Archive for the ‘CT’ Tag

Closed for the Season   7 comments


Closed for the Season

~
There are distinct advantages to traveling off-season: No bugs, cooler weather, fewer crowds, and great foliage, to name a few. On the downside, many facilities are closed, which can sometimes limit recreational opportunities…

Emphasis on the “sometimes.”

After a harrowing, death-defying drive on I-95 through New Haven, Connecticut, we again stopped at Hammonasset Beach State Park, an expansive park on the beaches of Long Island Sound that belies its proximity to major metro areas.

Ignoring the signs, a small group of tourists from Germany braved the chilly air and went for a swim. I couldn’t imagine, but hey, different strokes… The boys looked like they were having a great time.

~

500px | Google+ | Follow on Twitter | Galleries | Facebook

To see other images from this park, you can visit Hammonassetsunset, Early One Morning, and Speak Softly

Hammonassetsunset   13 comments


A stunning sunset over water at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut

Hammonassetsunset

~
It seemed an appropriate way to close out the week by posting a nice sunset image to go along with yesterday’s “Early One Morning” sunrise.  This also marks my fifth post out of five days, which is likely a record for me.

This was taken while staying at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut, the evening we landed at the campsite. We had been driving all day long, so strolling around to enjoy the quiet and serenity was just what we needed. We fancied that the fisherman came out of the large house on the right to catch his dinner on the jetty.

Six exposure HDR, f/7.1, 11mm, ISO 200. Merged in HDR Express, adjusted using 32 Float in Photoshop CS5, with Nik Color Efex Pro and Topaz DeNoise. This one seemed a real bear to process. Finding the right balance between foreground and background — so that neither looked out of place — was fairly challenging.

Follow on Twitter | Galleries | Friend on Facebook

Speak Softly   4 comments


A large driftwood tree on the beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut

~
“Speak softly, but carry a big stick. You will go far.”

It’s a phrase coined by Theodore Roosevelt, although it is possibly a proverb from South Africa. Roosevelt described his style of foreign policy as “the exercise of intelligent forethought and of decisive action sufficiently far in advance of any likely crisis.”

~

I’ve always found portrait orientation to be difficult. Our monitors all tend to be wide-screen, and that makes sense, as that’s how our eyes are conditioned to view the world. I’ve never heard of a “tall screen” monitor, after all. Perhaps that’s why scroll bars were invented. [Correction: Dave Wilson tells me that he has a portrait-orientation monitor.]

For a larger view (and more scrolling), visit this image in a new window on the Waterscapes gallery. Just click the image.

HDR from five exposures at 1EV steps. Photomatix Pro 4, Shadowmapping, and NIK Color Efex Pro filters.

As always, thanks for looking, and for your kind comments.

%d bloggers like this: