Ford Fiesta

The car pictured here has had quite the journey over the past few years. It originated in St. Crois, USVI before being shipped across the Greater Antilles to Florida, and from there to Illinois.  After enduring a winter in the Midwest, it was taken to the Pacific Coast of California. The most recent journey took it back across the entire United States as far as Acadia National Park. Its current home is in Ithaca, NY.

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Cornell Above Cayuga Lake

The second tallest building in this photo – Olin Hall – houses part of Cornell’s chemistry department. The tallest building is the plant science and atmospheric science building. From these buildings you can see part of Cayuga lake, where along the eastern shore the smoke stacks of a recently shut down coal power plant are just barely visible. I stitched together about 50 exposures to make this HDR panorama.

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Shadow of the Mountain

As the sun rose on this clear morning in late August, the triangular shadow of Mt. Monadnock became visible from its summit. The sight is so spectacular that it is almost impossible not to stare directly at it while scrambling over boulders. Thus, the shadow has been known to injure hikers at the top of the mountain. Will you succumb to the splendor of the triangle?

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Triple Lightning

This is a single 6 second exposure of a lightning storm passing through Spofford Lake in southern New Hampshire. I was extremely lucky to capture this shot, because you can see 3 tiers of lightning from the ground up into the clouds. The lightning illuminates the adjacent rain as well as the water in the foreground. Interestingly, the right half of the photo isn’t illuminated as well which makes the water appear smoother – almost appears as if it is two shots merged together down the middle.

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Acadia Tides

I like this photo from Acadia because the flowing water is not from a river, but from the outgoing tides. Additionally, the rocks on the “beach” were a rainbow of colors extending into the depths of the water. The cloudy sky adds a dramatic feeling.

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Comet NEOWISE

Other than taking sunset photos as night approaches, I have never really tried astrophotography until now. This is one of my first attempts at capturing a photo of Comet NEOWISE, and, despite a lot of light pollution, I was able to make out both tails. I stacked multiple exposures of the stars to reduce noise, then blended that with a longer exposure that flattened out the water of Cayuga Lake in the foreground to make this composition. This was also necessary to make sure everything was in focus, although I am not sure how well it actually worked. Ultimately, I think it looks decent considering I just used a basic DSLR to do this – no fancy astro equipment or telescope – but I definitely have a lot to learn about photography of the stars.

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