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2014-03-20 12:55:10 (77 comments, 404 reshares, 783 +1s)Open 

Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

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2014-03-20 12:55:10 (77 comments, 404 reshares, 783 +1s)Open 

Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle drivingby... more »

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2014-03-20 12:55:10 (77 comments, 404 reshares, 783 +1s)Open 

Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle drivingby... more »

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2014-10-26 11:33:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 25 +1s)Open 

Taking a look at this picture in full daylight, It does look a bit dark so I lightened it just a click.  Here is a link to the final image. Tip of the day, never edit in a dark room at night!

http://www.moechenphotography.com/Black-and-White/i-zJcKqJC/A

Taken at blue hour this was the last composition I shot on a trip to the southwest earlier this year. Shot at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, AZ with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash  . I always find it interesting when you find locations like these situated just a couple miles from strip malls and mini golf courses. It can be like that up here in Maine too. I stepped on some of those little Cholla cactus and ended up with a few nice barbed needles in my shoe which I managed to impale in the bottom of my foot on the flight out of Phoenix later in the day. Good times. 

Yeah I know this ones dark, and maybetoo... more »

Taking a look at this picture in full daylight, It does look a bit dark so I lightened it just a click.  Here is a link to the final image. Tip of the day, never edit in a dark room at night!

http://www.moechenphotography.com/Black-and-White/i-zJcKqJC/A

Taken at blue hour this was the last composition I shot on a trip to the southwest earlier this year. Shot at Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction, AZ with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash  . I always find it interesting when you find locations like these situated just a couple miles from strip malls and mini golf courses. It can be like that up here in Maine too. I stepped on some of those little Cholla cactus and ended up with a few nice barbed needles in my shoe which I managed to impale in the bottom of my foot on the flight out of Phoenix later in the day. Good times. 

Yeah I know this ones dark, and maybe too dark depending on what kind of screen you're looking at. Keeping a nice spooky look in honor of Halloween. Plus these are the Superstition Mountains after all. I just like the way the highlights in the image look when the whole picture is kept on the dark side. 

Click to view it bigger and it gets better I promise and go full screen for the best view! This one looks pretty horrible as a thumbnail. On a side note, I loaded this up on my desktop after editing on my laptop to do final corrections. Retina displays are starting to spoil me and my trusty 27" iMac is starting to make me think everything looks fuzzy.___

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2014-09-04 10:06:29 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

OK time to clear out some of the processed images from my hard drive. This one has been sitting there for a while. 

From the White Pocket area in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument area in Arizona with +Brian Matiash and +Chris Lazzery . 

OK time to clear out some of the processed images from my hard drive. This one has been sitting there for a while. 

From the White Pocket area in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument area in Arizona with +Brian Matiash and +Chris Lazzery . ___

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2014-09-03 02:03:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 58 +1s)Open 

Whaaat? Whose this guy posting a photo...??? As summer season winds down and my available time can be measured in more than brief moments it's time to start processing some pics! Here's an oldie from back in February. More a documentary pic than a true landscape. From the Toadstools in Utah with +Brian Matiash (photographer pictured) and +Chris Lazzery  (tiny head poking over rock) one early early full moon morning. 

Whaaat? Whose this guy posting a photo...??? As summer season winds down and my available time can be measured in more than brief moments it's time to start processing some pics! Here's an oldie from back in February. More a documentary pic than a true landscape. From the Toadstools in Utah with +Brian Matiash (photographer pictured) and +Chris Lazzery  (tiny head poking over rock) one early early full moon morning. ___

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2014-06-05 01:59:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

Second one up is Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 vrii. Again, if you are in the market for this lens you will know what it is. This is newest model of the 70-200 2.8. Also full USA version not grey market. The lens hood has one petal broken off but otherwise everything is in great condition. 

Price on the 70-200 is $1750 with free shipping to the U.S. Thanks! 

Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

Second one up is Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 vrii. Again, if you are in the market for this lens you will know what it is. This is newest model of the 70-200 2.8. Also full USA version not grey market. The lens hood has one petal broken off but otherwise everything is in great condition. 

Price on the 70-200 is $1750 with free shipping to the U.S. Thanks! ___

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2014-06-05 01:57:44 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

First one up is Nikon 24-70 2.8. Pretty much a staple in any pros bag if you are considering one you already know what it is! This one has a broken filter ring as you can see in the images. Also the zoom is very stiff from 24-28mm. This is the result of a short drop off an ottoman during a shoot about a year ago. Optically I see absolutely no defect whatsoever but you will have a difficult time threading on a filter if that is your plan. 

This is full USA retail version not grey market. 

That being said I am selling this one at a discount. 

Price is $1350 with free shipping to U.S. Thanks! 

Hi All! I am selling some equipment and will give my social media friends first crack if anybody is interested. These will be going up on eBay Friday night so message me asap if you are interested in either one. Any sale will be invoiced through PayPal. 

First one up is Nikon 24-70 2.8. Pretty much a staple in any pros bag if you are considering one you already know what it is! This one has a broken filter ring as you can see in the images. Also the zoom is very stiff from 24-28mm. This is the result of a short drop off an ottoman during a shoot about a year ago. Optically I see absolutely no defect whatsoever but you will have a difficult time threading on a filter if that is your plan. 

This is full USA retail version not grey market. 

That being said I am selling this one at a discount. 

Price is $1350 with free shipping to U.S. Thanks! ___

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2014-04-25 16:20:19 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

Here is a final version of an image that I have been working on for a project with +Yegor Malinovskii  and the Berlin City Auto Group www.berlincity.com that over the coming months will be showcasing local New England Artists combining some awesome rides (including this ridiculous 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition) and local New England scenes and landscapes. I'll post more info on that soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the Old Port downtown Portland, Maine from a shoot the other morning with +Charlie Widdis .  

+Berlin City Nissan of Portland 

Here is a final version of an image that I have been working on for a project with +Yegor Malinovskii  and the Berlin City Auto Group www.berlincity.com that over the coming months will be showcasing local New England Artists combining some awesome rides (including this ridiculous 2015 Nissan GT-R Black Edition) and local New England scenes and landscapes. I'll post more info on that soon! In the meantime here is a shot from the Old Port downtown Portland, Maine from a shoot the other morning with +Charlie Widdis .  

+Berlin City Nissan of Portland ___

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2014-04-24 04:06:48 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 52 +1s)Open 

There's lots and lots of Nubble shots out there but I think this take by +Michael Blanchette is the best I have seen to date.  I need to get out and shoot me a seascape!

Fog over Tide
York, Maine

This is from this morning at Nubble Lighthouse. The place is very heavily photographed so it takes unique conditions to create something a bit different. When I arrived at 4:45am, the sky looked clear and boring. But 30 minutes later, the light fog, backlight, clouds, and high tide produced a scene that made it all worthwhile. I love it when that happens!

#landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #lighthouse   #lighthousephotography   #sunrisephotography   #sunrisephotos   #maine   #fog   #seacoast   #seascapephotography   #seascape  ___There's lots and lots of Nubble shots out there but I think this take by +Michael Blanchette is the best I have seen to date.  I need to get out and shoot me a seascape!

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2014-04-14 11:50:18 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

A few days back I posted a call out asking for some advice on rigging up a makeshift boom arm. In the end I disassembled an old broken Manfrotto tripod I had laying around the house (it pays to be a pack rat) and used the parts to manufacture this. Total cost ended up being about $8 for a locking hotshot adapter. It's a bit top heavy because I have a 3 lb ballhead stuck to the top but if I velcro my trigger to the handle I can use two hands to maneuver and aim. 

Here's a single frame BTS look at the project I'm working on from the PHL.

A few days back I posted a call out asking for some advice on rigging up a makeshift boom arm. In the end I disassembled an old broken Manfrotto tripod I had laying around the house (it pays to be a pack rat) and used the parts to manufacture this. Total cost ended up being about $8 for a locking hotshot adapter. It's a bit top heavy because I have a 3 lb ballhead stuck to the top but if I velcro my trigger to the handle I can use two hands to maneuver and aim. 

Here's a single frame BTS look at the project I'm working on from the PHL.___

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2014-04-02 23:49:16 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

OK photographer friends and non photographer friends alike.  I have an equipment question for anybody.  I spent last night in my driveway taking pics of my super hot 2006 mint green Toyota Corolla in preparation for an upcoming photo project.  I was using a Speedlight lashed to a broomstick (ok an actual broom) with a clothesline. 

 I need something that is a bit more permanent, a lot more secure and allows me to access the controls on the back of the Speedlight.  The hot shoe of the Speedlight is occupied by my remote trigger so I can't attach any Speedlight accessory clamps or brackets that utilize the hotshoe.

Can anybody tell me of a product that attaches to a pole or boom and has a clamp that will allow me to secure the Speedlight while keeping the back open.  I am fine with a commercial product or even a decent DIY solution. I have done an exhaustive search (I googledit) an... more »

OK photographer friends and non photographer friends alike.  I have an equipment question for anybody.  I spent last night in my driveway taking pics of my super hot 2006 mint green Toyota Corolla in preparation for an upcoming photo project.  I was using a Speedlight lashed to a broomstick (ok an actual broom) with a clothesline. 

 I need something that is a bit more permanent, a lot more secure and allows me to access the controls on the back of the Speedlight.  The hot shoe of the Speedlight is occupied by my remote trigger so I can't attach any Speedlight accessory clamps or brackets that utilize the hotshoe.

Can anybody tell me of a product that attaches to a pole or boom and has a clamp that will allow me to secure the Speedlight while keeping the back open.  I am fine with a commercial product or even a decent DIY solution. I have done an exhaustive search (I googled it) and have come up with nothing. Thanks for any thoughts!___

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2014-03-24 11:19:19 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 107 +1s)Open 

Time to put the Southwest photos to bed for a while. As fun a it was taking and editing these pics from Utah and Arizona I feel the need to turn my attention back to my home state of Maine. Look forward to getting out there and creating some new images. 

Let's just hope this weather takes a turn for the warmer soon...

Time to put the Southwest photos to bed for a while. As fun a it was taking and editing these pics from Utah and Arizona I feel the need to turn my attention back to my home state of Maine. Look forward to getting out there and creating some new images. 

Let's just hope this weather takes a turn for the warmer soon...___

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2014-03-20 12:55:10 (77 comments, 404 reshares, 783 +1s)Open 

Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle drivingby... more »

Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle driving by in the distance can change a scene. In the little valley on the right you can see what the headlights from a single car driving the other direction a mile away can do to a scene. I don't feel like it detracts from the overall image here but there have been plenty of compositions ruined by seemingly trivial lights on the horizon or from passing boats, planes, trains and automobiles.

With +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash on a cold Utah night. ___

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2014-03-15 21:02:46 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 61 +1s)Open 

I don't usually like to publish a pic online until I have seen it on a few different screens.  My laptop screen is a little sharper and more contrasty than my desktop so the results always vary.  I won't be near my desktop for a little while so I'll pop this one up anyway. 

This is from the morning after the amazing light we had at sunset in White Pocket.  The sunrise wasn't nearly as dramatic as the night's sunset but it did provide some nice wrap around color (in this case the sun was coming up over my left shoulder, allowing me to get capture some glow on the rocks while still getting color in the sky.  

When I'm out shooting I am generally happy if I can walk away with one frame per shoot or location that I consider a keeper.  White Pocket was almost embarrassing in what it has provided.  I think this is the 4th pic I have posted from the location andI prob... more »

I don't usually like to publish a pic online until I have seen it on a few different screens.  My laptop screen is a little sharper and more contrasty than my desktop so the results always vary.  I won't be near my desktop for a little while so I'll pop this one up anyway. 

This is from the morning after the amazing light we had at sunset in White Pocket.  The sunrise wasn't nearly as dramatic as the night's sunset but it did provide some nice wrap around color (in this case the sun was coming up over my left shoulder, allowing me to get capture some glow on the rocks while still getting color in the sky.  

When I'm out shooting I am generally happy if I can walk away with one frame per shoot or location that I consider a keeper.  White Pocket was almost embarrassing in what it has provided.  I think this is the 4th pic I have posted from the location and I probably have another 2 or 3 including one of my favorite compositions of the trip to go.  

A note here.  I will often blend images or double process my RAW files to maintain detail in both sky and foreground.  In this event the light in the sky and the light on the rocks was so perfectly balanced I didn't make a single selective adjustment to either one.  One of the easiest images to process ever!___

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2014-03-14 04:52:26 (2 comments, 7 reshares, 43 +1s)Open 


To remind myself that I live in Maine I hit this stretch of coast down by the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth the other night with +Charlie Widdis  . The forecast read 0 degrees but we were pleasantly surprised with a balmy 14 degrees down by the coast. Tough location to get a decent composition. The lines all run the wrong way to showcase the Milky Way correctly and there is a giant sulfur light in the parking lot that illuminates the tips of every large rock. 

Still, I'm awfully grateful to be able to shoot the Milky Way just a few minutes from my home and it's pretty amazing that if you turn to the left from this vantage point Maine's biggest city is no more than 5 or 6 miles right up the coast.


To remind myself that I live in Maine I hit this stretch of coast down by the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth the other night with +Charlie Widdis  . The forecast read 0 degrees but we were pleasantly surprised with a balmy 14 degrees down by the coast. Tough location to get a decent composition. The lines all run the wrong way to showcase the Milky Way correctly and there is a giant sulfur light in the parking lot that illuminates the tips of every large rock. 

Still, I'm awfully grateful to be able to shoot the Milky Way just a few minutes from my home and it's pretty amazing that if you turn to the left from this vantage point Maine's biggest city is no more than 5 or 6 miles right up the coast.___

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2014-03-13 03:27:25 (5 comments, 10 reshares, 87 +1s)Open 

Of all the spots we went on our SW road trip, Grand Canyon is both the most obviously spectacular and most frustratingly difficult to shoot.  Given the time I would much prefer to get down into the canyon and compose upward. 

One thing that I have realized over time is that there are no throwaway shots.  So many times when I am reviewing my images I come across a comp that speaks to me but I didn't take the time in the field to get it quite right.  In this case I made just three exposures.  A sky exposure, a focus stack at infinity and a single exposure for the foreground.  In this case I should have made two or three additional focus stack captures to get a more gradual transition from foreground to background.  I had to do a fair amount of perspective adjustment to get a reasonable alignment on the foreground tree and in the end still wasn't able to get everything quite right andrender... more »

Of all the spots we went on our SW road trip, Grand Canyon is both the most obviously spectacular and most frustratingly difficult to shoot.  Given the time I would much prefer to get down into the canyon and compose upward. 

One thing that I have realized over time is that there are no throwaway shots.  So many times when I am reviewing my images I come across a comp that speaks to me but I didn't take the time in the field to get it quite right.  In this case I made just three exposures.  A sky exposure, a focus stack at infinity and a single exposure for the foreground.  In this case I should have made two or three additional focus stack captures to get a more gradual transition from foreground to background.  I had to do a fair amount of perspective adjustment to get a reasonable alignment on the foreground tree and in the end still wasn't able to get everything quite right and renders this a web only image that will never see print. 

+Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash .  Time to go back!___

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2014-03-12 22:33:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A question for my photographer friends!

I've been on a bit of an ebay binge lately trying to clear out some junk and simplify a bit.  In the course of posting items I decided I may as well clean up some of the posting pics and throw them on a micro stock site.  Anybody have any suggestions on a good micro stock agency out there or at least a decent guide?

I do a small amount of stock sales through Getty and Stocksy but I'm looking for a more stock feel for images like these.  I know payout is almost non existent but every little bit helps!

A question for my photographer friends!

I've been on a bit of an ebay binge lately trying to clear out some junk and simplify a bit.  In the course of posting items I decided I may as well clean up some of the posting pics and throw them on a micro stock site.  Anybody have any suggestions on a good micro stock agency out there or at least a decent guide?

I do a small amount of stock sales through Getty and Stocksy but I'm looking for a more stock feel for images like these.  I know payout is almost non existent but every little bit helps!___

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2014-03-07 04:52:25 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 51 +1s)Open 

I'll get back to some actual image postings soon but here is one more behind the scenes pic.  When I was browsing images online of White Pocket I really had no sense of the scale.  The patterns in the "brain rock" somehow hide their true size in photographs. 

I posted an image a few days ago that shows this rock formation in the background.  In that pic it looks like there is just a third pile of rocks in between the two wavelike stands.  The reality is quite a bit different.  Here is an outtake of +Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash  chimping to provide a sense of scale.

And now back to the reality of preparing for another 2 degree Maine night shoot... 

I'll get back to some actual image postings soon but here is one more behind the scenes pic.  When I was browsing images online of White Pocket I really had no sense of the scale.  The patterns in the "brain rock" somehow hide their true size in photographs. 

I posted an image a few days ago that shows this rock formation in the background.  In that pic it looks like there is just a third pile of rocks in between the two wavelike stands.  The reality is quite a bit different.  Here is an outtake of +Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash  chimping to provide a sense of scale.

And now back to the reality of preparing for another 2 degree Maine night shoot... ___

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2014-03-03 14:51:37 (12 comments, 5 reshares, 117 +1s)Open 

I am afraid of heights.  A condition that I attribute to the desire to not die.  +Chris Lazzery (left) is not afraid of heights.  Therefore he gets better shots than I do at places like the Grand Canyon here.  Unfortunately he will someday fall in and be horribly maimed for the rest of his life.  I feel that he may possibly stand to close to the edge because he knows it gives me acute anxiety. 

+Brian Matiash (right) claims to be afraid of heights.  Brian can also be seen here standing perilously close to the rim of the Grand Canyon with an I don't know how many thousand foot drop below.  This leads me to believe that Brian is a liar.  

That is all. 

I am afraid of heights.  A condition that I attribute to the desire to not die.  +Chris Lazzery (left) is not afraid of heights.  Therefore he gets better shots than I do at places like the Grand Canyon here.  Unfortunately he will someday fall in and be horribly maimed for the rest of his life.  I feel that he may possibly stand to close to the edge because he knows it gives me acute anxiety. 

+Brian Matiash (right) claims to be afraid of heights.  Brian can also be seen here standing perilously close to the rim of the Grand Canyon with an I don't know how many thousand foot drop below.  This leads me to believe that Brian is a liar.  

That is all. ___

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2014-02-26 16:47:31 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 79 +1s)Open 

OK, I think this is the last new photo for a little bit.  I have another dozen or so to process from the trip out West but I should really get caught up on some Maine pics, blogs, printing and so forth. 

Here is another image taken at White Pocket under the best light show I've seen.  I may have mentioned it before but it's not so much the light in the sky that was amazing (even though the 365 degree color was incredible) but the intense colored light that was being cast on the landscape was just unbelievable.  

Taken with +Brian Matiash  and +Chris Lazzery  as we all ran around like madmen.  

OK, I think this is the last new photo for a little bit.  I have another dozen or so to process from the trip out West but I should really get caught up on some Maine pics, blogs, printing and so forth. 

Here is another image taken at White Pocket under the best light show I've seen.  I may have mentioned it before but it's not so much the light in the sky that was amazing (even though the 365 degree color was incredible) but the intense colored light that was being cast on the landscape was just unbelievable.  

Taken with +Brian Matiash  and +Chris Lazzery  as we all ran around like madmen.  ___

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2014-02-25 12:39:28 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 104 +1s)Open 

The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 is by far the favorite lens in my bag. It's super sharp, super wide and super fast allowing me to make everything from Milky Way images under the night sky to grand sweeping dramatic landscapes. It does however have one major flaw and that's the inability to accept filters without incredibly expensive Rube Goldberg type work arounds and adapters. For me that means that any wide angle long exposure shooting is out of the question. I will swap out to my 24-70 on occasion to get my black and white long exposure fix as I did here. 

+Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash  were snapping away at some desert details on the hike out so I slipped away to capture this image of the clouds working their way across the sky over the brain rock in White Pocket.

The Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 is by far the favorite lens in my bag. It's super sharp, super wide and super fast allowing me to make everything from Milky Way images under the night sky to grand sweeping dramatic landscapes. It does however have one major flaw and that's the inability to accept filters without incredibly expensive Rube Goldberg type work arounds and adapters. For me that means that any wide angle long exposure shooting is out of the question. I will swap out to my 24-70 on occasion to get my black and white long exposure fix as I did here. 

+Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash  were snapping away at some desert details on the hike out so I slipped away to capture this image of the clouds working their way across the sky over the brain rock in White Pocket.___

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2014-02-24 04:07:51 (14 comments, 1 reshares, 81 +1s)Open 

One may question the wisdom of packing 2 lbs of strobe and batteries into an already full pack to carry out on a landscape shoot.  That weight could just as easily be allocated to a case of 5 hour energy or a family size pack of double stuff mint oreos.  As viable as those options may be however, neither will help you capture the elusive Darth Matiash (aka +Brian Matiash ) in his natural environment as my SB900 did here.  

@ the toadstools

One may question the wisdom of packing 2 lbs of strobe and batteries into an already full pack to carry out on a landscape shoot.  That weight could just as easily be allocated to a case of 5 hour energy or a family size pack of double stuff mint oreos.  As viable as those options may be however, neither will help you capture the elusive Darth Matiash (aka +Brian Matiash ) in his natural environment as my SB900 did here.  

@ the toadstools___

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2014-02-22 19:03:56 (8 comments, 5 reshares, 145 +1s)Open 

Ok so third post in 4 days. That's like a month's worth of posts for me!

This was taken on the first morning of last weeks road trip through the Southwest with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash  . After supplying in Phoenix we hit Grand Canyon for a quick sunset shoot and then made the midnight drive up to Zion. I made the mistake of trying to sleep on a picnic table so I could look at the moon and stars while I slept but quickly realized that 27 degrees is 27 degrees wether you're in Southwest America or along the coast of Maine and as pretty as the full moon is it's damn hard to sleep with that shining in your eyes. 

No worries, we only setup camp for about 3 hours before heading out to capture The Watchman here on the way out of town to try and score lottery permits for the Wave down in Kanab. When visualizing this shot in my head I had really thought that theMi... more »

Ok so third post in 4 days. That's like a month's worth of posts for me!

This was taken on the first morning of last weeks road trip through the Southwest with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash  . After supplying in Phoenix we hit Grand Canyon for a quick sunset shoot and then made the midnight drive up to Zion. I made the mistake of trying to sleep on a picnic table so I could look at the moon and stars while I slept but quickly realized that 27 degrees is 27 degrees wether you're in Southwest America or along the coast of Maine and as pretty as the full moon is it's damn hard to sleep with that shining in your eyes. 

No worries, we only setup camp for about 3 hours before heading out to capture The Watchman here on the way out of town to try and score lottery permits for the Wave down in Kanab. When visualizing this shot in my head I had really thought that the Milky Way would be faintly visible here but with the moon happily blazing away in the sky there was no chance this week to even catch a glimpse of the winter Milky Way. I really don't have much experience shooting moonlight but will definitely be giving it more thought in the future. When shooting icons like this it's always nice to be out when it's quiet. Not only are there no crowds at 3am but the chances of walking away with a unique shot skyrocket when you're the only ones around. 

As far as this pic itself goes, I know it's a pretty dark shot but if you're able to view it large you can pull all the detail out of the shadows by looking close and letting your eyes adjust. Just like we saw it in real life. The D800 sensor pulled more than enough information out of this scene where I could have lit that foreground up like daylight but in the end I much prefer the shadows. 

Full disclosure: I totally comp stomped Brian for this shot...___

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2014-02-21 16:58:06 (7 comments, 5 reshares, 82 +1s)Open 

No doubt Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ can be a tricky place to make images.  Heavy crowds, cramped conditions, and more stops of light variation than you can shake a stick at combine with the fact that pretty much every composition in these slots has been taken can make it challenging to walk away with a satisfying image. This area here was already occupied by a couple of photographers who looked like they were setup for the long haul so I went vertical and took advantage of the interlocking lines and colors in the skyward view. 

Taken during last weeks killer Southwest Roadtrip with +Brian Matiash  and +Chris Lazzery .  

No doubt Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ can be a tricky place to make images.  Heavy crowds, cramped conditions, and more stops of light variation than you can shake a stick at combine with the fact that pretty much every composition in these slots has been taken can make it challenging to walk away with a satisfying image. This area here was already occupied by a couple of photographers who looked like they were setup for the long haul so I went vertical and took advantage of the interlocking lines and colors in the skyward view. 

Taken during last weeks killer Southwest Roadtrip with +Brian Matiash  and +Chris Lazzery .  ___

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2014-02-18 20:00:13 (6 comments, 3 reshares, 90 +1s)Open 

5 Days of shooting, 1400 miles of driving, 1700 images taken (thanks in large part to my exposure bracketing, focus stacking paranoia relieving shooting style) through Arizona and Utah and I'm back watching the flurries start up again in Polar Vortex afflicted Maine. 

It was an awesome trip with great company in +Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash .

Here is my first share from White Pocket.  I was going to start posting images in chronological order but I know Chris is working up an awesome shot from Zion that is fairly similar to my favorite comp from there so I moved on to this pic from White Pocket.  What an amazing place this was.  There are times when location and conditions leave me feeling inadequate as a photographer to capture the beauty of a scene in front of me and this was one of those times and I found myself running from comp to comp swearing under my breath theentir... more »

5 Days of shooting, 1400 miles of driving, 1700 images taken (thanks in large part to my exposure bracketing, focus stacking paranoia relieving shooting style) through Arizona and Utah and I'm back watching the flurries start up again in Polar Vortex afflicted Maine. 

It was an awesome trip with great company in +Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash .

Here is my first share from White Pocket.  I was going to start posting images in chronological order but I know Chris is working up an awesome shot from Zion that is fairly similar to my favorite comp from there so I moved on to this pic from White Pocket.  What an amazing place this was.  There are times when location and conditions leave me feeling inadequate as a photographer to capture the beauty of a scene in front of me and this was one of those times and I found myself running from comp to comp swearing under my breath the entire time.  I'll be back here again someday, a lot more prepared and with a little more time.  ___

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2014-02-15 02:09:21 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Not to rub it in +Jim Patterson and +Jeff Swanson but things just went down at White Pocket...

W/ +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash

Not to rub it in +Jim Patterson and +Jeff Swanson but things just went down at White Pocket...

W/ +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash___

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2014-02-12 21:46:00 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 72 +1s)Open 

Family resemblance. Double stuff Oreo cookie and lenticular cloud. Grand Canyon bound with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash

Family resemblance. Double stuff Oreo cookie and lenticular cloud. Grand Canyon bound with +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash___

2014-01-09 18:48:21 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-01-05 19:00:51 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 34 +1s)Open 

This is a shot from yesterday's -10 sunrise. I have a few shots on my hard drive that are better composed, more technically sound and probably overall better images but none of them quite capture the feeling of watching waves barrel in on you sending up plumes of sea smoke into the sky to be backlit by the rising sun quite as well as this image. So this may be the only time you find me uploading an image with visible flare, blown highlights and an unclear composition.

From the marginal way in oginquit Maine. 

This is a shot from yesterday's -10 sunrise. I have a few shots on my hard drive that are better composed, more technically sound and probably overall better images but none of them quite capture the feeling of watching waves barrel in on you sending up plumes of sea smoke into the sky to be backlit by the rising sun quite as well as this image. So this may be the only time you find me uploading an image with visible flare, blown highlights and an unclear composition.

From the marginal way in oginquit Maine. ___

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2013-12-30 15:57:13 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 71 +1s)Open 

From yesterday mornings trip out to Biddeford Pool with +Charlie Widdis .  Waiting for a sunrise that never fully materialized but I was still able to get just enough color to compliment the cold winter hues of the Maine Coast. 

From yesterday mornings trip out to Biddeford Pool with +Charlie Widdis .  Waiting for a sunrise that never fully materialized but I was still able to get just enough color to compliment the cold winter hues of the Maine Coast. ___

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2013-12-14 16:34:09 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

I hit up Old Orchard Beach the other morning with a very specific shot in mind. Unfortunately every time I'm at  Old Orchard before the sun comes up my efforts are derailed by the ridiculous amount of light coming from every window, parking lot, street light, store front, Christmas Tree etc. that line the waterfront. 

In this case I abandoned my planned shot and just used all the ambient light to get an angle of the pier I've never shot before. I have shot this pier probably 2 dozen times over the last few years and have just as many shots that I have never shared because they are too similar. So if nothing else this pic is a little bit different than the typical OOB pier photo. I would like to try this one again on a slightly clearer day to see if I can pick out any stars in the sky. 

I suppose this is my first "snow" shot of the winter if you count the dusting onth... more »

I hit up Old Orchard Beach the other morning with a very specific shot in mind. Unfortunately every time I'm at  Old Orchard before the sun comes up my efforts are derailed by the ridiculous amount of light coming from every window, parking lot, street light, store front, Christmas Tree etc. that line the waterfront. 

In this case I abandoned my planned shot and just used all the ambient light to get an angle of the pier I've never shot before. I have shot this pier probably 2 dozen times over the last few years and have just as many shots that I have never shared because they are too similar. So if nothing else this pic is a little bit different than the typical OOB pier photo. I would like to try this one again on a slightly clearer day to see if I can pick out any stars in the sky. 

I suppose this is my first "snow" shot of the winter if you count the dusting on the roof.___

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2013-12-07 04:51:51 (12 comments, 4 reshares, 70 +1s)Open 

If you've been around here for a while this image may look familiar. This pano was taken on the same night as a previously posted image from February. My original intention had been to shoot a panoramic so I could maintain the lighthouse off center without distortion and then crop down. 

In the end I originally went with a different composition because I had a lower ISO foreground image to use. In this case all frames for the stitch were shot at 3200 ISO which is a bit higher than I like to go especially for foreground but when I was doing the processing I was still impressed by how noise free the D800 is at that extreme ISO. 

I can't believe we are coming up on a year since this image was shot, I have been so inactive photographically this past year and for the first time have probably taken more images inside than out. Some New Year's resolutions are going to have to bem... more »

If you've been around here for a while this image may look familiar. This pano was taken on the same night as a previously posted image from February. My original intention had been to shoot a panoramic so I could maintain the lighthouse off center without distortion and then crop down. 

In the end I originally went with a different composition because I had a lower ISO foreground image to use. In this case all frames for the stitch were shot at 3200 ISO which is a bit higher than I like to go especially for foreground but when I was doing the processing I was still impressed by how noise free the D800 is at that extreme ISO. 

I can't believe we are coming up on a year since this image was shot, I have been so inactive photographically this past year and for the first time have probably taken more images inside than out. Some New Year's resolutions are going to have to be made!___

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2013-12-03 19:53:12 (4 comments, 4 reshares, 99 +1s)Open 

Shot from Upper Antelope Canyon.  If I were a betting man I would think that this is more like what the canyon walls look like as opposed to the dayglow orange pics that abound.  But reality is that the crazy orange and yellows are closer to reality than this image here but I have posted enough of those in the past.  

I found this one languishing on the hard drive as a black and white conversion and I just backed off the opacity a bit to introduce some color back in and this is what you get.  I kind of  like the mood. 

Shot from Upper Antelope Canyon.  If I were a betting man I would think that this is more like what the canyon walls look like as opposed to the dayglow orange pics that abound.  But reality is that the crazy orange and yellows are closer to reality than this image here but I have posted enough of those in the past.  

I found this one languishing on the hard drive as a black and white conversion and I just backed off the opacity a bit to introduce some color back in and this is what you get.  I kind of  like the mood. ___

2013-11-19 01:17:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

I'm in the middle of a hasty migration of my website from Zenfolio back to Smugmug. The first web host that I had used years ago was Smugmug but man things have changed there. The downside is your site looks a lot like a lot of other peoples sites but the customization options have really improved. Take a look see if you like. More pages and organization to come and maybe I'll throw up my first blog post in over two years about why I switched back to Smug.

I'm in the middle of a hasty migration of my website from Zenfolio back to Smugmug. The first web host that I had used years ago was Smugmug but man things have changed there. The downside is your site looks a lot like a lot of other peoples sites but the customization options have really improved. Take a look see if you like. More pages and organization to come and maybe I'll throw up my first blog post in over two years about why I switched back to Smug.___

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2013-11-13 02:59:06 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

Grrr... I just want to change my profile pic not send out a message about it...    I'll get around to taking a happy profile pic one of these days.

Grrr... I just want to change my profile pic not send out a message about it...    I'll get around to taking a happy profile pic one of these days.___

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2013-10-24 13:25:35 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)Open 

It's always nice to see an image in print especially when it's on the cover of one of my favorite magazines!

I find it interesting that the images of mine that are most published and licensed are never the ones that I expect.  I tend to rely on dramatic composition, intense light or extreme conditions to make my images stand out from everyday snapshots but in many cases that's not what sells commercially.  I once had an editor from a national travel magazine tell me that they liked an image but "do I have anything less dramatic?".  

When I shoot an image for myself I will generally aim to portray whatever subject I am shooting in a way that will evoke emotion, wow the viewer with intense colors or motion, or make an artistic interpretation of the scene that people have never seen.  

Like many landscape photographers out there I rely on some standardtri... more »

It's always nice to see an image in print especially when it's on the cover of one of my favorite magazines!

I find it interesting that the images of mine that are most published and licensed are never the ones that I expect.  I tend to rely on dramatic composition, intense light or extreme conditions to make my images stand out from everyday snapshots but in many cases that's not what sells commercially.  I once had an editor from a national travel magazine tell me that they liked an image but "do I have anything less dramatic?".  

When I shoot an image for myself I will generally aim to portray whatever subject I am shooting in a way that will evoke emotion, wow the viewer with intense colors or motion, or make an artistic interpretation of the scene that people have never seen.  

Like many landscape photographers out there I rely on some standard tricks.  Super wide angles, long exposures, seeking out conditions that will provide the most vivid light, the most contrast.  I will sometimes stumble across an image in a magazine or an ad that uses none of these techniques but still manages to create an emotional response in me and I will sit and pick apart the image trying to figure out what it is.  

Anyway, I ramble on.  There is always something to learn in photography which makes it both frustrating and rewarding at once.  I need to get back behind my camera and make some fresh images.  It's been a while!___

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2013-10-04 12:22:34 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 48 +1s)Open 

Day two of pulling from the archives. I need to find a way to beam lightroom to my TV and hook up a remote to scroll through my old images. 

Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CA. 2nd image in a row posted from a location now deemed "closed" to the public.

Day two of pulling from the archives. I need to find a way to beam lightroom to my TV and hook up a remote to scroll through my old images. 

Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley, CA. 2nd image in a row posted from a location now deemed "closed" to the public.___

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2013-10-03 11:16:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

At last count I had about 72,000 images on my hard drives. For some of my photographer friends out there that is probably a drop in the bucket. However for me that's 72,000 images that I find worthy of not immediately trashing and have at least made it past the first round of my selection process. Out of those 72,000 images I have publicly posted about 200. I am very selective of what I consider to be an image that is worth sharing however I've decided that it's probably time for me to take a peek through my old images and start pulling out some shots that I may have overlooked or have grown on me over the years. 

This one's a tribute to all everyone out there who is locked out of Acadia due to the shutdown (I'll keep my thoughts on that to myself). I think I never posted this one originally because it's fairly similar to an image that +Nate Parker  has put up (mostp... more »

At last count I had about 72,000 images on my hard drives. For some of my photographer friends out there that is probably a drop in the bucket. However for me that's 72,000 images that I find worthy of not immediately trashing and have at least made it past the first round of my selection process. Out of those 72,000 images I have publicly posted about 200. I am very selective of what I consider to be an image that is worth sharing however I've decided that it's probably time for me to take a peek through my old images and start pulling out some shots that I may have overlooked or have grown on me over the years. 

This one's a tribute to all everyone out there who is locked out of Acadia due to the shutdown (I'll keep my thoughts on that to myself). I think I never posted this one originally because it's fairly similar to an image that +Nate Parker  has put up (most probably similar because he was standing about 2 feet to my right...). 

Duck Brook Bridge in Acadia National Park.___

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2013-09-27 03:20:35 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 46 +1s)Open 

My hometown of Portland, Maine from across Casco Bay. 

My hometown of Portland, Maine from across Casco Bay. ___

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2013-09-19 13:27:03 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

And now for something completely different.  

Haven't had the opportunity to get out and shoot recently so my attention has turned indoors.  Found an old Halloween costume of my sons' and we fired off a few frames.  I think I may make this a Halloween series.  Could be pretty hilarious I think...

And now for something completely different.  

Haven't had the opportunity to get out and shoot recently so my attention has turned indoors.  Found an old Halloween costume of my sons' and we fired off a few frames.  I think I may make this a Halloween series.  Could be pretty hilarious I think...___

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2013-09-07 23:34:17 (9 comments, 30 reshares, 125 +1s)Open 

've always taken some satisfaction in finding the details along our Maine Coast but lately I've been getting the itch to shoot some grander landscapees again. In the mean time, here's a shot from a trip out to Biddeford Pool with +Charlie Widdis  last night. A night complete with glowing eyes watching us from the grass and a late night Hot Dog run at Rapid Ray's.

've always taken some satisfaction in finding the details along our Maine Coast but lately I've been getting the itch to shoot some grander landscapees again. In the mean time, here's a shot from a trip out to Biddeford Pool with +Charlie Widdis  last night. A night complete with glowing eyes watching us from the grass and a late night Hot Dog run at Rapid Ray's.___

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2013-07-31 21:49:29 (15 comments, 49 reshares, 94 +1s)Open 

Had a fairly awesome shooting experience last night. Even if I had come out of it with no images to share it would have been a pretty cool night. My ten year old son and I met Charlie Widdis Photography out at Pine Point to see if we could catch some low tide sand formations against the stars. The lights from OOB on the right here washed out a good portion of the stars but the glow coming off Camp Ellis directly ahead adds some nice color and interest I think along with providing light for some highlights along my foreground. 

The shoot itself was like a science field trip for my son. There was some cool bioluminescence in the sand that caused points of light to shoot out from your footsteps as we walked in the dark. Some sort of large water creature continuously leaped out of the shallow bay to our left and he got to witness a whole colony of hermit crabs along the shoreline being terrorized by... more »

Had a fairly awesome shooting experience last night. Even if I had come out of it with no images to share it would have been a pretty cool night. My ten year old son and I met Charlie Widdis Photography out at Pine Point to see if we could catch some low tide sand formations against the stars. The lights from OOB on the right here washed out a good portion of the stars but the glow coming off Camp Ellis directly ahead adds some nice color and interest I think along with providing light for some highlights along my foreground. 

The shoot itself was like a science field trip for my son. There was some cool bioluminescence in the sand that caused points of light to shoot out from your footsteps as we walked in the dark. Some sort of large water creature continuously leaped out of the shallow bay to our left and he got to witness a whole colony of hermit crabs along the shoreline being terrorized by larger crabs that would dart in and grab a snack before receding into the sea. Amazing what you can find on the beach at one in the morning. 

This shot was meant to be a vertical panorama with about 15 shots extending up into the night sky. Apparently however I am the worlds' worst panorama stitcher and I couldn't get it to work out so here is a standard size presentation. Again the subtlety of the image seems to be lost in translation when viewed on brighter screens but I always process with printing in mind so images often may appear lighter than they should.

#plusphotoextract  ___

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2013-07-30 16:52:59 (8 comments, 3 reshares, 49 +1s)Open 

The old Custom House Tower in Boston, Mass.  Now converted into a Marriott hotel. 

The old Custom House Tower in Boston, Mass.  Now converted into a Marriott hotel. ___

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2013-07-22 13:13:05 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 44 +1s)Open 

Facebook seriously scrunched this one up so curious how it turns out here.  

From Pine Point Beach a couple new moons ago looking towards Old Orchard.  Was diving through the archives looking for something to post.  Man I need to get out shooting!!!!

Facebook seriously scrunched this one up so curious how it turns out here.  

From Pine Point Beach a couple new moons ago looking towards Old Orchard.  Was diving through the archives looking for something to post.  Man I need to get out shooting!!!!___

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2013-06-21 15:34:34 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

I'm still not so sure about this image but I've been away from my camera for so long that I feel I have to post something! This is from the tail end of a great light show down at Pine Point in Scarborough. I saw the beginning of a great light show happening from my driveway up the road and made the decision to make a mad dash down to the coast to see what I could capture. 

I ended up missing the best light but managed to fire off a few frames before the light faded to what you see here. Hopefully there are a couple more shots that I can pick through with better light to post in the future.

I'm still not so sure about this image but I've been away from my camera for so long that I feel I have to post something! This is from the tail end of a great light show down at Pine Point in Scarborough. I saw the beginning of a great light show happening from my driveway up the road and made the decision to make a mad dash down to the coast to see what I could capture. 

I ended up missing the best light but managed to fire off a few frames before the light faded to what you see here. Hopefully there are a couple more shots that I can pick through with better light to post in the future.___

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2013-05-02 11:54:09 (6 comments, 8 reshares, 47 +1s)Open 

Here's an old image from early summer of 2012 I believe.  This was from a trip out to the PHL with +Chris Lazzery where we got crazy lucky and actually had the police let us into the park.  3 shot panoramic that I was finally able to stitch with the aid of additional RAM.  I will say that one of the best parts of this shoot was that Nosh Kitchen Bar was still open afterwards and we were able to get a full on meal after shooting stars in the park.  

And speaking of Nosh, their new donut burger has replaced the apocalypse burger as my official late night craving after a stop there a few weeks back with +Charlie Widdis .  Tasty.

#PlusPhotoExtract

Here's an old image from early summer of 2012 I believe.  This was from a trip out to the PHL with +Chris Lazzery where we got crazy lucky and actually had the police let us into the park.  3 shot panoramic that I was finally able to stitch with the aid of additional RAM.  I will say that one of the best parts of this shoot was that Nosh Kitchen Bar was still open afterwards and we were able to get a full on meal after shooting stars in the park.  

And speaking of Nosh, their new donut burger has replaced the apocalypse burger as my official late night craving after a stop there a few weeks back with +Charlie Widdis .  Tasty.

#PlusPhotoExtract___

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2013-04-19 11:08:38 (6 comments, 4 reshares, 59 +1s)Open 

My ten year old son volunteered himself to be my bodyguard for this 2 am shoot and who am I to turn down that kind of company?  As an assistant he's not that useful and usually ends up in a shot or two but he's perfectly content to look for shooting stars during 5 minute exposures and the conversations decent.  What more can you ask for in a shooting partner?

I have shot this composition before but with the stairs only.  The boardwalk is new this year (although it seems to have seen better days already) and it provides some great leading lines.  Besides, my old shot has always bothered me because it's a touch out of focus and shot at too high of an ISO.  

There has been an abundance of awesome Milky Way shots coming out of the region lately and I have been looking for opportunities to come up with shots that will stand out.  In this image I really tried to focus onthe f... more »

My ten year old son volunteered himself to be my bodyguard for this 2 am shoot and who am I to turn down that kind of company?  As an assistant he's not that useful and usually ends up in a shot or two but he's perfectly content to look for shooting stars during 5 minute exposures and the conversations decent.  What more can you ask for in a shooting partner?

I have shot this composition before but with the stairs only.  The boardwalk is new this year (although it seems to have seen better days already) and it provides some great leading lines.  Besides, my old shot has always bothered me because it's a touch out of focus and shot at too high of an ISO.  

There has been an abundance of awesome Milky Way shots coming out of the region lately and I have been looking for opportunities to come up with shots that will stand out.  In this image I really tried to focus on the foreground element and keep the night sky as a secondary element like I would do with a nice sunrise.  

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Again a 6 shot blend.  One for the sky, 5 focus stacked images for the foreground___

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2013-04-15 23:39:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Thinking about those down the road in Boston today...

Thinking about those down the road in Boston today...___

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2013-04-02 14:24:03 (6 comments, 11 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

This is an updated shot of a pic I took years ago when I was first getting back into photography and serious digital imaging was just getting it's legs under itself.  I needed to freshen up my PHL selections for the upcoming selling season at the gift shop here so I made a long overdue visit back to the PHL.  It's been a while since I've made the 15 minute drive down to Fort Williams and I need to remind myself to come back here and shoot every now and then.  Truly one of the great places on the East Coast.  

I tried pushing some extreme angles and it made for all kinds of issues in my processing flow.  In the end this actually ended up being a pretty educational shoot and it makes my head hurt sometimes when I think of all the things I still don't know about making images. 

This is an updated shot of a pic I took years ago when I was first getting back into photography and serious digital imaging was just getting it's legs under itself.  I needed to freshen up my PHL selections for the upcoming selling season at the gift shop here so I made a long overdue visit back to the PHL.  It's been a while since I've made the 15 minute drive down to Fort Williams and I need to remind myself to come back here and shoot every now and then.  Truly one of the great places on the East Coast.  

I tried pushing some extreme angles and it made for all kinds of issues in my processing flow.  In the end this actually ended up being a pretty educational shoot and it makes my head hurt sometimes when I think of all the things I still don't know about making images. ___

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2013-03-23 11:50:42 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 62 +1s)Open 

Finished version here http://moechenphotography.com/color/h59233e8e#h59233e8e

So no Milky Way craziness here!  Just a good old fashioned seascape sunrise.  I think it's been almost a year since I've been out for a straight up sunrise shoot on the ocean and man it was great to get my feet wet both figuratively and literally.  

+Charlie Widdis  and I had images to drop off for the Maine Photography Show in Boothbay yesterday so took the opportunity to squeeze in a quick shoot at Reid State Park. 

There are many times where I feel I want to travel the world to find new and exciting places to make images but days like this remind me that there are still places in my own backyard to explore. 

Finished version here http://moechenphotography.com/color/h59233e8e#h59233e8e

So no Milky Way craziness here!  Just a good old fashioned seascape sunrise.  I think it's been almost a year since I've been out for a straight up sunrise shoot on the ocean and man it was great to get my feet wet both figuratively and literally.  

+Charlie Widdis  and I had images to drop off for the Maine Photography Show in Boothbay yesterday so took the opportunity to squeeze in a quick shoot at Reid State Park. 

There are many times where I feel I want to travel the world to find new and exciting places to make images but days like this remind me that there are still places in my own backyard to explore. ___

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2013-03-11 10:22:13 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 69 +1s)Open 

Had an awesome time shooting with +Charlie Widdis  yesterday early am.  There are definitely times when shooting at night where it just feels safer to shoot in pairs.  Although this location looks fairly innocuous the breakwater here in Rockland is almost a mile long and even on a fairly calm night like this it can feel a bit adventurous in the dark.  My calculations were a bit off and the Milky Way didn't appear where I expected it to so adjustments in compositions had to be made.  

Some technical info for those so inclined.  5 shot composite.  One for the sky at 2500 iso, f2.8 and about 26 seconds or so.  4 separate focus stacked shots for the foreground at 800 iso and about 4.5 minutes apiece also at f2.8.  The ambient light from Rockland Harbor kind of clashed with the color temperature of the beacon thus the yellow highlights on the breakwater.  May or may not revisit thislocation ... more »

Had an awesome time shooting with +Charlie Widdis  yesterday early am.  There are definitely times when shooting at night where it just feels safer to shoot in pairs.  Although this location looks fairly innocuous the breakwater here in Rockland is almost a mile long and even on a fairly calm night like this it can feel a bit adventurous in the dark.  My calculations were a bit off and the Milky Way didn't appear where I expected it to so adjustments in compositions had to be made.  

Some technical info for those so inclined.  5 shot composite.  One for the sky at 2500 iso, f2.8 and about 26 seconds or so.  4 separate focus stacked shots for the foreground at 800 iso and about 4.5 minutes apiece also at f2.8.  The ambient light from Rockland Harbor kind of clashed with the color temperature of the beacon thus the yellow highlights on the breakwater.  May or may not revisit this location for another try but I have some more lights to check off the list before I do!

Thanks to Charlie for getting me off my butt and out shooting outside for the first time in almost a month again!___

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2013-02-28 05:13:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 

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