While on Mount Desert Island this past August wildfires were raging in California. These wildfires were so large they generated a thin cloud of smoke that rode on the winds across the US and as far away as Europe before coming under control.
The smoke had just reached the east coast by the second day of our stay. Mid-day skies, as a result, had a slight overcast appearance. But the sunrises and sunsets had such enhanced colors from the particulate matter in the smoke that on several occasions I found myself at water's edge trying to find just the right spot to capture the scene.
Across the Pond
The late afternoon autumn sun blasts its glowing light against the eastern shore of Rollins Pond. Nature frames this scene with the shadowed red pines.perched on the near side of the pond.
As far as Atlantic sunrises go, this one was quite disappointing until thirty minutes later when the filtered sunlight brought out all the pastel colors. Set against the granite boulders of the New Hampshire shoreline I had to stop to capture this moment in time.
Some times the best pictures are in the worst places. While traveling through western New Hampshire recently I came across this small lake hidden behind a stand of trees off Rt 101. As I drove down the narrow dead end road I found this composition but there was no place to pull off the road without parking on someone's lawn or posted property. So I threw the truck in park, jumped out and ran across to the shoreline, took a couple shots and got back out before anyone knew a I was there.
Nubble Light Sea Smoke
A Late December sunrise from Cape Neddick looking out to Nubble Lighthouse surrounded by sea smoke.
Another muggy August night and few better places to experience it than Portsmouth, New Hampshire (USA). Despite the heat and humidity hundreds of revelers chose to pack into the waterfront restaurants and clubs to celebrate summer.
This view from Badger Island is one of my favorites, with the glowing steeple of North Church radiating into the sky, the light streaks from a passing boat . . . it always brings the feel of the night back each time I view it.
Canon 5D Mark III EF28-135mm, f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
47mm, 15 sec, f/7.1, ISO 160 / 7482 x 3204 @ 360 p/in
Sunset on Suncook Lake
Back to one of my favorite spots to capture sunsets - Suncook Lake in Barnstead NH. About 7pm this Thursday evening I was checking the weather report for cloud coverage and watching the western sky, the little of it I can see through the forest, trying to decide whether to go out or not. Then a clap of thunder directly overhead made the decision for me. While a sane person would hunker down to ride out a storm, I got me shoes on and headed out. It wasn't as great as I had hoped but the colors and clouds were still pleasing. A bolt of lightning from a thunderhead would have added so much, but it was not to be.
Memorial Bridge in Green
After a week long heat wave in New England, Saturday had brought dryer, more comfortable conditions so I headed out to Portsmouth, New Hampshire (USA) to attempt an image I had been wanting to take for quite some time. Color conditions at Memorial Bridge were just about as perfect as I could ask for. And then someone on Badger Island started setting off fireworks which just added to the experience.
Behind Memorial Bridge is the new Sarah Long Bridge and the I-95 bridge, all linking New Hampshire and Maine. There was virtually no breeze this night which allowed the little gnats to land and bite freely, but also made the water relatively smooth in this eight second exposure.
Bass Harbor Glow
A late August sunset at Bass Harbor Light, just outside of Acadia National Park. Unless you come to this site during the winter, you are guaranteed to have people in your image. This night was no exception. Though I felt confident few would compromise my composition, within minutes five people had entered the frame, two of which were constantly moving. So you zoom in, tightening the crop and make the glowing sky the predominant feature.
Amber Skies-Long Exposure
Once again I was hoping for a nice red sunset but really, I think a little drama is better. I did a little experimenting this evening using the four stop graduated filer and a ten stop ND filter to slow down the exposure on this image. On the previous image, taken about ten minutes earlier I used only the graduate filter which allowed for sharper details in the sky and water.
Fireworks Over Camp Fatima 2019
Fireworks display over Camp Fatima in Gilmanton NH
January Sunrise from Cape Neddick
Though this looks cold, as I recall it was a fairly warm January morning back in 2015 when this was taken. Nubble Lighthouse in the foreground and Boone Light on the center horizon line.
The late afternoon rains canceled the fireworks display I had planned to photograph. Being unaware of the cancelation I planned to be in place an hour before they started, giving me time to find "my spot" and get set up. As I left the house not 3 miles away the sky was gray and overcast. As I turned down the road to this location I saw an amber glow emanating from the forest. This night's fireworks were provided by nature.
Meadow Pond Sunset
The weather maps showed perfect conditions for a colorful sunset this Saturday night. I wanted reflections so I headed out to Meadow Pond in Gilmanton NH knowing that this time of year there would be plenty of lily pads to add interest to the reflections.
The bright colors never materialized but the subtle colors I captured are just as good (almost).
Autumn's First Light
I was up before the sun this October morning and thought it has been a while since shooting a sunrise. Looking outside the eastern sky was clear, stars glowing in the pre-dawn light. The moon shone brightly in the western sky with a few wispy clouds passing under it. I decided to go out anyway. Ten minutes later, coffee in hand, I was in my truck heading up the hill. I arrived at my destination about twenty minutes after my first look out at the clear sky, but by now a band of clouds had crossed the sky providing a pallet for the sun's early light.
Saco River Foliage 2018
Passing clouds casts deep shadows on the brilliant foliage on the face of Mount Jackson in Hart's Location, New Hampshire.
Black River Estuary
We spent a weekend at this location in September. Wonderful location to relax and watch the multitude of birds as they prepare for their migration south. The area was teeming with Lesser and Greater Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Heron, a few Bald Eagles and of course Cormorants, Plovers and terns.
The Ledges from Profile Lake
This is a thirty second long exposure from Profile Lake in NH taken as the setting sun casts it last rays of light on the landscape. Fortunately, the gentleman fly fishing in the lake stood almost perfectly still during this long exposure.
New Hampshire Tropical Sunset
We don’t get many “tropical” looking sunsets in New Hampshire. I was glad I in the right place at the right time when this one appeared.
Morning in December
Red Sky in the Morning
Red Sky in the Morning Growing up my mother would frequently look out the window while preparing breakfast for us and upon seeing a sky like this would say "Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning" meaning the magenta morning sky was frequently followed by stormy weather.
This is one of two images taken on December 29th. A few minutes after this was taken the magenta dissolved as an overcast sky moved in from the southeast dramatically changing the atmosphere of the scene.
The Cove at Monument Rock
Late afternoon sun attempts to burn through the overcast sky at Monument Cove in Acadia National Park
Sometimes you just end up at the right place and at the right time. With hopes of a nice sunset I wandered up the hill and waited. As I waited I watched the clouds float off leaving an almost featureless sky. Apparently there was enough haze and humidity left in the air to give the sun a scarlet hue and spread its color across the heavens for a very short time.
Item #2013.08.19_IMG_6816 August Sunset
The Glen at Whistler's Cove
Following a marked trail out to Whistler's Cove in Maine, walking along timbers stretched out above the ground to protect the sensitive terrain, I came across this sun dappled glen and was immediately attracted to it's natural beauty.
This is the sister image to the horizontal piece entitled "Coastal Woodland" also available on my website.
Winter Sun Spike
Not a huge sun spike, but a spike all the same.
The Falls at the Basin
The Pemigewassett River cascades through the forest on it’s way to “The Basin” in the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire.
Golden to Blue Hour
In landscape photography we talk about periods of time each day when light is "ideal" for capturing the best images. The most prized time of day is the "Golden Hour," that period of time surrounding a sunset or sunrise. With sunsets, that space of time that follows the Golden Hour, when we transition into the darkness of night is called the "Blue Hour."
In this image taken on the northwestern shore of Frenchman's Bay on Mount Desert Island, I was fortunate to capture both the Golden and Blue Hours in one image. A storm moving in from the northwest caught some of the sun's red glow while also blocking the natural luminance of the sunset. The sky above remained light while the horizon slipped into darkness.