New work from Popham Beach State Park

I’ve been exploring  Maine’s state parks over the last few months and here are a few of the results from Popham Beach State Park.  Popham, as one of the relatively few sandy beaches in Maine, becomes quite popular in the summer, but in the off-season it is delightfully vacant.  And, it being Maine, the off-season lasts for a while.  These images are all from a single visit back in March during late afternoon and for sunset.

This is my favorite image of the group:

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And here are some other from the same visit – let me know what you think!

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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New work from Marshall Point

I recently took two trips to Marshall Point for photography – once during a late afternoon when some weird weather was brewing (complete with heavy winds), and once at sunrise on a very peaceful morning.  This is one of my favorite images from the afternoon visit, capture the drama of the clouds along with the sunbeams peaking through:

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I also love the beautiful light appearing to hang over the off-shore islands:

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There is an oft-photographed lighthouse at Marshall Point, too – I’ve been known to photograph it myself – but on this day with its unique lighting conditions the nearby keeper’s house presented many more opportunities.

And finally, I tried to coincide my sunrise visit with moonset – this was the best of the images from that morning:

Let me know what you think -I’m considering a few of these to put on my ‘permanent’ website.

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Lincolnville Beach & Lookout Point

Last week I posted a few not-quite-abstracts from Lincolnville Beach and neglected to show this one:

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which is not quite as abstract as the previous ones (but is part of the same buoy series).

I also mentioned a little while back that I’d show some photographs from Lookout Point in nearby Northport, Maine.  Despite the beauty of the location and numerous very early morning attempts, I haven’t yet found a composition that I find entirely successful.  Sometimes places are like that for me.  So, I’ll keep on trying and hopefully the mental logjam will break.  Here are a few of my recent attempts from Lookout Point:

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.

And, finally, you can get more of a sense of the location with this panoramic shot (click to see a bigger version):

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Two new photography galleries in Maine

There are now two new places to view fine art photography here in Maine, as VoxPhotographs has collaborated with two local destinations to create satellite galleries.  One of the satellite galleries is at Lincolnville’s beautiful Cellardoor Winery (including vineyard), a must-see destination in its own right.  The other satellite gallery is at the Danforth Inn in Portland, which I haven’t yet seen myself but hope to soon.  Both of these locations will be showing a rotating selection of VoxPhotographs photographers, including myself, along with other fine art, and both will be well worth checking out.

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My work in Natural Wonders show in Vermont

I was very pleased to find out yesterday that my September Snow, Colorado image was selected by David Middleton to be in the Natural Wonders show at Vermont PhotoPlace Gallery.  The Natural Wonders show runs from June 22 – July 17, 2010.  It looks like there is some wonderful work in the show so it is definitely worth checking out if you are in that neck of the woods.

September Snow, Colorado. Copyright 2009 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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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.

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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!

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Copyright 2010 Jim Nickelson. All Rights Reserved.
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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.

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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.
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