Apparently, this is a famous building that everyone shoots, or paints, out in Rockport, MA. I shot this a couple of years ago, and never quite knew what to do with the edit. I’m not a huge fan of photos taken during the middle of the day, but this one worked for me because of the clouds.
It is a replica of a former fishing shack well known to students of art and art history as “the most often-painted building in America.”The original structure was built in 1840 and destroyed in the Blizzard of 1978, but an exact replica was constructed that same year.
I’d never sen it before, which is a good thing, because I wouldn’t want to be influenced by anything I might have seen. Honestly, there weren’t too many unique compositions for this scene, so I tried a long exposure with my 10 stop ND and then went with a painterly edit in the end.
I’ve been in a Maine for a week now. I have to say that this place is the opposite of where I grew up in Silicon Valley. I was pretty worried the first couple of days, because of culture shock. I knew this town of 4000 people was going to be small, but it felt even smaller once I actually saw it. It’s definitely going to take some time to slow down and adjust.
I feel like I’m going to be forced to disconnect from the 21st century and get back to nature. Thats not necessarily a bad thing. The few times that I’ve been able to get out, I’ve found Maine to be incredibly peaceful. There are so few people that its very easy to find yourself in a remote area surrounded by nature.
My biggest challenges are not having a car, cell phone service is spotty, and wifi signal is awful in this house. If I go anywhere outside of civilization, my cell phone is useless, so I need to get a physical map and a compass, since I don’t know my way around. And a new challenge that just popped up is my iMac suddenly lost power while typing this up. Yay for old farmhouses.
Thats enough complaining. Trust me, I could go on about several other things, but I’m just going to have to accept that my old way of life isn’t possible here right now.
On the bright side, I already made a new photographer friend here. She is still learning, but is already creating cool surreal composites. She was nice enough to show me around the other day while she searched for the perfect pond with lily pads. There doesn’t seem to be too much talent out here outside of the two of us, and maybe one or two other people. I suppose thats a good thing for me. She already wants to open up an artist space together to display our work and run workshops. I’m still feeling the market out before I commit to that though.
(This was shot with the default camera app on the iPhone and edited with Snapseed.)
About a month ago I had a feeling there was going to be a good chance for a great sunset, so I grabbed my camera and decided to go find a good vantage point of lower table rock. There are 2 of these formations in the Rogue Valley that are remnants of a lava flow. When you hike up to the top, it feels like another planet. Its really cool.
As I waited for sunset to materialize, this cloud started to form above the rock formation. Then the light started to reflect nicely. And the cherry on top was the Canadian Geese flying by in perfect formation.
Several minutes after taking this shot, it looked like the light was done, so I packed it in and started to head home. That was one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made. The entire sky turned an amazing shade of pink for a good 15 minutes. I was stuck in my car on the freeway, and didn’t get any photos. It was pretty awesome to witness the valley covered in such a vivid pink, but I was kicking myself for not being able to capture it.
Oh well, I’m still pleased with this photo, and it will remind me of the Rogue Valley for the rest of my life 🙂
This weekend, I got alerted to a potentially amazing sunset in southern Oregon. I’ve been wanting to go shoot at this location for months now, but I’ve been putting it off until the conditions were favorable. It’s a little over an hour away, so I’d hate to drive out there and not come back with the shot I had in mind.
Well, I still didn’t leave with the shot that I had envisioned, but thats ok. This outing provided me with more material for an article I’m writing. I want to explore the idea of how our expectations limit creativity. Stay tuned for that!
I’ll share more about this outing in the article, and in another post here, if I share my Nikon versions.
About the shot
This was taken with my iPhone 5s using the default camera app. I didn’t edit the image at all.
The other night, the conditions were looking good for sunset, so I went for a drive with my camera. I ended up out by Jacksonville, OR, which is wine country. I really had no idea where I was going to stop, or what I was going to shoot. I was just looking for something to compliment the good sky.
I finally stopped at some small turnout and saw this view of the valley. I decided it was good enough, so I started shooting with my iPhone and my Nikon. A few minutes later, some guy drives up and says I’m in his spot. I was confused at first, but it turned out he wasn’t being serious. He stopped at the next pullout and came out to shoot this scene too.
He was a local photographer that says he never runs into any other photographers. We hung out and chatted well past sunset. We showed each other our work and exchanged contact info. I was really impressed with his photos. He was an older gentleman, and when I went to look him up online, there was nothing to be found. Thats a shame too because his work is very much worth sharing.
Oh well. Maybe when we go out shooting again, I can talk him into posting some stuff.
This was shot with my iPhone 5s and edited in Photoshop on my iMac.
These are the iPhone shots I got of the storm that passed through on Tuesday evening.
The one above was a pano that I created with the default camera. I didn’t edit anything, other than add a reflection. I have an app that I need to review, called Reflect Mirror Camera, that I used for the reflection. It’s really good, as you can see above.
This almost looked like the eye of a storm. The way that it spun in circles made me feel like the storm was alive.
I shot this one through the windshield, after I had been blown back to the car by the wind. Imagine this coming towards you quickly.
This is some of the insane color that showed up at sunset. I knew the iPhone wouldn’t be able to do it justice, but it did a decent job of showing how much color was in the sky and on the ground. As cool as this was, the end of the sunset was a deep blood red that was really something to see as well. I didn’t bother trying to capture those colors, though.
The bottom 3 images were edited wtih Snapseed. The last one was very minimal because the color already looked accurate.
Things got intense last night as a supercell rolled through southern Oregon. I almost didn’t go out with my camera last night, but I decided I needed to get out, or I’d have zero chance of getting a shot, if a storm materialized.
While I was driving aimlessly, I noticed one side of the sky had gone incredibly dark. And it was absolutely dumping tons of rain on Ashland as the sky sparkled from all the lightning. I’ve never seen such an ominous storm in person before. I decided to drive towards it a little bit and park on the side of the road for some photos. (I’ll have to post those iPhone shots tomorrow.)
In my iPhone shots, you can actually see the storm building before me. After about 15-20 minutes of shooting from the middle of a road, the storm got on top of me and the wind gusts nearly blew my hat off. The wind pushed me back towards my car, and I didn’t fight it. I knew this wasn’t like any storm I’ve been in before. Thats when the sky opened up and massive raindrops began pelting my car. I took a few shots through the windshield, but I also tried to roll down a window and shoot. A fat raindrop made a loud smack on my arm as it hit my shirt. A smack through a shirt???
Seeing as I was in shorts and a t-shirt, I decided to run home to grab a jacket, and my rain cover for my Nikon. I also decided to be a good boyfriend and pick up my girlfriend and her son to join me on the adventure. The three of us drove around town a little bit, searching for a good view of the sky. The colors were unlike any sunset I’ve seen before. They kept changing, and covered pretty much every sunrise/sunset I’ve ever shot. At one point, everything turned gold. Not a normal gold, but the most intense gold I’ve seen. My vision felt off because the color was totally new to me.
I decided the best spot for photos was going to be up on a mountain, so thats where I headed. It felt safer too, since power was out in part of the city, and tree branches littered the roads. We spent about 30 minutes watching the sunset on one side of the valley, and the storm on the other. It was pretty amazing.