- I been a professional photographer since I worked for the US Government documenting Test and Evaluation of Research and Development projects for the US Army and US Navy in the later half of the 1980s. I came home to Maine to finish my Marketing Degree at USM and began to work full time in Market Research and Marketing for many years while documenting weddings and occasional photojournalist and commercial jobs on the weekends. In 2001 I again returned to photography as a full time trade and have never been a happier man. I love working with creative individuals, couples, small businesses and select Non-Profits and can’t imagine working in any other trade. In 1987 I was lucky enough to wed my high school sweetheart and we now live in a cozy little solar powered, recycled bungalow a mile deep in our woods in the Western Hills of Maine with our two brilliant home-schooled teenage daughters and our three cats.
Big Sur and the Redwoods
Mission San Carlos Borromea del Rio Carmelo
The 17 Mile Drive on Pebble Beach
Monterey Museum of Art Gardens
Monterey and the Surrounding Area
Elliot is certainly one of the cool people who make Portland a really neat place for a city.
We had nearly a full moon last night shining brightly on the newly fallen ice/slush/snow. This allowed me to revisit the trees from the bathroom window (hey, it was cold out there!) but with different camera settings. The previous shot (see:First Attempt at Pictorialism below) were made at 12,800 ISO, this one is merely 800ISO. Far less noise (~grain) and much better colour (which I retained this time), but then again, Luna was a quite a bit brighter. I'm REALLY happy with this little camera.
800ISO, 1Sec. f/2.0 handheld (braced) Canon S90.
The County of Cumberland, Maine hired me to photograph and print all of the Great Seals from each of the 28 towns in the County for the 250th Anniversary of the County.
Most towns didn't have an official Seal for photographing (with a few wonderful exceptions) and some towns don't have an official Great Seal at all, but with lots and lots of PhotoShop work and scrounging of source images from small stickers, memorial coins, Notary style paper 'seals' and town truck decals, I came up with something for each of them, printed them all up 12"X12" at the Photo Market on Forest Ave. in Portland and had the fine folks at Artiplaq, Inc in So. Portland mount them all in their wonderful archival fashion.
They all hang now in the County Courthouse and copies have been given to the towns as well.
I'll make better attempts at pictorialist work in the future.
It is a genre that I think should make a resurgence in the digital age.
This was an insanely high ISO (12,800) handheld lit only by moonlight.
The soft and intense noise in the image makes it look like something shot turn of the 19th C.
Canon S90 Special High ISO mode.
Sunset this evening over the Mt. Washington Valley in NH.
Canon S90 (trying out the 'Sunset' scene mode just for fun...played with it in PhotoShop a little too.)
the whole world glows blue and gold
my heart beat slows down
(maybe I'll make this another 'One Good Photo and one Haiku that doesn't totally suck a week' project again.)
Canon S90. PSCS3 crop and tone.
The snow for the first storm of the year/decade was slick and mostly unplowed/unsanded here in the hills, but not overly deep. The USPS did not deliver our mail on Saturday so we decided to stay safely ensconced in our cabbage here at Heronswood as well.
I have created a FaceBook account this last year and have been posting many of the photos that I used to post here, there to share. I will see if there is a way that I can link these two accounts and will endeavor to use this space at least once a week this year to continue with the 6th year of my Photo A Week project. I was presented with a new Canon S90 camera for Yule and this camera allows me the mobility of a point and shoot and the quality of at least the first DSLR that I owned in 2002 so I should be able to be a bit more prolific in my personal photography than in the last few years where in order to photograph to the quality that I want, I had to carry an entire kit of my pro gear.
I hope that you all enjoy the very best of a full and simple life in 2010 and that it finds our world more Freedom and more Peace.