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Stephen Ingraham has been at 3 events

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Landscape Photography Show12,746*Landscape Photography Show #46: Power Points* In the last two events, we explored the horizontal and vertical rule of thirds lines and how they divide your frame into 9 equal parts.  It's always great to set a horizon on the lower or upper horizontal line.  It's also good to place a strong element along one of the vertical rule of thirds lines. This event will focus on where the two vertical and horizontal rule of thirds lines intersect.  We call those Power Points.  There are 4 of them: upper left, upper right, lower left, and lower right. Placing a strong element at one of the Power Points can really improve the composition, drama, and power of your photograph.  Examples:  the single red leaf on a green tree; the eye of anything wildlife, and the setting sun on the horizon.    Some landscape photographs really appeal to us and others seem boring. Do you know why?  Your brain is being stimulated by composition, color, and contrast and it's all subconscious.  Your photos can be more interesting and appealing by knowing rules of composition and when to break those rules. Power Points are what we want practice with this event.  Show us something special place at one of the intersection points of those vertical and horizontal lines.   1.  Share your landscape photograph that displays something special at one of the Power Points.       2.  In a comment on the photograph tell us which Power Point you used: upper left, upper right, lower left, or lower right.  Explain how you used this technique in your composition.  If you break the Power Point rules, tell us why.  Also give us some information about the location and any challenges that you faced.  We want to know the details about your photograph. 3.  Other participants will be discussing how you used this technique and asking you questions.  Please join the discussion on other photographs as well. 4.  This event is all about PARTICIPATION and DISCUSSION.  Please don't post a photo and leave.  The LPS reserves the right to remove photos without your comment.    General Rules: 1) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be removed from the event. 2) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, f stop, speed etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.  Others will learn from seeing what you have done. 3) Only ONE photograph per person is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 4) Circle the @114888971165518552849 page. 5) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 13, 2015, 10 am CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 6) Curator favorites will be shared to the @105588730866970114510 theme page.  Circle the curators and engage them in conversation.  You will learn lots from them!! 7) CuratLPS Event #46: Power Points2015-07-06 17:00:00350  
Landscape Photography Community9,425*Landscape Photography Community:  One of a Kind* *General Rules* 1) You must be a member of the Landscape Photography Community (LPC)!!  Please circle the @106632923256517196664 page. 2) Only ONE photograph per member is allowed.  If you submit more than one photo, all of your photos will be removed. 3) Your photo MUST be ORIGINAL.  Do NOT share someone else's photo.  If you post the work of someone else, you will be banned from the community. *4) You MUST have complete EXIF data for your photo.  Within the event, select your photo and view it large.  Look for the "photo details" on the right.  It should be complete with the date the photo was taken, camera and lens information, ISO, speed, f stop etc.  Photos that don't have complete EXIF data will be removed.* 5) This must be a photograph suitable for the Landscape Photography Community.  6) There is NO VOTING for this contest!  Several of our senior moderators have volunteered to judge this contest.  They are experienced judges of photography events and their decision is final. 7) Photos must be posted no later than Monday, July 6, 2015, 3 pm CDT.  Those posted after that time will be removed. 8) Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. 9) Moderators of the LPC may participate but they cannot win the contest. 10) Technical Requirements: Enable "sharing" on your photo.  If it receives honors, we want to be able to share it!!  Enable "comments" on your photo.  We want to say how great it is!!  Enable "plus ones" so everyone can give it a big plus!!LPC Contest #43: One of a Kind2015-06-29 22:00:00474  
The Weather Channel3,021,416*Upload your photos to this Event on 9/19 or using the #sunsetday hashtag in a public post to celebrate #sunsetday!* Join us for an exciting 24-hour event as we send summer into the sunset in global fashion. We are asking our Google+ audience from around the world to grab your favorite camera on the evening of September 19 and snap your own unique sunset from your corner of the globe. We want to see all types of sunsets in a variety of settings; a city skyline, a beach resort, a beautiful countryside, a desert landscape, a dense forest. *Wherever you may be, please share/upload your sunset image with this event page on September 19.* You can also participate outside of this event page by submitting a public photo post and tagging with #sunsetday. A select number of our favorite photos will be shown on The Weather Channel and accompany a slideshow on weather.com. Other favorites will be posted and rotated through as the cover photo on both +The Weather Channel and the +Google+ Photos  Google+ page. Note: *Only photos uploaded and posted to the event page or associated with the hashtag #sunsetday on Sep 19 will be considered* We hosted two Hangouts On Air in preparation for Sunset Day. The first hangout focused on the meteorology behind sunsets including the reason behind the beautiful array of colors.  The second hangout concentrated on the art of sunset photography. Expert photographers well known to the Google+ community talked about their techniques in capturing the perfect sunset. Links to both HOA videos are posted below. *HANGOUT SCHEDULE* 1. Monday, September 9: "The Meteorology Behind Sunsets" at 11 am ET with host +Timothy Ballisty  (The Weather Channel social meteorologist). *Guests will include:* Meteorologists +Mike Bettes +Brad Panovich +Jacob Wycoff +Jonathan Erdman +Morgan Palmer +Tim Brice and +Maria LaRosa  *HOA video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz6Zyz5FT-A 2. Thursday, September 12: "Sunset Photography" at 4 pm ET *Guests will include:* Photographers +Trey Ratcliff +Thomas Hawk +Karen Hutton and +Nicole S. Young   *HOA Video* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqgUGb0th_ASunset Day - Upload Your #SunsetDay Photo on September 192013-09-19 06:00:001298  

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2015-07-29 11:35:33 (30 comments, 43 reshares, 347 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Are you done yet...
My late afternoon photoprowl at Laudholm Farm a few days ago was particularly productive. Just down the trail from the Common Yellowthroat with the bugs from yesterday’s post, I heard a chip close by and looked up into the branches of a small tree to find this Chipmunk posing. He was patient with my photography, giving me different sides, and letting me work around for angles for several minutes. He was inside the close focus on the Nikon P900 (16.5 feet) so I could not use full zoom. I even switched cameras for this shot, which uses the Sony HX90V’s Clear Image digital zoom for 1440mm equivalent field of view and a nice close-up. By this time the Chipmunk seemed to be wondering if I was done yet. :) I moved on.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 60 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 60 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

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2015-07-31 11:54:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
A plantation of pines, probably planted after the major wildfire of 1947, between Cole Road and Alwive Pond: Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. I don't think they plant trees like this anymore, all in straight lines and evenly spaced. I suspect they had a machine. The geometry of it is interesting. It took me several moments to figure out what it was that was nagging me about the forest as I walked through it, and then I looked to my left and saw the geometry. Ah! 
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
A plantation of pines, probably planted after the major wildfire of 1947, between Cole Road and Alwive Pond: Alwive Woods Preserve, Kennebunk Land Trust. I don't think they plant trees like this anymore, all in straight lines and evenly spaced. I suspect they had a machine. The geometry of it is interesting. It took me several moments to figure out what it was that was nagging me about the forest as I walked through it, and then I looked to my left and saw the geometry. Ah! 
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-31 11:40:44 (10 comments, 21 reshares, 205 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Wren Song!
There is a nesting box near the junction of two trails at Laudholm Farm, still within sight of the farm buildings, where House Wrens have nested for years. This year is no different, and the resident Wren was out singing on the roof-top when I passed on my late afternoon photoprowl. The light was difficult but I got off a few shot anyway, before seeking a better angle… good thing, since the wren was off into the tree-line across the trail before I got my angle.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Wren Song!
There is a nesting box near the junction of two trails at Laudholm Farm, still within sight of the farm buildings, where House Wrens have nested for years. This year is no different, and the resident Wren was out singing on the roof-top when I passed on my late afternoon photoprowl. The light was difficult but I got off a few shot anyway, before seeking a better angle… good thing, since the wren was off into the tree-line across the trail before I got my angle.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-30 20:28:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Impressions
I wish I had thought to use an in-camera Picture Effect for this image, but I did not. This is processed in Photoshop Elements using the Water  Color effect. It works :) From an in-camera HDR image from the Sony HX90V. 

Impressions
I wish I had thought to use an in-camera Picture Effect for this image, but I did not. This is processed in Photoshop Elements using the Water  Color effect. It works :) From an in-camera HDR image from the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-30 11:27:56 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Sometimes it is all in the details. This landscape detail needs to be viewed large. The Northern Blazing Star is beginning to come into its own. Another week and this will be a mass of purple. But for now it is a tapestry of subtle colors against the predominant green. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Sometimes it is all in the details. This landscape detail needs to be viewed large. The Northern Blazing Star is beginning to come into its own. Another week and this will be a mass of purple. But for now it is a tapestry of subtle colors against the predominant green. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-30 11:12:13 (23 comments, 60 reshares, 625 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Cedar Waxwing Bookends
There is always something happening at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in West Kennebunk. I was on the Plains to check the progress of the Northern Blazing Star bloom, which is coming on nicely, and, of course, I had to take a turn around the pond. There is a little grove of pines and birches near the east end that always has birds feeding. These Cedar Waxwings were eating berries. I like the pose here, with the birds in opposition… and, of course, the light… late afternoon light slanting through the grove.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/200th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-29 13:40:54 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

#wordlesswednesday


#wordlesswednesday
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2015-07-29 12:15:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Eastern Bluebirds at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). Nesting boxes by the parking lot. smile emoticon Always good to see a bluebird in Maine. The houses are well out in the field, so again, this is stretching the limits of photography. Composite of photos from the Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. 

Eastern Bluebirds at Laudholm Farm (Wells National Estuarine Research Center). Nesting boxes by the parking lot. smile emoticon Always good to see a bluebird in Maine. The houses are well out in the field, so again, this is stretching the limits of photography. Composite of photos from the Nikon P900. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage. ___

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2015-07-29 11:47:05 (4 comments, 10 reshares, 74 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
I stepped out the front door to retrieve the dog last evening and was struck by the light. Everything glowed. I can see just enough sky through the trees from the porch to believe there might be a good sunset at the beach, so I put the dog in the house and drove the 2 miles to the ocean. I say sunset at the beach, but, of course, we face East here in Maine, so the sunset is over the tidal basin of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River...and it is one of my favorite spots for sunset. You will find other shots take from the same spot here in this collection.
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.  

For the love of landscape...
I stepped out the front door to retrieve the dog last evening and was struck by the light. Everything glowed. I can see just enough sky through the trees from the porch to believe there might be a good sunset at the beach, so I put the dog in the house and drove the 2 miles to the ocean. I say sunset at the beach, but, of course, we face East here in Maine, so the sunset is over the tidal basin of Back Creek where it enters the Mousam River...and it is one of my favorite spots for sunset. You will find other shots take from the same spot here in this collection.
Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom.  ___

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2015-07-29 11:35:33 (30 comments, 43 reshares, 347 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Are you done yet...
My late afternoon photoprowl at Laudholm Farm a few days ago was particularly productive. Just down the trail from the Common Yellowthroat with the bugs from yesterday’s post, I heard a chip close by and looked up into the branches of a small tree to find this Chipmunk posing. He was patient with my photography, giving me different sides, and letting me work around for angles for several minutes. He was inside the close focus on the Nikon P900 (16.5 feet) so I could not use full zoom. I even switched cameras for this shot, which uses the Sony HX90V’s Clear Image digital zoom for 1440mm equivalent field of view and a nice close-up. By this time the Chipmunk seemed to be wondering if I was done yet. :) I moved on.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Are you done yet...
My late afternoon photoprowl at Laudholm Farm a few days ago was particularly productive. Just down the trail from the Common Yellowthroat with the bugs from yesterday’s post, I heard a chip close by and looked up into the branches of a small tree to find this Chipmunk posing. He was patient with my photography, giving me different sides, and letting me work around for angles for several minutes. He was inside the close focus on the Nikon P900 (16.5 feet) so I could not use full zoom. I even switched cameras for this shot, which uses the Sony HX90V’s Clear Image digital zoom for 1440mm equivalent field of view and a nice close-up. By this time the Chipmunk seemed to be wondering if I was done yet. :) I moved on.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 160 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-28 14:26:19 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

Blue-grey Tanager taken with the Nikon P900 Point and Shoot Superzoom camera from the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Join me there October 11-17 for a week of inspiration and photography at the great price of $1575, double occupancy. This is an even better deal than I thought as the package includes the Lodge, excursions, AND a night coming and going in Panama City, and all travel within Panama...one of the best deals on a Panama adventure you will find! For more information see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct15.pdf

Blue-grey Tanager taken with the Nikon P900 Point and Shoot Superzoom camera from the canopy tower at Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Join me there October 11-17 for a week of inspiration and photography at the great price of $1575, double occupancy. This is an even better deal than I thought as the package includes the Lodge, excursions, AND a night coming and going in Panama City, and all travel within Panama...one of the best deals on a Panama adventure you will find! For more information see http://psnp.lightshedder.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/IngrahamOct15.pdf___

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2015-07-28 11:59:21 (9 comments, 12 reshares, 138 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Another often photographed scene along the Kennebunk Bridle Path. Once a tidal marsh...then dyked and drained for salt-hay, now returning to tidal marsh. But what a sky! In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Another often photographed scene along the Kennebunk Bridle Path. Once a tidal marsh...then dyked and drained for salt-hay, now returning to tidal marsh. But what a sky! In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-28 11:43:06 (2 comments, 5 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Uncommon Yellowthroat.
Oh, Common Yellowthroats are common enough this year. They are another bird that seems to have benefited from the late spring…if numbers are any indication. They are everywhere I go and in good numbers. On a late afternoon photoprowl on the trails at Laudholm Farm yesterday, I saw at least a dozen. Birds were uncommonly active for a late afternoon, perhaps because it had been rainy and gloomy until the sun broke out at about 3PM. This Yellowthroat had taken a grasshopper/beetleish thing, and was, perhaps, in retrospect, waiting until I passed on to take it to its nest. It hopped around in the branches of a tree overhanging the trail for several minutes as I photographed it. In fact I left it still hopping there when I moved on. I did not see the prey in its beak until I got the images up on the monitor at home.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalentf... more »

Pic for Today: Uncommon Yellowthroat.
Oh, Common Yellowthroats are common enough this year. They are another bird that seems to have benefited from the late spring…if numbers are any indication. They are everywhere I go and in good numbers. On a late afternoon photoprowl on the trails at Laudholm Farm yesterday, I saw at least a dozen. Birds were uncommonly active for a late afternoon, perhaps because it had been rainy and gloomy until the sun broke out at about 3PM. This Yellowthroat had taken a grasshopper/beetleish thing, and was, perhaps, in retrospect, waiting until I passed on to take it to its nest. It hopped around in the branches of a tree overhanging the trail for several minutes as I photographed it. In fact I left it still hopping there when I moved on. I did not see the prey in its beak until I got the images up on the monitor at home.

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/500th @ ISO 360 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

#birdsgallery  ___

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2015-07-27 14:49:00 (15 comments, 24 reshares, 254 +1s)Open 

The Three-toed Sloth is a regular in the area around Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Pack your Point and Shoot superzoom and join The Generous Eye for a P&S nature photography experience in October! Take advantage of discounted Lodge rates, and work with Stephen Ingraham, the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer to improve your vision and skills. For dates and registration information see: http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

The Three-toed Sloth is a regular in the area around Tranquilo Bay Lodge in Bocas del Toro Panama. Pack your Point and Shoot superzoom and join The Generous Eye for a P&S nature photography experience in October! Take advantage of discounted Lodge rates, and work with Stephen Ingraham, the Point and Shoot Nature Photographer to improve your vision and skills. For dates and registration information see: http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-27 11:45:48 (4 comments, 11 reshares, 73 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Branches and the shadows on the tall grass in the foreground make a classic "framed" landscape of the bend in Branch Brook on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge trail loop. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Branches and the shadows on the tall grass in the foreground make a classic "framed" landscape of the bend in Branch Brook on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge trail loop. In-camera HDR. Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-27 11:29:20 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: First Day Lilies...
It is one of the mysteries of our life here on Brown Street in Kennebunk is that our Day Lilies bloom a good two weeks after Day Lilies both up and down the street from us. We might live in a tidal trough…just slightly depressed enough so that the tide blows and draws the breath of our cold sea, two miles downriver, right through our yard. And it might be the shade of our big maples and oaks, that make our yard, our whole neighborhood, look like unbroken forest from the air (easily verified with Google Earth). And it might be when they were planted, or the particular variety, or something in our soil, or…

Whatever it is, I have to wait patiently to photograph my own lilies weeks after they have appeared even 10 houses away. Sigh. :)

But when they do bloom, one whole side of the yard are double blooms. Instead of a single, simple, swirlof ... more »

Pic for Today: First Day Lilies...
It is one of the mysteries of our life here on Brown Street in Kennebunk is that our Day Lilies bloom a good two weeks after Day Lilies both up and down the street from us. We might live in a tidal trough…just slightly depressed enough so that the tide blows and draws the breath of our cold sea, two miles downriver, right through our yard. And it might be the shade of our big maples and oaks, that make our yard, our whole neighborhood, look like unbroken forest from the air (easily verified with Google Earth). And it might be when they were planted, or the particular variety, or something in our soil, or…

Whatever it is, I have to wait patiently to photograph my own lilies weeks after they have appeared even 10 houses away. Sigh. :)

But when they do bloom, one whole side of the yard are double blooms. Instead of a single, simple, swirl of petals around the anthers, there are two…the outer fairly normal, and the inner smaller and more ornate. Again…who knows why? Close in like this, it looks almost like an abstract of itself.

Sony HX90V macro at about 35mm equivalent field of view. 1/160th @ ISO 80 @ f4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-26 15:30:29 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Froggy in a pool. Bullfrogs at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V.

Impressions
Froggy in a pool. Bullfrogs at Emmon's Preserve, Kennebunkport ME. In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V.___

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2015-07-26 11:31:39 (3 comments, 6 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
For today, another view of Northern Blazing Star, which was the Pic for Today/The Generous Eye post this am. This time with the landscape rolling way behind and the sky over all. :) Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. 

For the love of landscape...
For today, another view of Northern Blazing Star, which was the Pic for Today/The Generous Eye post this am. This time with the landscape rolling way behind and the sky over all. :) Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. ___

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2015-07-26 11:21:29 (9 comments, 19 reshares, 227 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Early Northern Blazing Star. Happy Sunday!
The Generous Eye
I have never seen the Kennebunk Plains so thick with Northern Blazing Star. The budded plants are everywhere, in thick stands this year. By the first week in August, the second at the latest, the Plains are going to be purple with Blazing Star. Right now, there are only a few plants here and there in bloom, but the promise is there, and barring any unnatural disaster, it is going to be a very good year for Blazing Star. Of course, the Kennebunk Plains are managed, at least in part, for Blazing Star, which is endangered in much of its historical range, and only has the one major foothold left in Maine. Blazing Star is fire dependent, and patterned and scheduled burns on the Plains keep the population healthy.

And, when the Blazing Star is in bloom, it draws its compliment of insects. Bees of several... more »

Pic for Today: Early Northern Blazing Star. Happy Sunday!
The Generous Eye
I have never seen the Kennebunk Plains so thick with Northern Blazing Star. The budded plants are everywhere, in thick stands this year. By the first week in August, the second at the latest, the Plains are going to be purple with Blazing Star. Right now, there are only a few plants here and there in bloom, but the promise is there, and barring any unnatural disaster, it is going to be a very good year for Blazing Star. Of course, the Kennebunk Plains are managed, at least in part, for Blazing Star, which is endangered in much of its historical range, and only has the one major foothold left in Maine. Blazing Star is fire dependent, and patterned and scheduled burns on the Plains keep the population healthy.

And, when the Blazing Star is in bloom, it draws its compliment of insects. Bees of several species, lots of Skippers (like the one captured above, which might be the Least Skipper), Hairstreaks (mostly Coral), Swallowtail and Monarch butterflies, and lots of orb weaver spiders. The Halloween Pennant dragonfly hunts among the the other bugs. And the insects draw the birds: Clay-collared and Grasshopper Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, (all at the limits of their range on the Plains), as well as Savannah and Song Sparrows. The Blazing Star is the base plant, or the most visible member, for a whole community of life…and because it is so beautiful, and so visible, protecting it has protected the whole community. This is good!

I feel privileged to live so close to the remnant population of Blazing Star…to track it year to year in my informal visits to the Plains, and to share it with you in my photos. Being on the Plains when the Northern Blazing Star is in bloom is, for me, a spiritual experience…a instance of natural, spontaneous, worship. Though the Plains buzz with life in August, and hundreds of people come to pick blueberries, for me there is always a hush…a reverence in the presence of the stands of this rare and beautiful plant. It is awesome in the literal sense of the word. I feel the awe, and can only give praise and thanks. Happy Sunday!___

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2015-07-25 13:17:11 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 39 +1s)Open 

Wild Turkey nursery. 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. At the entrance to Smith's Preserve, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, York CO ME. Composite image. Sony HX90V. I grabbed the closest camera off the seat of the car and shot out the open window with the car still running :)

Wild Turkey nursery. 3 hens and a dozen or more poults. At the entrance to Smith's Preserve, Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, York CO ME. Composite image. Sony HX90V. I grabbed the closest camera off the seat of the car and shot out the open window with the car still running :)___

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2015-07-25 11:38:19 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 33 +1s)Open 

Impressions
Bee on Knapweed. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME

In-camera Illustration Picture Effect. Sony HX90V.

Impressions
Bee on Knapweed. Emmons Preserve, Kennebunkport ME

In-camera Illustration Picture Effect. Sony HX90V.___

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2015-07-25 11:29:13 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 28 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
There are landscapes that attract photographers, and other tourists, just by their beauty. Landscapes folks travel to just to see and photograph. And then there are the everyday landscapes all around us. This is probably my 100th version (or there abouts) of this scene, just over 2 miles from the front door, and a couple hundred yards from a main road. The creek has no name that I can find on any map. It flows here into the Mousam River, and the Atlantic is just over the dunes. The Bridle Path, on which I am standing, is popular with joggers, dog walkers, and bicyclists, but not well known for its photographic options. And that is okay with me. :)
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
There are landscapes that attract photographers, and other tourists, just by their beauty. Landscapes folks travel to just to see and photograph. And then there are the everyday landscapes all around us. This is probably my 100th version (or there abouts) of this scene, just over 2 miles from the front door, and a couple hundred yards from a main road. The creek has no name that I can find on any map. It flows here into the Mousam River, and the Atlantic is just over the dunes. The Bridle Path, on which I am standing, is popular with joggers, dog walkers, and bicyclists, but not well known for its photographic options. And that is okay with me. :)
In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V at 24mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-25 11:13:26 (21 comments, 27 reshares, 320 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Song on a post...
Song Sparrows are common in the marsh behind the barrier dunes and along the Mousam River. Though it is also ideal Salt-marsh Sparrow habitat, and though the marsh is protected in part because of that, I have yet to see a Salt-marsh there. Lots of Songs though. This one is perched on one of the old pilings that line the raised path where it crosses marsh. The marsh was diked and hayed for generations. They are working on restoring it to its native tidal state now. That will likely increase the likelihood that Salt-marsh Sparrow will be seen there in future generations, and perhaps diminish the number of Song Sparrows. My children might be able to see the results. :)

Nikon P900 at 3200mm equivalent field of view (full optical plus some Perfect Image digital zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Song on a post...
Song Sparrows are common in the marsh behind the barrier dunes and along the Mousam River. Though it is also ideal Salt-marsh Sparrow habitat, and though the marsh is protected in part because of that, I have yet to see a Salt-marsh there. Lots of Songs though. This one is perched on one of the old pilings that line the raised path where it crosses marsh. The marsh was diked and hayed for generations. They are working on restoring it to its native tidal state now. That will likely increase the likelihood that Salt-marsh Sparrow will be seen there in future generations, and perhaps diminish the number of Song Sparrows. My children might be able to see the results. :)

Nikon P900 at 3200mm equivalent field of view (full optical plus some Perfect Image digital zoom). 1/320th @ ISO 400 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-24 12:39:23 (2 comments, 10 reshares, 105 +1s)Open 

Why should DSLR/long lens photographers have all the fun? You own a Point and Shoot Superzoom for its combination of versatility and portability (not to mention value). Take it somewhere awesome, and bring back photos that any photographer would admire. Join The Generous Eye for a Point and Shoot nature photography adventure in Bocas del Toro Panama this October and take advantage of special rates at one of the most exciting ecotour lodges in the world: Tranquilo Bay Lodge. For details and booking info visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

Why should DSLR/long lens photographers have all the fun? You own a Point and Shoot Superzoom for its combination of versatility and portability (not to mention value). Take it somewhere awesome, and bring back photos that any photographer would admire. Join The Generous Eye for a Point and Shoot nature photography adventure in Bocas del Toro Panama this October and take advantage of special rates at one of the most exciting ecotour lodges in the world: Tranquilo Bay Lodge. For details and booking info visit http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-24 11:15:51 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 36 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Yesterday we had amazing clouds again, thanks to a passing front that eventually dropped a smattering of rain before moving off the coast. I went sky chasing. This is one of my favorite views: the bend in Branch Brook from the observation deck on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Headquarters loop. Sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Yesterday we had amazing clouds again, thanks to a passing front that eventually dropped a smattering of rain before moving off the coast. I went sky chasing. This is one of my favorite views: the bend in Branch Brook from the observation deck on the back side of the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Headquarters loop. Sweep panorama from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-24 11:04:58 (12 comments, 32 reshares, 276 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Jeweled Wood Lily
I was on the Kennebunk Plains early enough, a few days ago, to find the Wood Lilies still jeweled with dew. Wood Lilies, at least on the Plains, come in two basic colors. This is the oranger of the two. The other is still orange, but edging over toward red. It is not a matter of age, though both get lighter as the bloom ages…it seems to be a genuine difference in the plants. We are seeing the last of the Wood Lilies this week. You can tell from the bare anthers that this one has opened several days now.

Sony HX90V at 44mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f4.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Jeweled Wood Lily
I was on the Kennebunk Plains early enough, a few days ago, to find the Wood Lilies still jeweled with dew. Wood Lilies, at least on the Plains, come in two basic colors. This is the oranger of the two. The other is still orange, but edging over toward red. It is not a matter of age, though both get lighter as the bloom ages…it seems to be a genuine difference in the plants. We are seeing the last of the Wood Lilies this week. You can tell from the bare anthers that this one has opened several days now.

Sony HX90V at 44mm equivalent field of view. 1/640th @ ISO 80 @ f4.5. Processed and cropped for composition in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-23 12:45:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

The Grasshopper Sparrow has a very limited range in Maine...but it is found in some numbers on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk. These shots (a composite of three images) are taken at the limits of what is possible: over 3500mm equivalent field of view, hand-held with the Nikon P900 superzoom Point and Shoot. 

The Grasshopper Sparrow has a very limited range in Maine...but it is found in some numbers on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area in Kennebunk. These shots (a composite of three images) are taken at the limits of what is possible: over 3500mm equivalent field of view, hand-held with the Nikon P900 superzoom Point and Shoot. ___

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2015-07-23 11:44:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Ah Summer...
Kennbunk Maine, across the street from Middle Beach. Ah summer! In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V. Fun! 

Ah Summer...
Kennbunk Maine, across the street from Middle Beach. Ah summer! In-camera Illustration Picture Effect, Sony HX90V. Fun! ___

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2015-07-23 11:34:26 (1 comments, 7 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
The sky was so awesome yesterday afternoon that I braved the summer beach traffic for a few shots along the coast. That is St. Anne's Church on Old Fort Point on the horizon in the gap in the foreground rocks. Kennebunkport Maine. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. 

For the love of landscape...
The sky was so awesome yesterday afternoon that I braved the summer beach traffic for a few shots along the coast. That is St. Anne's Church on Old Fort Point on the horizon in the gap in the foreground rocks. Kennebunkport Maine. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. ___

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2015-07-23 11:09:19 (9 comments, 21 reshares, 217 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Bobolink in flowers...
While photographing this meadow full of Knapweed, I observed several male Bobolinks competing for territory. I had, through an oversight, only my little Sony HX90V with me, and it only has 720mm equivalent field of view…only! That really shows how spoiled we are in the Point and Shoot Superzoom world. I used some Clear Image Zoom (Sony’s enhances digital zoom) to stretch out to 1440mm for this shot of the Bobolink with prey among the flowers.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Bobolink in flowers...
While photographing this meadow full of Knapweed, I observed several male Bobolinks competing for territory. I had, through an oversight, only my little Sony HX90V with me, and it only has 720mm equivalent field of view…only! That really shows how spoiled we are in the Point and Shoot Superzoom world. I used some Clear Image Zoom (Sony’s enhances digital zoom) to stretch out to 1440mm for this shot of the Bobolink with prey among the flowers.

Camera as above. 1/250th @ ISO 125 @ f6.4. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-22 17:42:08 (3 comments, 14 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

Where will you be the week of Columbus Day? I will be leading a Generous Eye Point and Shoot Nature Photography adventure at Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Join me and take advantage of the Lodge's special rates. Birds, frogs, monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and snakes! This is a Masked Tityra taken right off the deck at the Lodge. Unforgettable experience! More info and registration details at http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808

Where will you be the week of Columbus Day? I will be leading a Generous Eye Point and Shoot Nature Photography adventure at Tranquilo Bay, Bocas del Toro, Panama. Join me and take advantage of the Lodge's special rates. Birds, frogs, monkeys, sloths, butterflies, and snakes! This is a Masked Tityra taken right off the deck at the Lodge. Unforgettable experience! More info and registration details at http://psnp.lightshedder.com/?page_id=808___

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2015-07-22 14:21:28 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

I think this is my first Prairie Warbler for Maine. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900. 

I think this is my first Prairie Warbler for Maine. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area. Kennebunk ME. Nikon P900. ___

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2015-07-22 14:20:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

#wordlessonwednesday  

#wordlessonwednesday  ___

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2015-07-22 13:36:16 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 50 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Pond with Birches. Laudholm Farms, Wells ME. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Pond with Birches. Laudholm Farms, Wells ME. Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-22 13:27:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Donald Jared Dunn: It’s like when somebody says they want to go birding with you, but really they just want to get you alone in the woods, so they can take your binoculars.

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Donald Jared Dunn: It’s like when somebody says they want to go birding with you, but really they just want to get you alone in the woods, so they can take your binoculars.

More on: http://www.magicalquote.com/series/silicon-valley/
#siliconvalley   #siliconvalleyquotes  ___

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2015-07-22 13:18:59 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Early Halloween Pennants!
On my photoprowl to the Kennebunk Plains late yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to find a few Northern Blazing Star in bloom. This is going to be a year with a lot of Blazing Star, and I am expecting a bold display, but not for several more weeks…well into August. Still I was happy to see them in bloom, as often I am traveling when the Blazing Star is a its peak. Maybe early this year :)

I also found at least two, probably teneral, Halloween Pennants among the Blazing Star. Again, this is a Dragonfly that I have seen on the Plains when the Blazing Star is in bloom, in August. These might be early, and they were almost certainly newly emerged, as the wings were quite light in color. The one on the right is on a Blazing Star bud, far from open.

Sony HX90V at 720-1000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom and assembledi... more »

Pic for Today: Early Halloween Pennants!
On my photoprowl to the Kennebunk Plains late yesterday afternoon, I was surprised to find a few Northern Blazing Star in bloom. This is going to be a year with a lot of Blazing Star, and I am expecting a bold display, but not for several more weeks…well into August. Still I was happy to see them in bloom, as often I am traveling when the Blazing Star is a its peak. Maybe early this year :)

I also found at least two, probably teneral, Halloween Pennants among the Blazing Star. Again, this is a Dragonfly that I have seen on the Plains when the Blazing Star is in bloom, in August. These might be early, and they were almost certainly newly emerged, as the wings were quite light in color. The one on the right is on a Blazing Star bud, far from open.

Sony HX90V at 720-1000mm equivalent field of view. Processed in Lightroom and assembled in Coolage.___

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2015-07-21 21:40:01 (14 comments, 19 reshares, 185 +1s)Open 

Just for fun: Calico Pennant rendered as an illustration using an in-camera Picture Effect on the Sony HX90V. :) Day Brook Pond. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Maine.

Just for fun: Calico Pennant rendered as an illustration using an in-camera Picture Effect on the Sony HX90V. :) Day Brook Pond. Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Maine.___

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2015-07-21 12:01:58 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 31 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Another shot of the storms rolling in. This is a tall-wide panorama...a sweep panorama shot in the portrait orientation. It is about 200 degrees and approximates the naked eye view. Sony HX90V. 

For the love of landscape...
Another shot of the storms rolling in. This is a tall-wide panorama...a sweep panorama shot in the portrait orientation. It is about 200 degrees and approximates the naked eye view. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-21 11:51:21 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Walker Point Classic
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Walker Point is one of the major tourist attractions in Kennebunkport, and has been since the first Bush administration. It is the summer home of the Walker family, including Barbara Walker Bush, and 2 presidents, husband and son, have spent summers there. It has been the site of international meetings of heads of states, and too may Presidential Lobster Boils to count. There is significant security presence at the land end of the point, but the town has built a small parking area, done some landscaping, and installed a plaque in honor of the first President Bush. The thing is, it was already a popular spot, with informal parking along the margin, before George Bush was elected, as it overlooks Blowing Cave…a natural coastal feature that booms and shoots spray high into the air whenever the tide is just right.

This is about asc... more »

Pic for Today: Walker Point Classic
view large :)
Walker Point is one of the major tourist attractions in Kennebunkport, and has been since the first Bush administration. It is the summer home of the Walker family, including Barbara Walker Bush, and 2 presidents, husband and son, have spent summers there. It has been the site of international meetings of heads of states, and too may Presidential Lobster Boils to count. There is significant security presence at the land end of the point, but the town has built a small parking area, done some landscaping, and installed a plaque in honor of the first President Bush. The thing is, it was already a popular spot, with informal parking along the margin, before George Bush was elected, as it overlooks Blowing Cave…a natural coastal feature that booms and shoots spray high into the air whenever the tide is just right.

This is about as classic a view as you can get, whether you count the Walker/Bush connection or not. The house on the point, the rugged rocks in the foreground, the arching sky with decorative cloud wisps overhead, and the three masted schooner passing the point. Romantic!

Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Nominal exposure: 1/500th @ ISO 80 @ f6.3. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-20 11:14:04 (12 comments, 15 reshares, 114 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Skyscape. Thunderstorms coming through. I drove up and down the coast in front of the storms looking for this shot (or something very like it). Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
Skyscape. Thunderstorms coming through. I drove up and down the coast in front of the storms looking for this shot (or something very like it). Sony HX90V in-camera HDR. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-20 11:07:07 (5 comments, 9 reshares, 145 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Peek-a-boo Song Sparrow.
I was photographing a Snowy Egret in the marsh pools along the Kennebunk Bridle Path late the other day when a Song Sparrow let off relatively close beside me. I swung around to see where it was. All I could see was the head peaking out between tree trunks and branches, but of course I had to try a shot or two. One of the joys of using the long, amazingly well stabilized, zoom on the P900 is the ability to get shots like this! You might note the tricky focus too. The P900 auto focus is up to the job. In the end though, I just like the preky bird poking out from behind the trunk. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.

Pic for Today: Peek-a-boo Song Sparrow.
I was photographing a Snowy Egret in the marsh pools along the Kennebunk Bridle Path late the other day when a Song Sparrow let off relatively close beside me. I swung around to see where it was. All I could see was the head peaking out between tree trunks and branches, but of course I had to try a shot or two. One of the joys of using the long, amazingly well stabilized, zoom on the P900 is the ability to get shots like this! You might note the tricky focus too. The P900 auto focus is up to the job. In the end though, I just like the preky bird poking out from behind the trunk. :)

Nikon P900 at 2000mm equivalent field of view. 1/125th @ ISO 800 @ f6.5. Processed in Lightroom.___

2015-07-19 20:51:21 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Another Google+ Book of my Impressions. Day Brook Pond. 

Another Google+ Book of my Impressions. Day Brook Pond. ___

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2015-07-19 14:39:50 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Sunday Bonus! Coral Hairstreak on Wood Lily, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Kennebunk ME. Sony HX90V. 

Sunday Bonus! Coral Hairstreak on Wood Lily, Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Kennebunk ME. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-19 12:37:09 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
I do not do much B&W. However, my new Sony HX90V has a Picture Effect called "Rich Tone B&W" which uses in-camera 3 exposure HDR techniques to produce a B&W image with extended tonal range. Gotta play! And actually it is pretty amazing. This is shot from a dark, just stopped raining, late afternoon with very little contrast to the light. Processed in Lightroom using my standard Sony preset. 

For the love of landscape...
I do not do much B&W. However, my new Sony HX90V has a Picture Effect called "Rich Tone B&W" which uses in-camera 3 exposure HDR techniques to produce a B&W image with extended tonal range. Gotta play! And actually it is pretty amazing. This is shot from a dark, just stopped raining, late afternoon with very little contrast to the light. Processed in Lightroom using my standard Sony preset. ___

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2015-07-19 12:19:11 (5 comments, 5 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Blueberry Art. Happy Sunday!
Last Sunday I posed a very studied and classical composition of a Wood Lily, and talked about how, as an image, it drew attention to the artist behind the photo as much as to the subject…and how that made it different from most of the images I take. It was a celebration of the act of creation, as well as a celebration of creation itself…of my small part in the ongoing act of creation, and well as what the creator of all as done. Now, if you think about it, every photograph I take is both…but not so obviously, or so consciously, so.

This “photograph” of low bush Blueberries on the Kennebunk Plains takes the concept even further. Here I used an in-camera Picture Effect to intentionally render the image to look like a drawing…clearly an artifact…rather than a photograph. Though it was taken with a camera, and recorded pretty muchjust as appea... more »

Pic for Today: Blueberry Art. Happy Sunday!
Last Sunday I posed a very studied and classical composition of a Wood Lily, and talked about how, as an image, it drew attention to the artist behind the photo as much as to the subject…and how that made it different from most of the images I take. It was a celebration of the act of creation, as well as a celebration of creation itself…of my small part in the ongoing act of creation, and well as what the creator of all as done. Now, if you think about it, every photograph I take is both…but not so obviously, or so consciously, so.

This “photograph” of low bush Blueberries on the Kennebunk Plains takes the concept even further. Here I used an in-camera Picture Effect to intentionally render the image to look like a drawing…clearly an artifact…rather than a photograph. Though it was taken with a camera, and recorded pretty much just as appears here on the SD card…it is intentionally un-photo-like. The image is simplified to basic shapes and tones, so that the pattern becomes as important as, actually more important than, the subject…the blueberries. If it went any further it would be abstract…as it is it balances on the line between abstract and real, tipped just toward reality. It demands to be looked at as an image, an artifact, a rendering…not as blueberries in the field. And, I think it is beautiful. Striking. Arresting. It rewards your attention. It, itself, not the blueberries.

But, of course, I can not, and do not, take any more credit for this creation than I do in any of my work. Actually, my only creative decision was to play with the settings on the camera…the software in the camera…written by engineers who never saw these blueberries, and certainly never envisioned this image, did all the work. The creator of all still put the blueberries in the field, and, I have to believe, inspired the software engineers in their creative play…so that I could play with the camera. No matter what else I did, I am still only pointing and saying “look at what the loving God has created.” If anything, this image makes me smile…it is fun in way a straight photograph would not be…it is playful. And I like that about it. Because, of course, I appreciate the sense of play that infuses the work of the creator of all in everything I see, in all my experience…and that only inspires even greater love…providing evidence of the playful love of the creator of all. Play is creative love in action. Always! Happy Sunday!___

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2015-07-18 12:18:17 (4 comments, 6 reshares, 35 +1s)Open 

One of my favorite impressions of Cape Porpoise, Maine. In-camera Picture Effect, HDR Painting, Sony HX90V. 

One of my favorite impressions of Cape Porpoise, Maine. In-camera Picture Effect, HDR Painting, Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-18 11:52:51 (20 comments, 24 reshares, 285 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
Or seascape as the case may be. They have put a lot of work into this house since it featured as the exterior in a few famous "filmed (or at least "set") in Maine" movies. It is still what most people think of when they think of Maine coast. It you look at it full screen you will see the three masted Schooner (a tourist tour boat these days) making its way around Cape Arundel. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.  

For the love of landscape...
Or seascape as the case may be. They have put a lot of work into this house since it featured as the exterior in a few famous "filmed (or at least "set") in Maine" movies. It is still what most people think of when they think of Maine coast. It you look at it full screen you will see the three masted Schooner (a tourist tour boat these days) making its way around Cape Arundel. In-camera HDR from the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom.  ___

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2015-07-18 11:27:34 (11 comments, 26 reshares, 270 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Masses of Wood Lilies!
It was three years ago that I first found Wood Lilies growing on the Kennebunk Plains. I am certain they have been growing there for as long as there have sand-plains there…but I had not seen them. This year, though, is special. There are Wood Lilies everywhere on the plains…well, not everywhere, they tend to cluster in open clusters of 5 to 25 plants…but lilies in much higher numbers than I have seen before, by a factor of 10 at least. More clusters, and more flowers in each cluster. Not only that, but a much higher percentage of the plants are making double, and even triple blooms. In the past the vast majority of the plants hand only a single bloom, with a few doubles. This year at least half have multiple heads and at least a quarter of those are triples. I have even see a plant with 4 blooms, but they were not open simultaneously…or at leastwere no... more »

Pic for Today: Masses of Wood Lilies!
It was three years ago that I first found Wood Lilies growing on the Kennebunk Plains. I am certain they have been growing there for as long as there have sand-plains there…but I had not seen them. This year, though, is special. There are Wood Lilies everywhere on the plains…well, not everywhere, they tend to cluster in open clusters of 5 to 25 plants…but lilies in much higher numbers than I have seen before, by a factor of 10 at least. More clusters, and more flowers in each cluster. Not only that, but a much higher percentage of the plants are making double, and even triple blooms. In the past the vast majority of the plants hand only a single bloom, with a few doubles. This year at least half have multiple heads and at least a quarter of those are triples. I have even see a plant with 4 blooms, but they were not open simultaneously…or at least were not on the day I saw them. This shot is three plants, all triples, for 9 flowers in a single group. One Wood Lily is beautiful. Nine together is breathtaking. :)

Sony HX90V at 92mm equivalent field of view. 1/400th @ ISO 80 @ f5. Processed in Lightroom.___

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2015-07-17 12:21:58 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

Experimenting with in-camera Picture Effects at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Maine. Sony HX90V. 

Experimenting with in-camera Picture Effects at Day Brook Pond on the Kennebunk Plains Wildlife Management Area, Maine. Sony HX90V. ___

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2015-07-17 11:35:15 (3 comments, 3 reshares, 38 +1s)Open 

For the love of landscape...
I drove out to the Kennebunk Plains for sunset a few days ago. Not the best I have seen, and not even the best I have seen there...but every sunset is worth recording. This is about 30 minutes after sunset. In-camera HDR with the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. 

For the love of landscape...
I drove out to the Kennebunk Plains for sunset a few days ago. Not the best I have seen, and not even the best I have seen there...but every sunset is worth recording. This is about 30 minutes after sunset. In-camera HDR with the Sony HX90V. Processed in Lightroom. ___

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2015-07-17 11:20:22 (11 comments, 16 reshares, 230 +1s)Open 

Pic for Today: Upland Sandpiper!
Not a great photo, but a photo against the odds, and a great bird for Southern Maine. There have been, historically, a few nesting pairs of Upland Sandpiper on the Kennebunk Plains each year. Upland Sandpiper reaches the far north-east limits of its range on the remnant sand-plains west of Kennebunk. I have not seen sandpipers there for at least 6 years…but that does not mean they were not there. I am spending a lot more time on the Plains this year, and, perhaps inevitably, yesterday I saw my first Uppies…doing what I assume was distraction flights around a nest. This bird flew up, circled calling loudly, and returned to this little pine repeatedly over the 20 minutes or so I watched. There was a dog near the parking area on the other side from the nest, and the bird was very aware of it.

Shot against the odds: this shot was taken at a distance of70-... more »

Pic for Today: Upland Sandpiper!
Not a great photo, but a photo against the odds, and a great bird for Southern Maine. There have been, historically, a few nesting pairs of Upland Sandpiper on the Kennebunk Plains each year. Upland Sandpiper reaches the far north-east limits of its range on the remnant sand-plains west of Kennebunk. I have not seen sandpipers there for at least 6 years…but that does not mean they were not there. I am spending a lot more time on the Plains this year, and, perhaps inevitably, yesterday I saw my first Uppies…doing what I assume was distraction flights around a nest. This bird flew up, circled calling loudly, and returned to this little pine repeatedly over the 20 minutes or so I watched. There was a dog near the parking area on the other side from the nest, and the bird was very aware of it.

Shot against the odds: this shot was taken at a distance of 70-80 yards, too far for decent photography…but that was as close as I wanted to approach. The heat haze was terrible over the Plains at noon, and there was a stiff breeze blowing. Everything was in motion…as you can see from the bokeh. I pushed the camera close to its limits by zooming past optical zoom to an equivalent field of view of 3200mm. And it is handheld. While it is not a great image by any standard…it is certainly a satisfying record of a great bird.

Nikon P900 as above. 1/500th @ ISO 280 @ f6.5. Processed and cropped slightly in Lightroom (to eliminate a telephone pole in the background).___

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