Category Archives: Black & White

Out of Acadia

This is a late post but never the less the Out of Acadia conference was spectacular.  Over a hundred participants and multiple instructors made the event a great success.  Between leading excursions and doing classes there was not much time to do a lot of photography but this was photographed on the last day at Little Hunters Beach.  Given the shape of the cove and the direction of the sunrise, one has to wait for the light to hit is peninsula.

I used my new Leica 12 – 60 mm with the GH5 that I am loving more and more – particularly with Version 2.1 of the firmware update.  Exposure triad: ISO 200, f/7.1, 6 sec at 12mm (24mm equivalent). Benro filter holder with a polarizer and 4 stop ND and a grad.

The image below is the same converted to B&W using Capture One 10.

Also posted in Blur, GH5, Lens, Mirrorless, Panasonic, Photographs, Photography, Workshops

Bisti Badlands on a Cloudless Day

This image was captured in the fall of 2015.  Back then, the cloudless sky did not appeal to me. Looking at this image two years later in B&W has it own appeal.  Would love to go back next year and explore the region some more. 

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Infrared and More

A Fisherman Preparing for Tomorrow

A Fisherman Preparing for Tomorrow (Lumix G7 with the Lumix Vario 14 – 140 mm at 140mm, exposure triad ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/800 sec.)

This image was made using a Panasonic Lumix G7 converted camera.  The RAW image was processed using Capture One and the channels were swapped using Photoshop.  Topaz BW Effects and Macphun Intensify were used to further enhance the image.

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The Joy of Mirrorless and IR

Lumix G7 converted to Super Color IR (590nm)

Lumix G7 converted to Super Color IR (590nm)

Typical cameras are designed to capture the visible spectrum. Geting your camera converted to capture IR opens up another world of photography.

Keep in mind that IR wavelength is longer than the wavelength range of the visible spectrum and thereby focuses differently.  When you convert a DSLR you are limited to certain focus adjustments that must be made so as to achieve the best quality of images with sharp focus.  As lenses with different focal lengths behave differently you need to select one lens and have the camera sensor calibrated to achieve sharp focus with that lens.  Any other lenses will not be in a position to achieve good focus.  Live view can help but it is not the best option.

Mirrorless cameras on the other hand rely on the imaging sensor for focus attainment and metering they are able to discern the IR focus shift in real time and adjust accordingly. This feature allows you to use any lens, prime or zoom and capture sharp IR images.

In my opinion a mirrorless cameras with no in body image stabilization is a better choice for conversion.

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A US Navy DC3 Cargo Wreck

US Navy DC3 -

On Sólheimasandur a black sand beach in Iceland lies the remains of a Douglas Super DC-3 cargo plane that crashed here in 1973. The cargo aircraft was abandoned and is now a tourist attraction.  Though not easy to get to, it is a great photo opportunity. It tail section, wings and engines are all gone and its interior stripped.

The wreck is most photographed from the side you first see it when approaching the beach but on this evening on August 14, last year the dramatic clouds made an exceptional backdrop for the opposite side of the plane.

I am so looking forward to going back this September for another great workshop.

Also posted in Mirrorless, Noise Reduction, Photographs, Photography, Sony A7R, Workshops

Cape Cod – after Lexi

After Friday’s snow storm, Saturday’s skies and a thin layer of high clouds were a good indication for photo opportunities.  heading out to the Cape this next image was off Rt. 1 in Foxboro. (please click on the images for a larger rendition)

Rt 1 Foxboro

Rt. 1 Foxboro

There are many great opportunities for some exceptional color in Cape Cod. This next image is an outhouse at a farm.  A favorite location we always visit during my “Light of Cape Cod” workshops that I will be posting in the next few days.


The Outhouse

Low tide coincidental with the sunset in the flats are another set of my favorite locations.


A sweep before sunset

With the way the low cloud bank was forming I did not expect much of a sunset.  There were some interesting cloud formations and a lovely warm glow on the horizon.


Cloud formations as the sun sets

As photographers we know never to leave after the sun sets – you never know what the skies might do. Staying pays off:


Red Skies at Night ……

Also posted in Blur, Panning, Photographs, Photography, Workshops

Wild Flowers, Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove – Spring Workshop


April 17 to 22, 2016 – Six Day 5 Night Photo Workshop

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity over 1,660 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. In fact, the park is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” From the earliest hepaticas and spring-beauties in the late winter to the last asters in the late fall, blooming flowers can be found year-round in the park. Wildlife is fairly abundant in Cades Cove and we will have opportunities if lucky, to photograph bears. Landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and much more – a photographer’s paradise.


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Also posted in Blur, Educational, Flowers, Horses, Macro, Mirrorless, Night Photography, Photographs, Photography, Time-Lapse, Workshops

Iceland August 2015 – Day 3


The Coastline and Fjords


This the last full day in the peninsula (rain and wind aside) was spent exploring the far west and the northern coastline.


Farm Implements



Abandoned Farm House



Terns – protecting their young



The Warning Before the Nose Dive



Please Go Away



A No Name Waterfall in the interior



Water oozes through lava



Another lava waterfall along the roadside

Also posted in Mirrorless, Panasonic GH4, Photographs, Sony A7R, Workshops

Martha’s Vineyard – Workshop

A extended Memorial day weekend workshop in Martha’s Vineyard was absolutely fantastic.  Friday through Tuesday of great weather even though it was cold (very cold and windy).  The Ashley Inn a B&B was large enough to accommodate all 16 of us with great rooms and a homemade breakfast each morning.  Winters and erosion have taken their toll on the Island and the Aquinnah (Gay Head) Light House is in the process of being moved further inland.  4:30 AM departures and Midnight to bed resulted in very long but fruitful days for the group. Here are some comments and feedback from the participants:

In-between classes and field instruction I was able to get a few shots and this is one of my favorites. (please click on the image for a larger view)

Sunrize - Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

Sunrize – Oak Bluffs Fishing Pier

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