Mystic Seaport

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Canon EOS 80D 18-135mm “kit” lens.  Minor adjustments in Photoshop.  

Figurehead of Draken Harald Harfagre which spent several weeks this Summer docked at Mystic Seaport

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Waiting for the right light

No shooting today…had big plans but it’s been raining here all day plus I had a ton of things to get done around the house (only managed to complete about half a ton though) so nothing new.

iPhone photography has been the rage for a while.  I never really got the appeal as I had an iPhone 3Gs for a long time and the camera left a lot to be desired.  Just a few days ago I upgraded to the iPhone 5 after a brief, 4 month affair with an Android device (don’t ask, I won’t tell).  The camera on this little bugger is pretty damn good, I now understand why iPhone photography is popular and why manufacturers of point and shoot cameras might be a little nervous.  Below is just a quick ‘behind the scenes’ shot of my setup for the sunrise picture I posted yesterday.  Nothing spectacular, but considering the lighting and lack of support, I think the iPhone did a fine job of capturing the scene.  I can see myself doing a lot more of this since my phone is always with me.

iPhone 5 photo of my tripod mounted Canon 5D Mark II waiting on the right light
iPhone 5 photo of my tripod mounted Canon 5D Mark II waiting on the right light

Winter Sunset

Took a quick trip over to Houghton’s Pond this afternoon hoping to get some good sunset shots that I could enter into a photo contest.  I don’t know that I got any contest winners but did get some nice shots.  This image is actually 3 shots one at metered value and +1 -1, combined in Photomatix Essentials HDR software.  As far as HDR goes, this is my very first ever foray into it, and maybe I should have waited for a better example to post.  But I did like the end result of this 3 shot combo, even though I probably could have gotten the same (maybe even better) image by post processing in Lightroom and or Elements.  I definitely need some more practice before I can put HDR to proper use.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson  Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 3 shot bracket combined in Photomatix Essentials
Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 3 shot bracket combined in Photomatix Essentials

Winter Wonderland

Well, not quite a wonderland, but we are getting some snow here today.  It makes me happy, as long as it doesn’t get too out of control…I don’t want to see four feet of it.  Took this from my back porch.  No more raspberries from this bush for a bit.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson - Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f4 L lens, post in Lightroom 3.6
Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson – Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f4 L lens, post in Lightroom 3.6

It’s Here!

Adorama came through with an excellent offer on my old equipment and so now I’m the very happy owner of a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and an L series 24-105mm F4 ISM lens.  I haven’t had a chance to do too much shooting with it and now I’m going to be out of town this weekend and most of next week.  I’ll take it along, but I don’t see much chance to use it…I’ll do my best though.

I doubt there’s much point in reviewing a camera that’s 4 years old already but I’ll give you my initial thoughts:  “Wow”.  “Damnit I wish I’d bought one 4 years ago!”  Stuff like that.

Here’s one of the shots I’ve made with it so far, taken at Houghton’s Pond, part of the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, MA.

Copyright @ 2012 Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 24-105mm f4 L lens Black & White conversion in Lightroom 3.6

I converted the image to B&W because there just isn’t much color in this neck of the woods at this time of year…

And if you are local to the area (Boston, MA) and are a regular visitor to the Blue Hills, check out this group: Friends of the Blue Hills  They spend a fair amount of time and energy making the Blue Hills the great place that it is.

Sunset

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.

New Locations

There is a large state park near my house and I decided to walk a different part of it for a change.  This location isn’t too far off of a major roadway, but looks attractive when driving by.  I walked down an access road which promised a good view of a marshy area.  Unfortunately the promise was a lie.  There’s nothing at the end of the road and no access to the marsh.  This was the best shot I was able to make on my short hike.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 18-55mm EF-S IS lens. f16@1/50 iso 200. Post in ACR and Photoshop Elements 10.

I was hoping to find an awesome new spot but this didn’t quite measure up.  Stilll, you don’t know if you don’t try.  I think it might be a better spot come Summer time so I’ll try again.

Winter Blah…

There’s no snow around here yet, I’m sure it’s coming, but in spite of that it is still winter and that means a serious lack of colorful outdoorsy stuff.  I wandered around a local park the other day though and was able to make a few good images.

Copyright @ 2011 Adrian Benson Nikon D200 f22 @ 1.3 seconds, iso 100 AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f2.8 ED

A New Year, A New Blog

That makes it sound like I’m someone who might start blogs and then not stick with them.  No, no, that’s not me.

Yes it is.  But part of my New Year’s resolution was to start a blog about something I’m passionate about, and then stick with it.  So, I love photography, so here goes…stick with me for as long as it lasts folks!

Canon EOS T2i, Canon EF-S IS 18-55mm lens, f22 @ 1/30, iso 100, 18mm Sunset over Houghton's Pond at Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, MA