“If your photographs aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough.”

The above quote is attributed to Robert Capa, one of the founders of Magnum Photos.  I believe Capa was mostly referring to the photojournalistic photographs for which he is famous, but it’s true enough for any style of photography.  I spent some time at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Sunday and took a few casual shots while I was there.  Take a look at these two images and tell me which one you prefer.

Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f4.8 @ 1/100 second ISO 100. Post in Elements 10 and Adobe Camera Raw.

Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson  Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm  f5.3  1/50 second ISO 100.  Post in Elements 10 and Adobe Camera RawThe first image at least lets you know what you are looking at, an amazing glass sculpture, but the detail shot is the better, more interesting photograph by far in my estimation.


Mystic Seaport

One of the things that make living in New England tolerable is being surrounded by history. The United States “grew up” on the eastern seaboard and New England in particular has a rich maritime history.  Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT celebrates this history and makes it come alive for visitors.  The seaport presents as a working whaling village from the 1840’s and has historical interpreters, museums and artifacts from all eras and it is an effective representation of life in an 1840’s seaport.

In addition to its static displays, the seaport is home to a number of historic ships, some of them serve as live-aboard schools for those seeking to learn more about America’s seafaring history.  The Charles W. Morgan, the last wooden whaling ship in existence, is the seaport’s best known resident, but a number of other vessels, large and small, wait to be explored as well.

Mystic Seaport is home to many of the few shipwrights who still know how to work on these old tall ships, and in addition to being a museum, the seaport is an active shipyard as well.  It has all the facilities, including a dry dock, that were present in Mystic’s heyday and they are active year round, performing preservation work on historic ships and working on new ones.

If you have the slightest interest in history, especially maritime history, Mystic Seaport is worth your time to visit.  Plan to spend the day if you really want to see everything.

Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S lens 28-70mm f2.8 lens f8 @ 1/250 sec, ISO 400. Image cropped in Elements 10. Boat was hand built by craftsmen at Mystic Seaport.
Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson Nikon D200 Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f2.8, f8 @ 1/750 sec , ISO 400. Post in Elements 10. Fishing nets at Mystic Seaport.


Public Service Announcement: Adobe Lightroom 3 for cheap $$

If you haven’t jumped on the Lightroom bandwagon yet because of price (that’s me), then today is your lucky day!  Adorama is selling Adobe Lightroom 3 for $79.95 TODAY ONLY.  That’s February 14th.  Version 4 of Lightroom is in beta test and will be released soon, but still this is a good deal; almost $200 off the list price of Lightroom.  And this is the full version of Lightroom, so you should be eligible for the reduced price upgrade to Lightroom 4 should you so choose.

In terms of professional grade tools Adobe Lightroom isn’t very expensive, but its price tag always kept me away from it.  But at this price, I’ve already placed my order.  🙂


I like sunset pictures.  Who doesn’t really?  I’m not 100% sure how I feel about this one.  It was kind of a grab shot; I was packing my gear away in my car and turned around and noticed the sun through the trees and thought it should make a good photo.  It sort of looks like the sky and trees are on fire.  I only had a few minutes to work before the sun disappeared and so shot handheld rather than on a tripod.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M Benson Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18-55mm EF-S IS lens, f8 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 200, post in Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop Elements 10

Like I said, I’m not sure if I love this shot or not.  The color seems overwhelming, but that is how it looked pretty much.  Let me know what you think.