I've Been Everywhere Dennis Daubney – Photography, Graphic Design, and Organic Living

15Aug/110

Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro, NH

Driving across Lake Wentworth, NH

Driving Across Lake Wentworth, Wolfeboro, NH

Not only was I able to enjoy a beautiful day of fishing, but I received the chance to photograph some great fisherman, as well as the beauty of New Hampshire's Lake Region. This is the beginning of my experience photographing for my bass fishing club. I took some shots during launch, while on the water, as well as at the weigh-in at the end of the day.

Now, I probably caught more sun than fish that day, so I should have grabbed some more shots of my boater Roger, while we were fishing. My determination to catch fish distracted me though. Next time, I plan to get some additional shots.

These fishing opportunities allow for a chance at unique portraiture, lifestyle and action shots, wildlife, and more. Stay tuned for my next outing!

Bruce Weighs in Small mouth and Large mouth Bass

Bruce Weighs in Small and Largemouth Bass

11Apr/110

Kung Fu Journey

Here's a sneak peek from a project that I am going to expand on. The beauty of Kung Fu is so incredibly apparent, it's hard to not want to capture it all. Not only are the forms aesthetically beautiful, they contain the martial information passed down from master to student for thousands of years.

27Feb/110

I’ve Been Everywhere (Man)

My blog is now titled as "I've Been Everywhere", with inspiration from a song performed by one of my favorite musicians and Americans, Johnny Cash. The original song was actually written by Australian Geoff Mack and originally contained Australian locations.

Well I can't say that I've been everywhere yet, but I do love to travel. Visiting Australia and hiking the national parks of Tasmania rate high on my travels thus far.

This shot of Wineglass Bay and Beach in Freycinet National Park is amongst my favorites. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12Sep/100

Top 5 Free Apps from the Android Marketplace

Here are my picks for Top Five Free Apps from the Android Marketplace:*

1. Lookout - What's more important than protecting the safety of your smart phone? Nothing. We all rely on our phones now to keep up to date with our work, friends, family and you can't risk a malicious attack. Lookout protects your phone from viruses and hackers. Whenever you download an app from the marketplace or apply an update to an app, it checks to make sure it is safe. This also applies to emails, attachments, and similar media. Pay features include "Nuke", where a user can completely wipe the contents of their phone in the case that it is lost/stolen and you want to maintain the privacy of your data.

Key Features:

  • Data Back Up (Contacts, Pictures, etc.) with a Restore to Phone Feature
  • Missing Device Locator and Siren
  • Anti-Virus Scan

2. Advanced Task Killer Free - The number one thing I heard about when choosing a smartphone was the challenge of battery life. Luckily, ATKF helps extend the life of your phone during daily use by automatically and/or manually closing the apps that continue to run in the background. If you want to keep your phone from getting sluggish from all the apps you're using, I highly recommend this app.

Key Features:

  • Kill Programs and Apps
  • Manage Auto Kill Frequency from every 4 hours to every time the screen is off
  • Manage Auto Kill Level, e.g. take an aggressive stance on killing apps or be more moderate
  • Ignore List for the programs you want to keep running (such as Lookout or Alarm Clock)

3. Pandora - If you don't feel like loading your phone up with your favorite albums, try out Pandora radio when you're in the mood for music. If you are familiar with using Pandora on your computer, then using it on your smartphone will be an easy transition. You can create and select different stations to listen to and choose the sound quality of the music. The mobile app even includes interesting explanations from the music genome project that explain why each song was selected.

Key Features:

  • Create radio stations based on artists you enjoy, with automatic shuffling with similar artists selected by the music genome project
  • "Thumbs Up" music you enjoy and want to keep on your station and "Thumbs Down" music you don't want to appear in your playlist

4. TweetCaster - I wanted to save this for a separate Twitter App post, but I need to say i've tried quiet a few apps and TweetCaster has it all. If you tweet, you'll only need this one to get the job done. One touch, long touch, this app uses every feature of the android technology to pack everything into this app.

Key Features:

  • Manage multiple accounts, follow trends, search for tweets near your location or by zip code
  • One touch reply, favorite, retweet, profile access, and share

5. Note Everything - Keep notes for work or remind yourself with an impromptu grocery list, so you don't forget to pick up the milk. Create one touch shortcuts to record voice notes in those moments of genius.

Key Features:

  • Allows import from SD-Card, Outlook, Note Pad, etc. and export to SD-Card, Calender, etc
  • Text Notes, Voice Notes, Note from Google Docs, Note from barcode, and Paintnote
  • Send notes via email, sms, or to other apps
  • Organize with folders

*(All Apps current on a Droid Incredible w/ Froyo 2.2)

Please leave a comment with your favorite Android Apps!

3Feb/100

Roush Racing at Cruise Night at Imperial Fords 8.7.09

The smell of burnt rubber and smoke permeated the air, amongst the cheers of the crowd as classic car owners lit up their tires. August 7th, 2009 marked a wonderful celebration of American muscle.

Jack Roush Signs A Dashboard

Jack Roush Signs A Dashboard

Roush Racing Night at Imperial Fords in Mendon, MA. brought out hundreds of classic car owners(click for full collection of shots from that night), including a whole herd of ponies, aka Roush-modified Mustangs from many areas in New England. Jack Roush was on hand that night, taking the time to personally visit each Roush Mustang owner and stop for photos. Owners were able to have Mr. Roush autograph virtually any part of their vehicle. Many chose their dashboards, consoles, sun visors, and tool kits. One adventurous owner even chose to have his fender signed.

Jack Roush Signs The Dash of a Roush Mustang Owner from Milford, Ma.

Jack Roush Signs The Dash of a Roush Mustang Owner from Milford, Ma.

Other cars, from modern re-makes to well-preserved originals, were both present in full force. Automobile fans had plenty of time to admire each car, while enjoying music and food if they chose to do so.

The New Dodge Challenger

The New Dodge Challenger

Super Bee

Super Bee

As the sun began to set, the entrance to Imperial Fords became the new main drag, as the crowd enticed each owner to spare neither their gas or tires.

A Pontiac Trans Am Does A Burnout As The Crowd Watches

A 4th Generation Trans Am Creates a Nice Smoke Show

Plymouth Road Runner

Plymouth Road Runner

Smoke Show

Smoke Show After Relentless Taunting

8Oct/090

Great Donationware Plugin for Lightroom 2 – LR2/Mogrify

If you use Adobe Lightroom 2 to process your images, there are a number of plugins available to assist your workflow. Timothy Armes of Photographer's Toolbox is the official distributor of a number of helpful Lightroom plugins. Mogrify LR2 is a very useful donationware plugin. This plugin primarily is for processing the image as it is being exported. You can add watermarks, borders, text annotation, resize the image, or sharpen, amongst other things.

Photographer's Toolbox provides easy to follow installation instructions. Mogrify utilizes ImageMagick(an open source image modification software) to help process the images during export. Windows users will need to install this manually before installing Mogrify. Mac users have the luxury of having ImageMagick already built into their plugin version.

I use this plugin because I wanted to add a customized watermark to images that I put online. Lightroom can add a copyright watermark, but the ability to customize this function is lacking. With Mogrify, you can add a completely customizable watermark, even a graphical image such as a logo. You can scale your watermark to the size of your image and position it how ever and how often you like.

From my painting with light evening

From my painting with light evening - Outside Border + Watermark

Like I mentioned Mogrify is a donationware plugin so it basically is a trial version until you give a donation and receive a serial number via email. Otherwise, there is a limit to ten images per export. Adding the serial # will take off this restriction. I'd recommend giving this plugin a go  then donate so you can unlock their full potential.

Along with Mogrify, there are additional plugins such as Enfuse, which is a multi-exposure blending tool for creating HDR images. There are also tools for exporting images directly from Lightroom to a blog or gmail, as well as create web galleries.

Timothy Armes also maintains a blog, which is great for finding news on some of the latest tweaks to his plugins, as well as some great posts on photography in general.

1Oct/090

Long Exposure Photography – Painting With Light

Alone Under the Moonlight

Alone Under the Moonlight

Last night, I spent some time doing some long exposure photography that I have been waiting to do for a while. The moon was right and the sky was clear. My horses and the landscape were the subjects of this experiment.

Goodnight Oak

Goodnight Oak

I also took some photos inside the old barn where the horses stay. This is probably the last couple months the horses shall live in this 30-40+ year old stable, so I wanted to document all it's weathered character, before they move to a new stable.

Spirit

Spirit

I used a technique called "painting with light", in order to create particular highlights where I wished. This technique is simple. You'll need your camera, tripod, cable release or set your camera on timer mode, plus a flashlight(or car headlights, or other means of lighting the scene - be creative). Figure out a base exposure that will keep your shadows dark. Most of my exposures averaged 30 seconds @ f18-22. I probably would have done longer exposures at a lower ISO, if I had a cable release.

During the exposure turn on your light source and shine it quickly on the areas you wish to highlight. This may take some trial and error to get it looking right. The more even you paint the light on, the smoother the image will appear. If you paint wildly, it will look like a raver swinging glow sticks at a nightclub.

Dappled Light

Dappled Light

15Sep/090

Massachusetts Farmers Markets

For everyone looking for the freshest produce, you should really check out your local farmer's market and help support local business and family farmers. You can find a list of farmer's markets near you here, thanks to the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources. Many farmer's markets extend until mid October, some even into December.

If you go soon, you'll likely hit the peak of the fall harvest. Pumpkins, squash, potatoes, corn, pears, apples and more! Even after the farmer's markets are done for the season you can still support some farmers by buying local honey, or buying your Christmas tree from a local tree farm(If you celebrate Christmas that is). There are a lot of ways to strengthen community relationships and support the local economy, you just have to look.

27Aug/092

Bartering on its way back!

Do you have a surplus of a certain crop this year? Or maybe actually your crop isn't what you'd like it to be (Cough Cough Tomato Blight).  Ever wished you could trade for something else with other farmers easily?

That may now be possible with the take off of a relatively new website called Veggie Trader. For four months now, they have been providing what some call " the Craigslist for vegetables". You can buy, sell, or trade your home grown produce with anyone in your area, free of charge.

Image from VeggieTrader.com

Image from VeggieTrader.com

From the listings that I looked up, many, many folks are specifically bartering. People are trading veggies, seeds, fruits, flowers, herbs, and other plants and items. It really is a great idea if you have a surplus.

There are some humorous posts there too such as, "My mint is growing like weeds. I can provide enough to keep the mojitos coming for the rest of the summer." Their desired produce was sage, chives, or rosemary.

Veggie Trader was started by a group of people both on the West Coast (Portland, OR) and the East Coast. They claim they got started with a single lemon tree which fruited and often went to waste. They realized that more people can utilize their extras by trading and thus Veggie Trader was born. To read more about their food journey, check out the Veggie Trader Blog.

25Jul/090

Realistically Saving Our Turtles

Six out of ten turtle species native to Massachusetts are  endangered according to the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act (MESA). These include the Box, Wood, Spotted, Red-Bellied, Bog, and Blanding turtles. The summer time is a crucial time for our turtles as they move from waterways (often crossing busy roadways) to traditionally safe nesting areas.

Turtles are incredible creatures with lengthy lifespans. Unfortunately our turtles, in New England's most populous state, are either losing their habitat completely or having their traditional routes of travel interrupted with roadways. Often, they are prone to becoming the victims of vehicular manslaughter.  Their newly hatched offspring are vulnerable to vehicles, as well as a number of predators.

Mass. Wildlife recommends caution in assisting any turtle crossing roadways. If traffic is relatively light, you can safely move a turtle in the direction it is heading, but just assist it in crossing the road, nothing more. Turtles have their own genetic form of GPS, akin to a salmon traveling back to its spawning grounds.

Care should also be taken when handling Snapping Turtles. They should be handled by the tail and supported underneath the shell. A bite from a Snapping Turtle can sever a finger. The less you handle them the safer you will be. (Note: I am no expert on handling Snapping Turtles, so any advice taken from this post is taken at your own risk and I release all liability.)

Report Rare Species to Mass. Wildlife

The Turtle Conservation Project is also keeping tabs on the tracking and conservation of New England's turtles. Report your turtle sightings to the TCP! "Where citizen scientists monitor turtle populations."

I found the TCP site after helping a turtle cross a street just a week after reading Mass. Wildlife's report on turtles. I wanted to see about reporting the species. Species monitoring programs are key to scientific studies as well as the possible definition of our state's turtle population.

Although I haven't had the chance to photograph turtles in New England, I have photographed them elsewhere. Due to their slow nature on land, they may be easy to photograph. Submerged or partially submerged makes for a turtle photograph that I enjoy best.

Here are two photos of Australia's Eastern Long-Necked Turtle at Sydney's Taronga Zoo.