posting it here, today, in addition to today’s photo.

It was taken on the day of birth of one of my best friends’ daughter.  I have to admit looking at the finished photo caused some deep emotion to well up.  I’m not saying it’s because it’s all because of the photo, but because it’s personal, I’m sure.

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55 mm, 1/40 sec, f/5.6, ISO 3200, edited in Lightroom (A Father’s Love)

After yesterday, I couldn’t really come up with anything that could compare, but I did tinker around my office for a bit, shooting random objects, trying to see what locked my interest.  Sadly nothing really did, but I lock onto my book shelf.  I LOVE to read, and C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite authors (though admittedly I’ve only read the Narnia series so far).

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23 mm, 1/10 sec, f/4.5, ISO 3200 (Library)