Thursday, December 31, 2009

Winter Light...

Meg took this picture a couple days ago as the sun lit up the tops of the trees...

Monday, November 30, 2009


A shot off the stern of the ferry from Lewes, DE to Cape May, NJ. An amazingly beautiful day for late November...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Magnitized frost...

One milestone of Fall here in Vermont is the day that I line the driveway with stakes so that when there is three or four feet of snow covering it, we know where it is. Some of the lucky ones get a strip of reflective tape; most of them do not.

We've had a couple of frosty mornings lately; just the right conditions to create this sort of frost.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mini Portfolio: Hope Cemetery

I've been working over the past couple of weeks putting together the first of what I hope will be a number of mini-portfolios. I decided that the first one would include black and white pictures from our recent trip to Hope Cemetery in Barre, VT.

My goal in putting together a portfolio - if only 10 images - was to bring some focus to my work and avoid what Cole Thompson has referred to as grazing. Like most very simple things, I found this to be surprisingly difficult. I also found it difficult to try to keep it simple; something I seem to learn repeatedly at my day job.

It also brought up the issue of converting my color images to black and white. I've done quite a bit of this over the past couple of years but much of my effort has been put forth combining black and white with color in the same photo to create a new, fun, and somewhat unreal effect.

But of course what I was after here was a much different thing. I did a bit of searching on the web to see what people have to say about converting color images to black and white. What I found was a tremendous number of techniques but very little discussion of the aesthetics of the process. 

So I made it up. Most of these images were converted in Photoshop with some noise reduction (blue sky can cause some real problems!), some channel tweaking and a bit of sharpening.

I've posted these ten images here alongside other images. I'd love constructive feedback; I have a lot to learn!

Sunday, November 08, 2009


This guy has a condo within this old stump. He was chatting up a storm today, getting ready for the long winter I suppose...

Monday, August 03, 2009

New Harbor Wrap-up

We sure had a great time in New Harbor. This morning it's back to work. I thought I'd wrap up the New Harbor pictures with an end of day shot from the dock at Shaw's where a lobsterman's end of day included taking his young baby onto the lobster boat.

Friday, July 31, 2009

New Harbor #16

It started to rain very hard this afternoon...

New Harbor #15

Early morning lobstering...

New Harbor #14

Early morning reflection from the window at the Contented Sole - home of the best oysters we've been able to find on this trip.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Harbor #10

The New Harbor lobstermen are greeted at the dock with a cold libation even as they are sorting the days catch. I think there should be some sort of analog in the realm of software development; perhaps after you run all unit tests and check your code in, someone presents you with a cold one? Just me thinking...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009