NXNW 2014: Lobster Motif

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Lobster Motif

The second stop on the Friday of NXNW weekend was Rockport, Massachusetts.

Rockport is a quaint little fishing village on Cape Ann, located on the North Shore of Massachusetts. It is also a popular tourist destination in the summer and something of a magnet for artists.

That little red lobster shack in the background is Motif #1, a muse to countless artists. Google Motif #1 and gaze at the extraordinary art that has been created in her name!

Seriously, though. It is a fun place to photograph and it was a great spot to show the guys, some of whom had never seen a real live lobster trap (cough … justinbalog … cough)!

So this shot is for Justin. I took the attention off of the classic structure and put it on the dinghies in the foreground. One of them loaded with lobster traps ready to haul them to the lobster boat.

And a couple of bonus images. One of Justin, giddy over finding what I told him was the last wooden lobster traps in New England (he believed me). The other is an iPhone shot taken from the window of the cafe where we had breakfast — a little dingy longing to be free.

Justin and Lobster TrapsDinghy
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NXNW 2014: The Chair

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Stone Mill Chair

Having shot the Stone and Everett Mill buildings so many times myself, I love seeing how others see the space. I always walk away inspired.  That was the case when I brought the NXNW crew here a couple of weeks ago. It was a preliminary shoot in anticipation of our drive to Acadia National Park the following day. Just kill some time in the mills. Shoot some history.

This simple shot of a basically modern chair in the not-so-modern Stone Mill is a shot I’ve passed up in all my trips here. Well, similar shots. The chair has been in the building for as long as I’ve been shooting here, but not in this exact spot. Still, I passed on all those opportunities.

When Armando showed me a shot he took of this chair on his LCD, I knew I had to shoot it.

Thanks, Armando, for helping me see familiar things differently.

Robert LussierNXNW 2014: The Chair

NXNW 2014: The Blue Skyline

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Blue Skyline

The official start of NXNW in Acadia National Park was Saturday, October 4. That was the day we left the Boston area for the 5 hour drive (without lighthouse stops) to Acadia. But leading up to it, the guys trickled in over Thursday and Friday. Some drove in from New York, other flew into Logan. Some (Armando and Justin) chose Red Eye flights fromDenver to Boston. Arrival times for both intrepid light explorers was 5:00 AM EDT. One on Thursday and one on Friday.

They each arrived rested and ready to rock. Conveniently, one of the best spots to shoot the Boston Skyline is only a mile or so from Logan — Lo Presti Park in East Boston. I introduced Armando to Lo Presti in the rain on Thursday. On Friday, I picked up Justin at Logan before dawn, then joined Armando, Mike Criswell (who arrived later on Thursday afternoon) at Lo Presti for a proper sunrise shoot. We were joined by Mike Tully and Steven Perlmutter, who helped with the host and chauffeur duties for the Boston Newbies.

This is one of my shots from that Friday morning. It is also one of my first from the morning.

I love Blue Hour.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • 12-40mm Pro Lens (30mm)
  • f 22
  • 15 seconds
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NXNW 2014: Embracing the Bad

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Nubble Light

I’m not a morning person. It isn’t easy for me to get up and shoot dawn. So when the NXNW crew looked at the forecast at dinner on Friday night and saw that the day called for rain through most of Saturday (the official first day of NXNW2014) I rejoiced! I could sleep in — until 5:30AM. Ugh.

Still, it was a blessing. My previous two days found me waking at 4:15 AM to make airport runs. Armando and Justin arrived before dawn on Thursday and Friday respectively. The rest of the crew trickled in later by planes, trains and automobiles.  By Friday afternoon everyone had arrived. We did a little shooting in the mills in Lawrence then went out for dinner and drinks—a good beer bar is getting to be an NXNW tradition. Over dinner we discussed our departure time for the following morning. With a forecast of rain and clouds all day, we knew there would be no great light at dawn so we decided to sleep the extra hour.

Our first stop on the road to Acadia was Nubble Light in York Maine. The weather was nasty. The rain, wind and sea spray wreaked havoc on our lenses. And the slippery rocks were no treat! But we all embraced the bad weather. For me, the pounding surf and overcast sky begged for long exposure and black and white processing.

This is my favorite image from that first stop on an epic trip.

  • Olympus OM-D E-M1
  • 12mm (24mm  equiv)
  • f 4.5
  • ISO 200
  • 3.2 seconds
Robert LussierNXNW 2014: Embracing the Bad

NXNW 2014: Jordan Pond and The Bubbles I

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Jordan Pond and The Bubbles

Here is the first image from my weekend trip to Acadia National Park with the NXNW crew. The who, you ask?

The NXNW crew is a group of photobloggers who converge on a pre-determined location for a long weekend of sleep deprivation, coffee, beer and (of course) photography. The location this year was Acadia National Park — that little jewel of the National Park system on the Maine coast.

Since I am the closest to Acadia, I had the honor of playing host. And showing this group of talented photographers and friends around New England was more fun than I could have imagined!

Over the course of the five days of the of NXNW, the guys had the chance to photograph subjects ranging from the skyline of Boston, the mills of Lawrence, Motif #1 in Rockport MA, lobster traps, boats, lighthouses, and the glorious landscapes and seascapes of Acadia.

I’ll be presenting some of my favorite images from the trip on the Blog over the next few weeks. I hope you like them.

If you want to see more from the trip, be sure to check out the blogs of my friends and fellow NXNWers. They each have talent and passion, and are damned fine human beings. They are also very funny. You’ll want to get to know them a bit anyway. I’ll be talking about them:

  • Justin Balog: Came in search of lobster traps (and half of The Photo Frontier).
  • Mike Criswell: Scouting locations for The Empress.
  • Mark Garbowski: The Gray Man brought beer. ‘Nuff said.
  • Rick Louie: Talk to Rick if you want a Rocky Mountain High (I mean the mountains, of course).
  • Armando Martinez: Bringer of Light (and the other half of The Photo Frontier).
  • Chris Nitz: Unicorn Chaser, Magic Maker.
  • Len Saltiel: The only guy I know who can drop the F-Bomb and sound happy.
  • Dave Wilson: The only Scotsman ever to shoot a rodeo, Formula One cars and a puffin (at least he says its a puffin).
  • Scott Wyden: Teacher, Photographer, SEOer, Musician — Renaissance Man.

I also want to thank Mike Tully and Steven Perlmutter, helped play host to some of the guys in Lawrence and Boston and our first stops in Maine. Wish you both could have joined us in Acadia!

Robert LussierNXNW 2014: Jordan Pond and The Bubbles I

Rogers School, Fairhaven

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Rogers School

The Rogers School in Fairhaven, MA closed for good last year. I guess the 128 year structure was too costly for the town to maintain.  A shame really, since Henry Huttleston Rogers, the town’s benefactor, left an endowment large enough to maintain the building forever. But I guess nothing lasts forever. Plans for the building are up in the air.

I sincerely hope razing it is not an option. They won’t build another like it.

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Christian Science Center Panorama

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Christian Science Center, Boston MA

With my office only 8 miles from downtown Boston it is really unforgivable that I don’t make frequent trips into town to shoot, yet it rarely happens. I have good intentions but if I don’t wind up working late, I find another excuse to not take the scenic, more productive route home.

That changed on Tuesday when, in spite of working later than I anticipated, I headed into Boston instead of home after I left work.

I knew I was cutting it close. Sunset was less than an hour away and I had no idea what traffic would be like. I could very well have been watching the golden light slip away as I sat on the highway.

I’m happy to report that the traffic gods were with me. I arrived at the Christian Science Center in time to catch the sunset and blue hour.

This is a 17 image, handheld panorama of the Christian Science Center. Handheld only because I had no time to properly set up my tripod. In fact, I didn’t even have time to properly set my camera, which was still set in Aperture Priority mode from a previous shoot (there’s a lesson there).

The original raw images were each shot at slightly different shutter speeds. I visually adjusted the exposure value in Lightroom  before sending them through Photoshop for stitching.

For those interested, I shot this with the Olympus OMD EM1 with the 12-40 Pro Zoom lens at f2.8. All shots were in vertical orientation with about 50% overlap. The 17 shots enabled me to gather enough data to allow me to maintain enough sky and foreground for an adequate crop (16:9).

Processing was done in Lightroom, Photoshop and NIK Color Efex Pro

Robert LussierChristian Science Center Panorama