Photography Lectures in Rockland

Last night I saw a great presentation at The Strand in Rockland, ME, by the always-excellent Brenton Hamilton about post-war (WWII, that is) photography, specifically Robert Frank, Frederick Sommer, and Chauncey Hare.  So, I’m too late to recommend that presentation to everyone, but there are two more presentations as part of this series put on by the Farnsworth Museum that both look well worth the time.  Here’s a description of the series – I plan on attending both evening presentations on 19th and 26th of this month.  As a general rule, I try to see any presentation given by Brenton – his knowledge and passion about photographic history are unmatched anywhere.

Not Quite Abstracts from Lincolnville Beach

Here are four new images from Lincolnville Beach that are from the abstract side of the spectrum.  I’m curious as to what people think about them, particularly the presence of the buoys in the water bringing the images a bit back from a more pure abstract.  Lincolnville has a ton of buoys near the beach and most of course are unused this time of year as most people don’t have their boats in.  With a frost warning coming for tomorrow night, I don’t blame them!

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Frosty Lincolnville Morning

After a recent shoot on top of Lookout Point for dawn (more on that soon), I came across gorgeous light gracing a field in Lincolnville, Maine.  The morning light caught the light frost in the field – frost which did not hold up long even under the soft early light.  This was about a month ago – frost in the mornings seems long ago now after our recent weather, but local gardeners know that it is still way too early to plant for fear of another frost so maybe we’ll get lucky again.

Without further ado, here are a few of the images:

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Trees and more trees

I saw that today is National Arbor Day so I thought that a few images of trees would be an appropriate end to the week.  Little did I know before reading that Wikipedia article that each state in the US has its OWN Arbor Day that is typically independent of the national one.  It makes sense, I suppose, since each state has its own climate and time for spring, but it seems unnecessarily complicated.

Maine, just to be contrary, has an arbor day that is a full week – the third full week in May.  So I’ll save my tree images from Maine for then and instead go with a few of my favorites from the Western US.

September Snow, Colorado. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Aspen Study #1. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Aspen Study #2. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
Bamboo Canopy, Hawaii. Copyright Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Baxter Reflections & Big Brothers Big Sisters

Baxter Reflections. Copyright Jim Nickelson 2009. All Rights Reserved.

I’m donating a framed copy of this image, Baxter Reflections, to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, for their upcoming charity auction on May 7th in Portland.  I’m happy to support such a great organization and hopefully the piece will result in a significant donation.

Here are a few other images from Baxter as well:

Baxter Reflections 2. Copyright Jim Nickelson 2009. All Rights Reserved.
Sandy Stream Pond, Foliage Study. Copyright Jim Nickelson 2009. All Rights Reserved.
Fall Rainstorm. Copyright Jim Nickelson 2009. All Rights Reserved.

More Winter work…

Here are three images I quite like, again from Megunticook Lake this last winter…

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Copyright © Jim Nickelson 2010. All Rights Reserved.
Copyright © Jim Nickelson 2010. All Rights Reserved.

New work and opening tomorrow night!

A reminder – the opening for the Maine Photography Show is tomorrow night (Friday night, Apr. 16th) in Boothbay Harbor.  Hope to see you there!

I’m continuing to go through my work from this winter.  Here is an image I like from Barrett’s Cove of Megunticook Lake.  Late afternoon, the ice starting to recede…This is from about a month and a half ago, too, as the ice has of course fully melted as of mid-April.

New images from Lincolnville Beach

Here are two new images from Lincolnville Beach from about a month and half ago – these were both from just before dawn and interesting my tripod was pretty close to the same spot for both.  The dock is for the ferry from Lincolnville to Isleboro – I love the colors from the artificial lights mixed with the pre-dawn colors.

Winter 2010 – Popham Beach Sunset

Also in February, I made my first trip to Popham Beach State Park one late afternoon.  Magnificent.  The weather wasn’t too cold but, it being February in Maine at the beach, I had the place almost entirely to myself.  I’ve been there once since and haven’t yet scanned those photos, but I expect to go here frequently in the future.  Particularly in the winter  – I love the feel of a beach in the winter when it is unpopulated, and Popham Beach supposedly becomes mighty crowded in the summer as one of Maine’s relatively rare sand beaches.