White Christmas…

For the first time in a long time we’ve had snow on Christmas, just enough to make it white, not enough to cause a problem, perfect!  It started around 2am (I was up of course so I saw it and went to bed quite content).  I didn’t want to go too far from the house, but I did want to show some snow, so I went to my back porch.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson  Canon EOS 5D Mark 2

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Canon EOS 5D Mark II

The warm, sunlight glow is created by a Lumopro LP-120 strobe, off camera left at 1/32 power, 24mm zoom with a full CTO (color temperature orange) gel on it.

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.

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.