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Rally for Martha Coakley with President Clinton

 

As those of you who follow U.S. politics know, the Massachusetts race to fill the Senate seat formerly held by the Liberal Lion Ted Kennedy has really heated up in the final week before Tuesday’s election.  Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democrat, is in a virtual tie with Massachusetts State Representative Scott Brown, the Republican.  On Friday night I went to a Rally for Martha Coakley which featured former President Bill Clinton, a supporter of Mrs. Coakley.  Sitting on the stage with Attorney General Coakley are (left to right) U.S. Representative  James P. McGovern of Worcester, U.S. Reprentative Richard Neal of Springfield, and Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray.  I am posting three photos here from that rally and many more at my flickr site which can be accessed via the photos and link to the far right of this page.  

 I have also just begun a NEW WordPress blog  called “This Week With Mitch Grosky.”  This blog will give me the opportunity to reflect and comment on topics ranging from politics, to daily life, to  education, to news, to sports and entertainment–and a whole lot more.   I am saving my political and editorial comments for that post which you can locate at http://thisweekwithmitchgrosky.wordpress.com

As for this photo, the data is the following:  Nikon D90, ISO 3200, focal length of 42mm/63mm, 1/160 sec, f 6.3

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This, the season of light for so many cultures–and the season in which we all pray for Peace on Earth, seems to be just the right time to post this photo of Orange’s Peace Statue.  This is actually the official peace statue of Massachusetts, designated as such by the legislature in 1998.  It is the focal point of Memorial Park in Orange.  The 12-foot bronze statue was created by Joseph Pollia in 1934 as a memorial to veterans of World War I. 

According to Allen Young’s book,  North of Quabbin, Revisited, “The Statue depicts a doughboy just returned from the war-torn fields of France.  He is seated on a stump with weariness emanating from every line of his body.”  Beside him “stands a typical American schoolboy of perhaps 10 years, who is partially embraced by the soldier’s left arm.  He appears to be listening intently to the soldier’s words with fist clenched.”   We can only imagine what the soldier is saying to the boy—what anguish he feels.

A plaque on the base bears these words:  “It Shall Not Be Again.” 

Thirteen stars honor Orange veterans who died in the war.

To all of those who read these words, let me wish you–first of all–a wonderfully warm and peaceful holiday!  Secondly, let us all join together–even as we support our country’s soldiers in war–let us all pray for a time, in the not-too-distant-future, when all men of every race, color, religion, and nationality can join hands in a time of true peace and good will.  Happy Holidays to you all and to your families and loved ones!   —-Mitch

Camera Data:  Nikon D90 –two photos combined in Photoshop Elements 6.0.  Both had a focal length of 18mm/27mm (35 equiv.)  Both were underexposed by 1/3 of a stop.  On one I spot-metered the statue (f3.5 for 1/3 sec)  and on the other I used center-weighted metering f 4,0 for 1/60 sec).

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A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

A View of the Tall Ships Against the Boston Skyline

On July 10 this past summer, my photography club (North Quabbin Viewfinders—www.nqviewfinder.org—) visited Boston to see the tall ships.  The fact that it was also my birthday made it doubly enjoyable as my wife and son accompanied us, and we met my daughter later near Boston.  It was a perfectly glorious New England summer day—sunny, dry, temps around 82-85 degrees.  The sky was a deep blue, and Boston was alive with excitement!   This was one of my favorite shots from that day.

Settings:  Nikon D90, 18-200 Nikkor VR lens, 27mm, ISO 500, f9.5, 1/350, 1/2 stop underexposed.

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Keystone Bridge in New Salem, Massachusetts

Keystone Bridge in New Salem, Massachusetts

This is the Keystone Bridge in New Salem, a small town in the North Quabbin Region of Central Massachusetts.   Our camera club, the North Quabbin Viewfinders (in Athol, MA) went here as part of one of our bi-monthly field trips.

I shot the bridge with my Nikon D700, ISO 200, f 22, 85 mm, with a shutter speed of three seconds to blur the water.  I then processed it in Dynamic Photo HDR.

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Brant Point Lighthouse in Nantucket, Massachusetts

The Gulls invaded the Brant Point well after day broke, and I was still there to catch the view.  Even clouds could not spoil the view.  Nantucket has so much to offer.  If you’ve never been there, I strongly recommend a mini-vacation, or a longer one, if you have the time and capital. 

Nikon D80,  40mm,  f 10.0,  1/640, ISO 400, WB cloudy

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Brant Point Lighthouse

Brant Point Lighthouse

Looking back, I realized that it was just two years ago that my wife and I took a  mini-vacation at Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts.  It was a wonderfully romantic three days, filled with  sightseeing, shopping, and photography (also some real relaxation).  This is the Brant Point Lighthouse, the second oldest lighthouse in America (1746).  It is also the lowest lighthouse in New England, only 26 feet above sea level.  This shot was taken at 6:26 p.m., and it was pretty chilly out there for mid-April.  I shot this lighthouse for more than two hours as the light kept changing.

Nikon D80, 40mm, f4.5, 1/80, -1/3

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Moonrise at Arches

Moonrise at Arches

 

I arrived at Utah’s Arches National Park later than I planned on September 14 this past year.  Still, I was fortunate to get a lovely moonrise and some gorgeous colors (deepened a bit on Picassa).  I hope to show some daytime shots of Arches, Bryce, and Zion soon.  Utah was fantastic.  I had no idea!

Panasonic Lumix TZ5   f3.4   focal length 30 mm

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