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Inside


This is the inside of the envelope of a hot air balloon at this weekend’s Northeast Balloon Festival.

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Markey Bridge


I saw this bridge in Revere, MA and liked the lines especially with the buildings in the background. Shapes and lines are often best shown in B&W, but I know that when I show only the B&W, there is often a request for the color version. And the light was so warm and beautiful. So, here is the color version:

Thundercloud

Earlier today, I was riding my bike after thunderstorms moved through our area. As I got about halfway through the ride I came upon this field. It’s one of those quintessential New England hay fields. Behind it was the thundercloud that had created the storm earlier. It reminded me of the wonderful photos of thunderclouds that Ansel Adams made. Thunderclouds are great subjects for photos because of the size and shape and the power they represent. Though I only had my iPhone with me for a camera, I stopped to make this image which I processed later using a Photoshop App.

Below is a photograph by Ansel Adams… the master. This was made at Half Dome in Yosemite NP.

Photography for Kiddos


I mentioned last week that I spent time on Cape Cod with my parents and 10-year-old niece. I asked my niece if she enjoyed photography and if she wanted to learn to use a camera besides her phone. She did, so we brought two cameras with us on our outings. I showed her different aspects of photography as opportunities presented themselves.

At this spot, we worked on composition. We played with the rule of thirds and using leading lines. My shot above uses leading lines and her shot below uses the rule of thirds. When we were on our bikes, I taught her about shutter speed. I had her take photos of me speeding past her while she used various shutter speeds. She could see how the faster shutter speeds made crisp images and slower speeds created a blurred image of me riding by her. When we took photos of some flowers, I taught her how to create a shallow depth of field so the flower is in focus and the background is blurred.

Has she mastered these concepts? Not really. It was an introduction. But as any photographer will tell you, it takes time and repetition to learn to use these aspects of photography. And tons of practice. But it was an introduction that has spurred her interest.