Day 302 (28 Oct 2012) The Calm Before the Storm

Tomorrow the East Coast will begin to get pounded by Hurricane Sandy.  We up in southern New England will get the northern part of the storm.  The last time we got hit w/ a huge storm, power was out for over a week, so everyone has been preparing.  I myself am fully prepared and ready, “Sandy, Bring it!!!” lol

I took a trip to Ocean State Beach in New London, CT, to see what was preceding the storm.  The clouds added a bit of drama to the sky, and the wind was whipping up the surf.  We in CT don’t see real surf, protected as we are by Long Island.  I have to admit its very tempting to brave the storm to see the storm surge, but I think I’ll just stay in and play it safe 😦

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Day 301 (27 Oct 2012) Fall Trees and a Stone Wall

Took a short walk this afternoon, under the cloudy sky, which provided nice texture to the sky.  I also noticed the moon out tonight before it got dark and thought it looked good 🙂  I’m not sure which version I prefer, so I posted both 🙂

This weekend I’ve been working my way through my photos from Spain, and I’m about halfway through; feel free to check out my Flickr Photostream Spain set, though it’s not complete yet.  I’ll repost the link once I’m done with them.  I don’t think I’ll make up the posts, but do one that has my best/favorite photos once I’m done.

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Day 300 (26 Oct 2012) Farmington River

I took a detour home today and shot at the Farmington River. It was dusk, but thy sky was cloudy so I didn’t get the colors in the water I was hoping for, but I’m not upset w/ these 🙂

It’s hard to believe it’s already day 300.  300 days and almost 16,000 photos later, I’m nearing the end of this project!!!

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51 mm, 1/30 sec, f/8, ISO 800 (Pic-nic Table Under Tree)

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39 mm, 2 sec, f/22, ISO 100 (River and Tree)

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Day 299 (25 Oct 2012) Night at the Boneyard

In my town, along a narrow, windy road that leads to the landfill, is a graveyard, a graveyard for the ones that are powered by engines.  To me it’s a sad place; there are many vehicles from the classic car era that are rusting, smashed, and have trees & plants growing out of them.  It’s almost enough to make me cry, almost.

I thought I would shoot there tonight, as the moon is near full, and the sky containing some light clouds.  I exposed for 5 min, ISO 100, f/11 and edited in Lightroom.  It’s been a while since I’ve shot long exposure shots like these, so I didn’t catch that the moon was in the wrong spot to get a good exposure on both the ground and allowing the sky to be shown.  But that’s ok.  I thought about going B&W on all of them, but like the subtle colors that are captured on a night like this.

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Day 295 (21 Oct 2012) Wedding Bells

On Sunday I attended the wedding of a couple friends, and as I was asked to help set up a little, I arrived early enough to get some shooting in before everyone else arrived.  I was also hired to shoot the last hour or so after the pro photographer left (I’m not a pro, esp. for weddings!), especially of the bride and groom leaving the bridal suite, saying good by, and getting into the limo.  It was an honor to be asked to shoot that (and get a little $ for it, too), esp. since I wasn’t asked to develop the photos (the bride will do that on her own time).  But anyway, here are a couple of my “personal” photos from that day.

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Camera Bling

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Center Pieces 

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Reception Hall

Day 298 (24 Oct 2012) Lens Reflections

I was changing lenses to take the last image displayed below (nope, you are not getting away from fall/autumn images yet; it is my fav time of year, if you can’t tell, lol), and I noticed the reflection of the light in the lens, off of the multiple lens elements.  I thought it was pretty neat.  🙂

The last image is of a chair on my deck, reminding me that I still need to clean up the yard; anyone want to help rake leaves? 🙂

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Day 297 (23 Oct 2012) Creek in the Woods

On my way home from work on Tuesday, I took a short detour to get an image.  I find it difficult to capture forest scenes to my satisfaction.  Maybe it’s because my memory of the scene is much more vivid than what my camera captures?  I don’t know.  But I’ll continue to try till I get it right 🙂

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Day 296 (22 Oct 2012) Tree and Moon

On Monday, which is one of my busiest days each week, I pulled my camera out for exactly one photo, of a tree near where I park my car at work.  There are several of these trees that are in a stage of partial-color change.  I think it’s beautiful!  I tried to frame the composition with the moon, as it was out that afternoon.

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Day 294 (20 Oct 2012) Autumn Macro – Acorns and Tractors

I took a quick study break after lunch (yes, I’m spending most of this beautiful day inside studying for my courses 😦 ) to shoot.  I thought it would be cool to shoot some of the many acorns littering my yard before I mowed the lawn and chopped them, and the leaves, up.  I also wandered over to the backhoe in my yard that shows up in several of my images and took some macro images of it, too.

Now back to the books for me!

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Acorn

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Acorn among leaves

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Hiding Acorn

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Backhoe Bucket

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Tractor Treads

Day 293 (19 Oct 2012) Rainy Autumn Day

It’s been raining since before I awoke today.  So I shot a few images from my spare room’s window.  I shot a long exposer using a 4x ND filter so that I could catch the mist/rain better.  I softened them a tad and boosted the saturation a hair to bring out the colors.

Then I saw a video on Adorama TV and tried to replicate the idea.  It was pretty fun!  Try to guess what was held behind the screen 🙂

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30 mm, 2 sec, f/22, ISO 100, 4x ND filter (Autumn Rain)

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60 mm, 0.6 sec. f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Rainy Screen)

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60 mm, 0.6 sec. f/5.0, ISO 100, 60mm macro lens (Green Screen)

Day 292 (18 Oct 2012) Autumn Night

Tonight I tried to capture the autumn tree color at night in the the parking lot of my school.  It was not as easy as I thought it would be.  I can’t seem to get the color right (I didn’t think to use my grey card), but I do like the one w/ a black & white treatment, and the color of another did come out (there was a slight breeze, if you can’t tell by the leaves).

Anyway, have a great night and I’ll talk to you again tomorrow!

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Day 290 (16 Oct 2012) Fall Colors

I really enjoy driving this time of year, even when I’m stuck in traffic it’s not as bad as the rest of the year.  Thought my driving is a tad bit more distracted.  What is causing me to enjoy traffic and be distracted?  It’s gazing at all the beautiful colors on the trees!  I know I posted some leaf photos yesterday, and on Saturday, but it’s just so beautiful here I can’t help but look and shoot!

These photos were taken from a parking lot of a local hardware store.  There were so many times I wanted to stop and shoot today, but the highway is not the safest place to stop.  Enjoy!

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Day 289 (15 Oct 2012) Autumn Morning

This morning as I was leaving for work, I saw what is represented in the first two images from my drive way.  These are the days when I’m glad I live out in the country, many miles from the nearest big town or city.  It’s great having the relitive peace and quite (I can hear the occassional car or truck on the road near by), and the dark nights (pretty decent for night photography).  It’s hard to imagine living in a city or large town on days like this.  I included both images because I’m not sure which composition I like the best; each has elements that speak to me in how they are captured.

The other images were taken at Horse Pond in Salem, CT, on my way into town to teach a personal finance class called Financial Peace University.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and in New England, it’s even better because of the fall foliage.  I actually met an Irish couple during my flight back from Spain  (the Dublin – Boston leg) who fly to the US to be “leaf peepers” almost every year.  It’s great to live in such a beautiful area!!

For those of you who are near/in CT, I have planned a Fall Foliage hike at Sleeping Giant State park that is open to anyone who wants to join.  Of course there will be lots of photography, so leave a comment and I’ll give you details if you are interested!

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Day 288 (14 Oct 2012) At the Pier

Today after having a great lunch (both food and conversations) at Paul’s Pasta in Groton, CT, I noticed some  abandoned, rotting pier pilings just past the parking lot (the restaurant is on the Thames River).  Which, by the way, if you have never been, you must!!  It’s worth a drive!  But I digress.  The pilings, and a lone fishing boat, caught my eye, so after grocery shopping, I swung back by and shot today’s images.

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Hiding Mussels

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The Thames River

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Day 287 (13 Oct 2012) Mt. Monadnock

Today a few friends and I took a short drive up to New Hampshire, to Mt. Monadnock, to hike and admire the fall foliage.  The foliage was predicted to be at 95% peak color, so we figured this was the perfect weekend to hike.  Mt. Monadnock is the second most climbed mountain in the world, second only to Mt. Fuji (which I have climbed); it’s a bald summit (due to fires in the 1800s), a short hike (~4 miles round trip), and the only mountain for many miles around, giving it a great view.

The views did not disappoint, however the trees were not as colorful as we had hoped, but that’s ok, fighting the crowds on the trails provided enough entertainment to counter that, LOL.  But it was a good day for a hike: clear weather, cool air, and enough color to make it worth the 2.5 hr drive.

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Day 286 (12 Oct 2012) Grocery Store Pumpkin

I’m sooo not fully back into the routine!  About 8pm I realized I had not shot a single image all day, and I still had lots to do to prep for a hike tomorrow,  including running to the local grocery store to pick up some trail food and cider (I’ll be bringing it hot in a thermos for the Summit reward!).  As I was leaving the store, I noticed the typical grocery store bin full of pumpkins that you see this time of year in every grocery story.  So I grabbed my camera and snapped a few shots.  Deff not art of my best stuff, but I did get my daily photo 🙂 Tomorrow will be Fall Foliage from New  Hampshire!!  THAT will be good stuff!!

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Day 285 (11 Oct 2012) I’m Back!!

I know that you must be going into withdrawals not having an image of mine to take in every day over the past two and a half weeks, but now your wait is over!  HaHa, J/K 🙂  I’m not ‘that’ full of myself.  But It is good to get back into this daily activity.

The past two weeks were AMAZING, to say the least.  Spending 2 weeks with my amazing girlfriend in Barcelona and the surrounding areas (France and Andorra, included) was better than I had dreamed.  Can’t wait for her to visit here in December 🙂 🙂

While there I shot just under 2000 images, and have not had a chance to do anything with them, as I had two mid-terms this week upon returning (finished last one tonight), so any spare time was in the books.  I hope to work on them slowly over the next few days/weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for make-up posts (and more images up on Flickr)

Tonight after my last mid-term of the semester, I pulled out a LED powered glow stick to see what kind of fun I could have in my dark basement.  I think I had more fun than the images portray, but that’s always ok 🙂

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