Spring Afternoon in the Woods

The calendar says that spring has been with us in Massachusetts for nearly four weeks, but today it was hard to tell. I went to Harold Parker State Forest for a few hours searching for some small shoots and blossoms, and returned with these images.[kml_flashembed movie=”http://mozellstudios.com/slides/spring/loader.swf” height=”600″ width=”600″ allowfullscreen=”true” base=”.” /]

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Colorado Rockies

Today for some reason I had an urge to go hiking in the Colorado Rockies again. You can join me…on this short slide show. Click the icon at lower right for a full screen view. These images are available as licensed stock photographs and as fine art prints.

Cheap Photo Strategy Backfires On Business

Tonight at a business networking event I met a graphic designer who told me she had recently designed a trade show booth for a client. Although she firmly advised her client to hire a photographer to make unique images or use rights-managed images, the client insisted on going with some bargain-priced *micro-stock images. I think you know the rest of the story.  Continue reading

Pine Cone Still Life

Pitch Pine cones at the Crane Beach Reservation, Ipswich, Massachusetts, managed by The Trustees of Reservations. (Paul Mozell)

Pitch Pine cones at the Crane Beach Reservation, Ipswich, Massachusetts, managed by The Trustees of Reservations.

The beach and dunes at the Crane Reservation are open year round, although most folks visit during swimming season. On this day the light on the rolling sand dunes was flat and unappealing to my camera so I took to the trails that meander around the adjacent pine forest. This pair of Pitch Pine cones caught my eye and I made several exposures which I later combined to make an especially sharp, final image.

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Rainy Day on the Charles River

Rainy day on the Charles River. The John W. Weeks Bridge is the only pedestrian-only bridge crossing the Charles River between Cambridge and Boston. (Paul Mozell)

This timeless view of the John W. Weeks Bridge caught my eye today during a heavy March rain. Seen from the Boston bank of the Charles River, the bridge is the only river crossing  exclusively for pedestrians. The conversion to black & white seemed to fit the image well.

Office Park Orchids

I just had to photograph these orchids today, after passing them earlier this week in the atrium of an office park. It’s not like we haven’t seen these pink beauties before, either in person, or in photographs, just that on a very grey March day, this was the color I needed. Photographed with a Nikon D300, 50mm f1.4 lens, 3 exposures exported from Lightroom 3 to Photoshop 5, aligned and blended to make one sharp image with good depth of field.

Sublime Snowshoeing

The snowshoeing conditions were wonderful when I took a short jaunt across the fields of Moose Hill Farm in Sharon, MA. The property is owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. (Self portrait with Nikon D300 set on a timed interval)

The End of WW II: Photos By Al Mozell

My father Al Mozell was a combat cinematographer in WW II during the final year of the war. Traveling with the 71st Infantry Division he shot 16mm movie film to document the war for the Army. Some of this footage was released to the press. This small group of still photographs were taken my Dad for his personal use during the closing months of the war. The frames are part of an archive he put together and stored in a modest wooden box, perhaps for his son’s to discover one day, which we did. Each negative is in its own envelope, annotated with location and exposure information. I scanned this mix of 6×6 and 35mm frames this year

Perhaps the most moving images were taken at the Gunskirchen Lager Camp, which was liberated by the 71st. To learn about the operation, click here see the linked brochure that was written by one of the officers in the Battalion. Caution: the images and descriptions in this booklet are very graphic.