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

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.

Snakes, oh my!

Did you ever take a day to go out shooting and at the end of the day, got home, downloaded your memory card…and didn’t find a single image that you’d be willing to show someone else?  Happened to me yesterday.  Granted I wasn’t out the whole day, only a couple of hours, and in that time I only made about 70 or so images.  But still out of that there should be something I’d be happy to show you here, but there wasn’t.

So instead I present this picture, made at a much warmer time.  These fellows are Northern Water Snakes (I think they are anyway, I’m no herpetologist).  The shot was taken at the grist mill on the grounds of Longfellow’s Wayside Inn.  And yes, it is the very inn from the poem “Tales of a Wayside Inn”.  If you’re ever visiting Massachusetts, you owe it to yourself to visit and have dinner at the inn; it’s one of my favorite places to go.

Copyright @ 2012 by Adrian M. Benson Nikon D200 f4 @ 1/60 sec ISO 100. Sigma f2.8 70-200mm HSM lens @ 200mm Image cropped in Photoshop Elements 10, no other alterations.