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
Instagram: Quite the quandary. The co-founders of the hottest app wanted to create a platform for people to communicate through quick snaps. There were no filters in the original version or location tags. Simple daily images.
I was a purist. No edited, professional photos allowed. My tagline on my Instagram bio: "Life as a photographer. All of these everyday shots are taken with my iPhone."
But who wants to view everyday photos now? With filters and HDR and editing software everyday photos are left behind. So I'm testing fine art photographs on Instagram now. I'll see how this develops.
My first fine art photograph shared on my Instagram feed:
You can follow me on Instagram @lanebillingphotos here.
This year I decided to focus on New England—our new home—for my portfolio. But I still took some great photos in 2018, so I wanted to display them. I created categories in this journal for our travels.
I've already posted several journal reports from trips to both Scandinavia and Ohio (for Thanksgiving with my family).
We also took two other vacations. Key West in early March to escape the brutal New England winter for a week. Then, a short road trip through upstate New York with Maui.
Here are the highlights in photos:
Upstate New York
I hope you were able to take a break and hit the road!
I'm originally from Ohio and went back to visit during Thanksgiving break. This was taken with my iPhone at the Franklin Park Conservatory (Columbus). There was an interactive exhibit with which three of my favorite people (Juliet, my wife; Brittany, our daughter; and Jerrod; our son-in-law) had fun.
I hope you have a great New Year
celebration and terrific 2019!
I’m always drawn to light and/or contrast. While lining up this shot I noticed the carving. Pissed about the tree, I took the shot anyway. Then I questioned if I should post this photo. I ran a poll on my personal FB page:
90% of my friends voted that I should post this on my portfolio. I slept on it overnight and decided to post "Initials of Idiots" here.
More thoughts on this subject: DON’T CARVE INITIALS ON TREE BARK
I spend my morning coffee browsing news, emails and social media. Some mornings I want more coffee.
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I wanted to give my background... and I hope that someone out there is inspired.
I'm Lane, a photographer and a brain cancer survivor. You can read about my journey by clicking the Shot by Shot button on the front page.
I don't have deadlines or declare a schedule for shooting. I shoot when I can. You can see my RSS feed so that you don't miss a thing.
As for my journal, I post:
Map courtesy of WikiCommons.
This map is fairly accurate of what I consider the North Shore. If it hits the shoreline it's the North Shore. The pink area is definitely not the North Shore. It starts in Winthrop and ends at the New Hampshire border.
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Take care and Peace,