Monthly Archives: September 2011
1. Low Key
These first two shots were taken from the car on our drive up to Maine. It was a very foggy day. While it looks like these have been processed into black and white, they were not. It was literally a dark, gray day. Sure do wish it had been sunny and pretty! Guess we will have to go up again another day.
Once again, this is SOOC plus a few adjustments for sharpening and-noise. No color adjustments were made. This was the “color” of the day.
Downtown Freeport, ME, is a shopping area with lots of outlets. The neat thing about it is the stores are all in what look to be old homes and buildings. It gives quite a bit of charm to the shopping area. This particular fence was in front of one of the stores. Notice the beads of moisture handing from the top rail. It was just such a muggy, humid day. It really didn’t feel like fall at all.
I thought a scarf picture would be easy now that the weather has started to turn. However, it’s been unseasonably warm this past week. So, the little paper Maine scarves on these yummy lobsterpops will have to do!
Last Sunday we attended the re-dedication of the South Boston Vietnam Memorial. The services held at St. Brigid church were touching and a fitting memorial to those who gave their lives in service to our nation. After the ceremonial mass, the event continued across the street at the memorial. While the crowd was small, it was filled with patriotism and pride in America. It’s always a good day when you get to see Marines, firefighters, and policemen gathered in one place!
Yesterday we traveled up to Freeport, Maine, to the L. L. Bean factory store. The leaves are just starting to turn, and I look forward to going up again when they are at their peak. Once we crossed the border into Maine, we stopped at the visitors’ center. I have to say, Maine ranks on my list of one of the most beautiful places I have been. From what we saw, it’s very rustic with lots of wide open spaces. At the visitors’ center, they had free apples, which were delicious! I learned a new word from this trip as well: pomological. For those of you who might be wondering, pomological refers to branch of horticulture that is concerned with the study and cultivation of fruit. I can assure you that Maine makes great apples!
This was at the visitors’ center as well. I loved how tiny the bench looked in comparison to the height of the trees.
Freeport is a quaint town with lots of good shopping! As you can tell, the trees really are just beginning to turn. I love the combination of the color and the green. Yesterday was particularly warm, so it really didn’t feel much like fall with all of the fog and humidity that pretty much hung around all day.
1. Street Photography
This was taken at the re-dedication of the Vietnam Memorial in South Boston this Sunday. Services started at St. Brigid’s church and then followed across the street at the memorial. It was a beautiful mass dedicated the the 25 men from South Boston who lost their lives in Vietnam. As Americans, it is vitally important we never forget the sacrifices of those who have fought and died for our freedom.
2. From a Distance
On Friday we traveled to visit the USS Massachusetts in Fall River, MA. This tiny lighthouse sits in the middle of the channel.
Once again, the mass at St. Brigid’s was beautiful.
Outside the dock to the USS Massachusetts, there were some underwater pipes a technician was working on. While I know it wasn’t, it appeared to be a bit of a fountain show going on. I was lucky enough to capture this rainbow in one of the sprouts of water. I haven’t seen many rainbows since leaving Hawaii, so this made me smile.
The USS Massachusetts is a sight to behold. Much work has gone into preserving this piece of Naval history. Essentially, no part of the ship is off limits. Patrons are allowed to go down several decks and back and forth across the length of the ship. In addition to being a museum itself, the ship houses museums to commemorate the PT boats, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and various other military units and organizations. They have quite a collection of memorabilia.
I think it’s safe to say that fall has arrived in New England. It was a balmy 46 degrees this morning! Today, we ventured down to Fall River, MA, to Battleship Cove, home to the USS Massachusetts and several other ships. It was a gorgeous day with blue skies and crisp fall air. Near the ships, there was a waterfront park. It was in this park area where I was able to find these lovely fall shots. While I miss the beauty of Hawaii every day, I am looking forward to the fall and the winter and the opportunity to take photos of different types of subjects.
In this first shot, I love how the autumn colors reflect off the water. This beauty was looking for food and was quite busy poking its head under the water over and over again~notice the tiny water droplets coming off its beak.
In this second shot, I love the symmetry of the lines and the triangles of the leaves. In one of my courses in Hawaii, the instructor talked about how over time, photographers develop “core forms” in their work. I have noticed that I tend to lean toward diagonal vertical lines in much of my work. There is something I like about the upward movement of lines.
This guy was swimming near the swan and was also looking for food. This capture was quite accidental, as I was trying to get a shot of the group of ducks swimming near the swan. This occurred right after he came up from ducking his head under the water. I love the motion of this and how you can see the water coming out of his beak.