Tim Byrne Photography: Blog https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog en-us (C)Tim Byrne Photography 2021 photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Sat, 04 Sep 2021 17:56:00 GMT Sat, 04 Sep 2021 17:56:00 GMT https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u177601652-o978719985-50.jpg Tim Byrne Photography: Blog https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog 90 120 Ode to Kipling https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/9/ode-of-kipling Most photographers will talk about the light they have found - at a given place or time - and which makes certain images simply special. In Maine, most of us have relatively easy access to vantage points which overlook mountains or the Atlantic Ocean.

I had a wonderful morning today, watching sunrise over Casco Bay from the Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth. I arrived at 5:30, shortly before the blue hour ended. Slow rollers, the remnants of Hurricane Dorion which had passed us the day before, came and splashed on the rocks. 

Quickly the sky grew brighter and shifted in the spectrum from blue to a light gold. It skimmed across the tops of the waves as they tan into the rocks on the shore. Brighter, crisp. 

And then, in Kipling's words, "the dawn came up like thunder across the bay" completely changing the vision in front of me. 

A beacon to the east. The first lobster boat slowly chugged across the trail of the sun, today its engine heard close to a mile away. It would not have been out yesterday as the storm passed. 

How the cliffs glowed! 

Portland Head LightFirst light.

These images were captured over a 30 minute period of time. 

A trip like this is priceless. I will be back. 

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) color light Maine Coast Sunrise https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/9/ode-of-kipling Mon, 09 Sep 2019 01:00:21 GMT
Mile Marker, Honor, Farewell, and Family https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/6/military-honors Our family gathered at the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery on June 18 to honor the lives of my wife's parents at their committal service and internment. This was an amazingly peaceful and beautiful place; a wonderful place to reflect among all the others resting here. 

  Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
My father-in-law was a veteran of the Army Air Corps during WWII. These honor guard members represented the Air Force on this day.

  Color Guard  

The Honor Guard rendered a 21 - gun salute. Salute
Taps is chilling.

TapsThis is unbelievably moving

The flag ceremony was intense, as all eyes faced the detail.
Preparing Colors
Honor

These men did it right!
Intensity
Presentation of the colors, in honor of Jack, to our family. Our son John received the flag  to the words "On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Air Force, and a grateful nation, thank you."
Presentation of Colors
A final eulogy and friendly words from the pastor. 
Eulogy   Peace

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Air Force Family funeral Honor NY Peace Saratoga Taps https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/6/military-honors Thu, 20 Jun 2019 21:11:21 GMT
Memorial Day 2019 https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/6/memorial-day-2910 Memorial Day has been special for me in many ways. When I was very young (a long time ago.), it was frequently called Decoration Day, and I grasped the importance of recognizing and honoring veterans. The holiday was at that point celebrated each year on on May 30th, which happens to be my birthday. So at that point, it was a good time to celebrate. 

As we grow older, things happen and perspectives change. On May 30, 1968, I arrived in Vietnam on a tour of duty for the US Navy. It was my 21st birthday, and my understanding of the reasons for the day and the parades deepened. (That's the short version...) I've since tried to attend the parades each year, wherever I was, or at least honor the spirit of the day. 

When I go to a parade, there is the music, the marching units, fire trucks, and shiny cars. But I tune into those watching the event and watch their reactions. 

Each parade feels more and more like a welcome home. 

Thanks to all those who serve(d), and to those who support them.

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) maine memorial day parade portland veteran https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2019/6/memorial-day-2910 Thu, 06 Jun 2019 19:47:57 GMT
Water https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/11/water Water  is around us - at least frequently so in the eastern United States. It's there

But think of its journey from the clouds, scrambling down a mountainside, rushing across slippery rocks in a hurry, slowing to languish in a tidal estuary that's home to birds and bug, and finally escaping into the edge of the mother ocean as the cycle is complete.

Jewell Falls, Portland, Maine

It happens in the watersheds of the St. Lawrence, Mississippi, Amazon, Rhine, Nile, Ganges, and Yellow. Water nourishes us, feeds our food, washes us, supports our common lands. It's pretty neat.
 

Waterfront, Portsmouth, NH

We moved to Maine in the early 1990's, and built a home on the edge of a large tidal marsh. One of my greatest, and most pleasant surprises was learning that the tides tell time, keep time, moderate our environment on a predictable (usually) basis. The water level changes about eleven feet up or down every six or so hours, synchronous with the universe. 
 

Outgoing tide

 

I take great solace that there is something out there, a system, that is changeable, beautiful, predictable, and oh so necessary. 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Maine rivers streams tides water https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/11/water Fri, 23 Nov 2018 00:53:06 GMT
Road Trip https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/9/road-trip My wife and I recently took a vacation, a whole week for us. It was unscripted; no reservations; exploration; relaxation. Time. We haven't done this for quite a few years. Shame on us. 

We explored most of the length of US Route #1 from Portland, ME, downeast to Eastport and Lubec. Lubec purports itself as the "most easterly point in the U.S." and location for the first sight of sunrise in the country. Eastport bills itself as the "smallest city" in the U.S. About a mile or so apart, the drive time between the two was close to an hour over 41 miles of Maine country road. 

We discovered amazing people who live in a very tough part of the state. They somehow make do with little, but share smiles freely with people from away. There's a lot of detrius, remnants of dreams, accomplishments, hopes. 

Take a look at the new gallery, also called "Road Trip", in Portfolios. You will find some new places, and old things in those places. Enjoy

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Downeast Eastport Lubec Maine https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/9/road-trip Mon, 10 Sep 2018 00:44:42 GMT
The Mitchell Institute https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/8/the-mitchell-institute This past weekend (August 4th), the Mitchell Institute held its annual scholarship brunch at the Wells Conference Center at the University of Maine, Orono. Over 100 students have been awarded scholarships this year. They represent nearly every public high school in the state. 

At his event, Senator George Mitchell spoke to the assembled students, along with their parents and educators from around the state. He talked about the need for education, and for providing the opportunity for it to everyone. Following the talk, the students had an opportunity for a moment with the senator, and a photo of the two of them. 

I've had the pleasure of making this collection of images happen, and I could not be more honored. Why? Not so much for the photos, but for briefly getting to meet this collective student body. They are turning into the future leaders of this state, and make me smile with hope. 

For more information on the program, please visit the Mitchell Institute website. 

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Maine Mitchell Institute scholarship Senator Mitchell https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/8/the-mitchell-institute Fri, 10 Aug 2018 02:19:00 GMT
New Images added to "Other Places" https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/7/new-images-added-to-other-places There are some interesting additions to the "other Places" gallery. I recently unearthed some archived images taken on a January-term course I took at St. Lawrence University in 1972. The idea of the course was to learn about archeology being conducted at that time in the Middle East, primarily in Israel, but also in Greece and Italy.

I'm adding them in this section for a couple of reasons. First of all, this was one of the most challenging, and rewarding courses I took in college. The research paper I produced for the class is the only paper I kept after graduation. The paper centered on construction of walls and fortifications of cities in pre-Christian era Israel. I documented my research with photos, 4 seen here.

When I looked at the seven images as a group, it struck me that they represented times and places of five different cultures and religions. At the same time, I think (hope) they convey the continuing significance and importance of these places a couple of thousand years later. These is something consoling in that thought. 

Locations depicted:

Temple Mount(Al Aqsa Mosque), Jerusalem, with 3 girls. Wonder where they are now? (color photo). I've made thousands of images over many years. I love the story here, and count this as one of my favorite images ever.

Temple Mount, (Al Aqsa Mosque), Jerusalem. The exterior of this building is covered and decorated with an extremely colorful mosaic surface. 

Temple at Megiddo, Megiddo, Israel. I believe the main axis ran north-south, here, right to left. Haifa is in the far background. When I looked at more current satellite images of the site, far more has been excavated. When we visited the site, I was struck by what I felt to be spirits guarding the place. 

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem. 

Acropolis, Athens, Greece. One word: presence.

The Vatican, Rome, Italy. 

Ruins of Pompeii, Italy. Vesuvius stands tall over the wrecked walls.

I hope the bit of history and commentary isn't too "geeky". The random collection represented here tells an interesting story.

 

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) Greece Israel Italy Jerusalem Megiddo Vatican Vesuvius https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/7/new-images-added-to-other-places Tue, 10 Jul 2018 03:42:02 GMT
Farmers Market https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/6/farmers-market Take a look at some of the images from Portland's Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings during warm (or less cold) weather in Deering Oaks Park in downtown Portland, ME. 

I started working on this project several years ago whe my wife suggested that I ought to go shoot at the market one morning. That cool spring day started what is now a multi-year project with thousands of images. I'm amazed at what Maine's farmers can grow in their fields, how good it is, and just how amazing it looks through a camera. I'm fascinated by shape and color, light, and how it all fits together. 

One of the benefits of an extended project like this is that the photographer really learns the ins and outs of the equipment, and how to shoot in this environment. I shoot at first light, and stay until 8 or 830 when the market gets busy and I'd interfere with the customers. Funny too, is that at about this time the light filtering through the trees begins to get quite bright and contrasty, something I'm usually trying to minimize. There are only 4 or 5 images in this initial group which were made after 8 am, and you can tell by the looks of the image. I have shot this project with Nikon D300 and D750 digital cameras, using (mostly) a 105 mm/f 2.8 or 40 mm/f2.8 macro lens to get close. Most of the images in this collection appear relatively "close" to what initially went through the lens. There's minimal cropping, and only a little exposure and color tweaking. 

Enjoy these! They have been fun to work on; more will be coming. And if you would like, they are available for sale. 

Thanks!

 

 

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) black and white color D750 farmers market flowers Maine Nikon Portland vegetables https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/6/farmers-market Thu, 28 Jun 2018 16:55:23 GMT
Something new https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/2/something-new Welcome to this new website for Tim Byrne Photography. 

As with many things, it helps to be a Gemini. Half of me wants a linear process in building this site. The other half really wants to show off some of the work which I do, which I'm proud of, and which I hope you enjoy. We're getting there. I'm happy with the progress, and I'm not as terrified about sharing with you as I was several weeks ago when this adventure began. 

So bear with me. Enjoy; send feedback so I can make this better for you. Reach me through the Contact page.

Thanks! 

 

 

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photos@timbyrnephoto.com (Tim Byrne Photography) blog landscape photographer landscape photography maine photographer photography" portland portrait photographer portrait photography portraiture photographer portraiture photography tim byrne photography travel travel photographer https://www.timbyrnephotography.com/blog/2018/2/something-new Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:37 GMT