Photo Album #3: Unexpected Aurora

Here in Maine it’s been a rainy cloudy spring. This past Saturday evening, the clouds finally broke, and seeing as the moon was just barely a sliver, I decided I needed to get the hell out of the apartment for a night and go shoot some photos. I didn’t have a real plan on where I was going, so I kinda just bummed around hoping to find some stuff. Thankfully the Lakes Region is only about 45 minutes out of Portland and it home to a great selection of (wait for it…) lakes.

I was a little nervous because there were some cloudy spots on my drive so I was expecting the whole night to be a bust, but thankfully when I arrived at my first location the clouds weren’t that abundant.

When I was taking shots, looking at the images on the LCD, I was a little bummed, thinking I had been getting drowned out skies with a ton of light pollution, but this was not the case at all. To my surprise the Northern Lights were putting on quite the show for us night owls in Maine.

I’ve never seen the Northern Lights and on this night, to the naked eye I didn’t see anything out of the ordinary but once I got these pictures onto my computer there was no mistaking it.

I’m really hoping this is a sign of things to come this summer, because I plan on getting out under the stars as much as humanly possible in the next few months.

 

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Photo Album #3: Unexpected Aurora

A Short Time Lapse Reel

I wanted to throw together a small collection of time lapses I’ve done in the past couple months. So I did. Enjoy.

A Short Time Lapse Reel

Photo Album 2: Table Rock

The other day my girlfriend and I drove a couple hours north to do some hiking for her birthday. I’d done the Table Rock trail back in December, so I knew what we were getting used to. This was her first hike of the season so I wanted it to be a good one.

Photo Album 2: Table Rock

Photo Album 1: The Woods

It’s been a long winter. Too long. The first day of spring we got a good amount of snow here in Maine, and the first two weeks of the season have been more of the same. Though it’s turning to rain more often, I’m still wary to say we’re out of the cold grip of this damn winter.

The constant snow storms this winter kept me inside for the most part, so when I took a freelance job doing some product photos for some outdoor gear recently, I was excited to get a break from my cabin fever and go take some photos and get back into the woods.

Here are a handful of photos from my trip into the woods.

This is the first in a series I’m going to call Photo Albums, where I’m going to share my favorite images I shoot when I go on specific photography trips. I’ve been terrible when it comes to keeping up with this blog, so I’m hoping this will light a fire under me to keep up with it.

Photo Album 1: The Woods

Finally Testing the Rokionon 14mm f2.8

star-road

I got this lens back in December to use for night photography. Unfortunately here in Maine winter is pretty damn cloudy and there haven’t really been any clear nights, and if they are, they’re frigid. Luckily, the past week we’ve had a bit of a late February “heat” wave.

I was lucky enough that the night before my 27th birthday this week, the temperatures were tolerable, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. I headed out with my camera and the 14mm to take some photos of the stars. I only got two bangers, but I can already tell this lens is going to be used a helluva lot once the conditions are more stable.

star-gazing

 

Finally Testing the Rokionon 14mm f2.8