Many people enjoy Cape Cod to spend their vacation on the beaches and enjoy the towns. I have lived in Massachusetts for 25 years and the one place I only visited a few times is the Cape.
I decided to have a Cape Cod photography trip and visit a few places on my bucket list. I got up at 5am and drove 2 hours to my first stop, Eastham. I wanted to take photos of the Nauset Lighthouse with the early morning light and capture some unique clouds above. I then explored the nearby beach to take photos of some birds and objects that caught my eye. Before leaving, I did not forget to check out the Three Sisters Lighthouses before running away from all the mosquitoes that lingered in the early morning.
I took a detour to a nature trail down the road called Red Maple Swamp Trail. Once I parked, I tried to catch up to a group of kayakers leaving for their morning swamp tour on the cape. I felt like those photos did not come out that great because they were already too far away to photograph, but I looked around me to capture the area such as a person unloading kayaks off his car.
Last stop, I drove to Chatham to capture another lighthouse in the area. I arrived with fog around the lighthouse and took a long walk to a place on the beach called Ship Skeleton off Cape Cod. I stayed for only a little while since I arrived when the sun was almost at its peak in the sky.
All the lighthouse photographs I entered in a Cape Cod Lighthouse photography contest by the Whaling City Camera Club.
Red Maple Swamp Trail, Eastham, MA
A few weeks ago I drove to Jamestown for the day. Here I was meeting up with a few Whaling City Camera club members for a photography meetup. I made it my goal for 2020 to explore places in New England that I have on my bucket list. Jamestown has been on my bucket list for awhile and joining a few club members made the adventure more interesting.
One place is called Beavertail Lighthouse that is located in south Jamestown. Here I not only explored the park area next the ocean, I had special privileges to visit the top of the lighthouse. Currently the top of the lighthouse is closed to the public because of the current pandemic, but the person in charge of taking care of the lighthouse allowed us few photographers to see the breathtaking view from the top. While walking around the park, I focused on capturing other people visiting the area and what is unique about Beavertail. On top of the lighthouse, I took a few photos of the area from above and the lighthouse light.
After visiting Beavertail, I drove down the road towards the center of Jamestown where a stopped at Windmill Historic District. The windmill is also closed for the season, but I had a chance to take a few photos from the road before heading home.
My latest photography project involved experimenting with a more artistic view. I got this idea from Jordi Koalitic, a photographer who tells creative stories through his use of props and people. His work inspired me to apply my own ideas to create a similar storytelling atmosphere in my photos. For this project, I focused on the complementary colors orange and blue and incorporated a floral theme into the images.
I edited these photographs using Photoshop to apply the skills I have learned from taking online courses about Photoshop editing. When editing my photos, I touch up only minor areas of photographs as needed, to keep them as close as possible to how I shot them.
Jordi Koalitic Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jordi.koalitic/
Hello Everyone! I am back with some new updates!
During last few months, I have been taking a few photography classes online, reading up on some information regarding photography and taking a few photos close to home. The classes I took were learning about lens for different types of photography settings, lighting outside for portraits and a few skills in photoshop. While taking these courses, I focused on a few projects close to home. Through my Camera club, I was challenged to take photos on how the pandemic is affecting my area. So I captured some bikers on a trail I often walk on showing them riding six feet apart and/or wearing masks. Like most people in Massachusetts, I wasn't able to go too far or to visit populated places, but this gave me free time to focus on learning new information before going back to my portrait photography and photojournalism!
Full portfolio of the botanical garden photoshoot in the link below:
Feb. 20, 2020
The first day, I drove to Barre, MA to visit a coworker that owns several horses. I got a tour of her ranch, where I observed how the horses behaved. I never got a chance to be near so many horses before, and this was a fun experience to photograph them a bit. I did not spend too much time photographing them, instead I wanted to experience what it is like to be around horses.This summer I plan to go back and photograph the horses when the weather gets nicer.
Feb. 21, 2020
Second day I drove to a Botanical Garden at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Here I meet up with a few of my photography club members and photographed the plants inside 80 degree greenhouse. I focused on the flowers, how the plants grew, details of garden and some animals, such as koi fish, in the facility. I usually photograph nature landscapes and traveling, but this practice on specific plants was new to me.
Feb. 22, 2020
Third day I attended a Wedding Style photoshoot at the Blithewold Mansion, Bristol, RI. I worked alongside a Rhode Island videographer, 1Kwordsmedia, and Rhode Island's top Wedding Photographer, Allan Millora. Here I photographed a male model, Michael Scanlon, and a female model named Joanna Alonzo. During this session, I photographed the bride and groom getting ready, both of them in there outfits after changing, and of course the first look. Not everyday I get a chance to photograph models that look stunning in their wedding outfits. I posed each the bride in groom in different areas of the mansion to capture the moment before becoming Mr. and Mrs. This was not a real wedding, but a photoshoot to capture the moments of the a couple about to be married.
Currently I am progressing towards sports photography. I have attended Ice Hockey, Wrestling, Skiing, Indoor Track and Field, and Swimming and Diving. I have been working with other photographers to train on how to capture the best action, where to be when photographing, certain settings on my camera and more. During the next 2 months, I will be training on these sports while it is my off season for my current photography job.
These photos below are some practice photos I did, not related to my photo job. I focused on capturing that moment when a player stopped a hockey puck from scoring and players trying to achieve the puck from the opposing team.
I will also be attending a few photography workshops to improve my photography and to update my portfolio during these cold winter months ahead.
Yesterday I attended a Winter Landscape workshop in Westport, MA. This was a great experience to head back to Gooseberry Island and photograph the landscape in a new way.
Since college, I have achieved a new professional camera and lens. I have been reading new content on photography during my spare time. Recently, something clicked while reading some articles and working at a few winter sports for my seasonal job. This workshop I focused on exploring different perspectives. I didn't just "take a photo" I tried a different angle, depth of field and make "your" eye explore the photograph. I explored this locations many times while attending UMass Dartmouth, but this time I tried expressing the island in other ways.
2020 will be the year that I experiment with my new equipment and new ideas on photography! How can I photograph a place I visited before? What do I want my audience to view when I show them a photograph?
Photographed the last Bellingham 300th Anniversary event tonight! It was a great year going to the events that Bellingham had to offer. I got to be a photo judge for the Town of Bellingham photography competition. Photographed Bellingham Old Homes Day, the town's fireworks, Bellingham Memorial Day parade, The Wall that Heals and the Christmas parade.
*One of my photos was published in the Bellingham Bulletin July 2019 issue.
*Another photo was used in a collaboration with a photo competition with UMass Boston.
*My photos will be published in a Bellingham 300th Anniversary book in early 2020.
In 2020, I will still be working with Bellingham on a new project, so stay tune!