I invited some kids from my school out to see the eclipse with me, which put me in teacher mode and not so much in photographer mode. I didn’t get the shots I could have gotten had I been a bit more focused on getting them. That’s probably fine. The world needs more teachers and… More Dusky
Great Glen Trails has a lot of flowers planted around their visitors center. With winter coming, most of them are starting to look a little beat up. Most of them had some kind of insect crawling in our around them. But the bugs were glued to the blossoms. They weren’t flying at all. The ones… More Aglow
Albedo is a term I learned from astronomy. It refers to the percentage of light reflected off a surface. A theoretical perfect mirror would have an albedo of 1, as it would reflect 100 percent of the light that hits it. (There’s no perfect mirror; you always get a dimmer image in s reflection.) Conversely,… More Albedo
We all have so much stuff.
Photos from a Labor Day hike along Snyder Brook in Randolph. The stream was thin in spots, as we haven’t had heavy rainfall in quite some time. The woods have quite a bit of life in them. Winter isn’t for a couple of months yet, but having come through one in the North Country already,… More Labor Day
I tried this shot last fall, my first at this school. My focusing then was terrible (and didn’t get much better for this one), but the biggest problem was the pair of lights in the vestibule. I just couldn’t find the switches to turn them off. For the 30 second exposure necessary to get the… More Distance
I thought about “processing away” the black marks on the petals. But it’s late August, and by now things are looking a little beat up and chewed on but somehow just as beautiful. Besides, we’re all carrying around a few marks, aren’t we?
A few more August photos. It’ll hit 90 the first day of school on Wednesday, of course. After that, anyone’s guess.
Ten minutes into the first interview I had with my current boss, he was telling me about the weather in Gorham. He carefully walked me through all twelve months and what they would deliver to the area in which I was seeking employment. “And then in late August,” he said, his eyes suddenly becoming far… More August
A few days into the last school year, our Life Skills teacher handed me her phone. Playing on the screen was a movie that I couldn’t believe was real. A cloud of hummingbirds was buzzing a bird feeder like electrons orbiting an atomic nucleus. The teacher had shot the movie through her kitchen window. Today,… More Hummingbirds
Ventured out tonight, because it was clear and warm. Got one okay shot of the Milky Way. Focusing in wide angle remains a problem. I also should have used my hat to cover the lens at the beginning and end of the exposure. Still, a gorgeous evening.
Just returned from the Bethlehem Art Sit Walk, where I had my first ever booth, from which I tried to sell photographs and fine photographic accessories. For my first time, it was a good outing. The rain stayed away and I sold many cards, sets, and even one print, which I didn’t expect.
Seriously. They call it that. It’s dodgy even in summer, but the view at the turnout (looking the other way) is pretty nifty. Unfortunately, not only was it cloudy looking south, the trees have grown in so there’s not much to see for another couple of months when the foliage thins out. I’m still trying… More Dead Man’s Curve
I was shooting some little stuff at the dining room table last night, using my new 100mm Canon macro lens. I didn’t want the overhead light to turn everything yellow, so I adjusted my camera’s AWB settings for indoors. I forgot to change it back, which is unfortunate for what it did to an otherwise… More Below Average White Balance
So this is my first ever attempt to “process” an image of the sky, trying to reproduce what my eye actually saw tonight as the moon came up. The problem with capturing nighttime sky scenery with the moon in them is that the moon is pretty bright. It also happens to be brightest at night,… More “M-O-O-N” Spells Fake
Last night, Mrs. cpb made me open my birthday present two days early. She got me a 100mm Canon macro lens, which will allow me to take closeup photos of small objects without having to use my zoom lens. The zoom served me well, but that kind of focal length can lead to distortion and… More New Glass
This train goes barreling through town late at night—usually around 11 or so, then super late, like 2 a.m. Just to keep everyone informed that there is, in fact, a large freight train barreling through town after bedtime, the driver likes to lean on his horn. Really… pulls on that sumbitch. The tracks run behind my school,… More Night Train
When we set sail for the East Coast, the prospect of a regular thunderstorm was one of many things I looked forward to. While we get more here than we got in Portland, it appears to be five or six a year instead of one or two. Still, that’s better than no fireworks at all.… More Nimbus
Late Friday afternoon, I strapped a keychain camera to an Estes model rocket and sent the mother up: Not bad. Incidentally, I used some music from Gustav Holst’s The Planets as a nod to a great sequence from The Right Stuff, the part where John Glenn is lifting off on his orbital flight. They used footage of a camera aimed down the… More Rocket Man
I got this photo of the Cog Railway at Mt. Washington last week. I tried to make a fake mini out of it. The more I come back to it, the better I think I did. The Cog is a unique means to get to the summit. I can say that before one day last… More Tiny Cog
If it wants to be a planet, let it be a planet. Vaya con dios, New Horizons.
Pretty dramatic sunset tonight. The air has been thick and humid. The sky has a brown cast to it, almost bronze. I asked my boss where the color was coming from, and he said “Humidity.” I guess humidity is brown.
Gorham is home to at least five cemeteries that I can think of. That seems like a lot for such a small town, but from what I’ve seen, it’s typical for New England as a whole. A story in Slate goes into the history of burial vs. cremation, and it does validate my theory that… More Crux
The Pemigewasset River does really cool things on its trip through Franconia Notch, as you can see. I can’t say that this is my best work, since we were heading home from a trip to Manchester and I was a little rushed. Also, it was getting dark, and I learned that shooting long exposure times… More The Basin
We found a new place to walk the other night, toward the east end of town. There’s a canal off the Androscoggin River that leads to an operational dam, which is actually churning out a couple megawatts of power. Past the dam is a spot where the canal rejoins the river. When fall comes, the… More 12(y = cosh(x))
JUNE 29, 2015—I worked at Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore., for two summers: once as an usher in 1996 and again in 2004. For the ’04 bit, I sold hamburgers, pizza, and beer. The earlier ’96 gig came about when I was a substitute teacher. I had struck out looking for regular teaching jobs. My… More Civic Stadium, 1938-2015
I met this fine fellow earlier this week, swimming at the Willey Home Site. Jaunty, stylish, and more than a little full of himself, he served as a reminder that college football season is but six weeks away. I hope Oregon’s new quarterback gets his act together so he can play on time. It’s funny:… More Mallardjusted
Drove my father to the summit of Mt. Washington on Monday. I couldn’t reach up and touch this cloud, but on another day I might have. Not that I would have wanted to. Strange that this place—home of the famous 231 mph windstorm—is just over ten miles from where I’m typing this.
Hillary Clinton visited our little town yesterday and marched in our Fourth of July parade. I don’t know how I’m going to vote yet (and when I do, I won’t talk about it here, because I’m not stupid). But Mrs. Clinton seems like a smart, tough lady and probably is just as qualified as anybody… More Mrs. Clinton Comes to Gorham