Thursday, March 6, 2014
Ruth Thompson, reporter for the Scituate Mariner, wrote a very nice article about me and my exhibit, "The Glory of Massachusetts". The exhibit will open tomorrow, Friday March 7, from 6-8PM at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell, Ma. It will feature 30 of my favorite images from Massachusetts. The exhibit will include my latest release, "The Light from Above". I hope you will come to join me at this great venue!
You can read the article here: http://scituate.wickedlocal.com/article/20140305/NEWS/140308085
Thursday, February 27, 2014
I am proud to announce that my portfolio "The Glory of Massachusetts" will be on display in the Vine Hall Art Gallery at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell, MA. The opening reception will be Friday, March 7, from 6-8PM. The exhibit will run until the end of March.
The portfolio will feature thirty outstanding images that portray Massachusetts from Cape Cod to the Berkshires. The exhibit will include some of my classic photographs as well as newly released works. In addition, the presentation will include the stories behind the images and their subjects.
This popular portfolio is now in its third venue. If you did not view "The Glory of Massachusetts" in Lakeville or Bridgewater, I hope that you will consider joining me for a fantastic evening!
Monday, December 9, 2013
My friend Shawn Carey sent an email about the killing of snowy owls at New York airports. Here is an article about it
A petition has been set up to urge the Port Authority of New York and NJ to stop killing the owls. Logan Airport has been successfully capturing and removing snowy owls for years with the help of Norman Smith of Mass Audubon http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/blue-hills/snowy-owl-project There is no reason that NY can't do the same thing.
Please sign the petition here:
Please share this with your friends! Thank you!
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
In late October, we had a hard frost in Southeastern Massachusetts. Living in the heart of cranberry country, I knew that cranberry growers who had not yet harvested their crops would be scrambling to freeze their berries. They would turn on their sprinkler systems overnight to coat the berries in ice. According to the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association, this actually creates heat, protecting the cranberries from damaging frost.
Armed with this knowledge, I played a hunch and went to my favorite bog. I like it, because the owners do not take care of it. This bog is perhaps the worst cared for of all the working bogs in my region. This bog has many kinds of weeds which add interest to my images. Rather than making images of pristine red cranberries floating on top of a bog, I try to show a beautiful flower or tall golden grasses growing among the cranberries.
Perhaps my favorite weeds are sapling maple trees. They grow approximately eighteen inches tall and their leaves turn red, orange or yellow in the fall. The turning maple leaves look fantastic when they are surrounded by hundreds of floating crimson cranberries.
When I arrived at the bog, the scene was even more beautiful than I had imagined. The sprinklers had covered the entire bog in ice. The tall grasses and maple trees looked like giant, colorful crystals. I selected my long 200-500mm lens to isolate each weed and began to photograph.
Perhaps the most challenging part of the morning was dodging the sprinklers. At one point I even timed a sprinkler to be able to safely photograph a particularly colorful maple leaf. I had approximately 30 seconds to make an image before I would get soaked. Considering the air temperature was 33 degrees, I made sure to work quickly!
As the morning sun rose higher, the scene became more beautiful. Four other people stopped and commented on the lovely scene. Even a police officer paused during his patrol to take in the breathtaking view. Soon, the sun warmed the air and the ice began to melt bringing a close to a beautiful morning.
This Month’s Tip: Most people assume that it is easy to make a great photograph. The reality is that it takes a lot of planning, practice and patience. While it may seem that I simply drove right up to a great scene, I had years of knowledge and scouting working in my favor. Nothing can replace experience and persistence, so get out there and photograph!
Greg Lessard is a professional photographer. You may view his latest portfolio, “The Glory of Massachusetts” at the Bridgewater Public Library throughout the month of December.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
I was recently featured on the Photographers of Planet Earth website. The website showcases photographers and asks them three questions. Where do you live? What is your favorite photograph and why did you become a photographer? I chose my photograph of a snowy owl "At Attention". You'll have to visit the Photographers of Planet Earth website to find out why I chose it!
Friday, August 30, 2013
During the first week of school, all of the teachers in my district sit through three long days of meetings. For me, this is a perfect opportunity to do some photography before school!
On Wednesday, there was a very thick fog that rolled over eastern Massachusetts. I had gotten up early to photograph the sunrise. The fog was so thick, that a sunrise (at least a visible one) wasn't likely. Rater than be disappointed, I was ecstatic! I love fog and snow. They change the everyday landscape into something exotic and new!
My first stop was to see my "buds". My "buds" are cows that I drive by everyday on the way to work. They live on a small farm in Marshfield. This morning they were hanging out by a beautiful tree in the fog. This session was particularly difficult, because the light was so dim, that it was hard to record details on the black cows. I raised my ISO, opened my f stop and slowed down my shutter speed. Then I hoped that the cows would be still for a moment. Their movements would cause them to blur in the image. I was fortunate to make one image that I liked.
After photographing the cows, I went to Scituate Harbor to photograph boats in the fog. Along the way, I found a mourning cloak butterfly! It was only a foot or two from the water, still covered in morning dew. I was able to make a handful of images of this beautiful species. I was quite surprised to see this butterfly so close to the ocean. I usually associate this species with forests and my woodpile behind my house. Mourning cloaks actually overwinter as adults. They will fit themselves into crevices between bark on trees, woodpiles, and empty sheds to protect themselves from harsh winter weather. It is always a treat to find one in my snowbound woodpile in the middle of February. Of course, I always leave them in a safe place. In March, they are often the first butterfly to be seen in the new year!
After spending some time with the mourning cloak, I returned my attention to the boats. There are a number of beautiful boats to photograph in Scituate. I focused on the row boats and dories. The hardest challenge was to focus in the thick fog. Autofocus was worthless, so I switched to manual focus, but that was not very effective either. Finally, I turned on the live view and zoomed in as much as I could and then manually focused. It worked very well!
The dory that I included in this post was shrouded in soupy fog. By adding a lot of contrast, I was able to create a clear image. It does not look the way I saw it that morning. To me, this clear version is a superior image compared to the soupy fog version. Yet, the emotional side of me still leans toward showing the soupy fog. Sometimes as artists we have to make difficult decisions. Which image do you prefer?
Sunday, August 25, 2013
As the night turned colder, we were a little disappointed to see that Logan Airport had changed its approach pattern to go right over the barn. A jet flew through the seen every few minutes. Fortunately everyone took it in stride and continued to have a great time!
Once everyone had their cameras up and running, the snacks came out. I was impressed with how well prepared the camera club members were with their snacks. Salami, fresh fruit, home baked cookies... these folks know how to brighten up a long photo session!
While we were spending a couple of hours photographing the stars, I used my laptop to teach everyone how to stack our images using a variety of editing tools. I had photographed the same scene the night before and was able to show my editing process step by step.
Last night, it became really chilly. Our lenses repeatedly fogged and everyone was dreaming of a nice warm fire. The temperatures eventually fell into the 40's! I was really proud of the group for sticking it out in the cold night air. I think we all had a great time. I know I did!
The South Shore Camera Club is a really nice group of people who are a lot of fun to hang out with. It was really great to see so many familiar faces and meet some new people too! I also would like to thank my friend Doug, the owner of the farm for letting us photograph his barn late into the evening.
The image accompanying this post was made as a test shot the night before the workshop. The skies were partly cloudy. The red color came from some light pollution that was reflected upon the clouds. Rather than try to get rid of the red, I decided to enhance it. The star trails were approximately one hour in length. While I like the color version the most, I was tempted to see what it would look like in Black and White. I am curious to see which version everyone prefers.