Sunday Snow Walkabout in Maynard, MA

The little town I live in has a charming little downtown loop, around which I walked this morning during the storm that left us with about 10 inches of snow.

Town of Maynard

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/160th @ f/4.0 – ISO 100

Maynard ZIP code

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/50th @ f/4.5 – ISO 100

Mail Trucks

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/160th @ f/4.5 – ISO 100

Maynard Outdoor Store

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 16-35 2.8L 1/100th @ f/4.5 – ISO 100

Clock Tower - Maynard Mill

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/250th @ f/5.0 – ISO 100

United Methodist Church - Maynard, MA

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/160th @ f/5.6 – ISO 100

Stairwell - Maynard, MA

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/15th @ f/13 – ISO 100

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EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/100th @ f/3.5 – ISO 100

Handrail - Maynard, MA

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/30th @ f/7.1 – ISO 100

Fine Arts Cinema - Maynard, MA

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/250th @ f/4.5 – ISO 100

Behind the Purple House

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/200th @ f/4.0 – ISO 100

Banners - Maynard, MA

EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/320th @ f/4.0 – ISO 100


EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 24-70 2.8L, 1/100th @ f/7.1 – ISO 100


EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/200th @ f/3.5 – ISO 100


EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/200th @ f/3.5 – ISO 100


EXPOSURE INFO: Canon 40D 70-200 2.8L IS, 1/640th @ f/2.8 – ISO 100

There are more, which I will post tomorrow.

Assignment: Synchro Skating


Exposure info: Canon Powershot G10, 1/80th sec @ f/4.5 ISO 400

On occasion, I help a photographer friend by joining him in covering amateur sporting events and dance recitals. Last night, we photographed a synchro skating competition. Since we use his gear to shoot the events, I only brought my G10 along and grabbed this shot during a warmup.

High School Basketball: Bancroft School

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Worcester, MA – Basketball coverage at the Bancroft School last night. Basic lighting set up: two PocketWizard II triggered 580EX’s, 1/100th sec @ f/5.6 ISO 400. I should have packed light stands as the strobes were set low, pointing up which lit the ceiling and added distraction to the backgrounds.


leaves ice evidence

Exposure info: Canon 40D, 24-70 2.8L lens @ 35mm, 1/50th sec @f/9.0 ISO 100

Maynard, MA – Our house is on a corner lot, this puts me on one side of a conflict between my front yard and the cars that shortcut their way around that corner. The first line of defense are the large rocks I placed at intervals around the edge of the grass to dissuade drivers from straying from the road.

At some point during the snowstorm Saturday night, somebody made the turn, ran over the largest of the rocks and dislodged this little calling card.

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.

Xrite Introduces ColorChecker Passport

Tight integration with Adobe Lightroom and a ticket price of only $99, the ColorChecker Passport looks like a no brainer to me.


Contained in a folding, hard plastic “wallet” that is perfect for keeping in your camera bag, you take one photograph of the target (you don’t even have to fill the frame) and shoot the rest of your images in those lighting conditions as normal. Later, in Lightroom, you pass the target shot through the included software (it works as an export plugin) to capture a RAW calibration of the target and then sync that calibration with rest of the image you made in those lighting conditions.

As of today, B&H is taking pre-orders for it.