I’ve been to Quabbin Reservoir one time in the fall, a few years ago. We thought it would be fun to go scout/shoot it with some ice. Unfortunately, it’s warming up around New England, and most of the ice was gone, but there were lots of interesting formations on the shore.
Being a Cali boy, I’d never seen anything like it before. I could have stayed out there shooting abstracts for another hour, but we had limited time and had more stuff to scout. So much to see and so little time!
When I get back to Maine, in a couple days, I’ll go through all my Nikon shots of the ice, so for now you get to enjoy this iPhone version. Shot with the default camera app and edited with Snapseed.
Photography has given me a lot over the years. One of the biggest gifts has been the ability to see beauty. It really is everywhere, if you choose to see it.
It’s been a trying month for me, which makes it easy to view the world through a negative lens. Recognizing that that’s what I’ve been doing made it possible for me to choose to change my lens and see the beauty again.
While visiting my cousin, across the water from Boston, I went for a walk on the beach. It’s not your typical beach. Think rocky, muddy, bits of trash laying around, and plenty of glass (most of it was smooth from the waves.) What im saying is it would be easy to focus on the negative qualities of this beach. Instead, I paid attention to the light.
I thought I would shoot the skyline at sunset, but the light lit up some trees that line the beach, in an amazing way, and they demanded to be photographed. The color was so intense on the trees that I decided black and white was the way to go for an Ansel Adams type edit.
Shot with the default camera app and edited with Snapseed and Mextures.
Shannon and I stopped at this lighthouse on our lighthouse adventure day. This seems like the obvious composition to me, but it works so well. I tried other angles, but it just doesn’t have the same visual impact as this one.
After we took our shots, we decided to film a segment on focus stacking for our photography students. We explained how to approach a scene like this, and how to get everything in focus from front to back.
If you think you want to learn about advanced techniques such as focus stacking, you may want to join us over at the Light & Landscape members area, where we are teaching photography to over 20 students right now. I don’t even want to announce the price here because its ridiculously low at half off for the first month with a money back satisfaction guarantee. If you want more details, you can contact me at email@example.com or Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org
My girlfriend and I recently spent several days camping in Acadia. This gave me the opportunity to revisit places I shot a few years ago, including Jordan Pond. I also explored some new areas, but this pond might be my favorite spot out there.
I took photos there one afternoon, and then we returned again the next day with our kayaks, for a fun paddle on the water.
This image spoke to me, so I wrote some more meaningful words to go along with it:
Often, we seek reflections on water. We love to see a reflection because it creates a sense of harmony. We see something we love, and find it even more amazing when there is an exact replica.
Sometimes, the water isn’t reflective at all. Beneath the surface lies a different kind of beauty. This beauty takes effort and awareness to recognize.
[I know its a bit harder to tell in the black and white version, but the majority of these rocks are under water]
Shot with a Nikon D7000. Edited in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Topaz Impression 1.
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.
Now that I live within driving distance of her, Shannon and I can have more photo adventures, which is what we’re doing right now. It’s been just over a month since we shot in Oregon, and here we find ourselves on the coast of Maine.
We tried to go shoot a shipwreck at this beach, but the sand had buried most of it. There really wasn’t any point in shooting it this time. At least the sand patterns were really cool.
Now we’re on our way to more lighthouses and a state park.
Last night, around sunset, we had stormy skies that had a few breaks in it. I was feeling optimistic, so I went for a walk down between the ponds. For a moment, it looked like the sky was opening up right where I needed it to. Unfortunately, it closed back up after 5 minutes, and about 15 before sunset.
Instead of walking back with nothing to share, I stopped at the house on the corner to take my first shot at it. It’s abandoned and falling apart, obviously. There is so much cool detail and texture on the outside. I plan on exploring it more thoroughly one day. For this shot I just wanted a wide shot of the property. Next time I’ll be up close with my super wide angle iPro lens. I may even see if I can have a look around the inside.
Shot with ProHDRX. Edited with Snapseed, Mextures, and iColorama.
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.)
Today I leave southern Oregon for a new adventure. I’m visiting my family in California for a couple of days before I fly to Maine to start a new chapter. Its pretty exciting, to say the least.
This photo was taken right above Abiqua Falls. I wanted to go shoot Abiqua, but I ended up on a different trail that dropped me just above the falls. Thats where I found this gem. This view is gorgeous, and the view directly opposite was just as awesome, though the light wasn’t great, so I didn’t take any photos in that direction.
When I moved to Oregon I had all these ideas about exploring and finding lesser known waterfalls. I didn’t get to do that very often, but when I did find some rare beauty, it was magical. I’m looking forward to exploring remote areas of Maine, and leading workshops out there. Care to join me???
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 🙂
Theres so much to share since my last post. The most exciting thing is I’m moving to Maine next month. In the meantime, I’m trying to sell stuff to raise money for the move. If you’ve ever thought about buying one of my prints, this would be the perfect time to do so. You can email me directly at email@example.com for pricing.
Why Maine? I’m following my intuition and my heart. After a week traveling around Oregon with my girlfriend, she asked me to move in with her in Maine. She was looking into jobs and housing in Oregon, but it would probably be easier for me to relocate for now.
Being on the east coast will be a fun new adventure for me. And it should provide Shannon and I with more opportunities to lead workshops together. If you have any interest in a waterfall or fall color workshop in the New England area, you can let me know in the comments, or email me directly.
This was shot with my Nikon D7000 using the Tokina 11-16 2.8 lens. I’ll try to get back into the habit of posting here again.
I was a little confused when I woke up this morning because a couple of people had messaged me to congratulate me on my photo being on the front of Bing today. I had no idea they featured photos, or why mine might be on there. Then I remembered someone licensed this photo from me recently.
Since there might be some more eyes on my work today, I’m going to plug some stuff.
Right now you can learn photography from myself and Shannon Kalahan through Light and Landscape Magazines new paid members area. We are available to answer all your questions, we have lesson plans, and we critique photos with advice on how to improve them. At $21 a month, its a hell of a limited time deal. Just follow this link if you’re interested in signing up – http://www.lightandlandscape.co/learn-with-shannon-and-david?cd=2
Shannon and I also have a funny and educational ebook available through Light & Landscape Magazine on iOS devices (as a special issue), or you can buy it directly from us here.
Finally, if you might be interested in critiques of your iPhone photography, I may be starting up a small group for a reasonable price. Let me know if you might be interested. I’d be available to guide you in your editing process by telling you what apps you might want to use, how to use them, what composition would be strongest, and also available to answer any questions you have related to iPhone photography and editing. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested or have questions.
If it seems like Shannon Kalahan and I have been away from our blogs lately, its because we have been. Ok, she’s still been pretty productive, but I’ve been away.
Well, we have some exciting stuff in the pipeline, and something awesome that was just announced this week. The good people of Light and Landscape Magazine have launched a unique website where members can learn photography topics that interest them. Shannon and I are two of the pro’s that will be on hand to answer any and all questions, as well as writing up articles and assignments.
The coolest thing about the site is going to be the live video hangouts where members get to ask questions live. This setup is going to allow for a unique learning experience. There is also a private facebook group where we are available to answer questions.
If this sounds interesting, you can check out this video that Matt Reid put together – http://www.lightandlandscape.co/learn-with-light-and-landscape
The paid membership is being offered at a very reasonable price during the launch and theres a 30 day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied. Regular price will be $35 a month, but right now you can sign up for $21 a month throughout your membership. You have until midnight of February 25th to sign up and get this deal! Better act fast!
If you want to improve your photography, but don’t want to buy a bunch of tutorials, or pay for expensive group, or private, workshops, then this is a very solid alternative. You can pick our brains and ask for help with whatever you’re struggling with in your photography.
You can watch the entire video to get this link at the end to sign up, or you can just go here and sign up now.
I was nominated for a 5 day black and white photo challenge by Meri Walker. I just finished up a 7 day nature photo challenge…thanks a lot Shannon. Normally, I don’t care for these challenges, but they’re helping me be more productive. I’m not going to inconvenience, or pressure anyone by nominating them. If you’d like to do a 5 day black and white challenge, go for it.
For the first day of the bw challenge I posted a Nikon shot, but since I was nominated by a mobile master, I decided the rest should be iPhone only.
This was shot out in Inverness, CA with my iPhone 5s and edited with Snapseed.
When I heard how big the waves were going to be on the coast, I dropped everything and headed out there for a couple of days. I’m sure glad I decided to go because it was a couple of days that I’ll probably never forget.
The unrelenting power of the sea was on full display. The photographers that braved the storm alongside me were all drenched by sea spray. When the waves met the land, they exploded to 200-300 feet in size. It was jaw dropping, and I may have said a few swear words out loud.
On Thursday, I walked over to wear the trees are in the right side of the image. I was only able to take a few quick shots before the sky suddenly opened up and began dumping hail, followed by buckets of rain. Then the lightning started, and the wind gusts really picked up. People were scrambling for shelter.
Before I could even get my gear packed up, so I could hurry back to the car, I was totally soaked. In less than a 24 hour period, I had completely drenched 3 pairs of pants. By the time I got to my last pair, I decided I didn’t want to put myself in a position to get too wet.
After marveling at the waves some more on Friday, I drove down the coast to Boardman. I was hoping for large waves along one of my favorite stretches of coastline, and I wasn’t disappointed. The sun even broke through for an unexpected sunset, as you’ll see in my next post.