Letters from an Analogue Traveler…

Originally written on mollykatephoto.com:

http://www.mollykatephoto.com/Travel-Journal/Analogue-Letters/White-Mountains-Falling-Waters

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Dear Analogue World,Β 

Once upon a time (ok about 6 months ago), there was a period where I did not own a digital camera, except for perhaps my iPhone, but let’s get serious here, we all know the iPhone can never replace a real camera, film or digital. πŸ™‚ Soooo, the only camera I had was an automatic Canon Rebel 35mm film camera. I was living in a super cheap apartment at the time, so I could afford the total of $21 or so dollars it cost to buy and develop one roll of film, and that’s the low end of the spectrum with cheap film!Β 

Now it seems, through some mysterious force (which knocked my tripod over and broke my only fuji lens, there was no wind!), karma? (but I was so good this year! Santa thought so….), I am once again left with only a film camera, my trusty Canon Rebel auto 35mm, until my Fuji is fixed, an expensive bill I am NOT looking forward to paying (bye bye new Fuji lens, sigh). A recent addition to the party is a family Pentax K1000, which was my mothers, entrusted to me to keep…I really have to find where I put that now :/Β 

I can’t stop shooting because even without a working digital camera, I still feel the magnetic pull to get outside and shoot, and I dearly love film, just not the cost $$$. My 2nd CPA test is coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ve been going mad sitting inside all the time studying! I caved and spent money I should not have on several rolls of Ektar 100 (I’m really excited to shoot with this!!) and Acros BW which was recommended to me at the store, and being the sucker I am, I decided to try it. πŸ™‚Β 

I was so excited, I wanted to share some summer shots that I took with Lomography 35mm color film up in the White Mountains. This was on the Falling Waters trail up Mt. Lafayette, which is PERFECT if you absolutely love waterfalls. There are waterfalls galore. Ever have trouble fighting off other photographers for the perfect spot underneath a glorious flow of water? Come to this trail! Waterfalls for everyone! This would be a great place to go on a photowalk! hmmm ideas popping into head…

AND if you keep trekking up the mountain, you will reach Mt. Lafayette and the ridge trail, which is spectacular as well. It is quite definitely my favorite place I have hiked. EVER. We went mid-day but I want, no need, to come back here for a sunset/sunrise shoot. The air is crisp and fresh, the trails are numerous and exciting, and the views are unparalleled in New Hampshire, possibly even the Northeast. Let’s face it Vermonters, New Hampshire will always be superior. hehe (just kidding!)

Well, I cannot wait to share my Ektar and Acros results with you real soon!Β 

Manually Yours,Β 

Molly Kate

Lower Cascades

Exploring Mt. Greylock

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Feeling the winter blues a little early after our Thanksgiving snowstorm? Here’s a very colorful memory of this fall in New England:

In the midst of the Berkshires, Mt. Greylock is an amazing spot to relax and take in the views of the mountains and colors of the fall! Home to (some say) the best waterfall in MA, there are great hiking trails on the mountain and a wonderful lodge that you can even stay overnight in or just grab snacks from. It’s called Bascom Lodge and it’s pretty cheap if you stay in the bunk bed rooms. I stayed for one night and had the most incredible home cooked meal I’ve had in awhile (other than my mothers!). Oh, and you can also drive up the mountain (like I did) instead of hiking. πŸ˜‰

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The view of the town below!

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On the way up the mountain, there are a bunch of look-out kodak-y moment spots perfect for photo shoots.

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I had originally taken the 3 hour drive from Boston to get an epic Lunar eclipse shot. However, mother nature (once again!) foiled my plans and that night, the worst fog I’ve ever seen rolled into town! I could not see more than 5-10 feet in front of me. This shot is what I woke up to…

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And this is when I retrieved my tripod from the car…

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So I went back to bed and slept in…. Β  πŸ™‚

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I had been watching the weather and radar all week and that night. It was beautiful the day before and it did turn out to be a beautiful day the next (only a little bit of fog as you can see above). Regardless of not getting my eclipse shot, the trip was awesome. It was a peaceful retreat away from the city and I would definitely go again! πŸ™‚

Double Trouble at Nubble


Well, this title pretty much sums the whole photoshoot here!

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Β Double Trouble at the Nubble. It was rainy as all get out and my handy dandy photo assistant (aka my mom) (hehe) was being ever so wonderful and holding a gigantic umbrella over me while I shot and tried not to fall into the ocean. Seriously, you could go swimming in this umbrella if you flipped it and added water πŸ™‚ Moving on…First things First, let me introduce to you our star of the day, the Nubble Lighthouse! Its real name is actually the Cape Neddick Lighthouse. The “Nubble” name came from the piece of land the lighthouse was built on being called a “Nub” (of land)……haha.

This is located in York, ME should you ever make a trip up here. There is also a super cute ice cream/seafood shack/house right next to the parking lot, but it can get pretty crowded in the summer. You may have to mention to make sure the hot fudge is HOT, because apparently it does not automatically come that way anymore πŸ˜‰

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So my pants might have been wet, my knees were definitely sore, and my mom was SO over holding the umbrella for me but I GOT MY SHOT! πŸ™‚ worth every second…

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Β AND…Only a short drive away….Ogunquit, ME! This Maine fisherman’s town is charming, beautiful, and you will smell like fish after (haha don’t worry, it’s only if you go near the fish drop off).

There is a walk/path that wraps around the beaches and rocky shores called Marginal Way. Bring your walking shoes!! It’s incredible during the sunrise.

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For eating options….hmmm…that’s a hard one….uhh…umm…the LOBSTER!!… (It’s MAINE! It’s what they are famous for and come on, how can you get anything else when that juicy red crustacean looking so fine is calling your name?!)

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This beach is one of the coolest I have ever been to because (a) its a seascape photographer’s dream and (b) there are so many nooks and crannies that you can hop (climb) down into or climb up onto and get some really great shots! Its a great place to be during the off season (well really any season for that matter) for the glorious sunrises (unless its rainy and cloudy, which it was the day I took these…sigh…).

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Be careful where you step! Your toes might just get pinched by this guy πŸ™‚ Β I’m only kidding, this was the sweetest crab I have ever met. Of course it looked like the gulls also thought the same thing, only they weren’t thinking about his temperament….

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Β Maine is a wonderful place to photograph. The beaches and shores are some of my favorites I have ever been to. It’s all charming, relaxing, and refreshing! I’ve spent a lot of time here, only live about 45 minutes away and coming up in the summers. If you ever come here, Don’t forget to get some LOBSTA! πŸ˜‰

 

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Β Best Waterfalls of New Hampshire

Waterfall #1: Location: Top Secret πŸ˜‰


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Ha! Just kidding, what kind of travel blogographer won’t tell people where she goes? Anyways – It’s Garwin Falls, in Wilton, NH!!

In one weekend, I visited two amazing waterfalls in New Hampshire. To me, waterfalls are calming, peaceful, and often strike a sense of wonder in me. Water is the source of life and I think about how much we depend on it to survive. Heck our body is mostly water! When I was a kid, I used to think those drawings of how much water we were made of were actually real. The ones where they draw the water coming up to your chest….yeah…It’s weird to think as a kid we believe certain things until we are told what we are supposed to believe/what is real…

Anyways, its hard to think that something we depend on so much to survive is also polluted so much by us. And we don’t give a second thought to it most of the time. We live on water, yet we are slowly dirtying our life source with our garbage, fuel, chemicals, and many other things. I’m certainly guilty of that! BUT I try to be better and if everyone would just TRY, think where we would be…

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This is another really cool spot on this same location. As you walk down the path before you get to the falls, you will see a dam-cement structure. It has been visited by colorful graffiti artists many many times by the looks of it. My mother almost left me here because I took so long shooting it πŸ™‚ Hmm, thinking how nice it would be to Jedi-mind trick someone into being less bored while waiting for me to take photos πŸ˜‰

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Waterfall #2: Gleason Falls

This lovely old bridge and falls were so amazing because of the spots of sunlight coming through the thick tree cover. It’s more dramatic in person, as everything always is! These falls are also SO forceful. Its amazing how much water comes under this bridge per second. It looks tame now because I used a long exposure technique to get this shot below, but in person, its a sight to behold! The power of these things are so hard to capture!


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This shot above is such a dear little bridge, I couldn’t help myself. AND its right down the road from Gleason Falls! talk about two birds and one stone πŸ˜‰ I jumped out of the car and had about three minutes to shoot this location. Being pressed for time sure does make you think, do I have everything right?, before you press that shutter button for the long exposure and hear from behind you, “Hey, come-on we gotta go!”

That’s all for now, folks! Look for my next awesome NH location story coming next week!

 

 

 

 


The Arcanum: A Game Changer

Have you heard of the Arcanum yet?!

If you haven’t and you love photography and want to learn in an awesome new way – please visit here http://www.thearcanum.com (I HIGHLY recommend it) πŸ™‚

I’ve been in the Arcanum for about a few months now and here’s my take on it all:

So I was thinking of something to equate the Arcanum to, you know, make an analogy for better understanding of what it is and such…

I can’t.

There is nothing quite like the Arcanum.

It’s unlike anything I’ve done or experienced. It’s like falling in love I guess you could say (I know I know, not very original). At first, your all excited, almost borderline jittery, and everything is new and wonderful. It’s a whole new world because you begin to see the world and everything in it a little differently. You’ve got a new pep in your step πŸ™‚ You look more, you see more, colors seem more vibrant, your carrying your camera around with you literally everywhere, you feel happy and alive! The passion that you had for photography is basically smothered in lighter fluid and then ignited or re-ignited.

Then as you dive into it a bit more, its more challenging, but you find that it’s so worth it. You are learning some pretty awesome things, you take more time to get it right. You slow down and take a second look at what you’ve got right in front of you. You realize the value of what you have and are a part of is possibly the greatest thing ever. You can’t get enough of it. It keeps you going through rough work days, hard times, and those moments you just need a little boost. Because you know it’s there for you and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon πŸ™‚ (I am applying this to photography in general as well)

You begin to realize that you fit here. It’s where your supposed to be. It’s where you belong. You are free to be yourself, because the other people, your cohort, are all just as crazy as you are about it too and that’s one of the best feelings in the world. (ok this is getting way too mushy now, I’ve debated whether or not I should actually post this haha) πŸ˜‰ I guess if your reading this, it means that I decided, the heck with it, I’ll just post the damn thing!

Maybe its just because I’ve never had a photography learning experience that is similar, I’ve never been to a workshop, never taken online classes, I’ve only taken one darkroom class in college – but that was a little impersonal. Doesn’t count haha πŸ™‚ Maybe it’s because it has just been me on my own trying to learn and I’ve never connected with another person who loved photography before. I’ve always been a bit shy…

I’ve only begun to put the hammer and nail in place to crack the surface. I’m learning new thingsΒ every day and that’s what matters. Because as my very humble master extraordinaire (A.D. Wheeler) in the Arcanum says in his intro video – if (You) (I) ever stop learning, (You)(I) would die or might as well be dead (or something like that) (that’s not a direct quote!!) (its the concept) haha (you get it) (please don’t quote me on quoting him)… πŸ™‚

Check him out at (http://adwheelerphotography.com)! You’ll be glad you did!

JUST to show you the difference – This beach shot below was a shot of mine I took before the Arcanum….. _DSC3173And this panning shot is one I just recently took after joining the Arcanum…. panning

There is so much depth to the Arcanum. It’s a lot more than leveling up. The creators have really developed something that feels honest, real, organic and complex (in the best sense of the word!) It’s also something that takes on a life of its own when you put it into the hands of amazing, awe-inspiring people (The Masters), some legends in their own ways.

It has allowed for an experience that would otherwise be unavailable to people who work full time. It’s an apprenticeship. If I wanted to be someone’s apprentice (assistant), I would not be able to do that working full-time. You move at the pace you are comfortable with. Your community is there to help you and want you to move forward, but you still go at the speed that feels right to you. That eliminates the stress of deadlines and due-dates, which is extremely freeing. I get enough of that at work!

Now, I’m not going to go into the specifics of leveling up and cohort basics and whatnot because I know a few others have already done that way better than I could. This is just my personal schpeal. πŸ™‚ I just want to say thanks to everyone who had/has a hand in the creation and operation of The Arcanum. And to my community, as we have been saying now, my new photo family, for being open, genuine and very friendly folks! All of you are awesome! πŸ™‚

It’s been a blast to say the least!

Here it is again – (http://thearcanum.com)

Cabin Fever

It’s March…winter has been here in Boston for a while now…and I’m starting to get the feeling of the walls moving closer, the air inside seems more and more stale, and everything has been mostly white and grey for the past few months. Cabin fever, seasonal depression, winter blues, call it what you want…it blows. (It could also be because I live and work in the city and miss the scenery of rural-ish New Hampshire)

So, to get out a bit, maybe see some green, I thought some winter hiking would be a good idea, maybe some picture taking (always cheers me up πŸ™‚ )…but ending up getting lost…alone…I know, not very smart….it was only supposed to be a small “hill”, but it was too steep for my fitness level (aka no level post-holiday/new years/superbowl/etc…). Well here’s a little bit of what my day looked like….(Blue Hills Reservation: Buck Hill: Skyline Trail)

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Of course, I was trying to get away from the concrete jungle (boston)…but from the summit of the “hill”, you can’t get away from it, its still there!
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Well, that’s pretty much it! Until next post…Happy Wednesday!