Downeast Property

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This spring I’ve been driving all over for real estate photos – this collection includes Belfast, Stockton Springs & downtown Bangor!

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Dynamic Dirt

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Last year, I stood in the pouring rain to photograph this event and wound up with poison ivy for six weeks. This time around, I woke up at 430AM to try again. Again, it was dark and cloudy. Rain was supposed to start at any minute. Different lens, different strategy. Am I sure which was more successful? Not really, but at least I don’t need to see a doctor! What wound up being entertaining was watching the ways people tried to cross the logs. As the mud built up, more and more people turned to sitting down and they all found it was a huge mistake.

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Winter Real Estate

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Winter is not the most popular time for real estate photography. With bad weather, snowy exteriors at best and dirty, muddy exteriors at worst, it can be difficult to capture anything worth showing. Sometimes you get some blue sky, lots of sun, and make due with the snow. One house shown here was for an MLS listing and the other single exterior was shot for fun while walking by.
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It usually helps to lead into the house with grass instead of the pavement, but here all I had to work with was snow.
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A dreamy dining room.
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A clean bathroom – although I probably should have gotten rid of the toilet paper roll. I used the mirror to show the rest of the room.
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Simple and bright.
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Does anyone else see the umbrella?
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Trying to keep it simple.

Color Me Rad Maine

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Yellow! On a warm, sunny morning I drove down to Brunswick for the Color Me Rad and took up my position at the yellow color station. After what I thought were some of the worst photos I’ve ever taken at the Color Run in South Portland in the rain, I wanted to walk away with much better results. For the first few minutes, while I tinkered with settings and focusing strategies, I wasn’t exactly pleased, but I found something that worked. It made my thumb tired, but I settled in to a rhythm and for the next couple of hours time was a blur and the majority of the photos weren’t. As I browsed through them to pick a few favorites to share, I realized that the ones that stood out to me the most were faces. I had a fair share of action shots but many people stopped for impromptu portraits. Let me know what you think!

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A Rainy Day in South Portland

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The forecast called for rain and wind and there I was up early to drive to South Portland, Maine to shoot another Color Run. As I arrived at the parking lot, the deluge began and I was hesitant to get out of the car. It was about a mile walk to my shooting position and wasn’t keen on being soaked for the next few hours. Venturing out, I discovered that the running water on the road was nearly up to my ankles and the wind was cold. I picked up my card and assignment and stationed myself at the pink color station with the same camera, same lens, nearly the same position on the course as last year, but what a difference! Instead of bright sun and blue sky I had heavy rain, dark clouds and 30 mph winds. Once the runners started coming through and the clouds of pink powder filled the air, it felt something like a war-zone. I couldn’t imagine worse conditions for shooting. The rain and pink cloud confused the auto-focus of the camera. The dark conditions forced me to shoot at a higher ISO and at a larger aperture just to get the shutter speed up. Spectators consistently walked in front of me and the race organizers hadn’t released the runners in waves (instead just let them go as a large 6,000 person group). Think chaos. I felt discouraged in the beginning and by the end the picture quality had improved due to hours of trial and error just as I moved closer to being hypothermic. I can’t say I’m happy with the the resulting photos, but the 2015 South Portland Color Run was definitely a challenge.

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