Saturday Oct 17, 2009

Fall Foliage 2009: Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Saturday Dec 13, 2008

Moonshot, Baby

The Moon is a perigee now--its time of closest approach to the Earth. I took this shot with a Canon 50D and a 500mm f4 IS lens with 1.4x teleconverter using autofocus, mirror lockup, and a cable release. Exposure was f/8, 1/250, ISO 100.

Sunday Nov 02, 2008

Sunset Over Harvard Business School

Several people noticed Saturday's extraordinary sunset here in the Boston area. This shot looks towards the Harvard Business School from across the Charles River in Cambridge. Unfortunately, I missed the peak of this amazing sunset by about five minutes.

Sunday Oct 26, 2008

Shooting Pelicans

I spent the afternoon at Pigeon Point Lighthouse, practicing panning shots with my 500mm lens and 1.4x tele-extender. My subject of choice was the California brown pelican. The day was a little foggy so I've done a Levels adjustment on this to increase the dynamic range. By the end of the day I was definitely better at panning, though getting an initial sighting through such a large lens is still sometimes challenging. It takes practice to see an object with the naked eye and then quickly get the object in the len's field of view--especially when that object is moving.

When shooting subjects like this, don't forget to stop down as much as you can to increase the depth of field and improve you chances of getting good focus.

Saturday Oct 25, 2008


The Duck Pond, Palo Alto, CA

Tuesday Oct 14, 2008

New England Foliage: Stony Brook Reservation

A Fall Reflection, Stony Brook Reservation, West Roxbury, MA

Saturday Apr 26, 2008

Winter Into Spring

Two final aerial photos from this Winter's travels as we head now into Spring...

Sunday Mar 16, 2008

Jefferson in Menlo Park

[thomas jefferson]

Coyote Hill Road

There is something about the light that seems different in California...something I don't see in Boston. This shot was taken late in the day on Coyote Hill Road in Palo Alto, not far from Xerox PARC and VMware.

[tree and grass]

Saturday Feb 02, 2008

Labrador Ice and Snow

Wind-blown snow on ice in Labrador. The boomerang shaped island and the linear formation beyond it in the second photo were unusual enough for me to find this location on Google Maps.

[wind, snow, and ice in labrador]
[wind, snow, and ice in labrador]

Friday Feb 01, 2008

Regensburg, Germany

I visited Regensburg, Germany this week for a two-day HPC planning meeting and took some photos before work one morning. This is my favorite.

[regensburg photo]

Tuesday Jan 15, 2008

Winter Storm at Beaver Brook

[beaver brook, sharon ma]

Saturday Nov 03, 2007

Head of the Charles Regatta, 2007

A few photos from the recent Head of the Charles Regatta, the world's largest two-day rowing event. Held annually in Cambridge Massachusetts on the Charles River, 2007 marked the 43rd anniversary of the event.

The photos were taken at the Weeks Footbridge, about 1.5 miles from the race's starting point and about halfway to the finish line. The last photo is of Dunster House. at Harvard.

[head of the charles]
[head of the charles]
[head of the charles]
[head of the charles]

Saturday Sep 15, 2007

South of Half Moon Bay

[south of half moon bay]

I'm in California for two weeks, including this weekend due to a string of meetings in Menlo Park. I brought my camera gear and took some shots on Highway 1 south of Half Moon Bay. The above was the first place I stopped. After lowering myself to the beach using a series of ropes to stop from sliding down the very steep pathway, I reached the bottom to find a very well-organized beach cleanup operation underway. I grabbed a trash bag and a latex glove and spent a few hours picking up trash, taking an occasional shot, and enjoying the weather, the scenery, and the wildlife. I saw pelicans in abundance and several dolphins riding the waves pretty close to the beach. And for some reason I saw many bird carcasses in various states of decay all over this beach. I asked a local about it and she said it was common at this location, but she didn't know why. I also found a dead seal. :-(

Getting back up to the roadway was more challenging than getting down. I was feeling reasonably virtuous lugging my bag of collected trash, along with my camera bag and tripod, up to the highway, but anything I did paled in comparison to the guy who somehow...and I do not know how he did this...brought not one, but two, automobile wheels (tires AND rims) back up that very steep slope.

Monday Aug 27, 2007

Bald Eagle

[bald eagle]

A bald eagle on Bird Island off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Taken from a rocking boat with a hand-held Canon 500mm f4 IS lens.


Josh Simons


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