Mr. Groundhog, Please don't be wrong. . .


First Crocus.
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Looking Out


Looking Out
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Melting Cap

Melting Cap
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Autumn Zoom

................. ...... ........................BAM!

Autumn Zoom 2

Here's a fun camera technique that allows you to achieve an amazing motion effect. The non-manipulated image is below. This effect is achieved not with my trusty Lensbaby, but with a zoom lens and a slow shutter speed. That's all! I used my 18 - 55mm kit lens for this shot. First you'll have to select a shutter speed that will allow you to record the motion. Try something like 1/8 or 1/4 of a second. Adjust your f-stop accordingly for the correct exposure or use shutter priority exposure mode. While exposing the image turn your zoom ring smoothly either in or out while pressing the shutter. Start the zoom just before you press the shutter and continue to turn the zoom ring after the shutter closes. Starting before and ending after the exposure assures you that there are smooth zoom streaks during the exposure. You can use a tripod, but It is not necessary at these shutter speeds. I was able to make this exposure hand held. Go ahead and experiment with different motions and speeds. You will come up with your own unique and interesting effects.

Autumn Zoom 1
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Red Building

Red Building
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Wingaersheek Dunes

Wingaersheek Dunes

It is sometimes hard to believe the diversity of landscape in my own back yard. This is very close to my home, as is Ravenswood noted in recent posts.
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Ravenswood Viburnum

More from the beauty of autumn. These leaves also have a compliment their visual beauty. The texture of the leaves is like velvet. A pleasure to touch.

Ravenswood Viburnum
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A Walk in the Woods

Ravenswood Boardwalk
I took a walk in the woods today to try my hand at some macro photography. It was a beautiful fall day with lots of vibrant colors and textures. Take a look over at my photo album to see the rest of the pictures.
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Gloucester's Man At The Wheel To Be The Next Massachusetts State Quarter

In the near future when you flip a Massachusetts quarter, tails will be Gloucester's own Man At the Wheel.

Man At The Wheel
Photo Richard T. Scott

Here is some of the press.
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Yesterday I mentioned that I'd show you the print we purchased of the Copper Paint Factory. It is a montage by Judith Robinson-Cox entitled Copper Paint Montage #3. We were surprised to notice we have Copy 1 of 25. Then we found out she lives very close to us. We are really enjoying this print. It really cheers up our upstairs hallway. We hope you like it too.

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Copper Paint
An iconic landmark was open this weekend here in Gloucester that we could not pass up. The Copper Paint Factory that guards Gloucester's inner harbor was open to the public for an art exhibition featuring local artists representations of this classic building. All this to raise money for the new owners the Ocean Alliance. Here is how they describe themselves:

Ocean Alliance, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1971 by biologist Roger Payne. Led by Dr. Payne and Chief Executive Officer Iain Kerr, Ocean Alliance collects a broad spectrum of data on whales and ocean life relating particularly to toxicology, behavior, bioacoustics, and genetics. From that data we work with our scientific partners to advise educators and policy makers on wise stewardship of the oceans to: reduce pollution, prevent the collapse of marine mammal populations, maintain human access to fish and other sea life, and benefit ocean and human health.


They plan to rehabilitate the property and turn it into their new headquarters while maintaining the architectural integrity of the of the buildings. This will preserve one of the classic icons of the waterfront.

We ventured over to satisfy our long time curiosity and were struck by the beautiful weathered structures and abandoned inner workings of a factory more than one hundred years old. This was coupled with an exhibit of all the unique representations the artists have created of the factory. We met many old and new friends and learned more about the Ocean Alliance. The visit also resulted in the purchase of a photographic montage that I'll have to show you later along with an artifact from the building we had to have.

There is a new album page documenting some of the things we saw while there. I will also highlight a couple of the artists we met while there in future posts.
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