Archive for the ‘Massachusetts’ Category

The Quarry at Halibut Point

Ever since I saw the way this shot came out, I’ve decided I want to get into panoramas more and more. This past summer when I visited the Northeast with Tucker and Andrew, I had a few opportunities to put my tripod down and do some work, and so far I’m liking what I’ve been able to put together. This one comes from Halibut Point, a really nice little state park I visited with a friend in Rockport, Mass. I started the shot with what I thought was plenty of time but it turns out that the sun was just on the cusp of setting as I started. However, I was pleased with the result, as the changing light ended up creating a slow changing gradient from orange to blue. Anyways, enough with the words. Take a look for yourself:

I started shooting just as the sun began to set, on the left side of the image, so by the time I got all the way over to the right side (probably only 5 minutes later) everything was blue. Also I’m still conflicted about the two people who made it into the image near the bunker. My friend insists they may in fact be the ‘punctum’ of the image, and therefore absolutely completely critical.

Finally, Winter in Williamstown!

I mentioned in my last post that there’s very little to shoot in the dead of winter this far north. I was proven wrong, however, and I could not be happier about it. I was leaving the Clark Art Institute a few weeks ago at around 4 when I noticed some unbelievable colors in the sky. I decided it would be worth the cold, snowy hike up Stone Hill (in my gym shoes, no less!) to capture the sunset in all its glory. I arrived at the top of the hill with my feet literally soaking wet and numb, but that didn’t concern me as much as the sight that I was greeted with. I’ve been up the hill many times before, and the last time I went up there was during the fall, where I did a bracket of this exact same tree and the ending shot captured all that is autumn in Williamstown quite nicely. I normally would not return to a place like this, much less post the shot on the blog, but in this case it’s different enough to warrant a post, and I think it’s a fitting representation of just how different and beautiful each season is up here.

 

This one took a TON of editing to get right. There was a flag waving from the large branch that was ghosted horribly and ended up needing to be removed altogether.

Fall in Williamstown!

So I did as I promised! Fall is so unbelievably gorgeous up here in the Berkshires that I just had to go out with my camera to get some shots. I took a short hike up to the top of Stone Hill (by short I mean a 200 foot walk…) which is located behind the Clark Art Institute where I’m currently interning. It was an overcast day, and lacking interesting clouds I decided I’d focus on the amazing natural beauty up on top of the hill. It really speaks for itself, but every single tree goes through the fall season at slightly different time, and the staggered colors let you see the entire process at one time. It’s truly breathtaking and I’m certainly not used to it as we have nothing like this in Atlanta! This particular tree caught my eye, as it was essentially done shedding its leaves, while the others around it were in the various stages.

This one was very tricky to process, as Photomatix kept wanting to make the different areas of sky in between the branches vastly different tones.

I also took a quick shot of the Clark a few days later when the skies were clear. The building is iconic, and although they are about to begin an incredible construction project that will really transform the place internally and allow for even more incredible art to be displayed, the front will remain the same. I love spending time at the museum and the surrounding grounds and trails; I’ve taken to bringing my homework with me and sitting on a bench in the middle of the woods. It’s just a wonderful place to be.

 

The darker stone building that you can barely see to the left is the Manton Research Center, home to a vast library that will soon be even more accessible to the public.

Clouds over the Quad

Clouds, clouds, and more clouds! It has been brought to my attention that there are, in fact, other types of clouds in the world besides the cumulus variety, but I think it is clear from my photographs that it I prefer the fluffy, billowyness and re

sulting drama and contrast that cumulus clouds bring to HDR. While looking for an entirely different photograph in my library, I stumbled across a few RAW images I had taken of the Williams College campus sometime during second semester of my sophomore year. My good friend Sam and I decided to take a walk on that interesting night, and I brought my camera with me and grabbed a few pretty cool shots of the oncoming clouds scudding over Greylock Quad. Of course, these were not meant to be HDR’d; in fact, these were really not meant for much at all… but they were taken in RAW, and had just enough dynamic range in the single image for me to pull a +2 and -2 version out of the RAW converter and throw the 3 into Photomatix. The original shot was taken at ISO 800, as it was rather dark outside, so the resulting HDR was quite noisy, but nothing a little Topaz DeNoise couldn’t handle. It was also shot at f/2.8, which is really not ideal due to the heavy vignetting and loss of sharpness, but again, I was hand-holding in low light. At any rate, the final shot is kinda cool, and one of the few HDRs I have of that gorgeous campus. There were a few I took as actual brackets during my freshman year, but I don’t like any of them so they will not see the light of day on this site. Perhaps when I finish my year off, I will have the chance to really explore that campus and the surrounding landscape with my tripod and do some proper HDR!

My dorm was on the bottom right, a few buildings back. I love the patterns of the receding buildings, as well as of the lights in the rooms.

More Mass MoCA and Maine

Back from Mass, I sat down and processed a few more of the shots. I did a TON inside the Sol Lewitt exhibit; going hand-held and just simply bracketing everything made it so that I ended up with way too many HDRs… but I will keep sprinkling them around as I am happy with them all. It was a really fun place for composition, and the phrase “be responsible for everything in the frame” kept popping back in my mind all the way from 9th grade photo class. You’ve gotta keep all the angles, lines, and elements in order to make it all come together. When I got back, I went outside our house and took a few quick shots… I’ll be posting more when I get a better sky (ie go out more towards sunset…) but these were fun enough. (On second thought, I just looked at the other image I wanted to post, and I like the composition but I’m going to wait for a better, non blue sky and then I’ll put it up. So just these two for now :D)

Another of Sol Lewitt's wall paintings. This one comes free with cool clouds!

Reflection off the door on the side of our house.