Thursday, August 17, 2017

What You Put Into Words

                               Their words come from their place
                                Read them
                                Ingest them
                                Don't feel as though they are yours to live with

"Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking"                         Steve Jobs


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Breathe In

 Breathe Out



Saturday, August 12, 2017

A Celebration

Got my hubby to go away for a few days to the coast of Maine with a few friends to celebrate his 60th birthday.

It first started with a conversation "you should go to that B & B in Ogunquit....."  Honestly, I was thinking to myself "well that's more of a gift to myself than to Jim".  But when I presented it to him he was onboard with the idea.  He wasn't looking for a big "hoopla" to mark his 60th year - but rather a quiet, laid back gathering.

We boogie boarded at the beach, ate, played cards, ate, walked along the shore, ate....
you get the picture!

On our second night we sailed out of Perkins Cove on the Silverlining.  A 42' sloop that has been lovingly restored by her Captain Jack Gordon.

There was nary a wind out on the water that evening and the sunset was hindered by the incoming clouds.  But still it was a delightfully calm and cool ride.  Our captain saw a whale in the distance and pointed it out to us..... we kept watch but he must have surfaced further down the coast.

Once again I'm reminded that the simple things in our lives give us great pleasure and fill our sails.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Night at the Whiskey Barrel

Saw that the Gin Blossoms were coming to the Whiskey Barrel for a one night show.  I found myself searching online to see what time they would take the stage.  I came across 98.3 LNH's post on Facebook for tickets to the show ~ sent a quick message to put myself in the running and I won two! 

Fabulous night with friends gathered around the stage 
~ thanks 98.3 LNH ~!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Golf Speak at the Practice Range

             "Did you get a good one Dad?"
                             "Yup, pretty good"



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Traditions ~ Telling Stories

Afternoon cruise onboard the MV Sophie C
The Sophie C delivers mail to island residents
on Lake Winnipesaukee 

Captain Reed negotiates in and out of our designated ports
 Yes, the arrival horn is loud
 Ready to dock with youngsters lined up to come aboard for ice cream
 Mail delivery Island style
 Positioning for the long standing tradition of jumping from the pilings
 Anticipation of fun moments with friends

Ready, set ...JUMP!



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Where You Stand Is Important

First day of our week long workshop with Sam Abell at Maine Media.

We talked about starting with the back layer, keeping a strong foreground and having our subject doing something interesting within the frame.

This dog obviously got that memo!

We had so much fun on the breakwater that first day.
Many conversations ensued throughout our week from this first adventure.
This photograph will always bring a sweet memory from our time spent together.
It's one of the few frames I took with "clean" rocks!



Get Up Early ~ Embrace the Fog

Get up early

What makes you happy

Embrace the fog

Find your own road

"Bad days make for great photographs"
                     Sam Abell
Life can't always be a "sunny" day.



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Room Service at the Penthouse Suite

Three new baby robins 



Sharing within the Photographic Life

ARRIVING                                Monhegan Island, Maine

For this photo I worked on practicing what Sam Abell taught us during the first day of our workshop.  
Compose the picture Sammy and wait - is going through my mind.  
The excitement of not knowing how the hand off would take place was certainly part of the fun.  
I feel what worked was the young man with the pole was framed within the boat.  
The pole didn't touch the back layer and was at a similar angle to the shoreline.  
The pilings balanced the photo and gave it a foreground.  
The gent on land was positioned well and the moment of him "grabbing" the pole tells the story.  
I managed to keep my camera level within the composition - which is something I struggle with.   I am absolutely one who shifts with what's happening as I see it through my lens.  
I need to work on that.

This will be one of the photos that will go into our "Moving Forward in Photography" book.  A compilation of photographs from Sam's students during our week together in Maine.  I'm so looking forward to continuing down the road with this group and look forward to our journeys that lie ahead.



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Sweet Ride

Along with Denis in a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible

Sweet ride...



Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Back Layer First

Back layer ~   Mainland
Next layer ~    Buoy
Next Layer ~   Friends
Foreground  ~ Boat

Extras:  Internal framing and the boat roof is above the horizon line.

Does it work?  I'm not really sure.  
It works for me because of the people. 
Backs are important.

Back Layer ~ The Ocean
Front Layer ~ The Wake of the Boat

"Moving Forward in Photography"



Walkabout and Listen

When I travel I tend to gravitate off the beaten path and experience a new place in a quieter way.  Not compelled to go where it's busy but rather venture off the main street and take a back road here and there.

When I arrived on the island of North Haven I walked around the port for a short while and then wandered off down the road to see what I could find.

Overlooking the harbor of this small island people were coming and going.  I smile when I look at this photo for there is a micro composition of a person walking out a doorway.  I was timing the two boats approaching the docks with the person walking in their direction from the dock.
As I looped around I came upon a quiet street and heard music coming from one of the homes.
I stopped and backed up to hear better.  Then I just stood and listened to what I thought may have been a violin being played.

I stood for quite a while and watched a gentleman walking up the street.  He saw me standing there with my camera over my shoulder and asked if I was waiting to take a photo of him?  I responded "no, I'm listening to the music coming from this house".  His response "that's my house, my son is practicing the cello".  A "moment" - not photographed - but certainly one I'll remember.

Sometimes in life it's best to just listen



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Many Colors of Light

As we were leaving Vinalhaven the sun was just starting to set.  Our charter would be taking us back to Rockland for the night.... a most glorious night out on the water.

Sam Abell hanging over the rail to catch the sun as it was setting among the islands and fog.

I too was hanging over the rail watching the buoy get closer with its red flash of light giving that extra splash of color mirroring the pink sky.  Pink sky at night sailor's delight!

Once the sun went down our captain flipped on an interior red light.  Such a wonderful contrast to the dark blue sky.

Who cared that we navigated into Rockport instead of Rockland.  It all worked out in the end and all was good on land and sea.



Seeing Layers

The ferry ride over to North Haven was a perfect place to apply what we'd learned with Sam Abell.
Start with the back layer
Frame within a frame
Separation - it's about what's in the background
Compose the picture Sammy and wait
Micro composition 

This photograph is driven by a conversation with these two women sitting in their car on the ferry to North Haven.  Diane and I were talking with them.  I composed the back layer with Marcia and the horizon line framed within the cars.  The two women and Diane were having a nice moment in their conversation.  The conversation by the way was about the "swarm" of photographers on board the ferry.  The photograph was anchored by the door frame of the car.  The bonus for we was the micro composition of the flag in the rear view mirror.  That I did not see until after I uploaded the photos.  A happy surprise within a photograph of a shared moment during our ferry ride.



Touching Moments

Looking straight down from the Breakwater Light jetty I noticed the rock, algae, lily strand and lone feather.  My attempt was to compose a thoughtful photograph.   
The lily strand's color was my driving force.  
I was waiting for the gentle waves to bring a composition that appealed to my eye.  

I am humored when I look at the photo now that I'm home.  
Everything is touching.  
I still like this photograph regardless of that fact. 

This is a photograph from day 1 of a workshop spent up in Camden Maine with Sam Abell and 11 other students.   To say this was a great experience would be an understatement.  I feel many stories will be shared as we all go through recollections of our week together.

Thank you Sam for your care.



Monday, July 24, 2017


In life you are presented with what's in front of you.  Individually you will react to that in your own unique way; subconsciously.

As we were leaving Port Clyde after spending our day on Monhegan Island there were dozens of seagulls in front of us scattered on the road.  We commented on it and had a little chuckle.  In a moments time they took flight.  It was a startling sight to see.  Instinctually I reached for my camera set down by my feet and starting shooting.  A gut reaction to what I was experiencing.  Diane, the driver, slowed down so we wouldn't hit some of the gulls.  We each had a different reaction to what was presented in front of us.  Diane was keeping us safe - I was making a photograph.

Throughout our lives we "react" to what is presented in front of us.  Typically it is a gut reaction.  I have always trusted my gut.  Consequences have arisen due to my reactions.  At the end of the day though I would go with my gut again and again.

Leaving Port Clyde  

I wanted to crop this photo.  After a week with Sam Abell I did not.
Maine Media Workshop    Sam Abell    Moving Forward in Photography



Saturday, July 15, 2017


Personal notes from such wonderful people in my life reminds me

Life is a celebration every day!

 ...we get better and better at it with each passing year.

"...shower the people you love with love"
"show them the way that you feel...."

Here's to turning 57 years young!



Friday, July 14, 2017

Not your typical "Day at the Beach"

Navy Seal Team performs a mission demonstration 
Wellington State Park Beach on Lake Newfound.  

Certainly, not your typical day at the beach.



Dive In

Get Your Feet Wet

scratch below the surface

sink or swim

hold your breath

breathe deep



Friday, July 7, 2017

In the Jungle the Mighty Jungle

A-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh, a-weema-weh

I have had the pleasure of photographing Emily in a quite a few unique photo sessions over the years.  So when she contacted me and presented the idea of a "lioness" I was all game.

There's a bit of "prep work" to build on our initial concept.  But mostly we tend to shoot from the hip and learn together as we go.  Emily brought her ideas on makeup and did a fabulous job of transforming herself into a strong lioness.  I put together some outfit ideas and props for the session.  My friend Cathy made a fabulous "mane" to add to the mix.

I knew full well Emily was one "lioness" that would not be tamed. 

We worked around the yard and allowed her wild side to come out of hiding.

Threw a couple of black and white images into the ring for their dramatic effect. the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight



Wednesday, July 5, 2017