Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Windy Sunset in Stonington, Maine

The pictures below are mostly panoramas of 9-12 images, taken handheld from the town dock in Stonington, Maine on Thanksgiving Eve after a day of 40 mph gusty winds.  To me, these panoramas make the scenes look peaceful, but it was anything but that!  Those winds were still howling and my fingers were stiff with cold by the time I'd finished taking the pictures 10 minutes after I'd gotten out of the car. 
Stonington Harbor at Sunset. . .

Stonington at sunset. . .
A single shot of the sun setting over Stonington. . .
It had been unrelentingly gray and ugly all day, in addition to the high winds, as we drove to visit my mother for Thanksgiving in Deer Isle.  I had really been hoping to get a little photography in while I was visiting, because Deer Isle is absolutely magical.  Almost every turn on every road brings a new vista or interesting sight. 

I was rewarded about 1/2 hour before sunset with the sight of the sky beginning to clear, fast moving clouds scudding across the sky rapidly turning purply and pink colors like the ones you see in these pictures. That was all the encouragement I needed.   I grabbed my coat and camera bag, jumped into the car and raced down to Stonington from my mother's house to the town dock, where I quickly took a number of panoramas from different vantage points, and a few single shots, too.  They were the best shots I got out of the entire weekend!

On the way up, we stopped at the Penobscot Narrows Bridge because there was a short period of time with breaks in the clouds, and I took this HDR composition of the bridge that I'm quite happy with.
Penobscot Narrows Bridge HDR
And this one from a single shot that I worked on with my father, to produce an interesting antique photo effect:
Penobscot Narrows Bridge with antique photo effect
I hope your Thanksgivings were good and that you had lots of fun, family times!  Best wishes, Cindy


Nikhil said...

Good stuff as always Cindy. As usual you excel with panoramic landscapes. I'm not a big fan of HDRs and this one doesn't catch my fancy. I like the antique processing on the last shot though. Nicely done.

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Nik! Yes, that HDR is a wild one, but for some reason, I felt I had to do it to represent how the weather/wind felt that day! lol! Thanks as always for your kind words and your support!

fRANK d said...

the pictures are stunners really makes you stop and realize who beautiful the world is when we can just leave it be.

Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld said...

Thanks Frank! Too true about leaving the world alone. . .


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