Happy Halloween

•October 30, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Last week, I made me second annual trip to Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular.  If you have $10 burning a hole in your pocket, make the trip after sunset and get ready to see what seems like thousands of pumpkins on display.  Some are hand carved in the traditional sense: eyes, nose and a mouth with a light inside.  Others, like the one below, represent elaborate sketch-work-carvings.   The only light along your evening walk is that which is provided by the pumpkins.

I tried to get in with my tripod, but I was understandably turned away because of the “trip hazard” the tripod would likely create.  Since my tripod it undoubtedly the most important tool in my work, trying to shoot without it was difficult to say the least.  I had to stand fairly still, flip on the image stabilizer and shoot in high ISO.  The results were good enough for web posting, but no good for print.

Anyway, you can check out more from that shoot at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cape-Night-Photography/197628441367

Hope you have a safe and happy Halloween.

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It’s Time to Shoot!

•July 13, 2011 • Leave a Comment

This week is another full moon week.  I went shooting last night at Cold Storage Beach which was recommended to me by several people recently.  Unfortunately, the warm temperatures (80F at 11pm) caused a lot of sensor noise on my camera.   I still have several useable images, but between the heat and the mosquitos I decided to cut my evening short in that area.   On Thursday night I’ll have the opportunity to shoot an area I have been hoping to get into for several months.   I’m going to keep that a secret for now, but thanks to a friend of mine who knows the right people, I’ll be spending a few hours shooting a part of the Cape that is rarely seen by the average tourist or even most residents.  More to come on that soon!

Do you live on the Cape and have a suggestion on a place I should visit?  Drop me some mail at capenightphotos@yahoo.com and tell me about it!

Stopping to smell the roses (or shoot the pier.)

•May 11, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Myrtle BeachI just returned from a week-long road trip to Charleston, South Carolina.   It’s easy to forget how big of a world there is out there until you spend a few days on the open highway.   One of the advantages of living on the east coast is the amount of places a traveller has easy access to.  While en route, we made a stop in Virginia Beach and also Myrtle Beach and South of the Border on the way home.  We only spent about an hour in Myrtle.  It might not seem like much of a visit but just having a few brief moments to feel the Atlantic waters wash over my feet was enough.   In my younger years of whirl-wind traveling, I never took a moment to breathe and to make the realization that I was somewhere.  I don’t make that mistake anymore and thanks to my camera, I always have a reminder of where I’ve been and how I saw what I saw when I was there.  This photo was my favorite of all the ones I shot there.  I’ll probably print it and hang it in my bedroom and remember that I took a moment out of my day to live.  You should take more photos too.

Road Trip Signage

•May 5, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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Room with a view.

•May 4, 2011 • 1 Comment

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We’ve arrived at Virginia Beach.  Taking advantage of a Roomsaver coupon we got this spectacular view for just $35. The easy access to the McDonalds directly in front of us is priceless.

New Jersey… the green state?

•May 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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Because of New Jersey’s reputation for industry,  seeing more green than in Massachusetts is certainly a rare occurrence.  Jersey appears to be slightly ahead of us in terms of foliage,  a welcome sight after a long winter and slow starting spring on Cape Cod.

We are on our way…

•May 4, 2011 • Leave a Comment

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We’ve started our trip to Charleston on a foggy morning.  Traffic looks good right now and we expect to get into Virginia Beach tonight.  I am hopeful it will not take us 16 hours like last August.  More to come later…