From Camera to Personal Vision

When you shoot photographs in Raw format, which I nearly always do, the images show reduced contrast and saturation, and appear softer. I started by dealing with these issues using Lightroom but continued to work to make the image more like what I saw and felt at the time. After reaching the middle image, the history window in the program showed more than 60 entries. One thing still bothered me. I wanted more space on the left side of the picture between the boat and the edge. Over to Photoshop to use the content aware fill function, then back to Lightroom for a few more tweaks, and the final image on the left has me satisfied.


A fox kit nuzzles up to its mother.

One of my father’s neighbors called to let me know that a family of foxes was living under his toolshed. After a  couple of days of watching and slowly building trust with the foxes, I was able to see that there are five kits.  These pictures were taken from an open kichen window.

The Herring Are Back!

News from the Stoney Brook herring run

Just like the more famous salmon runs, river herring return to their birth ponds to breed.  Spending most of their lives in salt water, they are drawn back up fresh water streams starting in March.  At first only a few, called scouts show up.  Soon they are joined by more and more, until the pools where they rest before continuing upstream are jammed, fish against fish, circling.

Shipwreck on Nauset Beach

Nauset Beach, Orleans, on Christmas Day

Diane and I have a tradition of walking on Nauset beach every Christmas Day afternoon.  Being a photographer, I always carry at least some of my gear.  Christmas 2003 I created two of my best selling images, both with my new 3 megapixel point and shoot.  That was a defining moment in my photography.  Shortly after, I purchased a Canon Rebel digital SLR, and I haven’t used film since.

This Christmas, we again walked Nauset, heading toward the remains of a schooner that a nor’easter had washed up the previous month.  I had photographed the piece a few days after the storm when it was still at the edge of the surf.  A month later, it was now high on the beach and rolled over, exposing the ribs, pegs and planking.

On this second day of the new year I want to wish everyone  a happy, healthy, and prosperous  2011!