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Sea Stars

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We travelled to Maine over the weekend to take in a little bit of ocean. While exploring the rocks and tide pools of Fort Foster Park, I snapped these shots of sunlight glinting off the water and rockweed. A relatively slow shutter speed and tight aperture create the wonderful starbursts and light squiggles on the water.

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Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 97mm, ISO 400, f/22, 1/30″ exposure.

Cellophane Water

A few years ago, I stumbled across what I’ve dubbed the “cellophane effect” when shooting moving water. I found myself exploring it again a bit the other day as I took some photos along Fargo Brook.

The key to achieving the effect is a fairly slow shutter speed (~1/25″) and shooting with the sun in front of you so that the light is bouncing directly off the water towards the lens. The light traces fine squiggly lines across the moving water.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140mm, ISO 100, various apertures, 1/25″ exposure.

Positive & Negative

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Positive & negative space in stream ice

Swirl

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Colorful leaves swirl in a small pool

A long shutter exposure yields colorful results as leaves swirl slowly in a small pool near the Camel’s Hump Nordic Ski Center.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 16mm, ISO 100, f/16, 8″ exposure.

Diving

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Layers of reflection in the still waters of Fargo Brook

Fargo Brook is about as low as I’ve ever seen it in the 30 years we’ve lived here—down to a wee trickle in places but managing to flow. The still water in side pools allows for some interesting “diving” into layers of water, leaves, and reflections.

Poke-o-Moonshine

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Looking southeast from the summit of Poke-o-Moonshine

Fall foliage is approaching peak color in parts of the Adirondacks. The view from the top of Poke-o-Moonshine was stunning the other day. Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains are visible along the horizon in this view to the southeast.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-18mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/16, 1/160″ exposure.

Dappled

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Sunlight dapples sand and stone at Shelburne Beach

We made a brief stop at Shelburne Beach yesterday afternoon. The Lake Champlain water level is quite low right now (93.87′ feet—the record low was 92.61′ above mean sea level on December 4, 1908.) There were numerous sandbars exposed going out past the usual pebble and stone shoreline. The sunlight dappled nicely as small wavelets lapped across the sand. The stones in the shot are Iberville shale, a distinctive dark gray and white shale streaked with calcite. 

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 73mm, ISO 800, f/5.6, 1/500″ exposure.

 

Low tide

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Low tide at Wolf Point Beach, Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

The tides in the Bay of Fundy average around 35′. When they’re out, there’s a lot of real estate exposed to wander about on. We took a walk on Wolf Point Beach in Fundy National Park, New Bruswick. A barnacle encrusted driftwood log made a nice frame for Robin strolling along.

Panasonic GX8, Olympus 9-19mm lens @ 9mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/13, 1/125″ exposure.

Green-backed heron

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A green-backed heron hunts patiently in the mangroves on Big Pine Key

Back to the Florida Keys again with this shot. This green-backed heron was quitely perched near an observation platform at the Blue Hole Nature Area on Big Pine Key. I almost didn’t see him!

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