Author: Don

The Glass Swan

Twenty some years ago I was lucky enough to serve a glass blowing apprenticeship at Pairpoint Crystal in Sagamore MA. The gaffers at the time were Robbie Mason and David McDermott. Combined they had over 60 years of glass working experience. Robbie served his apprenticeship in Scotland where he learned skills passed down for generations and Dave well he was lucky enough to learn all of those skills from Robbie. Then there was me I was fortunate enough to have Dave show me some things but more importantly I took away some much bigger life lessons.

Mini Patuisset – Fake Tilt Shift Video

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.

First Day With The DJI Phantom 4

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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.

Sailing on “Seraffyn”

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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. 

High School Track

Falmouth Jack Koss takes first the men's 100m hurdles during the Sandwich vs. Falmouth track meet at Sandwich High School Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Don Parkinson

Falmouth Jack Koss takes first the men’s 100m hurdles during the Sandwich vs. Falmouth track meet at Sandwich High School Wednesday afternoon.
Photo by Don Parkinson

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 

Snowy Scenics

IMG_7338 DONEGrabbed 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.IMG_7327 DONE Vignette

Sunrise at Nauset Light

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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…