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Stone Cold Kitty   8 comments


Stone Cold Kitty

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Phew! Almost done working on a non-photography related job, so hopefully I’ll soon get a chance to shoot and produce more than I have over the last month.

In the meantime, meet “Stone Cold Kitty.” She sits on top of a rustic, hand-built wall at the Good Life Center in Maine, the same location where Alien Landing was taken. (More info on the Center can be found on that page.)

During processing, I had to figure out how to effect the best crop. In most cases we should try to follow the Rule of Thirds, placing the key subject at one of the intersection points, but it didn’t work out well in terms of retaining the goodness of the wall texture and the colorful plantings. In this case, the best solution was to leave the subjects at the top third line, even if kitty winds up being dead center. After locking in the crop, I think it improved the original composition quite a bit.

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The Good Life   9 comments


The Good Life

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This past autumn while in Maine, we had a nice visit at Eliot Coleman’s Four Season farm (lettuce in Maine, in January!) One of the assistants there suggested that for a nice lunch, we should drive just down the road to Orr Cove. Best tip we had on the entire trip!

We pulled off to the side of the one-lane road, making sandwiches and firing off some sun flare brackets, after which, we drove about 50′ to The Good Life Center, the place where we found the Alien Landing.

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This image was particularly tough to process, which is why I didn’t offer it up for the recent HDR Collaboration, choosing Inland Sailor instead. The sun flare caused a great deal of spotting and CA, and the dust on the sensor didn’t help much, either. Eleven exposures, f/22, 17mm.

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Alien Landing   4 comments


Alien Landing
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On a little, one-lane back road in coastal Maine, not far from Eliot Coleman’s Four Season farm, aliens dropped a craft in the woods. In their language, the aliens call it a ‘Yurt.’

The yurt sits on the property called the Good Life Center, a hand-built house, garden and property constructed by Helen and Scott Nearing, well known back-to-landers. Helen and Scott are no longer with us, but volunteers and docents still work and maintain the property, and somehow visitors find their way to the center.

We thought it would be a good place to visit, as the Good Life Center is based on the ideals of self-sufficiency. In addition to a tended garden, the outlying areas have a well established permaculture in place. We stopped in to pick up some tips and ideas, as we’re heading in that direction with our own property now that Hurricane Irene saw fit to alter our landscape here in North Carolina.

We had a nice visit, and even left with a few Maine apples and a batch of heirloom Scarlet Runner beans that were cultivated by Helen Nearing. All in all, not a bad day.

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