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I shoot most of the photographs on on Martha's Vineyard.

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The Light and the Way

15 seconds at f/3.5 (ISO 8000)
I have been experimenting making pictures of the Milky Way. I am fortunate to live in a place where it visible under the right conditions quite often. I really have to push the camera to its limits to get the image, and then it takes a lot of tweaking in post processing to get something similar to what you see with your eyes. This picture is my best effort so far. It helped that a meteor cooperated, which I didn't see until I looked at the image on my computer.

Beach Day

1/125 @ f/10
Headed back to Vineyard Haven after an assignment, saw this picture set up with the beach umbrellas and the thin puffy clouds. Fortunately, turned around and caught a parking space.

California Chrome

1/40 second at f/5.6
I am at Belmont Park, where California Chrome will try to become the 12th Thoroughbred in history to win the Triple Crown. He won the Kentucky Derby, then the Preakness Stakes, and only the Belmont Stakes is left. It will be a very difficult task, the Triple Crown is one of the rarest things in all of sports. He seems to be quite a ham, he stopped and posed for a close-up this morning as he cooled out along the shedrow after an easy gallop, and a bath.

Under the Pier

30 seconds @ f/14
I usually have second thoughts when I set the alarm for 3:30 a.m., but the first clear morning in weeks was forecast. I was headed for a different location, but went back to this pier for the 10th or 11th time. This picture got more reaction than any other photo I have taken. It was kind of a happy accident, and about half the image is cropped out. It is a good example of the rule of thirds. As soon as I was finished processing, I knew I wanted to go back and take a slightly different angle, to get more color coming between the piles. I did, and I like the result below, but I'm not sure I like it better than the happy accident.

182 seconds @ f/20

Owl on the Prowl

1/800 at f/5.6
After many hours and many attempts to find a snowy owl, my friends Dann and Joy and I found one on State Beach. We were inching closer and closer when the owl lifted off, banked, and flew right by me. For once, I was ready, and got three good shots. I was using auto-focus, and was never so grateful for the smart people at Nikon. The camera focusing system is smart enough to focus on the bird's body, not the wing. That resulted in a good sharp image of the owl's eye, watching us very warily.

Edgartown Light Christmas Moon

1.3 second at f/4.8

This photo got a lot of very nice compliments, but it wasn't the shot I planned. Everything was falling into place, the full moon rising over the ocean big as life, still some sunlight left, but... but... but... the Christmas lights wouldn't come on. They were set to a timer, and by the time they came on, there was very little daylight left, and the moon was pretty high in the sky. Still it might be a Christmas card by next year.

Edgartown Light Fireworks

1.3 seconds at f/8

Fireworks over Edgartown Light to ring in the New Year. I love to shoot fireworks, even on a really cold night like this. But I'm rarely happy with the results. If I timed this so my shutter was open just another 1/3 second, it might have been spectacular with the small burst just over the light. Oh well, there's always next New Year's.

God Rays in Aquinnah

1/500 second at f/6.3
For some reason, I see this phenomenon a lot in Aquinnah. This is off Philbin Beach. My friend Chris calls this God rays, but my friend Janet said she has always heard it described as an angel sky. I like the black and white treatment, but there's a color shot, with a little different take, below. 

Lucy Vincent Abstract

1/3 second at f/32

Spent a wonderful morning on Lucy Vincent Beach recently. I had very little sleep, but there was not time to get tired because every time I turned around, there was something else to shoot. This is an abstract made by panning the camera fast past the very tip of the rising sun. The movement of the camera blends and smooths the colors. Two more shots below.

Christmas Light Painting

13 seconds @ f/22
Each year, the town of Oak Bluffs dresses up Ocean Park for the holiday season. It makes a great opportunity for light play, opening the shutter and letting the lights paint an image.

Old Marine Hospital

8 seconds at f/25
6 seconds at f/20

1/60 second at f/3.5 (flash)

I got to go inside the old Marine Hospital in Vineyard Haven with my friend Chris Pettit and shoot the abandoned operating rooms, wards, hallways, and lots of other creepy stuff. Soon it will be the home of the Martha's Vineyard Museum, but for now it's a very interesting place. Lots of patterns, urban decay, and old, old relics of another era. It wasn't like shooting a sunset.

Harvest Moonlight at Quansoo

30 seconds at f/22
This is a 30 second exposure of the Harvest Moon casting light on the ocean off Quansoo Beach. My friend Erik Albert organized a bonfire on the beach, and it was a magical night. The waves were actually quite high, but the long exposure blends and smooths the light. I was surprised at the number of people who liked this image.

Sad Kingdom

1/320 second at f/11

I spent a long, sad weekend in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where I grew up. At times like this, the shutter is a release for me. When I concentrate on making good pictures, I can forget about everything else for a while.

Wynton Marsalis at the Tabernacle

1/80 second at f/4.5
I got a dream assignment this week. I interviewed Wynton Marsalis briefly on the phone, then got to meet him and listen to a two hour jam session at the inn where he stays when on Martha's Vineyard. He is a tremendously talented, very humble and likable guy. At the concert Saturday evening with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, I got this wide shot from just off the side of the stage. The Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs is a wonderful venue, and Wynton Marsalis spoke about it in my interview. He loves the feeling of community in this place.  Wynton Marsalis sits in the trumpet section at the back of the orchestra, so despite my best attempts to wrangle a spot where I could get a shot of him playing his horn, I didn't get much. No disappointment, it was a real thrill of a weekend.

The Zipper

8 seconds at f/13
I had a fun night shooting long exposures at the Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society Fair.  With a lot of people walking around, I was careful to avoid the dreaded tripod crash by keeping one hand on the sticks at all times.  This shot reminds me of the Spirograph toy I used to play with as a kid. 

I love the pattern and color in the picture below, but it's not recognizable as a carnival ride.

Martha's Vineyard Cloud

1/320 second at f/9
I was out shooting a boat race, when I noticed this cloud. It took the shape of Martha's Vineyard for just a minute, then morphed into Nantucket (just kidding).

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Farr 40 North American Champhionship Regatta

1/250 second at f/11

I spent a great day on the water shooting the Farr 40 North American Championship Regatta. This shot is a bit of a cliche, lots of people have made similar pictures, but I like it. That third boat from the port side is just screwing up the spacing a bit. I got reacquainted with Daniel Forster, who I met years ago on an assignment. He is a terrific photographer and I learned a lot just watching how he positioned the photo boat. He was very generous with his knowledge. In addition to a great day for making pictures, it was a great day of racing. First photo boat I have ever been on that had its own chef. Below are some more pictures.

Sophie's Reflection

1/100 second at f/7.1

Finally, the gray, gray weather broke. For the past three mornings, I have been up early in hot, sunny, weather with no wind, zipping about Vineyard Haven Harbor trying to catch boat reflections. I got such good reaction to my red boat shot, I want to use the same technique, focusing on a small part of the boat that illustrates pleasing lines and a reflection.
Sophie is a gorgeous 90 foot wooden sloop, in the harbor for the past two summers. I got several shots, and I like this one best.

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Richard Donahue, Boston Pops

1/80 seconds @ f/5.6
This is Richard Donahue. He is an MBTA police officer who was shot in the confrontation with the Boston Marathon bombers in Watertown. It's really a miracle he survived. On the Fourth of July, my daughter Becky and I went to the Boston Pops show on the Esplanade in Boston. We went, in part, because we thought it was important to defy the fear that terrorists aim for. Richard Donahue was a guest conductor, leading the orchestra in a rousing rendition of "Shipping Up To Boston" by the Dropkick Murphys. It doesn't get more Boston than that. Never Boston Stronger. There wasn't a dry eye in the house.  

He turned around to see the crowd for only a few seconds, and for once, I was ready. I nailed the shutter and fired six frames per second. Good thing Nikon has good auto-focus, because I could see absolutely nothing through the tears.

Vineyard Haven Super Moon

2 seconds at f/5

This was a 54 hours before optimum time to shoot the Super Moon. I was on my way to the Ghost Channel to take advantage of a very low tide. Spent 2.5 hours there standing in the water, got no shot. (OK, 45 minutes of that was fishing.) I shot this on the way there, about 3:50 a.m., from Eastville. The moon is not quite full, and the amount of moisture in the air gives the moon an orange tint, but it also makes the edges fuzzy. I spent a total of 5 minutes on the shot. It turned out OK. Go figure. I spent the next two days chasing the moon, thwarted entirely by fog, clouds, fog, and more clouds.

Girls Fly Fishing

1/320 seconds at f/13
OK, I don't think this needs much explanation. But I'm glad I live here.

Cold Front, Comin' Through.

1/13 second at f/7.1
A very bizarre sky on this night. A very well defined front moved across Vineyard sound, with the sun setting in a slot just below it. I couldn't quite capture the sunset, but this photo evokes the feeling of power and energy in the storm.  I like how the water reflects the dark and light in the sky.

Cedar Tree Neck Sunset

15 seconds at f/22
I ordered a variable neutral density filter but I couldn't wait for it to arrive so I experimented a bit, by shooting with a polarizing filter and holding another polarizing filter in front of the lens. Doing that cuts down the light coming through the lens, which allows for much longer exposures. All motion, like the water in this image, smooths and blends. I was way, way trespassing for this shot, but don't tell anyone.

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Red Boat

1/250 seconds at f/8
It has been a very frustrating month, with a lot of rain, and dull skies. A 24 hour gale lashed the harbor until late afternoon, then the sun came out and there was not a breath of wind. Believe me, two hours before this shot the water was an angry froth and this boat was getting tossed around like a toothpick. This image is simple, with primary shapes and colors. People seem to like photographs that look a bit like an oil or acrylic painting.

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