Now you can purchase my flower photography on mugs and cards!
Quality printing on ceramic mugs, travel mugs and notecards. Perfect for coffee (and tea) drinkers. Cards are blank inside. They're great for "thank you" or "thinking of you" notes. Many flower options!
I have a new Fine Art Gallery Ello. Check it out if you have some free time.
Lane Billings Fine Arts Gallery at Ello
One of the brightest gems in the New England weather is the dazzling uncertainty of it. -- Mark Twain
1) As a photographer I learned quickly to dress in layers – even in summer – and take rain gear. Plus, put a jacket and boots in the trunk of your car. Trust me.
But why does the weather change so frequently? Here’s one answer. The jet stream. New England sits in the middle of it. The cold Artic air and the warmer Gulf air are battling it out. Another reason is that New England is on the ocean with a lot of moisture. (Info provided by Quora).
There’s two websites that I often check before venturing out: Skippysky.com. It projects the cloud cover. Cape Ann Weather is a busy-looking site with a lot of info on tides, webcams and just everything weather related.
2) I enjoy all four seasons of New England! The brilliance of the bright leaves in the autumn is legendary but spring brings some of my favorite subjects to shoot – flowers! During blizzards I write posts or edit photos, put a log on the fire, pour wine, and start the slow cooker. Then dig out, burning calories! Ice makes for a wonderful subject. Summer is festival season and all of the parks are open. There are plenty of photo opportunities year round.
3) The distance between places is short. Driving across Rhode Island – the entire state – takes 45 minutes. You can take day trips across state lines in a snap. Living in Los Angeles it took hours to get anywhere – a lot of it was due to traffic. Then in Santa Fe the closest border (Colorado) was a two hour or so drive through the mountains.
4) Every place is historic. You could spend a lifetime reading all of the plaques – and I am. (Disclaimer: history nerd). And nothing is level because it’s so old. There’s little point in leveling a tripod.
See a couple of examples:
First is an older shop on Main Street in Essex. Take a look at the enlargement.
Level with the ground – or the porch – or the roof?
Example two, found in Marblehead. I don't know how this shed is still standing.
I level my tripod every time I shoot. So if the subject is wonky, it's NOT on me.
5) The variety of landscapes, from seashore, rivers, mountains, fields, forests and small villages to urban cities. New England has them all.
Though I wasn’t born here, New England is my spiritual home.
Here in New England, the character is strong and unshakable. -- Norman Rockwell
An article about me, my photography and brain cancer was posted on Petapixel. It includes a video about my journey.
Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
Love it or hate it, aging is something we all experience. So tell us the story of Aging in a single photograph.
Note: Shreve & Co was founded in the 1860s in San Francisco. The company is still functioning, though mostly as a jewelry shop and watch repair service. The watch dates to around 1930s.
Most people know of the Salem Witch Trials, but briefly, in Colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693, more than 200 people were accused of witchcraft, 19 of whom were found guilty and executed.
A Puritan minister, Samuel Parris' daughter, Betty, and her cousin, Abigail, were the two girls who set off the fear by accusing their slave, Tituba, of witchcraft.
This is the ruins of the Parris' homestead.
Location: Look for the very, very small sign on Centre Street in Danvers (MA), between Hobart Street and Prince Place. There's no parking on Centre Street. Look for a side street.
Note: Danvers split from Salem in 1752.
Dogwood 52 Photo Challenge:
Heavy as a stone, light as a feather. Find inspiration and shoot an amazing photograph.
I'm a brain cancer survivor. Please visit and/or donate to this much needed charity.
ABC2.org: Brain Cancer Breakthroughs
My battle with brain cancer. Shot by Shot: Relearning Photography
While I was recovering from brain cancer (now in remission), I was stuck in bed and in isolation for months. I searched for photographers on YouTube to fill my time.
[You can watch the video my journey with brain cancer here.]
Thomas Heaton was the first landscape photographer I followed. His passion and joy really helped with my mood. He's located in the Lake District (England) but he's traveled extensively. I emailed him, pretty much a fan letter, and he actually replied. A really nice guy.
Adam Karnacz (a.k.a. First Man Photography), another British (North Yorkshire) landscape photographer and filmmaker. His "how to" videos stand out the most.
Jamie Windsor, a third British (London based) photographer. He gives the background, history and thought process of photography. An intellectual photographer.
Yes, all three are British. It's the accent. My wife is British and I could listen to her all day. "Mow the lawn, darling" and I'm on it. It was love at first listen.
Until next time, happy shooting!
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