Having spent the last couple of weeks getting used to flying and taking all kinds of photos and videos I finally took the next step and downloaded Final Cut Pro X to try out. I have never worked with video before so it has been interesting trying to figure out the types of shots I need to take in order to have a good looking final product, but that is a whole different post.
After going back and forth a million times finally decided to pull the trigger and pick up a drone. I don’t do a lot of video work so I bought it primarily for still photography. Reviews were mixed on the quality of still shots from this drone but after the first day I am really happy with what I see. I more or less just let the camera do the work today but I did shoot in raw giving me some room in post to fix the exposures. All of the shots I took were plenty sharp and the raw files had plenty of room to work. Lot’s of data in the shadows with less in the highlights so going forward I will expose for the highlights and pull out the shadows in post which is easy enough with this camera.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of going for a sail on “Seraffyn” a 24 1/2’ Lyle Hess-designed sloop patterned after an English channel cutter. She was built by Lin and Larry Pardey in the late 1960s and is currently owned by George Dow. Seraffyn moved well in the light winds of Situate Harbor as we made our way past the breakwater I couldn’t help but imagine what it must have been like crossing oceans on this small simple vessel.
Earlier in the spring season I was able to shoot a little Sandwich vs. Falmouth High School Track for a local newspaper. Track is an interesting sport to shoot unlike most sports you actually have time to think about the shot and line it all up. Here are a few from that meet. More photos after the jump
Grabbed these two photos while on the way home from shooting the 2015 Cape Cod High School Boys Basketball All-Star game. The snow was just right to stick to everything. The trees shot was converted to black and white in photoshop while the windmill shot just looks kind of black and white but is actually the color photo out of the camera.
Took a trip down Cape looking to get photos of the crazy ice situation they are having with some good morning light. Unfortunately it was high tide and we didn’t realize that the “ice bergs” were only really visible when the tide was low. So lesson learned. Well not having the ice to shoot we headed over to Nauset light and grabbed a few shots as the sun came up. Unfortunately the color didn’t really materialize but we did have some cool clouds as a back drop. More photos after the jump…
It has been an incredible month on Cape Cod with not one but two blizzards. This record breaking amount of snow is causing many issues not the least of which is where to put it all. But with the bad also comes the good, the cold temperatures and piles of snow make for some good photo opportunities. Here are a few shots from a drive we took today…after we finally got the car shoveled out. More photos after the jump.
The Monument Beach Polar Plunge happens annually on the first of the year with the main purpose being to raise money for the Bourne Food Pantry. I have been covering this event off and on for the past 9 years and this year looked to be the biggest turn out yet, I assume because it was actually a pretty nice day. I have seen them swim in frigid windy conditions as well as in light snow so with the right sun and light wind this year is was prime plunging weather. This year was also a bit different for me as this was the first time I was not shooting for the Enterprise. Instead I was shooting for CapeCodPulse.com and while I was shooting Monument Beach my fellow owners at CapeCodPulse Chris Kazarian and Sarah Murphy were shooting Cotuit and N.Falmouth plunges to see all of the photos be sure to check out the full gallery and story over on CapeCodPulse here. For the rest of my images click the more link below.
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to shoot my good friends Kim and Brewster’s son Eli for a christmas card. Portraits are something I have not shot a lot of but I really enjoy it whenever I have the chance. So with my “photo assistant” Rachel one Alien Bee strobe and a couple of lenses we made the photos below.
Clouds and calm water came together again tonight for some good photo conditions. Started out at Barlows Landing in Pocasset for a shot of the dinghy dock and one of the moored boats with a view straight out the North Channel. Next headed over to Monument beach for a shot with one of the jetties and one with a very dark ominous sky.
You never know what your going to see driving around the marshes of Cape Cod. Today I got to see and shoot something very cool a flock of Great White Egrets feeding in a tidal pool not more than 20 yards from me. Generally these birds are very skittish and in this same tidal pool will fly away once they see me shooting but for some reason today, maybe they felt safer with so many of them, they didn’t seem to even notice I was there.
While on Nantucket Labor Day weekend we took a quick trip out to Sconset because I really wanted a photo of the iconic cottages (which I did get) but I was really surprised with all of the amazing flowers. Later in the day we stopped by Bartlett Farm which is where the sunflower and field of flowers photos were taken. I packed lite for the trip bringing only my 17-40 and 70-200 for lenses which made me look at the flowers much differently than I would of had I had my macro lens. Below are my top picks from the trip.
Well those of you who know me know that sunrise is something I very rarely see. Last weekend while visiting a friend on Nantucket was one of these rare occurrences. She was going to be up anyway due to work so we had her wake us up just before sunrise so we could all go check it out and I could get some photos. Above is what I ended up with.
We probably should have thought a bit more about our plan of attack the night before instead of just winging it first thing in the morning but after driving around for a bit we stumbled on this spot which was perfect. I wrapped my new Gobi Gorilla Pod around a fence post and shot away.