Saturday, April 5, 2014

Think Spring!! Free Flower Photography Workshop at the Williams Trading Post

On Saturday, April 12, I will offer a free flower photography workshop at the Williams Trading Post in Middleboro.   The Williams Trading Post will have hundreds of colorful flowers that we can use to create beautiful images.   We will discuss a variety of techniques including macro photography, kaleidoscope zooming and a review of the basics including composition and exposure.   Tripods and macro lenses are helpful, but not necessary.  Photographers of all experience levels are welcome.

I hope you will consider joining me for an exciting photography adventure.   The workshop will begin at 11AM and run until we get tired of smelling the roses:)

You can read about a previous flower photography workshop at the Williams Trading Post on my blog here:

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Adventures in Photography: The Morning Commute in Downeast Maine

Some of us are blessed to have careers in fields that we love.   Commuting to work is not the stereotypical grind that it seems to be for so many.   We are headed to a day full of effort that will yield many rewards.  

As a photographer, my commute usually starts very early.    I am often out of bed several hours before dawn.   When I am exploring Downeast Maine in the summer, this often means getting up at 3AM to be in place for the earliest sunrise in the United States.  

 In late June, the sun rises in Eastern Maine at approximately 4:48 AM.   A good photographer will be on location long before that.   Approximately forty five minutes before sunrise is when some of the best light will begin to glow across the sky.   Over the next twenty five minutes, the light will intensify until it reaches its peak approximately ten to fifteen minutes before sunrise.

Getting to the location often involves driving and sometimes hiking.   Careful planning accounts for the length of the commute and leaves a little room for error.   Scouting the location in advance is highly recommended.   Tramping around in the dark in unfamiliar territory is not safe or easy.   There is a confidence that is gained from knowing exactly where you are headed.

The image accompanying this article is titled “The Morning Commute”.    I was fortunate to be on location in Corea, Maine to witness two fishermen on their morning commute.   They were paddling a rowboat through one of the most beautiful harbors in Maine.   Their unique method of getting to work certainly caught my attention.

The fishermen were making their commute just after sunrise and the harbor was shining with beautiful golden light.   I was able to silhouette them in the morning sun as they headed to their lobster boat.   In a few moments they were off to sea to check their traps.   As they left, I knew that I had witnessed a truly quintessential New England moment.   It had been worth it to be up while everyone else was still asleep!

Tip of the Month:  Get up early to enjoy the best light of the day.  The golden hours happen just before and after sunrise.  These times are usually the very best time of the day to photograph.    The soft, warm, golden light often yields fantastic results.   Many photographers are so enraptured by this light, that they will only make images at the fringe of the day.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Excellent Article in the Patriot Ledger!

Sue Scheible of the Patriot Ledger wrote a very nice article about my exhibit "The Glory of Massachusetts."   It is in today's edition (Saturday, March 15, 2014).   Sue visited the exhibit at the South Shore Science Center earlier this week.   She interviewed me and wrote about my two favorite images of Scituate Light.

"The Glory of Massachusetts" will be on display until the end of March at the South Shore Science Center in Norwell, MA.

You can read the article here:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Great Article in the Scituate Mariner

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:

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Glory of Massachusetts Opening at the South Shore Science Center

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

Killing Snowy Owls at New York Airports

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   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

Adventures in Photography: Frozen Maple Leaves

On a recent adventure I was able to take advantage of many important outdoor photography mantras.  While I have mentioned all of these before in this series, they are worth repeating.   Photograph close to home.   Know your subject.   Photograph during the change of the seasons.   Scout your location in advance.   Get up early, stay out late.  

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.
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