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There's lots and lots of Nubble shots out there but I think this take by +Michael Blanchette is the best I have seen to date.  I need to get out and shoot me a seascape!
 
Fog over Tide
York, Maine

This is from this morning at Nubble Lighthouse. The place is very heavily photographed so it takes unique conditions to create something a bit different. When I arrived at 4:45am, the sky looked clear and boring. But 30 minutes later, the light fog, backlight, clouds, and high tide produced a scene that made it all worthwhile. I love it when that happens!

#landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #lighthouse   #lighthousephotography   #sunrisephotography   #sunrisephotos   #maine   #fog   #seacoast   #seascapephotography   #seascape  
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I agree with you +Moe Chen!
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OK photographer friends and non photographer friends alike.  I have an equipment question for anybody.  I spent last night in my driveway taking pics of my super hot 2006 mint green Toyota Corolla in preparation for an upcoming photo project.  I was using a Speedlight lashed to a broomstick (ok an actual broom) with a clothesline. 

 I need something that is a bit more permanent, a lot more secure and allows me to access the controls on the back of the Speedlight.  The hot shoe of the Speedlight is occupied by my remote trigger so I can't attach any Speedlight accessory clamps or brackets that utilize the hotshoe.

Can anybody tell me of a product that attaches to a pole or boom and has a clamp that will allow me to secure the Speedlight while keeping the back open.  I am fine with a commercial product or even a decent DIY solution. I have done an exhaustive search (I googled it) and have come up with nothing. Thanks for any thoughts!
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I've got a remote shoe that interfaces with my speedlite and it also has a hotshoe on the bottom. So I use a light stand to hold my light (and or umbrella) You should be able to find these at B&H or Adorama etc...
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Here is take two on the Watchman in Zion. This is my preferred comp of the two but I held off on working on this one initially for two reasons. One, my buddy +Chris Lazzery  who was standing directly to my left here had just published an almost identical composition (pretty much unavoidable if you are going to shoot from the bridge). 

Two, there are definitely times where I will delay processing my favorite composition. Sometimes a little time and perspective lets you figure out exactly where you want to go with an image. In this case, I received a test print of the last photo I posted from Zion and decided it came out a little bit too unnatural for my tastes. Despite the fact that the cliffs were really blazing away in the moonlight I felt like a slightly more subtle processing treatment captures the feel of the night better in my eyes. 

Check out how much a single vehicle driving by in the distance can change a scene. In the little valley on the right you can see what the headlights from a single car driving the other direction a mile away can do to a scene. I don't feel like it detracts from the overall image here but there have been plenty of compositions ruined by seemingly trivial lights on the horizon or from passing boats, planes, trains and automobiles.

With +Chris Lazzery and +Brian Matiash on a cold Utah night. 
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Of all the spots we went on our SW road trip, Grand Canyon is both the most obviously spectacular and most frustratingly difficult to shoot.  Given the time I would much prefer to get down into the canyon and compose upward. 

One thing that I have realized over time is that there are no throwaway shots.  So many times when I am reviewing my images I come across a comp that speaks to me but I didn't take the time in the field to get it quite right.  In this case I made just three exposures.  A sky exposure, a focus stack at infinity and a single exposure for the foreground.  In this case I should have made two or three additional focus stack captures to get a more gradual transition from foreground to background.  I had to do a fair amount of perspective adjustment to get a reasonable alignment on the foreground tree and in the end still wasn't able to get everything quite right and renders this a web only image that will never see print. 

+Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash .  Time to go back!
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Gorgeous view!

Thanks for sharing your photography with us +Moe Chen
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I'll get back to some actual image postings soon but here is one more behind the scenes pic.  When I was browsing images online of White Pocket I really had no sense of the scale.  The patterns in the "brain rock" somehow hide their true size in photographs. 

I posted an image a few days ago that shows this rock formation in the background.  In that pic it looks like there is just a third pile of rocks in between the two wavelike stands.  The reality is quite a bit different.  Here is an outtake of +Chris Lazzery  and +Brian Matiash  chimping to provide a sense of scale.

And now back to the reality of preparing for another 2 degree Maine night shoot... 
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Now that is amazing! 
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A few days back I posted a call out asking for some advice on rigging up a makeshift boom arm. In the end I disassembled an old broken Manfrotto tripod I had laying around the house (it pays to be a pack rat) and used the parts to manufacture this. Total cost ended up being about $8 for a locking hotshot adapter. It's a bit top heavy because I have a 3 lb ballhead stuck to the top but if I velcro my trigger to the handle I can use two hands to maneuver and aim. 

Here's a single frame BTS look at the project I'm working on from the PHL.
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Time to put the Southwest photos to bed for a while. As fun a it was taking and editing these pics from Utah and Arizona I feel the need to turn my attention back to my home state of Maine. Look forward to getting out there and creating some new images. 

Let's just hope this weather takes a turn for the warmer soon...
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I don't usually like to publish a pic online until I have seen it on a few different screens.  My laptop screen is a little sharper and more contrasty than my desktop so the results always vary.  I won't be near my desktop for a little while so I'll pop this one up anyway. 

This is from the morning after the amazing light we had at sunset in White Pocket.  The sunrise wasn't nearly as dramatic as the night's sunset but it did provide some nice wrap around color (in this case the sun was coming up over my left shoulder, allowing me to get capture some glow on the rocks while still getting color in the sky.  

When I'm out shooting I am generally happy if I can walk away with one frame per shoot or location that I consider a keeper.  White Pocket was almost embarrassing in what it has provided.  I think this is the 4th pic I have posted from the location and I probably have another 2 or 3 including one of my favorite compositions of the trip to go.  

A note here.  I will often blend images or double process my RAW files to maintain detail in both sky and foreground.  In this event the light in the sky and the light on the rocks was so perfectly balanced I didn't make a single selective adjustment to either one.  One of the easiest images to process ever!
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Fantastic image.   I would love to shoot this place some time.
I bet that balance of light didn't last for more than a few minutes,   it seems to change so rapidly at this point.
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To remind myself that I live in Maine I hit this stretch of coast down by the Lobster Shack in Cape Elizabeth the other night with +Charlie Widdis  . The forecast read 0 degrees but we were pleasantly surprised with a balmy 14 degrees down by the coast. Tough location to get a decent composition. The lines all run the wrong way to showcase the Milky Way correctly and there is a giant sulfur light in the parking lot that illuminates the tips of every large rock. 

Still, I'm awfully grateful to be able to shoot the Milky Way just a few minutes from my home and it's pretty amazing that if you turn to the left from this vantage point Maine's biggest city is no more than 5 or 6 miles right up the coast.
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Gorgeous!
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A question for my photographer friends!

I've been on a bit of an ebay binge lately trying to clear out some junk and simplify a bit.  In the course of posting items I decided I may as well clean up some of the posting pics and throw them on a micro stock site.  Anybody have any suggestions on a good micro stock agency out there or at least a decent guide?

I do a small amount of stock sales through Getty and Stocksy but I'm looking for a more stock feel for images like these.  I know payout is almost non existent but every little bit helps!
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Thanks +Tisha Craw .  I'll take a look!
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