Tuesday, May 26, 2015

All Aboard for the Lupine Photography Workshop!

The Mass Audubon lupine photography workshop still has some spaces available.   We will head to the Franconia, NH region for the annual Fields of Lupine Festival.   This is one of the most beautiful places in all of New England!   Don't miss out!!

We will visit on June 13 and 14, photographing all of the beauty of the lupines with the White Mountains as a backdrop.   The trip is only $250 for Mass Audubon members and $300 for non-members.   This price includes lodging, transportation from the North River Sanctuary in Marshfield and photography instruction.   This deal can't be beat!

In addition to photographing beautiful lupine and quaint scenery during the day, we will make a few images at night.   Light painting and star photography are two of my favorite techniques and we will practice both on this trip. 

I am very excited to share one of my favorite locations and events with you!   Please sign up today by calling the Mass Audubon North River Sanctuary at 781 837 9400.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Get Your Seat Before They're Gone!

There are a few spots left on my upcoming photo tour to experience the lupine festival in Franconia, NH on June 13 and 14, 2015!  We will have a great time visiting many beautiful scenes adorned with lupine.   This song sparrow knows where to dine with a view.   I hope you'll join me for a great weekend!

Among other subjects, we will learn to evaluate a scene, how to scout a location and how to work a location from macro to grand landscape.   We will experiment with abstracts and dabble with night photography too!   This is one of my favorite events in New England.  Don't miss out!

The trip will include ground transportation, lodging and photo instruction.   At $250 for Audubon members and $300 for non-members, this trip is a steal.   To sign up, simply call the Mass Audubon North River Sanctuary at 781 837 9400.  To find out more information you can visit this link: http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/program-catalog#program:sanctuary=5:startDate=1434168000:endDate=1434254400:program_code=39457

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Workshop – Lupine Festival – Franconia, NH

I will be leading a very exciting two day workshop to the annual Lupine Festival in Franconia, NH on June 13 and 14.   The trip will be centered around the beautiful lupine that grow abundantly in the mountains of Franconia and Sugar Hill, NH.   We will photograph sweeping mountain views and quaint New England scenes adorned with lupine.   In addition we will explore a little bit of night photography including some basics on light painting.   This workshop will be a lot of fun and is open to all levels of photographers.   I hope you will join me for this fantastic rite of spring!

This workshop is run by the Mass Audubon North River Sanctuary.   The fee for the trip is $250 for members and $300 for non–members.   It includes lodging and ground transportation from the North River Sanctuary.   To register, please call the Mass Audubon North River Sanctuary at 781 837 9400.   For more information, you may visit this website:

Friday, April 3, 2015

Free Flower Photography Workshop at the Williams Trading Post

On Saturday, April 25, I will once again 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 10:30AM 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: http://blog.greglessardphotography.com/2011/04/flowers-clowns-and-cute-dogsoh-my.html

Below is a link for directions to the Williams Trading Post.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Stormy Stage Harbor Light

During a recent visit to Harding Beach, I photographed Stage Harbor Light during a snow storm.   The dark storm clouds behind the lighthouse provided a moody backdrop.   The snow flakes added a bit of excitement.   Sparse color coming from the trees, grasses and red trim on the lighthouse make the image.   This is a classic New England winter scene.   Trudging a mile each way in the storm to make this image was exhilarating!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Acrobatic Lapland Longspur

On a recent trip to Cape Cod, I was fortunate to find some lapland longspurs.   They were feeding on beach grasses.   All of them were female.   One in particular was balancing upside down as she made her way down a stalk of grass.   This winter has been terribly cold.   With a deep snow pack, wildlife of all shapes and sizes are struggling to find food.   I was glad to watch these birds find a feast!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adventures in Photography: Snow Bunting in the Grass

In New England, the word snow, usually light, fluffy and harmless, has reached a whole new definition.   When it is uttered, every man, woman and child acquainted with a shovel, feels a dull ache in the lower back, thighs and biceps.   The plowmen simply give a vacant thousand yard stare.   Like the landscape, their spirits are buried under winter’s barrage.   

During this assault from “Old Man Winter”, it would be easy to forget about photography until spring.   With the transformation of the landscape comes an opportunity to rejuvenate all things artistic.    Seeing the land in new ways and finding new sources of inspiration from old haunts is one of the great blessings of winter.  

This is not an easy task.   Simply dressing appropriately, will take close to a half hour.   Once our armor of snow pants, boots, gaiters, hand warmers and multiple layers of gloves are donned, we need to explore by car, skis or snow shoes.    This effort is almost always rewarded.

Setting out with a plan is important.    Have specific goals and locations in mind.   These opportunities often work best with forethought in regards to subject, lighting, and weather conditions.   When preparation does not play out as expected, be flexible.  

On my latest adventure, I went to a remote beach on the Cape.   I spend more time on the beach in the winter than I ever would in the summer.   I love the beach, but I treasure solace and parking, which is rare in the warmer months.  The desolate and bleak landscapes of winter provide the peace and quiet that I seek.   The tranquil sound of the waves breaking upon the land still my soul.

On this day, I had a plan and a back-up plan in mind.   While the back-up plan actually came to fruition, the best image of the day came as a result of being flexible.   Walking through the dunes, I noticed a song bird that I had not seen up close before.   It was knocking seeds off of tall beach grasses.   The bird was so hungry that ignored me as I approached.      Easing myself into the snow pack, I readied my camera equipment and made some beautiful images of a male snow bunting.

The snow bunting is a beautiful bird in its own right, but on this day, the form of the grasses made the image.   The hardest part was keeping up with the small bird as it flitted from stalk to stalk.   It would frequently face away from the camera and it would often be hidden behind clumps of grass.    Moments later it would fly into clear view and rest on top of a stalk of grass for just a moment.   The experience of observing this arctic bird made my day.

Tip of the Month:   Be Flexible.   When well thought out plans don’t come together, look for another opportunity.   This beautiful world is limitless.
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