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Meeting Friends Along The Way

Joe Smith photographing on the Boothbay Harbor Footbridge in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Over the years we have managed to create a nice group of “photo friends” here in the Land of Blog.  As Kathy & I travel, we like to make a point of seeking out our photo friends whenever we are nearby.  Interestingly, it seems that the friends we do meet are often the ones farther away.  For example, Faye lives near Charlotte after a having lived in Atlanta, but we have never met.  We saw Earl numerous times when he lived more than an hour away, but since he moved closer to us we haven’t seen him.  We have visited Monte in Colorado a number of times.  Although Jeff lives in Wisconsin and Michigan and we have visited him there, we met for the first time in Italy! 😉

When we planned our trip to New England, I knew that we would be “in the neighborhood” of several of our friends and worked to set up some meetings.  Paul and Ken, both in the Rochester area of New York, and recent Maine transplant Joe were on the radar.

Kathy, Me, Michele Bello, Paul Maxim and Ken Bello at Jines Restaurant in Rochester, New York

Joe and his partner Katherine were up for meeting for lunch at a lobster shack on the Maine coast before spending time in Boothbay Harbor.  He and I spent a little time photographing in Boothbay before we parted company.  We managed to meet up with Ken, his wife Michele and Paul for lunch while we were in Rochester visiting the Eastman Museum.

Photographers being photographers, Joe and I never thought to get a photo of us together, although we each managed to get photos of each other so there is photographic evidence – albeit circumstantial – of us being in the same place!  We asked our waitress in Rochester to take our picture, but when I looked at the camera she had never pushed the shutter button!  Fortunately we corralled a waiter who was also a photographer, so he did manage to shoot a few photos, although the lighting could have been better. 😉

Paul Maxim, Me and Ken Bello at Jines Restaurant in Rochester, New York

It’s always nice to put faces and personalities with names and websites.  We hope to do some more as we continue to travel! 🙂

The Importance Of Light

Nobska Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage near Falmouth, Massachusetts

Photographers know this, of course.  But for the few non-photographers who read my blog (and possibly even the photographers!) this might be interesting.

I took these two photos exactly 30 seconds apart.  For the first one, above, there was just the right amount of light filtering through the clouds to provide some shape and contrast to the scene.  In the second shot, below, the cloud has moved over the sun and the light has gone flat.  Both of these photos are pretty nice, but to me the one with the shaping light and subtle shadows is the superior one.

Nobska Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage near Falmouth, Massachusetts

We Got Cameras: The Camera Heritage Museum

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

If you have any interest in cameras and find yourself in central Virginia, the Camera Heritage Museum in Staunton (pronounced STAN-ton) is a must-see.  Located in a former camera store, this place is crazy full of cameras of all kinds, and the stuff in the showroom is only part of the collection.  According to the guy we talked to (mostly he talked to us!) they have store rooms throughout the city with more cameras.  They just don’t have room to display them all.  They claim to be the largest camera store open to the public in the US, and although I have nothing to compare it to and even after visiting the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, I believe it!

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

Check out their website.  It tells you more than I can ever tell in a blog post.  But you definitely have to see it in person to really appreciate it!

The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia
The Camera Heritage Museum in downtown Staunton, Virginia

Postcard From White Mountains National Forest, New Hampshire

Beaver Pond on SR 112 near North Woodstock, New Hampshire. In White Mountains National Forest

We’re now in Vermont, but I wanted to post another photo of some of the small amounts of fall color we’ve been seeing.  This is from a spot along SR 112 – before the official start of the Kancamagus Highway.  We actually had (slightly) better conditions on the west side of the “Kanc” while the Highway itself was largely socked in with fog.

Evidence Of A Meticulous Mechanic

Evidence of a meticulous mechanic! Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania

I spotted these tool boards while we were visiting Steamtown National Historical Park in Scranton, PA.  I was on a catwalk over the work area and didn’t have a way to access the main floor for a better view.  I’d like to meet this guy! 🙂

Evidence of a meticulous mechanic! Steamtown National Historic Site in Scranton, Pennsylvania

As I often do when we travel, I’ve been adding selected photos to a page on my Adobe Portfolio website.  Check back periodically as I add more as often as I can.  Just know that I’m a few weeks behind!

Postcard From Cadillac Mountain, Maine

Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine

Kathy and I joined several hundred of our closest friends this morning to be the first people in the US to see the sun.  I took a bunch of photos and some of them turned out OK.  But it was mostly about the experience of being there, and we were there.  And yes, Kathy joined me in arising at 4am to make the trek to the top.  She didn’t want to miss it any more than she wanted me to miss it.  It was worth the effort, for sure! 😉

Reservations are required for sunrise, and they are limited.  I managed to book mine months ago, and I was glad I did.  In a perfect world I would have wished for a few clouds on the horizon.  But it wasn’t too cold, it wasn’t raining, and we could actually see the sun.  So it was as good as we might have hoped for!

Sunrise from Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, Maine

Another Lighthouse…With A Bonus!

Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine

We visited Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine this morning.  As it turned out, there was a group of people doing a photo shoot for an upcoming LL Bean catalog.  We stood around and watched for a while.  It was quite interesting to see how much work goes into just one photo in a catalog or on a website.  Beautiful location for a shoot, however!  And the people were all very friendly.  The guy in charge talked to us for a while and complimented me on my camera.

LL Bean Catalog photo shoot at the Marshall Point Lighthouse near Saint George, Maine

A Little Dinghy

Dinghy and reflections in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Kathy & I are enjoying a little downtime this afternoon before we pack up for the short drive up to Acadia National Park tomorrow.  It’s been on and off cloudy and rainy, but still a good day for getting out with the camera.  I love working with a prime lens when walking around town, and used the 35mm 1.4 for this shot.  It’s pretty nice in color, but I’m excited to actually have a B&W version that works for me.

Dinghy and reflections in Boothbay Harbor, Maine

Postcard From Portland Head Lighthouse, Maine

Portland Head Lighthouse on Cape Elizabeth near Portland, Maine

It’s pretty easy to make a decent composition of this lighthouse, but hard to get it without people, especially during the day.  I decided to not try climbing on the rocks, although I did see a number of foolish souls slipping and sliding around, perilously close to the water’s edge.  Not for this guy!