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 haven’t been feeling well for a few days now. Somehow, I got a bad sinus infection, without even being sick. It was bad enough to make me consider paying a friend to smother me in my sleep. Needless to say, I haven’t been out shooting, or editing any of the 2000 images on my iPhone.
This morning, I found this shot from Cohasset, Massachusetts, and did a quick Snapseed edit. It was a pretty good exposure, thanks to the even lighting, so it didn’t need much done to it. I brightened it slightly, added some ambiance, and a touch more saturation.
Tomorrow, I’ll share another Nikon shot from Acadia, along with a photoshop action I made to create a painterly effect. So, if you like free actions, be sure to check back tomorrow.
I spent the week at my cousin’s place in Quincy. He has a great view of the city from the end of his street, so it was pretty easy for me to get out and shoot, if it looked good out.
For this first shot, I saw a golden sky from the house and decided to hustle down to the water. By the time I got my Nikon set up, the golden rays were gone. I figured I better shoot something, so I used my Nikon as a prop.
I wanted to try an edit I would have done in photoshop on my mac, so I used PS Touch. I basically used a colored radial gradient on the left side to introduce a glow. I’m pretty sure I set the blend mode of that layer to screen or overlay. I should have written it down haha. Normally, I’d use soft light in PS, but it wasn’t an option in PS Touch.
And this was a sunset from a different night. I liked the clouds, but couldn’t really get a shot that I loved. I think it’s good enough to share, though.
I’m not even going to attempt to spell the real name out here, but for short, this place is called Lake Chaubunagungamaug. It just rolls off the tongue. Below is my original shot. Nice enough, but nothing spectacular.
One of the first things that came to mind for this shot was to try editing with Circular. I zoomed in a little bit, inverted the image, added a second repetition, and rotated until I liked the composition. Then, I added some colorful clouds, for interest. I took the image to Snapseed after all that to add a touch of saturation and contrast. That was it, done.
I wasn’t crazy about this lake. It was hard to find access to the shoreline and the colors weren’t peaking yet. Also, I couldn’t believe they normally charge $30 to enter the small park that my cousin and I found.
Judging by the photos my cousin posted after I left, I think I missed the peak color in Mass by about a week. There were still some nice colors at this pond when we went. We walked around the whole thing, to get every angle. He called it a pond, which makes it sound small, but it took a while to go around it.
Shot with the ProHDR, and I cheated this time…I used Photoshop because I was lazy and didn’t want to use my iPhone to edit. I removed all of the people from the scene and made a few adjustments.