You come across all kinds of windmills in Belgium – old ones from the mid 1700s to new ones towering over the freeway.
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Frost is starting to appear in the morning, making for some gorgeous sunrises over the field behind our house. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Long Island Sound at sunset, as viewed from our local beach. And if you haven’t seen ‘Dead Calm’ – I highly recommend this little claustrophobic thriller about a couple on a boat taking on a shipwrecked stranger.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
Took the dog out for a walk around sunset and came home with some great photo material:
Canon 7D, 12-22mm
My son and I visited this old mining town recently. Founded in 1863, it was the capital of the Territory of Montana for 10 years. During that time, miners extracted over $90M ($40B in today’s dollars) of gold in the area, and the city housed about 10,000 people. Now its population is down to 132.
Even in Black&White I love the sunrise behind our house, the rays gradually invading the bedroom.
Canon 7D, 10-22mm
I spent a day last weekend in Montana with my son and we spent the entire day taking pictures. Here’s the first batch, of the scenery while driving from Bozeman to Virginia City.
Canon 7D, 12-20mm lens, adjusted with Nik HDR Efex Pro
Canon 7D, EF-S 10-22mm
HDR, processed in Nik Color Efex
On Saturday I participated in Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk by joining one of thousands of group, this one located in Guilford, CT. We spent a couple hours on the shore taking pictures and exchanging photo tips, and enjoyed ourselves despite the overcast weather. Which means it’s a good time for black&white pictures. Click on any picture to see them as a full-screen slide show.
Our local beach at the end of the day, after everyone has left. I love it when we have it all to ourselves!
“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.” – Jean-Paul Sartre
This bench overlooks our local beach and is my favorite spot to spend time alone.
Canon EOS 7D, 10-22mm lens
Nik Color Efex vintage film filter
Actually, these were locks that control the flow in one of the many canals in the Netherlands. But from afar, I was reminded of the AT-AT Walkers from Star Wars (original below):
It was such a beautiful night after a day of 90 degrees that I went to the beach at midnight, only to finally look at my watch and realize I had spent 2 hours taking pictures and playing around with my flashlight.
After a day of overcast skies, the sun finally managed to get through in the late afternoon, for a beautiful view of one of the many canals in this beautiful city.
Some dramatic storm clouds were forming while I flew from Connecticut to Seattle:
But it was fun playing around with some color filters to enhance the water lilies I photographed yesterday.
The light is getting more and more beautiful in the evenings here in Connecticut. Soon the temperature will cooperate, too.
lens: John S
film: Ina 1935
Covered a lot of territory in DC over the weekend, here are some miscellaneous impressions:
iphone & Hipstamatic app
This tree has a commanding presence in our neighborhood. Can’t wait for the leaves to return this spring.
iphone Hipstamatic, adjusted with Snapseed
I can handle the cold when it’s nice and sunny (because you get nice pictures like these at sunrise):
Canon EOS 7D, EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro
I love how the clouds disperse the sun’s rays late in the afternoon on overcast days:
Canon Powershot G12
After so many posts of frozen flowers, icy ponds, snowy trees and wind-swept beaches, I decided I HAD to post something sunny and warm. Here’s our beach in the summer – a far cry from the empty and icy beach it is now. Can’t wait for summer!
Tomorrow ends my last winter visit to Stowe, VT. Haven’t taken too many pictures lately because I feel like I’ve exhausted the possibilities, and because skiing has taken precedence. But here are a few that I liked from this week:
I wanted to give these boulders the glamour treatment, using HDR and some filters. I shot these on an overcast day on Hammonasset Beach in Connecticut. (Maybe I should call them ‘Boulder Stars’…)
Canon Powershot G12, multiple exposures processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro and Color Efex Pro.
Fresh snow, a setting sun, plus some fiddling with various filters, and voila: a different take on the typical sunset.
Canon Powershot G12
I’m off to Montana, and thus took a look again at pictures that I took 2 years ago in Elkhorn, Montana, an abandoned mining town. I finally have the software (Nik Color Efex) to turn somewhat bland snapshots into much more interesting photographs.
I shot these pictures as a storm was developing near Devils Tower in Wyoming. I had to rush to get into a position where the storm clouds and the sunset converged, and made it just in the nick of time:
This is what you see when you approach the National Monument from the south:
Canon EOS 7D
Top: ISO 200, f/11, 1/125 sec, 21mm
Bottom: ISO 200, f/11, 1/80 sec, 90mm
These windmills look pretty indestructible to me, and are about 20 times bigger than an old-fashioned windmill.
I’ve started using Nik Color Efex to enhance some of my photos. This is a good example what that software can do for a mediocre picture (original below):
Canon EOS 7D, EF-S 15-85mm
I pass this gazebo every time I walk our dog through the woods of Vermont. Finally I’ve taken a picture of it that I like:
Canon EOS 7D, EF 24-70mm
Mt. Zion Cemetery in Long Island, New York, overlooked by an industrial plant and flanked by a highway overpass:
Pere Lachaise Cemetery, Paris, shaded by giant chestnut trees:
This color is ubiquitous in Vermont and really stands out, especially in the snow.
Summer storm, shot from above during a flight across the New Mexico desert.
It’s now so cold that the saltwater is freezing, leaving interesting ice formations on the beach at low tide.
Canon EOS 7D, 28-70mm
Visions of Vermont snow are always on my mind these days:
lens: Tinto 1884
film: Claunch 72 Monochrome
Caught this next to St. John’s Cathedral in New York.
lens: John S
film: Ina’s 1969
Vermont forest in winter – even now there are lots of colors in the forest.
This one was a double exposure experiment:
lens: Helga Viking
film: Kodot XGrizzled