The fall colors have just peaked where I live in Massachusetts. I hope wherever you are you have been enjoying the change of the seasons. After a lot of time overseas this year, it has been nice to be at home for a while this fall. What do I do when I’m not out on assignment, you ask? A few things that have been keeping me busy are:
- Editing a National Geographic magazine story, coming out in Feb. 2024.
- Developing a pitch for a new orangutan documentary.
- Creating a new online Masterclass in Bird Photography (sneak peak below).
- Furthering my partnership with Windowsight – a way to display my photographs on your blank TV.
- Creating six different bird-themed calendars for the holiday season.
But when I need my nature fix, I head out into the woods, often to my favorite local haunt, Walden Pond. It’s always possible to find beauty and inspiration even at this modest natural area outside Boston. Below you’ll find a few images that I made there within the past week.
Walden Pond Double Sunrise
It was the first night of the season when the thermometer dipped to freezing, and since the water was still much warmer than the air, I knew there would be early morning mist on Walden Pond. I arrived before sunrise, and hiked around, looking for interesting compositions. This brilliant maple caught my attention, backlit by the rising sun. By moving my camera position slightly, I could control the sunburst effect, created when sunbeams pass through a small gap in the leaves directly into the lens. To my surprise, I discovered a camera position where I got two sunbursts – one from the sun itself, and another from the suns’ reflection in the glass-calm pond surface. The result is the image you see here – my favorite from that beautiful morning.
“Walden Pond Double Sunrise” is not in the print store yet, but if anyone is interested in a print, just drop us a quick note at email@example.com.
Autumn at Walden Pond
Updates from the Studio
Calendars: We have created six different bird-themed calendars for your personal enjoyment or gifting needs this holiday season. The Birds-of-Paradise Collections were in the store last year, but the others are all new. Hope you enjoy them.
Bird Photography Masterclass – The Creative Process: My premise in creating this online course is that while there are many places you can learn the basics of photography and how to use your camera, I believe I have unique insights to offer on the most important part of making images – the artistic, creative aspect. I decided to focus on birds, since birds are everywhere, and I hope to inspire more people to go out and photograph birds and and share their love of nature and the need to protect bird habitats. Stay tuned and I’ll let you know when we launch the course!
Windowsight: If you haven’t checked out Windowsight, I highly recommend it. It is a way to turn your black TV screen into a place to display art. You can choose from over 100 of my favorite images, and thousands from other artists. It’s a new concept, but I think is sure to catch on. After all, why have a big black screen dominating a room, when it could be showing art? They are looking for fellow visionaries right now, who want to get a lifetime membership, and help this startup get going. Check them out HERE
Thanks or tuning in as always, and hope you are getting out and enjoying some time in nature!