Out of the Park

baseball snow tree

Exposure info: Canon 40D, 5omm 1.4 lens, 1/3oth sec @ f/16, corded 580EXII fired from camera left

Maynard, MA – After last night’s snowfall, I did a quick survey of our neighborhood and the small patch of woods across the street. I discovered this small totem along the way.

Waited Long Enough

available light christmas glow holiday

Exposure info: Canon 40D, 50mm 1.4 lens, 1/160th @ f2.5, ISO 100, Aperture priority

Maynard, MA – We always like to have a little downtime after Thanksgiving before breaking out all the Christmas decorations, it’s bad enough that Starbucks and many other stores had their Christmas stuff out soon after Halloween. It makes it that much harder not to Scroogify or Grinchiate as you trudge your way towards December 25th.

I’m grateful that this year, we waited a full 10 days before beginning to haul all the boxes and bins out of the attic. Plus, I surprised myself, and my wife, by putting up the old-school Christmas lights again this year.

Each year, our old strings were starting to make us increasingly nervous: they were ancient and surely a fire hazard but our local hardware store still carries the same style lights along with all the flashy, trashy ones it seems everyone else puts up.

It seemed fitting that it was snowing out as I looped the glowing bulbs over the little hooks under the eaves of our front porch.

Me and Clinton

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Boston, MA – So, this afternoon, I’m dutifully photographing donors who were invited to meet the former POTUS and when I have taken the last shot, one of his aides takes my camera and pushes me towards him.

Of course, I turned around and smiled!

I would never have asked to have my picture taken with a famous subject as I see it as stepping over the line in my role as photographer in situations like this.

Lighting was a basic pair of 580EX’s at full power, triggered by PocketWizard II’s and fired into 36″ mylar umbrellas set about 15′ apart at about 8′ high. Exposure was 1/100 @ f8.0 ISO 400.