Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Occupy Portland, Maine encampment

This is an 18 image 360 degree little planet projection from the center of the encampment.
This sign was the first thing that captured my attention as I drove by this morning.
This is a 10 or 12 image panorama from the other side of the encampment--I just liked this nifty take on a street sign that someone did:  Justice Way, Liberty Street, Freedom Avenue anyone?  :-)
I liked the big Occupy sign graffiti'd on the back of this tent.  And the hay bales interested me--must be insulation?
A closer up detail shot of the street sign.
This morning, I decided to stop by Portland's version of Occupy Wall Street in Lincoln Park on Congress Street.  I was amazed by the tent city that is thriving there, the neatness, and the passion evidenced by the signs and posters here and there.  But I wondered where everyone was?  Maybe a lot of the people have day jobs and are only there at night?  Or perhaps it is because they are busy applying for a permit to be able to stay there?  On their website  it said that there was going to be a general assembly tonight at six, but I figured there wouldn't be much beautiful light then. . .  So I may go back this weekend to see if there are more protesters out and about then.  So stay tuned! 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

CFW Photography 2012 Engagement Calendars available!

2012 by Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld | Make Your Own Book

I have 2012 Engagement Calendars with 12 months of my Maine landscape photography for sale at now!  You can even purchase an e-book version for your iPhone or iPad.  Check out the preview and if you are interested, click on the shopping cart to decide which option to purchase.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Irace Flowers

Over the past few months, I have done several photo shoots of my friend, Mary Irace's beautiful floral designs.  I also created a few short promotional videos with music of her work for her new website.  Mary is so easy to work with and absolutely loves what she does, which really shows up in her work.  She's done over 700 weddings during her time as a floral designer, which is amazing!  I hope you'll take the time to check out her website and my other videos of her work:
All of the photos on her website were taken by me, as well. 

I hope you're all enjoying the Fall.  Thanks for looking as always,


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lucerne Inn Panorama

Lucerne Inn's scenic vista above Lucerne Lake near sunset.  An 8 image handheld panorama. Click on the photo to view it much larger.
I was at a wedding at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham, Maine this past Sunday.  What a beautiful, peaceful place to watch this couple join their lives together.  After all the guests had headed to the reception up the hill behind me, I took a quick 8 image panorama.  I love the rich, golden light on the velvety lawn and the rolling hills and lake beyond.  I wish I could be in Downeast Maine more often.

Thanks for looking, Cindy

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The American Quarter Horse

Back in June 2011, I was approached by a publishing company called Bellwether Media about a photo I took at a Barrel Racing competition at Andwemet Farm near Brunswick, Maine.  They wanted to use the photo in a book about the American Quarter Horse for children.  I love children's books and I was really excited about this, so along with a monetary payment for the photo, I also arranged to have a contributor's copy of the book. 

It just arrived the other day and it looks great!  My scans of it, unfortunately DON'T look so great, but you will get the general idea:
Here is a picture of the cover, which I did not take:
You can see the entire gallery of my Andwemet Farm shots here.

Please feel free to share any of my blog posts or website links with your friends and relatives.  My business depends largely on word of mouth "advertisement". 

Thanks for looking,


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Time to clear out some framed work

I am putting a few matted/framed works I have on a brief sale to make room for more work.  I'll post the pictures with the prices below. 

If you are interested in purchasing any of these images, please Email me for more information. 

Bliss on Spencer Pond.  Finished size: 11x14 $75.00 Now $50.00
Moonrise Over the Red Barn, Pownal, ME Finished Size: 12x15"  $75.00 Now $50.00
Willett Brook, Bridgton, ME Panorama  Finished size: 10x20" $130.00  Now $100.00
A Rose by Any Other Name. . .  Finished Size: 15x18"  $130.00  Now $75.00
 I'll keep these framed prints on sale until September 30, 2011. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Departure from my Ordinary. . .

Great Egret, taking off the Boulevard in Back Bay 9.13.2011
Audubon Frog
Audubon Frog 2
Yesterday, after getting all of my work done, I decided to drive to the Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Maine.  As I was driving around the Boulevard, I noticed a tall, slim white bird standing motionless in the sea grass just beyond the road. 

As many of you know, Nature photography, unless it stands still (ie: landscapes!) is not my forte, so this was really a departure from the ordinary to be able to capture images of a bird in flight--I was very happy! 

And then, I went to Audubon and got some nice shots of the frogs that live in the little pond there.  They very obligingly sat still on their lily pads and posed for me. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the last of the Summer weather. 


Friday, September 9, 2011

How to Photograph an Inhabited Planet. . .

It's a Simpson Kinda World. . .
Yesterday, I was trying out using a grid spot on one of my flashes to do some product photography techniques I was interested in.  I have wanted to photograph this Josh Simpson Glass inhabited planet for a long time but nothing has worked the way I wanted it to to date.  Until now. . .

I placed the gridded flash on the black plexi sheet to camera left at -1 EV and it nicely showed off the details of the planet without blowing anything out.  And I love the reflection of the planet in the glass.  I sent the shot to Josh and heard back from him via email:

"Hi Cynthia!
      Just a great photo... the feather is nice because it speaks to the size and delicacy of the planet... but I also like the shiny surface reflection too.  Thanks for sharing it with me!   Best wishes -  Josh"

You should definitely take a few minutes to visit his website, which showcases all the different types of glasswork he does, from inhabited planets to vases and Tektites and has a wonderful section on "Josh in Action" where he explains a bit about his process and it has some dynamic shots of him at work. 

Also, I just posted my newly finished 2012 wall calendar: A Year in Maine 2012 with twelve months of new photographs.  Check it out on my merchandise page.  Please share it with your friends and family.  It makes great holiday and birthday gifts!

I'd love to hear what you think.


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Using Watermelon to Make a Splash

Everything got splashed with this shot! 
Watermelon Splash!
We had watermelon left over from dessert last night, so I figured I should probably make some more splashes.  The slices of watermelon made a very satisfying splash no matter how I dropped it into the glassware--very fun! 

What should I do next?  Thoughts?  I was thinking sliced starfruit might be beautiful, especially backlit by the flashes against the background.  Keep watching. . . 

You can see the shots and many more of my splashes and pours here in my fruits gallery on CFW Photography.


Friday, September 2, 2011

Casco Bay Sailing Race and some news. . .

This was my favorite shot from the race--it's quite dramatic.
I love the splash of water and how it looks as though the sailboat is about to capsize.  They were really just making a hard turn.
I had the good fortune to be able to go out on my friends', Linda and Mike's boat last week to photograph a sailing race in Casco Bay near sunset.  It was not only exhilarating, as it was extremely windy and choppy, but it was a blast, because the boats were able to really speed along, which made for some dramatic shots!

You can see the rest of the shots in the complete gallery on my website.  I took over 250 shots, but discarded more than 3/4 of them and then settled on a favorite 14. 

Camden Windjammer Days Hoola Hooper!

I also created a new gallery called Lifestyle Favorites that feature all of my best lifestyle shots from skiing to model and horseback photography.  You can see it here on my website too. 

I have some news:  I have taken away the ability to purchase prints directly from my website because I feel it not only gives the site a cleaner look, but it will be more understandable to clients to email me directly regarding shots they'd like to purchase.  From now on, I will handle all price quotes and payment and make the orders myself.  You can contact me directly through the website by clicking on the Email Me area on the homepage below the slideshow.  We'll be making more changes to make it even easier very soon so check back!

Please feel free to forward any of my blog posts or web sites to your friends and relatives and I always look forward to hearing from you about my work! 

Best wishes,


Monday, August 22, 2011

Great Falls Balloon Festival 2011


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Aloft Over the Androscoggin River
On Saturday, August 20th, 2011, my husband and I got up at the horrifically early hour of 4:00 am to drive up to Lewiston and photograph the dawn launch of hot air balloons at The Great Falls Balloon Festival.  It's actually a lot closer to Portland than I realized, so we got there far earlier than we had planned, but that ended up being a good thing, because we were able to pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry before we headed to the launch field in Bonney Park. 

I have a whole gallery of other images that show the setup and inflation of the balloons, which are some of my favorites of over 300 images taken that morning.  You can see the rest here at my website. 

It was so beautiful seeing them all gently lift off at dawn.  I've never had the good luck to actually see them take off, because the last couple of years, I didn't want to get up that early, and I went to the 6:00 pm launch, which is often affected by the stronger winds that you can get in late summer in the afternoon and evening.  At dawn, the air is generally quite still and peaceful, however, which makes for perfect launching conditions. 

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Would you Care for Some Sugar?

Pour Some Sugar on Me!

Would you Care for Some Sugar?

Sugar Anyone?
I learned a wonderful technique on written by a photographer named Pascal Muller.  I have always wondered how to get those great shots of individual sugar or salt crystals pouring down against a black background, and this tutorial explained it perfectly.  I tried Pascal's setup and easily achieved these three shots in a short amount of time.  I'm really happy with them and having yet another studio lighting technique under my belt.  Hope you enjoy them.  Look for more to come in the following weeks!  Best wishes, Cindy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Cover of Farnsworth Summer 2011 Magazine

Alvaro's Hayrack Room Detail, Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld 2011
Well, I've been extremely busy for the last month or so--I can't believe it's been so long since I've made a post, but summer is often like that.  Make hay while the sun shines, and all that, right?
I'm excited to announce that Farnsworth: The magazine of the Farnsworth Art Museum chose my image: Alvaro's Hayrack Room Detail taken at Olson House last month for their Summer 2011 Magazine cover.  This is one of my favorite images taken that day.

I felt very lucky to be able to spend so much time all by myself in the house, photographing each room.  You can see all of the images on my website I suggest that you click the slideshow button on the top right hand corner to view the pictures in a really pleasant way and just sit back and relax.

We just spent a week in far Eastern Maine at Rideouts Lodge in Weston, Maine on Grand Lake with my mother and her Standard Poodle, Max.  We had a great time, listening to the loons and Hermit and Swainson's Thrushes calling, fishing for Small Mouth Bass, canoeing, reading and swimming off the dock, which was right outside our cabin.  It's a long drive from Portland at 4.5 hours (ulp!) but it was worth every second on the road.  I took so many pictures that I can't wait to share, including a couple of new panoramas of Grand Lake at sunset.  So, look for another post in the next week or so!

Hope you're all having a great summer!  Best wishes, Cindy

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Help me out with your votes for my image in the Macallan Photo Competition!

Please vote for my image--I need all the help I can get in this competition!

If you click on this link for the Macallan Masters of Photography Photo Competition I would really appreciate all of the help you can give me with your votes and your sharing of this site with your friends and relatives and ask them to vote too!  Thanks so much, Cindy

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

June 1st Art Opening!

Portland Harbor Skies is just one of the images that will be shown and sold at Borealis!
Beginning June 1st and ending August 1st, I am going to have an art show of my work at Borealis Bistro on 182 Ocean Avenue in Portland!  It's a really nice space with plenty of parking, and of course great breads, food and drinks.

I'm not sure if I'll be having a true opening or not, but if I do, I will announce it here before too long and I hope whoever is in the area or close by will come and support me by showing up. 

I'm going to have between 10 and 12 large framed pieces on the walls, mostly land and seascapes, a couple of panoramas, and a bunch of matted prints, both large and small in a basket or bin nearby for sale. 

I'd like to ask everyone to forward this post to all of their friends and relatives in the hopes that people will put my show on their calendar and make a point to stop by and see it either on opening day or throughout the next two months that it will be up.  Thanks for your help in advance! 

Best wishes, Cindy

Friday, May 13, 2011

Portland Skate Park

Zach Thibault takes a jump at Portland Skate Park--a 6 image composite.
Single image of Zach Thibault taking a jump at Portland Skate Park--an HDR.
Portland Skate Park rider on a BMX style bike, taking a jump.  A 4 image composite.
Another single shot of Zach Thibault taking a jump at Portland Skate Park.  HDR processing.
Josh Champagne at Westbrook Skate Park, taking a jump.  A four image composite.
Bryan Kilburn, skateboards at Portland Skate Park.  HDR.
Westbrook Skaters, Josh Champagne, Josh Sinclair, John Cobb & Kristian Gallagher
Well, I've been kind of sad thinking that the ski and snowboard season is obviously over for a few months until I discovered the Portland and Westbrook Skate Parks last weekend.  I had a lot of fun shooting high speed compositions of these guys skating and BMX biking and they are all okay with me pointing my camera at them over and over, which is always a plus!  Thanks guys! 

Look for more images to come as I'm planning on going back as I learn more about both BMX biking and skating tricks and moves.  Thanks for looking as always, Cindy

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Flowers: What's not to love?

Tulips in my garden yesterday. . .
Alone in the garden. . .
Sherwood Gardens, Baltimore, MD on a sunny afternoon.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Portland, Maine!
Another lone tulip. . .
Tulips with a background of the deep blue sky. . .
Beautiful Cinquefoil I discovered on a walk in the woods in Maryland recently. . .
Sherwood Gardens, Baltimore, MD--Magnolia, Magnolia, Magnolia!
What Mainer doesn't long for the sight of Spring flowers throughout the long, long winters?  I know I always do, and as a result, once the Spring flowers start showing their beautiful heads, I take advantage of it, beginning with crocuses and snowdrops, cherry blossoms, tulips, magnolias and continuing all the way to the last hardy New England Asters and Cosmos in the Fall.  Nothing is quite so pretty as Spring flowers though. 

Over the last couple of weeks, since we visited my in-laws in Baltimore, MD, I have had quite a few opportunities to photograph flowers, starting with Baltimore's beautiful Sherwood Gardens which is filled with magnolia trees, beds full of multi-colored tulips, daffodils, flowering crab apples and cherry trees.  It was a gorgeous, sunny day and I had a great time wandering all over the gardens, taking shots. 

And just in my neighborhood, up the street, are two brilliantly pink cherry trees that are simply laden with blossoms (image 4) and scads of pink tulips blooming right in my garden. 

I was very happy to discover that in all the construction work on the Capisic Pond area last summer, the Lupine field that had just started to bloom well last summer had been left intact!  There are loads of Lupine plants growing, so be prepared for some more flower posts in June (or maybe even before!)
This shot was taken at the Capisic Pond Estuary last year during "Lupine Time." 
You can always see more of my flower images on my website of course. 
Happy Spring everyone!


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